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March 22, 2012


University of Montana International Programs and other UM departments will host several events in honor of International Week, March 25-30.

Events will feature a keynote address and presentation by Andre Lewis, deputy assistant secretary for International and Foreign Language Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Lewis will deliver “Maintaining U.S. Capacity in Critical Foreign Languages and Area Studies Instruction” at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, in University Center Room 330. The address will focus on the Obama administration’s efforts to support international education and foreign language learning and why they are essential to national prosperity.

Lewis also will deliver a presentation, “Why Global Citizenry is What Our Country Needs,” at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, in conjunction with kickoff events for UM’s Global Leadership Initiative. Both events are free and open to the public.

UM will host a bevy of other events throughout the week, including several held in conjunction with GLI kickoff events. The Food Zoo also will feature an international menu each day.

A schedule of other events slated for International Week that are open to the public follows. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, March 25

  • Noon to 5 p.m., University Center: International Food and Culture Festival. Features cultural displays and performances and a variety of authentic ethnic foods from around the world. Admission costs $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12.

Monday, March 26

  • 3:30 p.m., Law Building Room 101 – Panel discussion: “International Human Rights, Global Values and the War on Terror: A Dialogue.” Amos Guiora, University of Utah law professor; Paul Lauren, UM Regents Professor of History; and David Aronofsky, UM legal counsel and adjunct law professor. GLI kickoff event.
  • 4 p.m., UC Room 327 – Study Abroad Information Session. Learn about study abroad opportunities at UM, including programs, application deadlines and procedures, the credit transfer process, and financial aid and scholarships. Representatives also will man a table with information each day in the UC Atrium.
  • 7:30 p.m., UC Ballroom – “Finding Your Way in International Development.” Priya Jaisinghani, director of mobile solutions, U.S. Agency for International Development. GLI kickoff event.

Tuesday, March 27

  • 9 a.m., UC Ballroom – Opening remarks by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. GLI kickoff event.
  • 10:10 a.m., UC Ballroom – “Having it All: Success in a Global Economy.” Deborah McWhinney, chief operating officer, Citi Global Enterprise Payments. GLI kickoff event.
  • 11 a.m., UC Ballroom – “Students – Catalysts for Change in a Global Society.” Joseph Thiel, Montana Board of Regents. GLI kickoff event.
  • 11:30 a.m., UC Ballroom – “From Missoula to Malaysia: One Student’s Trek to Global Leadership.” Jenifer Gursky, president, Associated Students of UM. GLI kickoff event.
  • Noon, Mansfield Center Conference Room – “Chinese Collectivism: Myth or Reality?” River Yang. An installment of the Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series.
  • 3:30 p.m., Lommasson Center Room 154 – “The World is Your Job Site” work abroad workshop. Sponsored by the UM Office of Career Services.
  • 7 p.m., UC Theater – “Global Free-riders: Environmental Services and the Common Good.” Jim Burchfield, UM College of Forestry and Conservation dean. An installment of the UM Office of Alumni Relations and Alumni Association’s Community Lecture Series, “Seeking Justice: Hope in Hard Times.” $5 at the door.

Wednesday, March 28

  • Noon, Stone Hall Room 303 – “The University of Montana and India – Opportunities for Meaningful Collaborations.” Sandy Ross, UM Graduate School associate dean; Prageeta Sharma, English department; Keith Bosak, society and conservation department; and Peter Baker, International Programs.
  • 1:30 p.m., UC Room 330 – Peace Corps Information Session. Opportunity to learn more about the Peace Corps’ volunteer programs in more than 75 countries. Find out how to become a more competitive applicant and have questions answered by a Peace Corps volunteer.
  • 7 p.m., Masquer Theatre – “Steppin’ Out: The Shoemaker’s Art.” Sharlot Battin, Metropolitan Opera and Broadway shoe designer. Presented by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture in conjunction with “Curiosity: Selections from the Permanent Collection.”

Thursday, March 29

  • 11 a.m., UC Room 330 – “Social Empowerment in the Middle East: UM Student Builds Bridges in Arab Communities.” UM student Caitlyn Ajax.
  • 1:30 p.m., UC Theater – “Documentary Filmmaking Abroad: The Making of ‘Montespana.’” Nic Davis.
  • 3:30 p.m., UC Room 330 – “Predicting Cultural Collaboration and Adversity – Can It Be Done in a Globalizing World?” Udo Fluck, International Programs.
  • 7 p.m., UC Theater – “Pelada.” Film follows two former college soccer stars as they travel the globe. Discussion to follow. An installment of UM’s Peace & Justice Film Series. Admission by donation.

Friday, March 30

  • Noon, UC Room 330 – “Exploring Wild India.” Apoorva Joshi, UM student.
  • 7 p.m., Broadway Building Conference Center, 500 W. Broadway St. – “Panel discussion: “Turning the Tide: A Spiritual Response to a Planet in Crisis – What is Our Obligation to the Future?” Samir Bitar, Mike Cox, Father Jim Hogan and the Rev. Peter Shober. Moderated by Mary Anne Sladich-Lantz. Sponsored by St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center.



Western Montana

Contact: Brian Lofink, UM International Programs, 406-243-2299,