International Education Week Events Planned

St. Lawrence University's Center for International and Intercultural Studies will present a number of planned activities Nov. 4-8 in recognition of International Education Week.

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The official dates for International Education Week are Nov. 12-18.

"International Education Week is recognized all over the world," said Drew Pynchon, assistant director of off-campus programs. "It's a chance for people to learn about and meet people from a variety of cultures and engage in intercultural dialog."

Activities will include:

  • Informational tables at Dana Dining Center all week during dinner hours
  • Monday, Nov. 4: A Flag Tag table in the Sullivan Student Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and open mic night at Pub 56 beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5: Sit with a Stranger during dinner hours at Dana Dining Hall Center
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6: Study Abroad Fair from noon to 1 p.m. in the Sullivan Student Center's Winston Room, and a showing of the movie "The Counterfeiters" (2007) at 7 p.m. in Carnegie 10.
  • Thursday, Nov. 7: Photo contest winner unveiling from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall
  • Friday, Nov. 8: St. Lawrence's World's Fair from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Sullivan Student Center's Winston Room; a Latin American celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. in Eben Holden.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9: Diwali celebration, the Hindu festival of lights, at 5 p.m. in Eben Holden.

"What's unique to St. Lawrence is the sense of community students feel while they're attending," Pynchon said. "It's important to keep growing that community, and we believe several of these events will allow students to get to know some of our international students and for our international students to get to know our domestic students, too."

Several of the planned activities already seem to be gaining widespread support from students.

"Students seem to be very excited about our Sit with a Stranger night on Tuesday," he said. "Everyone I talk to said they're ditching their friends and are going to sit with someone they don't know. And the students here are excited to do that sort of thing."

For more information, contact the Center for International and Intercultural Studies at 315-229-5991.