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IEW kicks off during the week of November 12-19, 2014. The Pennsylvania State University joins various colleges, universities, embassies, and community organizations around the world by recognizing International Education Week (IEW). This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is an opportunity to prepare Americans for a global environment and to celebrate the benefits of international exchange.

In conjunction with IEW, the Institute of International Education (IIE) released its annual "Open Doors" report which recognized Penn State as 10th in the nation for international student enrollment. In 2012/13 Penn State attracted a record number 6,693 students at University Park from more than 100 countries. Penn State is also ranked 19th nationally for the number of students studying abroad.

Please see the schedule of events below to celebrate IEW, hosted by colleges, campuses, units, and centers across Penn State as well as local community organizations. 

Global Programs encourages student and community organizations, faculty, and staff from academic and student affairs units - from all races, ethnicities and nationalities - to host any type of event or program that celebrates global education inside and outside the classroom.

Registration forms and information resources are available through Global Programs.

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These are some of the great events happening around campus!

Tuesday, November 11th

2:30pm The Center for Global Studies: "The United Nations: An Overview of its Work, its Agencies, and the Hiring Process," 112 Katz Building.

This talk will focus on the composition of the United Nations, its history, and structure as the Headquarters of international diplomacy worldwide. It will also address the current issues faced by the Organization as it thrives to achieve its mission and its role in achieving development and peace. The talk will conclude with an explanation of the hiring process, career opportunities, and the importance of language training within this process.

Fulbright Scholar Said Maalouf graduated from The School of International Affairs at Penn State in 2013. Prior to coming to Penn State, Mr. Maalouf had various experiences working in the private and non-profit sectors in both Beirut and Paris. After his graduation, he was hired at the United Nations' Division for Public Administration and Development Management as a Consultant in Public Administration, contributing to the Division's flagship publication "The 2014 UN e-Government Survey". Mr. Maalouf's current post at the UN is Public Information Assistant, working on outreach programs, addressing public inquiries, and promoting the mission and work of the UN to the people it serves. He speaks fluent English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and the School of International Affairs.Contact Sarah at

Wednesday, November 12th

1:30pm The Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Lecture: "Edgar Allen Poe, 1845, and the "Invention" of American World Literature," 101 Old Botany Building.

This presentation focuses on the mid-nineteenth-century “invention” of an American world literature by Edgar Allan Poe, Cornelius Mathews, and Evert A. Duyckinck. When Poe, Mathews, and Duyckinck write about U.S. American literature in both local and international terms, they do so from within a country that was experiencing its own rampant internationalization and transformation—economically, politically, and militarily—into an imperial power on a global scale.

Presenter Micah Donohue is an ABD doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Literature currently finishing a dissertation that explores the intersections of irony, metaphor, translation, monstrosity, and poetic recombination in the literature of the Americas. His work focuses on literary texts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries written in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Special Instructions: Students, faculty, and members of the public are welcome to attend. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion; coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

5pm Peace Corps, 103 BOA Career Center Services. Come learn about the intersection of Peace Corps service and international education!  Bring your questions and get them answered by a returned Peace Corps volunteer. Contact Liz at

6:30-9pm Global Connections: "Women's International Night," Minitab World Headquarters (1829 Pine Hall Road, State College). This event brings together community women to enjoy cultural dances and crafts from around the world. Contact for more information.

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Wednesday, November 19th

11am-2pm SMEAL College of Business EXPO, Business Building Lobby. Come hear from study abroad alumni about their experiences abroad at the SMEAL Abroad EXPO!

Thursday, November 20th

7-9pm Global Connections: "Found in Translation: World Poetry Read by World People," Webster's Bookstore Cafe. Selected international members of our community will read a poem in their native language and provide an English translation. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the voices, sounds, and poetry of different cultures!

Events from 2013:

  • College of Engineering International Engineering Information sessions about engineering opportunities abroad.
  •  Global Brigades Student Panel - an introduction to academic advisers and educational professionals to Global Brigades.
  • College of AgSciences International Programs seminar about the Congressional Hunger Fellowship and issues related to food sovereignty.
  • Penn State Career Services - presentation on changing characteristics of the jobs and job search in global world.
  •  Global Connections' Women's International Night Out
  •  Global Ambassadors Student Organization- Study Abroad 101.
  •  Global Entrepreneurship Week is a weeklong series of events directed at students and community members interested in entrepreneurship.
  • The DUS Leadership Council welcomes international students to an Open House. DUS students will be there to share their experiences exploring majors, getting involved with co-curricular activities, and transitioning to college. 
  • Join Global Programs and Student Affairs screening of "The Dialogue," a movie about intercultural understanding and the communication skills needed for conflict mediation and problem solving.
  • Global Shenanigans in the HUB!  Staff from Global Programs and student volunteers will share lots of ideas about how you can get involved globally!
  •  Global Connections World Affairs Forum at Schlow Centre Region Library.
  •  "Creative Strategies for building a syllabus for travel" with Neil Brown.
  •  CIEE, a leader in international education and exchange, and Global Programs' screening of "Girl Rising." Hear the stories of triumph over pain as girls around the world seek an education to better their lives.
  •  Global Connections  U.N. of Poetry! Enjoy the voices, words, and sounds of poetic language from around the world. From Icelandic to Bengali, Korean to Hebrew, people will read in their native languages and in English translation.


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