Every year during the second week in November, the United States celebrates International Education Week. Hosted as a joint effort between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, this event aims to “celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.” This year it will run from November 14 to November 18.
Participation in International Education Week revolves around advancing international education and awareness. UNT Libraries have a ton of resources available to help you expand your knowledge and open your mind to a growing global world through the study of international education and literature. You can get involved with IEW on social media or the events connected with UNT.
A calendar of UNT events is posted on the UNT International website.
Part of International Education Week includes participation in exchange programs that promote international education.
The UNT Libraries has resources that relate to six different areas of international education:
- Comparative librarianship
- Cross-cultural orientation
- Intellectual cooperation
- International baccalaureate
- Student exchange programs
Literature is one of the most important facets of education, as it has the ability to expose us to different ways of thinking and help us empathize with those whom we wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Much like Elie Wiesel’s Night trilogy, a memoir detailing his experiences in a Nazi concentration camps, taught us about one of humanity’s darkest moments, so can literature bring to life our shared experiences, fostering empathy and breeding compassion.
Other popular classics from around the world are available at UNT Libraries, some in print or e-book. Examples include, but are not limited to, Nobel Prize in Literature Winners Gabriel García Márquez One Hundred Years of Solitude (Columbia) The Stranger by Albert Camus (France), View with a grain of sand: selected poems of Wislawa Szymborka (Poland) and many more.
Some selected resources can be found on the Willis Library Book Drop to give you an idea of authors:
- The Routledge Companion to World Literature
- The Norton Anthology of World Literature
- World Literature, world Culture
To really get in the spirit of International Education Week and spread the word, consider getting involved in the world of social media.