Nov. 10, 2008
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University to celebrate International Education Week

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 16-21, focusing on the theme “Gaining Perspective: What Does the World See?”

During the week, the following topics will discussed: the environment and sustainability; the global financial crisis; the U.S. election; and global solutions for the future.

The week will begin on Sunday, Nov. 16, with the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, an event celebrating International Education Week and Poverty Awareness Week. The banquet, open to the public and co-sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteering and the Panhellenic Council, will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Harter Union cafeteria. Tickets are $7 and proceeds go to the local Baldwin food pantry and Oxfam America, a nonprofit organization committed to creating lasting solutions to global poverty, hunger, and social injustice. Emily Broxterman, founder of Kindness Connection, a non-profit organization working to develop sustainable communities in underprivileged areas worldwide, will speak at the event.

The “People to People” fair trade sale, sponsored by Phi Beta Delta International honor society, will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday-Friday at Harter Union.

Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the week:

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17

Baker will be host to its annual Global Awareness Fair at Harter Union. Student and community organizations, campus departments, study abroad program providers and Baker alumni with unique overseas experiences will discuss global topics

11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18

Baker’s Speech Choir will perform at Harter Union in conjunction with an “Hour of Silence,” honoring silenced and underrepresented populations around the world. Afterward, various classes, student organizations and individuals representing populations which have been disadvantaged, repressed and/or silenced around the globe will speak.

8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19

Michael Angarita, an international Student from Colombia and resident assistant at Gessner Hall, will facilitate an international student forum at a site to be determined. The forum will feature Baker’s international and Heritage students.

Noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20

“Thursday Brewsday: Meet Baker’s International and Heritage Students,” co-sponsored by the library and the International Education Week committee, will be on the third floor of Collins Library. Baldwin High School’s three international students from Iraq, Germany and Ukraine have also been invited to participate this year.


Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.