Intending to foster camaraderie and understanding, and to convey the importance of global connections, UC Santa Barbara will be celebrating International Education Week (IEW), November 14-18, with a healthy list of performances, programs and gatherings on campus.
As a joint initiative of the United States Departments of State and Education to highlight international exchange and education, IEW is commemorated in educational institutions nationwide. Events at UC Santa Barbara are a collective enterprise of the Office of International Students and Scholars, the UCSB Education Abroad Program, and Global Engagement at UCSB.
“At a time when global connections are central to everyday life, International Education Week shines a light on our university’s connections around the world with cross-campus and community collaborations to share stories and discussions. on our planet and beyond,” Kum-Kum Bhavnani said. , Associate Vice Chancellor of Global Engagement. “It’s really to bring people together. We live in a very interconnected world, so this is an opportunity to say, “Let’s come together to share ideas and arguments about our world and the nature of our world”.
Beginning with a window into the early universe, Matthew Greenhouse, a project scientist at NASA, will share and discuss images from the James Webb Telescope (JWT). The largest space telescope ever built, JWT extends humanity’s view of the universe into the infrared spectrum, revealing how our galaxies and structure have evolved over cosmic time. Co-sponsored by Global Engagement, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the multimedia presentation will take place at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 14 at Campbell Hall. It is free and open to everyone.
At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, Elisabeth Ayuk-Etang, 2022-2023 Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) Fellow at UC Santa Barbara, gives the Scholar Rescue Fund Inaugural Lecture. A visiting professor, Ayuk-Etang and her family were brought to Santa Barbara – with the support of the deans of the College of Letters and Sciences, as well as the SRF – to escape the violent conflict in their country of origin, Cameroon, where she is associated. professor of African literature and director of the English department at the University of Buea. In her presentation, “Cameroonian Civil War Stories: Women Exposing Environmental Impacts,” Ayuk-Etang argues that each phase of Cameroonian history has a unique impact on women-nature relationships.
Other highlights of International Education Week at UCSB include “This is Me/Us,” an open-mic event at Storke Plaza; a fashion show, “Showcase of Cultures”, at the Hub; faculty research lectures at the Student Resource Building; and a Peace Corps briefing in San Clemente.
Global Engagement and A&L will also co-present Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at the Granada Theater (November 15 at 8 p.m.), soul and Americana musician Allison Russell at Campbell Hall (November 16 at 8 p.m.) and the composer of jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker at Campbell Hall (Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.).
“We are a vibrant community at UCSB,” Bhavnani said. “UCSB is interdisciplinary, lively. We develop these connections to reconfirm the importance of engaging with the world, especially today. Global connections underpin the future of the planet.