International Week 2014

Global issues confront us daily – climate change and environmental devastation, conflict and terrorism, economic crises, poverty and disease.

And every day around the world people are engaged in efforts to find solutions and create alternatives to improve the world.

International Week 2014 will provide opportunities to hear about innovative research, projects and communities contributing to a hopeful future. We want to inspire you with the creativity and determination of ordinary and extraordinary people.

You will find films, theatre presentations, dance lessons, art making and other interactive exhibits – more than 60 free events.

Whether the solutions they offer are widely known or still works in progress, we believe these people and events will help to encourage you to create the world you wish to see.

Keynote Presentations

  • Alex SteffenAlex Steffen – One of the world’s leading voices on sustainability, social innovation and planetary futurism.
  • FRANK Solutions – Our own take on a certain popular series of talks. Four short, fast paced presentations that will show you how UAlberta professors are working to make a healthier world.
  • Closing the Gap: Improving Aboriginal Health – A discussion of innovative programs and practices implemented to improve the health status of Aboriginal peoples in Canada
  • Sujeet Sennik – Canadian designer, writer and activist. Active in raising awareness in the wake of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh.
  • Severn Cullis-Suzuki – Cultural and environmental advocate and writer.
  • Dr. N’Dri Assié-Lumumba – Professor of African and Diaspora education, social institutions, African social history, and the study of gender in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University.

Prior and Ongoing Events & Exhibits

Get excited for I-Week even before it officially starts! Take in (pre)I-Week events, like a screening of the CBC fifth estate documentary Made in Bangladesh or Celebrate on SUB Stage, lunch-hour performances in the Student’s Union Building.

Be inspired by images of a global health and well-being in the I-Week Photo exhibit or add your suggestions for a healthier world to the I-Week chalkboards.

Monday, January 27

I-Week officially kicks off at noon with Alex Steffen’s keynote address. Monday wraps up with another event highlight: Closing the Gap: Improving Aboriginal Health.

Tuesday, January 28

A packed-full day of events, from a lunch-box screening of short films and an eco-friendly clothing swap, to a panel discussion on foreign interventions in developing countries. Clothing production in the fashion industry comes into focus during Sujeet Sennik’s evening address.

Wednesday, January 29

It starts with Afro-Cuban body movements and ends with a talk from cultural and environmental advocate Severn Cullis-Suzuki.

But don't miss the in-between…explore issues like maternal health in Ethiopia, the ill effects of social media, or the recently-strained relations between the EU and the Ukraine.

Thursday, January 30

Discover how motorcycle ambulances are improving health care access in remote regions of Asia. Learn new skills to support friends around you who may be in distress.

Hear about Africa’s challenges in higher education from Dr. N’Dri Assié-Lumumba, a leading scholar from Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Centre. And it’s Youth Day too!

Friday, January 31

lunar year of the horseI-Week momentum continues Friday with Pan-Asian-New-Year-inspired programming, plus more thoughtful-provoking discussions.

Learn about the emotional impact of human rights advocacy from those assisting former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr, the Canadian man who pleaded guilty to five war crimes against the US following his arrest in Afghanistan in 2002.

It’s a double feature with Robert Fox of Oxfam Canada. In his morning session, he makes the case that ending global poverty begins with women’s rights; in the afternoon, he examines the impact of some of the world’s biggest food and beverage companies through Oxfam’s food justice scorecard.

Saturday, February 1

I-Week wraps up with Jhankaar, a colourful, lively, annual concert organized by the Indian Students’ Association. It’s an evening of cultural treats and creative performances.


I-Week wouldn't be possible without the support of our sponsors, both on campus and from the greater Edmonton community.


About I-Week

International Week is the largest annual education extracurricular event on campus and fosters global citizenship through engagement with today's most pressing issues.

One of the University of Alberta’s signature events, International Week (or I-Week) features free events designed to instigate new thoughts, inspire discussions and animate debates on current global issues. I-Week’s award-winning program is developed each year in partnership with all segments of the U of A community—students, staff and faculty—as well as government departments, non-governmental organizations and civil society.

“International Week is a key activity of the University of Alberta integrating learning, discovery and citizenship. I-Week enhances the global perspective and intercultural climate of our campus: inspires students, faculty and staff to engage in activities that develop leadership, and foster social and moral responsibility: and supports community engagement by linking the local and global, the near and the far. All of these are integral to our vision and mission. I am proud of International Week’s contribution to global education and global citizenship through its 25 year history.” - University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera, 2010

In 2009, International Week won the Canadian Bureau of International Education's Outstanding Program Award for high quality and highly creative programming in international education.

Interested in previous International Week programming?

Over 60 free events. Seats available on a first-come-first-served basis (unless indicated).

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