Between the lectures, academic events, and extracurriculars, it’s been a busy few weeks at our London and Florence centers. Here’s a quick round-up of the offerings at our centers:
Football Fridays at Faraday House – SU London students, led by SUL staff member Max Okore are meeting for an “international friendly” (excuse the pun) on Friday, March 22nd at a local soccer field/football pitch.
The Spring 2013 Encompass Journey of Understanding began on Sunday, March 17 in Wales with four SU London student participants: Erica Clapp, Alicia Collins, Rayna Gamble, and Christy Koutsourades. Through a combination of intense physical challenges, team-building exercises and group discussions, participants will be addressing complex issues such as: stereotypes, identity, cultural heritage and ethnic conflict. Good luck to everyone and congratulations to the SU London students who were selected – what a great honor!
SU architecture students have their exhibition “Field Explorations” opening March 19 at New London Architecture – London’s Center for the Built Environment. The exhibition covers student work in the form of original hand drawings from our Syracuse London Architecture Program produced in the course offering “Survey of British Architecture.”
In Florence, the spring edition of Florence Family Week wrapped up successfully with a great turnout of family members who made the trip to Florence to visit their students and take in the city through the assured guidance of the SUF staff. SU Florence’s Flickr stream has great pictures of the five-day event.
The Florence center also hosted two lectures last week: the first, from Professor Riccardo Petrella, was called “Banning Poverty 2018,” and the second was from the US Consul General, Sarah Morrison, who offered perspective on the war in Liberia from her time in the Peace Corps there, and the need to empower women on the road to peaceful solutions.
Petrella’s lecture focused on the idea that poverty is not a “natural” phenomenon. It’s the result of structural societal factors that generate and sustain processes that create impoverishment. Impoverishment is the son of socio-economic injustice, human and
cultural prejudices, and uneven power systems. He argued that it is time and necessary to go beyond curative and remedial measures to eradicate poverty.
This is just a sample of the offerings from our centers – a small testament to the hard work of our center staff and faculty members, who work to pull everything together for our students.