Oct 29, 2007
Humboldt State University is joining with education institutes around the world to celebrate International Education Week on November 13 – 15. This occasion is being organized jointly by the International Resource Committee and the Global Connections Club. It will be the fifth year that ‘all things international’ at HSU have been showcased by this event.
Highlights of the week include talks from internationally renowned guest speakers, Peace Corps representatives, HSU faculty and students, as well as the annual Study Abroad Fair, Passport Day, and “Akwaba!” a Multicultural Fashion Show and Tea Sampling.
The first of two keynote speakers, Peter Bunyard, will give his presentation titled “Climate Change and Deforestation in the Amazon Basin” on Tuesday evening. He is a freelance author and environmentalist, and was the founding science editor of the Ecologist magazine. He has worked as consultant editor for the United Nations Environment Programme review on Industry and the Environment, and was secretary and editor of the Committee for the Study of Nuclear Economics. A fellow of the Linnean Society, he has conducted field work in the Colombian Amazon on the role of rainforests in global warming for fifteen years. Peter Bunyard is an internationally recognized expert on climate change whose highly acclaimed book Extreme Weather explains the phenomena behind catastrophic weather events.
Dr. Betsy Hartmann, who was to have been a keynote speaker for International Education Week, had to cancel due to a family emergency.
The featured speaker, Dr. Weichi Zhou, is an associate professor at the Institute for World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China, and is a scholar of comparative religion, particularly of Confucian and Christian thought. His lecture for International Education Week is titled “A Just War or Just a War? – Confucian and Christian Perspectives”. He is also presenting a number of other topics during the week including “Fengshui: Wind and Water, How to Choose a Place to Live”, and a round table discussion on contemporary Chinese society.
Presentations from faculty and students include: The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change, and Indigenous Health in Ecuador: Shamans, Grassroots Activism, and the Community of Luis Macas, among other topics.
International Education Week began in 2000 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. This important week is observed across the United States and in more than 100 countries overseas.
Please see the full schedule of events:“www.humboldt.edu/iew”. All events are free to students and the public.