ECLA Week Features Guest Lecturers Eduardo Velasquez and Levent Soysal

ECLA Week in Winter Term this year featured guest lecturers Eduardo Velasquez (Washington and Lee University) and Levent Soysal, who has been a regular visitor to ECLA since year-round teaching began in 2002.  Velasquez spoke and led a seminar on the play Copenhagen, while Soysal lectured on immigration cultures in Berlin.  A site visit to the heavily Turkish neighborhoods

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ECLA Alumna Founds Non-Profit Organization to Help Guatemalan Children

Three years ago, Fiamma Rupp-Gembs spent a year in Guatemala volunteering in the garbage dumps of Guatemala City.  In her time there, she recognized a gap in the assistance offered by existing aid programmes in the country: she wished that an organization would be created that would involve more intercultural exchange and communication.  A year later, she founded her own aid

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ECLA Choir Visits Local Children’s Home

Sarah Paleologu, who directs the ECLA Choir, surprised her vocalists this Winter by including some simple  childrens’ songs in the holiday season’s repertoire.  The one-line canons like ‘London’s Burning’, which are based on simple repeated harmonies,  made perfect sense, however, when the choir recently visited Sonnenhof (English: sunny courtyard), a home for children with incurable diseases.  Volunteer workers, children and staff of the

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David Levine’s Performance Class Ends Autumn Term with Production of “Four Seminars”

Finding four rooms full of students discussing labour, acting, and ethics in Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” would not usually surprise a visitor to ECLA.  On Wednesday night, however, the students in the seminars were acting – speaking memorized lines originally said by other students and then transcribed into scripts.  Audience members circulated in and out of the rooms and observed the looped performances,

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International Dinner and Music Night

Over 25 students, administration and faculty cooked dishes from more than ten countries for this event, filling six kitchens to prepare the food.  The ECLA Choir performed several songs after the meal.  The dinner followed four days of community and resource-centered activities which took place as part of ECLA Week.          

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ECLA Week

Fifth week of Autumn quarter is ECLA Week. During this week special events and seminars are scheduled that focus on the ECLA community and special resources for students.  The week opens with a lecture from Wayne C. Thompson on the expansion of the European Union.  Other events include a trip to a concert of the German

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