As we gather our thoughts at the completion of the Fall 2015 semester and get ready for the beginning of the next Spring 2016, the professors and resident director of the CIEE Communication, New Media and Journalism program in Seville are happy to say that the past three and half months have been a truly productive period for all. Our students have shown great commitment in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors, have experienced at many levels and have demonstrated great respect for their host community. The meaningful media projects they've created during their semester abroad prove this.
Check for instance the audiovisual documentary created by Bryce Ferendo from Indiana University, "Tres Tazas de Té / Three Cups of Tea", about a young Sahrawi refugee who studies in Seville and hopes to return to the refugee camps where his family lives in order to help his people gain independence one day; Elon University student Marcela Hawkins feature for the 25th edition of the magazine más+menos, "A Love Without Price / Un Amor Sin Precio", explaining the challenges that female soccer players face in a sport totally oriented towards professional male teams; or the great photographic projects created by all of the students participating in the course Urban Photography Workshop who exhibited their work at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla, CICUS, at the end of the semester.
Soon you should receive copies of the student magazine más+menos, titled this time Two Sides of the Mirror / dos Lados del Espejo, in which the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing show us the vast diversity of Seville’s community through a number of compelling stories, from the soccer pitch where a woman fulfills her dreams to the tent of the homeless poet.
Please visit our website of students' projects for more projects created by the students of the courses New Media and Audiovisual Workshop and Urban Photography Workshop, who've likewise featured individuals and atmospheres from our community in their documentaries and photographic projects really worth checking. Through their work and closeness to their environment in Seville, they’ve expanded not only theirs but also our connections (that of their educators) to our human landscape.
The Spring semester of 2015 has been full of academic, cultural and social activities. We visited Europe's oldest city, Cádiz, in February; in early March, we spent three days in the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in order to spend some time in Tangier and Tetouan before reaching the beautiful capital of the Rif mountains, where we were hosted by the very hospitable families of 8 young Moroccan students with whom we shared invaluable time; as part of our agreement with the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla, we've again included students from the University of Seville into our core course New Media and Audiovisual Workshop and will keep on repeating this exchange experience in future semesters, extending it to other CIEE CNMJ courses.
We're please visito announce that next Spring 2016 semester, the CNMJ program will again offer the course Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting, taught by professor Marina Blesa. Thus, we will again include radio production amongst our students’ options for creating original media projects.
Debbie Estrada Lobo (Indiana University) and Marcela Hawkins (Elon University) in Cádiz, September 29th.
Students of the Fall 2015 semester have visited radio stations and newsrooms of local newspapers; have jumped; have participated in the Conference on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action of United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East, have visited schools, NGOs and community centers. Once again, our courses have hosted artists, like María Cañas, social activists, journalists and relevant members of the community.
At our program's Facebook page, CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE, you can receive updates about our students work and the program's activities on a regular basis.
Thank you very much for collaborating with us this past semester.
Best regards from Seville and a very happy new year,