Center For International Affairs
Case Western Reserve University
Tomlinson Hall, Room 143
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106-7031
Telephone: 216.368.2517

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Social Policies in the Netherlands: Heaven or Hell?

The Department of Bioethics Conference Room, School of Medicine
Friday, 11/15/2013 11:00AM – 12:00PM

This conversation will examine how the United States and the Netherlands, two liberal, wealthy, and technologically- sophisticated democracies, handle difficult social problems that are common to all societies. Specifically, our discussion will focus on policies concerning prostitution, recreational drugs, and euthanasia. In the United States, the approach has generally been one of “war” against problematic behaviors; the Dutch focus on harm reduction rather than elimination. Participants will be challenged to examine their own cultural assumptions, traditions, and experiences.
Please RSVP to Deborah Hawkins

From Russia to Cleveland: Politics, Sports & the LGBT Experience

Clark Hall, Room 206 (Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities)
Friday, 11/15/13 12:30 - 2:00 PM

The Center for International Affairs, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBT), and the Department of Physical Education and Athletics take a look at the Russian/Winter Olympics situation as it relates to politics and the LGBT community. Through a panel of speakers we will learn more about the GG9 (Gay Games 2014) held in Cleveland, and explore how global thinking at a local level has been incorporated into preparing to host athletes and visitors from all over the country and the world, with a goal of creating an inclusive experience for all.

Culinary Club: Spanish Cuisine

House 4 Village @115
Friday, 11/15/13, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

CWRU Culinary Club's second cooking session for the 2013 Fall semester. The event is open to all CCC members and interested students. Students will learn how to make an assortment of Spanish dishes and to utilize unique techniques. Currently we have planned: Tortilla de Patatas, Chicharrones, Paella, and Churros.

Middle Eastern Culture Association Fall Hafleh

The Spot, Leutner Commons, NRV
Friday, 11/15/2013, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Fall Hafleh: food, dancing, and fun! Hafleh means party in Arabic.
Tickets: $5-7
Contact: Yssra Soliman

Thanksgiving Dinner

Inamori Center, Crawford Hall
Friday, November 15 at 7 PM

The Case Western Reserve International Club and the Center for International Affairs host a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner- turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and more. The dinner is a great opportunity to celebrate and give thanks. Students, families, and friends are all welcome. Seating is limited to 100 guests, so plan to purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets will be available in the International Student Services Office, 143 Tomlinson Hall, prior to the event. The cost is: $3 for undergraduate students, $5 for graduate students and guests, $1 for children age seven and younger. The event always sells out and tickets are not sold at the door.

Black Comedy

Eldred Theatre, 2070 Adelbert Road
Friday, November 15 at 8 PM

This event also occurs on following dates: November 16, 22 & 23 at 8 PM and November 17 & 24 at 2:30 PM
The wild British farce follows the antics of a “borrowing” gone bad. After helping himself to an absent neighbor’s treasures in order to impress his fiancée and her family, a sculptor desperately tries to return to them before circumstances take a turn back to the light.
Tickets: $10 single ticket $7 adults 60+ and CWRU Faculty/Staff $5 Students with ID

Verne Gallery

2207 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland
Friday, 11/15/2013, 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Gallery exhibition of contemporary Japanese artists, paintings and prints.

Throughout IEW

Tackk Poster Contest

Create a Tackk: Win a $100 Gift Card! As part of International Education Week, the Center for International Affairs is hosting an international Tackk themed poster contest. A Tackk is a quick and easy way to make an informative webpage – even from your phone! Entering the online poster contest is easy:

  1. Go to and create a free account
  2. Think “What is International Flavor to me?” (it doesn’t have to be about food!) and create your first Tackk about that theme
  3. Hashtag it twice with #InternationalFlavor and #CWRU
  4. Share, Share, Share and follow the Tackkboard, #InternationalFlavor to see your competition
  5. Still not sure? Here is a how-to:

Winners will be picked by most views/shares ($50 gift card) or by being voted as “Best Tackk” in the competition ($100 gift card). Contest ends on November 15th.

Voices Worth Hearing, Art Worth Sharing

Tomlinson Hall Lobby

Cleveland is home to thousands of international refugees (some may be your neighbors). Award-winning photographers Steve Cagan, Donald Black Jr., and Gabriel Gonzalez were each embedded in the daily lives and experiences of three local refugee families, capturing their joys, challenges and transplanted cultures on film. The result is a powerful black-and-white photography exhibit created to introduce real people with real stories.

Bon Appétit presents International Food in Cafeterias

Mon, November 11th - European food at Fribley Dining Hall
Tue, November 12th - Middle Eastern food at Tomlinson Marketplace
Wed, November 13th - Asian food at Leutner Dining Hall
Thu, November 14th - Hispanic food at BRB Cafe
Fri, November 15th - Each of the 4 main campus cafes mentioned above will highlight one healthy international dish.

CWRU Study Abroad Facebook Giveaways

Check the CWRU Study Abroad Facebook pages for chances to win gift cards and more!

Julian Stanczak: A RETROSPECTIVE – The Genesis of Perceptual Art

Kelvin Smith Library – First Floor Gallery (Through 11/19/2013)

Julian Stanczak is a world renowned painter and pioneer in Optical Art.  His work is featured in four exhibitions at CWUR Kelvin Smith Library.  Stanczak was born in Poland in 1928 and imprisoned in a Siberian Labor camp during WWII.  While there, he permanently lost the use of his right arm.  He eventually made his way to a Polish refugee camp in Uganda where he learned to paint and write with his left hand. 
The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library's regular business hours.

Around the World in 80 Books

Kelvin Smith Library, Hatch Reading Room, 2nd Floor (Through 11/29/2013)

An exhibit of 80 books and manuscripts from the library’s Special Collections, University Archives and circulating collections that illustrate different perspectives on travel from around the world over a broad range of time periods.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library's regular business hours.

Nature's Mating Games: Beyond the Birds and the Bees

Natural History Museum (Through 4/27/2014)

This unforgettable exhibition, showcasing animals from around the globe, takes a provocative look at the birds and the bees. It was created by the Natural History Museum in London by evolutionary biologists, animal behavior experts and museum curators. The exhibit brings together astonishing photography and surprising film footage with more than 100 Museum specimens to showcase the diverse mating strategies in the animal kingdom. The exhibit is recommended for those ages 13 and older.
Tickets: Adults: $12 Youths: $10.00 College students with ID: $10.00 Seniors: $10.00
Exhibit hours and ticket information: