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International @ Columbia is committed to providing a caring and supportive atmosphere focused on international students through a variety of academic and student life resources. International at Columbia aims to infuse international perspectives into the support services offered to students, enable individuals to represent their international background with their own story, advocate for the importance of a diverse international population in academic and social life, and stimulate conversation about international issues.  Ideas for events, programs, and collaborations can be sent to

Events and Programs for November and December 2021

Break from Break (Monday, November 1, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

On campus during Fall BreakNeed a space outside of your room to relax? Want a different routine this weekend? Join International @ Columbia in Lerner Central (off the second floor ramps in Lerner Hall) this Fall Break. There are foosball tablesair hockey, games, and more. 

Never been to Lerner Central? This is the best time to check out this great community resource while traffic is slower. PLUS, we will be passing out AMAZING giveaways!
FUN FACT: Did you know Lerner Central is available during ALL open building hours in Lerner Hall... and it's free? If you can't join us on Monday, we hope you are able to take advantage of this fun campus hangout year round. 

International Education Week (November 15-19)

International Education Week (IEW) is an annual celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. During this week, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education work jointly to promote programs that prepare U.S. Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.  International students and scholars admitted into academic programs, who participate in education programs abroad or join experiential programs like the Center for Career Education's Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program are examples of our day-to-day commitment to a globally connected world. 

We encourage individuals, offices, staff, and faculty to create, propose, or participate in activities and events that promote international education, celebrate engagement with global issues, and embrace intercultural learning in the U.S. or abroad. 

Below are highlighted programs during IEW 2021 that exemplify the exciting learning and exchange that happens year round:

Share Your Story: Experiences of global exchange and international education (Win Dining Dollars!)

Part of International @ Columbia's recognition of IEW is an annual campaign gathering and sharing students' experiences, and we want to hear from you! As an incentive, the first 25 Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduates who submit their reflections will receive $5 Dining Dollars. The five students whose stories are selected to be part of the IEW social media campaign will receive $50 Dining Dollars!

Submit your story by Friday, November 19 at 11:59 p.m. 

NYC Outing to MCC Theater: Nollywood Dreams with audience conversation

Enter your name to win your chance to attend by Sunday, November 14, at 11:59 p.m. Outing takes place: Saturday, November 20, leaving campus at 1:00 p.m.

About the Play: JOCELYN BIOH (MCC’s Burnt Umber Playwright-In-Residence, MCC’s SCHOOL GIRLS…, “SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT”) returns with a new romantic comedy directed by SAHEEM ALI (FIRES IN THE MIRROR, THE ROLLING STONE).

It’s the 1990s and in Lagos, Nigeria, the NOLLYWOOD film industry is exploding and taking the world by storm. Ayamma dreams of stardom while working at her parents’ travel agency alongside her lovable and celebrity-obsessed sister Dede. When Ayamma lands an audition for a new film by Gbenga Ezie, Nigeria’s hottest director, she comes head-to-head with Gbenga’s former leading lady, Fayola. Tensions flare just as sparks start flying between Ayamma, the aspiring ingénue, and Wale, Nollywood’s biggest heartthrob, in this hilarious new play about dreaming big.

This event is open to undergraduates in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Space is limited. In compliance to Key to NYC, attendees must show proof of vaccination at the door. Enter your name here for your chance to receive a ticket.

Hosted by International @ Columbia

Eva Reign on The Power of Storytelling; Correspondent for Vice World News (Trans Awareness Week Opening, LGBTQ@Columbia)

Monday, November 15 |  7:00–8:00 p.m. | Virtual (Register for Zoom link)

Eva is a Black trans actor and is most known as a host for Vice World News series Transnational, which focuses on stories of trans rights and resilience from all over the world. Eva is also known for her writing which has appeared in publications such as Vogue, The Cut and Highsnobiety. She had a column with Them. entitled "In Bloom" where she wrote about the beauty and strength of Black trans life. Eva is also a film fellow with Queer|Art, and recently made her feature film debut starring in Billy Porter's "What If" premiering later next year. In this Zoom webinar, Eva will speak to the power of storytelling and her work in centering Trans voices in the media. Register here.

