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November 11-15, 2013

About IEW

IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across Boston College campus as well as to  reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders. 

Initiated in 2000 by the US Department of State and the Department of Education, International Education Week emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages, and affirms the critical role the international education plays at Boston College.

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International Education Week is a collaborative effort co-sponsored by: Office of International Students and Scholars, Office of International Programs, International Studies Program, Center for International Higher Education, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Residential Life, Graduate School of Social Work International Programs, Connell School of Nursing, BC Libraries, BC Dining Services, International Club of Boston College, Graduate International Students Association, Irish Institute, Office of International Advancement and several intercultural clubs.

Month Long Events


International Photo Exhibition: O’Neill Library Level One Gallery
"The World Through Our Eyes" International Photo Exhibition, returns this year to feature international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsors: Office of International Students and Scholars, Boston College Libraries



Monday, November 11

Live “Google+ Hangout” with International Alumni
University Advancement,
Cadigan Alumni Center 10am – 11am
This event is not to be attended by any outside participants

BC alumni from around the world will join a live “Google+ Chat” hosted by Associate VP for Alumni Relations, Joy Haywood Moore ’81 Hon.’10 and President of the BC Alumni Association, Vincent Quealy ’75.
This conversation will made available on both the BC Alumni Association and IEW websites throughout International Education Week.
Sponsors:  International Advancement, Boston College Alumni Association, UA Social Media

ISP Lunchtime Lecture Series
Stokes 205S 12pm-1:30pm

"Sex Work Makes the Money Go Round In Vietnam's Global Industry"
Prof. Kimberly Hoang
Int'l Studies Program Lunchtime Lecture Series
All welcome. Lunch provided, please RSVP at
Sponsors: International Studies Program


Liberation Psychology and Social Change: An Introduction to Ignacio Martín-Baró and Challenges for 21st Century Scholar-Practitioners
McGuinn 521 12:00pm-1:00pm

This presentation and dialogue will present some of the key ideas developed by social psychologist and Jesuit priest, Ignacio Martín-Baró, and the challenges that his life and death present for psychologists and activist-scholars in the 21st century. Key contributions to psychology including findings from his community-based censuses through which he de-ideologized the official stories perpetrated by the Salvadoran government and economic elites as well as his re-conceptualization of the effects of war and state-sponsored violence as “psychosocial trauma” will be presented.  We will discuss the implications of his work for the 21st century – including the work of the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights ( - and whether – and, if so, how – to extend his ideas in our own work.

Sponsor: Center for Human Rights and International Justice


Model UN at Boston College: How We Manage an Award Winning, Traveling Delegation While Preparing for a Major MUN Conference
McGuinn 3rd Floor Lounge 12:30pm-1:30pm

Hosted by members of the BCMUN Executive Board and the EagleMUNC Secretariat, this session will help to explain the responsibilities and successes that the BC Model UN Team balances as a Traveling Team and an organization that will host a weekend-long conference for high schoolers in Spring of 2014.  This informational session will feature insights given by club leaders in each of their specialties, including finance, administration, external affairs, political affairs, simulation material, committee structure, and the overall management of a club at Boston College.  All are welcome to learn more about this outward-looking organization that has a passion for debate, multiculturalism, and international affairs. 

Sponsor: BC Model United Nations


International Education from the Perspective of a Former President and a University Chancellor
Higgins 300/Atrium 4:30pm-6:30pm

Dr. Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland, and her husband, Martin McAleese, Chancellor at Dublin City University in Ireland, will discuss their personal experiences with international education both as students as well as administrators.

Reception to follow in the Higgins Atrium.  

Sponsored by the IEW committee.


Prof. Robert Ross- The Obama Administration and China: Prospects for East Asia
McGuinn 121 6:00pm-7:30pm

This talk will examine trends in U.S.-China relations since the recent emergence of greater tension in East Asia.  It addresses the sources of China’s seemingly contentious behavior and the Obama administration’s growing effort to respond to the rise of China.  It considers the implications of both Chinese policy and the American response for U.S.-China cooperation on global security and economic issues and for long-term stability in East Asia.

Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars


Living and Working Abroad with Greg Stoller
Fulton 117 7:00pm-8:00pm

An opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of living and/or working in a foreign country.

Sponsor: Carroll School of Management


How to get a job in the United States as an International Student with Michael Miller
Lyons Hall 202 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Hosted by the LABC (Latin American Business Club), this event seeks to expose international students to career finding in the United States. Although LABC focuses on Latin America, this event is geared completely towards the entire international student body. It is a great opportunity for international students to gain better hindsight to develop a career in the US. It will be a motivational, educational but most of all, an inspirational experience. Michael Miller will give tips on how to acquire an internship, on international sponsoring by companies and related themes. If you have been discouraged by recent attempts to acquire an internship here in the US, come listen to Michael Miller's talk.

