International Education Week
International Education Week 2023 | NOVEMBER 13 - 17 2023
International Education Week (IEW) is a national opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.
This week is a chance for Cal Lutheran to commemorate the cultures represented on campus and learn about the differences that make the community beautiful. The Center for Global Engagement in collaboration with Cal Lutheran partners invites you to engage in global learning by attending various programs throughout the week.
Faculty Led Program Workshop
ALUMNI HALL 110 OR ZOOM | 4:00PM - 5:00PM
The Center for Global Engagement's Office of Education Abroad is soliciting proposals for faculty-led programs. Whether you have led an educational travel program before or are new to the process, please attend this workshop to learn more about these exciting short-term teaching opportunities off-campus. The Director of Education Abroad Dr. Matthew Yates will provide details on how faculty-led programs operate at CLU and lead a panel discussion with experienced faculty leaders.
Proposals for faculty-led away programs for 2025 (winter/spring/summer) are due by February 1, 2024.
STUDENT UNION PATIO | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Club India, Desi Club, and the USW present Diwali, a Hindu festival celebrated with lights, fireworks, and prayers, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, and good over evil.
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a major Hindu festival celebrated by millions of people around the world. It typically lasts for five days and is often referred to as the "Festival of Lights." Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. During the festival, people illuminate their homes with oil lamps, candles, and colorful lights, creating a beautiful and festive atmosphere. They also decorate their homes, exchange gifts, and prepare special dishes and sweets. Diwali is a time for families to come together, offer prayers to various deities, and celebrate with joy and enthusiasm. It holds significant cultural, religious, and social importance and is marked by fireworks displays, traditional rituals, and the bursting of firecrackers.
GUMBY STATUE | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The United Students of the World invites the Cal Lutheran community to join us for our Peace March calling for the end of violence in our world.
This will be a non-partisan, peaceful event created by student leaders that reflects our commitment to promoting a better understanding of the situation in and advocating for peace between Palestine and Israel.
Supplies will be on site to create peace posters.
Procession will start at the Gumby Statue in front of the library and end at Richter Hall.
The Other Son
RICHTER HALL | 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
The Department of Film and Television Studies in collaboration with the Center for Global Engagement invites the Cal Lutheran community to attend our IEW featured film, The Other Son. The storyline addresses two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who discover they were accidentally switched at birth.
The program includes introductory remarks by the Associate Provost for Global Engagement and ELCA reflections on peace by the Associate Vice President of Mission and Identity.
View the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Xk7_Jk0TA
Colombia at CLU: Cultural Exchange RoundTable
ULLMAN 101 | 11:30 AM - 1:00PM
The Center for Global Engagement, the Department of Languages and Culture and Ethnic and Race Studies invites you to a Cultural Exchange RoundTable. Daniel Hernandez, (Assistant Professor, Universidad IberoAmericana, Colombia), Alexandra Choconta (PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota), and Dr. Lorena Muñoz (CLU Ethnic and Race Studies Director) will conduct short presentations on different areas in Colombia that engage in questions about tourism and questions of extraction.
San Bastilio de Palenque: First Free Town in the Americas
- Dr. Lorena Muñoz, Ethnic and Race Studies Director, CLU
Taganga, Santa Marta, Different Types of Toursim in Colombia
- Alexandra Choconta, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota
Rural Transformation in Colombian Andes
- Danial Hernandez, Associated Professor, Universidad IberoAmericana, Colombia
Build Your Own Charcuterie Board
SWENSON 111 | 3:30 PM - 4:30PM
Colombia at CLU: Research Presentations
NYGREEN 2 | 4:00 PM - 5:30PM
The Department of Languages and Cultures, Office of Talent, Culture and Diversity and the Ethnic and Race studies program. Invites you to two research presentations as part of the Colombia at CLU 2023 week.
Making Colombian Peace Trendy: Popular Youth Feminism in Instagram
This talk introduces the concept of popular feminism and peacebuilding in the Colombian context. Alexandra Choconta emphasizes the type of narratives around peace, empowerment and entrepreneurship presented by young women in social media platforms like Instagram.
Informal vendings in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, España and United States: a transnational analysis.
This academic discussion will analyze informal commerce in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Spain and the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic. We will explore the reality of informal vendors from an intersectional perspective, considering aspects of class, race, gender and migration. We will address how technologies have impacted this activity and its influence on the quality of life of those who practice it.