Hosted by LGBTQ @ Columbia

Screening of The Bengali 

Tuesday, November 16 |  6:30–8:00 p.m. | Satow Room, Lerner Hall

Currently showcased at the 2021 NYC DOC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States, this documentary reaches across seemingly insurmountable cultural divides to shine light on timely issues. Its boldly different story of immigration reclaims timeless themes of family.

Through Fatima’s moving and inspiring personal journey, The Bengali  tells the untold story of ties between South Asians and African-Americans in the U.S. In the late nineteenth-century, men from India arrived in the United States and married African-American women. The men were Muslims; the women were Christian. Together, they built families in an America that held them all at arm’s length. 

Hosted by International @ Columbia

Global Cultural Areas Revisited: Using Facebook, YouTube and Google to identify areas of similarity and difference across the world

Wednesday, November 17 |  12:30–1:30 p.m. | Virtual (Register for link)

We present some preliminary findings of a project that seeks to identify, using “big data” and advanced analytical techniques, areas of the world where people are interested in similar cultural ideas and products. We use three sources of data and compare the results of clustering exercises across them: popular YouTube videos, popular Google search terms, and interests manifested in Facebook online behavior. Finally, we seek to understand which countries end up in which global cluster by exploring a range of historical and contemporary domains of connectivity within which cultural patterns may have diffused, from the ancient silk road to today’s Facebook friendship networks.  Register here.

Hosted by International and Comparative Education, Teachers College

The (Im)possible Reform - Book Presentation and Discussion with Peru's Former Minister of Education Martín Benavides

Wednesday, November 17 |  4:00–5:00 p.m. | Virtual (Register for link)

“When I was Minister of Education, I told my colleagues that I would remain in silence for at least five months after leaving my position. Out of respect for my successor, since I believed that we were somewhat responsible for what we leave behind. I kept my vow, and these have not been months when I did not want to defend the administration from unfair, imprecise, or false statements. But I remained in silence. Instead, I wrote this book to tell my story as a public servant: first, as a superintendent at SUNEDU and then, as a state Minister. This is not an academic book, but a narrative, documented by interviews of the time, public documents, and facts reconstructed along with some colleagues.” -Martín Benavides Discussant: Regina Cortina, Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University  Register here.

Hosted by The Latinx and Latin American Faculty Working Group at Teachers College and the Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University

Job Search for Internationals: Alumni Panel

Thursday, November 18 |  5:00–6:00 p.m. | Virtual (Register for link)

Join CC, SEAS, and GS international alumni from a range of fields for a virtual panel and Q&A. You can learn about their job searches and career paths as international students in a panel discussion followed by Q&A. Register here.

Hosted by Center for Career Education

Thanksgiving Break Programming (November 24-27)

Greetings from Columbia: Postcard Writing and Community Gathering

Wednesday, November 24 | 12:00–1:30 p.m. | 555 Lerner

Thinking of your friends and family back home? Join International @ Columbia and fellow students on campus for an opportunity to write a message home. You provide the love, and we'll provide the postcard and postage.

We also will have plenty of fun, games and giveaways to kick-off the Thanksgiving Break together!

This event is open to undergraduates in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. 

Hosted by International @ Columbia

Thanksgiving Day Lunch

Thursday, November 25 | 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | John Jay Dining Hall

This event is open to undergraduates in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. In compliance with Key to NYC, attendees must register beforehand and show proof of vaccination at the door. Registration information will be posted in mid-November.

Hosted by Undergraduate Student Life; Sponsored by Columbia College and Columbia Engineering

International @ Columbia Goes to the Public Theater!

Saturday, November 27 | Meet at noon for a 1:00 p.m. show

This event is open to undergraduates in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Space is limited, and tickets will be distributed through a lottery. Information on submitting your name for a chance to secure a ticket will be posted on Monday, November 15.

This outing is to the iconic Public Theater to watch The Visitor. About the play: With heart, humor, and lush new songs, Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey and Kwame Kwei-Armah bring their soul-stirring new musical based on the acclaimed independent film, THE VISITOR by Thomas McCarthy, to The Public for its World Premiere. Widowed and living alone, Walter is a college professor whose life has lost a sense of purpose. When Tarek, a vivacious drummer, and Zainab, an iron-willed jewelry maker, enter his life in the most unexpected circumstances, Walter is swept up into their struggle to stay in an America that they have made their home, but seeks to cast them out. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs this unforgettable new musical about friends and lovers caught between two worlds.

Hosted by International @ Columbia

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