Global Awareness Week

Mon, Feb 4 2013 through Fri, Feb 8 2013

Global Awareness Week aims to inform students about international issues and injustices, while also celebrating diversity and multiculturalism. The goal of the event is to focus on issues that can impact the attitudes of students, staff and faculty and to inspire dialogue and discovery. 

Join us for one of the many activities featured in this cross-campus campaign.

All-day, drop-in events and activities

  • Globally themed displays at all campus libraries and bookstores.
  • International Dining: City Centre Campus Cafeteria, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 5: India
    • Wednesday, February 6: Vietnam
    • Thursday, February 7: Saudi Arabia
    • Friday, February 8:United Kingdom
  • Students' Association of MacEwan University's (SAMU's) Women of the World Exhibit: Wednesday, all day. Room 153, Centre for the Arts & Communications
  • MacEwan International Photo Exhibit: All week. Bookstore display cases - City Centre Campus.
  • Global Knowledge Quiz – throughout the week, City Centre Campus
    • How much do you know about other countries? SAMU volunteers will circulate the campus asking people general questions about different countries and providing information to help increase their cultural knowledge base.
  • Project Hope booth: Main Foyer, Building 6, City Centre Campus
    • On Tuesday, buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize basket. On Wednesday and Thursday, guess the amount of candy in a jar to enter to win. Activities help to promote Project Hope's work abroad, raise awareness of global needs and raise funds for Project Hope's next trip.

Photo exhibits

  • Water for Life: An African Photo Exhibit: Tells the story of the global water and sanitation crisis through the camera lens of internationally renowned and award-winning photographer, Peter Bregg. This exhibit is provided by WaterCan/EauVive. South Campus Library, February 1 - 8.
  • Face2Face with International Development - CIDA Exhibit: Features cut-out figures marked with a QR code that, when scanned with a smart phone, takes you to videos about these women and their work. Face2Face provides an opportunity to learn more about some of the beneficiaries of CIDA-supported projects in developing countries. City Centre Campus Library, February 4 - 8.
  • Water is Key: Features a selection of striking photographs by Gil Garcetti, a former Los Angeles County District Attorney and acclaimed humanitarian photographer. Visit this exhibit and enter to win a copy of Mr. Garcetti's book featuring photos from this exhibit. City Centre Campus Library, all week. 
  • Verge Magazine Travel with Purpose: Features outstanding travel images, shortlisted from over 1,200 entries into the Verge Magazine annual photo contest. MacEwan Room, main floor, Building 6, City Centre Campus. All week.
  • We Get Around” Photo Exhibit - presented by SAMU: The SAMU MacEwan South Facebook page features travel photos taken by South Campus students. Followers can vote on their favourite pics. Voting deadline is February 6. 

 

Scheduled events and activities

Monday, February 4

11:30 a.m. - 
1:30 p.m.
Main foyer and cafeteria, City Centre Campus

Global Mosaic and Showcase: A Celebration of Cultures

A showcase of cultural artifacts, pictures, clothing, food and flags from a variety of countries on display in the foyer. The cafeteria will feature cultural entertainment showcasing international talent.

11:30 a.m. -
1:30 p.m.
Cafeteria, South Campus

SAMU Country Knowledge Game

Pick a name of a country and make guesses about trivia related to it (its continent, capital city, language, etc.) Get points for correct answers; the person with the most points at the end of the day wins a prize!

Tuesday, February 5

11:30 a.m. - 
1:30 p.m.

Cafeteria, Alberta College Campus

 

SAMU Name the Flag

Guess the country that matches the flag Guess correctly, and get the chance to answer more questions about that country - and earn sweet treats.

Video clip screening: "What does water mean to you?"

Presented by SAMU

In January, international students were asked "what does water mean to you?" Watch a video of their answers (given in their native language with subtitles).

12:00 noon

Locations as noted

 

 

SAMU Name Translation

SAMU volunteers will help you translate your names into different languages. 

Main foyer, Building 6, City Centre Campus

Drum Circle

Celebrate the rich, diverse culture at MacEwan University in a drum circle. Facilitated by Marcus Fung.

Cafeteria, City Centre Campus

SAMU film screening: How Racist Are You?

This intriguing documentary is based on Jane Elliot's controversial experiment designed to expose people’s prejudice.

