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Fitchburg State celebrates International Month in November

Posted 10/31/13

Shuly NathanFitchburg State University will celebrate International Month in November with lectures, film screenings and celebrations of the campus community’s multicultural heritage. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The festivities start Monday, Nov. 4, with a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in the main lounge of Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St., from noon to 3 p.m. Also on Nov. 4, Fitchburg State alumnus and current Harvard University teaching fellow Michael Miner will present “Solving the Iranian Riddle: Diplomatic and Security Challenges for American Foreign Policy” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. Miner’s talk is sponsored by the university’s Center for Conflict Studies and the International Studies minor.

Students can learn about the opportunities for overseas education at the study abroad fair from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Hammond main lounge.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, there will be a screening and discussion of the Italian film “Seven Beauties” (1975) at 3:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. Also Thursday, the university’s Latin American Student Organization and World Integrated Nations chapters will host a dominoes tournament at Hammond Hall.

Students can learn about international careers with an information session at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Miller Oval in Miller Hall, 230 Highland Ave. Career Services Director Erin Kelleher and Fitchburg State alumni will lead the session.

The international tapestry of Fitchburg State will be celebrated with “Represent Your Flag” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Hammond main lounge. The event is sponsored by LASO, the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness and the Office of International Education.

Faculty member Benjamin Railton (English Studies) will present the lecture “Two Wrongs and a Right: What the Chinese Exclusion Act Can Teach Us about America” at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall.

There will be an international potluck dinner and poetry slam on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Falcon Hub in Hammond Hall.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Faculty member John Paul (Economics, History and Political Science) will introduce the film “Earth” (1998) and lead a post-screening discussion at the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St. The film is presented as part of the university and library’s Third Thursday film series. Admission is free. Also on Nov. 21, there will be Indian cultural performances starting at 7 p.m. in Percival Auditorium in Percival Hall, 254 Highland Ave.

The month’s events conclude Monday, Nov. 25, first with a lecture at 12:30 p.m. by faculty member John Paul entitled “Highlights on Gandhi’s Experiment with Non-Violence” at the Center for Teaching and Learning in the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library.

Also on Monday, Nov. 25, the university’s Humanities Department and World Music Studies will host Israeli folk singer Shuly Nathan at 3:30 p.m. The concert will take place in Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 367 North St. Admission is free. As a beloved national singer, Nathan is known to have a warm, loving contact with her audiences, having people join her in singing and enjoy her wonderful storytelling about the songs and their bond to the rising of a new nation of Israel.

The final event of International Month will be a talk by faculty member Luis Rosero (Economics, History and Political Science) on “Protecting Against Financial Crisis: The Effectiveness of International Reserves in the Latin American Case” at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall.

For more information on the International Month events, contact Professor Eric Budd at ebudd@fitchburgstate.edu.

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