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International Education Week 2016

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Initiated in 2000 by the US Department of State and the Department of Education, International Education Week (IEW) 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.

Celebrated from November 7th to 18th, the theme for Boston College’s 2016 IEW is "Beyond Borders: Identities and Perceptions in Today's World". This topic allows us to respond to a number of key issues being discussed today, including but not limited to the US presidential election, race relations on campuses and in local communities, the status and conditions of refugees and immigrants, and perceptions of the US from abroad and vice versa.

IEW gives Boston College's campus an opportunity to consider who we are, where we are going, and how we might enact change to make a positive difference at BC, in our local communities, at a national level, and in the world. Not all events will necessarily address the IEW theme overtly, and will showcase instead one or more aspects of the University's international programs and activities.

Check out the great events below and join in the internationalization of Boston College! Maps and directions to the locations listed below can be found on the Boston College website.

IEW 2016 is a collaborative effort organized by a wide array of departments and offices at Boston College, under the direction of the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Office of International Programs.

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 7th                                                          Monday, November 14th

Tuesday, November 8th                                                         Tuesday, November 15th

Wednesday, November 9th                                                     Wednesday, November 16th

Thursday, November 10th                                                      Thursday, November 17th    

Friday, November 11th                                                          Friday, November 18th        


Long-term Events Nov. 7th - 18th


Kaleidoscope International Journal Photo Exhibition

11/7 through 11/18, O'Neill Library, 3rd Floor Atrium Bridge
Kaleidoscope, the international relations and global studies journal of Boston College, would like to celebrate International Education Week 2016 by inviting the BC community to the photo exhibition. Our collection consists of photos we have received from authors of photo diaries and editorial staffs who traveled across the globe. We hope to promote greater awareness and understanding of international issues as we embrace diverse identities and cultures around the world presented in our exhibition.

Sponsored by Kaleidoscope: International Journal of Boston College.


Photo Exhibition

Nov 1. - Nov. 30, Level One Gallery, O'Neill Library

An exhibition sponsored by the Office of International Students & Scholars and the Boston College Libraries of international photographs submitted from members across the Boston College community.  The theme this year is Beyond Borders: Identities and perceptions in Today’s World and the selected photographs best fit this concept.  This is part of International Education Week--a nationwide initiative with the goal of fostering international education. 

Sponsored by the BC Libraries and the Office of International Students and Scholars.

IEW at The Educational Resource Center 

Nov. 7th - 18th, Campion Hall
The Educational Resource Center in Campion Hall will feature children's literature, teaching pedagogy, and instructional materials echoing the scoial, cultural, and linguistic themes of International Education Week. 

IEW at the O'Neill Library 

Nov. 7th - 18th, O'Neill Library
If you are interested in learning more about the themes featured during International Education Week, visit O'Neill Library to see BC Faculty publications, books and other multimedia resources reflecting program topics. 


Monday, November 7th


Screening and panel - Nazi Law: Legally Blind 

4:00pm, Devlin 101

There will be a free and public screening of the film Nazi Law: Legally Blind in Devlin 101 followed by a panel discussion with professors Michael Bryant (Bryant University), Paul Bookbinder (UMass Boston), and Lorenz Reibling (Woods College, BC). 

Sponsored by the Film Studies Program; the Faith, Peace and Justice Program; and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. 

Event Flier

Keynote speaker event with Sen. George Mitchell

4:15pm-6:30pm, McGuinn Auditorium

Sen. George Mitchell has more than 30 years experience working in politics. He was a key architect in the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 in Northern Ireland, and has served as a Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. This event is the kick off for International Education Week at Boston College, and is a follow up to Sen. Mitchell's keynote address at the Aer Lingus College Footbal Classic in Dublin. 

Sponsored by the Global Leadership Institute.

Tuesday, November 8th



International/Exchange Students Perceptions Panel

12:00pm-1:00pm, Gasson 202

International and Exchange Students share their perceptions of the current climate in the US including the presidential election, race relations, and US foreign policy. Please RSVP to by Friday, November 4.

Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the Office of International Students and Scholars. 


Wednesday, November 9th


Learn to Pronounce Chinese Names

1:00pm-2:00pm, Stokes Hall N145 
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.

RSVP to Susan Shea at by Monday November 7th.

Sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Opportunities for Teaching Abroad - A Panel Discussion

3:30 PM, Campion 139 (Faculty Lounge)

Teaching opportunities abound throughout the world, whether you have teacher certification or not! This panel of placement agency representatives will reflect on their personal experiences and explain how to track down and land the best opportunities.

Please RSVP.

Sponsored by the Career Center.


Open House with guest speaker Commissioner Evans

4:30pm-6:00pm, Gasson 100 
All members of the BC community are welcome to an open house featuring introductory remarks by Provost David Quigley and a brief talk by Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who will speak to this year’s International Education Week theme: "Beyond Borders: Identities and Perceptions in Today's World.” The open house will feature representatives from an assortment of international departments and offices on campus, showcasing Boston College’s wide breadth of global activities. Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the Office of International Students and Scholars.


Internationalization of Higher Education--7+ Country Perspectives

4:30pm-6:00pm, Stokes N401
Join visiting scholars and graduate students of the BC Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) for a discussion of key trends in higher education's internationalization in Ethiopia, Lebanon, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and the US and Caribbean. We'll be examining study abroad, faculty mobility, and different modes of government support for internationalization.

Sponsored by the Center for International Higher Education.


The Christians of Lebanon: Surviving amidst chaos.

6:00pm, McGuinn Hall 121

This event features Professor Marius Deeb, an Oxford historian and public intellectual, and a leading authority on Middle Eastern History and Politics. He teaches at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and has held visiting positions at Indiana University, the American University of Beirut, and Georgetown University. Deeb’s research interests include political parties and movements, militant Islam in all its iterations, the Christian communities of the Middle East, and Islam and the West. His current project, co-authored with his wife, Dr. Mary-Jane Deeb, is a monumental work tracing the checkered 2000-year history of Eastern Christendom. His talk at Boston College is the fifth in a Lecture Series examining the status of Near Eastern Christians. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages & Literatures, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Department of Political Science, Department of Theology, and Islamic Civilization and Societies Program.



Theory, Perception and Reality: Non-traditional International Student Experiences at a Traditional University

6:15pm-7:15pm, Fulton 250 
Panel of non traditional international students share their experiences.

Sponsored by the Woods College of Advancing Studies and the Office of International Students and Scholars.


Documentary: "Indivisible" 

7:30pm, Heights Room, Stokes South S195

Documentary film follows three undocumented young people in the US seeking to reunite with their families separated by deportation. With Renata Teodoro, featured in the film, to offer commentary and Q&A after the showing. Watch the film trailer:

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights & International Justice, the Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction (TESPECI) Department, the Office of International Programs, and the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology program.


Thursday, November 10th


How to Search for Internships & Jobs Internationally - A Career Chat

4:00-5:00 PM, Stokes S201

Do you have questions about searching for a job internationally? In this chat, we'll discuss several job search strategies and resources to utilize. We will also briefly discuss internship opportunities abroad offered by the Office of International Programs.

This career chat will be co-hosted by a Career Advisor from the Career Center and the Summer & Internships Program Manager from the Office of International Programs.

What are Career Chats?

Informal gatherings led by Career Center staff, Career Chats allow students to engage in group advising discussions around various career-related topics with their peers. Career Chats will be held several times per week across campus. Students can come and go as their schedules allow.

Please RSVP.    

Sponsored by the Career Center.

What I Did With My IS Major: Alumni talk about post-grad life 

5:00pm-7:00pm, Higgins 310


The Rope: A Novel about the Iraq war and the downfall of Saddam Hussein

6:00pm-7:00pm, McGuinn Auditorium 121
Kanan Makiya, Professor, Brandeis University, will speak about his new novel, The Rope (2016), about Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. 6:00 in McGuinn auditorium this is also a Book Signing

Sponsored by the Islamic Civilization and Societies program and the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Student Association. 

