Sponsored by: International Student and Scholar Services, Global Education Office and Vanderbilt International Office in coordination with Blair School, BRET Office of Career Development, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Student Professional Development, College of Arts & Science, GradLEAF, Humphrey Fellowship Program, Japanese Cultural Foundation, LGBTQI Life, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Office of Active Citizenship and Service, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College: IEPM, Peabody Office of Professional and Graduate Education, Psychological and Counseling Center, The Graduate School, Vanderbilt International Scholars Program, and Vanderbilt Law School.

Friday, November 8

10:00 a.m.

International Education Week Essay Contest

The winners of the IEW Essay Contest will be announced and posted on the ISSS website.

First Place – Ashley Dixon
Second Place – Omega Tennant


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Peabody International Lunch Series: Migrant Children in the U.S. and China
Presented by Humphrey Fellow Akina Shen and Peabody Graduate Student Elizabeth Rose
Location: Wyatt 102, Peabody College

Both China and the US have large numbers of migrant children in their schools. US migrants arrive from other countries, while Chinese families migrate from the countryside to urban centers. Come learn and engage in a discussion about the different challenges that both countries face in integrating these students into the education system.


12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

TGI-IEW-F (Thank Goodness It’s International Education Week Friday)
Location: K.C. Potter Center (312 West Side Row)

Come to the K.C. Potter Center for our weekly TGI-LGBTQI-F. This week come and enjoy dessert and great conversation provided by ISSS as part of the kick-off to International Education Week (IEW).  Hosted by LGBTQI Life as part of TGI-LGBTQI-Friday’s

Monday, November 11

Latin American Images Photography Exhibit Competition 2013
Location: 230 Buttrick Hall

The Latin American Images Photography Competition will feature original photos taken in Latin America by Vanderbilt, students and staff and visiting scholars from various departments.  Photographs will be on display throughout International Education Week (November 11-20) in the Buttrick Hall Atrium.  A reception will be held to announce contest prize winners on Thursday, November 14 at 4:30pm in the Buttrick Atrium. The Center for Latin American Studies will award cash prizes to the first, second and third place entries.

One entry will be accepted per person by November 1.  Participants will be asked to submit an 8×10 print in addition to a digital and online submission form.  For further information on competition rules and requirements please contact Elizabeth Murphy elizabeth.g.murphy.1@vanderbilt.edu or Alma Paz Sanmiguel  alma.paz-sanmiguel@vanderbilt.edu.


10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

World Market Fair
Location: Sarratt Art Gallery in the Sarratt Student Center

Come browse and purchase terrific items just in time for the holidays from Scarlett Begonia, Conexion Americas, Fair Trade Teas, Harvest Hands, and the Egyptian Church.


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Show Me The Money: Summer Funding and Budgeting Abroad
Location: Sarratt 189

Think you can’t afford to study abroad? Think again! Enjoy lunch while you learn about budgeting techniques and money saving tips. You will also learn about both Vanderbilt-specific, and other scholarship opportunities available for study abroad. These scholarships are especially important for students interested in studying abroad in the summer! Students who have recently returned from studying abroad and staff from the Global Education Office will be present to help answer your questions.


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

IEW Opening Reception
Location: Sarratt Art Gallery in the Sarratt Student Center

FREE!  Join us at the World Market Fair for a variety of delicious international desserts.


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Career Pathways in International Education Development
Location: Wyatt 322 (Peabody)

IEPM graduate James Nardella will discuss questions pertinent to any graduate looking for a vocation in the international development field: What are the entry points? Where do you hope to add value on the continuum between those who fund international development and those on the receiving end? James is the Executive Director of the Lwala Community Alliance, a health and development agency with projects that benefit 6,000 Kenyan students. In his role, James leads program strategy, partnership development, and organizational growth.

Tuesday, November 12

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Maymester 2013 Information Fair
Location: Sarratt Promenade

Maymesters offer innovative and intensive academic experiences.  For many students, participating in Maymester becomes an adventure in learning. Maymester professors will be on hand to discuss their courses at the information fair.


