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International Education Week Features Expo, Talent Showcase and Other Activities

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 Melford Wilson, political science, will describe the Arab Spring of 2011 and its implications for the nation and the world on Nov. 15.
 Meet Winthrop students from around the world and learn about their home countries at the International Expo on Nov. 17.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The International Center has several activities planned to celebrate the diversity of cultures during International Education Week Nov. 14-18.

Here is the full schedule of events:

Monday, Nov. 14
*Taste of the World International Showcase
6:30 p.m., Dina’s Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center; Free
Winthrop students from around the world will share their cultures and talents with the community in an evening of unique and engaging performances.

Tuesday, Nov. 15
*“Understanding the Arab Spring” by Professor Emeritus Melford Wilson
11 a.m., G01 Owens Hall; Free
Wilson will describe the Arab Spring of 2011 and its implications for the nation and the world. This event focuses on recent events in North Africa. This region is of significant political and social interest because of its proximity to the Holy Land and its contributions to the world's supply of oil. This is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and West Forum.

Wednesday, Nov. 16
*“Library Resources Without Borders” by Antje Mays, head of monograph and audio visual acquisitions
2 p.m., 223 DiGiorgio Campus Center; Free
Ever wonder where Timbuktu is, want to learn more about Indian culture, or the flora and fauna of Costa Rica? Mays will show off the diverse global resources available in the Dacus Library. Through examples and demonstrations, students, faculty and staff will learn how they can utilize existing campus resources to do everything from prepare for international travel to enhance curriculum.

*“The History, Music and Culture of Albania” by Spiro Shetuni, associate professor and authority control librarian
6 p.m., Whitton Auditorium, Carroll Hall; Free
Albanian traditional music exists alongside other traditional music cultures found in the Balkans and the Mediterranean. Shetuni will discuss topics such as: an historical, ethnic, and demographic synopsis of Albania; history of Albanian ethnomusicology; classification of Albanian traditional music; and origins and general features of polyphonic traditional music.

Thursday, Nov. 17
*International Expo
11 a.m., DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby; Free
Meet Winthrop students from around the world and learn about their home countries.

*International Food Festival
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thomson Café

*“Islands and Other Places: Finding Home in Southeast Asia and Mexico through Teaching, Traveling and Writing” by Raychelle Heath ‘02
7 p.m., Plowden Auditorium, Withers/W.T.S. Building; Free
Heath will speak about her growth as a native South Carolinian moving to Micronesia to teach, write and travel. She will also read from her new collection of poetry as a medium for the exploration of her travels, her identity struggles and her search for home. This is sponsored by the Department of English.

For more information about International Education Week activities, contact the International Center at 803/323-2133 or

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