CS Ubuntu Newsletter June 2015
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter June 2015

In this Newsletter, please find:
  • an update from the Board
  • Save the Dates for the CS Ubuntu events for June
  • A calendar with events that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
  • A goodbye-interview with the Board
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads up on the summer holiday!
Enjoy the read!

Wieke, Leonie, Olivier
CS Ubuntu activities
06 June:                  Dies Symposium
10 June:                  Election GA
23 June:                  Excursion ICTY
24 June:                  End-of-Year BBQ
Other activities
June:                        Stories of Change
8 June:                     SVO Symposium
22 June:                   Documentary 'But this is Home'
22 - 24 June:           International Conference WWI
Update from the Board
Let’s pretend it’s just a regular month, shall we? Well, in terms of activities it wasn’t, because we had yet again another eventful month. While the Lectures Committee is working hard to get everything fine and groovy for our upcoming very first Dies Symposium – don’t miss out! -, it was the girls from the Activities Committee that were on fire in May. First, they took us to Brussels for two very interesting days of visiting lobby organisations and conflict studies NGOs as well as the infamous Manneke Pis. What’s more, they provided us with a wonderful session of Meet the Professionals, during which five experts from the field spoke very open and honest about their careers. Some of the lessons learned included: work on your language skills, gain some experience abroad, do not take your own knowledge and skills for granted, be aware that career paths won’t be as straightforward as you might imagine and try find a 
partner who can keep you on track if needed.

The Cultural Committee also kept us active in May, by taking us to the Night of the Refugee and hosting another movie night. Way to go for organizing activities that are both relevant to our common fields of interest, great for increasing our knowledge – do you know what the flag of Republic Maluku Selatan looks like? – and doing their thing for social cohesion.

If you bought one of these calendars for the Ragweek, June will be full of familiar faces, because this is the month CS Ubuntu is featured. Disclaimers might be needed and if you’re wondering what’s written on the white sheet, it’s the first sentence of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights: ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’

Last but not least, this is the last update from your current board. We appreciate the trust and support you gave us this year and are confident our successors will do a great job in taking CS Ubuntu forwards and onwards. Thanks everyone for an amazing year and we do hope to see you around at our Symposium, General Assembly and Thank You-BBQ!

Save the Date: upcoming CS Ubuntu events
06 June, 1:00 PM, Dies Symposium: Human Rights in Times of War, Kargadoor
On June 6 we will gather at the Kargadoor in Utrecht to listen to and debate with prominent speakers on the topic of Human Rights in Times of War. The Lectures Committee is excited to confirm informative lectures by Uri Rosenthal, former minister of Foreign Affairs, drs. Anthony Holslag, expert on holocaust and genocide and Saya Abdullah, young representative for the UN. As the lectures committee is working hard to finalize the final details, they will keep you up-to-date on this Facebookpage. Tickets are available both online and in the UBB. Keep an eye on FB for further information. Hope to see you all the 6th!

10 June, 7:15 - 10:00 PM, General Assembly, Drift 21 0.03
Wieke will chair her last General Assembly, where we will discuss – amongst other things – the financial overview of the 2014- 2015 year as put together by Olivier and the very fun and creative Annual Report as constructed by Leonie. Committees will reflect on the past year and members get to decide on matters of money. Most importantly: the elections for next year’s Board members will take place. Be there to show your support and be surprised by CS Ubuntu’s awesomeness. Drinks afterwards to celebrate.

23 June, 4:00 PM, Excursion International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague
The Study Trip Committee organizes an excursion to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. The tribunal prosecutes the major war criminals of the Balkan Wars that waged there in the '90s. The visit lasts for approximately two and a half hours and consists out of a general presentation by an ICTY representative and attending the hearing of Mladic. Interested? Please send an email to before June 10 2015.

24 June, Thank-You BBQ, [location and time to be announced]
On the evening of June 24, we get together as the CS Ubuntu membership to celebrate our successes of the past year and say goodbye to one another before the summer holidays commence. Location and time will be announced later, but ideally it will be outside, sunny, fun and getting late before you know it. Free for all Committee members; €2,50 for others. 

Other Activities that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
June, Stories of Change - Beyond the 'Arab Spring'. Humanity House, The Hague
Our image of the Arab revolutions is shaped by international news organisations. Those images of demonstrators demanding change will be remembered forever. Four years after the start of the Arab Spring, however, the media rarely talk about ‘democratisation’ and ‘change’. Has hope disappeared? Is Egypt a military regime and is Libya in chaos? What are the stories behind the reports on TV and the newspaper headlines? With the multimedia exhibition Stories of Change – Beyond the ‘Arab Spring’, the World Press Photo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Humanity House offer a unique glimpse of daily life in five North African countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. These insider perspective challenges our perception and provides us with new and surprising insights into the North African region after the Arab Spring. The entrance fee is €2,50.For more information, click here.

