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GLOBAL GRAM- Week of Jan 30

30 Jan

GLOBAL GRAM – Week of Jan. 30

Sarah’s New Blog Post: Third Week in Oaxaca!

Read all about her third week here.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tavola Italiana

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: TAVOLA ITALIANA: Join in for informal Italian conversation hour! Meet at the tables between the Marche and Alice’s Cafe. 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.. For more information contact: ppucci@uvm.edu

Common Hour – Reports from the Field: Jordan

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Description: COMMON HOUR SERIES – REPORTS FROM THE FIELD: Jessica Salameh, former Global Village student, talks about her study abroad experience in Jordan. 5:30 p.m., L/L A-161.

COMING SOON!:

Tickets ready for pick-up now! Limited number of FREE TICKETS. Stop by the Living/Learning Director’s Office (205 Commons) to pick up a ticket while supplies last. Office hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Le Vent du Nord and Pine Leaf Boys

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Description: LE VENT DU NORD AND PINE LEAF BOYS: A Québeçois and Cajun double-bill with two of our favorite bands! Le Vent du Nord is one of the most exciting groups to come out of French Canada, and they have the fans, awards, and CD sales to prove it. Fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, accordion, and percussive feet combine to create a unique sound that makes you want to celebrate, dance, and laugh with joy. The four-time Grammy Award-nominated Pine Leaf Boys from Lafayette, Louisiana, are part of a new generation of musicians that brings a youthful exuberance to traditional Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music. Ambassadors of regional American Music, the Pine Leaf Boys have performed in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Latvia, Denmark, and Slovenia.

Date & Time: February 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT, United States, 05401

YouTube clip: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=j03tTLBcPYg

Limited number of FREE TICKETS (normally $25.00). Stop by the Living/Learning Director’s Office (205 Commons) to pick up a ticket while supplies last. Office hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

*Passport students can use this event for the Passport class.
**The Lane Series requests that you arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled show time so tht the performance can start on time.

The Beaux’ Strategem

Time: Various dates/times in Feb.
Description: THE BEAUX’ STRATEGEM:The original version of The Beaux’ Stratagem, written by George Farquhar, was first performed in London in 1709. It was later adapted by Thornton Wilder in 1939, though it was not finished. That opportunity, passed on from Wilder’s estate, went to Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), who completed work on it in time for the new version’s debut in 2006.
Three centuries in the making, the play is a raucous romp through the minefields of love, money and marriage. It is an evening full of careful scheming, double dealing and a good bit of old-time swashbuckling bravado, proving that when it comes to matters of the heart anything can happen no matter how carefully planned.

 

 
 

Third week in Oaxaca!

30 Jan

Hola todos!

Although this is my third week here in Oaxaca, I still have many things to learn about the culture
and people of Mexico. For example, towards the end of the week, we traveled to a village outside
the city called Santa Ana del Valle and spent a night there. There, we stayed with indigenous
families in the town and learned the ins and outs of the politics of a Zapotec village.

Unlike those in the greater Mexican communities, these indigenous villages have a much
more communal aspect. As a member of the village, a person has an obligation to his
community to work a certain number of years for the greater good; this is termed tequio. The
man that gave us a tour of the town, a highly respected member of the community, told us that 15
years of tequio is required of each person in the town and is usually begun at the age of 18. This
work may include maintaining the local museum, working in the fields around the town, or
organizing events at the local church.

This tequio is unpaid work that each member of the village
is obligated to do as part as a service and, if refused, the person’s land may be seized and shared
among members of the village. In more recent years, a number of community members have
gone to the United States to work due to the lack of jobs available to them in Mexico. Because of
this, a new rule has been made where those abroad can pay others in the community to do their
tequio for them. After learning all this, I talked to my local host mother that night who shared her
views of this system. Though she liked the system, she felt that it was not practical because they
are not paid for this work and yet, they still need to earn money for food and other goods.

The next day we went to a local weaver who taught us the processes of collecting wool,
dyeing it using natural coloring agents and weaving rugs from the colored wool. The following
day, we went to a traditional medicine woman who explained how she uses plants and natural
remedies to cure health problems like sadness, fright, headaches, fear, anger and diabetes.
Though it was hard to believe this alternate form of medicine, later we were surprised by her
ability to pick up on vibes from people in the group.

Though we only spent one night in Santa Ana del Valle we learned so much about
indigenous politics and economic practices. We learned so much in such a short amount of time
that I am excited to see what is in store for the coming weeks.

 

Hasta luego,
Sarah Leidinger

 
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Global Gram: Week of Jan 23

23 Jan

 

Welcome back! Hope the first week of classes went well. It’s a busy second week of the semester in the Global Village.

NEW THIS SEMESTER:
Sarah Leidinger will be writing for the Global Village blog while studying abroad in Oaxaca this semester. Exciting!
Please check out her first post here.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TAVOLA ITALIANA:

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: TAVOLA ITALIANA: Join in for informal Italian conversation hour! Meet at the tables between the Marche and Alice’s Cafe. 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.. For more information contact: ppucci@uvm.edu

GLOBAL VILLAGE COMMUNITY MEETING:

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Description: GLOBAL VILLAGE COMMUNITY MEETING: Community meeting and Passport Class overview. 5:30 p.m., L/L A-161.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RECEPTION:

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RECEPTION: Welcome event for the Spring international students. Refreshments will be served. Free! 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. , L/L Fireplace Lounge.

GERMAN FILM – Young Goethe in Love:

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Description: GERMAN FILM – Young Goethe in Love: Welcome and information event for those interested in a German House next year. Showing the film Young Goethe in Love.

Synopsis: After aspiring poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fails his law exams, he’s sent to a sleepy provincial court to reform. Instead, he falls for Lotte, a young woman who is promised to another man.

Film will be shown in German with English subtitles.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., L/L B-102.

Friday, January 27, 2012

ANONYMOUS 4:

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: ANONYMOUS 4: It is our honor to present Anonymous 4, one of the most respected and revered female a Capella vocal ensembles in the world, for the third time on our series. Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, Anonymous 4 combines musical, literary, and historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition, creating ingeniously designed programs. To mark their 25th year together, Anonymous 4 has developed a truly unique and very special concert program, ANTHOLOGY 25. It features ancient, traditional and modern works from each of their 19 prizewinning, chart-topping harmonia mundi CDs, in one, two, three and four voices, including 11th century plainchant, richly harmonic English conductus, spicy French motets of the 13th century, exotic 15th-century Hungarian polyphony, 19th-century shape note hymns, and contemporary works.

YouTube clip: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EEb7gt7FIKs

Location: UVM Music Building Recital Hall, 384 South Prospect Street

Time: January 27, 2012 7:30 pm

Limited number of FREE TICKETS (normally $35.00). Stop by the Living/Learning Director’s Office (205 Commons) to pick up a ticket while supplies last. Office hours: 8 a.m- 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

*Passport students can use this event for the Passport class.
**The Lane Series requests that you arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled show time so that the performance can start on time.

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