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IEW Calendar of Events

USC's International Education Week (Nov. 13-17, 2017) is a packed week of events celebrating all the ways USC students, faculty, and staff are involved in international exchange worldwide. You'll find more information about how to get involved and event details below. 


NOV 7 - Lecture Event by Maxcy Visiting Fellow Dr. Wide

From Kabul to D.C.: Preserving and Presenting Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage
Tuesday, 7pm
Wardlaw 126
For: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
The Carolina International House at Maxcy College welcomes our Fall 2017 Visiting Fellow Dr. Thomas Wide. Please join us Tuesday, November 7th at 7 p.m. for Dr. Wide’s lecture “From Kabul to D.C.: Preserving and Presenting Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage”. Dr. Thomas Wide serves as the Assistant Director for Special Projects at the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian. During this lecture, he will discuss the mission and works that take place at Turquoise Mountain to preserve Afghanistan't rich artisanal traditions. This event is free and open to the public.

NOV 13-17 - Language Conversation Groups

Maxcy Language Tables
All week!
The Carolina International House at Maxcy College
For: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
  • Spanish Table (LaTertulia) - Tuesday 6-7pm, Maxcy Classroom
  • Arabic Table - Tuesday 5-6pm, Maxcy Dining Room
  • Mandarin Table - Tuesday 6-7pm, Maxcy Dining Room
  • Italian Table - Wednesday 2:20-3:20pm, Maxcy Classroom 
  • French Table - Wednesday 6-7pm, Maxcy Dining Room
  • German Table (Stammtisch) - Wednesday 6-7pm, Maxcy Classroom
  • Russian Table - Thursday 5:30-6:30pm, Maxcy Dining Room
  • Japanese Table - Friday 4:30-5:30pm, Maxcy Dining Room

NOV 13 - International Bazaar on Greene Street

International Bazaar on Greene Street
Monday, 11-2pm
Greene Street 
For: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
Celebrate cultures from around the world with dancing, music, food, and creative displays all by walking down Greene Street by the Russell House! International student organizations are welcome to host a table display. Register by Nov. 7 to have a table using the online registration form

NOV 13 - Learn about Study Abroad in Italy! 

Global USC in Italy Presents: Make Your Own Mozzarella
Monday, 5-7pm

Maxcy Dining Room: Demonstration Kitchen
For: Students

The Study Abroad Office (SAO) and SAI Programs are excited to present a special Global USC in Italy info session, which will include a free mozzarella cooking class led by George Kessler, the owner and chef of favorite Columbia Italian restaurant, il Giorgione. Students will also join us for the free pasta dinner and discussion to follow. George will tell stories from his own study abroad experience in Italy, and the SAO will provide information about the upcoming 2018 Maymester Global USC in Italy: Languages, Arts & Humanities.

To RSVP, or for more information, contact or 803-777-7557. *Cooking class supplies are limited to the first 15 students who RSVP. Space is limited and preference will be given to students eligible to study abroad in May 2018. 

NOV 13 - Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, Film Screening and Discussion

Film Screening and Discussion
Monday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Columbia Museum of Art
For: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
The Columbia World Affairs Council and the Carolina Peace Resource Center are hosting a free film screening of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011) at the Columbia Museum of Art on Monday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. The documentary, directed by Rob Gardner, is a view of Islamic art themes across nine countries and 1,400 years of history. The event will consist of the movie screening followed by a discussion and Q&A. The film is 90 minutes. Additionally, Steven Naifeh, artist and best selling co-author of definitive biography on Vincent Van Gogh, will speak. Naifeh's work is deeply informed by geometry from Islamic Art traditions and has pieces in the CMA's permanent collection. RSVP on the Facebook event. 

NOV 14 -  CTE Workshop for Faculty 

Meeting the Needs of International Students in the Classroom
Tuesday, 2:50 – 4:05pm
CTE: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 5
For: Faculty and Staff
Tips for assisting non-native speakers in the classroom with Dr. Sherry Warren and Ms. Renata Bobakova.
Do you wish you knew how to meet the needs of the international students in your classes without diminishing the experience of your domestic students? The international student population is rapidly increasing at USC, and with this increase comes some notable benefits to our university, our domestic students, and the overall classroom climate. These students typically have very strong motivation to succeed but very specific challenges that make classroom content more difficult to access and professor expectations more difficult to understand and meet.
In this workshop, you will learn about the difficulties that international students typically experience and tips on how to facilitate their learning. Participants will develop a plan for making their course content more accessible to international students while also enhancing learning for their domestic students. Sign up to reserve your seat. 

