FAREWELL SPRING 2013!
Closing this chapter: farewell party!Likewise past semester, this year’s students had their own night of dinner and dancing, along with faculty and resident staff. This time, we also celebrated together the welcome of the 4 of July, toasting after midnight for this important day for the American culture. The first part of the night was spent mingling amidst laughter and reminisces about the past semester and all the experiences that were had, while waiters milled about, serving a wide variety of delicious finger food and drinks. The party quickly moved downstairs to the dance floor, where students and staff alike wasted no time dancing to a mix of American and Argentine music. While enjoying the desserts, the students were recognized for their accomplishments and participations at many of the organized program activities.
Ending the evening, Carolina Alba Merlo, associate director of the program, made a toast to congratulate all students for their various accomplishments as well as thank the staff for their hard work.
Celebrating 20 years of the Study Center: A Night to Honor Carmen Lapacó
On Tuesday, July 2, the CIEE Buenos Aires Study Center in FLACSO hosted an event honoring Carmen Aguiar de Lapacó, Madre de Plaza de Mayo – Linea Fundadora, for her commitment to the struggle for memory, truth, and justice for the crimes committed by the last civic-military dictatorship. The event was also part of the festivities marking the 20th anniversary of the CIEE Buenos Aires Study Center at FLACSO along with the commemoration of the 30th anniversary since the returning of democracy in Argentina.
The event also included live translations in order for everyone to be able to participate: professors and academic advisors from the U.S. universities, students, CIEE headquarters in Maine, United States, and also directors of other CIEE programs throughout the world. As an opening and reception for the guests, Vanderbilt University student Caitlin Quinlan played pieces from the Suits de Bach on the cello.
Andrea Rizzotti, Resident Director of the Study Center, was the first presenter of the night. She highlighted the role that the program courses play – especially the seminar on service-learning – in transmitting the ideas and involving the students in learning about human rights, particularly in the work the students do in local organizations. Furthermore, she presented a video with testimonies from former students that showed the influence that working with Madres- Linea Fundadora had on their lives.
Afterward, the other speakers of the night were able to discuss the importance of the work that Carmen Lapacó and the Madres accomplished. Dr. Miguel Lengyel, current director of FLACSO Argentina emphasized the institution’s commitment to respecting human rights, both during and after the last dictatorship. In addition, Dr. Lengyel expressed that the study center, through the students, is a way to promote the values and knowledge produced by the institution on a global level.
Following Miguel, Maria Adela Antokoletz, who is the daughter of one of the founding Madres and sister of a detained- disappeared Daniel Antokoletz and also oversees the work that the volunteers do, told the history of Carmen Lapacó’s struggle. Finally, the national Senator Daniel Filmus, former Director of FLACSO and the first director of the CIEE study center, reflecting on the mid-90s, when the society didn’t speak openly about what happened during the dictatorship, but the Madres still told their stories and gave testimonies to the students in the program’s courses.
Concluding the emotional event, Carmen received a sculpture as a gift, made by the artist Francisco Casavelos. The piece synthesizes the transparency of her tireless fight, exemplifying the white scarf as an identifier of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo.
The event closed with music from Gustavo Kehoe, who read a poem and sung a song dedicated to his disappeared sister Gloria Kehoe. Afterwards, a folklore group, with Florencia Cozzani singing, Jose Ferrufino on guitar, and Juan Pablo Togneri on the bass, performed.
Personal Reflection by Allison Yates, Indiana University
I was very touched by the event, especially since I had been meeting with Carmen, along with the four other CIEE volunteers, during the entire semester. It means a lot to me that Carmen, in the midst of all of her personal struggles and evolvement in Madres, has taken the time to teach CIEE volunteers about her search for the truth about her disappeared daughter and her work in the human rights field. She is an inspirational woman and has shaped by experience in Argentina in many ways. I appreciate the opportunity that the study center has given me to be able to learn from such incredible people.
Highlighted Cultural Activities
Rugby: Argentina vs. England
For the first time in the history of the Program, a group of students and CIEE staff went to see the rugby match between the Argentine Pumas and England. Though it was an exciting game, unfortunately, what started off as a close match, didn’t end that way, with the Pumas losing 26 to 51. It wasn’t all a loss, though, as everyone got to eat choripán and cheer on Argentina! Yay!
First of all, the Fuerza Bruta show was absolutely incredible. During the middle of June, CIEE students from all programs went to see this once-in-a-lifetime show at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. It’s difficult to describe it, but essentially, it’s a mix of music, dancing, acrobatics, interpretative performance and audience participation. With everyone crammed into a small black room, the artists perform around and above you. There was so much energy, you couldn’t help but feel it!
CIEE Spanish Courses Activites
Proyecto Diccionario porteño
We invite you to check the creative productions of the students taking the Comprehension & Oral Production I classes: an online “porteño” dictionary, where they explain in their own words some complex “lunfardo” colloquial expressions > http://ciee-buenosaires.tumblr.com/
Argentina en Imágenes
Students taking Comprehension & Oral Production II class show their own perspectives of the country, expressed by these beautiful images of Argentina >
CIEE Content Courses Activities
Join us and enjoy some pics of the field trips organized by some of the courses:
Peronism in Argentina, a visit to the CGT headquarters / Cultural Issues in the Argentine History (Prof. Corigliano)
A literary visit to the Galería Güemes / Language in Action: Writing and the Urban Landscape in Argentine Literature (Prof. Yocco)