Go global! BYU celebrates International Education Week

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BYU is joining the worldwide celebration of International Education Week with a series of events and lectures.

BYU is a campus with students enrolled from all over the world. The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies is celebrating International Education Week with many events for students and the community. Every year, international education is celebrated worldwide. Since 2002, BYU has made this week an annual promotion and celebration.

This celebration not only takes place at BYU and across the nation, but across the world. Different embassies worldwide are helping native people understand more about international peoples.

“Its intention is to promote programs for Americans to be more prepared for a global environment,” said Lee Simons, communications manager for the Kennedy Center.

Established by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, this week was nationally founded in 2000. The week is used to promote programs that inform Americans about environments in other parts of the world and to encourage leaders from abroad to learn, study and exchange ideas in the U.S.

“It takes place not only here in the U.S., but embassies throughout the world put on events to help people in their country know more about America,” Simons said.

This week, there will be a series of free lectures starting Wednesday afternoon. The two main events involve speakers Sergei N. Khrushchev and Malcom Choat.

Khrushchev is a senior fellow at Brown University. His lecture will take place at noon on Wednesday in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. He will talk on “The Cuban Crisis: View from the Kremlin.”

Choat’s lecture will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. in 238 HRCB. He is a lecturer on ancient history at Macquarie University in Australia. His lecture is titled, “Two Christian Monastic Communities in Late Antique Egypt: Recent work at Dra’ Abu el-Naga (Thebes) and El-Hagarsa (Sohag).”

The events conclude Friday with the “Passport to Dance” from 8 to 11 p.m in the Wilkinson Student Center Terrace. BYU’s folk dancers will give dance instruction and there will be pizza and an Italian soda bar. Though the lectures are free, tickets for the “Passport to Dance” are $3 in advance, and $4 at the door.

For more information visit: kennedy.byu.edu/events/iew.

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