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Kean University Celebrates International Education Week

UNION, NJ - Kean University will celebrate International Education Week, from Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19, with a series of movies, guest lectures and other activities that examine culture and conflicts from around the world. The events are free and open to the public. All events will be held on the university’s main campus, located at 1000 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J., as follows:

Monday, November 15

3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Human Rights Institute Gallery

International Movie Screening: The Milk of Sorrow/La Teta Asustada (Peru)

In the aftermath of Peru's violent and repressive former regime, many young women bear emotional scars that have been passed on to them by their victimized mothers. For the withdrawn Fausta, this legacy is a crippling burden that informs the most intimate aspects of her life.

Tuesday, November 16

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cougars Den

An Afternoon of Flamenco

Voices filled with anguish and pain in cante jondo; rhythms of happiness and joy in sevillanas and rumbas. Flamenco is always filled with passion and intensity, qualities that impart an expressiveness that speaks to the audience.

*Wednesday, November 17

12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Human Rights Institute Gallery

International Movie Series: Defiance (Eastern Europe)

Based on Dr. Nechama Tech’s novel about four Jewish brothers living in Nazi-occupied Poland who escape into the forest where they join up with Russian resistance fighters in battling the Nazis. Throughout the war, they built a village inside the forest and saved the lives of more than 1,200 other Jews. Defiance is based on a true story.

3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Human Rights Institute Gallery

Lecture and discussion with Dr. Nechama Tec, professor emeriti of sociology at the University of Connecticut and author of several books, including Defiance: The Bielski Partisans.

Tec was born in Lublin, Poland, to a family of Polish Jews in 1931 and was 8 years old in 1939 when Poland was invaded by Germany. She survived the Holocaust thanks to her life being saved by Polish Catholics. After the war, she immigrated to Israel and later moved to the United States, where she earned a doctorate at Columbia University. She is the mother of film director Roland Tec.

A Holocaust scholar, Tec’s research and publications have explored the intricate relationships between self-preservation, compassion, altruism, rescue, resistance, cooperation and gender. In 2002, Tec was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Council of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. She also serves on the Academic Advisory Committee at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Tec has also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and as a scholar-in-residence at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Human Rights Institute Gallery

Defiance book signing by Dr. Nechama Tec. Copies of the book can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble campus bookstore, located in the University Center. Order by Friday, November 12.

Thursday, November 18

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success lobby

International Flavors: Come and enjoy desserts, coffee, and tea from around the world.

Friday, November 19

3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Human Rights Institute Gallery

International Movie Series: The Last King of Scotland (Uganda)

A Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin. Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery--and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive.

For more information on International Education Week at Kean University, please contact the Office of International Student Services at 908.737.0350 or

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.