By Mark Sublette

CLEMSON — Clemson University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 15-19, providing an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Events will kick off with the Second Annual World Bazaar, from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Hendrix Student Center with talent and fashion shows, dessert tastings, special children's activities and the display and sale of crafts from around the world. Admission is $3 for students and children, $5 for adults. Children 4 and under get in free. An admission ticket is good for six desserts and access to all activities. This event is open to the public.

The Lee Hall MFA Gallery will host the opening reception for “Rare Birds of the Indian Subcontinent: An Art Show” by Uanqiu Wu of Tangshan, China, at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. The exhibit will be displayed through Friday, Nov. 19. This collection is owned and shared by Murali Pai, a doctoral student in forestry and natural resources. Admission is free.

Also on Monday, Nov. 16, Surabhi, an Indian classical music organization, presents “Raaga Nruthyam: A Voyage through Indian Musical Heritage” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium. This concert will showcase the rich and varied classical music and dance heritage of India. Clemson students will perform and educate the audience about Indian classical dances and instruments. It is free and open to the public.

The political science department will sponsor a lecture titled “Clemson University and the Global Automobile Industry” by Paul Venhovens, BMW Chair for Systems Integration. It will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in room G33 of Jordan Hall. Venhovens will talk about the global automobile industry's rapid growth as globalization gains momentum. It is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 18, International Student Programs, the Gantt Center for Student Life and the O-CHA Tea Bar in Greenville will host International Coffee and Tea Hour in the Edgar Allen Brown University Union Loggia from 4 to 6:30 p.m. This monthly event attracts international and American students alike and often is a meeting place for participants in the Cultural Partner Program.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday the International film “Sons of Lwala” will be screened in meeting room B of the Hendrix Student Center. The film is a documentary about Milton and Fred Ochieng, whose Kenyan village sends them to America to become doctors. The film details their challenge to finish a clinic left incomplete by their father when he dies of AIDS, and the fundraising campaign by students, politicians and a rock band to open the first hospital in the village. A brief introduction will precede the film and there will be a short discussion afterward. Admission is free.

The final event of International Education Week will be a Study Abroad Student Panel from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Student Senate chambers. It will provide an opportunity to hear from study-abroad alumni and ask questions about their experiences overseas on semester and summer study-abroad programs. This panel discussion is free and open to the public.

International Education Week is organized by International Student Programs in the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Center for Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs. A joint initiative of the U.S. departments of state and education, International Education Week was first held in 2000 and today is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.