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International Education Month Calendar

L/P credit is available for all events except for The Rwandan Night, Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana on October 27.

Baile Folklorico

Tuesday, Oct. 3
8 – 10 p.m., Schwitzer Atrium

Baile Folklorico is a Mexican folk dance group that strives to preserve, maintain, teach and share aspects of Mexican culture and traditions with all who participate in the group and with all who attend its lively, dynamic presentations. In this fun and entertaining event, dancers wear traditional clothing and perform energetic tap dancing routines.

International Movie Night: Wadjda (2012) Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, Oct. 3
7 – 9 p.m., Health Pavilion R.B. Annis Theater (Rm 138)

Ten-year-old Wadjda challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. When everything goes against her plans, she sees one last chance in her school’s Koran recitation competitionand a large case prize for first place. The first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, Wadjda is the story of a girl determined to fight for her dreams.

Cultural Competence: Return on Investment Forum

Thursday, Oct. 5
9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Schwitzer Center, Trustees Dining Room

Retrace the career path of faculty, business and civic leaders to understand the defining role that cultural competence plays in their success as leaders in today’s multicultural, inclusive and diverse businesses and organizations.

West Meets East Concert

Sunday, Oct. 8
3 – 5 p.m., CDFAC Ruth Lily Performance Hall (Reception to follow)

Internationally renowned musicians from Indianapolis, New York, and Shanghai have been invited to perform for our University and community audience. Their music fuses Eastern and Western flavors and cultural tones. Performers include Dr. Richard Ratliff, Dr. Kathy Hacker, Dr. Weng Yi, Mr. Jerry Yang, and Ms. Lauren Cregor Devine.

An Evening with Author Laila Anwarzai Ayoubi

Monday, Oct. 9
7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Center

Female honor killings, a horrific practice whereby male family members enact a kind of vigilante justice on girls and women who are believed to have brought shame upon their families’ honor, continue to occur in many parts of the world. Attendees will hear Laila read from her recent book, Niki’s Honor, about female honor killings in her native country of Afghanistan. Through her powerful story, attendees will learn about the practice of honor killing, offering insight into the extent of this practice through the lense of one woman and one family’s experience.

Cultural Simulation: Interaction and Enlightenment

Tuesday, Oct. 10
10 – 11 a.m., Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall

Play an exciting and interactive game designed to help participants understand critical aspects about our cultural diversity.

Where have all the Children Gone?

Wednesday, Oct. 11
7 – 8 p.m., Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Center

More than just playthings, toys and toy advertising tell us a lot about our beliefs and expectations of children, especially in terms of gender roles and boundaries. In this interactive lecture, Dr. Almeida examines representations of icons of Brazil and the USA across social media platforms. Dr. Almeida connects visual representations and narratives to contemporary and competing cultural gender agendas facing women and girls in both countries.

Celebration of the Flags

Thursday, Oct. 12
2 – 3 p.m., Smith Mall

Watch the colorful parade of flags around Smith Mall as the University pauses to celebrate the many nations represented by UIndy faculty, staff and students.

International Expo

Thursday, Oct. 12
3 – 6 p.m., Schwitzer Atrium

Visit interactive exhibits hosted by UIndy student organizations, campus departments and offices, plus community programs showcasing the University’s international engagement, projects, students, study-abroad offerings, language classes, teaching and volunteer opportunities. Earn stamps on your passport and sample a selection of different foods from around the world.

International Movie Night: Inchallah Dimanche (2001) France

Thursday, Oct. 12
7 – 9 p.m., Health Pavilion R.B. Annis Theater (Rm 138)

Following a new French law promoting family reunification, Zouina relocates from Algeria to France with her children and mother-in law to be with her husband who has lived there for ten years. She struggles to cope with life in a new country and culture, as well as the tyranny of her mother-in-law. Slowly, she and her children venture out and gain the strength to make a home out of their new country.

Saul Flores: The Walk of Immigrants

Wednesday, Oct. 18
9 – 10 p.m., UIndy Hall

Saul Flores spent three months walking, hitchhiking, and sleeping on the ground and in hiding places. His journey began in Ecuador and ended in Charlotte, North Carolina. In three months, he walked 5,328 miles through ten countries and nine border crossings to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico. In this keynote, Saul speaks about how as a North Carolina State University senior, he took the “Walk” in the summer of 2010. Audience members get the opportunity to relive The Walk of the Immigrants along with Saul and create a deeper understanding of the struggles, hardships, joy, and hope that immigrants experience on their journey.

