Center for International Education

International Focus

Traditional Japanese entertainer.

Traditional Japanese entertainer.


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!

In the Spring, the Center for International Education continues its popular Friday lunch series – “TGIF: Think Globally–It’s Friday!” Our first TGIF will take place on January 17 and happen  nearly every Friday. Most TGIFs will be held in the Commons from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, and an 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.

January 31: Jessica Powell, Katherine Spears —Talk: Costa Rica

February 07: Cheyenne Bridgewater —Talk: London, England

February 14: Jessica Gaines —Talk: Lac de Flambeau Nation

February 21: Lorenz Estrada —Talk: Philippines

February 28: Janice D’Souza —Talk: India (Mangalore)

March 07: There is no TGIF because of Spring Break

March 14: Watson Fellows —Talk: The 28,000 Post Grad Watson Fellowship

March 21: Janice D’Souza & Jordan Engel —Mangalore, India

March 28: Son Nghiem, Ngoc Cao, Tran Nguyen, Linh Trinh —Talk: Vietnam 

April 04: JeLisa Smallwood & NiTosha Billman —Spain

April 11: Hsin-Ta Tsai —Taiwan


Mundo Mondays

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 (except for our first event). In the Spring, we will kick off the series on Tuesday, January 21 with a double header — a talk on Buddhism and diversity as well as a musical performance on the erhu, an Asian string instrument.

Jan. 21: Dr. Peter Hershock, East-West-Center (Hawaii) — Talk: “The Value of Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on More Equitably Orienting Global Interdependence.” (6-7pm)

Dr. Tsun-Hui Hung, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music — Performance: Selection of pieces played on the erhu (explanations between pieces). (7-8pm)

Feb. 17: Dr. Gordon T. Gray, Berea College —Talk: “Modern Japanese Cinema.” (6-7pm)

March 17: Prof. Takeshi Moro, Santa Clara University—Presentation with photographic works: “Art and Reconciliation.” (6-7pm)

All events are in Woods-Penn Commons


For more information about the international focus, please contact Thomas Ahrens, Ph.D., Program Associate for Internalization, at or (859) 985-3195.

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