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5 posts from December 2017

12/29/2017

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / FALL 17 / END OF SEMESTER

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Gili Remen (Lehigh University) participates in the Urban Photography Workshop.

Dear friends,

Greetings from Seville.                                       

Our Fall 2017 semester ended a couple of weeks ago after 15 weeks of shared experiences and intense academic work. The majority of our students have shown a keen interest in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors, have experienced life in Seville at many different levels, and have shown great commitment in the production of meaningful media projects with a focus on their host community.

In a skillfully narrated video titled “Carina La Debla”, Marie Van Rysselberghe and Luis Sevilla (University of Oregon) give voice to a German-born flamenco dancer who has turned her passion into her professional endeavor. This video is their final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Context, taught by professor Carlos Pineda. Luis and Marie, together with the rest of the students participating in the program, have expanded a very large portrait gallery of local individuals that includes not only videos, but also magazine articles, photo projects and podcasts.

The 29th edition of the bilingual magazine más+menos, titled “Time to Work / La hora del trabajo”, was printed in time for the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing to see the result of their several weeks of hard work. The nine stories contained this time in the publication are, for the most part, reflections about vocationally chosen professional paths. Though what transpires in all of them is the passion and commitment to life of their protagonists. While you receive printed copies at your door, you can read the stories online at masmenos.es. The cover article by Sarah Klearman (Santa Clara University) “Flour, Oil, Water and Time”, tells the story of Manuel Ruíz and Sergi Arrán, who found a new life together as bakers after they lost their jobs during the economic crisis of the past few years.

How can a couple of dancers get their feet off the ground and then perform on the walls of buildings or suspended in mid-air? Read the story “Keeping his Feet On the Ground” by Calvin Badger (Indiana University-Bloomington) to know how and read more stories at masmenos.es or download the pdf version of our last magazine.

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Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: The City from Within, with professor Antonio Pérez, have probably had the most fun and been VERY creative. See their latest photo album to get an idea.

Students of the course Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter –with professor Marina Blesa– have explored ways in which media professionals can actively work to bring social change. They have created communication campaigns for different NGOs and have visited several organizations including radio stations, fair trade companies and citizens coops. Some students have even volunteered at the local NGO ‘Historias de Luz’, that works to bring to light stories from those whose voice is not usually heard.

You can find much more information about the Fall 2017 semester in the Facebook page of CIEE Seville.

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Rebecca Foley (Elon University) has taken her exploration of Seville quite seriously.

We’ll be back with in January, for the start of the Spring 2018 semester. In the meantime, I'd like to wish you a very Happy New Year.

Óscar Ceballos

Academic Director, Institutional Relations & Quality.      

12/27/2017

International Business and Culture, Fall 2017, Newsletter III

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End of Semester Greetings from the Seville IBC Program!

Getting Outdoors

Students got out of the city to explore one of the region´s off-the-beaten path areas: the Sierra de Huelva and Picos de Aroche.  IBC and other Seville CIEE students went on a guided 8-mile hike exploring the region´s flora and fauna.

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Overnight Immersion Experience in Northern Morocco

Students engaged in conversations with Moroccan peers and discussed poignant issues affecting both the U.S. and Moroccan students…stereotypes that (some) individuals or groups hold of Muslims, thoughts on the U.S. government leadership, dating norms in their respective countries, parental involvement in decision making, etc. This cultural immersion experience continues to be one of the top-rated semester experiences of students.

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A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

 A couple of students from the Intercultural Communication and Leadership class participated in a photography workshop for their end of semester Digital Story project.  Professional photographer Antonio Pérez worked with students to help them discover how to use non-traditional photos in their projects to show their story rather than rely solely on the narrative.

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12/21/2017

LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER/ FALL 2017/ ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLA!

Last week, final exams marked the end of fall 2017 semester for Liberal Arts students. From different perspectives, this has been an intense semester:

ACADEMICS

Students enjoyed an interesting academic semester with classes that included solid out-of-class component that illustrated and complemented what was discussed in class. For instance, students of the Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter course participated in a discussion and visit to the NGO Historias de Luz, which aims at giving voice to those who most need to be heard. Also, the students of the Economic Development class visited a local business to discuss how the increase of tourism in our cities is changing our routine, skyline and even our society.

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VOLUNTEERING

Liberal Arts students had the option to volunteer as an extra activity or for credit. For instance, we collaborated for the first time with San Juan de Dios assistant living for elderly residence. There, students worked in occupational therapy and doing psychological support at the memory unit. Liberal Arts students also collaborated in different NGOs devoted to after-school tutoring with children at-risk for social exclusion, such as Rompe tus cadenas.

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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND INTEREST GROUPS

Last November, all Interest Groups (IGs) had their weekend trip. The Iberian Gastronomy and the Cultural Expressions IGs travelled to Lisbon (Portugal) and Spanish Traditions and Sports and Nature to Madrid.

Among other activities, the Cultural Expressions IG visited the MAAT (Museum of Design, Art and Architecture) and the Oceanario. The highlight of the Iberian Gastronomy trip was a Portuguese masterchef class, where students learned to cook, among other dishes, the typical Bacalao a bras.

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The Sports and Nature IG visited in Madrid the Real Madrid Stadium and the Spanish Traditions IG students participated in a “Chotis” dance workshop. 

We hope that you had a great fall semester and that the winter holidays help you recharge batteries!

All the best from Sevilla,

Sergio and Olga

 

 

 

12/20/2017

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS, NEWSLETTER, FALL 2017, ISSUE III

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This was a truly exceptional semester for the Advanced Liberal Arts program, full of challenging coursework, the orientation, the Spanish language immersion weekend, the nerve-wracking selection process and the first days at the University of Seville, the first exams, the excursions offered through the Cultural Reimbursement Program, the activities and visits, the cultural integration, language workshops, tutors of contents, etc.

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We’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program in Seville.

You can find much more information about our semester –including many images of it– at our Facebook page. We’ll be back with more news in late January, at the start of the Spring 2018 semester. In the meantime, have a merry Christmas and happy holidays.

If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff. 

Warm regards from Seville!

12/18/2017

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, NEWSLETTER, FALL 2017, ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!

A SEMESTER FULL OF ACTIVITIES

The Fall 2017semester in the Business and Society program has come to a close. This was a truly exceptional semester for Business and Society, full of challenging coursework, language training, homestays, enriching activities including local students, the visits to companies such as El Cubo, Extenda, Basilippo, S.A.T., or Polydesign System and the activity with the Moroccan students during our incredible trip to Morocco.

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VOLUNTEERING

 As each semester, several opportunities have been offered to get students involved in the local community, such as volunteering and teaching. This semester, only 2 of our BS students took advantage of this experience.

COURSE CLOSING CEREMONY

Last Wednesday December 14th, we celebrated a special end-of-semester ceremony for our Business and Society students. 

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We definitely hope our students learned a lot from this experience and will share it with their families and friends back home. It has definitely been a wonderful semester.

We’d like to thank you for your continued support of the CIEE Business and Society Program

If you have any questions or feedback on the program, please do not hesitate to contact the CIEE Staff. 

Warm Regards from Seville!