International Education Week 2020

International Education Week 2020 will take place virtually across all Emerson College campuses November 16–20, 2020. A schedule of events spanning Boston, Los Angeles, the Netherlands, and more can be found below.

We encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents/families to join us throughout the week, either by attending virtual events or engaging with all things global at Emerson on social media using the hashtag #EmersonIEW.

Monday, November 16

Events

Dining Hall Global Food Options

All Day

For those in Boston, enjoy a series of globally-inspired dishes offered throughout the week in the Dining Hall!

The French Connection: A Paris College of Art Video Showcase

Event Cancelled

“To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!” wrote Victor Hugo. Emersonians agree! See the City of Lights through the eyes of students studying at the Paris College of Art in this video showcase. Bring your baguettes and brie—we’ll provide the rest.

Sponsored By: Internationalization & Global Engagement, Paris College of Art, Emerson Global BFA in Film Art

World Cafe: Coffee, Culture & Conversation

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Sit and sip—all from home! Join Emerson students and staff for a virtual international cafe experience. Tell us what you’re drinking, where you are in the world, and how you’ve been doing this year! There will be three World Cafe sessions during the week.

Sponsored By: Office of International Student Affairs

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US Involvement in International Human Rights: An IEW Debate

7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

In this International Public Debate Association-style event, two students from the Emerson Forensics Team will have 30 minutes to research and prepare speeches and rebuttals on both sides of the topic. As our world becomes increasingly diverse and globalized, understanding America's ever-evolving role in global affairs is critical. Therefore, students will be debating the resolution "The United States has an obligation to intervene in international human rights crises."

Sponsored By: School of Communication, Emerson Forensics Team

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Tuesday, November 17

Events

Dining Hall Global Food Options

All Day

For those in Boston, enjoy a series of globally inspired dishes offered throughout the week in the Dining Hall!

Abroad in the Age of COVID: A Student Panel

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Lockdowns, quarantines, and pods—oh my! Hear from returned and current Emerson College students who encountered the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic during the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 terms. Moderated by members of Education Abroad & Domestic Programs, this session will talk from a student perspective about studying abroad in uncertain times and what prospective study abroad students can expect as they plan their own journeys.

Sponsored By: Education Abroad & Domestic Programs

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Sneak Peek Into ELA!: Video Tour & Talkback

8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Curious about ELA? Please join Emerson Los Angeles staff for a sneak peek into the program, featuring ELA signature videos and a staff talk-back!

Sponsored By: Emerson Los Angeles

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Wednesday, November 18

Events

Dining Hall Global Food Options

All Day

For those in Boston, enjoy a series of globally inspired dishes offered throughout the week in the Dining Hall!

The Global and the Personal: Considering Poetry and Writing Distance

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET

As Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jericho Brown said in his reading at Emerson College, he writes from the stories that exist in the reservoir of his subconscious mind. Whether current events, personal, or familial, these all inform his poetry. In this session, Emerson College Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature & Publishing, Rajiv Mohabir, will guide attendees in exploring the threads this poet twists together and allow for attendees to make their own critical reflections as we survive amidst the pandemics that threaten our communities. Participants are strongly encouraged to view the Jericho Brown session prior to this event.

Sponsored By: Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

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Social Justice & Diplomacy: SOC Abroad

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Tune in for this special virtual podcast led by Dr. Mary Anne Taylor, Faculty Director, Emerson Sydney Programs. Dr. Taylor and a panel of Emerson School of Communication students and study abroad alums will delve into their experiences grappling with issues of social justice and diplomacy in their journeys abroad.

Sponsored By: School of Communication, Department of Communication Studies

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2020 NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization: Presidential Panel

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET

Emerson College is one of four institutions nationwide to win the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, the highest honor in the field of international education. President Lee Pelton will represent Emerson in a presidential panel of winning institutions hosted by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

*Please note that payment of a registration fee is required to attend this session.

Sponsored By: NAFSA Association of International Educators

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2nd Annual Global Pathways Film Festival

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

Celebrate the global art of filmmaking in a special evening screening of student-and-faculty-produced films coming from six of Emerson’s Global Pathway Programs. There will also be a talk-back for each film.

