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New Zealand is the focus of Montana State University International Education Week

Montana State University will focus on New Zealand and its indigenous peoples during International Education Week this month.

A comparison of the economies of New Zealand and Montana, and a discussion of sustainability initiatives in both places, will highlight Montana State University’s International Education Week 2011, set for October 24-28. This year the week will celebrate the culture and traditions of the island country of New Zealand. All events are free and open to the public.

MSU professors Sarah Codd and Paul Gannon and New Zealand physicists Andrew Coy and Shaun Hendy, will discuss “Prosperity via a Sustainable Economy” via a live video connection from New Zealand at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27, in room 103 of the MSU’s EPS Building.

Coy is a physicist and CEO of Magritek Ltd. of Wellington, New Zealand, a company that specializes in the manufacturing and exporting of nuclear magnetic resonance systems. Hendy is a professor at the University of Wellington and deputy director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and a distinguished scientist at Industrial Research Ltd. He also writes a blog, “A measure of science,” and is the physics correspondent at Radio New Zealand Nights show.

Codd and Gannon will moderate the linked discussion with the Bozeman audience. The discussion will be preceded by a Sustainability Expo at 7 p.m. in the EPS Atrium. MSU and community organizations specializing in sustainability will display their products and answer questions.

Other activities during the week will include lectures about New Zealand, food, stories, demonstrations and a story hour at the Bozeman Public Library, all focusing on New Zealand.

“We have chosen to focus this year’s International Education Week program on New Zealand because of the parallels between New Zealand and Montana’s economies, environments and indigenous peoples,” said Yvonne Rudman, MSU’s Office of International Program’s director of Academic and Technical Programs. “There is a great line-up of interesting, free events throughout the week. I hope everyone on campus and in the Bozeman community is able to attend.”

The week’s activities will kick off at a brown bag seminar scheduled at noon Monday, October 24, in SUB 233 when Walter Fleming and Wayne Stein, both professors in MSU’s Department of Native American Studies, discuss “Indigenous People in New Zealand and Montana.” Fleming and Stein attended the International Indigenous Conference in Waikato, New Zealand.

Cathy Whitlock, professor in MSU’s Department of Earth Sciences and director of the MSU Institute of the Environment, will discuss “M?ori, Settlers and Fire in New Zealand” at a brown bag seminar set at noon Tuesday, October 25, in SUB 233.

During “Adventure Sports in New Zealand,” at 7 p.m. October 25 in room 125 of Linfield Hall, MSU study abroad students will show video clips and photographs and tell tales of the many adventure sports they tackled while in New Zealand.

The MSU SUB Union Market will feature a lunch special with food from New Zealand on Wednesday, October 26. MSU’s Office of International Programs will feature New Zealand in a “Go Somewhere” study abroad table set up in Ballrooms B and C from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 26.

The 2010 film New Zealand film, “Boy,” will be shown at 7 p.m. October 26 in the SUB Procrastinator Theater. The film is a “humorous and poignant story of an 11-year-old boy coming of age in Waihau Bay, N.Z. and meeting his father for the first time, realizing he may not be the heroic figure he had imagined.” The film was the winner of the Grand Prize at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival.

An MSU student from New Zealand will read the traditional M?ori children’s story, “Old Hu-Hu” at 10:15 a.m. Friday, October 28, at the children’s room of the Bozeman Public Library. Afterwards, the children will make their own stick toy and learn how to play a traditional Maori game.

Throughout the week, the MSU Library will display objects from New Zealand.

MSU International Education Week is sponsored by Humanities Montana, MSU Leadership Institute, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Departments of Political Science, Engineering and History, the Office of International Programs and Phi Kappa Phi.

For more information about International Education Week, please contact the MSU Office of International Programs at 406-994-4031 or check out further details and the full schedule on the OIP website.