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International Education Week

International Education Week

International Education Week | Nov. 13 - 17

Join NWACC in celebrating International Education Week (IEW) and learn about the benefits of international and multicultural education! Events begin the week of November 13th! International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Event Schedule

The Global Impact of the Holocaust 
Guest Speaker Dr. Jennifer Hoyer,
University of Arkansas Associate Professor of German and Director of Jewish Studies

Date & Time: November 13th, 12 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Student Center, room 108

About: Join guest speaker Jennifer Hoyer as she leads an interactive lecture on the history of the Holocaust, the conditions that made it possible, and its continued impact. Learn how individuals and families were affected and other issues, that frequently escape our gaze, bear the legacy of the Nazi genocide against the Jews. 

Speaker Bio: Jennifer Hoyer is the Director of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of German at the University of Arkansas (U of A). She joined the U of A German section in fall of 2007, and founded the U of A Jewish Studies program in 2015 and is the current program director. Jewish Studies recently piloted a course entitled "How did the Holocaust affect...?" with an online archive you can explore. Hoyer also teaches courses in poetry, cinema, medieval and early modern literature, modernism and Holocaust writing. 

Currently, Hoyer's research focuses on neurodivergence and intersections of European lyric poetry with mathematics since the 17th century. It combines Walker's theory of "neuroqueering" with the concepts of "the queer art of failure" (Halberstam), "queer phenomenology" (Ahmed), and "affirmative sabotage" (Spivak) to consider what mathematics become in the hands of European lyric poets since the 17th century. The impulse is to explore why we are encouraged to value the one and not the other, why these fields are often understood as antagonistic (when they share essential attributes), and how the intersections provide opportunities to dismantle epistemologies of the global north. Previous research projects focused on poet Nelly Sachs, German Jewish writers and playwright Silke Hassler.

Walking Nachos: Citizens of the World Food and Friendship Bracelet Sale

Date & Time: November 13th, 10 AM - 2 PM
Location: Burns Hall, outside of Information Commons

About: Citizens of the World club members will make and sell nachos and friendship bracelets. The hand crafted bracelets will present the colors of country flags. The funds from the fundraiser will help pay for the annual retreat for the students. The purpose of the retreat is to recruit and retain club members.

Study Abroad with NWACC

Date & Time: November 14th, 12 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Student Center, room 108

About: NWACC's Study Abroad faculty and staff will present the various opportunities for international travel experiences for college or professional development credit. 


Exploring the Conflict - Israel's War in Gaza
Guest Speaker Dr. Najib Ghadbian

Date & Time: November 14th, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM 
Location: Student Center, room 108

About: Join guest speaker Dr. Najib Ghadbian in a discussion on the historical context and politics of the current crisis in Israel-Palestine. Learn about the objectives of the respective governments, people and international actors, and discuss potential outcomes and the legacies of the war in Gaza. A Q & A will follow Dr. Ghadbian’s presentation. 

Speaker Bio: Najib Ghadbian is an associate professor of political science and Middle East studies at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of Democratization and the Islamists Challenge in the Arab World, (English 1997 & Arabic 2002) and The Second Asad Regime: Bashar of Lost Opportunities, (Arabic). Dr. Ghadbian has published numerous articles, book chapters and essays in English and Arabic. His research interests include democratization and leadership in the Arab world, Islamic movements, and US-Mideast relations. He has been a frequent political commentator for several US, European and Middle East media outlets.


What is the Role of Religion in Public Life

Date & Time: November 16th, 12 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Student Center, room 108

About: Leaders from various religious traditions in Northwest Arkansas explain their view of how faith and politics intersect. Hosted by NWACC Honors students.


Mediterranean Cuisine Cooking Demonstration
Guest Speaker Yaniv Cohen, “The Spice Detective”

Date & Time: November 16th
Location: Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food.
Register: Be sure to register for event. Only 50 spots available.

About: Explore the flavors of the eastern Mediterranean with Miami based American-Israeli chef, Yaniv Cohen, the "Spice Detective."  Enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting, and make your own spice blend to take home.  

Speaker Bio: Food is a huge passion of Yaniv Cohen. His love of food began at an early age, helping his mother cook and set the table. Growing up in a Sephardic family, with Spanish, North African and Middle Eastern roots, food was and still a passion of his, and a way of life. He has always been fascinated with the colors, scents and the origins of the spices that his family used in holiday dishes.

Yaniv's passion for food and hospitality propelled him to relocate to Miami, to open a branch of Shiraz Events, an innovative catering, design and production company. As the vice president and creative director, Yaniv heads the Catering Department. As he continued to delve into the world of culinary herbs and spices and furthered his knowledge, he became obsessed with the health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties of herbs and spices. His goal as “The Spice Detective” is to share all that he has learned and help people incorporate these spices into everyday dishes and drinks.


Online International Film Festival

Date & Time: Ongoing throughout the week.
Location: Online

About: The NWACC Library prepared a database of international films for the college community to screen. They are organized by continent and country. View database of films.​

Silent Auction in Benefit of International Student Scholarships 

Date & Time: Ongoing throughout the week. 
Location: Online

About: View a variety of items at this silent auction. Proceeds raised from this event will benefit international programs and the International Student Scholarship Fund. 



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