Ivy Tech-Bloomington celebrates International Education Week with film series

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is celebrating International Education Week on November 12-16. International-related activities, including a film series, will be held on the main campus, in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building throughout the week.

The film series will include two documentaries and one feature length film. The series will take place in Lamkin Hall on Wednesday, November 14 and begins with a screening of Two Million Minutes at 1 p.m. China Blue will be screened at 2 p.m. and City of God (Cidade de Deus) will be shown at 3:45 p.m.

The college is also hosting a photo contest, and will display the photos in the main campus rotunda. Students must submit photos they have taken outside of the country to be eligible to win a first place $50 gift certificate to Truffles Restaurant or a second place $25 gift certificate to Follett Bookstore. Entries must be received by Friday, November 9. An electronic copy of the photograph, along with C# and the country in which the photo was taken, can be sent to Chelsea Rood-Emmick at

Beginning Monday, November 12, students can stop by the Hoosier-Times Student Commons, grab a marker, and write on a shared map. Students are encouraged to tell where they are from, where they have been, and where they would like to go in the world.

On Wednesday, November 15 students can sample international cuisine prepared by Ivy Tech’s culinary club at 3:15 p.m. in the Hoosier-Times Student Commons.

The college will also display Asian-inspired artwork from Ivy Tech-Bloomington art students in the Hoosier-Times Student Commons throughout the week.

This fall, Ivy Tech-Bloomington has 58 full-time international students, representing 19 nations, including Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, England, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Guinea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Venezuela, and Vietnam. The campus has 401 international guest students (students of other universities enrolled in at least one Ivy Tech-Bloomington course).

Additionally, several Ivy Tech-Bloomington faculty members are members of the Internationalization Collaborative Across Bloomington (ICAB), a joint initiative between Indiana University and Ivy Tech-Bloomington. The goals of ICAB are to increase awareness and interest in internationalization as an essential part of the undergraduate experience, investigate and incorporate ways that internationalization can enhance teaching and learning, and nourish internationalization efforts on both campuses.

About International Education WeekInternational Education week ( is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College ( is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


Film descriptions:
Two Million Minutes
The film takes a deeper look at how the three superpowers of the 21st Century – China, India, and the United State – are preparing their students for the future. Following two students, a boy and girl, each from different countries, a global snapshot is composed of education, from the viewpoint of kids preparing for their future.

China Blue
China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where Jasmine and her friends are trying to survive a harsh working environment. When the factory owner agrees to a deal with his Western client that forces his teenage workers to work around the clock, a confrontation becomes inevitable.

City of God or Cidade de Deus (Rated R)

Fernando Meirelles’ City of God is a sweeping tale of how crime affects the poor population of Rio de Janeiro. Though the narrative skips around in time, the main focus is on Cabeleira who formed a gang called the Tender Trio. He and his best friend, Bené become crime lords over the course of a decade. When Bené is killed before he can retire, Lil’ Zé attempts to take out his arch enemy, Sandro Cenoura. But Sandro and a young gangster named Mane form an alliance and begin a gang war with Lil’ Zé. Amateur photographer Buscape takes pictures of the brutal crime war, making their story famous. City of God was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.