URBAN ART WORKSHOP
As a response to the growing interest in urban culture, students were invited to meet local artist JEOSM to learn more about the development of graffiti in Madrid, from the earlier examples by Muelle or Glub to the recent works by E1000 or Boamistura. This workshop not only helped students to learn more about local artists but also they could design their own graffiti and work on it collectively. The group chose to paint a mural with their names surrounding CIEE and leave it as a decoration of the Student Lounge for the remaining of the semester. They really enjoyed practicing with the spray although they were surprised with the difficulty of painting with it, but they loved the experience feeling prepared to appreciate urban art from a different perspective.
WEEKEND EXCURSION TO GRANADA
As a complement to our excursion to Northern Morocco, students were invited to visit Granada and learn more about the historical relations between Spain and Islam. Being the last Muslim kingdom in western Europe in the 15th century, Granada is worldwide famous for the magnificent palace of la Alhambra, the official residence of the Muslim kings which became a favorite of the group while visiting its beautiful patios and the splendid garden of el Generalife. However, Granada is much more than Alhambra as the students had the opportunity to learn during the weekend: the tapas culture that regulates social norms when going out, the ethnic diversity with the presence of gipsy communities who own most flamenco caves in the Sacromonte; the Royal Chapel with the funerary monuments for Isabella and Ferdinand, the monarchs who unified the peninsula, the poems of local writer García Lorca or the crafted works on leather that can be bought for a few Euros. All these elements, make of Granada a fascinating place, a bewitched city where time seems to stand still inviting visitors to dream.
Being far from home for such an important day as Thanksgiving is not easy. Thus, we organized our popular Thanksgiving potluck, inviting the students to participate in a celebration that could make them feel at home. Besides the traditional stuffed turkey, our Thanksgiving dinner offered traditional dishes from Spain, South Korea and Nigeria that students enjoyed a lot. Dining in a long table, all together was a great opportunity to acknowledge their achievements during the semester and thank to everyone who made possible for them to study abroad in Madrid. It was a fun and touching time which strengthened the bonds among the group before they continued celebrating in the streets of Madrid.
FAREWELL AT UC3M
The semester was officially closed at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in an event where CIEE students were invited to participate. The Director of the International School at UC3M talked to the students highlighting the importance of their study abroad experience and the impact that this semester abroad should bring to their professional and academic future. IN this informal social gathering, students had the opportunity to say goodbye not only to their classmates but also to their professors who attended the event.
NEW BOOK BY PROGRAM RD
Francisco ("Paco") Frisuelos, Resident Director for the Liberal Arts Program, is the author of a chapter in the newly edited book "Cine e Historia(s)" (Film and History) about the use of misrepresentation and invented events in Film. Published by Université París Sud, Dr. Frisuelos demonstrates how screenwriters and film directors do not respect historical truth as a narrative tool, to build their own histories that become a unfaithful mirror of History.
This book counts with the collaboration of many faculty members and experts working in the field in different universities in Europe and South America.