Citizenship, Immigration Lectures, Theatrical Performance to Mark UCSD’s Observance of International Education Week
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Citizenship, Immigration Lectures, Theatrical Performance to Mark UCSD’s Observance of International Education Week

October 29, 2008

Jan Jennings

Celebrating, Empowering, Our World is One World is the theme for the fourth annual International Education Week (IEW) observance Nov. 17-21 at the University of California, San Diego.

A variety of activities including lectures on immigration and citizenship, a theatrical production, films, internationally inspired meals, and an international festival will be presented.  The events are open to the public.

The keynote address will be given by Jaqueline Bhabha, Harvard University law scholar and human rights activist.  Bhabha will speak on Human Rights and Global Citizenship at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 in Hojel Auditorium at UCSD. Bhabha is currently researching issues of child migration, smuggling and trafficking, and citizenship.

Bhabha is the author of three reports, Seeking Asylum Alone, and coauthored Women’s Movements: Women Under Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Laws.  She is the director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies. She graduated with honors from Oxford University and has a law degree from the College of Law in London. Prior to her Harvard duties, Bhabha directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago.

Leading up to Bhabha’s keynote address will be the IEW opening ceremonies beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 17 at Gilman and Myers drives with a parade of flags proceeding through the campus to the Great Hall for a tapas luncheon.

Later that day, El Norte, an Academy Award nominated film for screenplay depicting the plight of Guatemalans working illegally in the United States, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. in the Price Center Theatre. Director Greg Nava, who holds a masters of fine arts in film from UCLA, will be on hand to discuss the film and field questions.

An International Center Open House will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the center, and 9 Parts of Desire, a play on human rights and global citizenship, will be presented at 6 p.m. that evening in the Visual Arts Performance Space.  A repeat performance will be at 8 p.m.

Award-winning actress Seema Sueko will be featured in the one-woman 9 Parts of Desire play about the intricate lives of Iraqi women, a tapestry of the female experience. Sueko is director of Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, selected as the 2008-2009 inaugural resident theatre company of the La Jolla Playhouse.

On Nov. 19, Luz Marina Arias, economist and postdoctoral research fellow at the UCSD Center for US-Mexican Studies, will talk at 3:30 p.m. on Indigenous Institutions and the Reversal of Fortune. Arias holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. Arias’s research is inspired by colonial Spanish American influence.

At 7 p.m., Nov. 19, Dr. Wael al-Dulaimy, associate professor of medicine at UCSD, will speak on Three Decades of Injustice: Health and Human Rights in Iraq. The doctor has worked as a physician in Iraq and will discuss the abuse of health care and human rights in Iraq.

An International Education Week Student Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20 on Library Walk. Music, dance, humor, art, and food will be featured.

At 4 p.m. Nov. 20, Alejandra Rincón, Ph.D., will talk on Undocumented Immigrants and Higher Education: Sí se Puede! Rincón will discuss the historic struggle of undocumented students and their supporters to gain equal access to higher education through in-state tuition laws.

Rincón received the Human Relations Award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling in 2006 for her work with two of Texas’s largest school districts. She was active in passage of Texas legislation allowing undocumented high school students to attend Texas colleges at in-state tuition rates.

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Luis Valdez, filmmaker, playwright, activist and often called the father of Chicano theatre, will speak on The Challenges of Citizenship and the blending of cultures in UCSD’s Price Center Ballroom. Valdez directed Zoot Suit and La Bamba. A discussion will follow the talk.

The 5 p.m. Nov. 21 Bhabha keynote will wrap up IEW activities at UCSD, preceded by a noon closing ceremony at the International Café on the International Center Patio. UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will offer comments.

Further information and a full calendar of IEW events may be obtained at, or call (858) 534-3730 for details.


Media Contact:
Jan Jennings, 858-822-1684
Pat JaCoby, 858-534-7404

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