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International Studies shows "The Dialogue" Nov. 11


Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 14:01

Monday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 pm, the International Studies Department is facilitating a showing of “The Dialogue,” directed by Arnd Wachter, produced by Michigan State University (MSU) and created by Crossing Borders Education (CBE). The event will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building in the Commons. Food and drinks will be provided at the showing of the 70 minute documentary and there will be a discussion afterward.

“My study abroad nerd went wild,” said Emily Hassenstab, manager of Education Abroad and Global Partnerships. “I thought so many people would identify with this experience.”

The showing was suggested by International Programs Director Merry Ellen Turner and organized by Hassenstab. The film will not be available to general audiences until 2014, but CBE and MSU are allowing early viewings for a $250 fee during International Education Week.

“My hope for this movie would be to have study abroad students and internationals come together and share their experiences,” Hassenstab said.

The documentary follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel through China. The film focuses on cross cultural communication, conflict resolution and cultural identity, skills and knowledge Hassenstab said are central to study abroad.

Senior and International Studies Major Megan Lueders is a three time study abroad alumnus. She has traveled to Germany twice and Russia on different programs. She now works at a peer advisor for the Study Abroad Office in Arts and Sciences (ASH) 220, and plans to attend the showing.

“It gives students who haven’t studied abroad or who have no previous international experience opportunities to see how people might grow in their experience,” Lueders said.

International Education Week is a national event and UNO will host a variety of events to raise awareness from Nov. 11 to the 15.

“We do everything from promoting study abroad on campus to getting international students into schools for service,” Hassenstab said. “It runs the gambit.”

This year, among other events, the second annual photo contest will be held in Criss Library, information tables and lectures will pepper campus and international food will be served in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court.  
Since the University of Nebraska system has recognized international education as a prime interest, UNO students have more opportunities. The number of students that study abroad at UNO  increases every year, currently approaching 400 according to the department’s yearly report.

Hassenstab sees the benefits of this engagement. “The Dialogue” highlights stereotypes, culture shock and conflict.

“So much of this can be overcome,” Hassenstab said.


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