November 25 2006
The ILR International Roundtable
ILR International Programs celebrated International Education Week (IEW) on November 16th with an International Faculty & Student Roundtable. Over humus and chicken satay a cozy group of ILR undergraduates and masters students discussed their past international experiences and future international ambitions with ILR Faculty whose research and courses have an international focus.
This event marked the second year ILR joined other Cornell colleges in IEW, which runs November 13-17. IEW is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Education to recognize and promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S. The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies coordinates the IEW events and activities on campus each fall.
Throughout the early evening conversations quickly got underway. Professor’s Lowell Turner and Lisa Nishii gave tips on brushing up on languages as they continue to do with German and Japanese respectively. Joint MBA/MILR degree student Sharon Koay shared her ambition to be the pioneer Cornell student in the graduate ESCP/EAP exchange program in Paris, France. Kate Edwards, first year MILR student shared stories about her adventures in Costa Rica last year and sophomore student Michael Kesselman explained how he wanted to study abroad in a drastically different culture than that of the west. Stuart Basefsky, Senior Reference Librarian, spoke about planned trip to Berlin later that week and recollected the last time he was in Berlin as a student. Students gained a greater understanding of the opportunities for study abroad at Cornell and how to prepare at the ILR School. As conversations wrapped-up, the evening’s participants left with new knowledge about different parts of the world and anticipation for their next experience abroad.