The Joseph International Center was built in 2006, and named in honor of John Joseph Ph.D. '50, inspired by the gratitude of one of his former students, Andrew Schindler '72. Dr. Joseph, a native of Iraq, is a Lewis Audenreid Professor Emeritus of History.
The Center includes a commons, forum, kitchen and Japanese garden—spaces dedicated to helping the F&M community meet across borders, cultures and languages. The Center's mission statement is:
The Joseph International Center is home to all who seek to meet across borders, cultures, and languages through intellectual, artistic, cultural, and even culinary exchanges. Through our programs and activities, we seek to promote those habits of mind and heart that enable ourselves and our students to think, live, and act in the world as global citizens.