Opening of the Fall 15 semester at CICUS. From left to right: Karen McConarty (Villanova), Lauren Saxe (Indiana), Leah Wetterling (Santa Clara), Sadie Cole (Colorado College) and Alyssa Morales (Santa Clara)
Greetings from Seville!
I hope you had a very nice summer holiday. Here in Seville, where it’s still quite warm, we’re busy with the start of the Fall 2015 semester; full of energy and looking forward to starting our many projects with our students and our community.
All students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program (CNMJ) arrived sound, safe on August 31st. We're very pleased to be welcoming this semester students from Santa Clara University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Villanova University, the University of Oregon, Elon University and Colorado College.
Following a fully informative first week of onsite orientation, CNMJ students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar or Cultural History of Spain. As they tune into their Spanish and become familiar with their new social and cultural environment, they’re gaining strength to face a semester abroad full of hard work, exciting challenges and meaningful encounters.
In order to introduce our committed academic team, as well as to further discuss the program's academic components, its experiential learning opportunities and our efforts to create links of reciprocity with our host community, students and professors gathered last Thursday at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), the first-rate cultural institution, which is a mere 2-minute walk from the CIEE study center and home to the core and elective courses of the CNMJ program.
As in previous semesters, the core course New Media and Audiovisual Workshop, taught by professor Carlos Pineda, will be part of CICUS formative offer as a for-credit workshop for 6 students from the University of Seville, chosen out of a total of 36 applicants! This semester for the first time, the core course Magazine Reporting and Writing, in which we create the magazine más+menos, will also be open to local students. This means that all of CNMJ students will be sharing academic activities and media production projects with peers from the University of Seville.
As in previous semesters, CNMJ's students and professors will be visiting the town of Cádiz, at the end of September, and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen in late October, where they’ll be hosted by the families of local students. Check CNMJ’s Facebook page to see the beautiful video that Kaileen Glynn (Carthage College), Jordyn Rohrman (University of Oregon) and Maddie Szempruch (University of St. Thomas) created about the mother of their Moroccan host, “La Madre de Anass”, as an exercise for their New Media and Audiovisual Workshop course.
While you’re at it, you may also check posts that include the interviews conducted by students of the Magazine Reporting and Writing course to young Saharauis living in Seville; Carla Sraders’ (Indiana University) extremely original photography project (parts one and two) putting together the works of Seville’s Fine Arts Museum with graffiti on the buildings that surround the museum; a presentation of “remixed” publicity projects done by students of the course Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain; Maddie Szempruch’s remarkable chronicle of a Nigerian Christian community for más+menos 24 magazine, “Moved by Spirit”; Jenna Rohde’s (Elon University) moving interview to the young Syrian refugee living in Seville Adnan Amom, “Caught in the Crossfire”; or Madeline Terrell’s (Univeristy of Indiana) compelling portrait of the bookstore and culture hub “La Extravagante”, titled “Somos Libros”.
Spring 15: students of the course "The Metamorphosis of News and Media: from Gutemberg to Zuckerberg" visited the newspaper El Correo de Andalucía and featured in one of its pages.
As always, I invite you to visit our website of student projects, masmenos.es for more interesting contributions from our students of the Spring 2015 semester in the areas of magazine, tv (audiovisual), podcast and photo reporting. Many more projects coming soon as our students of the Fall semester start engaging with members of their host community. We trust that their endeavor will carry them well beyond comfort and customized zones as they explore their surroundings in search of stories of human interest.
If you haven't done it yet, don't miss the opportunity to "like" and start following our Facebook page for regular updates on the program's activities and students’ projects.
Let's wish all of them, their professors and all of our staff in Seville good luck at the beginning of this new semester, which I’m sure will be filled with great experiences.
Warm regards from Seville.
Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD