Xavier Celebrates International Education Week with Fashion, Film and Food

November 17, 2009


International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. The joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for the global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to learning and exchange experiences in the United States. Xavier’s diverse student body enhances this opportunity to engage the Xavier community to consider what it can offer the global community and showcases the impact of international education on Xavier.
Activities include an International Dinner and Fashion Show on Saturday, November 22 in the Conaton Board Room located in Schmidt Hall, as well as week-long music appreciation in the Gallagher Student Center. For more information please contact the Romero International Center at 513-745-2864.
All events listed below are open to the public and free, unless noted otherwise. 
Tuesday Nov. 17
Red Cross Presentation on International Humanitarian Law/The Geneva Conventions
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Gallagher Student Center, Rm. 330
This is a basic introduction to international hu­manitarian law, which seeks to limit the conduct of war and protect the victims of armed conflict - more commonly referred to as the Geneva Conventions. It explains legal protections for those impacted by war and the Red Cross work on behalf of those groups.
Sponsored by: American Red Cross—International Services Department; Office of Interna­tional Student Services at Xavier University; Peace and Justice Programs at Xavier University
International Students’ Soci­ety—International Sport Night
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Green Space (rain location is O’Connor Sports Center)
Members of the Society give lessons on how to play cricket, the im­portance of the game and a chance to play this international game.
Sponsored by: International Students’ Society
Peer Leadership Team: Diversity in Friendship and Leadership Workshop
4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Gallagher Student Center, Rm. 330
Focuses on how appreci­ating our similarities and differences and helps create an accepting and under­standing environment at Xavier.
Sponsored by: Peer Leadership Team
Wednesday Nov. 18
International Coffee Hour: Japan
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Gallagher Student Center, Faces of the World Lounge
A sampling of Japanese cuisine and culture.
Sponsored by: Office of Internation­al Student Services; Japanese Club
International Business Networking Reception
4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Executive MBA Classroom, Hailstones Hall, first floor
Meet international students on campus and learn about global business practices and culture firsthand. Refreshments are served and a few prizes for lucky participants.
Sponsored by: The management/human resources professional student society.
Exploring Critical Issues: The Future of Islam: Muslim-West Relations
7:30 p.m. James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center, Cintas Center
Of the issues facing today’s world, the relationship between the Mus­lim world and the West is critical. John Es­posito, one of the world’s leading experts on this topic, discusses this complex issue.
Sponsored by: The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue; the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati; National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; De­partment of Theology at Xavier University; Office of Interna­tional Student Services at Xavier University; Office of Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University; Bridges for a Just Community; Northern Kentucky University
Thursday Nov. 19
Thoughtful Thursdays: Water
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Gallagher Student Center, Rm. 214
Learn about and discuss the issues surrounding water prevalent throughout the world. Why are some countries teeming with potable water while others struggle to find it? What are the implications of priva­tized water for us and our world?
Sponsored by: The Student Life and Leadership Committee
6:00 p.m. Albers Hall, Room 103
The movie “Quinceañera” is a story fueled by the racial, class and sexual tensions of Echo Park, a Latino neighborhood in transition.
Sponsored by: Student Organization of Latinos
The Nearly Naked Mile
8:00 p.m. Residential Mall
The mile-long run through campus ends with prizes for the fastest runners and the “best dressed” runners. This event is to raise money for the medical/interfaith trip to Jamaica in January. There will be Jamaican themed music and clothing.
Sponsored by: Medical/interfaith trip to Jamaica; Interfaith Community Engagement
Friday Nov. 20
“Slumdog Millionaire”
2:00 p.m. The Women’s Center
The movie “Slumdog Millionaire” is being shown.
Sponsored by: The Women’s Center at Xavier University
International Potluck Dinner and Fashion Show
6:30 p.m. Conaton Board Room, Schmidt Hall
Explore the rich cultures and histories represented at Xavier at the International Students’ Soci­ety’s International Potluck Dinner and Fashion Show. Those who bring a dish or wear tradition­al dress from their cultural heritage are admitted free. Those unable to bring cultural food or clothing are charged a $5 entrance fee.
Sponsored by: International Students’ Society
Sunday Nov. 22
Alternative Gift Fair
10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Gallagher Student Center
Over 15 local nonprofit and fair-trade groups offer crafts and holiday decorations that are made by and support grassroots artisans from around the world.
Sponsored by: Bellarmine Chapel
Ongoing Events
·          Displaying of World Flags and Playing of International MusicGallagher Student Center
·          Xavier around the World Display Gallagher Student Center stairwell
·          International Issues and Education Book Display McDonald Library
·          Facts about International Education Green Space
·          International Book Display Sponsored by the Xavier Bookstore
·          Fourth Annual International Photo Contest (Office of International Student Services is accepting submissions)