World Fair: Food + Shows
LUNDRING EVENTS CENTER & PATIO | 5PM - 7PM
Join the World Fair with the Center for Global Engagement and the United Students of the World. Celebrate cultural diversity at the Student Union outdoor patio and enjoy international tables, cultural activities, and global cuisine!
Sign up for a table before Wednesday November 8. You can claim a refund of up to $50 for all purchase for the table.
Some examples from last year: francophone trivia, language classes promotion, origami activity, henna painting, learning how to write your name in Arabic, cultural trivia game, travel photo contest etc…
OEA Photo Contest
LUNDRING EVENTS CENTER & PATIO | 5PM - 7PM
View the finalist of all monthly photo contest submissions and vote on your favorite in the annual Office of Education Abroad photo contest that will be held during the World Fair.
Fulbright-Hays Colombia: Climate Change & Sustainability Information Session
CAROL'S CORNER (STUDENT UNION) | 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Faculty interested in an incredible opportunity to spend a month (dates tba, June-July 2024) in Colombia, exploring the culture, educational system, and climate/sustainability matters, are invited to join the Center for Global Engagement for an open information session. Dr. Christina Sanchez will overview the application process, sharing her Mexico Fulbright-Hays award to Mexico (July 2023) to frame the process.
Submission for the 2024 award are due January 4, 2024. [Must be a US Citizens for eligibility.]
Please RSVP attendance to the information session by Tuesday, November 14 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch provided.
HOSTING J-1 VISITING SCHOLAR WORKSHOP
ZOOM | 9 AM - 10 AM
The J-1 "Exchange Visitor" visa is a non-immigrant (temporary) visa for international
scholars to come to the USA. California Lutheran University is approved by the U.S.
Department of State to sponsor “Exchange Visitors” for full-time and temporary activities
that include teaching, lecturing, observing, consulting, and/or conducting research. The purpose of the J-1 visa is to increase mutual understanding between people of
the U.S. and people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges,
thereby strengthening the ties between the nations. CLU has an apartment option to
host scholars on campus (pending availability) to promote the scholar's full engagement
with our community. If you wish to learn how to become a department host for J1 visiting scholars, please
attend an upcoming session and/or email international@
THOMPSON HALL & KRAMER COURT | 6PM - 8PM
Thompson Hall and the Global Leaders Community in Kramer Court invite the CLU International Community to attend the 2023 Friendsgiving Celebration. International cuisine will be featured for the community's enjoyment.
There will also be opportunity to create holiday cards/greetings for individuals currently in ICE detention centers in an effort to share words of hope.
Priority RSVP is due by Friday, November 3, for planning purposes.
PODCAST: CUBAN MUSIC ON VINYL
PRESENTED BY PROFESSORS JOSE MARICHAL AND RICHARD NEVE
Professor Jose Marichal of Political Science, and Richard Neve, Visiting Lecturer in the Political Science Department, invite you to listen to "Cuban Music on Vinyl." This episode is a part of Neve's podcast called "Theory Crashers". In the podcast, Neve discusses the intersection of Pop Culture and Theory. For the featured episode, Professor Marichal brings some of his grandmother's old Cubal vinyl records and plays some of his favorites.
PACIFIC LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
CENTER FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE AND FAITH
Climate justice holds that the climate crisis is inherently a crisis of racial, gender, and economic inequity. The humans suffering first and foremost the ravages of climate change are disproportionally the world’s people of color and economically poor people. Thus, climate justice weds efforts to address climate change with efforts toward racial and economic justice. Please look at this Video and 2022-2023 Yearbook. For more information, please visit their website.
MOVING PAST THE BINARIES OF IDENTITIES AND BORDERS
WRITTEN BY DANE ROWLEY
Dane Rowley, Director of International Admissions published an article titled, "Moving Past the Binaries of Identities and Borders," for the Council of International Schools' CIS Perspectives community blog. This article talks about the struggles LGBTQIA+ and queer-identifying international students face when coming to a new country for school. It focuses on ways to help this community in feeling accepted not only within the school but for the future.
WRITTEN BY DEAN GERHARD APFELTHALER
Going Places is an anthology that invites readers on a captivating literary journey celebrating the allure of travel. It features short stories written by current and former executives from diverse backgrounds who share their experiences of traversing the globe. The book explores the joys and challenges of exploring distant lands, offering a tapestry of experiences that include humor, heartache, and exhilarating surprises.