Oct 25, 2011
Author, journalist and entertainer Jeff Greenwald, executive director of the non-profit Ethical Traveler, will deliver the keynote address for International Education Week at Humboldt State University on Tues., Nov 15th at 7 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, at University Center.
Greenwald’s keynote will consist of an improvised monologue titled “Strange Travel Suggestions,” a performance based on his extensive travel experiences across five continents.
Opening ceremonies for International Education Week are scheduled the day before the keynote, on Monday, Nov. 14, at noon on the Quad. Greenwald will speak about Ethical Traveler at 1p.m. Monday in Goodwin Forum. He will discuss the non-profit’s efforts to fuse the $47 billion global travel and tourism industry with managing social and environmental issues such as deforestation, coral reef protection and forced labor.
Ethical Traveler enlists its members in letter-writing campaigns to make their views known to international policy makers and to bolster relief and development initiatives. It is affiliated with the Earth Island Institute, founded in 1982 by environmentalist David Brower, to generate grassroots action for protecting and preserving crucial ecosystems.
Greenwald has written many books, including “Mr. Raja’s Neighborhood: Letters from Nepal” and “Shopping for Buddha’s.” After his 1 o’clock speech Monday, Greenwald will hold a book signing from 2-3 p.m. in the Library Fishbowl, where he will read from his “Scratching the Surface: Impressions from Planet Earth from Hollywood to Shiraz” and “Snake Lake.”
Also Monday afternoon, an international affairs panel of HSU faculty will discuss current world affairs at 3 p.m. in Goodwin Forum. A discussion of the Arab Spring, Palestinian statehood and recent developments in Islam will follow at 4 p.m. in the same location.
British politics, Pakistani culture, and Central American issues will be among other highlights of the week-long observance, as well as international careers, study abroad, Peace Corps opportunities and a presentation by Gretchen Zeigler of Sequoia Park Zoo. All events are free and open to the public.
The International Education Week schedule, with regular updates, will be posted shortly at www.humboldt.edu/iew.