Fall 2013 Issue II
We've passed the mid-way point and we are now preparing for the last run of classes and coursework in Belfast!
However, our time in Belfast is about more than classroom based learning. Since our last newsletter we've enjoyed a range of activities at our study centre. We've visited St. George's Market, a Victorian market near the centre of Belfast city where students can browse and purchase locally produced goods and food (the local tea, sausages, fish and chocolate are particular favourites)!
This was soon followed by a CIEE tour of the Ulster Museum, where students explored relics from Irelands complicated history, including artefacts and items of clothing from leaders of the 1798 rebellion (on display at the museum). The story of 'The Troubles' began to unfold before the students' eyes in an objective presentation as images and recordings from the conflict were on display.
This semester was particularly special as the CIEE Belfast Study Centre hosted it's very own screening of Girl Rising in celebration of International Day of the Girl. This outstanding movie was screened before an audience of CIEE students, Queen's University Belfast students, and members of the public. The screening was introduced by Dr Clair Rush (Girls Brigade) who spoke of the hopeful and positive impact a global movement for change in attitudes can bring to girls and their access to education.
This semester our CIEE students were also warmly welcomed to Belfast City Hall by Cllr. Claire Hanna (SDLP) who provided a wonderful tour of the Hall, explaining the valued meanings of artefacts and displays throughout the corridoors. This was followed by a discussion with Cllr. Hanna on the current status of Northern Ireland politics and the role of non-violent Irish Socialist Nationalism. Students were also fortunate enough to meet the Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Christopher Stalford, who gifted the CIEE centre with a beautiful plaque of the city crest.
our group were invited to return to City Hall later in the semester where we witnessed a meeting of the city council take place. Here our group also met the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, and Councillors Colin Keenan and Mervyn Jones.
Thanksgiving has also come and gone and our students did not miss out on this wonderful American feast of giving thanks! A turkey dinner of epic porportions was laid for our students to enjoy! Home is never too far away...
As we prepare for the final stretch a few more events for our programme are before us! Watch this space for what's next!