November 11 - 16, 2019

November 11 - 16, 2019


International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of internationalization on campuses across the U.S. International Education Week serves as a reminder that college and university campuses play a special part in shaping the awareness of our role in the global village. Wake Forest University faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to explore the value of education abroad, the richness that is brought into our classrooms and departments by international faculty, staff and students, and the benefits derived from all international programs on campus.

Sponsored by Center for Global Programs and Studies, Intercultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, East Asian Languages, and Campus Recreation

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Jennifer Teege

International Education Week, Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm, Pugh Auditorium

Jennifer Teege author of international best seller, “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me”, will be the keynote speaker for International Education Week.

There will be a book signing to follow the presentation.  Books will be on sale at the book store on October 1 and books available for purchase before and after the presentation.

This is a ticketed event.  You can get your free ticket here.


MY GRANDFATHER WOULD HAVE SHOT ME, an international bestseller, is a book born of a shocking discovery: At age 38, married with two children, Jennifer Teege picked up a book by chance at Hamburg’s main library and discovered that her grandfather was the brutal Nazi commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp, portrayed so memorably by Ralph Fiennes in the film Schindler’s List.

Teege’s mother was German; her father was Nigerian. Unable to raise a newborn child, her single mother placed Teege in a children’s home when Teege was four weeks old. In her early childhood Teege had only intermittent contact with her mother and grandmother; that ended when Teege, age 7, was adopted by a white German family, where she was raised in a loving home. Later, in her twenties, Teege struggled with depression. She went to college in Israel, where she learned fluent Hebrew and earned degrees in Middle Eastern and African studies. She returned to Germany where she began a career in advertising and started a family of her own.

Already coping with the trauma of rejection by her birth mother, Teege now faced other cruel facts: that she had to learn about her biological family’s secret from a book; and that a monstrous man, Amon Goeth, reviled for decades as “the butcher of Plaszow,” was her biological grandfather. Was it possible she might resemble him? She fell into a deep depression, unable to function as a mother. After many months of therapy, Teege was eventually able to live fully in the present once again. She set off to visit the sites of her grandfather’s crimes, to seek greater understanding of her biological family and, if possible, some sense of closure in relation to his victims. She made contact with her biological mother and father, and finally shared her story with her Israeli friends. The result is her memoir, MY GRANDFATHER WOULD HAVE SHOT ME, written with award-winning journalist Nikola Sellmair, who also supplies historical and other context in a separate, interwoven narrative.

After her emotional pilgrimage, Teege says, “I’m no longer a prisoner of the past. I know now that I am not to blame, and the guilt no longer weighs heavily on my shoulders. There is no Nazi gene: We can decide for ourselves who and what we want to be.”

MY GRANDFATHER WOULD HAVE SHOT ME has been an international bestseller, published in Germany, Poland, France, Japan, Brazil, Israel, the UK, Australia, and the United States. Fluent in five languages, Jennifer Teege has spoken at organizations, universities, libraries, and book festivals all over the world, including over 50 events in the U.S.

  • MONDAY EVENTS 11/11/2019
    InternationaliTEA: Campus Kitchen
    4:00 pm -5:30 pm,  Reynolds Gymnasium – A330 Wellbeing Seminar Room
    Join the Intercultural Center & International Student & Scholar Services for a blend of teas from around the world and discussion on food insecurity. Staff from the Office of Civic and Community Engagement will be present to share information.
    Sponsored by: Intercultural Center & Diversity Education
    Jewish Community Arts & Crafts Hour
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm WakerSpace
    Have fun and meet other people while making Judaic items and learning how to use the 3D printer, laser cutter, sewing machine, knitting and crocheting, button-maker, painting, etc. Open to all at WFU. Starting September 9th. Some activities include creating Challah covers, laser cutting wood hamsas, making 3D mezuzahs, designing a duct tape tallit, paper cutting holiday cards, creating sukkah decorations, and much, much more!
    Drop-in as able. Everyone welcome!
  • TUESDAY EVENTS 11/12/2019

    My Shelf to Yours

    12:00 pm, Intercultural Center (Benson 346)

    This event allows individuals to select a hand wrapped book by an international author. The carefully curated collection will feature a wide range of genres that are tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside.

    Sponsored by: Intercultural Center & Diversity Education

    F-1 OPT and Beyond, Employment Visa Options for International Students

    3:00 pm -4:00 pm, Pugh Auditorium

    Are you interested in pursuing a career in the U.S. after graduation? Do you want to learn more about employment authorization and visa status options after graduation?
    If so please attend the ISSS workshop “F-1 OPT and Beyond, Employment Visa Options for International Students.”
    We will discuss the transition from F-1 OPT to the H-1B and other visas that may be available to international students pursuing employment after graduation.
    This session will include a presentation with Dr. Penni P. Bradshaw an experienced immigration attorney who specializes in employment matters.

    Please note that this session is not a replacement for the mandatory OPT session with ISSS.


    ISSDeacs Week Keynote Speaker  

    7:00 pm, 215 Pugh Auditorium
    Note: Doors open at 6:30 pm with a 7:00 pm start time and the event will be followed with a book signing session.

    You may purchase books at the WFU Bookstore starting October 1 or before or after the presentation.

    This is a ticketed event.  You can get your free ticket here.

  • WEDNESDAY EVENTS 11/13/2019

    Global Food Tabling Stations

    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm The PIT

    Global Food Tabling Stations (in the PIT) Food selections based on Religious and International Holidays. (Hillel is a host org) Spearheaded by the Global Food Committee of the Office of the Chaplain and Harvest Table Culinary Group, along with the Food Collaboration Committee.

