International Center Hosts Second Annual International Research Forum and Festival


International Center Hosts Second Annual International Research Forum and Festival
The International Student Festival will include cultural performances, ethnic food and information booths.

The International Center will host the second annual International Research Forum and Festival, “Collaborative Teaching and Learning: Creating a Global Perspective,” on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Bronco Student Center. The free event will combine a scholarly research forum with a campus-wide international student festival to raise awareness of interculturalism and international programs. This years' event will be held in conjunction with International Education Week, Nov. 14-18.

In the research forum, faculty, staff and students from five California State University (CSU) campuses will explore international education as a key component in the creation of a community of critical thinkers and world citizens.

The forum will open with a session on “International Education: America's Best Export  Personal Reflections from the Field,” featuring Ann Zwicker Kerr, a native of Southern California who has spent more than 15 years living, studying and teaching in the Middle East. She coordinates the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program at UCLA, is a trustee of the American University of Beirut, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of “Come With Me From Lebanon” and “Painting the Middle East”, which describe her family's involvement in the Middle East against the backdrop of events that led up to her husband's assassination there in 1984.

Breakout sessions will continue throughout the day with presentations by CSU faculty. These presentations will include innovative faculty research on international issues; discussions of successful international programs that can serve as models for CSU campuses; and exploration of current international issues and their implications to higher education.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the International Student Festival in the University Park. The festival will promote the multicultural theme of the forum. Associated Students Inc., the Multi-Cultural Council and the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers will co-sponsor activities including performances and ethnic food and information booths. In addition, students from the International Center will provide information on the university's Study Abroad program.

For more information, click here or call Paivi Hoikkala, chair of the International Research Forum committee, at (909) 869-3866.