Maddie Cameron (University of Oregon), Grace Hashiguchi (University of Oregon), Molly Flerlage (Macalester College) and Ellie Anderson (Elon University) look at the camera during the letter press workshop conducted at the studio of Les Chevalets the last day of their onsite orientation.
Greetings from Seville,
All students participating this Fall 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. We're very pleased to welcome students from Elon University, the University of Tulsa, the University of Oregon, Vassar College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Macalester College, Washington State University and Villanova University.
Following a rather intense week of onsite orientation, all students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar or Cultural History of Spain, which will help them tune into their Spanish language and intercultural skills in order to start their semester abroad with greater sense of purpose.
During the next few months, students will be exposed to social, cultural and also political events and activities taking place in their adoptive community, Seville, as well as in Spain. It is our hope that their curiosity, fueled by the academic work and projects they will develop assisted by their professors of the CNMJ program, will help them be all the more alert and active.
As part of our onsite orientation, students met the strong and motivated academic team of the CNMJ program, who discussed with them the program's academic components, experiential learning opportunities, and strategies to create links of reciprocity between host community, students and professors.
In order to chill out after a busy onsite orientation, all students participated last Friday in a letter press workshop at the studio of Les Chevalets, House of Letter Press, where they created a poster with an inspirational quote to guide through their semester abroad. As with the rest of our activities, you can see photos at our Facebook page.
Marina Blesa, professor of the course Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter, conducts an exercise during the workshop on culture and community held during the onsite orientation at CICUS.
This Fall 16 semester, 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 and the Magazine Reporting and Writing courses, taught respectively by professors Carlos Pineda and Óscar Ceballos, 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 this coming Saturday and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen at the beginning of November, 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 Spring 16 semester. Amongst these, you can read Kasey Lynch (Villanova University) magazine article about the amazing project of artist Federico Guzmán at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, ‘Art Equals Life in a Haima’; Sierra Cymes (Colorado State University) video ‘Johnny Scarlata’, presenting a most fascinating character she met in her neighborhood; or the really engaging self-portrait in video created by Axel Lopez (Bentley University) ‘Miedo’. There will soon be many more projects from our Fall 16 students, whom we trust will go beyond comfort and customized zones as they explore their host community in search of stories.
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.
Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD