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International Education Week 2014

Office of International Programs

Social Justice in the World: Is It Possible?

 

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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.

Celebrated at Boston College from November 10th to 21st, IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across BC's campus as well as to reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders.

Check out the great events below and join in the internationalization of Boston College!

 

International Education Week (IEW) 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 10th                                                        Monday, November 17th

Tuesday, November 11th                                                      Tuesday, November 18th

Wednesday, November 12th                                             Wednesday, November 19th

Thursday, November 13th                                                    Thursday, November 20th

Friday, November 14th                                                             Friday, November 21st

Saturday, November 15th

 

Monday, November 10th

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

 

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Lecture & Luncheon: The United Nations and the Human Rights Process with Professor Andy Tirrell
Stokes N-203
12:00pm – 1:30pm

In a process that is a compromise between shaming and litigating, the UN Human Rights Council reviews the human rights record of every UN member nation in a four-year periodic cycle. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process is the first international human rights mechanism to address all countries and all human rights. Over the past year, BC students have produced human rights shadow reports covering the nations of Fiji, the Maldives, and Singapore that are drafted to meet the standards of stakeholders' reports in the UPR process. During this presentation, we'll discuss the UPR process in detail, and learn about some of the findings from these student-created reports.

Sponsored by: Center for Human Rights & International Justice

 

Discovering Georgian Cultural Heritage; Presentation by Fulbright Scholar from Georgia
Fulton 310
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Fulbright visiting scholar, Associate Professor Tamila Nutsubidze, Ph.D., will speak about different features of Georgian culture, such as education, literature, painting, and music.

Sponsored by: The Office of International Students & Scholars

 

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Prayer Vigil for Martyrs of Central America
Academic Quad
12:00pm - 12:30pm

 

Sponsored by: The Volunteer and Service Learning Center

 

Achieving Justice Under International Law with Juan Carlos Portilla and Sairam Rivas: A Venezuela Case Study, Challenges and Opportunities
Stokes N-115
2:30pm – 4:00pm

The panel will discuss the importance of international courts as an outlet for victims of human rights abuses. The human rights crisis occurring in Venezuela provides a case to examine the role that the international justice system plays in providing justice for victims of human rights violations and the challenges that such victims encounter within the system, which is affected by the interests that governments pursue on the arena of international politics and diplomacy.

Sponsored by: BC Law School

 

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Film Screening: "Writing on the Wall: Remembering the Berlin Wall"
Admissions Auditorium
4:30pm – 6:00pm

Writing on the Wall: Remembering the Berlin Wall (2009), which tells the stories of leaders and ordinary citizens caught in the political power struggle that was the Berlin Wall, was released to coincide with the 20th phases of the Berlin Wall’s evolution and captures the personal narratives of both leaders and citizens caught in the drama. The event not only divided East and West Berlin, but also the US and Russia. (Produced by Prof. John Michalczyk).

Sponsored by: The Office of International Programs

 

Arab Volunteers in the Israel Defense Forces: Fighting for the Future of the Middle East
Higgins 300
6:00pm – 7:15pm

In recent years, there has been a 50% increase in the rates of Arab citizens of Israel voluntarily enlisting to serve their country in the Israel Defense Forces. While Jewish enlistment in the IDF is largely compulsory, Arabs are exempt from army service for both security and humane reasons, such as to prevent a situation where members of families may be caught fighting each other in a war. This presentation by Young Judaea educator Yoav Levin delves into the reasons behind the growing Arab ranks of the IDF, as well as the Druze and Bedouin top battalions, which have been a part of the IDF since before its founding.

Sponsored by: Eagles for Israel

 

Diversity in the Sciences: Enhancing Opportunities for People of Color in the Sciences through Mentoring
Fulton Honors Library, Gasson Hall
6:00pm

 

Sponsored by: The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

 

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Lecture: Greg Stoller "Living and Working Abroad"
Fulton 423
7:00pm – 8:00pm

The process of launching a venture, or working for an early-stage company, is exciting and also overwhelming.  Operating that same business on an international level brings with it an even added level of complexity, exhilaration and, at times, frustration.  The discussion on Living and Working Abroad is designed for students who may at some point be interested in pursuing managerial careers in the international entrepreneurial sector, and covers some issues to consider before accepting a short-term or long-term overseas assignment. This hour is meant to be interactive, with lots of viewpoints to be exchanged.  I hope you can join us.

Presented by Professor Greg Stoller, CSOM

Sponsored by: The Office of International Students & Scholars

 

Tuesday, November 11th

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

 

Lecture with Slideshow: Global Horizons in Sociology
Devlin 221
12:00pm – 1:00pm

This talk will focus on using social science in service to social justice, in this case human rights in the Israel/Palestine conflict.  I will show a student produced film to illustrate the kinds of work students can do to be effective in the pursuit of human rights.

Sponsored by: The Sociology Department

 

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Learn to Pronounce Chinese Names
Fulton 235
12:00pm – 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 sheasc@bc.edu by Friday November 7th.

Sponsored by: The office of International Students & Scholars

 

Graduate International Student Association: Presentation 101
Walsh Hall Function Room
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Sponsored by GISA (Grad International Student Association). We are inviting our international friends to practice their presentation they will be presenting as part of their course. They will get positive feedback from a panel of tutors from Connors Family Learning Center. This practice will boost their confidence to talk in front of number of people. Also, the participant will be able to practice in a judgement free environment.

Sponsored by: Graduate International Student Association

 

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Panel: Solidarity in a Globalized World
McElroy 237
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Presented by the Global Service and Justice Panel at the Office of International Programs

Sponsored by: The Global Service & Justice Program, Office of International Programs

 

What Do You Really Know about Aussies?
McGuinn 521
7:00pm

 

Sponsored by: The Office of International Programs

 

Dorothy Day: A Faith to Follow Today
Gasson 305
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Dorothy Day's granddaughter, Martha Hennessey, will speak about the life of Dorothy Day and living by her example today.

Sponsored by: The Volunteer and Service Learning Center

Wednesday, November 12th

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

 

IS Lunchtime Lecture Series: The Geography of Gender in Village India, Prof. Scott Fulford
McGuinn 223
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Sex ratios in India are rapidly becoming more masculine as sex-selective abortion spreads. Two thirds of Indians still live in rural villages, and this talk will examine how village level sex ratios are changing. Villages are becoming more homogeneous in their preferences for boys and so more than two thirds of girls now grow up in villages where they are the minority. What do these changes tell us about Indian society and the possible policy responses?

Sponsored by: International Studies Department

Language Lab Open House & SCOLA Demo: World TV Online and Other Web Services Demos
Lyons 313
4:00pm – 6:00pm

In addition to the SCOLA demo, during the Open House a demo of the Lab's new Digital Interactive Language Lab (DiLL) system in conjunction with a preview of Pimsleur audio programs in less commonly taught languages will be shown that may be of particular interest to BC's study abroad students. 

Sponsored by: The Language Laboratory and Instructional Design & eTeaching Services - Academic Innovation Programs

 

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Global Capitalism, Culture and Ethics: A Discussion of Professor Richard Spinello's Book Moderated by Dean Keeley
Devlin 010
5:15pm – 6:15pm

 

Sponsored by: Carroll School of Management

 

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Thursday, November 13th

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

 

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"Higher Education and Social Justice: Perspectives from Saudi Arabia and Brazil"
Campion 139
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Gladys Beatriz Barreyro, a CIHE visiting scholar, is a professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in educational policy. Her research interests include higher education policy, especially accreditation and internationalization.  Gladys’ latest research is about the Mercosur Accreditation system, the Brazilian evaluation of higher education, and Brazilian higher education policies.

Dr. Fawziah Albakr, a CIHE visiting scholar, is a professor of Sociology of Education in the Educational Policy department, women section at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Fawziah is known for her activism in child and women rights in Saudi Arabia. In 2013, she was nominated by Newsweek as one of the 125 women of impact in the world.

Sponsored by: The Center for International Higher Education

 

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"Offshoring and Exchange Rates" with Ben Li
Maloney 313
12:00pm – 1:15pm

Both offshoring and exchange rates are buzzwords nowadays, each often blamed for the loss of U.S. jobs.  But there is a close connection between exchange rates and offshoring. This talk will illustrate how they interact, the economic mechanism of their interactions, and why new thinking about both of them is needed.

Sponsored by: Economics Department

 

Economics and Race: Perspectives on Our Nation’s Future
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
3:00pm - 4:15pm

Julianne Malveaux ’74, M.A. ’76 economist, author, television commentator, civic leader, and president emerita of Bennett College, will deliver an address regarding the intersection of economics and race in the United States.

Sponsored by: The Vice President for Student Affairs

 

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The U.S. & the Irish Peace Process: Reflections on Contributions
Andover Room; Connolly House
4:00pm – 6:00pm

 

Sponsored by: The Irish Institute

 

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Global Englishes and Language Justice
McGuinn 121
4:30pm – 6:00pm

Discussion facilitated by Kalpana Seshadri of the English Department.

Sponsored by: English Department

 

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International Dining Night in Dining Halls
BC Dining Halls
5:00pm – 8:00pm

 

Sponsored by: BC Dining Services

 

Alumni Panel: What I Did With My International Studies Major
Higgins Hall 310
5:30pm – 7:00pm

 

Sponsored by: International Studies Department

 

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Film Screening: "Five Minutes of Heaven" with Commentary from Mark Cooper, Boston College, Resident Artist
Fulton 511
6:00pm – 9:00pm

 

Sponsored by: The Irish Institute

 

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Friday, November 14th

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

International Graduate Student Financial Seminar Presented by Santander: Money Matters
Connors Family Learning Center, O'Neill Library
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Part of a weekly discussion series for graduate international students.

Sponsored by: The Office of International Students & Scholars

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Asian Studies Career Navigator Series: Doing Business in China
Fulton Hall 245
4:00pm - 5:30pm

The Asian Studies Career Navigator Series enables current BC students to meet and learn from distinguished BC alumni, parents, and other affiliates who have made Asia a focal point of their successful professional careers. Asian Studies faculty members will help contextualize and facilitate discussions. Our distinguished speakers will share their professional expertise, personal experiences, and general career advice with students who are interested in the study of Asian languages, cultures, and contemporary affairs.

Join us to hear members of the BC family offer invaluable inspirations, role models, and vital social connections to the professional communities that may help pave the way to a rewarding career.

Sponsored by: The Asian Studies Program

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Saturday, November 15th

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Fulbright Celebration/German Department
Gasson Hall & Faculty Dining Room
8:30am – 4:15pm

RSVP Here!

Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Faculty Dining Room, Corcoran Commons 
Campus Tour: 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Panel 1*: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Gasson Hall, Room 100 
Lunch: 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Gasson Hall, Room 100 
Panel 2*: 2:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m. Gasson Hall, Room 100

Sponsored by: German Department, The Office of International Programs

*Panel 1: International Education:  What We Can Never Learn from Wikipedia
In our networked world, information on any topic is just a click away.  Social media, YouTube, and Skype make it easier than ever to stay in touch and connected to the world.  Yet there is no substitute for the direct experience of a foreign country that the Fulbright Program and other international education exchanges offer. Why is it important to give students and teachers opportunities to “live into” a foreign country? Society and culture have indeed become more and more international, but what does it mean to have an international career, or a multinational identity? And why does this globalization seem to go hand-in-hand with a renewed interest in the local. Has the importance of international educational exchanges changed/grown/diminished over time?  Panelists will represent a variety of professional and personal backgrounds and discuss the role of international education through diverse lenses. Again, a moderator will highlight differences and commonalities, and lead the discussion on the importance of international education in general.

*Panel 2: “Eras” of the German Fulbright Program
From its inception in 1946 to the present, Fulbright scholars in Germany have borne witness to many important events in German history, U.S.-European relations, and global affairs (e.g., the construction/fall of the Berlin Wall, Prague spring, Vietnam War protests, Minuteman missile deployment, Unification of Germany, Balkan War, dissolution of the Soviet Union, the rise in refugees, introduction of the Euro,  9 / 11, terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the diversification of the German population).  This panel will include Fulbrighters representative of multiple “eras” of the program, each of whom will discuss the important role that their particular Fulbright moment played in shaping their experience of Germany and its lasting legacy. What is the significance of the program for the present and the future—as NATO seeks to come together against common enemies, and the European Union struggles to define what it means to be European. A moderator will help to highlight commonalities and lead a discussion of the enduring societal and political importance of the Fulbright Program.

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

 

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Monday, November 17th

Contigo Exhibition
O'Neill Plaza
All Day

A cloth mural will be hanging in O'Neill plaza where students and visitors can come and sign their solidarity with the people living in the regime in Cuba or currently exiled in foreign countries because of it. Students will be introduced to the realities of Cuba and how to better get involved to promote social justice on and off the island.

Sponsored by: Cuban American Student Association

 

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

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Information Session: Think Summer Abroad
McElroy Commons Eagles Nest
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Come learn about how you can spend your summer abroad!

Sponsored by: The Office of International Programs

 

ISIS and the Future International Relations of the Middle East
Gasson 301
7:00PM

A talk given by Professor Peter Krause of the BC Political Science department.

Sponsored by: The International Club of Boston College

 

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Tuesday, November 18th

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

 

Contigo Exhibition
O'Neill Plaza
All Day

A cloth mural will be hanging in O'Neill plaza where students and visitors can come and sign their solidarity with the people living in the regime in Cuba or currently exiled in foreign countries because of it. Students will be introduced to the realities of Cuba and how to better get involved to promote social justice on and off the island.

Sponsored by: Cuban American Student Association

 

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"Connect with BC Alumni Around the World"
Online
11:30am – 12:30pm

Join BC alumni from around the world for a virtual networking event! Meet alumni from various countries, from international students to American expatriates and learn what it's like to work and live abroad. Students need to register in advance at: https://www.brazenconnect.com/event/boston-college-networking

Sponsored by: The Career Center; The Office of International Programs; The Office of International Students & Scholars

GSSW Alumni Panel: Translating Social Justice Principles Into Concrete Practices
McElroy 237
5:30pm – 7:00pm

 

Sponsored by: The Graduate School of Social Work

 

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Lecture with Robert Ross: Xi Jinping, Chinese Politics, and the Rise of China
Higgins 310
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Chinese politics has been a major factor in recent Chinese behavior and it will determine whether China can continue is rise to reach power status.  Xi Jinping has emerged as China undisputed leader, but he faces major challenges in managing China’s many domestic and foreign policy problems.

Sponsored by: The Office of International Students & Scholars

 

Voices of the Pueblo Native American Dance
Lyons Dining Hall
7:30pm - 9:00pm

 

Sponsored by: The Volunteer and Service Learning Center; the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

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Wednesday, November 19th

Contigo Exhibition
O'Neill Plaza
All Day

A cloth mural will be hanging in O'Neill plaza where students and visitors can come and sign their solidarity with the people living in the regime in Cuba or currently exiled in foreign countries because of it. Students will be introduced to the realities of Cuba and how to better get involved to promote social justice on and off the island.

Sponsored by: Cuban American Student Association

 

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

 

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IS Lunchtime Lecture Series: Professor Brian Gareau
McGuinn 223
12:00pm – 1:15pm

Come join Professor Brian Gareau for lunch and a lecture on the Peace Corps as a post-graduate option for students. Lunch provided.

Sponsored by: International Studies Department

 

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"You talk funny!": A Conversation about Accent Discrimination
Gasson 105
4:00pm - 5:00pm

 

Sponsored by Program in Linguistics and Language Laboratory

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Information Session: Looking for Social Justice through Global Health
Cushing 411/412
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Join faculty and students from the Connell School of Nursing, for a presentation of all CSON offerings in international education. Hear faculty and students share their experiences in international travels.

