CS Ubuntu Newsletter April 2016
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter

March 2016


In this newsletter, please find:
  • An update from the Board
  • Save the Dates for the CS Ubuntu events for May
  • A calendar with events that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu-members
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads: CS Ubuntu is looking for a new board! 
Enjoy the read!

Sam, Emmalien & Jana

CS Ubuntu activities
17 - 20 May CS Ubuntu's First Lustrum Week
17 May Panel Debate 'Contextualizing the Refugee Crisis
18 May Virtual Excursion to Palmyra 
19 May Workshop ‘Ubuntutalk’ @ Ubuntuhuis
20 May Dinner and Drinks! @ Ana Kuzin and Café Stadsgenoot

Other activities
8 May Eetcafé Syrisch @ Café Averechts
10 May The Dissident: Egypt: human rights after the Arab Spring
13 May Visualizing Syria
21 May  Democracy Today in the USA


Update from the Board
Dear Ubuntu-ers,
We are back in town! While most of you were enjoying your well-deserved week off after block 3, the Board joined the delegation of Ubuntu-ers who went on the first-ever CS Ubuntu fieldtrip to Ireland and Northern Ireland. And what an amazing trip it was!
The Studytrip Committee had organized and planned an extremely interesting and insightful programme, which enabled us to visit a multitude of organizations dedicated to the reconciliation of the conflict that tore the small region apart for 30 years. As the director of one of these organizations remarked, however, the more people understand of Northern-Ireland and its Troubles, the more complex it becomes. We definitely found this out, too. Thankfully the Committee had balanced these intriguing educational visits with more than enough leisurely ways to get to know the region (read: PUBS!). All in all it was an unforgettable week, and we’d like to thank once more the Committee for organizing it all!
Although the focus of CS Ubuntu in April was very much on the studytrip, we as the board, with much help of the Committee, have been working hard at the same time to prepare our next thing in store for you – the Lustrum week! It is thus with great pleasure that we invite you all to the fifth birthday of our Study Association, from 17-20 May. To celebrate our first lustrum, we have planned a week full of insightful activities around the theme ‘Identity in Times of War’. Have a look below at what exactly we’re organizing for you!
Hoping to celebrate with you all!

Save the Date: Upcoming CS Ubuntu events

Lustrum Week: Panel Debate 'Contextualizing the Refugee Crisis', 17th May @ Drift 25 room 002. Time: 19:30
On Tuesday 17th May we will kick off the Lustrum Week officially with a Panel Debate which you are cordially invited to! This official Lustrum opening will commence at 7:30 pm at Drift 25, room 002, where you will be greeted with coffee and tea. After an opening speech from CS Ubuntu’s VIth Board, we will continue with a Panel Debate on the Refugee Crises in (a Historical) Perspective. Such style of debate will be dynamic and structured in a way which enables the presentation of differing ideas and perspectives as presented and discussed by the speakers – who are experts in the field. Of course, ample time will be given to the audience for further discussion and Q&A.
Keep an eye on the
event page to remain updated on the speakers, who will be revealed and introduced this week!
Lustrum Week: Virtual Excursion to Palmyra @ Spui25! Time: 20:00
To examine 'Cultural Identity in Times of War', we will take you on a virtual excursion to Palmyra. At Spui25 (in Amsterdam), experts on historical heritage and identity will enlighten us on the effects as they see it of the recent war-time destruction of the famous heritage site. 

Entrance is free, but signing up is required! Please message us at if you have any questions, as well as to sign up for this excursion! Have a look at our Facebook page for more information.
Lustrum Week: Workshop ‘Ubuntutalk’ @ Ubuntuhuis. Time: 20:00
On Thursday 19 May we will hold an Ubuntutalk workshop, with the theme of 'Identity in Times of War and Peace'. During the Ubuntutalk, which is a method of communication developed by peace activists and experts, we will be examining personal perspectives and ideas under the guidance of an Ubuntutalk guide. Aside from examining and sharing among Ubuntuers with each other, we will be joined in our workshop by two visitors of the Ubuntuhuis, who have come from far to try and find peace in the Netherlands. 

Please note that places for this workshop are limited, and signing up is required! More updates can be found on the
event page. Of course, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at
Lustrum Week: Dinner and Drinks! @ Ana Kuzin and Café Stadsgenoot.
To celebrate our multitude of identities, we'd like to invite you to a celebratory dinner and drinks on Friday 20 May! We've arranged a deal with Ana's Kuzin, a cozy restaurant in the centre, which offers us a delicious dinner (excl. drinks) for the nice price of 15 eu pp. Please let us know (at if you want to join for dinner, as we have limited space.

