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International Activities

To complete your certificate, you will need to attend at least two activities with an international focus after you have returned to the U.S. These co-curricular activities may include lecturesperformancesworkshopsvolunteer work, or conferences. You may hear of others from professors, friends, and organizations located both on and off campus. When you attend an activity, keep in mind that you will be writing a reflective essay placing your responses to the activity within the context of the other experiences you have gained while earning the Certificate of Global Studies (including education abroad, language learning, and coursework). You may decide to take notes to this effect during the event. See this link for more info on the reflective essays; please review this info before attending the event.

This page will be updated regularly with events that are already approved for the Certificate of Global Studies. If you'd like to find out if another activity qualifies, please contact the Director of Global Studies, Dr. Rebeccah "Bess" Dawson (, prior to attending. In your email, provide the date, time, location, presenter name, title of presentation, and if possible, a web link to more information so the activity can be added to the list below. 

If you need information about a past event (as you are writing an essay, for example), consult the calendar archive.

All events listed below have free admission, unless specified otherwise.

Please note: due to COVID-19, you may now watch any film in a language other than English and use it as your international activity for one essay. You may also attend any Passport to the World event.

Spring 2021

Date Time Location Event
2/11 1:00 p.m. Zoom “Judaism and the Black Experience,” Bruce Haynes (Zoom PW: BlackJews)
2/11 4:00 p.m. Zoom "Words and Symbols Matter: A Q/A with Satchel Walton on Breaking the Stories about Nazis and Kentucky State Police/Law Enforcement" (Zoom PW: NoNazis)
2/12 7:30 p.m. Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema Film screening: The Salesman (dir. Asghar Farhadi, 2016; co-production between Iran and France)
2/21 5:00 p.m. FB The Making of "Megillat Esther" with JT Waldman
2/25 12:00 p.m. Online; register here "Society in Transition: A Transatlantic Conversation on Black Lives Matter," Silke Hackenesch, University of Cologne and Tiffany Florvil, University of New Mexico
2/25 2:00 p.m. Online; register here "Classics in Brazil, Then & Now," Leni Ribiero Leite, University of Kentucky
2/26 3:30 p.m. Zoom "Salvage Poetics: Looking in Post-Holocaust America at Roman Vishniac's Pre-Holocaust photographs of East European Jews," Sheila Jelen, University of Kentucky
3/2 6:30 p.m. Online; register here "The Study of Greece and Rome in China," Henry Tang
3/4 7:00 p.m. Zoom "The Predicaments of a Palestinian Scholar of Hebrew, 1912-1979," Caroline Kahlenberg (Zoom PW: Hebrew)
3/5 2:00 p.m. Zoom "Dwelling, Distance, Detachment: Messy Migrant Lives," Martin Manalansan IV, University of Minnesota
3/12 2:00 p.m. Zoom "The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora," Roderick Ferguson, Yale University
3/19 1:00 p.m. Zoom Skrzypek as Jewish Stand-In: Fiddler on the Roof in Poland,” Rachel Moss (Zoom PW: Fiddler)
3/19 2:00 p.m. Zoom "The Borders of AIDS: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance," Karma Chávez, University of Texas at Austin
4/2 3:30 p.m. Zoom "On the Discovery of Chiasmus in the Hebrew Bible: A Methodological Critique," Daniel Frese, University of Kentucky
4/8 7:00 p.m. Zoom “Becoming a Latino Jew: The construction of pan-ethnic identities among new immigrants,” Laura Limonic (Zoom PW: Latinx)
4/30 9:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. Zoom "From #BlackLivesMatter to #MilkTeaAlliance: On Asian Americanist Critique and Radical Internationalism," Wen Liu, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taipei (Live at 9:30 a.m., rebroadcast at 2:00 p.m.)