CS Ubuntu Newsletter January 2016
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter

January 2016


In this newsletter, please find:
  • An update from the Board
  • Save the Dates for the CS Ubuntu events for January
  • A calendar with events that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu-members
  • De Warmtekaravaan is 'In the Spotlight'!
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads up on picking up your membership card!
Enjoy the read!

Sam, Emmalien & Jana

CS Ubuntu activities
08 February   Excursion HH: interview                              war correspondent
11 February   Winter general Assembly

Other activities
21 January    HH Crisis Watch: Humanitarian Challenges in Eastern DRC
06 February  Boom Chicago's Masterclass Presentational Skills

Update from the Board

Dearest fellow Ubuntu-ers,
First of all, we would like to wish you a very happy new year, with everything good coming your way. 2015 has certainly been a challenging year – it saw the continuation of one of the biggest humanitarian disasters in Syria, leading to often disastrous plights and flights of refugees. European societies have become ever more polarized, leaving less and less room for debate and understanding. It is here, we think, that our shared responsibilities lie mostly. In fostering understanding, bridging across countries, language and cultures. In keeping hope, and
 acting on that. And in remaining vigilant. For intolerance, misunderstanding, and manipulation. We sincerely hope that you keep developing your critical thinking, that you never stop raising questions. As long as we don’t accept the wrongs that are going on in our world, we have hope to improve them.

 At CS Ubuntu we hope to provide you with activities and events to foster that critical thinking and understanding. To get an idea of what we are planning in January, please have a look at the agenda, and keep an eye on our Facebook page! For now, however, we’d like to reflect a little on December.
On 10 December, a small delegation of CS Ubuntu attended Amnesty International’s writing marathon, at a session set up by Amnesty International Student Group Utrecht. During this evening, Ubuntu-ers helped write letters of support and protest, to help Amnesty’s goals of addressing human rights abuses. It certainly was an inspirational and fun evening!
A week later, on 16 December, the Activities Committee organized “Meet the Masters”. During a cozy and informal meeting with two current master students of Conflict Studies and Human Rights were given gave us an insight into the master. We have learned more about the application procedures, courses and career opportunities. Of course there was also room for questions and debate. 
The holidays gave us some time to rest, but we and our committees haven’t sat still! While the Activities Committee is busy planning an excursion to the Dutch Institute for Human Rights, our Study Trip Committee is preparing for the Berlin weekend at the end of this month! 

Important: With the second semester upon us, we are starting to prepare for the celebrations of CS Ubuntu’s first lustrum. If you wish to become involved with this, please contact Sam at

Save the Date: Upcoming CS Ubuntu events

08 February 20:00, Excursion Humanity House: Interview with war correspondent
CS Ubuntu’s first day trip of 2016 will be to… the Humanity House! On Monday 8 February, we will gather at Utrecht Central Station to go to The Hague together. At the Humanity House, we will attend an interview/debate with a war correspondent, who will tell us all about his experiences. Afterwards, we will stay in The Hague a little while for drinks! The event in The Hague will start at 20:00, but keep an eye on the next newsletter and/or Facebook for the gathering time at Utrecht CS. Already sure that you want to join? Please send an e-mail to

11 February 19:30, CS Ubuntu's Winter General Assembly
On 11 February 2016,  the 2015- 2016 board will host CS Ubuntu’s Winter General Assembly. During this meeting, we will discuss the first semester of this academic year as it has been, and the plans there are for the second semester. All of CS Ubuntu’s members are invited to attend the General Assembly, and an official invitation will also be sent by e-mail. Further information will follow, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and next newsletter, and save the date!


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

21 January, HH Crisis Watch: Humanitarian challenges in Eastern DRC, Humanity House

If you are interested in what the Humanity House has to offer, and can’t wait for the excursion on February 8th, then here’s another interesting event for you! On 21 January, the Humanity House organizes a panel conversation on humanitarian challenges in the Eastern DRC. Here, the following questions will be discussed: How can the needs of IDPs be best addressed in a protracted-crisis context, such as eastern-DRC? How do (Congolese) humanitarian aid workers deal with this complex situation and with the constant threat of emergencies? To answer them several experts and aid workers from the region will be present. The panel conversation will be in English. Want more info? Click here.

