Campus to celebrate International Education Week

Author: Dennis K. Brown


The University of Notre Dame will celebrate International Education Week with a series of events Nov. 15-19, highlighted by presentations by alumnus Michael McCarry, executive director of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange.

In a forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday (Nov. 19) in 131 Decio Hall, McCarry will meet with students and others to discuss the political forces behind international policy and homeland security, as well as other issues related to efforts to internationalize American higher education. The forum is free and open to the public. He will discuss the same themes in a speech at an invitational luncheon at noon at the Morris Inn.

McCarry joined the alliance in 1996 after previously serving for 18 years as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Information Agency. He also has worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative and press aide and as a journalist in Illinois and Texas.

Other International Education Week events on campus include:

  • The Kellogg Institute for International Studies will sponsor a conference Thursday and Friday (Nov 18 and 19) titledReforming the State in Mexico: The Challenge After Fox and NAFTA.Panelists from Notre Dame and other universities and organizations in the United States and Mexico will examine political and economic circumstances in general and, more specifically, in the judiciary, finance and agriculture. All presentations will take place in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. More information is available on the Web at: p.
  • The Kellogg Institute also will sponsor a presentation by Emily Osborn, assistant professor of history, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 16) in C103 Hesburgh Center titledMelting Cans and Recycling Traditions in Kankan, Guinea (West Africa): Aluminum Casting, Social Change, and Global Commodities, 1940-2000.p.
  • The Africa Faith and Justice Network will sponsor a student discussion panel featuring American students reflecting on their experiences of Africa and African students reflecting on their experiences of America. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Coleman-Morse lounge.p.
  • On Thursday (Nov. 18), International Student Services&Activities (ISSA) will host two events: an international hour at 3:30 p.m. for children at the Robinson Community Learning Center, featuring the cultures and traditions of Kenya as presented by Miriam Kiunga; and, in conjunction with Campus Ministry and the Muslim Student Association,Evenings of Prayer from Around the World – Muslim Prayerat 7 p.m. in 330 Coleman-Morse.p.
  • ISSA also will sponsor a childrensInternational Story Timeat 4 p.m. Friday (Nov. 19) in the Beichner Community Center of University Village.p.
  • Asian Allure,featuring cultural performances by Asian and Asian-American students at Notre Dame, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 20) in Washington Hall.

More information on International Education Week events and activities in the United States and worldwide is available on the Web at:


Julia Douthwaite* , assistant provost for international studies,
574-631-5203 or

Bong Miquiabas , director, ISSA, 574-631-2702 or

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