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October 2017

International Seminar Series: Fast Food, Farmer Suicides, and Family Well-Being

Date:
Wednesday, October 18th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

**On Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 demo work on Milner Plaza will require the tunnel for the first floor east entrance to be closed. Signage will be posted to notify guests. During the tunnel closure, guests can still enter the building from the first floor west alternate entrance, second floor east alternate entrance, and the standard second floor west entrance.** Title of Presentation: Fast Food, Farmer Suicides and Family Well-Being: Food Systems that Impact Indians in India and…

International Education Week: Panel Discussion on Students’ Global Experiences

Date:
Monday, October 23rd
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Inaugural Welcome by Dr. Barbara Ribbens followed by Panel Discussion involving 4 MBA students from different countries. Students will talk about business practices, business environment, national culture etc. in their own countries.  This event will be followed by an international food tasting in the State Farm Hall of Business Atrium at 7:30 p.m.

International Education Week: Mennonite College of Nursing Lecture – Why Participate in Trans-cultural/International Immersion Experiences, especially as a Nurse?

Date:
Monday, October 23rd
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Two Mennonite College of Nursing faculty have had a long-standing passion for trans-cultural experiences. Wendy Mann Woith, PhD, RN, FAAN and Lynn Kennell, MS, RN will share their journeys in exploring various health care delivery systems around the world, participating in service learning, educational, and research-oriented experiences in India, Brazil, and Russia.  Learn about MCN’s long history of commitment to international and trans-cultural nursing education, and its commitment to instill a passion for international experiences in our students.   

International Education Week: Panel Discussion on Internationalization

Date:
Tuesday, October 24th
Time:
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) committee on Internationalization presents a panel of faculty from various disciplines discussing opportunities, strategies and experiences of internationalization. The speakers represent the diversity of natural and social sciences to the humanities from the CAS. The speakers will each provide their own unique insights on the role of international education as applies to the majors within their department –be that study abroad or awareness of international scholarship and concepts. The speakers will also share…

International Education Week: Mennonite College of Nursing Presentation – Trans-cultural Nursing Experience

Date:
Tuesday, October 24th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Mennonite College of Nursing will have student and faculty presenters speak about their trans-cultural nursing experiences over the summer 2017 semester.  Individuals will present about their MCN trans-cultural nursing experiences in Vladimir, Russia, Londrina,Brazil, and Brighton, England.  We will also have a student present about her international experience with Challenges Abroad in Romania as well as MCN faculty, who took an opportunity with Challenges Abroad in Cambodia.  This event will be held in Stevenson Hall room 101. 

International Education Week: Innovation Seminars – Smart Buildings

Date:
Tuesday, October 24th
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Looking to gain valuable insight into smart and energy-efficient building? Join us for a FREE trans-Atlantic knowledge exchange and build your network by meeting leading global industry players.  The event will feature guest speaker Enrica Oliva from Werner Sobek, an engineering and architecture firm focused on sustainable building and materials that developed a Triple Zero standard which requires buildings to have zero energy from outside sources, zero carbon dioxide emissions and zero waste production. Representatives of other German companies also…

International Education Week: College of Business International Interns and Study Abroad Members Reception

Date:
Wednesday, October 25th
Time:
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

International interns and study abroad members will share their experiences. Study abroad personnel will provide information about study abroad programs at the College of Business.

International Seminar Series: Creating Inclusive Conversations about Chocolate Quality with Cacao Producers

Date:
Wednesday, October 25th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Creating Inclusive Conversations about Chocolate Quality with Cacao Producers: An Avenue to Food Justice. Speaker: Christina Liberati, Project Manager at Equal Exchange, with guests José David Contreras Monjarás and Zara Elizabeth Saavedra Gomez. Presentation Overview: In 2010, Equal Exchange, together with TCHO Chocolate, embarked on a multi-year USAID project with the goal of strengthening the cooperatives in their supply chain and engaging with them in new and innovative ways. In order for small cacao farmers to succeed in international…

International Education Week: Presentation – Internationally Focused Posters and Videos

