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Exhibit: International Education Week 2011


International Education Week 2011

Celebrating UC Merced's 5th Annual International Education Week, this multimedia exhibit features objects and photographs highlighting the international heritage of participating UCM students, faculty & staff. Countries represented include Laos, Romania, Italy, Switzerland and the United States.

What is International Education Week?

International Education Week (IEW) is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. See the official national site at

Also see UC Merced’s IEW site at

Some photos's descriptions:

Photo 1: April 2010, in Ceres, California. My daughter and nieces showing their Lao pride during the Lao New Year festival.Alisak Sanavongsay, UC Merced Library

Photo 2: June 2011, in Merced, California. My daughter Talina helping her grandma wrap pastry in banana leaves to be steamed.Alisak Sanavongsay, UC Merced Library

Photo 3: 1950s. This is a photo of my parents from when they lived in Japan. My mother is from Puerto Rico.Mary Weppler-Selear, UC Merced Library

Photo 4: 1881, from Switzerland. Home certification of the community of Hutwyl, County of Trachselwald, Canton Bern for my great-great-grandparents, Karl and Rosina.Teal Smith, UC Merced Library

Photo 5: Early 1880s, in Switzerland. This photo is of my great grandfather’s brothers, Otto and Charley.Teal Smith, UC Merced Library