CS Ubuntu Newsletter January 2015
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter January 2015

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
  • An interview with Adéla... one of our international members
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads up on the next February
Enjoy the read!

Wieke, Leonie, Olivier
CS Ubuntu Activities
06 January:              Bookclub
09 January:              City Safari
14 January:              Information Night Bosnia
29 January:              Excursion ICC - Binnenhof

20-21 February:      Excursion Brussels

Other activities
January - May:        Movies that Matter on Tour
Update from the Board
First of all: Happy new year!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas(break) and an awesome turn of the year. Let’s hope the number of humanitarian disasters will diminish and that many conflicts will be resolved in 2015.
We are all looking forward to welcoming you at our activities this year! All our committees are getting back to business soon, so check our agenda to see what activities are planned this month.

As the board of CS Ubuntu we are picking up our tasks again after the Christmasbreak. First this means reflecting on December – a month full of CS Ubuntu activities. To prevent our Board Update from getting too extensive, we only highlight the biggest events of December here.

On 10 December, we hosted “Meet the Masters”, where two current master students and one alumnus of Conflict Studies and Human Rights 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. On the same day Wieke and Leonie represented CS Ubuntu at the Human Rights-event at Het Huis Utrecht. Various human rights-organizations were present and small lectures were given on human rights-related questions. Moreover the annual Tolerance price was issued as well. Finally the night ended with the very impressive theatre performance “Schijn” by Fahd Larhzaoui.

The two-day conference "Remote Control: Violence/Containment/Technology” by the Centre for Conflict Studies and the Centre for Humanities on 12 and 13 December gave us a detailed insight into the political, ethical and international consequences of remote control technology through lectures and panels by various guest lecturers. Very interesting and a lot food for thought!

Most importantly, the Board hosted its first General Assembly on December 15th. This night we have discussed and adjusted our association’s vision and mission. Moreover all committees have presented themselves, their activities and their budgets for this year. Minutes of the General Assembly will be emailed this month.

Important: As some of our Committee-members go back home after their exchange semester here in Utrecht, we are looking for new Committee-members. There are three functions available within the Cultural Committee, and within the Bosnia Fieldtrip Committee the function of Treasurer is open. Application should be emailed to

Save the Date: upcoming CS Ubuntu events
6 January, 8 – 9.30 PM, CS Ubuntu Book Club reads 1984 by George Orwell, Reception Utrecht Library, Drift 19
At the third meeting of the CS Ubuntu Book Club, hosted by the Social Activities Committee, we will plunge deeper into the topics of 1984 by discussing the next chapters of the book. George Orwell’s vision of an omni-present and ultra-repressive State is given shape and substance by his astute play on our own fears. In what ways do our contemporary societies resemble (t)his idea? If you missed the first meetings: no problem – you can join in now. We will meet at the reception of the Utrecht University Library in the city Centre.

9 January, City Safari Lombok and Mosque, [time and place to be announced]
Are you just as curious as most other people about the new mosque that has been build right behind Utrecht Central Station? Do you want to tour through Lombok and find out about all funny local diaspora shop that are situated in Lombok? The Cultural Committee will take you to these places during their City Safari on 9 January. Nice opportunity to learn more about the mosque and the Muslim-community in the Netherlands, and to taste all sorts of spices you haven't tasted before! :)

More information to be announced soon, so keep an eye on Facebook.

13 January, 7:15-9:00 PM, Information Night Bosnia Fieldtrip, [location to be announced]
As you might have heard, CS Ubuntu organizes a fieldtrip to Bosnia-Hercegovina from 11 - 20 April 2015. On January 13th the Bosnia Fieldtrip Committee will tell you everything about the trip's planning, activities, costs etcetera. You will also be able to subscribe yourself for the fieldtrip. Be there if you want to join the fieldtrip, because there are only 18 spots available; first-come, first-served!

29 January, Excursion International Criminal Court and the Binnenhof, The Hague
During the reflectionweek of January (so no uni or exams yeah!), CS Ubuntu’s Activities Committee organizes an excursion to the International Criminal Court and the Binnenhof in the Hague. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal and has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The Binnenhof (Inner Court) houses the States General of the Netherlands, the Ministry of General Affairs, and the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. The Binnenhof is the eldest Houses of Parliament in the world that's still in use.

