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Taste of The World: Celebrating Culture Through Food and Drink

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Our Students and the Neworking World

Aleem Mohammad H’19  traveled to The Project Nur Annual Conference in Washington DC and remarked that “The Project Nur Annual Conference was an amazing experience. The conference really changed my perspective on how people everywhere around the United States, Muslims and Non-Muslims, are constantly fighting the political stereotypes that target Muslims.”_DSC2815.JPG

Fulbright Farewell and Language Hour

On Wednesday April 27, students and faculty gathered to say goodbye to our four amazing Fulbright Teaching Assistants we have has at HWS this semester. These Fulbrights, Hiba Amro, from Jordan, Lin-Yu Chen from Taiwan, Yvonne Brieger from Germany and Mathias Valiente from France have worked all semester to put on programming for students and staff to show their home country’s culture and traditions. They discussed their work since being at HWS and even had the opportunity to congratulate HWS’s newest Fulbright Recipient Charles DeBenedetto ’16 who will be teaching English in Taiwan next year as part of the program. The Fulbright Program was started in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright for “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.”

 

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Germany’s Education System

“Last Thursday, I gave a talk about the German educational system. I was motivated to talk with students about this subject matter after a conversation I had with a student on campus. According to the student, the German educational system is very “weird”. That is when I started asking myself: Is that true? Why is the German educational system regarded as too confusing? The talk covered, amongst others, this question. And, indeed, the German educational system is very complex and differs a lot from the American one. Education, in general, is the task of the different states within Germany. This means that the educational system and the educational institutions might differ inherently from state to state and place to place. Overall, however, there are 5 different stages with different educational institutions: pre-school level, elementary school level, secondary level 1, secondary level 2, and tertiary level. Through all this „chaos“ in regards to terminology and structure, however, you can say that the one thing that remains constant is that the educational system is always in flux: school institutions are changed, modified, and new modes of instruction implemented.” Yvonne Brieger, Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

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Cultural Clubs Celebrate! Hip~NotiQs Take The Stage

The award-winning student group, Hip~NotiQs Step and Dance Team, hosted their second annual step show, Take the Stage, on April 16th. This year they invited the HWS Hip Hop dance crew, Executives, the newly formed Geneva High School team, Black Illuminators, the Players Club from the Bronx, NY, and The Crusaders Marching Unit from Buffalo, NY to take the stage and perform for the campus community. This year’s theme was “Stomp the Yard,” that also included a competition among some of the performers.

 

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Cultural Clubs Celebrate! Arabian Nights

On Saturday April 9, students, staff and faculty gathered in the 380 South Main Ballroom to celebrate Middle Eastern culture with Project Nur. This Arabian Nights themed event featured a formal Middle Eastern dinner, music and live performances. Guests also enjoyed Henna tattoos and an appearance from the Gearans!

Project Nur is a student-led initiative advocating for social justice by empowering responsible leaders to cultivate an environment of acceptance and mutual respect between Muslims and all communities. 

 

 

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German Club Presents: Abendbrot

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“Abendbrot refers to the German dinner time and literally translates to evening bread. It is typical in Germany to have a warm lunch and a cold dinner, which means in the evening you usually eat bread and a variation of cold cuts (cheeses and meats). This semester the German Club had a very successful Abendbrot with a variety of students showing up and taking part in this dinner. Yvonne and I set up our food assortment on the table, labeling each product with its proper German name, since we also wanted to teach our guests some German. Our assortment entailed a variation of breads, like pumpernickel and sunflower seed bread, a variation of cheeses, including Swiss cheese, and a platter of salami, alongside a mixture of veggies like carrots and tomatoes, with a side of dip. Nutella, which is usually used on bread for breakfast, was also part of our assortment and it proved to be very popular of course. We also brought sparkling water and sparkling apple juice, which are popular beverages in Germany, and are usually drunk at lunch time as well. During this event, while guests mingled and ate, we played music by German pop artists such as Cro and Ich und Ich to keep the mood uplifting. It proved to be wonderful dinner, because people were bonding freely over the food and were able to experience a taste of a traditional German dinner in an open and relaxed setting.” Jared Ratzel

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Srudent/Staff Dialouges on Difference

On Sunday April 17, students, staff and members of Campus Safety met to have an open dialogue and discuss concerns between students and the department.  The session was “well received, successful and a solid foundation on which to build” noted Marty Corbett, Director of Campus Safety. He continued his praise for the event by stating: “However, what amazes me is all the effort, extra time and thoughtful preparation that you put into this program. At a time when the campus safety/student relationship was tenuous at best, you all rallied around us and offered, encouragement, your time and commitment to helping us repair and build our relationship with students of color. Finally, your willingness to give up time with your families yesterday to facilitate the dialogue session is something I will not forget and cannot adequately thank you all enough for.”

 

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