Rm 203, Centre for the Arts & Communications

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Room 5-142,
CN Conference Theatre,
City Centre Campus

Keynote Speaker: Maude Barlow

Canadian water rights activist and author

With guests - Kokopelli Choir 

MC: Rick Harp, host of Edmonton AM, CBC Radio's Edmonton morning show (93.9FM/740AM)

Wednesday, February 6

11:00 a.m. -
1:00 p.m.

Cafeteria, South Campus 

SAMU's Global Awareness Day

Activities include name translation, intercontinental food tasting and a cultural dance performance.

11:00 a.m. -
2:00 p.m.

Main Foyer, Building 6,
City Centre Campus

Education Abroad Fair

Find out how study or working abroad can build skills, enhance cross-cultural understanding and self-confidence, and expand career perspectives. Get information specific to countries, chat with students from our exchange partner universities and hear from MacEwan University students about their experiences abroad.

Project Hope Booth

11:30 a.m. -
1:30 p.m.

Locations as noted

 

SAMU Country Knowledge Game

See description Monday 11:30

Cafeteria, South Campus

Video clip screening: "What does water mean to you?"

Presented by SAMU. See description Tuesday 11:30

Cafeteria, Alberta College Campus

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Room 5-142, CN Conference Theatre,
City Centre Campus

Keynote Speaker
Shalini Kantayya

Filmmaker and eco-activist

 

Thursday, February 7

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
5-142,
CN Theatre
City Centre Campus

Speaker: George Roter, Co-founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

Sponsored by the School of Business

EWB strives to make Canada a model global citizen and to increase access to appropriate technologies in developing communities. EWB’s approach to development focuses on the impact that our actions in Canada have on people overseas and on building capacity in the technical sectors of developing communities.

George is an inspirational speaker who will encourage students, staff and faculty to find their own way to make a difference.

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cafeteria, Centre for the Arts & Communications

Festival of the World

Presented by SAMU

Cultural activities including a henna artist, name translation into other languages and food from around the world. Don't miss Music is a Weapon performing in an interactive drum circle.

11:30 a.m. -
1:30 p.m.

Cafeteria, Alberta College Campus

SAMU Name the Flag

See description, Tuesday 11:30

Video clip screening: "What does water mean to you?"

Presented by SAMU

See description Tuesday 11:30

12:00 noon

Locations as noted

SAMU Name Translation

See description Tuesday noon

Main foyer, Building 6, City Centre Campus

SAMU Flash Mob

What's that sound? Look out for a flash mob choreographed to popular music from around the world. Listen for Korea's Gangnam Style and India's Jai Ho (made famous in Slumdog Millionaire).

Cafeteria, City Centre Campus

2:00 p.m.

Room 9-201, City Centre Campus

SA documentary screening: No Impact Man

Can you save the planet without driving your family crazy? The engaging and entertaining story of Colin Bevan (and his family) as they struggle to make as little environmental impact on the earth as possible - for a whole year.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Robbins Health Learning Centre, The Heart (main floor), City Centre Campus

Keynote Speaker: Jessi Cruikshank

Television host, producer and global activist

MC: Vassy Kapelos, Provincial Affairs Reporter, Global TV Edmonton

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Robbins Health Learning Centre, The Heart (main floor), City Centre Campus

Cocktails for a Cause

Immediately following the keynote, join students, staff, faculty, and representatives from Edmonton community organizations for cocktails, light snacks and progressive conversation. Tickets will be sold at the event for finger foods and a special cocktail, with proceeds going to Ryan's Well Foundation which builds wells for clean and safe water in developing countries.

Friday, February 8

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Muttart Hall
Alberta College Campus

Cultural showcase: Traditional costume fashion show

1:00 p.m.

Cafeteria, City Centre Campus

SAMU Drum Circle

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Main foyer, 106 Street Building, City Centre Campus

Rainbow Spirit Dancers

Presented by the Aboriginal Education Centre and the Global Awareness Week committee

A showcase of Canada's First Nations culture. The Rainbow Spirit Dancers of Edmonton Catholic Schools embrace Aboriginal traditions by performing the songs and stories of their rich ancestry.

Event Details
Date Mon, Feb 4 2013 through Fri, Feb 8 2013
Location
Various locations
Alberta College, City Centre Campus, Centre for the Arts & Communications, South Campus
Faculty/Department MacEwan International
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation, Performance/Recital, Information session