UTPA to host eighth annual International Week Nov. 17-22
Posted: 10/20/2008
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The University of Texas-Pan American will bring the world to the Rio Grande Valley as the campus celebrates its eighth annual event, International Week 2008, Nov. 17-22, featuring various speakers, performers and specialists, highlighting a week of culture from the world.

The University of Texas-Pan American's International Week 2006 featured a performance by the Barynya: Russian Folk Dance and Music Ensemble. This year, International Week runs Nov. 17-22, 2008 and will feature speakers, performers and specialists, highlighting a week of culture from around the world.

International Week, designated by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is an event held by universities across the country to promote international education and awareness of cultural issues.

International Week, hosted by the Office of International Programs and co-sponsored by UTPA departments and private companies from the community, offers a series of free academic and cultural activities to not only the University community but also to the public. The theme of International Week 2008 is "Human Rights," encompassing topics related to global economics, politics, health, and the environment, among others.

One of this year's keynote speakers is Dr. Jehan Sedat, human activist and former first lady of Egypt, who will speak on "A Woman of Egypt: Life as the First Lady," on Monday Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Another keynote presentation will be made by the Honorable Luis Alfonso de Alba, permanent ambassador to the United Nations for Mexico and president of Human Rights Council for the United Nations, who will talk on "International Policy on Human Rights." This discussion will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Ballroom.

In addition, special lectures, presentations and panel discussions will be presented at various locations on campus throughout the week by other guest speakers, University professors and students on topics that reflect world perspectives regarding the human rights. Some of the featured topics include "International Police Cooperation and Intelligence Sharing: A European Union Perspective," "Texas Border Wall-Violations of Our Human Rights," "Historical Perspective of the Founding of the Rio Grande Villages and Towns," "Language Rights," "Immigration and the Ethical Border," "Human Rights and Islam," and many more.

Other exciting International Week highlights include international entertainment from the Polynesian Dance and Drum by Hula Halau Ka'epa Tropical Productions Nov. 18 at noon in the Student Union Theater, Room 1.102.

A Study Abroad Fair and International Food Tasting will also be held at the Library Media Courtyard on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be free food and entertainment, along with raffles for prizes and a study abroad scholarship.

Art exhibits featured throughout the week include Los Rostros de México in the Library and Beijing 2008 Olympics in the Library Annex Gallery, Art Expressions on Human Rights in the University Gallery and Membranas de las Américas in McAllen's International Museum of Arts and Sciences. Films for the week include Bamako, L'Avocat de la Terreur, El Violin and Tierra y Libertad. Also, the Ethics in Intelligence, Security, and Immigration Conference will be Nov. 20-22.

For more information or a complete schedule of events, contact the Office of International Programs at 956/381-3572 or via e-mail at or log on to the Web site at