Ready for the World News

UT to Host National Multicultural Music Symposium Oct. 8-13

West African dance and drumming at the 2010 symposium.

Educators interested in integrating music into the curriculum to improve student achievement, and musicians who want to hone their craft, are invited to a six-day conference at UT. The ninth biennial National Symposium on Multicultural Music will be held October 8-13. The event is for general music teachers, choral and band directors, university students and professors, and the local community. Participants may earn professional development credit.

Ready for the World Café Kicks Off Fall Luncheon Series with Southern Italy

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The Ready for the World Café, a popular weekly full-service international luncheon series at UT, will begin its fall season Tuesday, September 25, with cuisine from Southern Italy. The community is invited to take a gastronomical journey over the next ten weeks through various regions and cultures of the world.

Entering Honors Students Visit Costa Rica

Costa Rica

For many students, studying abroad is something to dream about after their freshmen year. But one group of UT students studied abroad even before taking their first class on campus. Sixteen new first-year Chancellor’s Honors students studied ecotourism and sustainability in Costa Rica during summer 2012.

Fall 2012 Passports are Here

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The Fall 2012 Ready for the World Passports have arrived and are ready for distribution. The Passport is a free calendar and guide to many of the international and intercultural events taking place on campus and in the community. If you would like Passports to distribute to your classes, contact Amy Blakely at or 974-5034.

UT Hosts International Students for Unique Engineering Program

More than ninety students from developing countries will converge on the UT campus next month for a College of Engineering program to learn cutting-edge industrial engineering practices and gain cultural experiences. The program, called the Lean Enterprise Summer Program, is intended to allow students from different cultures to work together to accrue the technical knowledge of the practice of creating more value for consumers while using fewer resources and eliminating waste.

Confucius Institute to Open; Will Provide Educational, Cultural Activities

A Confucius Institute will soon open on campus, expanding opportunities for UT students and others to learn Chinese, experience Chinese culture, and travel abroad. Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions run in cooperation with Chinese partner universities and typically offer for-credit and non-credit Chinese language courses, sponsor cultural activities, and help local schools provide more education about China.

Civil Rights Class is Hitting the Road This Mini-Term

The civil rights movement of the 1960s was started and perpetuated by college students who risked their safety and even their lives for the cause. History professor Cynthia Fleming is taking her UT students back to the scene of these events to revisit history through firsthand accounts.

Time to Submit Items for Ready for the World Fall Passport

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It’s time to begin submitting your events, activities, speakers, and programs to be included in the Ready for the World Passport for the fall semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. Faculty, staff, and students are urged to use an electronic form to quickly and easily provide information about events related to the international and intercultural initiative. Submissions are due Friday, May 18.

UT’s Ready for the World Café Delivers a Taste of Life in Persia

The Ready for the World Café will venture to Persia on Tuesday, April 17, to give diners a taste of the Middle East. The lunch will consist of intermezzo, or small appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert. Advance tickets are available in the Jessie Harris Building or at 974-6645. The cost is $12, and the faculty–staff discount applies.