Adeolu Ademoyo, senior lecturer at the African Studies and Research Center, helps a student learning Yoruba in a Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum class.

Cornell International Education Week Nov. 13-17

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Jeff Tyson

Ithaca may be “centrally isolated,” but Cornell students, faculty and staff are anything but. Roughly 500 U.S.-based Cornell students participate in study, research, service learning and internships abroad each year. More than one-third take part in some sort of international program during the course of their studies.

Cornell will join universities around the country in celebrating global learning in a series of events across campus marking International Education Week, Nov. 13 to 17. The week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to promote programs that “prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.”

This last objective is especially timely as the United States debates its laws and attitudes on immigration, says Laura Spitz, vice provost for international affairs. More than 6,000 international students and scholars study, teach or conduct research at the university.

“Our Cornell community includes students and faculty based in Ithaca, and students, faculty and alumni from around the world. Collectively we challenge each other to evaluate our assumptions, beliefs and biases and to consider new approaches and solutions,” Spitz says. “As a global institution of higher education, Cornell educates the world’s leaders – wherever across the globe they may choose to live and work.”

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies organizes International Education Week at Cornell. Among this year’s highlights:

Jonathan Miller is associate director for communications at the Einaudi Center.


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