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Georgia Southern University celebrates International Education Week

Georgia Southern University’s Office of International Programs and Services will celebrate the cultures of other nations during International Education Week (IEW) from Nov. 12 through 16.

IEW, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is a chance to celebrate the advantages of international education and exchange worldwide.

Events for the week will include speakers, a food festival and a fashion show, among others, and they will take place on the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses. All events are open to the public.

“International Education Week is a time to recognize and celebrate nationwide the importance of world languages, of study abroad and of appreciating and learning about other countries and cultures,” Dorothee Mertz-Weigel, Ph.D., Director of International Programs and Services, said.

Highlighted events for International Week include:


Monday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m.

Film: “A Thousand & One Journeys: The American Arabs”

Statesboro Campus: Russell Union, Room 2048

The Arabic Club presents the groundbreaking documentary, “A Thousand & One Journeys: The American Arabs,” which shares the untold story of almost 200 years of contributions those who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf have made to the American fabric. This film challenges the myths and stereotypes that surround the Arab-American community.


Tuesday, Nov. 13, Noon (Armstrong Campus), 6 p.m. (Statesboro Campus)

Keynote Speakers: Audrey Scott and Dan Noll

Statesboro Campus: Nessmith-Lane Auditorium 1915

Armstrong Campus: Ogeechee Theater

Dubbed as BBC’s favorite “travel ninjas,” husband-and-wife storytelling and photography team Audrey Scott and Dan Noll will talk about their experiences with global travel in “Around the World in 10 Years: A Real Life Amazing Race.” Scott and Noll have been to more than 90 countries, and they will discuss the importance of immersing oneself in local cultures.


Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Festival: Taste of the World

Armstrong Campus: Student Union Residential Plaza

Taste of the World is a celebration of cultures from various parts of the globe. Activities include a fashion show, traditional food, Henna artists, Asian calligraphy lessons, study abroad info and more. All activities are free to the campus communities.


Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Taste Your Way Around the World

Statesboro Campus: Dining Commons

Dining Commons will offer traditional dishes from Japan, Italy, Australia, Brazil, Russia and Morocco.


Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

International Fashion Show and Bazaar

Statesboro Campus: Williams Center Multipurpose Room

Models from Georgia Southern will showcase outfits from all continents at the International Fashion Show and Bazaar. There will also be free food, live performances and door prizes.


Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 to 8 p.m.

Film:  “Living on One Dollar”

Armstrong Campus: Ogeechee Theatre

International Student Organization presents “Living on One Dollar,” a film set in rural Guatemala, where four friends battle illness, parasites and hunger as they experiment with living on just $1 a day for eight weeks. The award-winning film has been called “a must watch” by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross.


Friday, Nov. 16, 1 to 2 p.m.

International Awards Reception

Armstrong Campus: Ogeechee Theatre

The International Awards Reception, hosted by International Programs and Services, celebrates the achievements of international students and their advocates on campus.


For more information and the complete list of events, visit the Office of International Programs and Services.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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