Virtual International Education Week 2020

Each year in mid-November, educational institutions across the country celebrate International Education Week (IEW). This joint initiative was established by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

Join us from Monday, November 9, 2020 to Friday, November 13, 2020 as we celebrate IEW virtually!

Monday, November 9

12pm to 1:15pm
Virtual Yoga Classes Hosted by GSG
Relax and unwind with Laura Baker in a free 75-minute Iyengar Yoga Class. Laura Baker is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Iyengar Yoga is focused on alignment and sequencing, as well as using props to modify poses.

5pm to 6pm
Mixxed Fit
This class is a people-inspired dance fitness program that is a blend of explosive dancing and boot camp toning. We dance to today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites while making exercise fun, easy, and effective.

5pm to 6:30pm
World War II and Global Memory Culture
As part of the 2020-21 EASC Guest Speaker Series, USC Professor, Benjamin Uchiyama has invited Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of Japanese History at Columbia University, to give a lecture on Japan and the politics of memory in the Second World War.

5pm to 6:30pm
Mobilized by Memories: Countering Incarceration Culture
This panel, put on in partnership with In Plain Sight, explores the various practices and strategies used by Japanese American artists, scholars, and community organizers to protest state violence and represent the history of Japanese American incarceration by the U.S. government during World War II.

Tuesday, November 10

11am-12pm
Career Choice Anxiety in International Students
Gain control of your anxiety instead of it controlling you! Learn how you can better understand and respond to anxiety so you may feel empowered to make an optimal career choice. Presented by Ayoung (Alice) Phang, Ph.D., Psychologist, USC Counseling and Mental Health

12pm-1pm
Social Movements: From the ‘Arab Spring’ to Black Lives Matter
Join the Department of Middle East Studies for a noon time conversation and Q&A focused on exploring the history, linkages and similarities between current social movement organizing in the Middle East and United States.

6pm-7pm
Seeking Freedom: Race, Gender, and Citizenship
Who gets to be citizens in the Land of the Free? In a wide-ranging conversation, a panel of experts in law, history, and social work will discuss historical and contemporary obstacles faced by marginalized communities in the U.S. as well as the paths towards freedom and empowerment.

All Day Tuesday-Friday

Study Abroad Ambassador Instagram Takeovers
Interested in studying abroad? Head to the USC Overseas Studies Instagram page to see photos and videos of student experiences from all over the world!

Wednesday, November 11

9am-11am
Visa Options for International Students – Life after OPT
Join Immigration Attorney Tien-Li “TL” Loke Walsh for a workshop covering topics such as:

  • H-1B Visas
  • F-1/H-1B Cap-Gap Relief
  • Alternatives to the H-1B Visa, including E-3, TN, H-1B1, O-1 Visas
  • Green Card Options: Diversity Lottery, Family-*Employment-Based Immigration

12pm-1:30pm
Race/Solidarity: Transpacific Conversations
The Race/Solidarity: Transpacific Conversations series invites faculty and guest speakers to discuss the current racial reckoning at USC and beyond and start this conversation within a global context. This series will provide a platform for faculty and students to engage with a host of social and cultural issues related to race and racism on both sides of the Pacific. Our aim is to help broaden and deepen the current discussion on race with global and historical perspectives, drawing in particular on the expertise and connections of our affiliated faculty and graduate students who have worked on these topics within diverse East Asian contexts and among Asian diasporic communities.

6:30pm-7:30pm
Zumba
Latin and international music and dance come together for a dynamic and effective fitness class. No dance experience is required- just keep moving! Routines combine fast and slow rhythms that tone, sculpt, and inspire.

Thursday, November 12

12pm-1pm
How L.A.’s Cuisine Opens Doors to New Tastes and Cultures
Join a group of USC Dornsife scholars, innovative chefs and a food activist as they describe how food can act as a passport to new neighborhoods and cultures in L.A. Learn where some of the most savory food is being prepared (no, it’s not necessarily in upscale restaurants) and how it reflects a mixed salad of traditions and cutting-edge creativity to make L.A. one of the world’s most exciting places to eat – and live.

2pm-4:15pm
THRIVE featuring Valarie Kaur
Renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, and author Valarie Kaur will join USC Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life Varun Soni for a conversation on the revolutionary power of love.

7pm-8pm
Rainbow International
Rainbow International is a weekly closed space where LGBTQ+ international students can come together to discuss topics ranging from their queer experiences in their nation(s) to pop culture and food.

8pm-9pm
Virtual International Coffee Hour
Come join USC Office of International Services (OIS) for our International Education Week (IEW) International Coffee Hour! This event is a great opportunity to meet and engage with the USC community, create friendships and connect with students in a casual and comfortable environment. International and domestic USC students and scholars are welcome.

Friday, November 13

4pm-5pm
Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga in which asanas (postures) are held for longer periods of time than in other styles for a deep stretch and relaxation.

Monday-Friday, November 9-13

All day
IEW Photo Exhibition, IEW Talent Show, Meaningful Meals – Cookbook
Thank you to all the students that submitted photos, videos and recipes in a chance to be showcased on our Instagram story during IEW! Please follow and check out the submissions!