IEW is a national event promoted by the US Department of State and the US Department of Education. WIU's celebration of it will last for two weeks, beginning Monday, November 7.
"The nationwide celebration always occurs the week before Thanksgiving break," said Timlin. He pointed out many students and faculty members start heading out of town on Thursday and Friday of that week because the campus is closed during Thanksgiving week.
"It was really hard to get people to participate in those Thursday and Friday events (during IEW Week) so in order to give more people an opportunity to experience these types of activities we decided to expand it to two weeks."
He also said it's difficult to cram all the activities into a single week.
Among other things, the CIS will show three international films during IEW:
Wednesday, November 9: "The Light Thief" (from Kyrgyzstan)
Tuesday, November 15: "Getting Home" (from China)
Thursday, November 17: "Soul of Sand" (from India)
The films are being shown through the Global Lens Film Series. Each begins at 7:00pm in the Sandburg Theater in the University Union. All three are open to the public and no admission will be charged. In addition, free popcorn and soft drinks will be served. A discussion will be held after each film.
Click here for a complete list of events and activities taking place at WIU during International Education Week.