Office of International Programs
Western Kentucky University Prepares to Celebrate International Year of Revisited
- Thursday, June 6th, 2019
Following the successful completion of the 2018-19 International Year of (IYO) Cuba, WKU is preparing to celebrate the 2019-20 International Year of Revisited.
Since its launch in 2014,the IYO program has offered WKU audiences scores of opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the world around them since 2014. Ecuador (2014-15), South Africa (2015-16), South Korea (2016-17), Bosnia-Herzegovina (2017-18), and most recently Cuba have taken center stage for a full academic year, influencing coursework and educational programs for the year. Rather that featuring a single country, the 2019-20 academic year will reflect on and spur reengagement with previous countries of focus.
“We don’t consider the IYO to be a one-off program, so the IYO Revisited will be a platform that encourages reconnection with past countries, comparative studies between countries, and altogether new explorations that are meaningful for the campus and community,” said Lauren Reyes, Coordinator of International Programs. The IYO Revisited will also serve to reflect on and highlight the many outcomes of past IYO’s.
Some featured events taking place next year will include:
- A film festival, featuring films from past IYO countries (September 2019)
- A photo- and object-based exhibition at the Kentucky Museum exploring the impact and outcomes of the Zuheir Sofia International Faculty Seminar (Fall 2019)
- A Dinner by Request event that will explore the cuisine of a past IYO country, planned and prepared by students in Julie Lee’s Food Service Operations (Fall 2019)
- A collaborative exhibition at the Downing Museum, featuring work by Yvonne Petkus (Art) and James Kenney (School of Journalism and Broadcasting) that was inspired by their participation in the 2017 ZSEIFS to Bosnia-Herzegovina (Spring 2020)
Updated event information will be made available on our website.
Despite its broader focus, core aspects of the IYO will remain unchanged. “As with past IYO’s, the program will focus on academic courses with international content, events to supplement the curriculum, and community reach through partnerships with local business and organizations,” said Reyes. To visually represent the IYO’s University-wide relevance, and in keeping with the tradition of past years, faculty member Natalie Tyree (art) created this year’s unique logo. In all previous iterations, IYO logos have been designed by member of the WKU community.
Regarding her design, Tyree said, “I was very excited to visually unify and celebrate the program’s adventures of the last five years…the challenge of creating this logo was the task of equally visualizing multiple countries and cultures while paying tribute to what makes each of them unique…we arrived at a solution that utilizes five dots to represent the location of each country on a globe. The colors incorporate a color from each country’s original IYO logo.”
Faculty who are interested in incorporating an IYO country into their curriculum may find resources to aid in IYO-specific curriculum development here. Additionally, faculty or staff who wish to plan an event that will feature a past IYO country – whether a continuation of a previous exploration or a new endeavor altogether – may contact Global Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About the ZSEIFS: The Zuheir Sofia Endowment was created to facilitate the mission of Global Engagement, which endeavors to provide leadership in the development of a strong international profile. Zuheir Sofia, a 1969 WKU graduate and 2014 Honorary Doctorate recipient, is chairman, president and CEO of Business Bank of Florida Corp.
About Global Engagement: Global Engagement is involved in international programming on- and off-campus, international student recruitment and admissions, and presenting WKU internationally.