The University of South Florida will host dozens of events this November for International
Education Month — the preeminent research university’s answer to a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department
of State to promote programs that prepare students for a global environment and attract future
leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.
“International Education Month will bring the benefits of international education to life by celebrating many of the university's global connections,” said Brandon McLeod, campus director of USF World at USF Sarasota-Manatee.
Signature events coming to the Sarasota-Manatee campus include the inaugural International Research Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 8 and the Sarasota Sister City Showcase from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 14.
The International Research Symposium will feature a day-long schedule of presentations
from campus faculty and staff, highlighting the many ways in which the Sarasota-Manatee
campus community is engaged internationally.
Among the 16 presenters are Jody McBrien of the School of International Global Studies, who will share her experience living in and studying expatriate communities in Europe; Joe Askren, a professor of instruction in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, who partners with the Universidade Estadual Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil, to bring virtual global exchange to his ever-popular Introduction to Beer Science course; and Cayla Lanier, the assistant dean and campus director for the Judy Genshaft Honors College, who routinely accompanies a group of USF students to the Dominican Republic, where they work with a small team of nurses and doctors to bring health care services to rural communities.
Refreshments will be provided, and a reception will follow.
The Sarasota Sister City Showcase will feature traditional food and beverages from
six of Sarasota’s sister cities, including Dunfermline, Scotland; Perpignan, France;
Busseto, Italy; Tel Mond, Israel; Merida, Mexico; and Xiamen, China.
Both events will take place in the Selby Auditorium.
For a complete schedule of featured events, visit usf.edu/world/participate/week.