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This year's International Education Week runs Friday, October 23 - Friday, October 30. Check out our list of events below to join us in celebrating our diverse population of international students here at Lehigh University!

All Week

The Great Worldwide Lehigh Pumpkin* Carving Contest

Pumpkins = Halloween, right? Well, it wasn't always that way. The popular U.S. custom of carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns comes from the Celtic tradition of carving lanterns out of turnips and other root vegetables to ward off evil spirits. New immigrants to the U.S. found pumpkins more common than turnips - and easier to carve. So now every October, we cut up orange squash!

Pumpkin, turnip, pepper, or pineapple, whether you're in Bethlehem or learning remotely, we want to see your best produce- carving skills!

Can’t find a pumpkin or vegetable? This is your chance to get creative. Draw, paint, weld, or otherwise create something pumpkin themed. We cant wait to see what you come up with!

Submissions to the contest are due by October 28th at midnight ET. Email pictures of your creations to Finalists will be announced via @LehighAfterDark instagram stories and everyone can vote on their favorites! Contest categories include: best Lehigh theme, best international theme, best non-pumpkin carving, fan favorite, 2020 theme, best faculty/staff entry.

Friday, October 23

Filipino Culture Night
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Hosted by Adrian Suarez

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Garba Night
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Hosted by South Asian Students Association

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Monday, October 26

Conversations of Democracy: What does leadership mean to you?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

An open discussion about how today's actions shape tomorrow's world with an interactive quiz and prizes.

Hosted by the Lehigh Fulbright Association

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Study Abroad Trivia
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

This event will give students an overview of all the different types of international programs available. Students will learn more about the process involved in integrating an international experience into their time at Lehigh in a fun and interactive way.

Hosted by the Study Abroad Office

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Iacocca International Internship Program Information Session
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Come learn more about the Iacocca International Internship Program!

Hosted by the Iacocca International Internship Program

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United Nations 75th Anniversary Celebration
4:30 pm EDT

Celebrate United Nations Day and the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations with Youth Representatives to the United Nations. Panels of current and past Youth Representatives will come together to share their experiences, discuss the Sustainable Development Goals, and share ways to get involved with youth empowerment opportunities at the United Nations and beyond.

Hosted by UN Youth Representatives

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The Global Rise of Authoritarianism and Nativism: The example of US Gun Culture with Professor Chad Kautzer
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Join Douglass Dialogues for an discussion about the global rise of authoritarianism and nativism with Professor Chad Kautzer.

From Kautzer: We have witnessed authoritarian populists come to power around the world, pledging to defend “the people” against corrupt elites and racialized Others. Emergency measures, attacks on independent media, and nativist justifications for hardened borders soon follow. Although these developments may appear sudden, they draw strength from decades-old social, cultural, and economic tendencies. In this talk, I discuss how the militarization of both civilian gun culture and law enforcement in the United States since the 1970s has shaped our particular form of authoritarianism. I pay particular attention to the notions of freedom and sovereignty that have animated this tactical turn in U.S. gun culture.

All are welcome! Find a link to optional readings and resources in the most recent @the_douglass_dialogues Instagram post!

Zoom Link/Meeting ID:, Meeting ID: 918 6274 5421

Hosted by Douglass Dialogues

Choosing a Career that Increases Global Economic Resiliency
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Join us for an evening panel discussion that will explore pathways to careers in sustainability and discuss key considerations to identify jobs that support economic resiliency at a local, regional, national, and global level.

Hosted by the Office of Fellowship Advising and UN Partnership

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Tuesday, October 27

All Things Global
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Learn about upcoming programs, internships, and events from the Office of International Affairs!

Hosted by the Office of International Affairs

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Wednesday, October 28

International Career Perspectives Roundtable
9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT

Develop professionally to achieve your career goals!

Hosted by the Center for Career and Professional Development and the Office of International Students and Scholars

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Zoom Around the World
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Learn about places you can go by meeting past participants and students from around the world!

Hosted by the Study Abroad Office and the Office of International Students and Scholars

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Iacocca Global Village Scholarships Info Session
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Learn about the five open scholarships to the Iacocca Global Village to current Lehigh students (first years through seniors who will graduate in May 2021). Talk with a panel of current scholarship recipients and Global Villagers from around the world to learn about this exciting program and how the Iacocca Institute brings the world to Lehigh University every summer.

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Discussion with Middle Eastern Entrepreneur, Alaa Balkhy
5:30 pm EDT

Hop in for an interactive discussion with Alaa Balky! Alaa has founded/co-founded brands and magazines all centered around her artistic direction, culture. Her ventures went on to work with big names such as Rimmel and Netflix. Our discussion will center on her work on culture.

Hosted by the Middle Eastern Student Union

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Thursday, October 29

United States Election 101
8:00 am - 9:00 am EDT

Hosted by the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Political Science Department

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Political Uncertainties: What can you do when you can't vote?
9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT

The weight of the US 2020 election can be particularly heavy for folks who are visitors in this country. Let's come together to carry together. Join UCPS and the international student community to talk about what fears and feelings we are bringing into this election season and to explore how we can tap individual and collective resilience to persevere.

Hosted by UCPS and OISS

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LUAG@Lunch: Student Guide Series with Juliana Forero Arevalo '24
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT

We have a great program offered by a Lehigh student in conjunction with our EQUILIBRAR: Strength in Community exhibition that will be taking place this Thursday that will discuss Latin American values and it's affects on the feminist agenda through works of art from the LUAG collection. 

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Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: A Business Advantage
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

The LU/UN Partnership and the International Labour Organization Presents:

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: A Business Advantage

Featuring renowned speakers from the ILO, Temple University and Dr. Donald Outing, Lehigh University VP for Equity and Community

Sponsored by the LU/UN Partnership, International Labour Organization, The Center for Career & Professional Development and the American Association of University Women

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Thai Origami Night
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

In this event, we will be demonstrating how to make Thai origami. The material needed is simply a piece of paper. The participants are encouraged to post a picture of the final products on their social media account story with the hashtag, #ThaiOrigami.

Hosted by the Thai Student Association

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Lehigh After Dark- Speed Friending Round 2
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Hosted by the Global Union, the Office of International Students and Scholars, Chinese Student and Scholar Association, Asian Cultural Society, International Voices, SPEAK, South Asian Students Association, and Southeast Asia at Lehigh.

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Friday, October 30

Asian Cultural Society x SEAL Asian Pop Culture Kahoot!
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm EDT

Kahoot game about Asian pop culture (with prizes)!

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African Student Association Culture Night
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

A showcase of different cultures in Africa!

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