After dinner, we'll head out for drinks at our new regular cafe Stadsgenoot, where we'd like to toast to the fifth birthday of CS Ubuntu! And since it's our birthday, first drink will be on us :)
Find more information about the last day of the Lustrumweek


Other activities that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu-members

Eetcafé Syrisch 8th May (Sunday) @ Café Averechts, 18:30- Reservation needed (Utrecht)
Have you always been curious about Syrian food and love tasting new food? Studentenvereniging Spontaan is organizing a Charity & Syrian meal opportunity for only 12.50pp that will allow you to finally try out some delicious dishes from the country.
Please check the Facebook event for more details, however, reservations are needed and can be made at or 030 271 0916. Come to Café Averechts (Lijsterstraat 49, 3514 TB Utrecht) and try for yourself!
LECTURE; The Dissident: Egypt: human rights after the Arab Spring 10th May, Time: 20:00 (SiB Amsterdam)
(SiB Amsterdam) On 10 May, SIB-Amsterdam will organize the talk show 'The Dissident'. In cooperation with Tertium they will engage via Skype with dissidents and activists across the globe and from own soil. After earlier editions by Tertium on sports, gender/sexuality and the refugee crisis, this event will focus on the situation in Egypt. Via Skype we shall talk to various human rights activists. Their first speaker will Mounir Samuel. Mounir Samuel is a Political Scientist and Middle East & North Africa expert. Mounir Samuel frequently comments on social and political developments in the Middle East & North Africa, but also on topics such as migration, social media & online activism, radical youth movements and minority rights.
Join them @ Pakhuis de Zwijger (Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Visualizing Syria - Refugees stories from the past, the present and perspective on the future 13th May Time 18:30, Reservation needed (The Hague Peace Projects)
An interactive evening where Syrian refugees share their story together with the Dutch society. During this event visitors are welcomed to think and talk with Salim, Anwaar, Hani, Shuker and Waeel about Syria before and after the war and the impact on Syrian communities. One of the major effects of this war is the move to safe heavens such as the Netherlands. By visuals we want to experience how it is to flee from home, to lose everything and to live as a foreigner in the Netherlands.
There will also be an interactive part where Dutch and Syrian participants mix in game activities. Join them for a journey that through the testimony of several Syrian refugees will take us from the past of Syria to their present conditions as refugees and join them in a discussion aimed to build a future together.
If interested, register at and be at The Hague Peace Projects (Paviljoensgracht 20, The Hague).

SYMPOSIUM; Nexus Institute-symposium 'Democracy Today in the USA’ 21st May, Time: 14:00-17:00. 30 euros for students (Amsterdam)
The primaries for the US presidency are nearing conclusion. The once progressive "Grand Old Party" Abraham Lincoln is belittled at the success of Trump, while the Democrats the established order the calls seem to win. The outcome will determine the world, but Americans call their political system bankrupt. Who rightly discontent and where they come from? What role do the media, big money, racial issues and populism? What is the current status of democracy in the US?
The Nexus Institute is organizing its yearly Symposium on the State of the American Democracy. Everyone seems to know what is happening though an analysis and personal perspectives on such current events have not been presented to the public in an accessible manner.
For Students, 30 euros entrance with an opportunity to listen to Jeb Bush, Randall Kennedy (lawyer), Anne Applebaum (political journalist) & Roger Berkowitz (director of Hannah Arendt Center) amongst many others!


Food for Thought

(Video)article: The Bosnian Village that Rejected the War
The village of Baljvine is an example of coexistence and tolerance for the still-divided country because its Serbs and Bosniaks were never in conflict during the war, locals explain in a BIRN video report. View the video and read the article
DUTCH article: Brexit can Threaten the Peace Process in Northern-Ireland
Op 23 juni stemmen de Britten of ze bij de Europese Unie willen blijven. Europa-correspondent Saskia Dekkers reist door de vier gebieden van het Verenigd Koninkrijk om te ontdekken hoe de Britten tegen een mogelijk brexit aankijken.
De eerste stop: Noord-Ierland. Londonderry is de tweede stad van Noord-Ierland, het is misschien wel de belangrijkste plek om de geschiedenis van het gebied beter te begrijpen. En waar een mogelijke brexit oude conflicten nieuw leven kan inblazen.
Report: European Journal of Law Reform
Financial crime prevention, imprisonment, corruption and controls... Read the European Journal of Law Reform issue 4 here:


Heads up: CS Ubuntu is looking for a new board!
As the academic year is drawing to a close, CS Ubuntu will soon be looking for a President, Secretary, Treasurer and External Officer. Are you enthusiastic about our association, and looking to contribute? If you’re ready for a challenging, dynamic and extremely relevant experience, then keep an eye on your e-mail inbox (members) as well as our Facebookpage and group for the official call for applications!

Website & Next Newsletter
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Expect our next CS Ubuntu newsletter in your inbox in the first week of June. 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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