Study Abroad News
The Office of International Affairs will continue its partnership with the Gateway Film Center this semester with the Global Engagement Film Series. The series promotes international cinema with a different screening on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
The selected films offer new cultural perspectives, and provide an opportunity to support films from around the world. Students can attend the films for free, and often guest speakers are invited to participate in a Q&A session following the film.
September's screening will be "Finding Fela," a Sundance Film Festival selection which depicts the life of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.
October's screening will be the Oscar-nominated French film "Persepolis." The film tells a coming-of-age story of a young Iranian girl during the Islamic Revolution.
Learn more about initiatives on diaspora engagement and development when Andrew O’Brien, U.S. Department of State Special Representative, brings the Diaspora Tour to Ohio State on Wednesday, October 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union.
O’Brien will present a keynote address and moderate a panel discussion with those from Ohio State and the central Ohio community who have been involved in diaspora initiatives.
Kevin Passino, professor in the College of Engineering, will discuss his involvement in service learning programs with students in Guatemala and Honduras and will provide insight into the important role that engineering plays in developing communities. Hannah Bonacci, a graduate student, will share her passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth and women in Western Africa, her work with service learning programs to Ghana and how she helped found, The Akumanyi Foundation. to help fund development projects. Barbara Pratzner, executive director of Columbus Sister Cities International, will provide insight into the capital city's growing international interests and the importance of community involvement. And, Jibril Mohamed, executive director of SomaliCAN, will address the role of the Somali diaspora community in Columbus, Ohio and its impact on local society and in the Horn of Africa.
Registration to attend the event is recommended.