CS Ubuntu Newsletter July 2015
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter July 2015

In this Newsletter, please find:
  • An update from the Board
  • Save the Dates for the CS Ubuntu events for July & August
  • A calendar with events that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
  • An interview with Lisa, a faithful CS Ubuntu member
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads up on the summer holiday!
Enjoy the read!

Sam, Emmalien, Jana
CS Ubuntu activities
No activities :(
Other activities
2 July:              Symposium 'Jihad, islam en recht'
29 July -
27 August
:      Extraordinary Outdoor Films HH
Update from the Board

Whoa, I must say it feels quite exciting to write the first update from CS Ubuntu’s VIth board! Even though it felt a little overwhelming to be given the instructions by the now officially former board, they prepared us so thoroughly on taking over the amazing job that they did in the past year, that little by little we are starting to get settled in our new roles.

Speaking of amazing jobs, I hope you all heard of the  Dies symposium the Lecture Committee organized this month. International criminal law attorney Dr Brianne McGonigle Leyh, UN youth representative Saya Abdullah, former Dutch Minister of Foreign affairs Uri Rosenthal, and anthropologist Anthonie Holslag enlightened us on their perspectives and fields relating to Human Rights in Times of War. With Bosnian music by Hugo Sips to top off this afternoon, I can truly say that the lecture committee has set up a superb Dies symposium. With such a big event, the Board handover, and the end of the academic year, CS Ubuntu’s activities for this year were coming to an end. Not, however, before the Bosnia Fieldtrip Committee organized the rescheduled visit to the ICTY. With a thought-provoking presentation, and with the opportunity to listen to some of the actual proceedings , this visit was an intriguing final to an amazing trip in April!

And as a final to CS Ubuntu’s year, the new Board organized the last activity for now – the Thank You Barbecue. To applaud and celebrate the brilliant efforts of all the committees, we threw a little party, with food, drinks, and the edible faces of the former Board (don’t worry – it was cake).Yet also for those who weren’t there, be that committee members or regular CS Ubuntu members, we want to say a big and grateful THANK YOU for an amazing year! We really hope to see all of you (and more) back from September onwards. We can’t tell too much yet, but I can assure you that CS Ubuntu’s first Lustrum is going to be awesome.

Save the Date: upcoming CS Ubuntu events
Unfortunately, we have no CS Ubuntu activites for you in July and August, since we are all enjoying our summer holiday. However, be prepared for a whole new bunch of fun and interesting activities starting from September onwards!

Other Activities that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
2 July, 10.00 am - 4.30 pm, RIMO Symposium 'Jihad, islam en recht', Sterrenwachtlaan, Universiteit Leiden
For Dutchies: Op donderdag 2 juli 2015 organiseert de Vereniging RIMO haar 33e jaarlijkse symposium te Leiden. Het thema van dit jaar is ‘Jihad, islam en recht. Jihadisme en reacties vanuit het Nederlandse en Belgische recht’. Voor meer informatie, zie hier.

29 July - 27 August, Extraordinary Outdoor Films 2015, Humanity House, The Hague
What better way is there to spend a sultry summer evening than watching the best cinema? The theme of this year’s series of must-see classics is War & Peace. Please feel welcome to arrive early and enjoy our richly filled Picnic basket on the terrace. The Picnic basket can be ordered online along with your ticket. At the outdoor bar we serve refreshments prior to the movie. The bar and terrace open at 7:00 pm!

Click here for the complete open air cinema program at the Humanity House.

Member of the Month: Lisa Kappetijn
Lisa has been a CS Ubuntu member for a couple of years now, and last month, she has been to our very first Symposium. That's why we asked her about her experiences at both CS Ubuntu and the Dies Symposium.

1. How did you end up at CS Ubuntu?
The first time I heard about CS Ubuntu is even before I did the minor conflict studies. I think I got an e-mail from a classmate inter- and intragroup processes who promoted the 'Meet the Professionals event'. I went to the event and it was very inspiring. Different professionals from a field which appealed to me told that it was more in our reach then I thought. After the evening I was also more sure about signing up for the minor.

2. Last month you attended the CS Ubuntu's very first Dies Symposium, What did you think of it?
The Dies Symposium was very nice, I would definitely recommend it to be an activity next year. The theme 'Human Rights in times of war' was very cool and could be linked to different fields and points of view, which resulted in a very dynamic day. Also the guest speakers were very good, interesting with a lot of knowledge of relevance to the subject.
3. What are your future plans?
After a year boardmembership of the JOVD and voluntary work at the Voorleesexpress, I want to focus more on my studies again. My future plans for next year are attending the premaster of 'International Developmemt Studies' besides I am taking some courses of the minor again and Spanish. After I want to apply for the master of Conflict Studies and Human Rights or take a gap year and apply for some internships of the Dutch Embassy or UN related. Further, I will see what the future will bring me.

4.What's the best career advice that you ever got? 
Succes is within your reach, if you go outside and do what you love, opportunities are closer than you think.

Food for Thought
Stage bij Cross Your Borders
For Dutchies: Voor het aankomende collegejaar is Cross Your Borders op zoek naar nieuwe stagiaires!
Cross Your Borders reist langs scholen in heel Nederland. Op elke school neemt Cross Your Borders enkele dagen achterelkaar het lesprogramma over. Als stagiair(e) maak je deel uit van een enthousiast team dat de projecten op school uitvoert en de leerlingen lesgeeft. Daarnaast ben je een volwaardig teamlid binnen onze professionele organisatie. Je geeft jongeren les over onder andere mondiale problemen en ontwikkelingsvraagstukken. Voor meer informatie, kijk op deze site.

A black man and a white woman switch mics - and the result is amazing
Eastern Michigan University students Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley speak for each other—and show us a thing or two about privilege. For the video of their speech, click here.

Unifying cultures through intercultural communication
Hazirah Mohamad has been actively involved in numerous community initiatives, both locally and overseas through the Youth Expedition Projects. She argues that dancing and music are the greatest connecting factors between different cultures. But more importantly, she believes that sharing one's culture with another is the greatest form of communication. Watch her lecture here.

Website and Next Newsletter
We are proud to announce we have an official website now, though it is still under construction. People are working on extending the website and giving it a fancy look, but anyway, 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 September. 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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