International Education Week 2009

NOVEMBER 11 – 20, 2009

Contact — Office of International Programs and Services – 828.227.7494
Chris Pedo – International Student Advisor –


In November 2009, the Office of International Programs and Services will promote and sponsor International Education Week 2009 (IEW) across the WCU campus and into the surrounding community of Cullowhee. IEW is an avenue for WCU students, faculty and staff to become more aware of and/or better understand cultural similarities and differences that make up the world at large. Organizers of IEW seek to:

  • Foster a greater sense of internationalism on the WCU campus
  • Encourage more awareness of other peoples, cultures, world affairs and their influences on human life
  • Inform WCU and her surrounding community on the various ways in which WCU continues to engage in international and educational cultivation
  • Inspire a stronger commitment among WCU students, faculty, and staff to become more globally-minded

A key element of the IEW theme — is to identify the myriad of challenges that WALLS present — as barriers to freedom — to all who live either within and/or outside of them. If one considers life as meaningless, then one must see that notion as an opportunity to give life a meaning. If it is precisely because life has no meaning in advance, then one is justified in creating a meaning. If one sees nothing as fixed, and that one is born by chance, then, perhaps, human existence indeed makes no sense at all. So, it is up to us all to give life a meaning — French Philosopher Patrick Vauday.

Throughout the week of November 16-20, various cultural and educational events will occur at specified locations on the Cullowhee campus. Please check the detailed schedule for exact program, date, time, and location (TBA soon). Anyone who would like to participate in the organization of IEW 2009, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of International Programs and Services — 828.227.7494 or email:

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

On the morning of August 13, 1961, the residents of East Berlin found themselves cut off from family, friends, and jobs in the West by a tangle of barbed wire that ruthlessly split a city of four million in two. Within days the barbed-wire entanglement would undergo an extraordinary metamorphosis: it became an imposing 103-mile-long wall guarded by three hundred watchtowers. A physical manifestation of the struggle between Soviet Communism and American capitalism that stood for nearly thirty years, the Berlin Wall was the high-risk fault line between East and West on which rested the fate of all humanity — excerpt from The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989 — by Frederick Taylor

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

In 2009, Berlin is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Wall. A number of museums are organizing exhibitions and other events dealing with Germany’s and Berlin’s partition, the watershed events of 1989 and German reunification. These include an open-air exhibition at the House at Checkpoint Charlie recounting the history of this important site. Checkpoint Charlie is the former East-West border crossing at Friedrichstrasse, which came to symbolize the international confrontation between opposing power blocs and its ending through the peaceful revolution.