International Education Week at California State University, Fresno offers a variety of lectures and cultural events every day Nov. 14-19, designed to expose students to international perspectives.

Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and International Student Services and Programs Office, the week’s activities began with a Culture Night program. At noon each day, a Study Abroad Table in the Free Speech area features staff and students who have studied abroad answering related questions and sharing materials on various programs.

All events are free and open to the public.


“The New Left in Latin America,” 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. • Education Building, Room 140.
Presenter: Dr. Antonio Avalos, chair of the Economics Department.

“Armenia at 19: Reflections,” 7:30 p.m. • University Business Center-Alice Peters Auditorium.
Presenter: Professor Barlow DerMugrdechian, coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program.



“International Coffee Hour”
2-3 p.m. • Madden Library, Room 2206.
Moderator and panelist: Dr. Martha Vungkhanching, Social Work Education Department. Panelists: Fresno State students who studied in Bangalore, India.

“The World Comes to Fresno…Fresno Goes Abroad”
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. • Madden Library, Room 2206
Moderator: Dr. Lucia Hammar (International Student Services and Programs). Current international students will join Fresno State students who have recently studied abroad to share their experiences living and studying abroad.


“Beginnings and Renewals: Millennialism, 2012 and Other Ends”
4- 5 p.m. • Music Building, Room 160
Moderator and Panelist: Dr. Ramon Sanchez (Chicano and Latin American Studies). Panelists: Dr. Lisa Weston (English), Dr. Keith Jordan (Art and Design), Dr. Howard Hendrix (English), Dr. Sergio LaPorta (Armenian Studies).


“Cultural Influences on International Business Rules and Practices” and “The Value of Studying Abroad”
9:30 -11 a.m. • Peters Building, Room 194
Moderator: Dr. Ali Peyvandi (International Business Program). Panelists: Professor Tom Burns (Craig School of Business); Dr. Tomasz Wielicki (Information Systems and Decision Sciences); Dr. Rufus Waters (Finance and Business Law); business students: Sofia Klavabuck, Tobias Nehm, Seung Mi Oh.

“Who is Literate among Unschooled Adults? Context, Social Practices, and Research in Latin America”

11:00 a.m. – noon • Education Building, Room 140

Moderator: Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez (Co-Chair, KSOEHD International Committee); International Presenter: Dr. Ileana Seda Santana, Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México
A look at the educational research taking place among unschooled adults in Latin America.  This presentation will be of special interest to educators, student teachers and administrators as well as community members.

“The Bicentenarios of the Movements of Independence in the Americas”

4 – 5 p.m. • USU, Room 312
Moderator and panelist: Dr. William Skuban (History), Dr. Maria Lopes (Chicano and Latin American Studies), Dr. Marjorie Sanchez-Walker (CSU Stanislaus).

This open dialogue will be of interest to history, political science, Latin American Studies students as well as others.




“Planning Your Sabbatical Abroad: Faculty Perspectives”
10 – 11 a.m. • Madden Library, Room 2206
Moderator: Lynnette Zelezny (Craig School of Business). Panelists: Dr. Claire Sham Choy (Counseling and Special Education), Dr. Doug Singleton (Physics)
Dr. Steven Blumenshine (Biology).
Faculty members who are considering engaging in research abroad will learn how and when to begin the planning process in developing the linkages with universities or agencies abroad, featuring faculty sharing their experiences during their sabbaticals abroad.

“Literate Practices of Women in Rural Communities”
2- 3 p.m. • Education Bldg. Room 187
Moderator: Dr. Berta Gonzalez. International Presenter: Dr. Ileana Seda Santana, Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México. This session is hosted by the Women’s Resource Center and is open to women’s studies classes as well as others who have an interest in literacy issues in Latin America.
“Looking In/Standing Out”
2 – 3 p.m. • Education Building, Room 181
Presenter: Nancy L. Whittle, graduate student, discusses her personal journey in Tanzania as an intern who worked with two NGO’s Kuvilini Women’s Rights Organization and Chemi Chemi. Graduate students in social work, nursing, education and business administration majors can learn about an internship abroad with non-governmental agencies.

“International Jobs Panel” – Learn about the availability of internships and opportunities abroad.
3 – 5 p.m. • Education Building, Room 187
Moderator: Professor Melanie Ram (Political Science). Panelists: Gary Bagley, Foreign Service (Diplomat in Residence at UCLA); Bhoj Rai, Peace Corps (regional recruiter, San Francisco office); Katherine Diallo, returned Peace Corps volunteer (Senegal) and current graduate student; Stephanie Stockdale, Fresno State International Relations MA Alumni, USAID and Department of State summer jobs and internships.

“Lion’s Den: Leonera” (film)
5:30 p.m. • University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium
Discussant: Dr. Kathryn Forbes (Women’s Studies). This 2008 film from Argentina presents the story of an incarcerated woman and her struggles to raise her son.


“Teaching and Leading Student Study Groups Abroad”
11 a.m. – 12:00 noon • Education Building, Room 140
Panelists: Dr. Annette Levi (Agricultural Business) – Short Term Study Program, China; Dr. Tom Holyoke (Political Science) – USAC Faculty; Dr.  Dave Goorahoo (Plant Science) – Short Term Study Program, Trinidad and Tobago.

This session will be of interest to faculty members who have a desire to take student groups abroad for short-term study in a specialized field of study or service learning experience. In addition, faculty will share their experience in teaching abroad through the USAC programs.

“Little Town of Bethlehem” (film)

4:30 p.m. discussion, 5:30 p.m. film • McLane Hall, Room 121

Discussant: Lynn MacMichael. Topic: “What are the Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine?”
For more information on International Education Week, contact the International Student Services and Programs office at 559.278.2782.