Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Nov. 14, 2008

Whitworth Symposium Nov. 20 to Feature Speaker from Mukogawa Women's University

International Education Week symposium also to include table discussions with students from Japan and Whitworth

In celebration of International Education Week Nov. 17-21, the Whitworth University School of Education will sponsor a symposium featuring a keynote speech by Katsuya Kitaguchi, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Mukogawa Women's University, in Japan. Kitaguchi will speak on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth. The symposium also will feature table discussions with students from Japan and Whitworth students, who will discuss the similarities and differences between education in the U.S. and Japan. Admission to the symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3459.

Kitaguchi is spending the fall semester at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, in Spokane, where he is supervising his teacher-education students who are studying American education and culture. Kitaguchi's areas of expertise include education methods and educational, developmental and neurological psychology.

The purpose of International Education Week, which is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Education and State, is to build international understanding, to encourage programs that prepare Americans for life in a global environment, and to attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. The week is celebrated by more than 100 countries worldwide, according to the U.S. Department of Education website.

Whitworth requires all students to take a cross-cultural studies course as a component of their graduation requirements, and offers dozens of international study tours and exchange programs that take students to the far reaches of the globe. A few years ago, the university launched its School of Global Commerce & Management, reflecting the growing international focus of Whitworth's undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting, economics and management.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Kathryn Picanco, assistant professor of education, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3459 or kpicanco@whitworth.edu.

Roberta Wilburn, director of graduate studies in education, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4603 or rwilburn@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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