Please note that this talk is not sponsored by the OISS. If you have any immigration questions related to work, please schedule an appointment with our office.


Tuesday , November 12th

I know what you did last summer: Higher education internships and graduate study abroad
Campion 139 12:00pm-1:30pm

Three LSOE graduate students will describe their experiences in internships and international summer schools in Belgium, China and Turkey, and provide advice and tips for others seeking unique and exciting international higher education summer experiences abroad.
Sponsor: Center for International Higher Education


Learn to Pronounce Chinese Names
Higgins 225  12:00-1:00pm

Do you interact with Chinese students on campus and wish you could try to pronounce their names properly? Here is your chance to learn! Please join Boston College Professor Xiaoqing Yu as she introduces you to Chinese pronunciation and helps you gain a new appreciation of the Chinese language.   This event is open to all BC students, faculty and staff.

Lunch will be provided.  

Please RSVP to Susan Shea at by Friday November 8th.

Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars


THE DIALOGUE (American and Chinese students travel through Hong Kong and SW China together)
Fulton 511 7:00pm-9:00pm

The Dialogue, is a 70-minute documentary that follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southeast China. Intrigued by the complex context of Sino-US relations, they share travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other. These experiences become doorways to deepen their understanding of the “other” and themselves. Admission is free on a first-come basis at 198 capacity.

Sponsor: Office of International Programs


Film- Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference
Fulton Hall 423, 7:00pm-8:15pm

Screening of the short, 55 minute documentary "Israel Inside". "Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference", a new feature length documentary that explores the positive characteristics of Israeli society from a humanistic, psychological, and emotional perspective. Stick around after for a short Q&A. Israeli snacks and beverages will be served.

Sponsored by Eagles for Israel


Wednesday November 13th

How to communicate effectively with people from other backgrounds and cultures
McGuinn 3rd Floor Lounge 12:30pm-2:00pm

Do you work with colleagues from different cultural backgrounds? Do you have international students in your classes or programs? Do you sometimes find it challenging to communicate effectively with these people but don’t know why? Come learn about tips for successfully communicating across cultures including breaking down assumptions and stereotypes, differences in values and communication styles, and body-language and other non-verbal behaviors.

Lunch Provided: RSVP to by 11/12/2013

Sponsored by the OISS.


CSON International Education and Service
Cushing 411 5:00pm-6:00pm

Sponsor: Connell School of Nursing


What exactly is an International Career?
Gasson 205 6:30pm-8:00pm

Online Presentation From the Event

Have you ever thought about pursuing an international career? Do you know that you can do this both in the US and abroad!  Do you wonder what skills and experiences are needed? Want to hear about the many options in a variety of disciplines including business, education, government and health care? Come hear from the BC Career Center and a panel of BC alum who are working in international careers both here and overseas while they share their tips and advice for how to get started.


Bruno Donat, A&S 1995
Employer: Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG) for the Great Lakes
Previous work at the United Nations and World Bank
Caitlin Ferrarini, LGSOE 2009
Title: International Programs Manager
Employer: United Planet
Previous work at EF Education First
Kelly Hunsicker, CSOM 2008
Title: Buyer for TJ Maxx & Marshall's
Company: The TJX Companies
Carmen Maianu, GSSW 2011
Title: Program Director
Employer: Amirah,  Amirah is a non-profit organization located in the Boston area
Karen Potookian, A&S 1994
Title: Intelligence Analyst
Employer: US Department of Justice
Previous work at US Department of Defense

Andrew Shirman, 2010
Title: Founder
Employer: Education Insight

Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars, Office of International Programs, and the Career Center



The Global Water Crisis: Water Changes Everything
Higgins 310 7:00-8:30pm

bcharity: water, the Boston College chapter of charity: water, a renowned global non-profit, will be speaking about the global water crisis and the absolute necessity of clean water in the establishment of economic, social, and health stability in the developing world, particularly in Orissa, India.
Come learn about the cool events we have planned this semester and how you can get involved! Food will be provided (while supplies last).

Sponsor: bcharity: water

Thursday November 14th

Should Scotland secede from the United Kingdom? Debate by Glasgow University students
Higgins 280 10:00am-11:00am

Sponsor: Office of International Programs


International Book Discussion: Purple Hibiscus
Stokes N131 12:00pm-1:30pm

Read ahead of time and come to discuss. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)


ISP Lunchtime Lecture Series
Stokes N325 12:00pm-1:30pm

As if I were a dissident: a guide to thinking and acting
Prof. Aspen Brinton

All welcome. Lunch provided, please RSVP at

Sponsor: International Studies Program


Research Perspectives on Higher Education From Norway, Turkey and China: A CIHE Visiting Scholar Showcase
Campion 139 12:00pm-1:30pm

Expand your global knowledge base!  Three International Visiting Scholars affiliated with BC's Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) will provide insight into what's happening in the higher education systems in their home countries, and share information about the research projects they're undertaking to make better sense of current developments.

