International Education Week (IEW), November 15-22, 2019,
is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

  1. To make the value of internationalism real by exposing and grappling with the idea that ‘internationalization’ is not universally shared across the United States and other countries.

  2. To offer space for student groups to share their lived experiences on campus with each other.

  3. To promote self-awareness as well as awareness of others through dialogue, meals, and storytelling in order to build bridges, not walls.


🍴 = food provided

  • Friday, November 15th
    4:30 pm- 5:30 pm | Fries Center for Global Studies Commons, Fisk 201
    Hosted by the Fries Center for Global Studies
    Did you vote? The verdict is in! Attend the award ceremony to find out the winners!  5 Prizes will be awarded for People’s Choice Award, Best Photo of Landscape, Best Photo of People, Best Photo of Contemporary Issues, and Best Photo of Cross-Cultural Exchange. Winning photos are printed and displayed in the Fries Center for Global Studies Commons.
    7:00 pm- 10:00 pm | Beckham Hall
    Hosted by the African Student Association (ASA) in collaboration with Ujamma, Caribbean Student Association (CSA), Haitian Student Collective, and Yaddi. Co-sponsored by Fries Center for Global Studies and Resource Center. 
    Taste of Africa seeks to bring together students from different parts of the continent and the diaspora to cooks meals and showcase artifacts that are symbolic of their culture and identity. The event will be an opportunity for students to share, celebrate, honor, and educate the Wesleyan community about the diversity and richness of Africa which transcends borders and continents.
  • Saturday, November 16th
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | International House, 151 Church Street
    Hosted by International House & Pangea. Co-sponsored by Fries Center for Global Studies.
    Come learn how to make dumplings with the residents at the International House! Open to all students and members of the Wesleyan Community. We will have ingredients available for participants to make their own dumplings, whether it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
  • Monday, November 18th

    Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop
    12:15 pm- 1:15 pm | Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center
    Hosted by the Office of International Affairs and Gordon Career Center
    This workshop will cover: 1) OPT eligibility, 2) Step-by-step guide to complete the I-765 form, and 3) Information about maintaining your F-1 visa status while on OPT. 
    Please bring: 1) Current and all previous I-20s; 2) Passport; 3) F-1 visa page (if on a different passport); 4) Most recent I-94; 5) Social Security Card (if you have one); 6) Pen with black ink (required by U.S. government). F-1 visa holders in the classes of 2020 and 2021 are welcome.

    South Asia Research Opportunity 🍴
    12:15 - 1:15 pm | Exley Science Center, Room 109
    Hosted by the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) of the U.S. Department of Education, Fries Center for Global Studies, and College of Integrative Sciences
    Interested in Study Abroad? Interested in spending some time in South Asia? Can't figure out how to fit it in with your STEM major? Mash them up with Summer Research Opportunities in South Asia! A limited number of research internships are available for Summer 2020. Come to the information session to learn more!

    Nationwide China Town Hall w/ George Stephanopoulos
    6:00 pm- 8:00 pm | Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
    Hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, College of East Asian Studies, and Fries Center for Global Studies
    Friction between the United States and China in politics, security, and trade affect the global community and influence the lives of every American. To encourage wider discussion of how Americans are being affected, leading political commentator George Stephanopoulos will host a special nationwide CHINA Town Hall conversation about key issues, risks and opportunities in the Sino-American relationship.

    Italian Game Night
    6:00 pm- 8:00 pm | Fries Center for Global Studies Commons, Fisk 201
    Hosted by Italian Studies
    Come enjoy Italian board game night! Open to everyone. No Italian language required, but must be open to learning Italian during the games. 

