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WCSU celebrates International Education Week with events for the public

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DANBURY, Connecticut — Western Connecticut State University’s commitment to helping students understand the world continues with a series of events during International Education Week, Nov. 15-19, 2021, with several events open to the public.

Public events include virtual discussions with Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova, professor of Spanish, Department of World Languages and Cultures, regarding foreign-themed movies. Participants are asked to view the following movies in advance and then attend the virtual Thematic Film Discussions:

  • “Pain and Glory,” “Talk to Her,” “About My Mother” and “Volver” – virtual discussion about the Spanish films’ director, “The World of Pedro Alodovar,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, at https://wcsu.webex.come/meet/bakhtiarovag.

Additionally, public events include virtual discussions pertaining to foreign-themed movies presented as part of the Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale 2021 (LIFFY). The theme for the 2021 Festival is Unidos y Fluidos — Unity in Diversity. To participate, go to

WCSU hosts International Education Week to help students expand their knowledge of the world and experience different cultures, and to promote diversity. As part of this effort, the university will host events for students including information sessions about opportunities of international involvement and study abroad, including Fulbright and Boren scholarships. Many WCSU students have earned these coveted scholarships and expanded their education overseas. Other offerings during the week include Chinese Calligraphy and culture, the history of the Tango, access to the International Student Association, and international cuisine served during food services on both campuses.

International Education Week was designed as an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide and is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

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