    C2C: “What is belonging”

    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

    A seated dinner with a moderated conversation provided by Global Programs and Studies and Call to Conversation.

    Topic: What is belonging?

    For additional information about Wake Forest’s movement to spark more meaningful conversation, please visit

    To register please visit the PDC here.

    International Board Game Night
    7:00 pm-10:00 pm, 349 Benson

    Join the Board Game Club and International Student and Scholar Services for an international board game night.  Come play some of your favorite games and maybe learn a new one!

    Shibori (Japanese Tie Dye)
    Japanese Studies Club

    7:00 pm, Carswell Hall 014

    Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique where the designs are made on the fabric with various folding, tying, and twisting patterns. So, it will look like tie dye, but the only color used is indigo. The fun is in the excitement of unwrapping cloths to see the finished and different dye pattern every time. Bring your own WHITE cloth, such as shirts, rags, pillow cases, etc!

    Gamelan Giri Murti
    Elizabeth Clendinning, director

    7:30 pm, Scales Fine Arts Center, Brendle Recital Hall

    ‘The Wake Forest University gamelan (percussion orchestra), Gamelan Giri Murti, performs traditional, neotraditional, and avant garde music, dance, and theater rooted in both sacred and secular traditions of Bali, Indonesia. The ensemble is open to all Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater Winston-Salem community–no prior experience required, but curious minds encouraged on Tuesday and Thursday’s at 5 pm.


  • THURSDAY EVENTS 11/14/2019

    Considering the J-1 Visa for International Employees

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

    Lunch and Learn: For Faculty and Staff only

    Does your department hire international employees to teach courses and/or conduct research at WFU? Did you know you could host an international employee for up to five years without paying any visa sponsorship fees? If you are interested in learning more about the J-1 visa, this lunch and learn is for you! Lunch will be provided. Please join the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for an overview of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

    • Understand the variety of ways a J-1 visa can be used
    • Know the eligibility requirements for the J-1 visa
    • Learn the restrictions that come with the J-1 visa
    • Provide your feedback and experiences in working with the ISSS through the hiring process

    Sign up here.

    Judaism Lunch & Learn
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Benson 301

    An opportunity for WFU Jewish Students, Faculty, and Staff to share their Jewish Journeys with attendees. Open to everyone in the community. Attend as you are able. Bring your lunch and your friends!

    Peace Corps Informational Session

    3:00 pm -4:00 pm, Pugh Auditorium

    Join Sierra Plato a Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps for a general overview of what the Peace Corps has to offer.

    Daffodil project
    4:00 pm Byrum Welcome Center

    International Presents English Corner: Conversation Bridges
    4:00 pm -5:00 pm  Benson Center, Room 406

    Bridges International Presents English Corner: Games
    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Benson Center, Room 406

    Girl Rising with the Peace Corps
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    ‘Girl Rising’ is a powerful documentary that follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education. The screening will be followed by a short Q & A.

    You can see the ‘Girl Rising’ trailer here.

    Mahan Esfahani – Secrest Series

    7:30 pm, Brendle Recital Hall

    Mahan Esfahani has made it his life’s mission to rehabilitate the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments. To that end, his creative programming and track-record in commissioning new works have drawn the attention of critics and audiences across Europe, Asia, and North America. He was the first and only harpsichordist to be a BBC New Generation Artist (2008-2010), a Borletti-Buitoni prize winner (2009), and a nominee for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year (2014, 2015, and 2017).

    We expect this concert to be very popular. Reserved seating is now being offered. To ensure admittance, make reservations here. Walk-up seating is still offered, but not guaranteed.

  • FRIDAY EVENTS 11/15/2019

    International Faculty/Staff Meet and Greet

    For Faculty and Staff only

    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Reynolda Hall – Greenroom

    Join us for a small meet and greet for international faculty and staff.

    Shabbat dinners at Hillel Lounge
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Hillel Lounge (Collins A001)

    Shabbat dinner every Friday night at 6 pm in the Hillel Lounge (Collins A001) Everyone welcome. Delicious food. Lots of schmoozing.

  • SATURDAY EVENTS 11/16/2019

    Asian Field Day

    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Reynolds Gym A405

    Chinese Studies Club, Japanese Studies Club, Asian Student Interest Association and The Globe are coming together to present Asian Field Day. There will be fun Asian field games on Davis field such as three legged race, tear tag, and so much more – including Asian snacks! Anyone is welcome to join to build teams.

  • WEEK LONG EVENTS 11/11/2019-11/16/2019

    International Food in The Pit

    Monday – Friday, Lunch

    Stop you the international food stations in The Pit during lunch.

    Dr. Joshua Ziesel, Carillon Bells
    5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, Wait Chapel

    Listen daily at 5 pm for Dr. Joshua Ziesel of the University Counseling Center (UCC) who will be playing different countries’ national anthem at the carillon bells for International Education Week 2019.

    Life after Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico

    Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Museum of Anthropology

    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. This year, the colorful exhibit compares the celebration’s observance in rural areas versus urban ones. It also includes information on the celebration’s history and its unique skeleton-themed folk art. Exhibit text is in English and Spanish. Admission is free.

    Horses and the Human Experience

    Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Museum of Anthropology

    Over thousands of years, humans and horses have developed a unique partnership. Horses rely on humans for care, feeding, and protection. Humans rely on horses for their speed, strength, and companionship. Throughout the world, horses are integrated into all aspects of cultural life. This student-curated exhibit focuses on areas where horses have transformed the human experience. The objects on display provide striking examples of art and technology chosen to highlight the diversity of horse and human interactions in the world. Admission is free.