Global Week 2021 - Archive

Global Week 2021 - Archive

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Global Week at UVA is a celebration of International Education Week (IEW), an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Students, faculty, and staff at the University engage in a variety of education abroad programs, research, collaboration, and service across the globe.

All of these activities result in a knowledge exchange that enriches the community on Grounds and around the world. Global Week at UVA seeks to showcase these activities each fall.

If your UVA department or organization would like to host an event during Global Week, and you have not submitted information about your event to the Global Week Committee, please submit this form

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Archived Event Schedule

Saturday, October 23

Education Abroad @ Family Weekend

11am-1pm, Hotel A

Join us to learn about education abroad at UVA, how to support your student with their plans to go abroad, and speak with Education Abroad Advisors. Information sessions will be offered at 11:00, 11:45, and 12:30. If you can’t make it to one of the info sessions, stop by to speak with an Advisor! Families and students are welcome. 

Sponsored by: Education Abroad in the International Studies Office

Sunday, October 24

IRC²: A Celebration of Global Cultures

3pm, International Residential College (at the intersection of Sprigg Lane and Emmet Street)

Join the fun at UVA’s International Residential College for a celebration of dance, music, and food from around the world. Admission is free. International food is available to purchase with 100% of food ticket proceeds supporting the refugee resettlement efforts of the International Rescue Committee. Parking available at the Emmet-Ivy garage.

Sponsored by: International Residential College

Monday, October 25

Batten Hour: The Crisis in Afghanistan: Historical, Political and Personal Reflections

11:30am-12:30pm, Rotunda Dome Room
Register for this in-person event here.

Batten School Professor of Public Policy and Politics Allan Stam leads a discussion on the crisis in Afghanistan with Batten alum Saha Khaterzai (MPP '14) and Anne Richard, Distinguished Fellow and Afghanistan Coordination Lead at Freedom House.

Sponsored by: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, The Global Policy Center


Introductory Workshop for Global Fellowships

4-5pm, Rotunda Multipurpose Room

Don’t know what global fellowships are? Wondering what the point of pursuing any of them might be? Come enjoy a chance to envision yourself as an applicant for these incredible opportunities. This workshop is most appropriate for first and second years or older students who have yet to be exposed to the Office of Citizen Scholar Development.

Sponsored by: Office of Citizen Scholar Development


Keynote Event: Global Democracy Series – Fight for Myanmar’s Democracy

5-7pm, Hybrid: attend in-person at Hotel A, or virtually

Registration for this event has closed

It has been almost six months since Burma’s military seized power in a coup, overthrowing and imprisoning leaders of the elected government. The panel will look at the history of Myanmar's struggle for democracy. The Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Myo Yan Naung Thein - is a Burmese pro-democracy activist, and former chief research officer of the National League for Democracy's Central Committee for Research and Strategy Studies. Myo Yan Naung Thein is the founder and director of the Bayda Institute.
  • Erik Braun - Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UVA. Professor Braun's area of expertise is Burmese (Myanmar) Buddhism. He is interested in Burmese traditions of meditation and, following from that, in the transformations of meditative practices (and the understandings of reality they convey explicitly and implicitly) as they spread around the world. 
  • Ambassador Scot Marciel - Mr. Marciel is a career diplomat with 35 years of experience in Asia and around the world. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar from March 2016 through May 2020, during the difficult Rohingya crisis and a challenging time for both Myanmar’s democratic transition and the United States-Myanmar relationship.

The discussion will be moderated by Ambassador Steve Mull, Vice Provost for Global Affairs. There will be a reception at Hotel A following the panel discussion.

Sponsored by: UVA Global, co-sponsored by Democratic Futures Working Group


Teaching Careers Abroad


Interested in working abroad after graduation? Considering teaching abroad? Attend this panel to hear from experts who have taught outside of the U.S. and network with them! Register for this event to receive the Zoom link and more details.

Sponsored by: Career Center's Education and Youth Development Career Community

Tuesday, October 26

Global Journeys: Careers in Diplomacy & Public Policy


In this panel, UVA alumni will share insights about how their experiences at UVA have prepared them for careers in the international public policy. 