Important: The costs are €8,50 for Ubuntu-members and €10,- for non-Ubuntu Members. Moreover there are only twenty spots available. If you’d like to attend this excursion, send an e-mail  with your full name, passport/ID number, nationality to: 
The deadline is JANUARY 10TH, 2015.

Announcement: 20 - 21 February, Excursions Brussels
The Activities Committee is busy organizing a two-day trip to Brussels - which will take place on 20 and 21 February. During the trip, the European Parlement and some other organizations (negotiations with amongst others with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are still in full swing) will be visited. Moreover there will also be free time for some sightseeing and souvenir shopping. More information will be announced soon, so keep an eye on Facebook!

Other Activities that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
January - May
Movies that Matter, an Amnesty International, raises awareness for human rights through movies. In the next months, Movies that Matter tours through the Netherlands and screens some very interesting movies and documentaries. For more information about the movies and locations, see:

Member of the Month: Adéla Povrová
Adéla is one of CS Ubuntu‘s international members and is also active in the Cultural Committee. At the end of January she will return to Brno, Czech Republic. Enough reasons to name her Member of the Month!
1. How did you end up at CS Ubuntu?
It started with me being excited about conflict studies lectures and seminars. At my university in Brno I study sociology and international relations and these lectures combined both of my fields of interests. So when I heard that there was a student association that focusses on this field of study, my decision to join was really easy.

2. You are almost leaving the Netherlands after studying at University Utrecht for half a year. How do you look back at your 6 months in the Netherlands? What did you find most impressive/stunning/annoying/funny/...?
That´s a tough question! Maybe when I suddenly found myself in a flock of bikers on my way to school. Until then I believed it was only possible in races to cycle in flocks, but there are so many people riding bikes in the Netherlands! Or maybe seeing people on their bikes texting or smoking, as if cycling is just as easy as walking for them. Or the first time I´ve went inside the garden of Faculty of Law and Governance and felt as if I was in Hogwarts! But what I found most impressive is the system of education, because having seminars twice a week and constantly working on some projects helped me focus on what I was studying more than ever before. In my country we´re just attending lectures once a week for every subject and then during a period of few weeks we have exams for all of them. It enables you to take up more lectures that you´re interested in and you have more time throughout the academic year, but at the end of each semester you have to recapitulate so many things from so many different subjects, which can be really crazy sometimes.

3. What are your plans for this year?
After I finish my semester at Utrecht University, I would like to travel a bit around the Netherlands, visit some of my friends that are on Erasmus too, and then return to the Czech Republic. There I plan to visit my friends from back home, have a few proper Czech beers with them and then get ready for next semester at the university in Brno. Moreover, thanks to my semester at Utrecht University I have a much clearer idea about the direction I would like to go in my future studies and I´ve already looked up subjects that I would like get on my schedule. Furthermore I hope to find an interesting part-time job and a nice internship for the summer.

4. What's the best career advice that you ever got?
I don´t think there was one big great advice; it´s more about small things I keep on learning throughout the years and interesting people I meet. Some of the most important things I´ve learnt partly by reading them and partly by experiencing them on my own is that life´s unpredictable, so instead of making plans and freaking out every time something´s not going the way you expected it, you just need to focus on things that bring you experience and help you grow up as a person and look for opportunities, even those unexpected ones. For example, a few days ago I read a quote by my favorite writer Hunter S. Thompson: It is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it.“ I think he perfectly summed up what you can learn thanks to for example Erasmus program – studying abroad helps you to see your place in life in a different perspective and once that happens, you see chances you haven´t seen before.

Food for Thought
Refugee Republic
Refugee Republic is an interactive transmedia documentary about everyday life in Domiz Camp, a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq. The aim of the makers, artist Jan Rothuizen, multimedia journalist Martijn van Tol and photographer Dirk Jan Visser, is to enrich the existing image of refugee camps by building an anatomical sketch of everyday life in the camp, through a combination of drawings, film, photography, sound and text to create a sensory experience. 
Very interesting and super easy to lose yourself in.

Colombia: The Coca Cola Controversy
Do already have a Coca Cola bottle with 'Share a coke with... [your own name]' on it? Or are you still waiting for the day you suddenly run into the coke-bottle with your name on it? Anyway you could say it is a nice, feel-good publicity stunt by Coca Cola. A publicity stunt that obfuscates the big Coca Cola Controversy. To wit, this multinational is accused of complicity in murder of trade unionists in Colombia. Learn all about it at:

Christmas in West Africa
How this Christmas looked like in West Africa...

Website and Next Newsletter
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