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International week activities provide cultural experiences for students and community


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will observe International Week, April 3-7, with activities and events to recognize the variety of countries and cultures represented on the university’s campus. Community members are also invited to participate.

The week will kick off with the annual International Café from noon-1:30 p.m., April 3, in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom. International student groups will have a variety of cultural cuisine available for purchase, and attendees can sample items from each student’s home country. The UT Martin Department of Music will provide entertainment.

An interdisciplinary panel on U.S. foreign policy will be held from 4-6 p.m. that evening in Watkins Auditorium, also located inside the Boling University Center. The panel will focus on U.S. foreign policy under the current administration and its impact on world affairs.

The Hortense Parrish Writing Center, located in room 209 of the Andy Holt Humanities Building, will host “Literature from Around the World: A Roundtable and Reading” from 12:15-12:50 p.m., April 4. The event will include samples of literature from different countries.

Many of UT Martin’s international students will participate in an international student panel at 3 p.m., April 5, in the Boling University Center’s Legislative Chamber, room 111, to discuss life in their home countries as compared to their experiences in the United States.

The UT Martin Office of International Programs and International Admissions will welcome guest speaker, Lt. Gen. John Castellaw at 6 p.m., April 6, in Gooch Hall’s Gallien Auditorium. Castellaw served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 36 years and participated in operations around the world. He currently serves as a member of the United States Global Leadership Coalition’s National Security Advisory Council in addition to operating his family farm and sitting as director for the Bank of Crockett.

The week’s events will close with an international showcase from noon-1 p.m., April 7, on the Boling University Center patio. The showcase will include presentations from international students and organizations about the cultures of their home countries.

A full schedule of events is listed below:

Monday, April 3
•International Café; noon-1:30 p.m.; Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom
•Interdisciplinary panel on U.S. Foreign Policy; 4-6 p.m.; Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium

Tuesday, April 4
•Literature from Around the World: A Roundtable and Reading; 12:15-12:50 p.m.; Hortense Parrish Writing Center; Andy Holt Humanities Building, room 209
•International Sports Day; 4 p.m.; Student Recreation Center
•Faculty recruiting informational session; 5-6 p.m.; Gooch Hall, room 121A
•Skyhawks Meet the World; 6-8 p.m.; Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom

Wednesday, April 5
•International Student Panel; 3 p.m.; Boling University Center Legislative Chamber, room 111

Thursday, April 6
•International Fashion Show; 4 p.m.; Gooch Hall’s Gallien Auditorium
•Guest Speaker: Lt. Gen. John Castellaw; 6 p.m.; Gooch Hall’s Gallien Auditorium

Friday, April 7
•International Showcase; noon-1 p.m.; Boling University Center patio.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of International Programs and International Admissions at 731-881-7340.


(above) Three international students are pictured in traditional dress during UT Martin’s 2016 International Café.

(below) A group of students from UT Martin's international program offer a variety of authentic cuisine selections during the 2016 International Café.

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