ECU students in a global understanding class enjoyed sharing favorite spots on campus with their counterparts in a foreign country.
ECU sociology instructor and professional photographer Maria McDonald took her students on a tour of key landmarks on campus this Spring, taking photographs to share with students in India, Russia, and China.
McDonald’s Global Understanding: Sociology course is linking with students in these countries, allowing ECU students to share their experiences living in the United States and learn how that experience compares with that of students around the globe.
The course is part of the Global Understanding curriculum, which links ECU students to students in more than 30 countries.
McDonald’s students enjoyed the chance to show their global partners the landmarks they associate with their ECU experience. The photo tour culminated in an opportunity to walk onto the ECU stadium field.
For more information on the Global Understanding curriculum: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/globalinitiatives/course.cfm
East Carolina University will commemorate International Education Week Nov. 14 through 21 with a series of events that are free and open to the community.
International Education Week celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Events at ECU will showcase the 300-plus international students on campus as well as hundreds of global-minded students, staff and faculty who appreciate diversity.
The following events are scheduled:
- International Affairs Open House, 2 – 4 p.m.
- “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird” (2008). Ethnic Studies Film Series. 6 p.m., Bate 1031 The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. Sponsored by Ethnic Studies.
- “Danton” (1983). Revolutionary France… on the screen, 7:30 p.m., Bate 1031 Andrzej Wajda offers a vivid portrayal of the mix of personality and politics that governed France when the term “terrorism” was coined. Filmed with Polish and French actors during the early years of the Solidarnosc movement. Sponsored by the History Department.
- Education Abroad Fair. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms. This campus-wide Study Abroad Information Fair will help students understand the ins and outs of studying overseas.
- Peace Corps Information Session, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., International House Conference Room. Returned Peace Corps volunteer Marques Anderson share information about the Peace Corps.
- Cultural Xplosion. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center Hendrix Theatre. The African Student Organization is sponsoring a poetry, diverse song and cultural dance to share ECU’s ethnic pride and artistic variety.
- “Burnt by the Sun” (1994). Russian Film Series. 7:30pm, Bate 1009. A long summer day in 1936. Colonel Kotov, an aging military hero of the Bolshevik revolution, is enjoying the good life in his country home with his captivating young wife Maroussia, their six-year-old daughter and numerous family members. Into this idyllic setting enters Dimitri, who was Maroussia’s lover a decade ago, before leaving under mysterious circumstances. Dimitri now works for Stalin’s secret police and it becomes clear that he has returned with an agenda. Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Sponsored by Russian Studies.
- International Student Association Meeting. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., International House Conference Room. This organization strives to enhance international awareness, cooperation and diversity among international students, the East Carolina University campus and Greenville community.
- Afternoon Tea… English Style. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., International House. Drop by for informal conversation and meet new friends. Tea, homemade sandwiches and scones shall be served.
- “A Taste of Italy” Closing Luncheon. Noon – 1 p.m., International House. Luncheon for the ECU community.
- “Don’t Judge Me”. 7 p.m., Science and Technology Building, Room C-207. A panel discussion regarding racial, religious and cultural stereotypes on campus, with moderator Rob Bradley, director of Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.
Elmer Poe, assistant vice chancellor of Emerging Academic Initiatives at East Carolina University, leads a discussion between ECU students and their peers at Kufa University in Iraq. (Contributed photo)
The technology balked, yet the learning went on in East Carolina University’s global classroom.
Some 70 ECU students who stayed up late for a first-ever campus get together with peers in Iraq didn’t get the experience they expected. The connection flittered, and instructors had to improvise.
Yet for many participants in the event dubbed the “Midnight Special,” the hour they spent conversing, on and off, with students at Kufa University via satellite reinforced lessons they’d been learning in the classroom. Read more…