Lecture by Polish Artist, Krzysztof Wodiczko: “Monument Therapy”

7:00pm-8:00pm, Devlin 100

Check out additional event details

Sponsored by the Institute of Liberal Arts. 


Friday, November 11th


International Jesuits share experiences

12:00pm-1:00-pm, O'Neill 253 
International Jesuits from Africa share their experiences. Panelists include:Evarist Shigi, SJ (Tanzania), Benoit Mbuyi, SJ (Democratic Republic Congo), and Marcel Uwineza, SJ (Rwanda). 

Sponsored by the Jesuit Community. 

Catholic Mass in Spanish/Misa en Espanol 

12:15pm, STM Chapel 

Mass in STM chapel with Chilean Jesuit Fr. Mario Inzulza, S.J.

Sponsored by the School for Theology and Ministry. 


Summer Study Abroad Fair 

4:00pm-6:00pm, Corcoran Comons (upstairs)
Each year, approximately 300 students participate in BC summer faculty-led programs and internships abroad. Program offerings represent a diverse range of academic subjects, from art history to biology, and geographic locations, from Auckland to Santiago. Join faculty, OIP staff, and students to learn about the 30+ summer abroad programs and internships offered in summer 2017, as well as grant and scholarship opportunities. 

Sponsored by the Office of International Programs.


Reaching Beyond Borders: Liturgy and Community that Connect

5:30pm-8:30pm, Simboli Hall, STM Chapel, Room 135
Join the School for Theology and Ministry international community for an evening of prayer, reflection, and celebration of the diverse ways we reach beyond interpersonal, religious, and cultural borders to connect as one human family.  We'll begin with an ecumenical liturgy at 5:30 p.m. in the STM Chapel of Simboli Hall, followed by supper and festive cultural sharing in room 135.  Students are invited to engage the theme of Reaching Beyond Borders by sharing an aspect of their own culture through story, song, poetry, dance, or other creative expression. Please RSVP to Colleen Quigley, so that we have enough food for all. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the richness of our diversity!

Sponsored by the School for Theology and Ministry. 


Monday, November 14th


International Studies Program Lunchtime Lecture Series: Prof. Ben Li

12:00pm-1:30pm, McGuinn 223

Since the Age of Discovery, the world has grown integrated economically, while remaining disintegrated politically as a collection of nation states. The nation-state system is robust because borders, as state dividers, interact with economic integration to absorb shocks. This talk will demonstrate how economists view the interactions between international trade and national borders.

Sponsored by the International Studies Program. 

Factoring Faith into Development 

12:00pm-1:15pm, Boisi Center for Religion & American Public Life, 24 Quincy Road 

What role should faith-based organizations play in providing or distributing aid for developing nations? Amie Harris (2011 graduate of BC's International Studies Program) will draw on her experience at the U.S. Agency for International Development to describe how the U.S. government works with faith-based organizations, and what the benefits and challenges of these collaborations can be. RSVP Required: Click here to register. Learn more event details.


Maimonides Political Philosophy

12:00pm-1:00pm, McGuinn 334
Tzvi Langermann, Professor, Bar Ilan University, Israel, 12:00, McGuinn 3rd floor lounge. Lunch will be served, RSVP required to

Sponsored by the Islamic Civilization and Societies program. 

Group discussion: How the world sees the 2016 U.S. presidential election?

12:00 -1:30 pm, Higgins Hall 280

With the entire world watching how the American people just finished picking their new president, what are your own unique perspectives and experiences about this presidential election? Don’t forget this opportunity to engage in a lively discussion as both international and domestic students offer their invaluable perceptions into the controversial and unprecedented presidential race. We hope to have a vigorous debate of ideas about the controversial issues presented in this election from the international perspectives. Through this group discussion we hope that all the participants learn more about one another and their respective countries. Lunch will be provided. 

Cosponsored by GISA (Graduate International Student Association) and GSA (Graduate Student Association)

International Scholars Reception 

3:00pm-5:00pm, Fulton Honors Library

Reception for International Faculty and Scholars; By invitation only.

Sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Film presentation: DONDE NACE EL SOL -RELEB’AL Q’IJ

4:00pm, Devlin 026 
Where the Sun is Born tells the story of the Maya People through four stories which allude to important moments in the in its history over the course of the last half millenium. The central protagonist in all these stories is young woman named Maya who witnesses the invasion of her homeland and must run away to survive. Then living a nomadic existence as a refugee across the centuries she experiences the sufferings of her people resulting from the loss of her ancestral lands and increasingly her cultural traditions. Watch the trailer:

Sponsored by the Film Studies Program. 

Turkey: Post Coup - A Legal Response to the Rule of Law Crisis 

4:30pm-6:00pm, Stokes N103

This panel discussion will explore the July15th post-coup situation in Turkey from a legal perspective. Panelists will examine the ongoing purge in Turkey, the sectors within the country that have been affected by the coup, and the far-reaching implications for the rule of law in Turkey. The panel will focus on human rights violations that have subverted not only the rule of law but also the judicial system in Turkey - especially by targeting lawyers,​ judges, and prosecutors. Panelists will focus on the international and US legal communities' responses, including American Bar Association Resolution 10B and its accompanying report, as well as responses from the Council of Europe and NGOs, from the early hours of the attempted coup to the present day in Turkey.

Sponsored by the Law School. 


Culture Spotlight: Lebanon 

5:30pm-6:30pm, M​cElroy​ 237 

Culture showcase for Lebanon, and panel of people with experience living in the culture. Lebanese food will be provided.

Sponsored by the International Club of Boston College. 


Tuesday, November 15th


Stories That Move: A USAID Book-a-Thon

4:30 - 7:00pm, Campion 016 (Lynch School)

Join us for a fun afternoon of creativity and community on behalf of the world’s children. At this workshop you’ll get inspiration from best-selling children’s book creators Paul & Peter H. Reynolds (Judy Moody, The Dot, Ish, Going Places), learn about the global literacy efforts of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and begin work on your very own children’s book, which will ultimately be uploaded to a digital library and made available in dozens of languages for early language learners around the world. Registration required. Click for more info. Registration is required; click here to register.

  • 4:30 - 4:45 pm Introduction to the USAID book-a-thon initiative: Christie Vilsack & Amie Harris (BC '11)
  • 4:45 - 5:30 pm Keynote presentation by Peter Reynolds, New York Times best-selling children's author
  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm Brainstorming session: Work on your books with friends!

Sponsored by the Lynch School of Education, Morrisey College of Arts and Sciences, School of Social Work, the US Agency for International Development and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. 


Love and Languages: Exploring Love in Russian and German

7:30 PM, Stokes 295S

Sponsored by the International Club.


Panel on Research and Study in the Islamic World

6:30pm-9:00pm, Hovey House Library
Students will present their academic research conducted in the MENA region. Learn about semester/year and summer programs abroad, as well as matching scholarship and research grant opportunities, including Mizna, Omar. 

Sponsored by the Islamic Civilization and Societies program and the Office of International Programs. 


Wednesday, November 16th

International Studies Program Lunchtime Lecture Series: Prof. Kristin Heyer 

12:00pm-1:30pm, McGuinn 223
Amnesic scapegoating or enforcement-only responses frame migration questions in terms of crisis management rather than offering contextual assessments of the enduring economic and political dynamics the crises reveal. As we have seen in the U.S. context during this presidential campaign season in particular, expedient political rhetoric masks complicity, abets human rights violations, and betrays the nation’s founding principles. The operative lenses shaping the immigration debate in the United States context can distort migrants’ realities and can become surrogates for other cultural and political concerns. Economic functionalism and fear-based approaches too often de-humanize newcomers, whereas contributions from Christian ethics offer a counternarrative that challenges the dominant, instrumentalist frameworks. A Catholic perspective on the ethics of immigration. Lunch provided. Limited room, RSVP

Sponsored by the International Studies Program.


