CS Ubuntu Newsletter November 2015
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter November 2015

In this Newsletter, please find:
  • An update from the Board
  • Save the Dates for the CS Ubuntu events for November
  • A calendar with events that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
  • An interview with Lisanne, who is doing committee work for CS Ubuntu for the second time now
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads up on the end of this year!
Enjoy the read!

Sam, Emmalien, Jana
CS Ubuntu activities
24 November:     IDFA Film Screening, Amsterdam
30 November:     Lecture: LGBT-community in                                        Bangladesh                                                                              

Other activities
19 November:    Challenging Extremism Global                                     University Initiative, The Hague   
03 December:    WRR Lecture: Europe in Crisis, The                             Hague
Update from the Board

Dear Ubuntu members,
While the days are getting darker, and the weather is slowly getting colder, here’s another update from your favorite board to
brighten up your day!

On Monday 9 November the (now-fully-formed) committees introduced themselves through an enervating and fun speed-date.
More importantly, from what we’ve heard so far we are convinced they have lots of interesting things in store for us. To keep
updated on these activities, lectures, trips, get-togethers and what not, keep an eye on our Facebook page and event-group.
Speaking of such activities, at the end of October - after some delay due to a sick and feeble board -  we got together with a

small group to screen the documentary ‘We are the Giant’, which gave rise to very interesting discussions - that were happily
continued over drinks.

To join all this fun and interestingness, we would like to remind you all how easy it is to become a member! For registration
and renewal of your membership, please fill out your details here: After transferring the
membership fee (which is still the ultimate BARGAIN of 7,50 for the whole year) to NL11 ASNB 0708 8361 27, we will give you
your membership card (which, don’t forget, gives you a 10% discount on your conflict studies readers!).


Save the Date: upcoming CS Ubuntu events
24 November 19:30, IDFA Film Screening and talk with OXFAM Novib, Amsterdam
CS Ubuntu's Activities Committee is happy to invite you to join the filmscreening of ‘ Walls’, at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA). The topic of the film is the refuge crisis portrayed from a global level, giving many faces to all the migration and refugee movements around the world (so not only on the hot topic areas today). The film will be followed by a talk with various guests from and introduced by Oxfam Novib. The price of the ticket at the festival is 7,50, but CS Ubuntu members get a discount of 2,50! Please do consider that you have to cover the transportations expenses from Utrecht - Amsterdam. The event is at 7:30 but we are going to let you know the exact time and train which we will depart as a group! 
We are looking forward to see you there!

30 November 19:30, Lecture: The LGBT-community in Bangladesh, Drift 
Together with Global Human Rights Defence, CS Ubuntu's Lectures Committee organizes this year's first lecture: The LGBT-community in Bangladesh! As a minority group, the LGBT-community in Bangladesh does not have a  an easy position. During this lecture, we will listen to a presentation of Global HUman Rights Defence's latest report on the issue, and then view a short documentary about it. Afterwards, there will be time for questions.
We hope to see many of you there!


Other Activities that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
19 November 11:00-12:30, Challenging Extremism Global University Initiative, Ministerie OC&W, The Hague
P2P: Challenging Extremism (P2P), is a global university initiative sponsored by the White House and the U.S. Department of State.  This important initiative and international competition will have a spring 2016 term. 
A hands-on assignment now in its 3rd running, P2P: Challenging Extremism challenges your student team to develop and implement tactical social media and digital campaigns in the form of an initiative, product or tool to counter the online presence of violent extremism. Your class receives and uses a $2,000 USD operational budget. Students do the work while earning academic credit in various classes ranging from international relations,  political science, human rights and other related disciplines including capstone at the undergraduate, masters or Ph.d level. The top teams receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to present to the U.S. Department of State and other interagency partners and win scholarship money.

Interested? Please send an e-mail to, mentioning that you're a CS Ubuntu member/Utrecht University student.

03 December 15:00, WRR Lecture: Europe in Crisis. Looking Ahead from a Historical Perspective,Theatre Diligentia, The Hague
In the WRR lecture 2015, Mark Mazower (Professor of History, Columbia University) will explore the current European crisis from a historical perspective with a view to the future. A crisis often lays bare long-term issues that have remained unresolved, but crisis management rarely goes beyond the short term. A historical perspective, therefore, may help policymakers to go further forward into the future. Guestspeakers will be UU's own Beatrice de Graaf and WRR-councilmember (and former Dutch minister of Justice) Ernst Hirsch Ballin. For more info, click here.


Member of the Month: Lisanne Veldt 
For the second time in a row, Lisanne has joined a CS Ubuntu committee. Organizing last year's small trip to Brussels with theActivities Committee, she will organize this year's small trip (and the week-long Study Trip in May) with the Study Trip Committee. We asked her some questions about her experiences in CS Ubuntu's committees!
1. How did you end up at CS Ubuntu?
When I did the minor Conflict Studies last year, the previous board came to promote the study association. I was in the process of applying to a committee in my other association but then decided to join Ubuntu, because it was just more focused on my interests and ambitions.
2. Last year, you were in the Activities Committee, and for this year you have joined the Study Trip Committee. Can you describe what it is that you like about committee work for CS Ubuntu? 
What I really liked about the activities committee is that we had certain yearly events, like Meet the Masters and Meet the Professionals, but also a lot of freedom to organize new things, like the Brussels trip! Being in a committee, and in a study association, brought me not only fun times, but also networking possibilities and great experiences. If it wasn’t for the study trip last year for example, I would probably have never ended up at the internship at PAX I’m doing now. 
3. What are your future plans?
Right now I’m doing two internships, one at PAX and one at the Dutch Refugee Council, and I’m preparing for my thesis. After that I just have to finish some last courses and since I hope to finish my bachelor in January 2017, I’ll have some time to travel and gain experience before I’ll start my master. What happens after my masters is still a mystery!

4. What's the best career advice that you ever got?  
The best career advice I ever heard is to be honest about who you are, what your skills are and where you want to be. It gives both your possible employer as well as yourself a fair chance and people will appreciate you for your specific qualifications.

Food for Thought
Terror attacks on November 14 - Paris, Beirut, Ankara
Last Friday, the world was left speechless and mourning by the terrorist attacks in Paris, but also by those in Lebanon and Turkey. In just 24 hours, the lives of so many, too many, were ended in a terrifying way. At the time of the Paris attacks, our president Sam was in the city with a friend. Thankfully, both were safe and were brought home the next day.
Let us all not get carried away by fear and anger towards innocent people who are fleeing from just this kind of violence, for that is exactly the aim of the perpetrators. Let us keep our eyes alert towards these events. As one story has many perspectives, we encourage our fellow Ubuntuers to be critically analyze these occurring. 

KAICIID Peace Mapping Programme
KAICIID, an organization promoting the use of dialogue in order to prevent and solve conflict, have created a Peace Map. In this map, many organizations of interreligious dialogue worldwide can be found, together, with more information about them. Click here to find out!

Deal with Multicopy: 10% off your readers!
In this article, published earlier this month, several points of view are touched upon while looking at the Building on last year's success, we have reinstated our deal with Multicopy! Upon presentation of your CS Ubuntu 
membership card,  you will get a 10% discount on your course reader!  So if you haven't got your membership card yet, but you have paid your membership fee, please contact us at to make an appointment to get it!

Website and Next Newsletter
We are proud to announce we have an official website now! Check it out: If you have any suggestions for the website; feel free to inform us by emailing to

Expect our next CS Ubuntu Newsletter in your inbox in the first week of December. If you have any input, feedback or updates on interesting events, please let us know at We love to hear from you! :)

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