06 February, 14:00, Boom Chicago's Masterclass Presentational Skills, Rozengracht 117  
Whether you worry about speaking in front of groups or you are at ease in front of an audience, Boom Chicago hosts a masterclass in presentational skills that might help you find fun and (more) enjoyment in public presentations. It tries to show you how to remain confident and calm when speaking in front of colleagues or strangers, and will try to teach you how to improve your presentation skills and make you more comfortable in many situations. The masterclass will be held in English at Rozengracht 117 in Utrecht, and will last from 14:00 to 17:30. Tickets are a little pricy at €75, but that includes a ticket for Shot of Improv, one of Boom Chicago's comedy shows. For more info, check Boom Chicago's website.


In the Spotlight!
The Spotlight of January features a local initiative to help refugees... De Warmtekaravaan! 

De Warmtekaravaan (English: the Warmth Convoi) is a local initiative by students from Utrecht. Touched by the events surrounding the stream of refugees fleeing from war zones, and the circumstances and weather they often have to live in while in refugee camps, they decided to take action. To provide warmth in the upcoming winter, they started to raise money on one hand, and warm clothes on the other. And on 18 December 2015, the Warmtekaravaan left for the French refugee camp of Duinkerke with several vans of warm clothing and volunteers

Current work
After their December trip to Duinkerke, De Warmtekaravaan has remained active. In the meantime, they have undertaken another trip to the refugee camp by bus. With a small delegation, they were able to provide some general help in the camp, and to write about it. Also, they have been raising awareness on social media for the circumstances refugees have to live in. (For the writings (which are in Dutch), check out their Facebook page.

While on their first trip to Duinkerke, the Warmtekaravaan volunteers took some pictures that give an impression of the circumstances in the refugee camp that the refugees live in. You can check them out here.

De Warmtekaravaan is quite a young initiative that gained most of its attention through Facebook. As such, they do not have a website. However, their Facebook page provides information about their founding, the first and second trip and some background information. Also, you can find the writings and the pictures mentioned above.
However, they do have a page on for the fundraising for their first trip. The fundraising is now closed, but you can still visit the website.

Want to nominate a person, organization, website or anything else for 'In the Spotlight'? Please let us know by sending an e-mail to!

Food for Thought

Starting soon: Utrecht University Business Course 2016!

Do you gain energy from solving complex problems? Are you intrigued by startups? Are you analytically skilled and do not easily walk away from a challenge? Then the Utrecht University Business Course is designed for you! The course is aimed at master's students from all disciplines at Utrecht University. The course is a business programme and you will thus receive a certificate upon completion.
The UUBC programme will start in the middle of February 2016 and end in the middle of May 2016. You will attend meetings, workshops and lectures once or twice a week in the evenings. These meetings will take between 3 and 4 hours.
Are you interested and excited to face consulting and entrepreneurship challenges? Then visit our website and apply for the 2016 edition. Deadline for application is 22 January. For more info, check out the UUBC website.

Basheer Alzaalan, 'Germany has been good to us Syrians. I hope Cologne doesn't change that', The Guardian
The recent events in Cologne have stirred up the debate around the stream of refugees fleeing to Europe from war areas. The violation of women’s rights by a group of men that – supposedly – partly consisted of asylum seekers, made opponents of the admission of refugees even more fierce, while others  felt like they had to choose between defending women’s rights and the care for refugees. This opinionated article by the British newspaper The Guardian was written by a Syrian refugee living in Germany, near Cologne, and provides us with a voice we have not heard that much yet in the debate: that of a refugee. To read the article, click here.  


Heads up: pick up your CS Ubuntu membership card!
Are you a full CS Ubuntu member (which means we have received your membership fee) but haven’t received your CS Ubuntu membership card yet? Come pick it up! On Wednesday 20 January between 13:00 and 14:00, our secretary Emmalien will be sitting in Café Lodewijk, near the entrance of the Drift University Library, with the membership cards of those who haven’t got it yet. In case you can’t make it then and there, please send an e-mail to to make an appointment to pick up your card.

Haven’t paid your membership fee of 7,50 euros yet? Please do so to NL89 TRIO 0390514519 to Vereniging CS Ubuntu Utrecht, and come and pick up your card on the 13th too!

Website & Next Newsletter
As you will most likely know, we have our own website! Check it out at

Expect our next CS Ubuntu newsletter in your inbox in the first week of February. 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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