Take in some international culture next week

Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief  Ω

Next week TRU puts on their annual celebration of multiculturalism and cultural education known as International Days.

For those of you who have never experienced the event, I seriously suggest you get out to a few of the events and workshops (as many as you can) and see what this is all about.

TRU considers itself (and rightly so) to be a globally minded campus that encourages and embraces diversity. This event is where they show that diversity all in one place at one time.

They’ve got some great speakers lined up, so I thought I’d just outline a few of them for you.

Dr. Gwynne Dyer is an award winning freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs known internationally for his twice-weekly syndicated column on international affairs, which appears in 175 papers in 45 countries.

He will speak at the opening ceremonies, which take place on Monday, Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall at the Campus Activity Centre.

Captain Charles Moore is the founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.  He captains the foundation’s research vessel, the Alguita, documenting the great expanses of plastic waste that now litter our oceans, and will discuss his work in a presentation entitled “A Plastic Tsusami – Some Unintended Consequences of the Age of Plastics,” on Feb. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Irving K. Barber Centre in the House of Learning.

The guest scholars who will be running sessions range from Ivan Zavadsky discussing global water issues such as freshwater pollution and protecting marine ecosystems to Arend Hardorff of the Netherlands discussing sporting and cultural events and their social, economic, and regional developmental impacts.

On Feb. 10, you are invited to join the International Education Leaders Panel, where a panel of preeminent educational leaders from Colombia, China, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Canada will discuss, “The Importance of Internationalizing the Campus as a Globalization Strategy.”

Panel members will include Naomi Yamomoto, minister of advanced education of British Columbia, Karen McBride, president of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, as well as TRU president and vice chancellor Alan Shaver and others.

You can check out the entire schedule of events at tru.ca/internationaldays and figure out how many of the sessions you can squeeze between your classes that week.

Oh, and for the love of all things good don’t miss the International Showcase in the old TRU Gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 10 from noon to 7 p.m.

Not only will you get to be overwhelmed by the vibrancy of various cultures from around the world, but there will also be a food fair!

International Days is your chance to experience a little of the culture of the almost 80 countries that TRU students have come from to experience Canada.

It’s the next best thing to traveling the globe — except it’s free and you can do it between classes.