University to celebrate International Education Week

Shippensburg University will host a series of events for International Education Week starting Oct. 21. All events are open to the public and are free unless noted otherwise. More information is available online at

The week begins with with the showing of the film The Intouchables at 6:30 p.m. in Dauphin Humanities Center 051. The film was selected as the French entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards and won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival. The film is about aristocrat who becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident and hires a man from the projects to be his caretaker. The film sparked debate about the problems in France concerning inequality between its privileged bourgeoisie and its marginalized neighbors with immigrant origins.

Dr. Blandine Mitaut, from the university’s modern languages department will give a short talk on the French context of the film. The event is co-sponsored by the international studies major, disability studies minor and the sociology/anthropology department.

Other events include:

  • Oct. 22: Immersion afternoon, 3:30 p.m., Rowland Hall rooms 100, 101, 103, 106, 117 and 200. Participants will experience world cultures, language and food from Spain, Latin America, France, Québec, Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Tahiti, Morocco, Algeria, French-speaking countries in sub-Saharan Africa, China, Germany and more. A World Languages Karaoke Jam is planned and international food will be served. The event is hosted by the Department of Modern Languages. 
  • Oct. 22: “Study Abroad: Where Did You Go, What Did You Do & Would You Do It Again?,” 7 p.m., Orndorff Theatre in the Ceddia Union Building. Students will discuss their  overseas study and travel experiences to countries including the Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Haiti, South Korea and Spain. The program is moderated by Dr. Gretchen Pierce, assistant professor of history and Dr. Mark Sachleben, associate professor of political science.
  • Oct. 23: Ship World Party: A Taste of the World at SHIP, 3:30 p.m., Tuscarora Room in Reisner Dining Hall, 3:30 p.m. The event will feature a variety of international dances and displays and crafts from various. Ethnic foods will be available for sampling, and children are welcome to attend. 
  • Oct. 23: International Foods Night, 4 p.m., Reisner Dining Hall, 4 p.m. Nine different food stations will feature ethnic foods. The dinner meal must be purchased upon entrance into Reisner. Costs is $9.25.
  • All Week: Sit in on a Language Class. Language classes will be open to attend with a schedule of classes available at International flags created by 5th-graders from Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School under the direction of Dr. Sean Cornell, associate professor of geography/earth science, will be on display on the library quad.

The week is sponsored by the Department of International Studies and the Office of International Programs.