Emerson Celebrates James Baldwin
The James Baldwin Writers' Colony

La Magdalena del Norte
Rosarito Public Diplomacy Workshop

Manantiales de Paz
Mobility Medellin: Art, Research & Social Change

On the Shoulders of Giants
Art Into Film at Kasteel Well

Finding Khaya
South Africa: International Narrative Co-Production

Nektarinky
Prague Summer Film Program

Sponsored By: Internationalization & Global Engagement

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Thursday, November 19

Events

Dining Hall Global Food Options

All Day

For those in Boston, enjoy a series of globally inspired dishes offered throughout the week in the Dining Hall!

Who’s Happier? Europeans or Americans?

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET

What constitutes happiness? What makes a happy society? Why is happiness important to society? Join Dr. Chester Lee, Assistant Director of Emerson's European Center at Kasteel Well, Netherlands and Dr. Ruut Veenhoven of the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands for a comparative examination of what makes residents of certain nations look on the brighter side of life.

Sponsored By: Kasteel Well

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Education Abroad & Domestic Programs Virtual Fair

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Ever wondered how far your Emerson education can take you? Look no further than the Education Abroad & Domestic Programs Virtual Fair, where all international and domestic study options are at your fingertips. Jump around from room to room to learn from staff and faculty first hand about all of the opportunities that lay ahead!

World Cafe: Coffee, Culture & Conversation

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Sit and sip—all from home! Join Emerson students and staff for a virtual international cafe experience. Tell us what you’re drinking, where you are in the world, and how you’ve been doing this year! There will be three World Cafe sessions during the week.

Sponsored By: Office of International Student Affairs

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Elvira: The Immigration Play—A Live Performance

8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Join us for a live, virtual performance of Elvira: The Immigration Play, directed by Emerson College alum Misti B. Wills; featuring Jennica Carmona and Joe Loper. Following the performance, there will be a talkback with the director.

Elvira is a play inspired by Elvira Arellano, an undocumented Mexican worker who took sanctuary in a Chicago church in 2007 rather than be deported and separated from her U.S. citizen son, Saul. From her humble beginnings in Michoacan, Mexico to Chicago O'Hare Airport, we are taken on a journey of an immigrant woman in search of a better future for herself and her family. The play is an imaginary encounter between Elvira and an ICE officer on the day of her arrest and deportation in 2007. The play begs the questions: Who makes our laws? Who really benefits from man-made laws? Are unjust laws meant to be broken? Can U.S citizens and undocumented workers find common ground and even unity in the struggle for a better life?

Sponsored By: Office of International Student AffairsIntercultural Student Affairs

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Friday, November 20

Events

World Cafe: Coffee, Culture & Conversation

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET

Sit and sip—all from home! Join Emerson students and staff for a virtual international cafe experience. Tell us what you’re drinking, where you are in the world, and how you’ve been doing this year! There will be three World Cafe sessions during the week.

Sponsored By: Office of International Student Affairs

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Global Emersonians & Success Abroad: An Alumni Panel

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Do you want to work abroad? Emersonians are engaged, resilient, and global. Join us for a global conversation with Emerson alumni as they share their experiences finding success working and living abroad! Moderated by Emi Bague (Assistant Director, International Student Services, Emerson Career Development Center), our panel consists of the following alums: Anita Kalaitzakis '14 (Tanzania), Meghan Casey '12 (Mexico), Joy C. Mitchell '11 (Berlin/London), and John Daniel Depa '17 (Berlin).

Sponsored By: Career Development Center, Alumni Relations, Emerson Los Angeles

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Sneak Peek Into Kasteel Well!: Video Tour & Talkback

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Take a video tour of the history and legacy of Emerson's own 14th-century castle—the European Academic Center at Kasteel Well. Castle dwellers will join the session live from the Netherlands to answer questions about anything from bitterballen to windmolens!

Sponsored By: Kasteel Well

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2020 International Education Week Working Group

  • Jae Williams: Director of Special Projects, Social Justice Center 
  • James Lane: Senior Scholar in Residence, Emerson Los Angeles
  • Jinny Van Deusen: Associate Director, Alumni Professional Development
  • Craig Oliveira: Associate Director of IT Infrastructure, Information Technology
  • Christopher Conners: Creative Instructional Designer, Instructional Technology Group
  • Annie Kelly: Associate Director, Student Support, Emerson Los Angeles 
  • Chester Lee: Assistant Director, Kasteel Well 
  • Tikesha Morgan: Senior Student Affairs Officer, Kasteel Well 
  • Mary Anne Taylor: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
  • Deion Hawkins: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies 
  • Iris O’Connor: Digital Services Manager, Office of Communications & Marketing, Web & Digital Services
  • Anthony Pinder: Associate Vice President, Internationalization & Global Engagement