Spring 2016 CNMJ students handcrafted a diary, while learning the technique of Japanese binding, at a workshop conducted by designer Esperanza Covarsi at the studio of Les Chevalets / House of Press.
All 22 students enrolled this Spring 2016 semester in the Communication, New Media and Journalism CIEE program in Seville (CNMJ) arrived as scheduled, sound, safe and eager to start their semester abroad. This time, we're very pleased to welcome students from Indiana University-Bloomington, Saint Mary's College of California, Villanova University, Colorado State University, the University of Iowa, the University of La Verne, Bentley University, Fordham University, Scripps College, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Denison University, Birmingham-Southern College, Tulane University of Louisiana and George Washington University.
Following a quite intense first week of onsite orientation, all students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar, Latin American and Spanish Short Novel or Cultural History of Spain, course which will help them tune into their Spanish language and intercultural skills in order to face their semester abroad with as much confidence as receptivity.
During the next few months, students will be witnesses to many social, cultural and also political events and activities taking place both in our adoptive community and country. It is our hope that their curiosity, fueled by the academic work and projects they will develop with the support of their professors, will help them be all the more alert and active.
In the course of an event held last Wednesday at the culture hub Un Gato en Bicicleta, we introduced our strong and motivated academic team, discussed the program's academic components, its experiential learning opportunities, and our strategies to create links of reciprocity between our host community, our students and their professors.
In order to relax from the intensity of last week’s orientation, students participated last Thursday and Friday in a Japanese binding workshop at the studio of Les Chevalets, House of Letter Press, where they created their own handcrafted diary, which we hope will be filled with their ideas, anecdotes and occurrences by the end of the semester.
During Spring 16, we will continue hosting our courses at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), a first-rate cultural institution located at a 2-minute walk from the CIEE study center. In addition to continuing conducting CNMJ's core and elective courses at its media lab, the Digital Video Reporting in Context course (in previous semesters New Media and Audiovisual Workshop), taught by professor Carlos Pineda, will again be part of CICUS’ formative offer, which will bring a number of students from the University of Seville into our academic activities, as peers of CNMJ students.
Amongst many other activities, our students and professors will be visiting the town of Cádiz at the end of January and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen at the beginning of March, where they’ll be hosted by the families of local students.
As I usually do, I invite you to visit our website of student projects, masmenos.es, including all students’ final projects from the past Fall 15 semester, including Marcela Hawkins’ (Elon University) magazine article about the challenges of women who play soccer in Spain, ‘A Love with no Price’; Bryce Ferendo’s (Indiana University) video ‘Three Glasses of Tea’, explaining the circumstances of the young Sahrawi refugee Sidati; or the exhibition of photographic projects presented by students of the Urban Photography Workshop course in CICUS. There will soon be many more projects from our Spring 16 students, whom we trust will go beyond comfort and customized zones as they explore their host community in search of stories.
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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