Each year, the CIE selects an area of the globe as a special focus for the entire Berea College campus. The Director of International Education programs special campus-wide events related to the area of focus, including arranging for interdisciplinary special lectures and forums, planning cultural events (such as dance and music performances), hosting Fulbright scholars, and holding religious ceremonies. During recent years, the international focus has been on Japan, Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. By learning about “all peoples of the earth,” the CIE believes that the Berea learning experience can be deepened and strengthened.
2013-2014 Focus: East Asia
Join us in Fall 2013 as Berea College explores and celebrates East Asia. Home for roughly 20% of the world population, East Asia is a unique and diverse cultural region of the globe that encompasses the populations of China (1.3 billion), Japan (127 million), South Korea (49 million), North Korea (23 million), Taiwan (23 million), Hong Kong (6 million), Mongolia (2 million) and Macau (450 000).
TGIF: Think Globally–It’s Friday!
This Fall, the Center for International Education continues its popular Friday lunch series. “TGIF: Think Globally–It’s Friday!” will take place nearly every Friday starting September 6. Most will be held in the Commons from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, and international lunch will be provided. Students who are from other parts of the world or who have traveled abroad will be the presenters for these educational talks.
Our 2013-14 Mundo Mondays evening series features speakers who will present on interesting topics related to East Asia, typically every third Monday of each month. Our kick-off event will be a bit out of the ordinary though—an Asian Night Market with fun and games as well as delicious food! It will take place on Monday, September 23 from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Commons. OtherMundo Mondays events planned for this academic year include thought-provoking presentations on the development of Buddhist images in East Asia; on the experiences of a professional illustrator influenced by Japanese traditions; and on Modern Japanese Cinema.
Nov. 18: Salvadorian guest speakers—Talk: “Promotion of Youth Leadership for a Better El Salvador.” (Special Event)
Jan. 21: Dr. Peter Hershock, East-West-Center (Hawaii)— Talk: “The Value of Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on More Equitably Orienting Global Interdependence.”
Feb. 17: Dr. Gordon T. Gray, Berea College—Talk: “Modern Japanese Cinema.”
March 17: Prof. Takeshi Moro, Santa Clara University—Talk: “Photography
For more information about the international focus, please contact Thomas Ahrens, Ph.D., Program Associate for Internalization, at email@example.com or (859) 985-3195.