International Week 2015

International Week 2015

I-Week UN tent

Photo by Graham Holliday (Flickr Creative Commons)

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.

Keynote Presentations

Gwynne Dyer
Award-winning author, historian and independent journalist

Edward Burtynsky
Renowned Canadian photographer

Jennifer Hyndman
UAlberta alumna and Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University

Obiageli Ezekwesili
Former Nigerian Minister of Education and Vice President of the World Bank's Africa Division, Co-founder of Transparency International, and the driving force behind the #bringbackourgirls campaign

Right Honourable Kim Campbell
Canada’s 19th prime minister

Seeking a Home...By the Numbers

In 2013, 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. If these 51.2 million were a nation, they would make up the 26th largest in the world.

Developing countries host 86 percent of the world’s refugees. Top host countries include Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Kenya.

In the first half of 2014, Canada registered 5,800 new asylum applications, a 29% increase compared to the same period in 2013.

Learn more facts about displaced persons.


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

Visual Identity

I-Week received a new look for 2015. Learn more about the design.

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.

Interested in previous International Week programming?

Program Guide

I-Week 2015 Program Guide (PDF)

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