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5 posts from May 2018

05/18/2018

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM SPANISH NEWSLETTER III / SPRING 18

Our Spring 2018 semester ended a week ago after 17 weeks of shared experiences and intense academic work. We’re proud to say that all 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.A prime example of this is the video interview that Dominika Struk (University of Illinois at Chicago) conducted, recorded and edited of the very fine Don José (above), a Venezuelan turned Cuban, now a resident of Seville’s neighborhood of San Julian who, at 78, recounts his life for Dominika’s camera with a defeating sense of humor and a great display of passion for life… And what has he not done?! A boxer, a carpenter, a motorcycle racer, a mechanic… Now, a grandfather. This is Dominika’s final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Contextwith professor Carlos Pineda. As the rest of her peers in the course, Dominika has contributed to increase our students’ ever-growing media gallery of characters from the city, which include videos, magazine articles, podcasts and photo projects. See more, hear more and read more at our website of students’, masmenos.es.

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The 30th edition of the bilingual magazine más+menos is titled “Identity and Place / Identidad y Lugar” and has been created by the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing–with professor Óscar Ceballos– in collaboration this semester with students from the University of Seville. The twelve stories in this magazine describe one of our most important endeavours as human beings: finding a place we can call our own. In the article about basketball player Ryan Kelly, ‘Confessions of a Serial Traveler’, Benjamin Portnoy (Indiana University-Bloomington) tells the story of a former Duke and Los Angeles Lakers star, now starting a new life with his wife and daughter in Seville, playing for Betis Endesa. Emily Milakovic (George Washington University) interviews Clara Duarte about finding her identity in an open family environment though still influenced by a predominantly catholic and traditional society, “I Thought I Was Alone”. In the beautifully written article ‘Held Together with Thread’, Veronica Moyer surprises us with the story of Merche Pérez, who has a created a warm environment in the heart of the community while finding her own place in it. You can read the rest of the stories at masmenos.esor download its pdf versionto get the feel of the printed edition.

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As always, being creative has been an important part in the process of connecting with the host community, not only focussing on its history and culture but, more intently, on its present tribulations and its hopes for the future. Above, you can see a moment of the workshop conducted by professors Rubén Díaz and Antonio Pérez for the course ‘Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain’ and framed within the unit 'Ways of seeing Spain: Photography and Truth'. You can see the amazing outcome in this post of our Facebook page, where you will find much more information about the semesterof our students, not only from the Communication, New Media and Journalism Spanish program, but from all of them.

We’ll be back with more news in September, at the start of the Fall 2018 semester. In the meantime, have a great summer!      

LIBERAL ARTS NEWSLETTER SPRING 18/ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLA! 

Last week, the Liberal Arts program reached its end. Only the six students who are taking direct enrollment courses at Universidad de Sevilla will remain a month longer in our city witnessing the splendour of spring in Sevilla.

LIFE IN SEVILLA

The life of our students these past weeks consisted of a combination of holidays (the Semana Santa and Feria de Abril breaks), the final classes, essays and exams. One of the most outstanding  projects is the teaching practicum of the Professional Teaching Development course. Julia Field, a student from Elon University, tells us her experience in this Digital Narrative Project that she made for the Intercultural Communication course.

Apart from classes, students also had time to get closer to the Spanish culture through fun activities such as kayaking the Guadalquivir river, cooking in a homestay, an olive oil and a craft beer tasting.