8 June, 7:00 PM, SVO Symposium 'Censuur en Vrijheid van Meningsuiting', Academiegebouw Utrecht
For Dutchies. Censuur en vrijheid van meningsuiting zijn dubieuze begrippen geworden. Van Fuck de koning tot Je suis Charliehoe ver kun je tegenwoordig nog gaan? Tijdens het jaarlijkse symposium van het Studieverenigingenoverleg Geesteswetenschappen zullen verschillende sprekers hierop hun visie geven. Ton Koene heeft jarenlang in conflictgebieden gewoond en gewerkt, voor onder andere Artsen zonder grenzen. Later werd hij oorlogsfotograaf voor de Volkskrant, waarvoor hij een World Press Photo Award won. Cathelein Aaftink is universitair docent bij Engelse taal en cultuur en gaf de cursus Verboden boeken. Maarten van Rossem kennen we natuurlijk allemaal van zijn talloze optredens op tv en de radio. Daarnaast is hij emeritus hoogleraar Moderne geschiedenis en heeft hij zijn eigen glossy, Maarten! Ries Achterberg is hoofdredacteur van DUB en zal avondvoorzitter zijn. De toegang is gratis! 
22 June, 7:00 PM, Documentary Screening 'But this is Home', Drift 21 032
Since January 2015, six students of the Honours Humanities Program at Utrecht University have done research on the world of Israeli youth who criticize Netanyahu’s policy considering the conflict with Palestine. How do they experience their current situation? How do they express their opinion about this? Do they feel a friction between their political views and a possible loyalty towards the Jewish-Israeli culture and history? 
Monday 22nd of June the Honours students will present the research's endresult: 'But this is Home', a documentary about oppositional Israeli youth in Israel-Palestine. Afterwards the premiere of the (English-spoken) documentary, the students and academics involved will elaborate on the research; moreover there will be room for discussion and questions. 
22 - 24 June, International Conference on the Legacy of World War One, The Hague
Approximately 100 International students are invited to participate and study the legacy of Versailles (22-24 June 2015). The programme, is hosted by the Peace Palace in The Hague, consists of a two-day simulation of the Versailles negotiations and a full day of workshops with international organisations in The Hague, addressing several key aspects of the Versailles Treaty. On the third day the delegates will also get the opportunity to attend the opening ceremony and network event of the Academic Conference, in which world renown speakers will share their visions on the legacy of the First World War. The topics addressed during the conference will be the question of guilt, territorial arrangements, war reparations and military restrictions. Each of this topics has been carefully selected and addresses issues that are still topical today. More information.

Boardmembers of the Year: Wieke Vink, Leonie van Bruggen, Olivier Korthals Altes
The academic year is coming to an end, and with it the current CS Ubuntu board's term as well. As the day that CS Ubuntu's next board will take on our tasks, which we have been carrying out with so much pleasure and passion, is rapidly approaching, we thought this column would be a good way to reflect on our achievements this year and to say goodbye to you - at least for now.

1. How did you end up at CS Ubuntu?
Wieke: I had just come back from an exchange to South Africa, when I participated in the UUMUN project Road to Rights. There, I met a few CS Ubuntu members, who invited me to Meet the Professionals. That was May last year – and the organization appealed so much to me, that I decided to right away apply for the Board. Good thing: I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciate all the hard work and good fun with Leonie, Olivier and our members, Committees and partners.
Leonie: When I took the course Introduction Conflict Analysis two years ago, the then board of CS Ubuntu promoted itself during one of the lectures and invited us to join for a drink afterwards. So I did. That year I attended multiple lectures and events; the year after I got myself involved in the Lectures Committee; and this year I enrolled in the board of CS Ubuntu.
Olivier: My story is pretty similar to Leonie’s. In September 2012 I was introduced to CS Ubuntu during Conflict Analysis and got myself involved that year – I also joined the Bosnia-Hercegovina Fieldtrip then. The year after I enrolled in the Lectures Committee. After that, I decided to apply for a CS Ubuntu board function for this year.

