Symposium headlines International Education Week

International Education Week 2018 (IEW) begins a little early at Cornell with the Global Grand Challenges Symposium on Nov. 8 and 9. The symposium is designed to spark a campus-wide dialogue on emerging global challenges, generate ideas for the theme for Cornell’s first annual Global Grand Challenge (2019-2020), and inspire internal and external audiences with the depth and breadth of global expertise at Cornell.

Keynote speakers are Mariët Westermann, executive vice president for programs and research at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Ray Offenheiser, former CEO of Oxfam America and now director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, University of Notre Dame; and Kaushik Basu, former chief economist at the World Bank and now C. Marks Professor of International Studies and professor of economics at Cornell.

Other speakers include Cornell president Martha Pollack, provost Michael Kotlikoff, the vice provosts for international affairs and engagement and land grant affairs, and senior leadership of the colleges of agriculture and life sciences, arts and sciences, business, engineering, human ecology, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine. Several other faculty members will also participate.

The symposium will begin on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. Friday sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 401 Warren Hall.

The Office of Global Learning is sponsoring two IEW events. All Cornell students are invited to an international open house and coffee hour on Nov. 13 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in 276 Caldwell. 

On Nov. 14, all faculty and staff are invited to an open house and presentation about study abroad and risk management. The featured speaker will be William P. Hoye, a leading national expert on study abroad. The event is in 100 Caldwell at 4:45 p.m.

On Nov. 15, the Einaudi Center presents "Monsoon Asia: The Past and Future Imagination of a Region” by historian Sunil S. Amrith, a MacArthur Fellow and chair of the Asian studies department at Harvard University. The talk, in 251 Malott Hall at 4:30 p.m., is part of the center’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.” The Einaudi Center coordinates IEW at Cornell.

Most of the Einaudi Center’s programs are offering IEW2018 events. Topics include American Daoists in China, trade in Islamic textiles, the development of Bengal waterways, Southeast Asian diaspora culture, and women, war, and power.

See a full listing of Einaudi Center International Education Week events.