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.

Tuesday, November 11

Latin American Images Photography Competition Exhibit 2014
Location: Buttrick Hall Atrium

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 Wednesday, November 19 at 5pm in the Buttrick Atrium. The Center for Latin American Studies will award cash prizes to first, second and third places entries.

One entry will be accepted per person.  Participants will be asked to submit an 8×10 print in addition to a digital and online submission form.  Further information on Competition rules and requirements please contact Alma Paz-Sanmiguel alma.paz-sanmiguel@vanderbilt.edu

11:00am – 1:00pm – Maymester Fair

Location: Sarratt Promenade

Maymesters for 2015 will be announced on November 11 in the Sarratt Promenade, from 11 am to 1 pm.  The professors conducting each Maymester will there to provide additional information and details. Each Maymester is a 3-credit hour course, often with AXLE credit.  Plan to stop by.

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Teaching English Abroad Panel Discussion
Location: Sarratt 189
Lunch will be provided!

Join us as we discuss our experiences teaching abroad and explore questions regarding the process of finding and getting to the job, negotiating cultural differences, maintaining relationships at home, etc.  Panelists include former participants of Peace Corps, JET, and Fulbright.

4:00pm – 5:00pm – International Experiences World Café
Location: Sarratt 189

International Experiences World Café:  Join the PCC and the Vanderbilt community for an afternoon of refreshments and rich conversation.  Faculty, staff, and students are welcomed to capitalize on the wisdom of their collective experiences by sharing their unique perspectives about international and cross-cultural experiences.

Wednesday, November 12

Noon – 1:00pm
World On Wednesday: Reducing HIV Risk for Men who Have Sex with Men in China
Location: Student Life Center, Lower Level Rooms 1 & 2
Lunch Provided

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health has 3 NIH grants to work with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) and the local CDC offices in Beijing and Chaoyang (eastern side of the city) to increase HIV testing, linkage to care, and adherence to antiretroviral therapy among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Beijing. They are also initiating a new study to see if male circumcision is effective at reducing HIV risk among MSM in Beijing and other global sites. Drs. Vermund and Qian will discuss the HIV epidemic in China, challenges for MSM, and the nature of their research objectives and activities.

7:30pm – 9:15pm – iLens Film: West
Location: Sarratt Cinema

Germany (2013) Dir: Christian Schwochow. It’s the late 70s and Nelly and her son want to get a fresh start in the West. They want to leave their memories and grief behind. Alexej’s father is dead so a new start should be possible on the other side of the Wall. The first place of refuge for emigrants is the cramped Emergency Refugee Center in West Berlin. It is her only shelter and the place where her past catches up with her. She has to decide if she will let the trauma of the past destroy the future she had in mind for her and her son. German, English, Russian and Polish with English subtitles. DVD. 102 minutes.

Free and open to the public.  Partial funding provided by the Department of German.

Thursday, November 13

12:30pm – 1:30pm – UNICEF and Education
Location: Sarratt 189

This interactive workshop will highlight UNICEF’s education projects worldwide and how Vanderbilt students can engage with this work through the U.S. Fund for UNICEF here in Nashville.

Friday, November 14

12:10pm – 1:00pm – Improving Educational Outcomes in the Diverse Social Milieu of the Philippines
Location: Wyatt 223

Peabody International Lunch Series (Lunch Provided)

Presented by: Roselle Mendoza (Humphrey Fellowship Program – Philippines) 

Are you aware that the Philippines has more than 100 ethnic tribes and about 111 indigenous languages? Multiculturalism may bring diverse cultural riches to this island nation, but it also has complex implications for curriculum, pedagogy, and school climate.  Despite a mandate in 2011 by the Department of Education that all schools adopt the National Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Education Policy Framework, indigenous communities continue to be marginalized and lack access to culturally appropriate education. In Roselle Mendoza’s province of Nueva Vizcaya, indigenous communities are underserved with respect to the provision of basic education services; hear her discuss how she and other educational leaders address the issues of access, efficiency and quality in this complex social environment.

2:00pm – 8:00pm – Green Dot Bystander Workshop
Location: Sarratt 325/327
The training is open to all Vanderbilt-affiliated people and will include dinner.

Interactive and Informative, the Green Dot bystander workshops provide an in-depth understanding about the Green Dot curriculum, and include a comprehensive overview of power-based personal violence (intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, identity-based targeting, and bullying); a conversation about common obstacles preventing people from intervening; an opportunity to explore Green Dot for every personality; and a time for developing Green Dots you can implement in your daily lives.