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INTEREST GROUPS

At the end of April, the six Interest Groups (IGs) had their weekend trip. The IGs Tourism vs. Tourism, Urban Ecology and Flamenco travelled to Cádiz. There, students in the Tourism vs. Tourism IG participated in a photographic project through which they learned how the city transformed itself in the last century by comparing what they were actually seeing with photographs taken at the very same spots at downtown Cádiz in the beginning of the 20th century. Students in the Urban Ecology IG, together with an expert of the local Government, visited a Recylcling Center created by the Cadiz Town Hall. There, students learned more about pollution and recycling. Latly, students of the Flamenco IG visited the Studio Centro Flamenco de la Merced where they participated in a Flamenco dancing workshop.Cadiz
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The Interest Groups Contemporary Art, Gastronomy Culture and Urban Music travelled to Málaga. There, students in the Contemporary Art IG visited the Contemporary Art Museum. Students in the Gastronomy Culture IG participated in a paella masterclass conducted by Víctor Mendicuti, a competitor of the third season of the Spanish Masterchef cooking show. Finally, the Urban Music IG students visited the recording studio Music Master where they had the opportunity to do their own recording.Gastro
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And that’s all for the Spring 2018 semester. We hope that students left Sevilla with great memories and new perspectives.

Please, follow the experiences of your students in Sevilla in our Facebook page

 There will be much more to come…

All the best from Sevilla,

Sergio and Olga 

05/16/2018

LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY, SPRING 2018, ISSUE III

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FAREWELL FROM SEVILLE!

One more year our Spring Semester came to its end. Language and Society classes at CIEE and the University of Seville finished last May 10th. All our students finished their exams and papers, allowing most of them to leave Seville at the beginning of May, and some others throughout the month, since these last decided to travel once more before leaving Europe. The end of the course was celebrated with a farewell ship cruise along the Guadalquivir River where our CIEE students enjoyed a wonderful landscape accompanied by some friends and other local staff members. This last part of the semester continued to contribute to our students´ development flanked by some other cultural and enriching activities, and distinguished by personal and cultural growth, as well as filled with academic successes. IMG_4485 IMG_4485 IMG_4485 In the next months, we will continue to work with the preregistration of our future students for next Fall Semester 2018. We are very grateful to LS students for their presence in our program. It has been a real pleasure to work with them due to their varied contributions. Our best wishes for all their future projects, CIEE LS Program

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM ENGLISH NEWSLETTER III / SPRING 2018

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The end of the Spring Semester came last May 10th, celebrated with a farewell ship cruise along the Guadalquivir River where our CIEE students enjoyed a wonderful landscape accompanied by some friends and other local staff members.

In this last part of the semester it´s worthy to highlight that the students of the Digital Video Reporting in Context course carried out a performative documentary practice at Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), where there was an exhibition by the Belgian performance artist Jan Fabre and the Iraqi artist Ala Younis.

The Contemporary Art Museum was chosen for three reasons. Firstly, as a proposal for students to contrast their preconceived ideas about the type of art that can be found in Seville and thus provide a sample of the heterogeneity that the city presents in this sense. Second, because the chosen space is, in its conception, an example of contemporary art by eclectically combining the specific aesthetics of an ancient monastery (whose Arabic origins go back to the 12th century) with that of modern works of art. Finally, this museum was chosen, and specifically, this exhibition, because none of the students knew the artists who exhibited their works in it, which provided an ideal context for the practice of performative documentary: faced with ambiguous contents, rich in meanings and possibly disconcerting, the reflection of the students on the exposed works could become a stimulating challenge for them. CNMJE 13
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During the Summer we continue working with the applications of our future students for next Fall Semester 2018.

We are very grateful to CNMJE students for their participation in our program. It has been a real pleasure to work and learn with them.

Our best wishes for all their future challenges,

CIEE CNMJE Program



05/14/2018

BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2018, ISSUE III

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE

A SEMESTER FULL OF ACTIVITIES

This was a truly exceptional semester for Business and Society, full of challenging coursework, language training, homestays, enriching activities including local students, the Connecting Culture activity with the Moroccan students, the visits to companies such as Extenda, Basilippo, Inés Rosales, Caixa Bank or the start-up accelerator Marie Curie.

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As each semester, several opportunities have been offered to get students involved in the local community, such as volunteering and teaching and 9 of our BS students took advantage of this experience.

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COURSE CLOSING CEREMONY

Last Wednesday May 10th, we celebrated a special end-of-semester ceremony for our Business and Society students. 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.

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I’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!

Virginia and staff