November 13 -17, 2017

November 13 -17, 2017


Sponsored by Center for Global Programs and Studies, WFU School of Law, WFU Campus Life, Latin American and Latino Studies, Department of French Studies, Rethinking Community, and the Dean of Students

Ishmael Beah
Keynote Speaker
Monday, November 13, 2017  7:00PM 
Wait Chapel
Ishmael Beah Keynote Speaker Monday, November 13, 2017 7:00PM Wait Chapel

Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the New York Times best-selling author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel both published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.

His Memoir has been published in over 40 languages and was nominated for a Quill Award in the Best Debut Author category for 2007. TIME Magazine named the book as one of the “Top 10 Nonfiction books of 2007,” ranking at number 3. His novel written with the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable is a powerful book about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times. Already available in several foreign languages, the New York Times finds in his writing an “allegorical richness” and a “remarkable humanity to his [Beah’s] characters”.

His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, TIME magazine, International Herald Tribune, Globe & Mail, Rutgers University Press, Vespertine Press, LIT, The Guardian, Parabola magazines and numerous academic journals.

He is based in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and children.

Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH, is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults, particularly those with treatment-resistant depression and/or cross-cultural challenges. His academic interests include cross-cultural psychiatry, stigma, racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service utilization, and medical education. He has been funded as Principal Investigator of several studies focused on developing novel mechanisms for improving engagement of depressed Chinese immigrants into mental health care at South Cove Community Health Center.

As Executive Director and Co-Founder of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness (, a not-for-profit volunteer consortium of clinicians, educators, and researchers based in Boston, he delivers talks and trainings for families, clinicians, and high school and university educators and administrators throughout the United States on promoting the emotional health and psychological resilience of diverse student populations. He is also dedicated to teaching and mentorship, serving as Associate Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Associate Director of the Principal Clinical Experience in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and as a Training Mentor and Co-Director of the longitudinal Sociocultural Psychiatry curriculum for MGH/McLean psychiatry residents.

Dr. Chen received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University and a Master of Public Health degree in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard-T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He completed psychiatry residency training at MGH/McLean in 2013, followed by a Dupont-Warren Research Fellowship at the MGH Depression Clinical & Research Program.

Justin A Chen, MD, MPH
For Faculty and Staff
Friday, November 17, 2017
10:00AM, ZSR 401
Justin A Chen, MD, MPH For Faculty and Staff Friday, November 17, 2017 10:00AM, ZSR 401
  • SATURDAY EVENT 11/11/2017

    Wake Refugee Day!

    Lower Quad (rain location: Benson 401)

    1-4 pm

    SAFAR (Student Association for the Advancement of Refugees) will be hosting their second annual Wake Refugee Day! This year’s focus will be on “Celebrating our Stories.”  There will be cultural food, music, soccer, and an engaging spirit of community in a picnic style event. Most importantly, the event will highlight the immigrant stories of local refugees, as well members of our Wake Forest community.

  • MONDAY EVENTS 11/13/17

    International Food in The Pit

    Try a new dish with some international flare during the lunch in the Pit.

    Gold Apron Cooking

    4:30pm – 5:30pm

    Living room in Reynolds
    Join the Office of Wellbeing and Deacon Dining to learn about healthy eating habits. Learn how to make a delicious meal or snack with Nutrition Director Brooke Orr, who will be doing a cooking demonstration and offering free samples. Stop by anytime between 4:30 and 5:30!

    Ishmael Beah

    7 pm Wait Chapel

    We are happy to welcome Mr. Ishmael Beah as the keynote speaker for International Education Week. Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the New York Times best-selling author of “A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel” both published by Farrar Straus & Giroux. Ishmael will be signing books for the first 150 people to enter Wait Chapel. The book signing will occur at the end of his speaking session.

  • TUESDAY EVENTS 11/14/17

    International Food in The Pit

    Try a new dish with some international flare during the lunch in the Pit.

    Passports and Pizza
    Hear about the study abroad process and experience from current and recent  study abroad students over Free Pizza!
    Date: Tuesday November 14
    Time: 12:00-1:00pm
    Location: The Intercultural Center (Benson 346)
    Summer Study Abroad Info Panel
    Tuesday November, 14th 4 pm, Kirby Hall 104.
    Learn from summer study abroad alumni, as well as study abroad advisors, about opportunities to study and intern abroad this upcoming summer.

    Pan-Asian Celebration 

    5-7 pm

    Benson B/D

    Join ASIA, CSC, CSSA, Globe, JSC, and SASA for the evening of interactive booths, performances, and bubble tea!

    International Trivia Night

    7 pm Shorty’s

    Stop by for your chance to win some prizes by answering trivia questions with an international theme. There will be a $50 gift card for the winning team as well as some GPS swag.


    International snacks

    10am-12pm Intercultural Center

    Stop by the IC and grab an international snack.

    Global Foods Table

    The Pit

    11am – 1pm

    Stop by the Global Food Table in the Pit during lunch to try a new dish!

