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Tompkins Cortland Celebrates International Education Week

November 11, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College will host a series of activities November 14-18 as part of International Education Week. In addition to on-campus contests and special activities for students and staff, the community is invited to participate in much the week has to offer, including the keynote presentation Wednesday. Professor and Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at the University of Vermont Dr. Saleem Ali will offer a presentation entitled "Constructive Consumption: Greening a Poor Planet."

The presentation starts with the question: would the world be a better place if we curbed our desires for material goods? Ali will use examples from his book Treasure of the Earth: Need, Greed and Sustainable Future to argue for a more ecologically driven economic and social system that helps reduce global poverty. The presentation is free and open to the public, starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Forum.

The week's activities will also include an International Student Panel, with students from around the world talking about what it's like for them to be a student in the United States compared to their home countries. The panel will also include an American student who studied and traveled abroad. The student panel is Monday at noon in room 263.

Also on Monday, College students and staff will conduct an International Dance Exhibition and Workshop, featuring several types of native dances. The dancing begins at 3 p.m. in the lower cafeteria.

Tuesday will feature a Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration at noon in the cafeteria, and Thursday is being promoted as "Wear Your Traditional/National Attire Day." Ongoing throughout the week will be a photo exhibit themed on the Mark Twain quote "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness" and the Eatery has added an international lunch menu to its offerings.

International Education Week was started by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education to provide an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The activities at the College are supported by the Global Initiatives Office, the Office of Multicultural Services, the Office of Student Success and Advisement Services, the Global Initiatives Council, the Diversity and Equity Action Council, and the academic departments of English as a Second Language and Environmental Science.

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