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Women in International Law
Location: Hyatt, Vanderbilt Law School

Christie Edwards will discuss her work in International Human Rights and Gender. Ms. Edwards is a leading expert on the subject, working with such organizations as Vital Voices Global Partnership, Women Thrive Worldwide, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Smith College, and SAIS. Join us for this fantastic discussion of an important issue!  Hosted by International Law Society.


7:30 p.m.

Tony Takitani
iLens Film Presented by: Yoshikuni Igarashi, Associate Professor of History
Location: Sarratt Cinema

Due to his Western name, Tony was shunned by other kids and spent a solitary childhood. Though gifted as an artist, his drawings lacked feeling, so as an adult, he carved a career as a technical illustrator. Then in middle age, Tony suddenly falls for a pretty young woman and for the first time in his life feels connected to the outside world. Based on the lyrical short story by Haruki Murakami. Japanese with English subtitles. Unrated.  105 mins.

Wednesday, November 13

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

World on Wednesday: How to Win the 2014 Global Health Case Competition
Presented by: VIGH Student Advisory Council
Location: Student Life Center LLMR 1 & 2

This spring, multidisciplinary teams composed of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from across the university will compete in the fourth annual Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition and take on a complex, real-world global issue surrounding health. At this World on Wednesday, competition organizers will explain what the event is all about and members of the first place team from 2013 will share their winning strategies for building the optimal team, maximizing resources, approaching the case topic, and presenting innovative solutions. Information on the Global Health Case Competition can be found at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/vigh-sac/case/.


5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment: A Recruiter’s Perspective
By: Author, Dan Beaudry
Location: Wilson Hall 103

Studying in America is a powerful first step towards making U.S employment a reality, but each year thousands of international students are surprised to discover that it takes more than an American degree to get a job in the U.S. You need an understanding of the unique challenges facing international students, and a strategy with proven success in overcoming them. Power Ties delivers both.


7:30 p.m.

iLens Film Presented by Department of Psychiatry as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20)
Location: Sarratt Cinema

An extraordinary documentary about men and women, and all the variations in between. Inspired by the story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her work as a transgender surgeon, the film provides a very personal vision into the lives, loves, and challenges of a remarkable cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life. English. Unrated. 104 mins.

Thursday, November 14

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Teaching English Abroad Panel
Location: Sarratt 189

Teaching abroad is a rewarding and exciting post-graduation option. It can be an opportunity to travel, learn a new language, and gain international work experience. There will be representatives from Fulbright ETA, the JET program, the Peace Corps and other programs.


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Japanese Exchange and Teaching Information Session
Location: Sarratt 189

The Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) is a Japanese government initiative to promote international education in Japan by improving foreign language education and cultural exchange at the local level. The JET Programme recruits college graduates to serve in local government offices as well as public and private elementary schools, junior high and senior high schools for a minimum contract of one year. JET is a highly respected program that with over 57,000 alumni from 54 different countries. The JET program is a grand opportunity to work abroad and enjoy life in a different culture while contributing to the project of improving international education.


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Latin American Images Photography Reception
Location: Buttrick Hall Atrium

A reception will be held to announce the Latin American Images Photography Exhibit 2013 Competition prize winners The Center for Latin American Studies will award cash prizes to first, second and third places entries.


6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The World “Cup”
Location: Student Life Center Ballrooms A & B

Taste tea, coffee, and other exotic beverages from all over the world . . . without leaving campus!  Talk to representatives from student organizations and campus offices about international engagement opportunities, both on campus, in the local community, and abroad.

Learn more about Brazil and Africa through stories of the athletic department’s trips abroad and performances by Vanderbilt Capoeira Club, VIDA, and ASU’s Nilaja Amari.

Friday, November 15

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Global Service Fair: “Faces of Global Service”
Location: Rand 305, OACS

The Office of Active Citizenship & Service is teaming up with the Humphrey Fellowship Program to explore the many faces of service around the world. Humphrey Fellows and OACS staff will discuss over 16 countries; explore how volunteerism is perceived, and what opportunities there are to serve expressed needs in each country.  Stop by anytime between 11am – 1pm to learn more about OACS Global Summer Service Projects and to hear different perspectives on service and global citizenship. Refreshments will be available.


