International Education Week is Nov. 12-19 at Lewis

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International Education Week is Nov. 12-19 at Lewis University

Published: November 9, 2017.

Lewis University celebrates International Education Week Nov. 12-19. The activities and events highlight and support international education, multiculturalism and diversity. The events are free and open to the public. They are all on the Lewis University’s main campus on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Unique to this year’s program is the Interfaith Forum, co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Services, Peace Studies and Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors. CRS Ambassadors will provide information and sell products promoting a week-long Fair Trade event. These are traded goods through the non-profit Fair Trade and will be available throughout the week.

The Monday, November 13 event is a presentation “Why Study Foreign Languages and Why Study Them at Lewis University” at 2 p.m. in AS158.

The Tuesday, November 14 events highlight the Interfaith Forum presentations with a focus on the question, “Who is Our Neighbor?” starting with “Welcoming Our Neighbors: Immigration – An Exchange of Blessings at 11 a.m. in the D’Arcy Great Room. At 12:30 p.m., the Forum presents “Welcoming Our Neighbors: Violence and Reconciliation”” in the D’Arcy Great Room, followed by “Welcoming Our Neighbors: Environmental Justice” at 2 p.m., also in the D’Arcy Great Room.

The Wednesday, November 15 events begin at 11 a.m. with “Unity Dialogue” in the Student Union Commons. “Middle Eastern Identity: Myths and Realities of a Region Misunderstood” will be presented at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Commons.

The Thursday, November 16 events begin at 11 a.m. with “Cyber Warfare: The New Normal? A Continuing Global Threat” in the Student Union Commons.” At 3 p.m., “Life During and After F-1: International Students and Work” presented in the Student Union Commons, will include information on internships, CPT, OPT, STEM extensions and more.

The always popular International Food Festival begins at 4 p.m. November 16 in the University Dining Room. Food samplings of recipes from around the world will be provided by the International Student Services and Sodexo. Music will be provided by Callaloo, a world music band from Chicago.

Friday, November 17 events wrap up the week with the 10 a.m. “The Journey of an International Student” in the Student Union Commons followed at 11 a.m. with “International Service Learning Opportunities” session in the Big Red Room. At 2 p.m., Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University, Erin Zimmer of Biology, Sheila Boysen of Organizational Leadership Studies, and Michael Bulfin of History, will share their own stories of international travel as college students.

Visit for full descriptions, additions and schedule changes. Contact Michael Fekete, director of International Student Services at (815) 836-5549 or for more information.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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