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‘March of the Flags’ kicks off International Education Week at Northwestern

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Northwestern University will join universities from around the world Monday, Nov. 18, in observing International Education Week 2019, a U.S. Department of State initiative that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

More than 80 students, faculty and staff representing at least 35 countries will march through the Weber Arch at 11:45 a.m., holding flags representing their countries. Some also will carry flags representing countries they visited or studied in. Others will carry flags connected to their family’s heritage.

Throughout the week, there also will be workshops, talks and other activities designed to expose the campus community to the variety of global opportunities available, and to celebrate the University’s international community.

The celebration is led by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

The theme this year is “Celebrating Culture, Connections and Community,” using the hashtag #IEW2019.

The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies will hold a week-long exhibit titled “Africa and International Education,” which focuses on study abroad and other opportunities on the African continent.

The Global Learning Office and the Multicultural Student Association will host a “Study Abroad Latinx” student panel, highlighting Latinx students’ experiences studying across the globe. The panel will be held Monday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Center, 1936 Sheridan Road, Evanston. It will be held in the first-floor conference room.

In addition, The Block Museum will hold events throughout the week emphasizing the role of the arts in international education, including a guided tour of the Pop América exhibit, which celebrates the Pop Art of Latin America. The tour will take place Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m.

Faculty and staff interested in increasing their intercultural awareness can attend two workshops hosted by the Office of the Vice President for International Relations. The workshops will be Wednesday, Nov 20, at 3:30 pm and Friday, Nov 22, at 9:30 am.

The Nov. 20 workshop will take place at Norris University Center, Rock Room, 1999 Campus Drive. The Nov. 22 workshop will be at Mudd Hall, Room 2124, 2233 Tech Drive.

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