  • Ambassador Dorothy C. Shea is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with 30 years of experience. She was appointed as Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic on February 14, 2020. Before that, she has served in Egypt, Jerusalem and in a variety of positions at the State Department. She holds degrees from UVA and Georgetown University, in addition to National War College (NWC), where she earned a master’s degree in National Security Strategy. 
  • Ambassador Joan Polaschik is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and Deputy Director of Foreign Service Institute. Ambassador Polaschik’s career has focused on the Middle East and North Africa, with assignments as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2017-2019) and U.S. Ambassador to Algeria (2014-2017). She earned a BA from UVA and MSFS from Georgetown University. 
  • H. Alexander Henegar has served as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State since 2005. He has advanced U.S. foreign policy goals in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, the Dominican Republic, and Croatia, where he currently serves as Chief of Political and Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Zagreb. Alex received a B.A. from UVA and an M.A. from Georgetown University. 
  • Lynette Evans-Tiernan is Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State where she started in 2006. She has worked for 15 years as Civil Service employee and 10 years in the public affairs at the Department of State. She received a B.A. from UVA and an M.A. from Georgetown University.

The panel is moderated by Ambassador Steve Mull, Vice Provost for Global Affairs. Ambassador Mull joined UVA in August 2018 after a 36-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, which included serving in a broad range of national security positions in the US Department of State. 

Sponsored by: UVA Global


Education Abroad Advising Walk-in Hours 

1-4pm, Georges Student Center, Clemons 230

Interested in studying abroad? Stop by the Georges Student Center, Clemons 230 on Tuesday or Wednesday to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor. No appointment required.  

Sponsored by: Education Abroad in the International Studies Office


21st century Civil Protest: A Case Study of the Nigeria #EndSars Protest 

2-3:15pm, Hybrid: attend in-person at Garrett Great Hall (Batten), or virtually

Six 2021 Mandela Washington Fellows* will present on and facilitate a virtual discussion around the focus, structure, and impact of Nigeria’s grassroots #EndSARS campaign, which targets a special police unit implicated in widespread human rights violations but has catalyzed a broader call for social justice among African youth across the continent. Speakers will draw parallels with the Black Lives Matter movement in order to lead students to reflect on the power, place, and opportunity of civilian protests and civic engagement. 
Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Panelists:

  • Racheal Inegbedion (Nigeria) 
  • Emmanuel Samu (Zambia)
  • Nafissatou Traore (Senegal)
  • Melva Uguru (Nigeria) 
  • Ebere Odika (Nigeria)
  • Victoria Aderoba (Nigeria)

* The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. State Department with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. The Presidential Precinct is a sub-grantee of IREX and has implemented a U.S.-based Leadership Institute as a part of the Fellowship since 2014.

Sponsored by: Morven ProgramsThe Presidential Precinct, and Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy


Sustainability Abroad


Join the conversation with University of Virginia and William & Mary faculty as we discuss different sustainability norms and practices from around the world!

Sponsored by: Education Abroad in the International Studies Office with William & Mary's Reeve's Center for International Studies


Education Abroad Student Alumni Panel 

5:30-6:30pm, Minor 125

Join us to hear from students who have participated in an education abroad program while at UVA. They'll share their experiences and answer questions from the audience.

Sponsored by: Education Abroad in the International Studies Office

Wednesday, October 27 

Passport Drive 

10am-3pm, Hotel A

Join us at the UVA Global Passport Drive for students, faculty, staff, and their families! Passport officials from USPS will be on Grounds to accept passport and renewal applications and to answer questions. See the Passport Drive page for more details. 

Sponsored by: UVA Global


Health Impacts of Climate Change 


The UVA School of Nursing continues to support a philosophy of sustained cultural engagement with long-term global partners, currently remotely. Long-term partners at the Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU) School of Nursing located on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, are collaborating on efforts to build community resilience against the immediate health impacts of climate change, both in Nicaragua and here in Virginia. Join us virtually to showcase one of these initiatives: student-driven case-studies from BICU nursing students and from our 4th year NUCO 4210 course, and a presentation on the immediate impacts of climate change in Nicaragua from long-term colleague Joel Campbell (from the CEDEHCA human rights organization)!

Pre-registration is required and this session will be recorded and archived on the SON Global Initiatives page.

Sponsored by: School of Nursing Global Initiatives


Education Abroad Advising Walk-in Hours 

1-4pm, Georges Student Center, Clemons 230

Interested in studying abroad? Stop by the Georges Student Center, Clemons 230 on Tuesday or Wednesday to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor. No appointment required.  

Sponsored by: Education Abroad in the International Studies Office


His Excellency Motaz Zahran, Ambassador of Egypt to the U.S. 


Ambassador Motaz Zahran, who has served in his role since November 2020, will speak and answer questions virtually on the relationship between Egypt and the U.S., successes and challenges within Egypt and the region, and Egypt's role in Middle East peace and security. This event is a part of the UVA Center for Politics' International Forum on Diplomacy taking place October 27-30. 