    International Education Week Panel: Building the Global Deacs Network Across Africa (Lunch Provided)

    12 pm

    DeTamble Auditorium, Tribble Hall

    The Center for Global Programs and Studies and the Global Deacs present a virtual panel of WFU alumni working in Africa. The panel includes alumni working in the private sector, public sector, and civil society across Africa. Panelists will share their professional and personal experiences as well as insights for those interested in working on the continent. A boxed lunch will be provided.
    More information and an RSVP can be found here.

    USA-China Friendship Table (for both Chinese international students and American students)

    4:00-4:45 PM  

    CARSWELL 014

    This Table will focus on building the friendship between Chinese and America students and discuss current hot topics.

    25 Years in the Field: Sustainability Education in Peru
    4:30 – 5:30 pm
    ZSR Auditorium 401

    Join the Office of Sustainability and a student panel to learn more about sustainability education in Peru.

    Sports All Night – Intro to Popular American & International Sports

    co-hosted with The Globe.
    Location: Reynolds Gym 405
    Time: 7-9 pm

    Come learn and play some of the most popular American and international sports at “Sports All Night” in Reynolds Gymnasium with Campus Rec and co-hosted with The Globe. Sports featured  include: volleyball, basketball, badminton, (flag)football, table tennis, dodgeball and more!

    Stamp-making workshop

    Carswell 014


    Join the Japanese Studies Club’s weekly activity and learn more about stamp-making!

  • THURSDAY EVENTS 11/16/17

    Maida Furnia 

    Department of State

    Pugh Auditorium, 215 Benson

    10 am – 11 am

    Learn about careers with the Department of State (DOS) and what services the DOS offers.

    Chris Cardona

    Regional Recruiter Peace Corps

    Pugh Auditorium, 215 Benson

    11 am – 12 pm

    Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime.

    Join us at this information session to:

    • Learn about Volunteer experiences
    • Ask questions about service
    • Gain tips to guide you through the application process.

    LGBTQ Coffee Hour

    3-4 pm  Benson 311

    Join LGBTQ for a coffee hour focused on Global Issues.

    Secrest Series: Paul Lewis, piano


    Brendle Recital Hall  Pre-concert talk at 6:40 PM in Scales M208
    British pianist Paul Lewis is one of the leading musicians of his generation. His performances of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received critical and public acclaim internationally, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His Secrest Artists Series recital will include works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Brahms.

    Karaoke Night

    6:30-8:30pm  Zick’s 

    Intercultural Center is hosting Karaoke Night at Zick’s!

  • FRIDAY EVENTS 11/17/17

    Cross-Cultural Mental Health Support with Dr Chen

    10:00am – 11:00am

    ZSR 401 (Faculty and Staff only)
    This discussion will focus on:
    – Learn more about the experience of international students studying in the US
    – Focus on the mental health challenges of Chinese international students and barriers to getting help
    – Discuss potential strategies for improving international student emotional wellness

    International Food in The Pit

    Try a new dish with some international flare during the lunch in the Pit.

    International Tea Time

    Reynolda 122

    3:30-4:30 pm

    The Counseling Center will be hosting an international tea time for students.

  • WEEK LONG EVENTS 11/13/17 - 11/18/17

    Museum of Anthropology pop up exhibit


    Benson Rotunda

    A pop up exhibit featuring Escape the Museum: Central Africa, Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico, and Vienna: A City of Culture and Contrast.

    ***Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm***

    Museum of Anthropology Special Exhibits

    10:00am to 4:30pm

    Museum of Anthropology

    Escape the Museum: Central Africa

    This student-curated interactive exhibit explores the traditional arts of Central African peoples while also serving as the setting for a series of puzzles similar to an “escape room” game.  Visitors to the exhibit can use cryptic clues and notes found in the text to solve the puzzles in a specific sequence, ultimately revealing the solution to a mystery.  The exhibit features objects from the Kuba, Kongo, Mbuti, Shoowa, and Fang cultures.  Admission is free.

    Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico

    The MOA’s annual exhibit celebrates the unique Mexican observance of the Day of the Dead.  The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased family members.  The colorful exhibit features a photo essay illustrating the celebration in San Miguel Allende and a new section discussing the commercialization of the holiday.  It also includes information on the celebration’s history and its unique skeleton-themed folk art.  The exhibit presents text in English and Spanish.  Admission is free.

    Vienna: A City of Culture and Contrast

    Vienna, Austria, is a renowned icon of world culture, the birthplace of classical music, and a sophisticated example of a planned urban environment.  The city has also struggled with social problems at the intersections of class and ethnicity. Most recently, new migrants and refugees have opened old discussions about who benefits from the amenities of the city. This exhibit, based on WFU student research conducted in the city, explores the social geography of Vienna and the inherent tensions between the urban elite, the city government’s historic program of social housing, and the diverse cultures of its residents.  Admission is free.