Murray State University invites students, faculty and staff, as well as the Murray community, to participate in International Education Week (IEW) on campus, Nov. 14-18. IEW began in 2000 and is recognized in more than 100 countries. It is an event to understand global economies and encourage international education and exchange.

Murray State University strives to provide beneficial events and promote a balanced education for its students. IEW creates an opportunity for people to learn about various cultures and experience international ideals by participating in the events during the special week.

The theme for the event is “Global Engagement: Making a Difference.” The purpose is to promote students to engage more in their community through community service, educational activities and social gatherings.

The Murray community can experience a variety of events throughout the week including panel discussions, guest speakers, interactive activities and other informative events. A few activities include:

Global Engagement Abroad: CCSA – Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) allows students the opportunity to study abroad in English-speaking countries. This session explains information about the countries and classes available for Murray State students. It will occur in the Curris Center Barkley Room from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday.

Sustainability and Alternative Education: Learning Abroad Through Immersion – The panel, Dr. Neal Messer and Dr. Therese Saint Paul, will introduce opportunities for students to become more involved in study abroad programs by participating in community service, work experience and interacting with local residents in French- and Spanish-speaking countries. The session will be in the Curris Center Ohio Room 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

International Bazaar – This event welcomes local public schools, MSU students and others to interact with Murray State international students from more than 25 countries. The international students set up booths, provide information about their countries and demonstrate customs including songs and dances. It will take place in the Curris Center Ballroom from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Teaching English in China –A representative from a Chinese university will discuss job opportunities available in China after graduation. The session will promote teaching English and will occur in the Curris Center Mississippi Room from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday.

Other events include:

Chinese Arts and Games, Monday, 4-5 p.m., Curris Center Mississippi Room

International Date Auction, Monday, 6-8 p.m., Curris Center Stables

40 Minutes to China, Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Curris Center Barkley Room

Discussion of the Arabian Spring, Wednesday, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Curris Center Barkley Room

The keynote address for International Education Week is J. Maarten Troost, author of three travel memoirs that detail his experiences in the Pacific Islands and China. Troost has published essays in the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post and the Prague Post. The event will be in Wrather Auditorium on Thursday at 6 p.m. A reception will take place in Pogue Library immediately afterward.

To view the week’s schedule, visit For questions about Murray State’s International Education Week, email For more information about IEW nationwide, visit

Murray State’s IEW events are free of charge and available to the public unless otherwise noted.


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