2. Reflecting on the past academic year and CS Ubuntu's accomplishments, what are you most proud of? What activity/activities did you find most impressive/fun/interesting? What will you miss most about being in the board of CS Ubuntu?
Wieke: Our year on the Board of CS Ubuntu has been truly amazing: many great activities, discussions, jokes, coffees and meetings in obscure corners of the Centre for Conflict Studies. The trips to Bosnia-Hercegovina and Brussels are obvious highlights, but I am also very proud of the testimonies we put together to show how much we as students value and appreciate the conflict studies curriculum. In the Ubuntu-spirit, it is not about ourselves, but about our organization and I am really glad to see we have so many active members and great ideas on how to take our organization forward into next year’s lustrum celebrations.
Leonie: I am super proud of how the board has professionalized CS Ubuntu this year in terms of the organizational structure it developed, the network with other organizations and Utrecht University’s organs it built, and the increase of active members. Moreover I am super proud of all this year’s committees, which have all been super enthusiastic and hard-working and have sincerely organized highly interesting activities. For me, the Bosnia-Hercegovina Fieldtrip definitely stood out . What I will miss most about being in the board of CS Ubuntu, is the fun board meetings and the intensive contact we had with the Centre for Conflict Studies and with interested students. And making this newsletter of course, haha.
Olivier: I’m very proud of working with Wieke and Leonie as a team to further develop CS Ubuntu. I’m also satisfied with my personal, acquisition task to finance our bigger activities, the group of active members that we have gathered within CS Ubuntu, the close contacts with the CCS and UCIS, how CS Ubuntu is being more recognized amongst other study association of the Faculty of Humanities,  and the new activities that we have organized this year. Especially the Meet the Lecturers Pub Crawl was such a new and successful event and is definitely worth repeating. I will truly miss the team work of our board, but I am happy about the results that we have booked this year and that we can pass these results along with enough feedback and instructions to the next board.

3. What are your future plans?
Wieke: I’ll be doing my Master’s at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia Law School next year, in their Global Alliance Programme for International Criminal Law. It’s a wonderful programme and I get to study with some of my all-time favourite professors, so I am all thrilled that I got in.
Leonie: I just got accepted into the master’s programme Conflict Studies and Human Rights, yaay! I am really looking forward to start this awesome opportunity.
Olivier: This year I will finish my bachelor and after the summer holiday, I’m first going to do an internship, probably in The Hague at a security organization, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Defense or at an NGO. In February then, I want to start my master in (International) Security Studies - either in The Hague, Groningen or perhaps abroad.

4. What's the best career advice that you ever got?
Wieke: ‘Stay true to yourself’. Only if you do something that excites you and you truly care for, you can give it your best. I also very much believe that from the one opportunity follows another, so it’s a good thing to take chances, jump on (a) board and see where it takes you.
Leonie: ‘When there is a will, there is a way’. It is SUPER cliché, but simultaneously SUPER true. If you are really passionate about doing or achieving something, you can eventually achieve it. Just don’t get discouraged by setbacks. I think without this attitude, I wouldn't be where I find myself today.
Olivier: Do not wait for the right moment or do not quit on your aspirations too early, thinking that “you will be more ready next time, year, etc.” Don’t go for the second chance, your chances are right here and now! It’s okay to fail or be rejected, but it is a pity to postpone your talent.  I certainly believe that  people can perform better or make more use of all their potentials if they’re focusing on their current efforts by ‘burning the boats at the shore’, and not thinking too much about a return. 

Food for Thought
Humanity in Action Column Competition
In April 2015 Humanity in Action organized a column competition. Its theme was Freedom. As of today the winners of the competition have been announced. You find the winning columns here.

What does my headscarf mean to you?
Unconscious bias is a prevalent factor driving culture, causing us all to make assumptions based on our own upbringings and influences. Such implicit prejudice affects everything, and it's time for us to be more thoughtful, smarter, better. In this funny, honest talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied uses a surprising way to challenge us all to look beyond our initial perceptions.

For Dutchies: Interessante projecten!
Ben jij op zoek naar een interessante uitdaging of naar een leuke en relevante manier om je curriculum aan te vullen? Dan is het bezoeken van de volgende websites zeker de moeite waard. Zowel vredesorganisatie PAX, als Lokaalmondiaal organiseren deze zomervakantie/het begin van volgend academisch jaar een aantal super interessante en relevante programma's en masterclass-reeksen met betrekking tot conflict, vrede en veiligheid. Voor meer informatie, zie:
PAX Peace of Minds AcademyDeadline voor aanmelden is 7 juni.
Lokaalmondiaal (in combinatie met Vice Versa en Oxfam Novib). Deadline voor aanmelden is 14 juni.

Website and Next Newsletter
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