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
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
Through his numerous appearances on political and cultural talk shows in Romania, and through his writing as editorialist for the daily paper Ziua, Theodor Paleologu is a personality quickly recognized by many of his countrymen. His busy schedule includes teaching a full load of classes at ECLA and supervision of three Project Year students. Ionut Lacusta, for instance,
Dirk Deichfuss has lived in all three variations of Berlin over the last two decades: in the 80’s he was a student in East Berlin, in 1989 he escaped to West Berlin, and six months later he lived in the unified city. No wonder the German instructor’s excursions to local sites are so popular. Last quarter,
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
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,
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.
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