Enchanted Evening with International Poetry Reading

Thursday, Oct. 19
5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Schwitzer Center Trustees Dining Room

Because poetry provides symbolic as well as real meeting grounds of the spiritual and our day-to-day experiences, poems solicit our reaction no matter whether our engagement with the actual piece ends up in affection or dislike, in affirmation or disapproval. In the end, all artwork manifests a story. (International) Poetry is one of its many iterations. Gerburg Garmann, a native of Germany, is a professor of German and French and the assistant dean of Interdisciplinary Programs at the University of Indianapolis. Her scholarly publications appear in English, German and French in international journals. Her poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies around the world.

International Movie Night: Delhi-6 (2010) India

Tuesday, Oct. 19
7 – 9 p.m., Health Pavilion R.B. Annis Theater (Rm 138)

American-born Roshan agrees to return with his grandmother to the walled-off area of Delhi, India, where she grew up. Attracted to neighbor Bittu and enchanted by the neighborhood’s strong sense of tradition, Roshan gradually learns about Old Delhi’s less attractive aspects, including caste discrimination and widespread corruption. Meanwhile, rumors of a mysterious, havoc-wreaking black monkey put the city on edge.

The Art of Modern European Painting Lecture and Demonstration

Thursday, Oct. 26
5 – 6 p.m., Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall B

The special lecture will trace the value and function of modern European art from realism to the present moment via selected European paintings. The presentation will culminate in a virtual demonstration of stylistic re-visioning of various well-known works of art.

The Art of Chinese Ink Brush Painting Lecture and Demonstration

Thursday, Oct. 26
6 – 7:30 p.m., Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall C

Artist Ng Yuet-lau has practiced the art of ink brush painting for more than 20 years, following the great masters Zhao Shao-an and Huang Chun-pik. The works of Miss Ng Yuet-lau are mainly paintings of nature with special attention paid to both color and ink flow. Her paintings display vitality and boldness while displaying a simple, powerful and refreshing brush style.

A Special Presentation by Her Excellency Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana

Friday, Oct. 27

10 – 11 a.m.  CDFAC, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall


Her Excellency Mathilde Mukantabana is the Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States. She also serves as the non-resident ambassador to Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. During her visit to the University of Indianapolis, the Ambassador will address the national development process in Rwanda, the role of the Rwandan women in that process and the opportunity for education, trade and investment.

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana, a native of Rwanda, was forced to flee her home in 1973 to escape escalating violence.  She fled to neighboring Burundi where she ultimately completed a bachelor's degree in history and geography. Coming to the United States in 1980, she earned an MA in history and a master of social work. Ambassador Mukantabana was in the United States during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 and learned that her parents were massacred by members of that country's Hutu majority, along with her three sisters, two brothers, six aunts, four uncles, all of her nieces and nephews and thousands of other Tutsi. In response to that horror, Ambassador Mukantabana started a social work program at the National University of Rwanda, training young students who went on to work in local governments and non-governmental organizations, helping survivors deal with the trauma of the genocide. Ambassador Mukantabana also co-founded and became president of the Friends of Rwanda Association. In 2013, Ambassador Mukantabana was an executive producer of The Rwandan Night, a documentary on the genocide told from the perspective of seven viewpoints.


In Their Own Words: Story Telling by Immigrants and Refugees

Monday, Oct. 30
4 – 6 p.m., Health Pavilion R.B. Annis Theater (Rm 138)

Mr. Hakizimana Agappe, a former Radio In-Depth state champion of the annual Indiana Association ofSchool Broadcasters State Contest, speaks with passion about his challenging childhood in Rwanda, through the time his family was driven out of their home country to his arrival in America. Una Hartzell-Baird, Director of Translation at LUNA Services, will share her experience as a refugee who came to Indianapolis in 1995 from Bosnia. Christopher Bwai will speak about his experience as an immigrant from Burma/Myanmar and Isaias Guerrero will share his perspective about individuals who are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order (DACA).