MARQUETTE, Mich.— Northern Michigan University will mark International Education Week (IEW) with a series of presentations Nov. 10-18. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education that encourages schools nationwide to recognize the benefits of international education and exchange. The following events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the NMU international programs office at 227-2510.
Monday, Nov. 10: Economics professor Tawni Ferrarini will present “What Can South Korea Teach Us About Wealth and Prosperity?” at 4 p.m. in 1320 Jamrich Hall.
Tuesday, Nov. 11: Professors William Ball of political science, Robert Hanson of criminal justice and Eileen Smit of nursing will share “Reflections on Studying Abroad: A Faculty Perspective” at 2:30 p.m. in Jamrich 1320.
Wednesday, Nov. 12: Weronika Kusek of the earth, environmental and geographical sciences department will discuss the migration of nearly 600,000 Poles to the United Kingdom after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. Her talk at noon in West Science 2902 will explore the public and private experiences of Polish immigrants who live and work in London and the diasporic networks with Poland.
Thursday, Nov. 13: NMU students Amanda Kucharek and Stephen Luty, who traveled to Bogotà, Columbia, with Lutheran (ELCA) Campus Ministry, will give a talk at 7 p.m. in West Science 2812. The students will explore the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s understanding of the “why and “how” of mission work and the applications in cross-cultural relationships and short-term mission trips.
Friday, Nov. 14: Vardar Zafar of Lahore, Pakistan, will discuss Pakistani weddings and the people who have inspired her in reaching her goals at 1:15 p.m. in Jamrich 1318. Zafar is attending NMU for the fall semester as an exchange student sponsored by the International Research and Exchanges Board.
Monday, Nov. 17: Mary Stunkard from clinical laboratory sciences will address unclean water as a major source of morbidity and mortality in developing countries and the bio-sand filter’s ability to clean contaminated water at 3 p.m. in West Science 1607. Her talk will focus on the science behind the filtration system, installation, maintenance and education for users as applied in Haiti and Honduras.
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Adonna Rometo of biology will present “Empowering Communities: Raised Garden Beds and a Women’s Sewing Cooperative as Agents of Change in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico” at 3 p.m. in 1209 New Science Facility. The Colonia Panfilo Natera, once a municipal garbage dump, is home to thousands of impoverished Mexicans who migrated from central Mexico to this border town to work in factories for $3-$5 a day. Living in cardboard shacks on garbage-laden dirt, the community endures great hardship, but these two projects are aimed at improving their quality of life.