Notre Dame to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 8-17

Author: Brittany Collins

International Education Week 2013

International Education Week, a national event to celebrate and promote international education and exchange, will take place at the University of Notre Dame Nov. 8-17 (Friday-Sunday).

Coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education and Notre Dame International, the week starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 with a showing of the film “Après Mai (Something in the Air)” at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The film is a part of the Department of Romance Language and Literature’s Tournées Film Festival at Notre Dame, which will sponsor showings of several French films throughout the week, including “Elza,” “La Pirogue” and “Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat).”

The Asian American Association hosts its annual Asian Allure at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 4 p.m. Nov. 9. This year’s event, “Speak,” showcases traditional Asian culture through acting and dancing. Asian Allure is sponsored by the Asian American Association, in collaboration with the Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese culture clubs and Taekwondo club.

Other events open to the public include:

  • Lecture: “Electricity and the Developing World,” 6-7 p.m. Nov. 12, Hayes Healy Room 129. This lecture, presented by Patrick Murphy, program director for the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, will focus on the importance of electricity for development and discuss the problems and potential solutions of electricity infrastructure. Free.
  • Brazilian Cultural Fair, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 12, LaFortune Ballroom. The Brazil Club will celebrate aspects of the Brazilian culture and Portuguese language, including samba lessons at 8 p.m. Brazilian snacks will be provided.
  • Lecture: “Still Waiting for Snow in Havana,” 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Hesburgh Center Auditorium. Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies invited Carlos Eire, professor of history and religious studies at Yale, to speak at this free event.
  • Lecture: “‘As you are brothers of mine’: Thoreau and the Irish,” 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Flanner Room 424. Laura Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, will present. Free.
  • Diwali Celebration, 7 p.m. Nov. 17, LaFortune Ballroom. Celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights with dinner and dancing, as well as prayers to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. Free.

Additional events are planned for students and the Notre Dame community. For more information and a complete schedule, visit