Past Events

International Education Week 2020

November 2–6, 2020

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. Inaugurated in 2000, IEW celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world. Today, IEW is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Monday, Nov. 2

Boba Tea Truck
Sponsored by OSIL, free boba tea for the first 450 students in the Dravus parking lot

11 a.m.–3 p.m. 

Sprint in Colombia

Michael Chew, SPRINT advisor, will share about The John Perkins Center, SPRINT, their partners in Colombia, and what the SPRINT program is doing during COVID.

3–4 p.m.
(link to come)

Dinner: Flavors of Thailand
Beef Curry with Thai Eggplant
Red Curry Chicken
Steamed Jasmine Rice
Thai Peanut Noodle Salad
Thai-Style Cucumber Salad

4:30-7:30 p.m. 
Gwinn Commons

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Vote in the general election and vote for your favorite photo in the 2020 International photo contest via Instagram stories @SPUStudyAbroad. The winner will be announced Friday.

10 a.m.


French Culture Hour
Le Cercle Français invites the SPU community to come learn a little about France! With fun icebreakers and activities, no prior French language experience is necessary.

3–3:45 p.m.

Dinner: Flavors of India

Punjabi Chicken Curry
Madras Alu Potatoes
Dal Tarka
Basmati with Green Peas
Naan Bread

4:30-7:30 p.m. 
Gwinn Commons

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Chinese Culture Hour 
Mandarin professor, Xu Bian, will host a Chinese hour to discuss language and culture. All are welcome!

12:30–1:30 p.m. 

Dinner: Flavors of Vietnam 

Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi
Pork Banh Mi
Tofu Banh Mi
Minted Cucumber Salad

4:30-7:30 p.m. 
Gwinn Commons

Cooking Demo
Sponsored by Sodexo, Executive Chef Christopher Studtmann will lead a cooking demonstration to prepare a versatile Indian curry sauce that can be used for poultry, fish, or vegetarian dishes. . 
6–7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Peace Corps Panel Discussion
Sponsored by The Center for Career and Calling, discover the challenging, rewarding, and inspirational Peace Corps experiences from the perspective of Asian-American volunteers. 

1–2 p.m.

Dinner: Flavors of Mexico

Traditional Carne Asada
Smashed Black Beans
Cilantro Lime Rice
Elotes Street Corn
Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa

4:30-7:30 p.m. 
Gwinn Commons

Study Abroad Panel 
5 SPU Study Abroad alumni will share their experiences abroad. Tune in to find out how to choose a program, pay for study abroad, and how to cure homesickness. 

5:30–6:30 p.m.

The Talk! 

Current SPU International students will interview 4 SPU International faculty members, asking questions such as, what made them pursue an education and career in the United States? All are welcome to participate in this 45-minute panel followed by a 15-minute Q&A session with the audience. 

7–8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 6

“Best in Show” 
The 2020 International Photo Contest winner is announced via @SPUStudyAbroad on Instagram

10 a.m.


Spanish Culture Share 
“El Día de los Muertos” 
Spanish professor, Vilma Illanes, will host a Spanish culture share focused on the Mexican “Day of the Dead” holiday in the context of the 2017 Pixar film, Coco. 

Noon–1 p.m. 

Dinner: Flavors of Korea

Beef Bulgogi
Korean Fried Chicken
Korean Stir-Fried Vegetables with Tofu
Sticky Rice

4:30-7:30 p.m. 
Gwinn Commons