Panel Discussion: Redefining Success: The International Graduate Student and TA Experience  

3:00pm-4:30pm, McGuinn 5th Floor Lounge 

When international graduate students and TA’s cross borders to study in the US, they contribute in significant ways toward the globalization of a university and, at the same time, enrich their own personal and professional development.  In this discussion, panelists will share their experiences studying and teaching at BC, the values and insights they bring with them to the classroom, and the expectations that have shaped their choices and definition of success.       

Lynne Anderson, Director of English Language Learning, will moderate a discussion between Tone Svetelj (Morrissey), Haerin Park (Lynch), Peilun Wu (School of Social Work) and Klaus da Silva Raupp (Morrissey). 

Sponsored by Department of English, Office of International Students and Scholars, and Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Graduate School Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.


Crossing Borders: Documentary and Discussion 

4:30pm-6:00pm, Devlin 218 

“Crossing Borders is a feature documentary that follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering “The Other”, discover themselves. The film is a cross-cultural tool designed to empower by: heightening awareness of hidden preconceptions; supporting the development of intercultural empathy and critical thinking skills; and initiating dialogue between cultures.”

Sponsored by the Language Laboratory.

International Dining Night in Dining Halls

5:00pm-7:00pm, Dining Halls


The Misanthrope/Gender Parity in Theatre Panel Discussion

Nov. 16-19, Robsham Mainstage Theatre

Immediately following the November 16th performance of Molière's The Misanthrope (November 16-19), by Boston College's Department of Theatre, a panel discussion will take place featuring Director and Dramaturg, Dr. Theresa Lang, Monan Professor in Theatre Arts and Playwright, Sheri Wilner, and StageSource Executive Director, Julie Hennrikus. More details about the event and tickets for the play are available through the Department of Theatre website. The panel discussion is free and open to all.

Sponsored by the Department of Theatre.


Thursday, November 17th


The War on Crime and the War on Immigrants: Racial and Legal Exclusion in the 21st Century USA

12:00pm-1:30pm, Barat House, Newton Campus

With Mary Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, this event is Part 4 of an “After Obama: What is the future of our 'Nation of Immigrants'?” conversation series. RSVP is required. To register, see the Center for Human Rights and International Justice website.

Sponsored by Center for Human Rights and International Justice.


Competing Visions for East Asia: the Rise of China and U.S.-China Relation 

4:30pm-6:00pm, Stokes S 295
Boston College Political Science Professor Robert Ross delivers his lecture "Competing Visions for East Asia: the Rise of China and U.S.-China Relation."

Sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars.


Beyond Borders: Stateless Nations 

6:30pm-8:30pm, 4th floor, Maloney Hall

The idea of Stateless Nations stems from the acknowledgment of the various socio-political circumstances that cause nations to transcend national boundaries. The people who make up these nations show amazing resilience in spite of circumstances that make them feel stateless. Through art, students will explore how their cultures have been rendered "stateless", geographically or otherwise, and share with the community. This event is a celebration of these unique cultures through personal testimonies, dance, song, and poetry. 

Sponsored by the Thea Bowman and AHANA Intercultural Center.


Blueprint: Laying the Groundwork for a United BC Undergraduate and Graduates Student Body for International Social Justice 

7:00pm-8:00pm, Hovey House Library

There is often a disconnect on college campuses between members of their undergraduate and graduate student populations. Nonetheless, students in both groups typically share common goals and interests in addressing issues such as climate change, global poverty, and the plight of refugees. The purpose of Blueprint is to create a space in which both undergraduate and graduate students can come together to discuss their individual efforts in combating social justice issues. More importantly, Blueprint will empower student populations in both groups to realize how their missions overlap. It will promote collaboration and solidarity in spearheading effective social change projects.

Sponsored by the McGillyCuddy-Logue Fellows.

Friday, November 18th



International Prom: Alice in Wonderland

9:00pm, Vand​erslice Cabaret Room 

Alice in Wonderland themed prom for those who have never experienced prom. All are welcome to attend. Free tickets availible at Robsham auditorium on November 14. 

Sponsored by the International Club of Boston College.