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Office of the Provost

International Education Week

November 13-17

The University of South Carolina’s International Education Week (IEW) will take place November 13-17, 2017.  This annual event is dedicated to promoting cultural awareness while inspiring students to learn more about the many cultures represented at UofSC. The calendar of activities this year includes the annual Greene Street International Bazaar, a film screening on Islamic Art, the 4th Annual World Cup soccer tournament, a panel discussion on the Fulbright Scholars Program led by President Harris Pastides, and more!

The week will begin on November 13, 2017 with the International Bazaar on Greene Street from 11­2pm. International students exhibit creative displays along with food, music, games, and even dancing to celebrate their cultures. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome to travel the globe in one afternoon.

Meet at the Columbia Museum of Art on Monday, November 13, for a screening of the documentary Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011), directed by Rob Gardner. The film explores Islamic art themes across nine countries and 1,400 years of history. Additionally, Steven Naifeh, artist and bestselling co-author of Vincent Van Gogh’s biography, will answer questions and lead a discussion after the screening. Naifeh's work is deeply informed by geometry from Islamic Art traditions and has pieces in the CMA's permanent collection. The event is sponsored by Columbia World Affairs CouncilColumbia Museum of Art, and the Carolina Peace Resource Center.

On Tuesday, November 14, USC President Harris Pastides will moderate a panel discussion on the Fulbright Scholars Program. President Pastides is the chair of the Fulbright CIES Advisory Board, a recipient of the IIE Global Changemaker Award, and a Fulbright senior research fellow. The panel discussion and reception will be from 2:30-4:30pm in the Gressette Room in Harper College. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to hear from five Fulbright scholars and award recipients as they share their experiences and why they applied for the Fulbright to teach, research, or study abroad. Attendees are requested to RSVP by November 8. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, International Support for Faculty and Staff, Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, and International Student Services.

Learn about an opportunity to study abroad in Italy with the program Global USC in Italy: Languages, Arts & Humanities, while also learning to make mozzarella cheese on Monday evening in Maxcy’s Demonstration Kitchen. Experience Bollywood’s version of a Jane Austen story with the screening of Bride and Prejudice at the Russell House Theater on Thursday November 16, sponsored by Carolina Productions. Play in the USC World Cup on Friday November 17, by joining a futbol team with 10 of your closest friends. The week is full of events to learn about study abroad, compare cultures, practice language, and appreciate our diverse campus.

IEW is part of a federal initiative for universities around the country to prepare Americans for an increasingly globalized world and attract future leaders from abroad. UofSC’s IEW is sponsored by Global Carolina, including International Student Services, Study Abroad, English Program for Internationals, International Accelerated Program; as well as the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Carolina International House at Maxcy College, and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

For a full list of the IEW events, visit our website at or find information on Facebook ( The official hashtag for UofSC’s IEW will be #IEWUofSC.

For more information about International Education Week, contact Julie Medlin at 803-777-7461 or email her at

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