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Kent State Celebrates International Education Week, Nov. 18-22

Posted Nov. 11, 2013
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The annual International Cook-off is one of several
activities marking International Education Week at Kent
State University. The event, which features food from
around the world, takes place Nov. 21.

Kent State University will celebrate International Education Week from Nov. 18-22 and will feature dozens of events campuswide. Events will include concerts, dance lessons, academic lectures and an international cook-off.

According to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, International Education Week is “an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.” It is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, and it is part of their efforts to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.”

“At Kent State, the Office of Global Education has worked with student organizations and academic departments to create events of an international or global theme to share different cultures and global issues with the Kent community,” says Desnee Stevens, assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services in Kent State’s Office of Global Education. “All events are open to members of the Kent State community in order to foster diversity and present a shared global learning experience.”

The week of celebration will feature a Thai fashion show; panel presentations; academic lectures focusing on international topics, global issues and heritages; documentaries; cultural dances, games and competitions, including the annual international cook-off, which will take place on Nov. 21 and will consist of six teams, each representing a different country.

“Teams have chosen a culturally significant dish and beverage and will be serving it to visitors and judges,” says Stevens. They will present their recipes in a live cook-off competition. “Attendees will be able to choose their favorite dish, and the winning team will have their recipe featured in the dining halls the following week.”

For a full calendar of events marking International Education Week, visit www.kent.edu/globaleducation/upload/international-education-week-2013.pdf. For more information about International Education Week, contact Alana Baudo at abaudo@kent.edu.