Published on November 8, 2017 by Maryellen Newton  

Samford University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13-17 featuring movies, talks and special food presentations in the university dining hall. Events are open to the entire university community and to the public. 

There will be many events taking place throughout the week, including a Face to Face with Race: A Roundtable Discussion on Monday evening. During this week, Samford’s Office of Global Engagement and Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives partner to facilitate a discussion on international perceptions concerning race. Lauren Doss, director of Global Engagement, hopes to have an equal representation of international and domestic students. 

Another highlight of the week is the “Girl Rising” documentary on Thursday. The film exposes discrimination girls and women face around the globe in trying to get an education. After the movie, a female graduate student from India will give her testimony about the education system in India. 

Other events include the International Photo Exhibit taking place in Harry’s Coffeehouse all week and the Study Abroad Fair. Additionally, Samford’s French film festival will be showing two movies during the week. 

Monday – Photo exhibit awards ceremony at Harry’s Coffeehouse from 3-4 p.m. “Face to Face with Race: A Roundtable Discussion” is from 5-6:30 p.m. in Sullivan-Cooney Field House, 3rd floor. 

Tuesday – From 10-11 a.m. the crash courses in world languages will be held in Ben Brown Plaza with eight languages to choose from. From 4-6 p.m. in Christenberry Planetarium, “Grigris,” a film in French and Arabic with English subtitles, will be shown. The Melting Pot-Luck Dinner is from 6-7 p.m. in the Global Center, Divinity Hall. Students are asked to bring their favorite dish for the dinner. 

Wednesday – From 9 a.m –2 p.m., the Study Abroad Fair will take place on Ben Brown Plaza. Africa Today: Building Bridges to Rwanda will be held in Brooks 134 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. In the university dining hall from 5-7 p.m. will be international fare. 

Thursday – From 4-5:45 p.m., the movie “Deux jours, une nuit”/”Two Days, One Night” will be playing in Christenberry Planetarium. From 5-7 p.m. in the university dining hall will be international fare. From 7-8:30 p.m., “Girl Rising” documentary and student testimony will occur in the Howard Room. 

Friday – From 12-1 p.m. is the annual international Thanksgiving meal. From 5-7 p.m. in the university dining hall will be international fare. 

“International Education Week is really exciting because institutions, not only in the States, but all over the world participate,” Doss said. “I think it’s fun because we get to do our Samford spin on the week, but also feel like we’re a part of something bigger.” 

To read more about International Education Week nationally, visit

Maryellen Newton is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer for the Division of Marketing and Communication.

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.