International Education Week Brings the World to HSU

Humboldt State University is celebrating its 21st year participating in International Education Week, Feb. 8-12.

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Flags in the HSU Library.
This series of events, co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, will feature a number of student and faculty-led presentations, films, and other social events. This global event is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

For a complete schedule, visit the International Education Week website.

Keynote speaker Gregory Gottlieb (‘76, Political Science) will be presenting “The Education of a Humanitarian Relief Worker” on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. Gottlieb, an HSU alumnus and professor at Tufts University, has seen the field of international humanitarian relief transform remarkably in his 40 year career, which began with delivering relief food during a civil war in Uganda and included oversight of all humanitarian relief for USAID. Read a profile of Gottlieb here.

“Relief workers are far more professional and prepared than in the past,” Gottlieb says. “Formal education is available in both general and technical fields, enabling workers to go to work well prepared to deliver needed services. Yet aspects of the humanitarian world remain mired in western-oriented structures that limit participation of local organizations, undermine effective response, and limit innovation.”

Anthony Medrano (‘00, Political Science), currently at Yale-NUS, and also an HSU alumnus, is a Featured Speaker on Thursday, Feb 11 at 4pm. His talk will chart a biography of the Coral Triangle, the world’s foremost center of marine biodiversity. In doing so, it will trace the speaker’s journey to it—both as a field of study and the place he calls home. In particular, the talk will center on the role international education played in shaping his path from Humboldt to Hawaii and from Harvard to Singapore.

International Education Week showcases research and informs students about study abroad, Peace Corps, internships with the State Department, and other programs that can connect them to the rest of the world. Highlights include a keynote speaker, featured lectures and presentations; panel discussions on current events and global topics; workshops on studying, working, and living abroad; and food, dance, and more from around the world.

“We are excited to welcome over thirty speakers to this year’s International Education Week. A virtual event presents an opportunity for our students and the broader community to learn about emerging international research, global dance, international films, study abroad, and even career opportunities in foreign service. The lectures, workshops, and events are free and open to the public,” says Tani Sebro, HSU Politics Professor.

One unit of credit is also available in seven different subjects to those who have registered for the IEW colloquium.

Sponsors of International Education Week include the Academic & Career Advising Center, Center for International Programs, the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement, the International Studies Program, the HSU Library, the Centers for Academic Excellence, and the Global Connections Club.