How has the war on terrorism affected the U.S.’s relationships with surrounding countries’ governments and tribal societies? Scholar Harrison Akins will be discussing findings of the book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. The event will be from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in the Great Room in the International House.
International House News
Cultures from around the world will be showcased in the International Dance Competition on Wednesday, March 13. The competition will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium. It’s sponsored by UT’s International House and the Cultural Attractions Committee, and it is free and open to the public. The competition is open to any UT student, faculty member, or staff member.
UT senior Lauren Wurth spent the fall 2010 semester studying at Swansea University in Wales and came home completely enamored with the United Kingdom and all the things she experienced across the pond. When she heard about the Friendship Program through the International House, she thought it might give her the opportunity to befriend international students about to have the same experience she had.
Mark Bryant, who has worked at various universities and traveled the world, has been named the new director of the International House at UT Knoxville. Bryant, who will also serve as an assistant director for UT’s Center for International Education, has twenty years of experience in higher education student affairs.
In the wake of catastrophic flooding that has traumatized Pakistan, the International House and several student organizations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are calling on the campus community to help.
The 25th annual International Festival gave students, faculty, staff and the public a taste of cultures around the globe. Hosted by the International House, the 2010 International Festival featured representatives from 16 cultures, including 13 international groups.
Two noted scholars of religion will lead a discussion about Christianity in the Middle East at the International House on Nov. 18. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., and participants are asked to be seated by 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow.
The Great Decisions Program series kicks off with Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, speaking about Afghanistan and Pakistan.