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American University Celebrates International Education Week

WHO:         American University faculty, staff and students

WHAT:     A variety of events promoting international education

WHEN:     November 16-20, for specific dates and times see below.

DETAILS:     Interested media contact Maralee Csellar, University Communications, at 202-885-5952 or

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 18, 2009)­—Engaged Conversations: Perspectives on Islam and Contemporary Global Issues, an informative lecture sponsored by American University’s School of International Studies/Islamic Lecture Series, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on November 19 in the university’s Mary Graydon Center room 200. This event is part of American University’s Celebration of International Education Week, November 16-20.

The lecture will be in a dialogical format, Muslim dialogue practitioners will share their reflections on interfaith dialogue and action from an Islamic perspective. The audience will be encouraged to participate in the dialogue.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate and benefit from international education. The week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education 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.  A series of campus events, fairs and, activities relating to global culture will help American University students learn and understand more about the global world that surrounds them.  

Other upcoming events include the 2nd Annual Caribbean Dinner and Forum, Sponsored by Caribbean Circle, at 7:30pm November 20 in MGC 1-6, and Garba Night, at 8:30 p.m. November 20 in McDowell Formal Lounge.

Garba Night, sponsored by Student Activities and the South Asia Student Association, is an Indian event/holiday where people dance in a circle and celebrate Diwali.

The week began with, Mapping Around the World, where faculty, staff and students placed a pin in a world map to indicate where they’ve lived, studied and worked. By the end of the day every continent and almost every country was marked.  Also, Along with the Whale: Histories of Art Trade from Australia to the U.S., which was a lecture by Khadija Z. Carroll.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.