Sponsored by: UVA Center for Politics


Peace Corps Stories


Hear stories of triumph, struggle, and self-realization of Peace Corps volunteers during their service abroad.

Sponsored by: Peace Corps


VISAS Global Café

5-6pm, Nau/Gibson Courtyard

Come join the multilingual, multicultural fun as VISAS Café celebrates Global Week with outdoor games in the Nau/Gibson Courtyard. Bring a frisbee or a ball, enjoy international refreshments, and mingle with speakers of many languages! Come eat, talk, and play with us!

Sponsored by: VISASLanguage CommonsMOVECAELC


Engineering Faculty-Led Study Abroad Summer Programs & Internships

5:30-7pm, Rice Hall 130, Engineering Way

Program Directors will present their faculty-led international programs in Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Lithuania & Sweden for summer 2022. The Center for Engineering Career Development and the Engineering International Programs Office will talk about internship opportunities abroad. 

Sponsored by: Engineering International Programs

Thursday, October 28

Global Journeys: Careers after Education Abroad - POSTPONED

This event has been postponed until Spring semester. Check out other Global Week events that focus on education abroad, careers, and global fellowships.


Supporting the World's Nurses Supports our Communities

12-1pm, Hybrid: attend in person at Claude Moore Nursing Education Bldg, (CMN) Room 1120 or virtually

School of Nursing Dean Pam Cipriano will give a talk on 'Supporting the world's nurses supports our communities'.

Sponsored by: School of Nursing Global Initiatives


Ambassador Roya Rahmani, Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the US: UVA Center for Politics Ambassador Series

4-5pm, Register here!

The University of Virginia Center for Politics welcomes the former Ambassador of Afghanistan, Roya Rahmani, who will speak virtually as a part of the Center’s Ambassador Series. Ambassador Rahmani, the first female Ambassador of Afghanistan, will be joined in dialogue by UVA Center for Politics Director of Global Initiatives, Daman Irby, and a number of UVA students. Topics to be discussed include Afghanistan’s current circumstances, the status of women and girls, the relationship with the U.S., and other related topics. This event is a part of the UVA Center for Politics' International Forum on Diplomacy taking place October 27-30. 

Sponsored by: UVA Center for Politics

Friday, October 29

Global Studies Alumni Panel

11am-12pm, Hotel A

The Global Studies Alumni Panel is open to all current GS majors and prospective students wanting to hear from our alumni. Panelists will discuss their current jobs, their career path, and how the major has influenced their journeys.

Sponsored by: Global Studies Program


International Development and Humanitarian Aid Careers Panel


Students interested in careers in international development and humanitarianism: this virtual event is for you! Come learn from alumni in the field of international development about career paths, important skills needed in this field, and how to "break in" to a career in international development. There will be multiple opportunities to learn and network virtually with alumni, faculty and fellow students. Don't miss this great opportunity to meet virtually with alumni. Past alumni in attendance have worked in organizations such as USAID, DAI, World Economic Forum, Millennium Partners, Peace Corps, Refugee International and more!

Register now for more information. The zoom link for each event will be shared with all registered students. 

Sponsored by: Global Development StudiesCenter for Global HealthBatten Career Services and Global Policy Center, Economics Career Office & The Public Service & Government Career Community in the UVA Career Center


Final Friday @ The Fralin

5-7pm, The Fralin Museum of Art

The Fralin Museum of Art is hosting Final Friday! Enjoy live entertainment outside on our plaza, a food truck, and Spotlight Talks in the exhibitions with our student docents. The first 200 guests to check in will receive a voucher for the food truck! Free to all UVA students! For more information, see the Fralin's Facebook events page.

Sponsored by: The Fralin Museum of Art

Saturday, October 30

News, Propaganda, and Diplomacy


This virtual event will welcome Glyn Davies, David Pearce and Robin Wright to examine, "News, Propaganda, and Diplomacy."  PBS News Hour foreign affairs and defense correspondent, Nick Schifrin, will deliver the keynote address. This event is a part of the UVA Center for Politics' International Forum on Diplomacy taking place October 27-30. 

Sponsored by: The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, American Academy of Diplomacy, and the UVA Center for Politics


Calligraphy Art Around the World

11am-3pm, Morven Farms

Join this unique event at Morven Farms for a basic introduction to and practice calligraphy techniques from around the world. Students will experience the power of these artforms and learn about the culture that informs them. Lunch is provided. Students are also welcome to enjoy Morven's beautiful grounds and historic Formal Garden and Japanese Garden. This event is held in partnership with UVA's East Asia Center. 

Sponsored by: Morven Programs and the East Asia Center