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A Taste of Culture for Texas A&M Corpus Christi

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VANESSA DOMINGUEZ 
Contributing Writer

Texas A&M Corpus Christi be host International Education Week from Nov. 13-17. The event will highlight different cultures and interpreting diversity into the multiple events taking place.

International Education Week is a joint initiative by the U.S. State department and U.S. department of education that is held annually in early November. It is a collaborative effort between the office of international education, various students, faculty and campus departments.

“The reason we want to have International Education Week is so we can try to provide opportunity for students and the community to enjoy different cultures,” said Derek Yu, director of International Education. “We will have food and music from different countries along with a panelist of guest speakers with knowledge upon international affairs.”

Students can expect to see Mr. Avinash Ahuja, president and CEO of Magnum Producing, LP. Avinash will provide insights about his experiences as a former international student as well as suggestions on how students can better themselves for life in today’s work and society, Yu said.

Following Mr. Ahuja’s speech, panelists will engage in various conversations relating to this year’s theme “International education as a tool for achieving global peace.”

“Next year we hope to add more activities and expand on this event,” he said. “International Education Week is happening throughout the whole country and although some universities don’t participate. I believe this is something students need to experience and understand.”

Kabee Vue, Study Abroad coordinator said the event will provide a free lunch that will include recipes from Columbia, India, Mexico, China, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.
“We hope students and the community can make it out to all the events next week,” Vue said.

On Monday, students can panelest speakers including Dr. Anantha Babbili, Dr. A.N.M. Waheeduzzaman, Dr. Jennifer Epley, Dr. Bilaye Benibo and Tom Murphy, Vue said. On Tuesday, there will be free international food tastings along with cultural performances in the Hector P. Garcia Gardens.

Along with these events, students can expect to see a filming of the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” on Wednesday in the University Center at 6 p.m., and on Thursday, there will be a series of sample music from around the world in the University Center. Friday will be the final day of activities with a reception and awards in the University Center Ballroom from 11 a.m-1 p.m.

“Monday is a big day for us so we encourage students to come help out with the festivities as well,” Vue said. “This is something our community needs to experience and understand so I hope to see everyone there.”

For more information about volunteering for these events, contact Vue at Kabee.vue@Tamucc.edu

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