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Thursday, October 15 - Thursday, October 22

Welcome, new Courier subscribers!  Below you'll find a wide variety of global and diversity-focused events occurring at Cranwell International Center, as well as throughout the Virginia Tech campus and the Blacksburg community at large.

We wish everyone a safe and happy fall break!  If you're sticking around town this weekend, be sure to check out the local events calendars, listed at the bottom of this email.

Virginia Tech Events and Activities

Are you an international student from the Caribbean?

Consider participating in a research study aimed at exploring the academic and sociocultural experiences of international students from the Caribbean, particularly the ways in which students form and enact their cultural and racial identities when studying in the United States.
Potential participants should be Caribbean nationals who are F-1 visa holders. They should also be between the ages of 18 and 25, have been enrolled at university for at least one year, and will have graduated no more than one year ago.

For more information, contact

Film Screening: Friendship! 

(in German with English subtitles)

November 1989. The Berlin Wall has fallen. Two young East-Germans, Veit and Tom, heed the call of the West and set out for America with little more than 100 Deutsch-Marks in their pockets and a dream in their head: to make it to San Francisco. But with their knowledge of English limited to the words "friendship" and "Vee are Communists," they're in for a rough ride.

When: October 19, 7 p.m.
Where: Hahn North 140

This film showing is part of the 25 Years of German Unity event, sponsored by the VT German Program.

What We Talk about When We Talk about Pools: Controversies in America and Israel  

When the mercury rises, people flock to bodies of water. Yet the visual intimacy of bathing also brings together different groups who wouldn't normally mix outside of the water, sparking tensions that have resulted in protests and violence. In this lecture, Dr. Shayna Weiss, of Tel Aviv University, will compare controversies about integration in swimming pools in America and Israel, revealing surprising insights about the intersections of race, gender, and class.

When: Tuesday, Oct 20, 7-8 pm
Where: 223 Engel Hall

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Malcolm and Diane Rosenberg Program in Judaic Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture and the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston.

New Town: Across the Color Line

Learn about local Blacksburg history! This student-produced experiential exhibit explores New Town, a predominantly African American community that existed just outside the boundaries of Virginia Polytechnic Institute for more than a century.

When: The exhibit runs from
Oct 5 - Nov 12
Where: Newman Library, 2nd Floor

Sponsored by the Department of History.  For more information, contact

Get Involved: PIH Engage

Partners in Health (PIH) is an organization that advocates for making healthcare available for all people, everywhere. 
Through PIH Engage, the grassroots arm of Partners in Health, our Blacksburg/Virginia Tech community is joining this movement for health as a human right. 
As a team, we will organize: hosting events, rallies, town hall meetings, and marches. 
We will educate: holding discussion groups and public lectures about the right to health. 
We will fund high-quality health care for people living in poverty. 
We will advocate global and domestic policies that further the right to health. 
Together, we can face some of the world's most pressing problems and spur social change—right in our own community.

If you are interested in joining
this Right to Health movement, or in learning more about it, please send an email to:
with the subject “PIH Engage”. 

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's first gig was an instant sell-out, and they've been performing ever since. Over the last 30 years, they have spawned hundreds of imitators; indeed, the orchestra often is blamed for the current ukulele revival sweeping communities across the globe. The current ensemble has been playing together for more than 20 years and has become a much-loved national institution. They play ukuleles, they sing, they say funny things, they whistle; but they bring a lot more to the table than that. The "Ukes" are an irresistible entertainment juggernaut that bring us good humor, well-being, and joy with their music.

When: Friday, Oct 16, 7:30 pm
Where: Moss Arts Center
Cost: $20/$45 (non-students), $10/students and children aged 18
and under.

** FREE last minute rush seats are available to Virginia Tech students, but only if you sign up for text notifications. Text “arts” to 31996 and we will add you to our list to receive these notifications. Availability of rush seats vary by performance. Virginia Tech ID will be required for admission.

Latin American Film Symposium

Entitled Film and Phenomenology: Affect, Bodies and Circulations in Latin American Cinema, this two-day symposium brings to Blacksburg preeminent names in the field of Hispanic Cinema Studies.  

When: October 21 and 22
Where: All events will be in Fralin Auditorium, except for the Roundtable Discussion on 10/22 at 5 pm in Durham 261.

Click here for a full listing of events: 

For more information, contact

Call for Entries: An Exhibition of Cultures 

Virginia Tech/ Art + Architecture Library of Cowgill Hall
November 10-12, 2015, 8:00am-5:00pm, Art + Architecture Library, Cowgill Hall
The College of Architecture and Urban Studies extends an invitation to the university community to showcase cultures and countries by celebrating the creative works and objects of art and craftsmanship from various countries and regions: all media welcome - pottery, sculptures, paintings, calligraphy, fabric and so on.

If you have a craft example
to submit, you're in luck! Registration has been extended to October 19, 2015. 

Click here for more
information and to register:

World Statistics Day Celebration: Envisioning the 21st Century Global Land Grant University to Build Research Capacity in Developing Countries

When: Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015
Where: Goodwin Hall Auditorium

FREE and open to the public.

LISA (Virginia Tech's Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) announces the LISA 2020 Program helps scientists, government officials, businesses, and NGOs discover local solutions to local problems by applying statistics and data science. The LISA 2020 goal is to build a global network of 20 statistical collaboration laboratories in developing countries by 2020.

Join new provost Thanassis Rikakis and other speakers as they introduce the LISA 2020 Program to the Virginia Tech and local community and celebrate the success the program has had thus far.

Following the presentation a reception will be held in Goodwin Hall Atrium. 


Check out these online calendars for even more exciting local events and programs!

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