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Global images, people and events mark Mizzou’s International Education¬†Week

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  • Story by Chris Blose
  • Published: April 18, 2008
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As a forum for sharing students’ worldly experiences, the International Center offers the Study Abroad Photo Contest. Students train their lenses on the beautiful landscapes and architecture, cross-cultural interaction, and varied people of the world. A panel of judges picks winners, who will be announced April 23.

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A Moroccan Adventure by Elise Hensler. Study abroad students usually venture beyond one location. Hensler, who studied in Sevilla, Spain, took this photo during a camel caravan in the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

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Adventures in España by Katie Burkle. Burkle took a day trip with some other students, whom she had just recently met, to Cordoba, Spain. While exploring the city’s nooks and crannies, the group hatched a mission to find good spots for fun photos.

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Holocaust Remembered by Hannah Martine. To Martine, the cold and gray weather on the day she visited the “Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe” in Berlin provided a palpable sense of dread appropriate to the subject matter. “There was this foreboding atmosphere that seemed like it had hovered there since that time period,” she writes.

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Mediterranean Treasure by Keith Basler. For Basler and a group of friends, a hiking trip from town to town on the Mediterranean coast turned into a series of vistas worthy of postcards, including this one near Vernazza. “It displays just one of the many beautiful treasures hidden around the world,” he writes. “The only way to see them is to travel.”

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Imagine by Ryan Carter. Carter took this shot in Venice, Italy, although it’s a pretty universal scene of childhood. “I was on a water taxi in Venice, and this child was seated in front of me staring out the window for the entire ride,” he writes.

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Night in Sevilla by Elise Hensler. Sometimes all the elements combine for a perfect shot: the weather, the atmosphere, the architecture. Hensler took this photo of the Sevilla Cathedral on a foggy night.

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Nomad Style by Scott Belden. Belden shot this example of local dress during a road trip by taxi on the way to the oasis at Terjit, Mauritania.

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Old Town by Michelle Linke. Linke captured this scene in Dubrovnik, Croatia. “This is outside of a small café just after sunset in Dubrovnik's famous Old Town,” she writes. “Residents were emerging in spite of the chilly weather while the bells of their patron St. Blaise's Cathedral chimed.”

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Pasa La Vida by Katie Burkle. Burkle and friends took a class to learn how to dance the local dance, the “Sevilliana,” then danced with the locals at a festival attended by almost a million people. “They were so impressed that the ‘Americanas’ knew their dance,” she writes.

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This Must Be the Place by John Hook. The view from a train window becomes familiar to students traveling through Europe. Hook captured this snowy scene out of a train window while traveling from München to Füssen in Germany.

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Training With a National Treasure by Rob Curl. Curl shot the scene as a fellow student trained with a living ‘national treasure’ taiyuu (vocal chanter) in the art of storytelling using one's voice. The woman is 93 years old.

What do lush photos of the world’s people and places, Bollywood music videos, international research, dance festivals and a mini-tournament of World Cup soccer (or football, if you prefer) have in common? All are a part of Mizzou’s International Education Week, April 20–25.

“Our students and researchers go all over the world,” says Jim Scott, associate vice provost and director of the International Center, “and students and faculty come here from all over the world. A lot of times, people just aren’t aware of these things, and International Education Week makes them visible.”

One way to make them visible, literally, is through the Study Abroad Photo Contest (See slide show at right). Any student who studies abroad can submit photos of beautiful landscapes and architecture, varied people, and cross-cultural interaction. The finalists' photos hang on display for months in the Bookmark Café in Ellis Library. A judging panel — consisting of Scott; David Rees, associate professor of photojournalism; and Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor for Student Affairs — picks winners to receive recognition and prizes. The goals of the contest go beyond prizes, though.

“We hear stories from students every day about how study abroad makes a huge impact,” says Rhonda Waller, assistant director of study abroad. “This photo contest is a way for them to have a conversation piece to talk about their experiences.”

Winners will be announced at an event starting at 4 p.m. on April 23 in the Ellis Library Auditorium. Following that announcement, Chancellor Brady Deaton will introduce another highlight of the week: a presentation on international literacy by Brij Kothari.

Kothari himself represents international education in many ways. He grew up in India, studied both there and in the United States, and now has developed nonprofit and for-profit ventures that promote literacy in his home country and abroad. He pioneered “Same Language Subtitling” (SLS) for teaching both children and adults to read by, for example, having native-language subtitles that go along with Bollywood films.

International Education Week is packed with other events, too, including India and Thai cultural nights, a Fulbright workshop for faculty, the MU World Cup and more. The International Center has a full schedule.

Update April 24: Photo contest winners have been announced.

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