    Food Around the World: Southeast Asian Cuisine 🍴
    5:00 pm- 8:00 pm | Usdan Market Place
    Hosted by Dining at Wesleyan Bon Appétite 
    Serving: Tom Yum Soup, Chicken Larb Lettuce Wraps, Sticky Rice, Green Papaya Salad

  • Tuesday, November 19th
    12:00 pm- 1:00 pm | Fries Center for Global Studies Commons, Fisk 201
    Hosted by Office of Study Abroad, Fries Center for Global Studies
    This event is specifically aimed at First Year and Sophomore students. Are you thinking about studying abroad during your time at Wesleyan? Come to this info session to find out more about the study abroad options available to you! Study abroad staff together with a panel of returned study abroad students will be happy to answer all your questions.
    5:00 pm- 6:00 pm | 200 Church Street
    Hosted by Ajua Campos: Ariella Reyes, Romina Beltran, and Syed Hussain
    This event is in response to our current political climate surrounding immigration. We will have a gallery walk and short discussion afterward to talk about undocumented status, international students, and students with a mixed-family status. This is intended to be a safe space where students can speak on how immigration policy and its history is affecting our community.
    *Food catered by Sanctuary Kitchen, program committee to promoting and celebrating the culinary traditions, cultures, and stories of refugees resettled in Connecticut.
    5:00 pm- 8:00 pm | Usdan Market Place
    Hosted by Dining at Wesleyan Bon Appétite 
    Serving: Lentil Soup with Preserved Lemon, Chicken Machboos, Patican Kizatma (Fried Eggplant)
  • Wednesday, November 20th

    Languages Lead the Way 🍴
    12:00 pm- 1:00 pm | Fries Center for Global Studies, Fisk Hall 2nd Floor
    Hosted by Fries Center for Global Studies, College of East Asian Studies, Romance Languages & Literatures, German Studies, Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, Less Commonly Taught Languages
    This food, arts, and crafts event will be focused on conversing in the target languages of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German, Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, and American Sign Language.  

    Stories of Displacement 🍴
    12:10 pm- 1:15 pm | Allbritton 103
    Hosted by Wesleyan Refugee Project. Co-sponsored by the Resource Center.
    Come hear from Wesleyan community members about their experiences with displacement and resettlement. 

    5:00 pm- 6:00 pm | Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center
    Hosted by Jack Wang, Peer Advisor. Co-sponsored by the Gordon Career Center and Office of International Student Affairs
    International upperclassmen would be sharing their advice, thoughts, and wisdom about navigating various summer experiences in the U.S. and globally. Students interested in exploring opportunities for summer internships, academic research, or summer programs can ask any questions about the application process or the actual experience and gain valuable information and insight from their peers. It would be a great way for students to interact with people searching for similar opportunities as well as network with upperclassmen who have previous experience.
    4:30 pm- 5:30 pm | Highwaymen Commons Room | 300 High Street
    Sponsored by Thomas and Catherine McMahon Fund, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Fries Center for Global Studies
    This talk will investigate the persistence of history and narrative on the body, exploring the ways certain female bodies are bound by gendering and racializing logics that attempt to freeze the body in a particular moment, refusing it the transformative possibilities of time and place, of aging, of travel and experience. Focusing on Igiaba Scego’s 2015 novel Adua, this talk will consider the way black women’s bodies have been made to represent Italian colonialism and the way in which some black women wield the scars of that violence to rewrite those historical narratives.

    Historia Cultural de Los Hispanohablantes en Japon
    7:00 pm- 8:00 pm | Fries Center for Global Studies, Fisk 201
    Sponsored by Romance Languages and Literatures Department
    Araceli Tinajero, a professor of Spanish and Latin American culture at The Graduate Center, CUNY, will present her latest published book, which is about the many cultural activities that a growing and dynamic group of Spanish speakers have developed in Japan throughout the last three decades.
    5 pm- 8 pm | Usdan Market Place
    Hosted by Dining at Wesleyan Bon Appétite 
    Serving: Miso Soup, Grilled Tuna Shogayaki, Corn & Edamame, Fried Rice
  • Thursday, November 21st
    12:00 pm- 1:00 pm | Fries Center for Global Studies Commons, Fisk 201
    Hosted by the Fries Center for Global Studies
    This panel will discuss how to use the fellowship application process as a way of investing in yourself and building community, regardless of the final outcome. Current seniors from a variety of backgrounds who applied for fellowships this fall will share their insights and advice. Fellowships are fully funded, year-long programs that support independent exploration, research, English teaching, graduate study, and professional experiences outside of the U.S. Most fellowships are open to seniors and recent alumni from any academic discipline, and many don’t have a minimum GPA requirement. Application deadlines are usually in early fall.
    7:30 pm- 8:30 pm | Daniel Family Center (DFC), 3rd Floor Usdan
    Hosted by WesSpeaks. Co-sponsored by Shapiro Center for Writing, and Center for Pedagogical Innovation
    Exploring the stories language carries within us. This multilingual event will showcase talented students around the campus through poetry, songs, skits, and other creative forms. Students will have 5-6 minutes to perform their stories through combinations of languages or translations. We welcome everyone to enjoy this celebration of language with us.
    7:00 pm- 9:00 pm | Ring Family Cinema
    Hosted by African Student Association. Co-sponsored by African Studies, the African Student Association, and the Fries Center for Global Studies.
    A film screening and discussion with Prof. Abigail Boggs (Sociology and FGSS) and Kyllian Pather and Med Dhia Hammami from the African Student Association. Prof. Boggs is currently working on a project to envision a framework for abolitionist university studies.
    Everything Must Fall (2018), directed by Rehad Desai, is an examination of recent student protests and call for university reform in South Africa. At South Africa’s elite, ivy-covered Wits University, students chanting “Fees Must Fall” held a rally against steep tuition hikes. The cry became a viral social media hashtag. One protest fueled another. The administration called in more than a thousand armed police. Soon, a leading institution of nearly 40,000 students was shut down. Neighboring university students struggling with their own mounting debt joined the cause, which becomes a national movement… one marked by escalating conflict, violence, and death.
    5 pm - 8 pm | Usdan Market Place
    Hosted by Dining at Wesleyan Bon Appétite 
    Serving: House Roast Local Turkey served with House Made Local Cranberry Sauce, House Roast Prime Rib, Cornbread Stuffing, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Green Beans, Butternut Squash and Cranberry Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Carrot and Sweet Potato Bisque, New England Clam Chowder
    *There is limited space so reservations are required.
  • Friday, November 22nd
    12:00 pm- 1:15 pm | Fries Center for Global Studies Commons, Fisk 201
    Hosted by Survivor Advocacy & Community Education (SACE) and WesWell
    Join SACE and WesWell over lunch for a conversation about self-care techniques and resources available on-campus and during breaks!
    1:30 pm- 3:00 pm | North College 023 & 024
    Hosted by the Office of International Student Affairs
    Learn more about immigration services, resources, and training offered by the Office of International Student Affairs. Connect with new and returning students while visiting our new space at 023 and 024 North College. Refreshments and snacks are available for attendees.
    5 pm- 8 pm | Usdan Market Place
    Hosted by Dining at Wesleyan Bon Appétite 
    Serving: Peanut Soup, Fried Chicken, Jollof Rice, Braised Kale & Tomato
  • Acknowledgements

    Fries Center for Global Studies
    Gordon Career Center
    Office of International Student Affairs
    Resource Center
    Shapiro Writing Center
    Survivor Advocacy & Community Education
    Wesleyan Dining by Bon Appetit

    African Student Association
    Ajua Campos
    Caribbean Student Association
    Haitian Student Collective
    International House
    Wesleyan Refugee Project

    African Studies
    Center for Jewish Studies
    Center for Pedagogical Innovation
    Classical Studies Department
    College of East Asian Studies
    College of Integrative Sciences
    Deans' Office
    German Studies Department
    Government Department
    Italian Studies
    Romance Languages and Literatures Department
    Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Department
    Thomas and Catherine McMahon Fund
    Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign language Program (UISFL) of the U.S. Department of Education