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Korean music, crafts highlight annual International Education Week

Japanese Fall Festival, International Education Week

Foreign films, international cuisine and cultural festivals full of history and music are among the events that will celebrate International Education Week 2011 Nov. 13-18. Above, participants practice Japanese calligraphy during 2010 events.

The university began observing the week in 2000, the same year it was established by order of President Bill Clinton, said Mary Beth Butler, director of communications for UNT-International, the sponsor for many events.

This year’s events are designed to help students and others appreciate the cultures of Morocco, France, Spain, Japan, Germany, Cuba, Brazil, Korea and several Mediterranean nations.

  • Find a schedule of events, including Moroccan, Latin American and vegan meals served at Kerr Hall and Mean Greens.

“The Korean events are especially of interest. We have a new student group called Korean Culture Exchange that has around 60 members at its weekly meetings, and most of them are not Korean,” Butler said. “The Korean media and music wave is really cresting here.”

Events include:

  • 4-6 p.m., Nov. 13 - International students will host American Thanksgiving at the Denton Senior Center with Texas Woman’s University and Global Interact, a group of Denton residents that plans community events for international students.
  • 3-5 p.m., Nov, 14-18 - Films are scheduled from Spain, France, Germany, Russia and the Middle East, all in Language Building, Room 107.
  • 3-5 p.m., Nov. 15 - The Korean Cultural festival will be on the Library Mall. Booths with information on Korean culture and school life, Korean food, and Korean entertainment will be featured. Activities will include face painting and henna tattoos, traditional Korean games and instruction on how to write names in Korean.
  • 8 p.m., Nov. 16 - The Cuban, Latin and Brazilian jazz ensembles will perform in Music Building, Voertman Hall.
  • 6:30 p.m., Nov. 17 - Music of South Asia, University Union, Lyceum.
  • 4 pm., Nov. 18 - Cooking and Tasting from Around the World, Chilton Hall, Cooking Lab; RSVP required.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and U.S. Department of Education. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. - Mollie Jamison, student assistant, News Promotions

(Photo by Michael Clements)

Posted on: Fri 11 November 2011

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