4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Badminton Doubles Tournament
Location: Student Recreation Center

All teams must have one American and one International student.  Prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd place teams.  Please send an e-mail to isss@vanderbilt.edu that includes team name, full names and e-mail address of both team members by November 8.  Check-in starts at 4 p.m. and tournament runs from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Communication Nuances in Global Relations
Location: Sarratt/Rand 308

Preparing for a career within a global framework can require an understanding of cultural aspects of your educational and work environment. Expert panelists from the fields of Psychiatry, Behavioral Science, and Education will present their perspectives on the impact of socio-cultural nuances in effective communication in global settings.  Hosted by Psychological and Counseling Center.


5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Students Without Borders: An Evening of Professional Development, Campus Resources, and Career Connections
Location: Student Life Center Board of Trust Room

Join us for an interactive networking dinner workshop featuring presentations and panels of Vanderbilt staff, local employers, and recent alumni completing OPT in Nashville. International students will have the opportunity to meet and connect with campus staff, fellow Vanderbilt students, and appropriate campus resources as they build a “network” on Vanderbilt campus and prepare for employment in the United States.

There is no cost to attend this event; however, space is limited. Please RSVP through DoreWays. You will be asked to pick up an entry ticket at ISSS for this event.

How to log onto DoreWays:

  1. Visit the Center for Student Professional Development’s Home Page, and click on the DoreWays icon under Quick Links.
  2. Login to DoreWays using your VUnetID and password
  3. Click on the “Events” tab
  4. In “Events”, click the “Workshops” tab to find Students Without Borders

Monday, November 18

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Kitchen Table Series
Location: Sarratt 325/327

Sex, Money, and Sex for Money: Join the Kitchen Table Series and Reverend Becca Stevens of Thistle Farms and the Magdalene Project for an intimate conversation about her work serving women who have experienced prostitution, trafficking, addiction, and life on the streets.

The Kitchen Table Series is a student-designed program intended to reach across campus to highlight current gender issues and how they impact different communities.

Tuesday, November 19

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Conflict Resolution in Syria: Negotiating Peace from the Grassroots Up
Location: Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt Law School

This panel discussion will provide current perspectives from two leading practitioners in conflict resolution negotiation efforts in Syria. Mr. Mohammad Al Abdallah, the Executive Director of the Syrian Justice and Accountability Center, will be present to speak of the negotiation dynamic involved in composing the Syrian opposition delegation for future Geneva talks, as well as the structure of negotiations focused on conflict resolution already taking place.  Mr. Al Abdallah will be able to provide key insight into how those negotiations are structured to avoid engendering increased conflict and how they are utilized at local levels to maintain peace and create balance between old judges and new actors. Mr. Al Abdallah will be joined by Ms. Lee Tucker, a representative from the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG). Ms. Tucker runs PILPG’s Gaziantep-based program focused on preventing inter-communal violence in Syria. Her work, and the work of the project, has focused on training Syrians in conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation skills. Additionally, VLS’s Professor Michael Newton will serve as moderator, guiding the conversation between the panelists to achieve its fullest potential. The event will be followed by a reception in North Lobby.  Hosted by VLS’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Organization (ADRO), in cooperation with the VLS’s International Law Society and Middle Eastern Law Student Association.

Wednesday, November 20

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

World on Wednesday: Conflict in Syria
Presented by: VU Visiting Humphrey Fellows, Tarek Daoud of Lebanon
Location: Student Life Center LLMR 1 & 2


7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
Location: Student Life Center Ballroom A

Join the Vanderbilt and Nashville community in commemoration of the lives lost to anti-transgender violence.


8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt Wind Symphony: “Musique Francaise”
Location: Blair School of Music – Ingram Hall

Vanderbilt Wind Symphony presents an evening of musique française from their forthcoming CD, A French Connection, which will be released on Naxos. The program includes Serge Lancen’s Rapsodie Symphonique; Eugene Bozza’s Ballade Pour Trombone, with guest artist Jeremy Wilson; and Fisher Tull’s Reflections on Paris.  Free and Open to the Public. Presented with gratitude to an anonymous friend for generously supporting the Blair School.