International Education Week

iew2013International Education Week (IEW) is jointly sponsored by the US Department of State and the Department of Education to celebrate benefits of international education at higher education throughout U.S. campuses. In order to celebrate IEW at our campus, the International Programs Office hosts a variety of events which the NMU community can participate. Please see below, and join us to celebrate IEW, and to explore a variety of cultural aspects! All events are open to the public with free admission.


2014 International Week Presentations:

Monday, Nov. 10 – 4 p.m. in Jamrich 1320

“What can South Korea can teach us about wealth and prosperity?” 

Dr. Tawni Ferrarini, Economics

Have you ever wonder why South Korea is lit up like a Christmas tree at night while North Korea is dark as a dungeon?  This session uses the lenses of an economist to explain the differences in the two economies with individuals who share one culture, one language and a deep history.   By understanding these differences, session participants will learn the economic way to healthy and wealthy living.  The research and travels of Dr. Ferrarini will help support the claims on successful living.  She is co-author of Common Sense Economics and the 2015 President of the National Association of Economic Educators.

Thursday, Nov. 13 – 7 p.m. in West Science 2812

“Columbia:  United in Mission, Transformed by Faith”

Amanda Kucharek and Stephen Luty, NMU students

“United in Mission, Transformed by Faith,” come participate in the experiential learning Northern Michigan University students Amanda Kucharek and Stephen Luty had, while they traveled to Bogotá, Columbia. These students went with Lutheran (ELCA) Campus Ministry with the mindset of Theology of Accompaniment. Explore the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s understanding of accompaniment as the “why” and “how” of mission and learn methods of application in cross-cultural relationships and short-term mission trips. Presenters will share insight into the journeys of the struggles of day to day living on the outskirts of Bogotá. Students will share insights and excitements of the opportunities within the church and will tell stories from the people of Columbia.

Friday, Nov. 14 – 1:15 p.m. in Jamrich 1318

“Pakistani people who have inspired me and How about those Pakistani weddings?”

Varda Zafar, NMU IREX sponsored exchange student from Lahore, Pakistan

Vardar Zafar is attending Northern Michigan University for the Fall 2014 semester as an exchange student sponsored by the International Research and Exchanges Board.  The Lahore, Pakistan native will present who has inspired her in reaching for her goals, and then discuss her perspective of weddings conducted in her homeland.

Monday, Nov. 17 – 3 p.m. in West Science 1607

“Bios and water filtration in Haiti”

Dr. Mary Stunkard, Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Unclean water is a major source of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. The bio-sand water filter has been shown to remove bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites from contaminated water. This presentation will focus on the construction, science behind the filtration system, installation, maintenance and education for users as applied in Honduras and Haiti.

Tuesday, Nov. 18 – 3 p.m. in New Science Facility 1209

“Empowering Communities: Raised garden beds and a women's sewing cooperative as agents of change in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico”

Dr. Adonna Rometo, Biology

Colonia Panfilo Natera, once the Municipal Garbage Dump of Ciudad Juarez, is home to thousands of impoverished Mexicans who migrated from central Mexico to this border town to work in maquiladoras (factories) for $3- $5/a day.  Living in cardboard shacks on garbage-laden dirt, the community endures great hardship.  This presentation highlights two projects (raised garden beds and a women's sewing cooperative) aimed at improving the conditions and quality of life for community members.  While these projects are on-going, the time-frame emphasized is 2008-2011, when Ciudad Juarez was considered the "deadliest city in the world."

Thursday, Nov. 20 – 2:30 p.m. in Jamrich 1320

“Reflections on Studying Abroad: A Faculty Perspective”

Dr. William Ball, Political Science; Dr. Robert Hanson, Criminal Justice; and Dr. Eileen Smit, Nursing

William Ball, Robert Hanson, and Eileen Smit have been involved over the years in faculty-led study abroad trips with Northern Michigan University students. The faculty members will reflect on their experiences and provide insights on what it is like to lead a group of students on an international study trip.


Friday, Nov. 21 – 10:00 a.m. in Jamrich 2320

"Recent Polish Migration to London, UK"

Dr. Weronika Kusek, Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences

Poland joined the European Union in 2004 and since then almost 600,000 Poles immigrated to the UK. This research looks at Polish migrants who live and work in London; immigrant experiences, diasporic networks with Poland, and private as well as professional immigrant experiences are explored. This presentation derives from a dissertation research which was conducted during three field trips between 2011-2013. Interview, mental maps, and participant observation were used.