Deanna Starr (Villanova University), Kyle Crutchfield (University of Tulsa), Mohammed Jadidi (Curator at the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies), Neil Holbrook (Washington State University) and Chateleine Dunor (University of Illinois at Chicago) chilling out right after our arrival in Morocco, at the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM).
As our Fall 2016 semester advances, all students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program are fully involved in their academic projects and their social life in Seville. Motivation seems high now that (finally!) the closest thing that we have to cold weather has arrived.
A visit to our Facebook page will give you a very good glimpse into our work and activities in and out of town. Little by little, we're reaching the busiest part of the semester. Students are getting increasingly accustomed to working out of class, reaching into our community for stories, images and sounds. This is the time when all of the hard work done so far will start materializing into projects that will not only become an important part of our students’ personal portfolios, but that will also expand their and our knowledge of our community.
This semester, we’re lucky to have 6 students from the University of Seville participating for-credit in our core courses Digital Video Reporting in Context and Magazine Reporting and Writing, which are as usual hosted at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), one of the most important cultural hubs of the city. CICUS has hosted this fall a most engaging exhibition by Antonio Pérez, professor of the Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within, Recyclants, Agbogbloshie, Accra (Ghana) 2014-2015, which describes the living conditions of the inhabitants of this electronic wast dumpsite, one of the most populated places in the planet.
Neil Holbrook (Washington State University), Hannah Cho (Vassar College), Molly Flerlage (Macalister College) and Madison Cameron (University of Oregon) exploring Tangier.
Some of our usual collaborators and some new ones have already participated in the different courses of the CNMJ program:
+ The visual artist María Cañas, one of Spain’s most imaginative and controversial figures, digital archivist, visited the course Digital and Visual Culture in contemporary Spain to discuss with students her perspective on Art, Culture, Communication, Social Media and the Internet.
+ Once again the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing welcomed Sahrawi students from the University of Seville to keep learning and talking about the struggle of the Sahrawi people to gain their freedom and to leave an exile into the dessert of more than 41 years.
+ Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within are doing the usual: playing, experimenting and, if requested, bursting balloons, yet also roaming the streets of the city with their cameras and making people interested in their often unusual points of view. See them here taking passers by at Plaza del Salvador by surprise.
+ Don’t miss either the brief summaries of students’ audiovisual projects posted by professor Carlos Pineda, Digital Video Reporting in Context course, on our program’s Facebook page.
The inefable artist María Cañas, guest of the course Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain this semester
In addition to these academic activities, the weekend of November 4-6 all CNMJ students went on an academic trip to Morocco accompanied by the program’s RD and being wonderfully hosted by the families of Moroccan students in the beautiful town of Chefchaouen, in the heart of the Rif Mountains. On Friday morning, with wonderful weather, we embarked on a beautiful ferry crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar that took us to Tangier, a most fascinating city that is constantly growing and that enjoyed an international status from 1923 until 1956 (the year of Morocco’s independence). We visited its old medina, including the oldest diplomatic site of the U.S. Government and only National Historic Landmark outside of U.S. soil, the Tangier American Legation. We then spent two days in the town of Chefchaouen, in the Riff mountains, where CNMJ students were hosted by the families of local students. Finally, during our last day in Morocco, we visited the historic medina of Tetouan before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar again.
Early in the semester, we also visited the historic town of Cádiz, in which is only the “tip of the iceberg” on the countless activities, daytrips and excursions that our study center offers students through the Department of Student Services.
Finally, in case you must know, the crew of HBO’s TV series “Game of Thrones” is in Seville, shooting some new chapters of their next season.
More news soon…
Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD
Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD