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CCU observes International Education Week

November 11, 2011

Striving for a Sustainable Future is the theme of this years International Education Week of Nov. 14 to 18 at Coastal Carolina University. The University has scheduled more than 20 events that explore the concept and practice of sustainability from multiple points of view, bringing together scholars, students, and community members from the region and world.

Sustainability entails a long-term commitment to well-being that considers issues and decision-making from economic, environmental, technological, political and agricultural perspectives, says Darla Domke-Damonte, executive director of global initiatives at CCU. The events scheduled this week encourage the responsible application of these viewpoints to community and worldwide problems.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for success in the global environment and promote the U.S. abroad as a dynamic and welcoming location to study, learn and exchange experiences.

Public events include: "My Semester at Sea: A 26,000 Mile Around-the-World Voyage with a Theme of Sustainability" A talk by CCU Professor Dan Abel, with photographs, 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, Coastal Science Center, room 201

"Sustainability Issues for Businesses Along the Grand Strand"Hospitality and civic leaders discuss sustainability issues, 9:25 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, Wall Building 317

* "Look to the Past: Environmental History Around the World" Three historians explore the roots of human interaction with the environment in a virtual group presentation in Kimbel Library's International Media Room, 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15

* "Geography, GIS, and the Smart City Movement for a Sustainable Urban Future" This presentation will discuss the important role of geography and mapping, 3D modeling and other technologies in tackling the issue of sustainability around the world, noon, Tuesday, Nov. 15, Wall Boardroom (second floor)

* "Global Perspectives on Recycling" An interactive game and discussion about recycling in other countries. Discuss recycling rates and the types of items that can be recycled, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, Wall Boardroom.

* "Coping in a World of Change: The Financial Crisis from Different Sides of the Atlantic Ocean" an interactive discussion about the global financial crisis, causes, effects and implications, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov.16, Wheelwright Auditorium.

* "The Arab Spring" This talk examines the roots of the unprecedented waves of mass protests and demonstrations that have been taking place in the Middle East and North African region, 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, Edwards College 256

* "Performances: Adaptations of World Literature" Students will present their final performance projects in class, adapting scenes from various literary masterpieces from around the world, such as "Gilgamesh," "The Bhagavad Gita" and "The Thousand and One Nights," Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m., Edwards 137

* "Sustainable Business Practices in a Changing World" The co-CEOS of Myrtle Beach-based Wild Creations offer insights on sustainability, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1:15 p.m., Wall Boardroom * "Musical Threads of the Silk Road" A multimedia presentation about musical traditions from across Central Asia, 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, Wall Boardroom

* Film screening with discussion: "Princess Mononoke" (Japan), 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, Prince 108

* Film screening with discussion "Let the Bullets Fly (China)," 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, Wall Auditorium.

For a complete listing of events, visit the website at

Or call Darla Domke-Damonte at 843-349-2129 or