International Research Forum and Festival Raise Awareness

The International Center will host an International Research Forum and Festival, “Cultivating Humanity: International Education and Citizenship,” on Monday, Oct. 18, 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 student festival to raise awareness of interculturalism and international programs.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to expose students to international issues related to higher education,” says Paivi Hoikkala, chair of the International Research Forum committee. “In an increasingly globalizing world, we, as educators in higher education, need to show our students the ways in which we are connected to the world. These presentations will give our students a sense of how intricately connected we really are.”

In the research forum, faculty, staff and students will come together to explore international education as a key component in the creation of a community of critical thinkers and world citizens. This forum will also provide an opportunity for faculty exchanges across disciplinary and campus lines.

The forum will open with a session on “Globalization: Facts and Fantasy” featuring Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. Breakout sessions will continue throughout the day with presentations by faculty from five California State University campuses. These presentations will include innovative faculty research on international issues; discussions of successful international programs that can serve as models for CSU campuses; and explorations of current international issues and their implications to higher education. The forum will close with an afternoon presentation by Leo Van Cleve, director of International Programs in the CSU Chancellor's Office.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the International Student Festival in 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 a variety of activities including an international fashion show, ethnic food and information booths, and performances. In addition, students from the International Center will present “Learning through Exploration,” a multimedia presentation on the university's Study Abroad program.

A complete program of the day's events is available at The event is open to all faculty, staffand students, and there is no pre-registration required. For more information, contact Paivi Hoikkala at (909) 869-3866.