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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:00 am

For the past 13 years, International Education Week has promoted diversity education of all students studying at college and universities in the United States.

Beloit College has participated in the initiative since its inception, and this year will bring a variety of lectures and activities for students and members of the community to enjoy.

On Sunday, Beloit College students will kick off the week with “Mapping the World: Your International Experience.”

During the workshop from 5-7 p.m. in Weeks Lounge, students will dine on pizza and enjoy a hands-on learning session where they will be able to map out their international experiences.

“We’re really excited about this year’s events because there are going to be a lot of opportunities for students to have hands-on experiences,” said Betsy Brewer, director of International Education at Beloit College.

On Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend a lecture given by Don McVicker. The presentation is titled “Anthropological Imperialism and the Ethics of Research” and will take place at the Logan Museum of Anthropology on campus.

McVicker is professor emeritus of Anthropology at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and also is a research associate at Chicago’s Field Museum.

During his presentation, McVicker will discuss how anthropology emerged as a science in the twentieth century. Specifically, the work of Franz Boas and his colleague, Frederick Starr, will be discussed at length as McVicker examines Starr’s treatment of research subjects.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, prose lovers from the Beloit College Campus and community can enjoy an International Poetry Reading at Java Joint, located inside Pearson’s Hall. Poems will be read in their original languages by students and professors.

“It’s a really wonderful event and usually 40 different languages are represented,” Brewer said. “It lasts about an hour and the students provide the English translations of their poems.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, this year’s International Symposium will be held. The event showcases the ways in which students at the college are a part of international education and members of the community are welcome to attend.

The symposium will start at 8:40 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium, inside Morse-Ingersoll Hall. Discussions will also begin at the same time in Mayer Hall’s Wood Room and in Room 150 at the Center for the Sciences. Sessions run throughout the day and cover a variety of topics.

The public is also invited to attend this year’s Stone Lecture by Paul Fishstein beginning at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium. Fishstein is a 1977 graduate of Beloit College, where he learned his English degree.

Fishstein will present “Simple Narratives from the Land of the Fiercely Independent Tribesmen who inhabit a country the size of Texas.” The lecture will be about how public discourse has limited the U.S. when trying to rebuild Afghanistan.

Students can plan their own international adventures from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Office of International Education. On Friday, Nov. 16 from 7-8:30 p.m., “Many Faces, Many Voices: Realizations about Marginalization” will take place at Java Joint.

The event-filled week will wrap up on Saturday, Nov. 17 with a karaoke night for students from 8-10 p.m. at the Java Joint.

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