Date:
Wednesday, October 25th
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Registered Student Organizations will present internationally themed posters or videos relating to one of the two following categories: Category One: Start Thinking Globally. RSOs who wish to plan something global/international for their organization will present a poster or video to describe how the RSO will begin thinking globally. One possibility might include inviting international students on campus to speak to their group about a focused topic on education. Category Two: Expand Your Global Focus. RSOs who already provide opportunities with…

International Education Week: Keynote Speech – Global Leadership

Date:
Wednesday, October 25th
Time:
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr. Mikhail V. Grachev served as faculty in the United States, as well as in France, the U.K., Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Japan, Hong Kong, and Russia. His research is focused on international management, business strategy, leadership, and culture. He is the Major Collaborator and Country Co-Investigator in the award-winning 62-societies' Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) research project.  Dr. Grachev was named Stanford Research Scholar and Wharton Senior Research Scholar; conducted research at Woodrow Wilson International Center…

International Education Week: College of Fine Arts Lunch Talk – Life and Career as a Graphic Designer in Shanghai

Date:
Thursday, October 26th
Time:
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Presented by Huayoung Zhong, Assistant Professor, Shanghai Normal University Tianhua College From a first-person narrative, this talk provides an overview of the life, educational and career experiences of being a graphic designer in Shanghai, China, with the background of how graphic design as a profession has developed during the past two decades along with the rapid social-economic development process in urban China. Some sample graphic design work will be shown at the talk along with the stories of how they were…

International Education Week: Global Business Trivia Night

Date:
Thursday, October 26th
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Global Business trivia night with RSO teams and prizes.  This event will be followed by refreshments served in the State Farm Hall of Business Atrium.

International Education Week: College of Fine Arts Lecture – East African Lifestyle Through Music and Dance

Date:
Friday, October 27th
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by Peter Kasule Music, dance and rhythms are the voices of Africa. During the session we will explore the roots of dance, the singing of call and response as a form of communication, and the intricate syncopated rhythms that make up the daily African lifestyle. We will explore the fact that we cannot have music or dance without the African daily lifestyle; both are intertwined. We will learn that every rhythm played is a word spoken, and every word…

November 2017

International Seminar Series: Insects as “Future” Food – Who Benefits?

Date:
Wednesday, November 1st
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Insects as “Future” Food: Who Benefits? Speaker: Gina Hunter, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology (SOA) at Illinois State University Presentation Overview: In this presentation, I discuss edible insects from an environmental and social justice perspective. Over the past decade, there has been increasing interest in edible insects as “the future of food” in North America and Europe. New insect food products are marketed as especially nutritious and sustainable protein sources. Around the world, development experts have argued…

International Seminar Series: The Morality of Food

Date:
Wednesday, November 8th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: The Morality of Food Speaker: Richard Wilk, Ph.D, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington Presentation Overview: Every day Americans think about foods that are “good” and “bad,” and see some kinds of eating as virtuous while others make them feel guilty. Many of us grow up feeling like wasting food is evil, and feeding other people is generous. There is every reason for food to have a close connection with morality – every religion has…

International Seminar Series: Constructions of Taste in Francisco Martinez Montiño’s 1611 Cookbook

Date:
Wednesday, November 15th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Constructions of Taste in Francisco Martínez Montiño’s 1611 Cookbook Speaker: Carolyn Nadeau, Ph. D, Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University  Presentation Overview: The concept of taste in early modern Spain, not too different from our 21st-century understanding of the term, focused primarily as a referent for one of the five senses, as the flavor of things either naturally or by way of seasoning, and finally, as a reflection of one’s aesthetic judgment. Drawing…

International Seminar Series: Slow Food – Act Globally, Eat Locally

Date:
Wednesday, November 29th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Slow Food: Act Globally, Eat Locally Speaker: Terra Brockman, Author, Speaker, Founder of The Land Connection. Presentation Overview: Carlo Petrini founded Slow Food in Italy in 1986 to highlight connections between the food we eat and its impact on people and the planet. As an “eco-gastronomic” movement, Slow Food connects environmental sustainability (eco) with culture and food (gastronomy). Today, Slow Food has over 150,000 members and is active in more than 150 countries.  The organization has many evolving programs,…