International Education Week

International Education Week
Week 8 | Fall Term | Monday, Nov 17 - Friday, Nov 21, 2014

All IEW presentations are noon - 1:00 PM on campus. Lunch provided for the first 40. No RSVP needed.

Geophysics in the Land of Fire and Ice
Monday, Nov 17 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Winnett Lounge
Dr. Mark Simons, Professor of Geophysics, led students and faculty on a visit to Iceland – an extraordinary natural geophysical laboratory for studying tectonic plates, volcanic unrest, and glaciology.  Dr. Simons will talk about the collaboration with the University of Iceland and the ongoing collapse at Bardabunga volcano that started erupting on August 16, 2014 – the first day of the Caltech field trip.

Traveling with Purpose
Tuesday, Nov 18 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Winnett Lounge
Dr. Pamela Bjorkman, Professor of Biology, has been studying HIV in the lab at Caltech since 2005.  In summer 2012, she visited India and spent time with HIV-positive women and others who are at risk.  "This is the reason that I'm doing the HIV research," she says. "It's to actually do something that might make a difference.”

Global Narratives
Wednesday, Nov 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Winnett Lounge
Brian Brophy, Director of Theater Arts at Caltech (TACIT), introduces the idea behind "Global Narratives," the focus of the Winter 2015 Theater Arts course (PA-40).  The global narrative emphasizes the need for international exchange and intercultural engagement.  Through HD video conferencing, the class will connect students in two parts of the world in real-time.  With a focus on storytelling, performance, writing and analysis within a global framework, participants are encouraged to investigate their assumptions and convictions in regard to the world around them.  

Global Climate Change
Thursday, Nov 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Winnett Lounge
Jinqiang “JC” Chen, graduate student in Environmental Science and Engineering, addresses fundamental issues in climate change as one of the largest challenges facing our world today.  Extreme weather threatens the world’s food supplies, energy demands, water resources, and health.  How will the world adapt and learn to mitigate negative effects of climate change?

Travel, Tourism, & Identity
Friday, Nov 21 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Winnett Lounge
Dr. John Brewer examines travel, tourism, and identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a time when the terms "tourism" and "tourist" first came into common use.  What was the nature and purpose of tourism?  How did tourists affect the identity and economy of the places they visited?  How have relations between travelers and natives changed in a world increasingly characterized by high levels of mobility?

Celebrating and promoting international education and exchange, International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries.