International Week 2015

January 26-30, 2015

I-Week UN tent

Photo by Graham Holliday (Flickr Creative Commons)

For the past 30 years, International Week (I-Week) has brought students, staff, faculty, and community members together to explore the critical issues that span the globe and affect us all. Why do we do it?

To expand our global consciousness, foster collaboration, and inspire actions – big and small – that make the world a better place for everyone. I-Week is about exchanging ideas, sharing our talents, and standing together “for a better world”.

A better world is a world where we can resolve conflict peacefully and constructively. Unfortunately, new wars in Ukraine and the Middle East and prolonged conflicts in Sudan, Afghanistan, and Syria (to name a few) continue to plague not only the people in these countries but neighbouring countries as well.

This year, I-Week programming--running January 26-30--will try to make sense of the world’s most current and pressing conflicts. We will consider causes, consequences and possible solutions, and will devote special attention to the plight of refugees and displaced persons.

Call for Proposals

We welcome the Edmonton and campus communities – professors, academic and other university units, student groups, local and international groups, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations – to host and coordinate sessions for International Week.

Your session may take the form of a workshop, lecture, film screening, discussion, theatrical presentation, exhibit or whatever format best suits your subject matter. You may choose to sponsor a speaker or construct a panel dealing with a particular issue.

Due to the overwhelming response to our call for proposals and the limited time and space available for I-Week sessions, we will be evaluating proposals for their adherence to this year’s focus: conflict.

We are interpreting conflict broadly and will consider proposals that explore:

  • Political conflict (war & terrorism, political oppression)
  • Ecological conflict (disruptions to and changes in ecological systems)
  • Economic conflict (competition for resources, increasing economic inequality)
  • Social conflict (discrimination and racism)

Proposals that consider the connection between conflict and human displacement or refugee populations will be given preference.

You may focus on local issues so long as you do so in a manner constant with this broad theme and the topic's global relevance.

Deadline to submit proposals is Monday, November 3, 2014.

Lisa Lozanski, Global Education Coordinator
(780) 248-2040

Photo Contest

For the I-Week photo contest, we're seeking photos that explore the notions of home and belonging--images that showcase different cultural, geographical, and socio-economic perspectives. Learn more...


Are you an animated announcer?...a brilliant blogger?...someone who just likes to help out and get involved?

Then join our exciting I-Week volunteer team!

There are plenty of duties--everything from setting up events and hanging banners, to introducing speakers and publicizing I-Week events.

It's a great way to develop new skills and build your resume. 

Learn more...

About I-Week

International Week is the largest annual education extracurricular event on campus and fosters global citizenship through engagement with today's most pressing issues.

One of the University of Alberta’s signature events, International Week (or I-Week) features free events designed to instigate new thoughts, inspire discussions and animate debates on current global issues. I-Week’s award-winning program is developed each year in partnership with all segments of the U of A community—students, staff and faculty—as well as government departments, non-governmental organizations and civil society.

“International Week is a key activity of the University of Alberta integrating learning, discovery and citizenship. I-Week enhances the global perspective and intercultural climate of our campus: inspires students, faculty and staff to engage in activities that develop leadership, and foster social and moral responsibility: and supports community engagement by linking the local and global, the near and the far. All of these are integral to our vision and mission. I am proud of International Week’s contribution to global education and global citizenship through its 25 year history.” - University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera, 2010

In 2009, International Week won the Canadian Bureau of International Education's Outstanding Program Award for high quality and highly creative programming in international education.

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