Sponsor: Center for International Higher Education


International Faculty and Scholar Reception
Fulton Honors Library 3:00pm-5:00pm

Reception for International Faculty and Research Scholars and their BC hosts.

Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars

International Dining Night
Dining Halls 5:00pm-8:00pm

An evening of international cuisine.

Sponsor: Boston College Dining


Hurling, Curling, and Twirling: Sports from Around the World
Stokes S111 4:00pm-6:00pm

Come join us for a presentation about national sports from around the world! Gain insight into different cultures by learning a bit about their pastimes.

Sponsor: Office of International Programs


"What I Did With my IS Major" Alumni Panel
Cushing Hall Auditorium 001 5:00-7:30

"What I Did With my IS Major: IS Alumni Discuss their International Education:
Alumni Panel for Sophomores & Juniors

Sponsor: International Studies Program

Summer Programs Abroad Info Session
Stokes S461 5:00pm-7:00pm

Come learn about one of thirty available academic and internship programs taught by BC faculty which are based in locations around the world.

Sponsor: Office of International Programs


Internationalization at BC: How far we have come and where we are headed
Gasson 305 5:00pm-6:30pm

Where has BC come in its internationalization efforts over the past few decades?  What are the trends and initiatives for the future? Senior BC administrators from the Provost Office, Office of International Programs, Center for International Higher Education, and Office of International Students and Scholars share their opinions and insights about how far we have come and where we are headed.

Sponsored by the OISS, OIP and CIHE.


SEASA- "Yi Peng" Lantern Festival
Higgins 310 8:00pm-9:30pm

Yi Peng is a Thai lantern festival. At this event, we will decorate lanterns and fly them. When a lantern is released, a wish is made.

Sponsored by Southeast Asian Students Association


Carribbean Dance Lessons
Vanderslice Hall, Cabaret Room 7:00pm-9:00pm

Caribbean Culture Club will be hosting a dance lessons night to showcase Caribbean dance to the Boston College community. We hope to teach Jamaican, Trinidadian and Dominican dances. We will also have a short performance by a dance group from Boston.

Sponsor: Caribbean Culture Club


Film: Slingshot Hip Hop Students
Gasson 204 7:00pm-9:00pm

We will present the movie Slingshot Hip Hop, a documentary about the lives of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel. The story is about the love of these young hip-hop lovers in the face of Israel's occupation of Palestine.

Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine.


Friday November 15th

ISP Lunchtime Lecture Series
McGuinn 223 12:00pm-1:30pm

"Dangerous Trade: Arms Exports, Human Rights, and the UN Arms Trade Treaty"
Prof. Jennifer Erickson
Int'l Studies Program Lunchtime Lecture Series
All welcome. Lunch provided, please RSVP at

Sponsor: International Studies Program


Weekly graduate discussion series
Connors Family Learning Center 1:00pm-2:00pm

Sponsored by the OISS, Office of Graduate Student Life, and the Connors Family Learning Center

The Crisis in Syria
Devlin 026 12:00pm-1:00pm

Now in its third year, the Syrian civil war has been called one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time.  Historic cities have been destroyed, over 100,000 people have been killed, 5 million people are internally displaced, 2 million have fled to neighboring countries, and human rights violations are widespread.  The conflict has drawn in local, regional and global actors such as Iran, Hezbollah, the U.S., Russia, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. This panel will discuss the latest developments and the chances for an end to the hostilities.


Soiree Crepes
Voute 316 5:00pm-8:00pm

We will be making and eating French crêpes at the Maison Française and discussing about the French culture and food.
RSVP required:"

Sponsor: Maison Francaise


Dancing with International Stars
Walsh Function Room 5:00pm-7:00pm

A showcase of international dance performances and lessons from various countries: Korea, Taiwan, Pakistan, India, Brazil, and more.

Sponsored by Graduate International Student Association and Office of International Students and Scholars.


Saturday November 16th

Night of ACTion
Higgins 300 7:30pm-9:00pm

The Supply, which works to solve the slum crisis in Africa (and eventually globally) through education reform. They maintain a partnership of equality with these communities to maintain the growth of education and its positive effects on these slums.
We, The Supply at BC, are putting on a show on November 16th, entitled "Night of ACTion". We are asking student groups to perform and will be linking them all together with the theme of "What does your education mean to you?" - and will be having other student groups answer this question through spoken word, song, and improv acts.

Sponsor: The Supply

International Prom by ICBC
Vanderslice Caberet Room 9:00pm-1:00am

007 themed. There will be food at the event

Sponsor: International Club of Boston College