Office of International Programs
WKU Celebrates the International Year of Revisited
- Lauren Reyes
- Monday, August 26th, 2019
Global Learning and International Affairs (GLIA) is preparing to celebrate the 2019-20 International Year of (IYO) Revisited. Over the past five years, the IYO has explored Ecuador (2014-15), South Africa (2015-16), South Korea (2016-17), Bosnia-Herzegovina (2017-18), and Cuba (2019-20), providing opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to study each country’s culture, history, and relevance to the US. The IYO Revisited will encourage reflection on and engagement with each past country, digging deeper into connections that were built during each IYO and prompting new explorations in each region.
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 Lauren Reyes, Program Coordinator in GLIA. Through courses across a wide variety of departments that feature content tailored to specific countries, the IYO Revisited will enable students to learn about each country through the lens of their own discipline.
In addition to internationalized curriculum, a robust calendar of co-curricular events will supplement classroom learning. Featured events include:
- ZSEIFS Retrospective, an exhibition at the Kentucky Museum, featuring photos, objects, and reflections from alumni of the Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar and demonstrating the program’s impact at WKU (Sept 2 – May 10).
- IYO Revisited and ZSEIFS Retrospective Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 4-6pm at the Kentucky Museum and will include a panel discussion by ZSEIFS alumni at 5pm.
- Rum: A History, a Cuban rum tasting and exploration of its significance to Caribbean and Cuban history and culture (Oct 18).
- Dinner by Request, an experience of international culture through cuisine of an IYO country; menu to be planned, prepared, and served by students in Food Service Operations (Oct 31).
- IYO Revisited Film Festival, including films from each of the past five countries and a discussion led by WKU faculty (Sept 16 – Oct 2).
- Responding to Bosnia, an exhibition of work by Photojournalist James Kenny and Artist Yvonne Petkus (alumni of the ZSEIFS to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2017).
For up-to-date information and a full calendar of events, please visit our website.
To visually represent the IYO Revisited, GLIA turned to faculty member Natalie Tyree (Art), who created a logo that reflects the global nature of the program as well as a homage to each of the past five IYO logos. Tyree states, “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.”
To support curriculum development for the IYO Revisited, GLIA has compiled a variety of resources for faculty interested in teaching on one of the past five IYO countries. Resources include bibliographies curated by the WKU Libraries for each country, discipline-specific recommendations from past participants in the IYO’s companion program, the Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar, and videos of several lectures and presentations. Faculty who plan to include IYO material in a course are encouraged to contact GLIA as they build a course list for the year, and anyone who is considering planning an event that will feature a past IYO country can also contact GLIA for support (email@example.com).
About the ZSEIFS: The Zuheir Sofia Endowment was created to facilitate the mission of GLIA, 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 Learning and International Affairs: GLIA serves WKU students through transformative global learning experiences around the world through the offices of International Student Recruitment and Admissions, International Student and Scholar Services, International Student Progress, and Study Abroad and Global Learning.