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Sandra Fernández, visiting artist and Assistant Professor from the University of Texas at Austin, discussing her exhibition On Migrations, Dreams and Dreamers. Fernández’s artwork will be featured in the FAC Main Gallery through September 26th.

Neil Purcell (Broadcasting, May 2015) accompanied WKU’s inaugural Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS) to Ecuador and captured the experiences of the eight faculty participants. Click here to view his video and learn more about the ZSEIFS. Photo by Neil Purcell

On September 26, WKU Faraway Flix series opened its 2014-15 season with the Ecuadorian film, Qué Tan Lejos. Prior to the film showing, Dr. Sonia Lenk, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, provided an audience of more than 60 an overview about Ecuador’s history and culture.



International Year Of ... (IYO)


 The International Year Of ... program is intended to provide the WKU campus and surrounding community with a rich, complex sense of place and interconnectedness through a year-long celebration and emphasis on a single region/country. Exploration of and interaction with the country/region will occur in multiple ways—including, but not limited to:

  • enhanced course work
  • co-curricular activities
  • research projects
  • education abroad program offerings
  • visiting scholars and specialists
  • new institutional partnerships


International Year Of Ecuador 2014-2015

Ecuador has been selected as our inaugural country of focus for 2014-2015. Kentucky and, more specifically, WKU have a number of ties to Ecuador that made this selection an obvious one.  Kentucky and Ecuador are connected through a similarly named partnership, Kentucky Ecuador Partners.  WKU has multiple programs going on in Ecuador, including student teacher and student exchange programs in Quito, as well as a faculty-led study abroad program centering on agriculture and sustainable development issues.



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