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International Educational Week at UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College

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Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College are celebrating International Education Week Monday through Friday, November 17-21. The theme this year is “Experience South Asia: A Journey Awaits You!”

The public is invited to numerous special events and activities on campus. Admission is free, but there is a $3 parking fee for events held during the day on the UH Hilo campus. Parking is free on the Manono Campus. Events include:

• Yoga, Monday, November 17, and Thursday, November 20, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Campus Center Plaza

• More than Madrassas: Pakistan and Ecotourism. UH Hilo Geography Professor Dr. Kathryn Besio talks about the rich diversity of Northern Pakistan’s people and landscapes, Monday, November 17, 11 a.m., UCB 127

• Timor-Leste Exposed!: UH Hilo students from the world’s newest nation, formerly East Timor, will share their country’s history, politics and country, as well as gripping personal experience during the recent independence and post-independence moments, Monday, November 17, 3-4 p.m., Campus Center 301

• Sky Stories of the Pacific Asian Cultures. Gary Fujihara uses the ‘Imiloa Planetarium dome’s “sky” for a night of Pacific Asian stories, folklore and mythology, Monday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. Limited seating.

• International Pizza Party. Share culture and language with UH Hilo and HawCC international students over free pizza and soda, Tuesday, November 18, 11:45-12:45 p.m., Manono Campus, Building 379-1

• South Asian Food, Fashion and Body Art. A sweet sampling of South Asian tea and desserts, sari wrapping and traditional Henna body art, Tuesday, November 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Campus Center 301

• Bollywood: Indian cinema is thriving and for good reason. See what the international buzz is about with the smash Bollywood comedy Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Tuesday, November 18, 6 p.m., UCB 100

• International Flair. Craft fair by campus student clubs and the fair trade organization Ten Thousand Villages, Wednesday, November 19, 10-2 p.m., Campus Center Plaza

• Global Trivia Quiz Show. Demonstrate your global knowledge by competing against other teams for prizes on stage on Campus Center Plaza, Wednesday, November 19, noon

• Viewing the Heavens with Different Eyes: The Infrared and Submillimeter Skies. A global astrotalk featuring Andy Anderson, associate director of the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope and Antonio Chrysostomou, associate director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, Wednesday, November 19, 7 p.m., UCB 100

• The World Awaits You. People, places and adventures in places as diverse as New Zealand, Japan, Norway and Korea presented by students who have changed their lives by studying abroad, Thursday, November 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m., UCB 127

• South Asia Night. Culture, traditions, history, crafts and foods of South Asia with an expert panel discussion, a classical Indian dance performance by Devika Wasson and a presentation and pupus by food columnist Audrey Wilson of the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald, Thursday, November 20, 6-8:30 p.m., Campus Center 301

• Textile Demonstration. Join HawCC instructor Fauna Taylor and the Textile Design (Art 230) class in using indigo and other natural dyes to add a modern twist to traditional Indian block printing, Friday, November 21, 12:30-2 p.m., Manono Campus, Building 345-C

• Global Astrotalk. Featuring Wayne Rosing of Las Cumbres Observatory and Global Telescope Network, Friday, November 21, 7 p.m., UCB 114

In addition, the Campus Center Cafeteria (Sodexho) is featuring a special international food menu with a South Asian theme all week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And the Ohana Café will offer a special international food menu, with a South Asian theme Wednesday to Friday, November 19 to 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the HawCC Manono Campus.

International Educational Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote global exchange and cultural awareness. Community organizations that have donated their resources to this event include: Subaru Telescope, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, ASUH-Hawai‘i Community College Student Government, Hawai‘i Community College Vice Chancellor, KTA, Office Max, Café 100, Starbucks, Big Island Candies, Lighthaus Camera, Balancing Monkey and Nick Chang.

For more information, contact the UH Hilo’s Center for Global Education and Exchange at 933-8810 or e-mail

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