A celebration of the music, language, arts and culture of the world will be the focus of activities scheduled for next week on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus in conjunction with International Education Week.
International Education Week is a joint initiative of the departments of State and Education and is designed as a celebration of international culture on university and college campuses worldwide. It also promotes the benefits of international study and exchange programs.
“Southern Miss has a proud tradition of commitment to international education and cultural exchange, and each year we look forward to this week,” said Dr. Susan Steen, director of Southern Miss International Education.
The week’s schedule of events include:
• Monday, Nov. 16: The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures kicks off International Education Week with a showing of “Volver” at 5:30 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center, room 210. Admission is free.
• Tuesday, Nov. 17: Learn more about the Spanish language and its cultures as the Spanish Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures hosts an information table with music and cultural displays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the terrace of the Liberal Arts Building (rain site will be the LAB lobby).
• Tuesday, Nov. 17: The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures presents the movie “Nueve Reinas” at 5:30 p.m. in the International Center, room 101. Admission is free.
• Wednesday, Nov. 18: The ¡Miércoles Gigante! Spanish Variety Show, presented by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures’ Spanish Program, will host a variety of talent acts in the Spanish language. This event will be held from noon - 3 p.m. at the Power House Courtyard (if weather is poor, the show will be moved inside The Powerhouse restaurant).
• Wednesday, Nov. 18: The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures presents the movie “Belle Epoque” at 5:30 p.m. at the International Center, room 101. Admission is free.
• Thursday, Nov 19: International Programs presents a Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center atrium. Students can stop by and learn about different Southern Miss study abroad programs; vote for a photo in the Cultural Perspectives Photo Contest; test their knowledge on global issues with a "Global Awareness Quiz"; and learn from former students and faculty about their experiences studying and teaching abroad. Entertainment will be provided by the Southern Miss Department of Music.
• Thursday, Nov. 19: International Student Scholar Services will host a talent competition, “International Idol,” at 2 p.m. at the Baptist Student Union. Admission is free.
• Thursday, Nov. 19: The Spanish Club will celebrate the Spanish language and its cultures with singing, dancing and tapas from 5 – 7 p.m. at RC’s Lounge in the R.C. Cook Student Union. Admission is free.
For more information on International Education Week, call 601.266.4344; or to learn more about Southern Miss study abroad and exchange programs, online visit www.usm.edu/internationaledu/
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