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FSW Celebrates International Education Week with Special Events

Oct 31, 2017

OCTOBER 31, 2017 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College celebrates International Education Week with a variety of events and guest speakers from Nov. 13-17, at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. All events are hosted by the FSW Center for International Education (CIE) and are free and open to the public.

“International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.”

A schedule of the week’s events follows:

Monday, Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m., Building U, Room 102

Journeys: A Panel Discussion

Learn about the experiences and journeys of several FSW faculty and staff members who were immigrants to the United States. Dr. Bruno Baltodano, Sarah Paspe, and Garnett Salmon will share a bit about their journeys to America.


Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m., Building AA, Room 177

Authors@FSW – Alma Flor Ada and Lee Bennett Hopkins

International author Alma Flor Ada will share stories about her life, experiences and the prejudices she’s faced as a Cuban-American. Award-winning author and poet Lee Bennett Hopkins will join her for a book signing following the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event.


Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m., Building P, Room 102

Equi-libra: A Writer’s Journey to Connect

FSW Professor and fiction author Marty Ambrose discusses “Equi-libra,” the theme of the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, which loosely translates into “equality through books,” and how a sense of place creates “voice” in a story.


Thursday, Nov. 16, noon-7 p.m., Multiple Locations

Annual Diversity Celebration                                               

International dance groups will perform throughout the day, and winners of FSW’s student Diversity Essay and Poetry Contest will read excerpts of their winning submissions.

Kuumba Dancers – Noon and 4 p.m., on the lawn behind Building I

Diversity Essay and Poetry Contest Reading – 12:30 p.m., on the lawn behind Building I

Bollywood Dancers Tanuja and Terry – 1:45 p.m., Building J-103

Sultan Dancers – 2 p.m., Building J-103

Polynesian Dancers – 6 p.m., on the lawn behind Building I

CIE’s mission is to support cultural awareness, global citizenship, and an appreciation of varied global perspectives through curricular and co-curricular experiences. CIE aims to support the FSW community in developing international activities that stimulate academic inquiry and enhance the institution’s cultural dialogue. CIE will facilitate transformative experiences empowering participants to become catalysts of growth and positive change at FSW and the greater community.

For more information, contact Whitney Rhyne, director, Strategic Initiatives, at (239) 433-6943 or

About The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. We accomplish this mission through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries.


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit for more information.

Last Updated: October 31, 2017

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