International Educational Week, a cultural change
November 15, 2007 9:37 AM
Denmark was the first country to legalize pornography. Courtney Oxxen, 21, wouldn’t have known this interesting tidbit if she hadn’t attended the World at a Glance presentation about that country on the morning of Nov. 13.
“I had no idea,” Oxxen said. “But I’m of the opinion that Denmark is kind of heaven, so it didn’t surprise me.”
The World at a Glance Culture Series is a sequence of presentations about various countries offered by locals of those regions. The series is part of SF State’s International Education Week (IEW), which runs until Friday.
Nanna Pedersen and David Flenstrup, two visiting Danes, fielded questions such as, “Is housing easy to find?’ and “You guys have 7-Eleven, right?” from the six-member audience during their World At a Glance session.
“[In Denmark] junk-food is expensive,” Pedersen said to the students gathered around the table. “I think a McDonald’s Meal is round $10. But, they have hot dog stands all around.”
Dozens of events during IEW are designed to teach students about the culture of other countries and, possibly, entice them into studying abroad, said Marilyn Jackson, who dressed in a purple Indian sari for the Office of International Program’s (OIP) open house on Tuesday afternoon.
“We are trying to get more Americans interested in international education,” Jackson said. “Less than one percent of the population has studied abroad.”
This is SF State’s 8th annual IEW, which occurs at campuses all over the country.
Thursday and Friday; cultural events include World at a Glance presentations on Mexico and Chile among others, CultureFest and A Night in Asia. Check out a bright orange IEW program booklet for more information.
And, yes, Denmark does have 7-Eleven.
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