Celebrating international week

Wheaton College is celebrating International Education Week through November 20 with various programs and events, including a lecture on November 14, by Ellen Messer, an anthropologist and scholar-activist specializing in food, security, religion and human rights.

The Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning and the Center for Global Education have collaborated on the events as part of a Marshall Center initiative to bring together international and domestic students around a common theme.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

“As our intercultural and international student population continues to grow at Wheaton, it is important to share information about ourselves and learn about other cultures,” said Raquel Ramos, associate dean and director of the Marshall Center.

“Having a rich and diverse campus means we can have cultural exchanges here. We don’t just have to go abroad to do that. Building cultural competence here means students can be better prepared for study abroad experiences. The Marshall Center wants to create the space for students to come together and learn from one another.”

Schedule of events:

  • Friday, November 8, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning: Staff members from the Center for Global Education and students will share information about the opportunities for academic experiences abroad.

  • Tuesday, November 12, and Wednesday, November 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Balfour-Hood: Campus community members are invited to visit information tables to test their knowledge of world geography; view maps to get a different world perspective; and, perhaps, learn to say hello, goodbye and thanks in a variety of languages.

  • Thursday, November 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., May Room, Mary Lyon Hall: Ellen Messer will present the talk “Everybody Eats Rice,” focusing on global food systems and policies. Messer has served as director of Brown University’s World Hunger Program and taught food-themed courses in various academic and professional programs, including at Wheaton College, Yale, Brown, Tufts, and Brandeis. She is the author/co-author of several books on food policy, including Who’s Hungry? And How Do We Know?: Food Shortage, Poverty and Deprivation. Currently, she has faculty affiliations with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Boston University Master’s Program in Gastronomy and Food Studies, and the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University. A sampling of rice from several different cultures will be available during the event.

  • Monday, November 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m., President’s Dining Room, Emerson: The Global Center for Education and Worldfest are sponsoring a screening of  “The Dialogue,” a documentary that follows eight American and Chinese university students on their adventures to Hong Kong and Southwest China. A discussion session will take place after the film, and refreshments will be served.

  • Tuesday, November 19, and Wednesday, November 20, Balfour-Hood atrium: The Center for Global Education will present the “Eye on the World” photo contest. Images from around the world will be on display.

Ellen Messer
Ellen Messer
Anthropologist and scholar-activist