At the Buenos Aires Study Center we want to share with you the second newsletter of the fall 2013 semester. Here you’ll find interesting news from both Liberal Arts, and Undergraduate Research Globalization and Development programs. Therefore, we want to share with you the outcomes of many engaging activities in Buenos Aires that we’ve done with the students over the past few weeks. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
SOCCER MATCH: Argentina vs. Venezuela
At the end of March, we invited the students to experience “first hand” one of the Argentine national passions: fútbol (soccer). This time, we enjoyed a vibrant match for the classifications for the next FIFA World Cup, to be held in 2014 in Brazil. The Argentine National Team defeated Venezuelan team by scoring 3 goals during the 90 minutes of the game, where Lio Messi (do we need to explain who this world famous player is?) delighted the attendants with his magic game. Following, we’ll share a testimony from Alex Cantrell –Wesleyan University Liberal Arts Program:
“In this picture, the beloved Messi is scoring the second goal of the game. After his success, the stadium erupted with fans screaming and jumping, crazy with the energy of the moment; and in this moment, all of the (Argentinian) fans were united, and in this moment, no one had a single problem. This is the magic of the moment. Olé, olé, Messi, Messi!”
The Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente –BAFICI- is probably the most important independent movie film festival in Latin America. After 15 years, it still gathers the most renowned directors, actors, actresses, producers, and general public interested in the independent movie scene.
We invited the students to a special exhibition for the Argentine movie “El Amor Primera Parte”, originally released in 2004. This masterpiece of the new Latin American and Argentine cinema was worldwide recognized and awarded, delighting not only the audience but the critics as well.
Nick Santangelo and Jeremy Lebow, from Tufts University, submitted the most interesting proposals to experience by themselves the local culture. Nick experienced one of the best-kept secrets of the city: Casa Félix, a closed-door restaurant. Jeremy, an opera fan, had the pleasure to enjoy the perfect acoustic of the Colon Opera house, watching a worldwide known play: Carmen.
Seminar Field Trip: Past and Present of the Andino world
Like every semester, students from the Liberal Arts program had the opportunity to visit Tilcara and the huge ravines of the Humahuaca region, one of the most beautiful places in the country. A gorgeous villa located in northern Argentina, in the Jujuy Province, Tilcara is surrounded by colorful mountains and close to ancient native populations and salt flats. During the trip, organized under a cooperative agreement between the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires, and the University of Buenos Aires -UBA–, Anthropology Institute of the Liberal Arts Department, academics from different disciplines (archaeologists, anthropologists, historians) guided students and staff through the colourful sceneries and the history of Quebrada de Humahuaca.
Uruguay: living the Candombe culture
This field trip to the Uruguayan side of the Rio de la Plata was specially designed for the Undergraduate Research Globalization and Development program students, and also participated all year Liberal Arts program (AYP) students. The objective is to learn about the Afro-Uruguayan heritage and its traces, where past and present merges in this particular country.
This 3 day field trip included visits to the cities of Montevideo and Colonia. During their time in Montevideo, the students visited the Old Town, rich in architecture, shops Center, the Independence Square and Parliament Palace. Then they walked around its beautiful green parks and Residential neighborhoods such as Carrasco, Punta Gorda and Pocitos, to end their tour in the exceptional "Rambla" which follows a path of beautiful beaches. At night they enjoyed dinner in a classic venue of Montevideo’s nightlife, “El Milongón”, that offered different shows and folkloric dances such as tango and candombe, part of their African heritage. During the second day, students participated in a “candombe tour”, following the traces of the African heritage, and learning how to perform this indigenous music and dance. Afterwards, students visited Colonia, declared a World Heritage Site. A place where they enjoyed its colonial architecture, courtyards, artesian wells, churches, monasteries and ruins of the city, museums and even its unique stone sidewalks. Some words about the trip by Allison Yates - Indiana University:
We had a great time in Uruguay during the trip organized by CIEE. My favorite part of the weekend was the Candombe Tour we took Saturday afternoon in Montevideo. Candombe is music from the region of El Rio de la Plata that has roots from the African popular that came to Uruguay. Our guide took us first to the Candombe Museum, where we saw the old costumes and videos of Carnival en Uruguay and learned about the history of Candombe and the "Murga," which is traditional music of carnival where the singers sing songs where the lyrics make jokes about events that had happened the previous year. Then, we had a Candombe drum lesson and saw a drum line in the street. I really enjoyed the music, and we had a great time learning about the history and learning how to play, although we didn't do as well as the professionals we saw! I had been to Montevideo already several times, but this tour was something different that I would never have gotten the opportunity to do. It was overall a wonderful weekend and a great time spend getting to know the other people in the group
During the last week of March, the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires suffered intense storms, producing heavy rains and flooding. As a result of this, the city collapsed and many neighborhoods were seriously damaged. One of the critical areas was the Barrio Mitre neighborhood, on the north side of the city, where Barrio Mitre Community Center, a partner-institution of the Study Center for almost 20 years, is located. Usually, students have the opportunity to develop service learning and volunteer projects there, as one of their most enriching cultural and exchange experiences abroad.
This time, we want to share a special visit to the center: We carried the donations we've received for this center that was seriously damaged by the recent flooding. The campaign was truly a success! We collected tons of food, clothes, and school supplies. Additionally, we donated some musical instruments, on behalf of the whole CIEE community, to replace the ones destroyed by the flooding. Thanks to the efforts of everybody involved, we were able to buy 3 guitars and 2 piano-keyboards. We know for sure they will make them very happy!
Here, you can read Jackson Monzon's testimony about the visit.
Last April 8 –10, the CIEE Study Center at FLACSO hosted the Latin American Regional Conference.Twenty-five people closely tied to the organization participated, traveling all the way to Buenos Aires for intensive workshops focused on the strategic role that CIEE plays, on a global level, in international student exchange. In attendance were all the resident directors from the countries where the CIEE has exchange programs in Latin America, including: Bonaire, Brazil (Sao Paulo, Salvador de Bahía and Río de Janeiro), Chile (Santiago and Valparaíso), Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo and Santiago). Joining the resident directors were those from the highest echelons of the CIEE, whose central headquarters is in Portland, ME, including the CEO and President, Dr. James Pillow, along with Vice Presidents and Regional Operations Directors. Highlighting this important event reaffirms the leadership role that the CIEE Study Center in Buenos Aires (the largest in the region) holds. After more than 12 years, these types of regional meetings are now being re-launched and will be held on a regular basis once again.