In honor of International Education Week (November 12-16), Cape Town Center Director Natanya van der Lingen, IES Abroad Faculty Member Dr. Carla Lever, and College Relations Manager Noelle Baldwin joined 50 members of the University of Richmond's international community for South Africa Week to celebrate and educate the Richmond community on South Africa.
South Africa Week included themes of justice, reconciliation, commemoration, and environmental stewardship. These themes were explored during a range of on-campus activities that involved students, faculty, staff, and collaborators from South Africa. Check out a few of our favorite highlights from the week!
The "Bok Walk"
The “Bok Walk” launched South Africa Week at University of Richmond. Local dancers and drummers and collaborators from South Africa led members of the campus community who gathered at the Forum to the International Commons for a continental breakfast and short program highlighting events and themes for the week.
During the University of Richmond vs. St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s basketball game South Africa Week visitors, as well as University of Richmond students who studied abroad in South Africa, were recognized during half time. Natanya, Carla, and Noelle jumped right into the action taking a selfie on center court.
Conversation on Commemoration and Protest
Dr. Carla Lever, IES Abroad Cape Town Faculty Member, joined University of Richmond professors, Dr. Laura Browder, Professor of American Studies, and Dr. Lauranett Lee, Founding Curator of African American History at the Virginia Historical Society, for a conversation on Commemoration and Protest in South Africa.
Studying Abroad & Traveling in South Africa
Natanya, Carla, and Noelle met amazing people connected to South Africa while at the University of Richmond during International Education Week. Natanya presented an open session on studying abroad in South Africa, where she shared her experiences as the Center Director of IES Abroad Cape Town and as a resident of South Africa.
After studying abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mallory Rotondo (IES Abroad Christchurch, Spring 2014 | Purdue University) went on to become an early intervention speech-language pathologist. Read on to hear how this IES Abroad Scholarship recipient’s study abroad experience gave her the skills necessary to be a more understanding clinician.
Jeff Rosenthal (IES Abroad Madrid, Spring 1982), had an unforgettable experience studying abroad in Madrid, thanks in part to his warmhearted homestay mom, Señora Carmen. Jeff shares, in his own words, how he returned to Madrid to find his homestay residence was still the home he cherished and remembered.