Ninth annual International Week set for Nov. 16-20
Posted: 11/02/2009
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The University of Texas-Pan American will bring the world to the Rio Grande Valley as the campus celebrates its ninth annual International Week 2009, Nov. 16-20, featuring various speakers, performers and specialists, highlighting a week of culture from across the globe.

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.

Hosted by the Office of International Programs and co-sponsored by UTPA departments and private companies from the community, International Week offers a series of free academic and cultural activities to the University community but also the public. The theme for International Week 2009 is "Global Health and Welfare," which encompasses topics related to global economics, politics, communication and the environment.

One of this year's keynote speakers includes Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, associate professor, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Oncology, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and director for Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, who will speak on "Beyond the Borders of the Mind" on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Other events include a nursing seminar "Advancing Health Care through Global Nursing" on Monday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. at the UTPA Ballroom and a medical seminar "Doctors without Borders" on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. at the International Trade and Technology Building.

In addition, other guest speakers, university professors and students will participate in special lectures, presentations and panel discussions presented at various locations on campus. Topics will reflect world perspectives regarding health and welfare, which include "Are Health Care Expenditures Converging? Evidence from OECD Countries," "Childhood Around the World: How Assessment of Children Is Affected by Culture," "The Impact of the Economy on Family and Health," "Obesity-A Global Pandemic," and much more.

Other exciting International Week highlights include the Global Cultural Fest on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the UTPA Quad, which includes music, entertainment and international food tasting. A Study Abroad Fair will also be held at the Student Union Commons on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free food will be available along with prizes and a study abroad scholarship and airline ticket. In addition, there will the Community Health and Wellness Day on Friday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will provide health sessions, workshops and free check-ups.

Art exhibits featured throughout the week include "Este es mi México" and "Women's Health Globally" in the UTPA Library Annex Gallery, and "Global Health and Welfare" in the University Gallery.

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 visit