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November 08, 2013

MISSOULA – The Office of International Programs at the University of Montana will host a full slate of lectures, presentations and special events Nov. 12-15 to celebrate International Education Week.

Topics will range from teaching English language abroad, Peace Corps adventures and Japanese literature to figuring out how to fund international studies.

“International Education Week is our opportunity to promote the many life-changing benefits of international education and exchanges,” said Paulo Zagalo-Melo, UM director of the Office of International Programs. “Our programs prepare future leaders for an increasingly global, interconnected world, and we couldn’t be more excited to help people learn about them.”

The full schedule is available below or online at For more information, call Linda Ellersick at 406-243-6865 or email

International Education Week 2013

Daily Nov. 12-15

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – English Language Institute information table, University Center atrium (main floor).
  • All day – Study Abroad Student Photo Exhibit, UC Atrium.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

  • Noon-1 p.m. – International Fashion Show, UC South Atrium, featuring UM students and staff from around the world.
  • 1-2 p.m. – “From UM to the World! Adventures in Teaching English as a Foreign Language Abroad,” UC Room 330. In this panel discussion, a team from the English Language Institute will share experiences teaching English in different countries around the world. Topics will include how to find a job, qualifications, certification and prerequisite skills that make for successful English teaching, as well as the challenges and rewards of teaching internationally.
  • 3-4 p.m. – “The True Lives of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers: A Panel Discussion on the Lifelong Impacts of Volunteerism,” UC 332. Hear firsthand what it is like to volunteer. Returned Peace Corps volunteers will share their experiences abroad and talk about how service has impacted their lives. A Peace Corps recruiter also will be available to answer questions.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

  • 11 a.m.-noon – “See the World Through New Eyes: UM International Development Studies and the Peace Corps Prep Program,” UC 330. Join International Development Studies Director Teresa Sobieszczyk, IDS program coordinator Delyla Wilson and IDS students for a presentation and panel discussion about the IDS minor and related Peace Corps Prep Program. During the discussion, learn more about how to “see the world through new eyes” with the interdisciplinary IDS minor, which focuses on international development and globalization.
  • 12:10-1 p.m. – “Modern Japanese Literature and Technology,” Mansfield Center Conference Room in the Mansfield Library. Language Assistant Professor Brian Dowdle will examine the formation of modern Japanese literature as a reaction to reprints created through moveable type and to new copyright laws.
  • 3-4 p.m. – “Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities,” UC Room 330. Join Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, director for study abroad, student exchanges and institutional partnerships, and Don Loranger, director of the Defense Critical Language and Culture Program, to learn about the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship. Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad, where students can add important international and language components to their educations.
  • 4-6 p.m. – “Multicultural Learning Solutions’ 10 Year Anniversary and Global Gateway Launch,” Davidson Honors College Lounge. Be there when a new portal at UM opens. Celebrate 10 years of Multicultural Learning Solutions and the inauguration of Global Gateway, which will connect the UM campus, K-12 education and community organizations by providing educational opportunities that build global awareness and competence, fostering mutual understanding in a globally minded community.
  • 7-9:30 p.m. – “Jose and Pilar,” UC Theater. This moving Portuguese documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes about love, loss and literature follows José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Rio. It was nominated for Best Film, Best Editing, and Best Soundtrack by the Brazilian Academy of Cinema and also for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. An introduction will be given by International Programs Director Paulo Zagalo-Melo.

Thursday, Nov. 14

  • 10-11 a.m. – “Global Public Health,” UC 333. Learn about the Global Public Health minor.
  • 11 a.m.-noon – “South and Southeast Asian Studies,” UC Room 333. G.G. Weix and Ruth Vanita will present information about the new South and Southeast Asian Studies minor.
  • Noon-1 p.m. – “Funding Study Abroad Brown Bag,” UC Room 333. Unkuri-Chaudhry explores funding opportunities that make study abroad experiences affordable. Learn how your financial aid will apply to study abroad and about scholarships.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. – “Fulbright Scholar Program Open Forum,” UC 333. Fulbright Scholar Program Ambassador Dawn Odell and others from the UM Fulbright community share their experiences and discuss available opportunities in the Fulbright Scholar Program.
  • 5:30-7 p.m. – “Mesopotamia, the Cradle of Civilization,” Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave. Yassin Khalafm, visiting professor of education from Iraq, will speak about the importance of the ancient Iraqi culture and its treasures to the history of modern civilization.

Friday, Nov. 15

  • 11 a.m.-noon – “History of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe,” UC 327. The African Student Association will discuss the history, culture and traditions of these two countries.
  • Noon-1 p.m. – “Intern and Work Abroad Brown Bag,” UC 327. Internship Coordinator Kevin Hood presents opportunities about how to intern and work abroad.
  • 2-3 p.m. – “The Islas Malvinas/Falkland Island Issue: Back to the United Nations after the 1982 Argentina-UK South Atlantic War,” UC 327. Join the general consul of Argentina as he discusses the question of the Malvinas Islands, which he calls a story of colonialism.
  • 3-5 p.m. – “International Education in Public Policy,” UC 327. Hear from a panel of state government representatives, UM administrators and students about the impacts of public policy on international education with sponsoring international programs and students.



Western Montana


Contact: Linda Ellersick, communication and outreach coordinator, assistant to the director, UM Office of International Programs, 406-243-6865,