LHU to celebrate International Education Week

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University has several events planned to celebrate 2019 International Education Week, Nov. 18 to 22. The joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and has become a tradition at the college.

The Center for Global Engagement at Lock Haven University has organized a wide range of programs for that week. Events will kick off at 11 a.m. Monday in upper Bentley with International Food Week, featuring different recipes by international students in Dana Washington’s English class, as well as one from president Robert Pignatello. All events are free and open to the public.

Culture through coffee

Thyra Farkas, of Hungary, is a full-time student at Lock Haven University’s Austrian partner, the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. She is an exchange student at Lock Haven University, completing her second international academic experience. Join her and the Center for Global Engagement staff for a presentation on Hungarian culture and her experiences at 6 p.m. Monday at Avenue 209 Coffee House, 209 Bellefonte Ave.

A night of Korean culture

University juniors, Briana Watson and Morgan Smith, spent the 2018-19 academic year at Chungnam National University, a university partner institution in South Korea. They will provide a brief presentation on their cultural experiences and study abroad journey. This event will include a variety of traditional Korean food, K-Pop, music videos and more at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Parson Union Building Multipurpose Room.

Documentary screening

“Hiwwe wie Driwwe: The Roots of Pennsylvania Dutch” is a German documentary that focuses on searching the roots and history of the Pennsylvania Dutch language, culture and its people. The screening will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Price Performance Center.

Three hundred years ago, many people from the Palatinate region fled from political persecution, and economic reasons, to the U.S. and settled mainly in and around southeastern Pennsylvania. Those immigrants became the “Pennsylvania Dutch.”

The film accompanies Lock Haven University alumnus, Douglas Madenford, on a search for those roots through his American homeland and Germany. The film will have English subtitles and is 90 minutes. Madenford will sign free posters at end of the film.

Speaker Tayo Rockson

Diversity and inclusion expert, Tayo Rockson, will discuss his latest book, “Use Your Difference to Make a Difference: How to Connect and Communicate in a Cross-Cultural World” at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Price Performance Center.

The goal of the book is to strengthen self-awareness, acknowledge biases, connect with others in a meaningful way and celebrate the differences around us all.

Harmful behaviors, whether conscious or unconscious, can lead to social environments that perpetuate — and even intensify — hate and division. Following his presentation, Rockson will hold a question and answer session, a book signing and will give away 10 books.

Tea Around the World

Members of the Global Viewers Club will staff a table in Robinson Hall, spreading cultural awareness, while serving free tea to Lock Haven University students, faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Robinson Hall lobby.


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