NOV 14 - Fulbright Program Panel Discussion and Reception, with President Pastides

Panel Discussion and Reception
Tuesday, 2:30-4:30pm
Gressette Room in Harper College
For: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
Come hear from a panel of Fulbright Scholarship recipients as they share their experience and how to apply for the Fulbright to teach, research, or study abroad. Light refreshments to follow. Special Guest and Moderator, USC President Harris Pastides. RSVP at by November 8, 2017.

Hosted by: Office of the Provost, International Support for Faculty and Staff, Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, International Student Services

NOV 14 - CineCola Film Screening and Discussion

CineCola Film Screening: Examen d’État / National Diploma (2014)
Tuesday, 7pm
For: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
CineCola is hosting a screening of Examen d’État (2014), a documentary about the role of education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Director Dieudo Hamadi follows a group of students as they prepare for the national exam.  This screening is a part of the annual Tournees Film Festival in Columbia, SC, from October 2017 to December 2017. The film is 92 minutes. Free & open to the public.
Hosted by: CineCola, Global Carolina

NOV 15 -  International Accelerator Program Information Session

International Accelerator Program Information Session
Wednesday, 12-1pm
For: Faculty and Staff
Have you heard about the International Accelerator Program or the “IAP”? Have you met any international students who call themselves “IAP students”? We invite you to come and learn more about this new program on campus, why we are here, what we do for international students, who we are and who our students are. USC Faculty and staff are invited to attend. Please RSVP by 11/10.

Hosted by: International Accelerator Program

NOV 15 - CTE Workshop for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Academic Classroom Culture in the U.S.: a Roundtable Discussion with Experienced International Teaching Assistants
Wednesday, 3:55 – 5:10 pm
CTE: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 5
For: International Teaching Assistants
Tips for the ITA in the American classroom setting, with Dr. Michelle Hardee and Ms. Terry Goodfellow
Are USC undergraduate student attitudes, priorities and behaviors different from what you are accustomed?  International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) must learn to interpret and handle our students' actions appropriately, but seldom have the opportunity for this learning before stepping into the classroom. This workshop and panel discussion is designed to provide graduate students with the chance to discuss some of the difficulties they might have encountered in American academic culture.
This is not a lecture – each workshop participant will identify peculiar aspects of American academic life that s/he has encountered, discuss similarities and differences in ideas, beliefs, or expectations with other participants, and develop a deeper understanding of the role culture plays in academic behavior.  Discussions will be facilitated by a panel of experienced and successful ITAs and faculty members. Register to save your seat.   

NOV 15 - International Potluck

International Potluck
Wednesday, 6-8pm
Golden Spurs Gameroom (RH basement)
For: Students
Ever wondered what food from another country tastes like but don’t have the money to travel?  No problem- the international potluck will feature food from around the world.  Bring food that you think represents your country or a favorite dish that your mom makes back home.  RSVP and sign up to bring something by November 13th.  Can’t wait to see what different cultures are represented at USC and to taste amazing food from around the world!!!        

Hosted by: Study Abroad Association, International Student Association, International Student Services

NOV 15 - Report Back from Palestine, Panel Discussion

Report Back from Palestine
Wednesday, 7pm
USC School of Journalism and Mass Communication Room 320
For: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
Join us for a Report Back from Palestine at the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication Room 320 (SJMC 320). Our panel features Edie Garwood, Country Specialist on Israel/OPT/Palestine for Amnesty International and Rev. Dr. James Thomas, Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine. Check out their detailed bios below!
Edie Garwood is the Country Specialist on Israel/OPT/Palestine for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). She has been a member of Amnesty since 1984 and was Country Coordinator for Israel and the Occupied Territories during the first Intifada, 1987-1993/4. In 2002, when much of the occupied West Bank was declared a 'war zone', she volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She was the recipient of the 17th Annual Human Rights Award by the Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina in 2012 and the Keeper of the Flame award by Amnesty International USA in October 2017.
Dr. James Thomas is Associate Professor of Church and Ministry and Director of African American Ministries at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC and a board member of the Carolina Peace Resource Center. Dr. Thomas has served with Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine (CPT-Palestine) in Hebron/al-Khalil in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank and will present on his most recent visit this past July.

