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International Education Week

The week of November 14 - 18, 2016 marks the 16th annual celebration of International Education Week. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to promote a broader understanding of world cultures. Ohio State joins thousands of other institutions worldwide participating in events that bring an international perspective to college campuses. Connect with IEW 2016 online via Facebook.

November 13

La Tavola Italiana: Italian 1102 and above
For 1102, 1103, and 1104.3and 5101 classes, 5 visits or more will increase the overall course grade by 1%.
10:30 a.m., Hagerty Hall Coffee Shop, 1775 College Road

Caffé Forte: Italian 1101
For 1101 and 5101 classes, 5 visits or more will increase the course grade by 1%.
10:30 a.m., Hagerty Hall Coffee Shop, 1775 College Road

Study Abroad: Getting Started Sessions
All students interested in study abroad must attend a Getting Started session. At these sessions, you will learn more about studying abroad including how to select a program that is the best fit for you, along with other practical information about finances, the application process, and other resources available to you.
12 – 1 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall

Melton Center for Jewish Studies
Being Asian and Jewish: Adoption and Identity
This is a crossing borders luncheon dialogue with Devorah Goldstein and Kim McKee. Born in Taiwan, Devorah Goldstein was abandoned by her biological mother in a train station. Found by Professor Schwartzbaum, who was living in Taiwan as a Fulbright scholar with his wife, Goldstein was adopted by the Schwartzbaum family. In the memoir, The Bamboo Cradle, Professor Schwartzbaum tells the story of how Devorah changed their lives and brought them back to a traditional Jewish life. The memoir also includes diary reflections from Devorah as she negotiated her adoptee identity following her family's move to Israel during adolescence. Devorah Goldstein now teaches elementary school in Baltimore and speaks widely about her experiences as a Chinese-American Orthodox Jew. Kim McKee is a doctoral student in OSU Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research examines transnational and transracial adoption. There will be a free Kosher Asian lunch. To RSVP, please visit here. For more information, please contact Judy Wu.
12:30 p.m., Ohio State Hillel, 46 East 16th Avenue

Melton Center for Jewish Studies
Growing Up Jewish and Chinese in America
Mrs. Devorah Goldstein, a resident of Baltimore, was born in China. Abandoned by her parents at a train station, she was found by an American Jewish couple, the Schwartzbaums, who adopted her and brought her to live with them. In a famous book, The Bamboo Cradle, Professor Schwartzbaum tells the story of how Devorah changed their lives and brought them back to a traditional Jewish life. Devorah now teaches elementary school in Baltimore and speaks widely about her experiences as a Chinese-American Orthodox Jew.
5 p.m., Columbus JCC, 1125 College Avenue

International Photography Exhibition - Opening Reception
Winning photographs will be announced, prizes will be awarded and all the photographers whose photos are chosen for the exhibit will be recognized. Register for this event.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m., East Art Lounge, Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street

November 14

La Tavola Italiana: Italian 1102 and above
For 1102, 1103, and 1104.3 and 5101 classes, 5 visits or more will increase the overall course grade by 1%.
1:30 and 2:30 p.m., Hagerty Hall Coffee Shop, 1775 College Road

Caffé Forte: Italian 1101
For 1101 and 5101 classes, 5 visits or more will increase the course grade by 1%.
1:30 p.m., Hagerty Hall Coffee Shop, 1775 College Road

Study Abroad Information Session
Medieval and Renaissance Cities
Travel back in time! During this newly offered May session program students will explore how Italian towns, cities and landscapes originated and evolved over centuries. Literature and historical readings provide the background to the cities and architectural wonders that will be visited. Students will sketch and journal their educational experience. Professors Kay Bea Jones and Christian Zacher will co-teach the multi-disciplinary program and will provide more details about in-country itinerary during the info session. For more information, please contact Leslie Anderson.
12 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue

Study Abroad: Getting Started Sessions
All students interested in study abroad must attend a Getting Started session. At these sessions, you will learn more about studying abroad including how to select a program that is the best fit for you, along with other practical information about finances, the application process, and other resources available to you.
4 – 5 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall

Study Abroad Information Session
Social Welfare in England and Poland: A Cross-Cultural Exploration
This May session study abroad program explores the social welfare systems and policies in England and Poland, focusing particularly on mental health care and child welfare. Lectures and agency visits will provide an overview of the related social service systems and an opportunity to conduct cross-cultural comparative analysis of those systems in the United States, United Kingdom, and Poland. Students will spend eleven days in Bath and London the U.K., and ten in Cracow in Poland. For more information, please contact Michela Shigley-Giusti.
4:30 – 5:30 p.m., 444 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road