Sponsored by: The Connell School of Nursing

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A Poet's Journey from El Salvador to 2014: Witness in the Light of Conscience
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Poet, and Georgetown U. professor, Carolyn Forché gives a presentation to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the slayings of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter at the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador. Prof. Forché will give a presentation in which she reads from some of her works speaking to that terrifying time in El Salvador, where she lived for some of the period of the civil war of the 1980s. As well, she will provide commentary on the social forces that gave rise to the oppression and the war in that era.

Co-sponsored by: The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights; the Jesuit Institute at Boston College; the English Department; and the Latin American Studies program.

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Thursday, November 20th

Contigo Exhibition
O'Neill Plaza
All Day

A cloth mural will be hanging in O'Neill plaza where students and visitors can come and sign their solidarity with the people living in the regime in Cuba or currently exiled in foreign countries because of it. Students will be introduced to the realities of Cuba and how to better get involved to promote social justice on and off the island.

Sponsored by: Cuban American Student Association

 

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

 

Lunchtime Discussion: Fertility and the Sex Ratio in India with S. Anukriti

Maloney Hall 313

12:00pm - 1:15pm

Please RSVP to andrewma@bc.edu

Sponsored by: the Economics Department

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International Scholars Reception
Fulton Honors Library
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Reception for BC international faculty and scholars and their faculty sponsors.

Sponsored by: The Office of International Students & Scholars

 

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Dancing with the International Stars, Season II
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
4:00pm - 6:00pm

*This event has been canceled.

We invite our friends to showcase any international dance. Also, before the performance, a brief description about the dance and the attire is highly recommended. We would request our performers to teach some steps to our audience. After all the performances, we will have an open stage for any willing friend to showcase their talent (Dance, Song, Poetry, Instrument playing etc). We will provide refreshments to our friends.

Sponsored by: Graduate International Students Association

"From the Image to the Text": Visual Culture and Rape Representation with Professor Regine Jean-Charles
Devlin Hall 101
4:30pm – 5:30pm

 

Sponsored by: African and African Diaspora Studies as part of the New Directions of African and African Diaspora Studies Lecture Series 2014-15

 

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Graduate School: When, What, and Why
Higgins 310 Auditorium
5:30pm – 7:00pm

International Studies Alumni talk about their post-graduate education.

Sponsored by: International Studies Department

 

Exploring the Concept of Beauty Across Cultures
Cabaret Room, Vanderslice Hall
7:00pm - 9:00pm

 

Sponsored by: The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

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Friday, November 21st

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World through Our Eyes photo exhibit
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery
All Day

Come enjoy a selection of international photography from across the BC community.

Sponsored by: Boston College Libraries

 

Contigo Exhibition
O'Neill Plaza
All Day

A cloth mural will be hanging in O'Neill plaza where students and visitors can come and sign their solidarity with the people living in the regime in Cuba or currently exiled in foreign countries because of it. Students will be introduced to the realities of Cuba and how to better get involved to promote social justice on and off the island.

Sponsored by: Cuban American Student Association

 

Tweeting in the Time of Cholera: Networking, Social Media and Justice in Haiti
Barat House, 1st floor (Newton Campus)
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Discussion with Brian Concannon from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Sponsored by: The Center for Human Rights & International Justice; the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

 

Arts of the Aboriginals: A Celebration of Native American Heritage through Dance, Music and Theater
Gasson 100
6:00 pm

 

Sponsored by: The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

 

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International Prom: A Night in Paris
 Cabaret Room, Vanderslice Hall
9:00pm - 12:00am

The International Club of Boston College will be hosting its annual International Prom. This year's theme is A Night in Paris, so make sure to come out in your best attire! ESM will be providing great music as we remember what it was like in high school. This is a great chance to experience an American Prom for international students that haven't had the experience! Food, music, dancing, fun, and much more! Tickets are free and will be available at Robsham Theater Box Office/RTAC@bc.edu Box Office only.

Sponsored by: The International Club of Boston College