News Releases

November 5, 2013
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Chato Hazelbaker
Chief Communications Officer

Telephone: 360-992-2921


A World of Learning

International Education Week


Clark College's fifth annual International Education Week
brings a global perspective to learning


Vancouver, WA— Clark College will host a wide range of public events—including films, music, speakers, and panel discussions—during its observance of International Education Week, November 18-21, 2013.

This year’s theme is “The Language of Learning: Creating a Sense of Place.”

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to highlight the importance of international education and cultural exchange.

All events are free and open to the public.

Some highlights include:

Nov. 18: The Columbia Writers Series opens its 2013-14 season with readings by Ismet Prcic and Zachary Schomburg, winners of the Oregon Book Award in Fiction and Poetry, respectively. Prcic, who teaches theatre at Clark, has received widespread recognition for his debut novel, Shards, which draws from his experience growing up in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  

Nov. 19: Members of “Chinatown dance rock” band The Slants discuss their role as Asian-Americans in rock music, as well as their very public dispute with the United States Patent and Trademark Office over the band’s name. Afterward, the band gives a free performance in Gaiser Student Center.

Nov. 19: As part of Clark’s highly respected Faculty Speaker Series, Spanish professor Erika Nava discusses how online learning can be used to teach what is often thought of as a subject that must be taught in person—namely, foreign languages.

Nov. 20: An “International Read-In” brings Clark College instructors, students and others to read favorite poems or short stories by international writers and/or in various languages.

Nov. 21: Senegalese musician Parfait Bassale performs at noon in Gaiser Student Center. Bassale uses music in his work in international conflict resolution.

Nov. 21: The Clark College Spanish Club hosts a screening of Santo Contra las Mujeres Vampiro (Santo Versus the Vampire Women), with free pan dulce and coffee.

For a full list of IEW events, visit

All events take place at Clark’s main campus, located at 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way in Vancouver, Wash.

Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services (DSS) Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-991-0901 (VP). The DSS office is located in room 137 in Clark’s Gaiser Hall.