NOV 16 - Global Advocacy Fair

Global Advocacy Fair
Thursday, 1-3pm
Hamilton College Lobby
For: Students, Faculty, and Staff
The Global Advocacy Fair is a research fair, hosting students, faculty, and staff engaged in community service, service-learning, and community-based research abroad.  All presenters will share their research in efforts to build global capacity, infrastructure, and inclusion opportunities; global citizenship; the challenges faced by international communities; and opportunities to connect with global efforts here at USC.
Anyone interested in presenting at the fair should contact event organizer, Sudie Nallo at, to reserve a space

Hosted by: College of Social Work, International Student Services

NOV 16 - Carolina Productions Foreign Film Night

Foreign Film Night: Bride and Prejudice
Thursday, 6pm-9pm
Russell House Theater
For: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community members
All are invited for a night of celebrating cultures. Carolina Productions is screening the film Bride and Prejudice (2004) and a discussion on Indian culture will follow. The film Bride and Prejudice, Bollywood's take on Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice, is a story in which the matriarch of an Indian family is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. The film is 111 minutes. Bring your friends and your Carolina Card!

Hosted by: Carolina Productions, Global Carolina

International Inclusion Networking Event - Event Moved to 11/30

International Inclusion Networking Event
Thursday, 7-9pm
Darla Moore School of Business Room 511
For: Students, Faculty, and Staff
The Diversity and Inclusion Council is hosting a networking event for international and U.S. students. There will be three international speakers coming to talk about their home and culture. They will discuss what it's like being an international student in the U.S. and how it differs from going to school in one's home country. Students can come to network, learn what going to school in a foreign country is like, and learn how they can make USC life better for international students here.

International and domestic students are welcome to this event, as well as faculty and staff! Come for the free snacks and stay for the conversation! RSVP at:

Hosted by: Moore School Diversity and Inclusion Council

NOV 16 - Global Health at Home and Abroad: A Symposium

Global Health at Home and Abroad: A Symposium
Thursday, 6pm
Gressette Room on the 3rd floor of Harper College
For: Students, Faculty, and Staff

The purpose of this symposium is to show USC students how their fellow students and professors have been involved in international education within the realm of global health as well as how they can get involved as well. Topics to be discussed include undergraduate research, studying abroad, fellowships, and volunteer experiences in locations all across the world. Share the event flyer.

Hosted by: GlobeMed

NOV 17 - Annual IEW World Cup

Friday, 3-6pm
Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, Intramural Fields 1 & 2
World teams will compete in a soccer tournament for the 2017 World Cup title at USC. Teams or individuals are invited to register now. Students can create a team for a country or region of the world and individuals can join a team to compete.  Registration is open through Nov. 15 at 10am! See instructions for how to create an IMleagues account.
Hosted by: Intramurals Sports Office, English Programs for Internationals, Study Abroad Office, International Accelerated Program, and International Student Services

NOV 17 - Global Trumpism Lecture

Global Trumpism: One Year On
Friday, 3:30pm
Gambrell 250
For: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members
Six months before the election of President Donald Trump, Mark Blyth predicted the result. He did so by placing Trump’s election in global context that tracked the evolution of the global growth regime over the prior 30 years. But since Trump’s election many of the factors that supposedly drove his election have diminished in importance. In Europe in particular the rise of “Global Trumpism" seems to have been halted. But is that really the case? Blyth gives a stress test to his theory one year on and argues that the Era of Global Trumpism is far from over. Mark Blyth is an Eastman Professor of Political Economy at Brown University.

Hosted by: The Walker Institute for International and Area Studies and the Department of Political Science Research Workshop