Monthly Archives: November 2013

IU South Bend students’ video

A super 3-minute video about IU South Bend students’ experiences abroad is now up on our webpage!


Celebrating Dia da Consciência Negra in Rio

Even in the harshest times of slavery, people have found ways to maintain their dignity and their agency. In 1605, the city of Palmares was founded in the interior of Brazil by slaves to help other

They created a monarchical  government with limited electoral representation, practiced traditional African customs, and valued dignity in life. The African influence can be even seen in their chosen name, Angola Janga, roughly translated as little Angola, which is where most of the Palmares citizens and their ancestors originated. Palmares had about 30,000 residents and maintained their Africanized republic nearly a century before Dutch and Portuguese colonial pressures caused their demise. Their state had become important enough that the Portuguese felt it necessary to sign trade treaties with Palmares, signifying their political legitimacy.


Ganga Zumba and Zumbi are the last two leaders of Palmares and were their most prominent warriors. Today in Brazil, both men are revered as heroes and honored as symbols of national black pride. On November 20, many Brazilians celebrate Dia da Consciência Negra or “Black Awareness Day,” a  joyous affair for Afro-Brazilians. Zumbi’s legacy is honored by gracing banknotes and stamps throughout Brazil. So, on November 20, remember those who died fighting oppression throughout the world.


For Further Reading:

Mary Karasch, “Zumbi of Palmares: Challenging the Portuguese Colonial Order” in The Human Tradition, ed. Andrien

Robert Nelson Anderson, “The Quilombo of Palmares: A New Overview of a Maroon State in Seventeenth-Century Brazil,” Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 28, No. 3, Brazil: History and Society (Oct., 1996), pp. 545-566.

Enjoy a Classic! IUSB History Club Presents: All Quiet on the Western Front

“This story is neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war…”


Please come and see one of the greatest war films of all time.

Presented by the IUSB History Club

with a special introduction and commentary by Dr. Tom Murphy


NAFSA [Association of International Educators] announces that in addition to the $24 billion, “Tuition and living expenses paid by international students also supported 313,000 jobs in 2012-2013, according to data from Open Doors and the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics.”
“Each year, NAFSA produces a detailed regional, state-by-state, and congressional district analysis on the economic benefits of spending by international students and their dependents to the U.S. economy.
International students not only contribute economic value, they build bridges between the United States and other countries; bring global perspectives into U.S. classrooms and research labs; support U.S. innovation through science and engineering coursework, making it possible for U.S. colleges and universities to offer these courses to U.S. students; and support programming and services on campus for all students by paying out-of-state tuition, funded largely by non-U.S. sources.”
According to this data, for our region, the congressional district of Jackie Walorski, that impact is $51 million.

Book Reading with the Author: The Reluctant Nazi

“When I was studying at Columbia University in New York, a fellow student started a conversation with me saying: ‘So, you’ve made soap out of my aunt.’ He meant it as a joke, but I could only run away to hide my tears.”


“I was shocked and hurt without, however, at that time feeling implicated in the horrors of the Nazi regime. Growing up in post-war Germany, the Third Reich hadn’t been part of my world. Then over 60 years later I made two discoveries which changed everything. The first brought the war back to me in terrifying detail. The second opened the floodgates to a torrent of questions about my family and the Nazi era.”

Please come to this reading by the author and how she learned about her beloved grandfather and his past that she never knew existed.

IU South Bend Hosts Talk by Syrian Activists

South Bend – Syrian international student Hala Alkattan is eager to inform American-born students and community members about the current situation in her home country. When the Political Science Club offered students an opportunity to organize events of interest to them, Alkattan eagerly volunteered.
“One cannot ignore the issue of belittling humanity and tearing away rights from the innocent. We must ask people to open their hearts and speak their minds for the Syrian people,” says Alkattan.

 IU South Bend’s Political Science Club has teamed up with the campus American Democracy Project to host an informative Syria Times Talk.


Raghid Kadi, Syrian Activist

Suzanne Kawamleh, Syrian Activist 

Raghid Kadi is a Granger resident, and he is a pharmacist at Rite Aid in Dowagiac, Michigan. He is originally from Hama, Syria and he came to America in 1986, and to Michiana in 1991. He also just started a project called, Syrian Orphans Sponsoring. Syrian Orphans Sponsoring is an organization that delivers food, and medical supplies to Syrians that need it.

Suzanne Kawamleh is a pre-med student at Valparaiso University, and she lives in Valparaiso, Indiana. Suzanne was born and raised in the States, but her parents are Syrian immigrants from Daraa, Syria. Over the summer she visited the one of largest refugee camps, Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, to deliver food and medical supplies to the Syrian refugees. She is constantly trying help raise awareness for Syria, by organizing fundraisers, and food drives.

Central Topics:
What is the news reporting?
Is this really a civil war?
What is happening with refugees?
What is it like in the refugee camps?
How does this impact me? 

This public forum will take place on Monday, November 11th from 7:00-8:15 p.m. including time for Q&A.

Location: Fireside Room, The University Grill, Administration Building