7:30pm – 10:00pm  – Vanderbilt University Opera Theatre and Orchestra: Die Fledermaus
Location: Ingram Hall

Vanderbilt Opera Theatre and Vanderbilt University Orchestra present Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss’ delightful sacher torte dropped in the decadent chocolate box of 1920s Berlin. Nightclubs, dancing girls, mistaken identities, and jilted lovers, all served up by the king of waltz.  Free and Open to the Public.


International Education Week 2016: Nov. 14-18

International Education Week (#IEW16) is an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, http://iew.state.gov/, to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S.

Dear Student Organizations, Campus partners and Academic Departments,

The International Education Week (IEW) Submission form is now live for any student organization, campus partner or academic department who would like to submit information about their events during International Education Week, or who would like to submit an event proposal. To access the form, please click here.

All forms are due by Wednesday, October 19th at the latest.

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to collaborating with you!

Monday, November 17

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Plan for Your Future: Job Searching for International Students
Location: Sarratt 189

The search for internships and post-graduate employment can be quite challenging for international students. This workshop will help you understand the process and will address how to use all available resources to help you compete effectively in the job market.


6:00pm – 7:00pm – Panel on Modern Opera and Magical Realism/Amazon
Location: TBA

In recognition of the January, 2015 debut of Nashville Opera’s first ever opera sung in Spanish, CLAS and Blair faculty will host an interdisciplinary panel leading up to the performance of Florencia en el Amazonas.


7:00 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!  Learn about the international community at Vanderbilt and in the local Nashville area by talking to representatives from student organizations and hear campus departments. This event will give you a true taste of Nashville!

Tuesday, November 18

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Global Service Fair: “How YOU can make a difference”
Location: Sarratt Promenade

Students, community members, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the Sarratt|Rand Promenade to learn about international community service opportunities in the non-profitsector.

The Humphrey Fellows are leading education experts visiting Vanderbilt from 10 different locations around the world and want to talk with you about the non-profit sector in their home countries. Fellows will share available opportunities in their countries and here in Nashville where you can get involved with immigrants and refugees from their countries to make a difference through service and develop and deeper understanding of current global challenges. The Office of Active Citizenship and Service will also be there to share information and applications for their five global service trips in Quito, Ecuador / London, UK / Rabat, Morocco / Johannesburg, South Africa / Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Professionalism and U.S. Culture for International Students
Location: Sarratt 189

Learn how to interview American style and kick start your job search.  Open to all international students.


7:30pm – 9:50pm – iLens Film: House of Spirits
Location: Sarratt Cinema

Presented by Chalene Helmuth, Ph.D. (Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

Based on Isabel Allende’s novel, this tale begins in South America in 1926 and details the life of four generations. The film traces the post-colonial social and political upheavals of Chile through the genre of magical realism. At its core is the stormy relationship between the supernaturally gifted Clara and her controlling husband. An all-star cast plays in this timeless story of secrets, seduction, revenge and forgiveness. English and Spanish with English subtitles. DVD. 140 minutes.  Funding provided by the Center for Latin American Studies.

Wednesday, November 19

9:00am – 3:00pm – Passport Fair
Location: Student Life Center Lower Level Room 3

Passport Fair is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community partners.  Free expedited service!  Passport forms can be found on the Department of State website: http://www.travel.state.gov.

Noon – 1:00pm – World On Wednesday: Nomadic Education in Zaduo County
Location: Student Life Center, Lower Level Rooms 1 & 2
Lunch Provided

Presented by Lhamo Dongtse (Humphrey Fellowship Program – Tibet)

In the Qing Hai province of China, there are a number of issues that complicate efforts to improve the quality of education, especially for nomadic peoples. One challenge, for example, is how to offer bilingual education to all students; minority languages are legally granted equal status to Mandarin, but national examinations favor the dominant language. Similarly, educators struggle to teach effectively using a standardized curriculum; despite wide variation in geography, agriculture, climate, language, and local customs, the same subjects are taught with the same materials throughout the country. Join Lhamo Dong Tse, a Tibetan educational leader in Qinghai province and a current Humphrey Fellow, as she addresses these and other challenges, and hear her describe how she endeavors to improve educational opportunities for her region’s most disadvantaged groups.

5:00pm – Reception for Latin American Images Photography Competition Exhibit 2014
Location: Buttrick Hall Atrium

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

Thursday, November 20

12:30 – 1:30 – TESL Information Session, by the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute
Location: Sarratt 189

Teaching English as a second language—sometimes called TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), sometimes called TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)—can be the most rewarding experience of your lifetime. Whether you are looking for adventure, a way to support yourself while traveling the world, a path to helping others, or all three, learning to teach people how to speak English is a kind of open sesame.  And the TESL—Teaching English as a Second Language—certification program offered by the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TESL@TFLI) will give you the training, the confidence and the credential to make magic in your life and that of others.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

A day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender violence and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. For more information visit: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi/get-involved/tdor.