Study Abroad Information Session
German Language Study Abroad Opportunities
German language students of various levels are encouraged to look into their study abroad options. For students of a more elementary level, the German Language Program in Dresden is a nice fit. This program will spend eight weeks in Dresden with Professor Andy Spencer learning both language and culture. Eligible students have completed German 1102 or German 1103 prior to departure. For students at a slightly higher level (completion of 2101), there is the Goethe Institut program. This program can accommodate several levels of German and students have the option of traveling for four or eight weeks. For upper level language students, there is the Bonn Program (Academic Year 2013-2014 or Sommersemester 2014); eligible students must have completed at least German 3101. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Angerman.
5 - 6:30 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue

Middle East Studies Center Film Series
"Defusing Human Bombs" 
The overall goal of the film screening is to illustrate structural religious, military and political practices in a myriad of forms through a medium that will not only reach a broader audience, but also has the ability to transform the way activists, academics, policymakers, and other interested individuals talk about and do work around age, gender, race, religion, class, and other issues of social justice. We hope to demonstrate how film as a tool of communication can help us to examine, rethink, and change our ideas, stereotypes, and prejudices. For this reason, we have selected a newly released film entitled Defusing Human Bombs that deals with these subjects. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a question and answer period fielded by a panel of acclaimed scholars and/or activists with expertise in areas related to the subject matter of the film. This event will be part of FYE's Success Series Program for autumn semester, which benefits incoming freshman and transfer students.
6 - 7:30 p.m., 020 Page Hall, 1810 College Road

TangoOSU Bootcamp
Bootcamp is the most efficient way to learn Argentine Tango in Columbus. Participants will also enjoy reduced prices for major events organized later in the spring. New people are always welcome, no partner needed, no dress code and two left feet are okay.
7:30 - 9 p.m., Ohio Union Dance Room 2, 1739 North High Street

Melton Center for Jewish Studies
David Broza in Concert
More than a singer/songwriter, David Broza is also well known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian causes, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His charismatic and energetic performances have brought a fusion of the three different countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain and England, to worldwide audiences. Broza unites the three worlds by utilizing his ability to take on the troubadour tradition, up to now, featuring lyrics of the worlds' greatest poets. For over 35 years Broza has filled concert halls with his famous guitar playing, ranging from flamenco flavored rhythmic and percussion techniques, to whirlwind finger picking, to a signature rock and roll sound. Israeli superstar David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. There will be a pre-concert interview at 7:15 p.m.
8 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 769 East Long Street

November 15

Study Abroad Information Session
The Art of Paris: Medieval
A May session program, The Art of Paris: Medieval includes two weeks at Ohio State doing preparatory coursework, reading and research and then travels to Paris for two weeks of intensive study of the objects and buildings. The focus will be on the architecture and decoration of Gothic cathedrals, particularly from the 13th and 14th centuries. For more information, please contact Louise Yahiaoui.
5 - 6 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue

Study Abroad Information Session
India Global Summer
Ohio State's new Global May programs share common features, but explore the history and culture of very different countries: Brazil, Britain, China, Hungary, India, Mexico and Uganda. At a Global May information session, you'll learn all about these four-week programs, designed for first and second year students of any major. This session will feature a spotlight on the India Global Summer program, but all seven programs will be discussed. Come to an information session to learn more about Global May, and think about where next May will take you. For more information, please contact  Jeannie Simmons .  
5 - 6 p.m., 131 Mendenhall Lab, 125 South Oval Mall

Café +
Café + is an informational conversation table that meets once a week to enhance French conversation skills. Café + is open to students of ALL levels of French. Students in 100-level classes can earn 2 points of extra-credit by attending.
9 – 10 a.m., 3 - 4 p.m., Crane Cafe in Hagerty Hall

Study Abroad: Getting Started Sessions
All students interested in study abroad must attend a Getting Started session. At these sessions, you will learn more about studying abroad including how to select a program that is the best fit for you, along with other practical information about finances, the application process, and other resources available to you.
4 – 5 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall

Institute for Korean Studies
"Mini Fiction, the Ancient Future of Korea's Prose Literature"
A very short form of prose, currently called mini fiction, has fascinated storytellers in Korea for more than a thousand years, well before the ancient dynasty of Shilla through the modern times. Koo Jamung will examine this mini fiction and its future in Korean society. For more information, please contact Mitch Lerner
4 p.m., 0090 University Hall

Institute for Japanese Studies
"Thinking About Not Thinking: Buddhist Struggles with Mindlessness, Insentience and Nirvana"
Ohio State's Center for the Study of Religion will continue its "At-Large" lecture series with Robert Sharf, D.H. Chen Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkley. A reception will follow Sharf's lecture. For more information, please contact Sandra van Kley
4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

Advanced Russian Language Table
Russian Table meets every week. It is open to all beginning and intermediate speakers of Russian. Students can get help with their homework from advanced speakers, and learn about Russian culture. Contact Lauren Ressue for details.
6 – 8 p.m., Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N High St

November 16

Café +
Café + is an informational conversation table that meets once a week to enhance French conversation skills. Café + is open to students of ALL levels of French. Students in 100-level classes can earn 2 points of extra-credit by attending.
9 - 10 a.m., 10 - 11 a.m., 1 – 2 p.m., Crane Cafe in Hagerty Hall

Study Abroad: Getting Started Sessions
All students interested in study abroad must attend a Getting Started session. At these sessions, you will learn more about studying abroad including how to select a program that is the best fit for you, along with other practical information about finances, the application process, and other resources available to you.
12 – 1 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall

Amina Salum Ali on African Union Challenges
Ambassador Amina Salum Ali became the permanent representative of the African Union to the United States on April 13, 2007. She speaks on behalf of the African Union and its member states to accelerate socio-economic integration of the continent, promote peace and stability and build partnerships between African governments and all segments of civil society, in particular women and youth, as well as the private sector.
12:45 p.m., MLK Lounge in the Hale Black Cultural Center, 153 West 12th Avenue

Institute for Chinese Studies
"China and Human Rights in International Trade"
Daniel Chow, associate dean for International and Graduate Programs and the Joseph S. Platt-Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur Professor of Law at Ohio State, will discuss the use of trade sanctions by the United States to pressure China on human rights and the current use of human rights withing the World Trade Organization as a justification for a trade restriction on countries, including China. Chow will also focus on the United States approach to the use of human rights at the level of national legislation as a restraint on U.S. companies in their conduct of international business, contrasting the U.S. position with China's on the use of human rights as a similar constraint. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Chan
1 p.m., 100 Mendenhall Laboratory, 125 South Oval Mall

Center for Latin American Studies
A Conversation with Walter Salles
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Latin American Studies welcome Walter Salles to speak about his work. There will be a screening of his film, "Central Station" at 7:30 p.m. in 180 Hagerty Hall.
2:30 - 4 p.m., Ohio Union, Barbie Tootle Room, third floor

America 101: Volunteering and Service
"America 101" sessions will be held every Friday at 4 p.m., and will allow international students to learn more about Ohio State and life in the United States while having fun and making some new friends. For more information, please contact Laura Hoffsis
4 p.m., Morrison Tower Lobby, 196 West 11th Avenue

Polish Table
Polish Table meets every week. It is open to speakers of Polish at all levels. Contact Caroline Krakowski for details.
3 - 5 p.m., 406 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road

Office of International Affairs and Office of Student Life
Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders is a 70-minute documentary that follows four Moroccan and four American college students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering “the other,” discover themselves. Through group travels and frank discussions, the students confront the supposed “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West. Humor, honesty and a willingness to be challenged bring the students closer to each other, and the relationships they develop help disarm hidden stereotypes. Youssef Yacoubi, an assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, will facilitate a discussion following the screening, exploring the issues and themes presented in the film. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Grunewald.
5:30 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Wexner Center for the Arts
Introduced by Walter Salles: Central Station
Circumstances lead her to take responsibility for a poor nine-year-old boy searching for his father. The two travel to the rural northeast of Brazil on a quest to find his father's home. Salles has developed a reputation as one of the finest contemporary “road movie” filmmakers, and you'll understand why after watching this emotionally powerful film. In addition to such transnational projects as The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) and On the Road (2012), Salles consistently returns to Brazil to make films exploring that country's unique culture and mix of people. Central Station, his breakthrough film, remains one of the most popular and influential Brazilian movies of recent decades (along with City of God, which Salles produced) and was nominated for two Oscars (Best Foreign Film and Best Actress). Veteran actress Fernanda Montenegro gives the performance of her career as Dora, a cynical retired schoolteacher who makes a living by writing letters for illiterate customers at a Rio de Janeiro train station. 
It's a tremendous honor to be able to welcome Academy Award-nominated Walter Salles, the most internationally prominent Brazilian director working today, to the Wexner Center as part of our multiyear Via Brasil project. 
7 p.m., Film Video Theater at Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 North High Street