November Newsletter: I'm not a Tourist, I live Here
Newsletter of the University of Tartu
November 2009. Issue #27
this issue is a collection of stories, all related to cultural
conflicts and tolerance. We examine two practical approaches to solving
such conflicts, look at how tolerant Tartu is, and suggest tips for
enduring the dark season! Thanks to Maya for sharing her warm memories!
Do not oversleep your dreams! (Loesje) Inga Külmoja /
International Relations Office
CULTURES IN CONFLICT
WHY AND HOW TO INCREASE CULTURAL IQ
Roger Parent (University of Alberta) uses Tartu Cultural Semiotics to
assist people in learning how to work more effectively with cultural
conflicts in different professions and public services, such as
education, health sciences, journalism, business, etc. He presents his
intercultural training course in a video and a slideshow. Readmore...
STAGING IDENTITY ON CULTURAL BORDERS
UT Viljandi Culture Academy participated in an award-winning project
aiming to help those who live on a cultural border to develop a
positive cultural identity. We are showcasing some of their work,
which focused on the academy's Russian-speaking students. The project
was inspired by Augusto Boal's "Theater of the Oppressed". Read more...
I'M NOT A TOURIST, I LIVE HERE
A day in early October saw the seminar room at Domus Dorpatensis full
of people eager to hear what tales some international residents of
Tartu would tell about living here. This seminar was one in a series of
the Tolerant Tartu Project. Although the pleasure of sharing
compliments is hard to resist, we focus on 5 things Tartu's international residents found fault with...
10 TIPS FOR SURVIVING ESTONIAN WINTER
If you find yourself wanting to sleep more, feeling less energetic,
eating more starchy foods and reaching more often for that box of
chocolates, you might be experiencing symptoms of SAD, or Seasonal
Affective Disorder. We compiled our own list of the top 10 ways to
fight the effects of the dark season, based on expert recommendations. See the list!
EESTI - COLD WINTER, WARM MEMORIES
As is often said, it is incredibly useful to know your past so you
can build your future on it! With this in mind, I will try to recall my
Tartu memories, AKA memories from the "City of Good Thoughts". I was a student in Tartu last year, in the MA program in Baltic
studies. I am now in Berlin as a UT study-abroad student and hope to return to Tartu in 2010...
BEST STUDENT BAND 2009
Traditionally, Best Student Band contest was a part of Tartu Autumn
Days' festival in October. This year the first prize went to Kassidele
Iirised (in English: "toffees for cats"): Karl Kruuse (guitar), Kaimar
Purik (vocals), Tõnis Kärson (percussions), Johannes Dahl (bass). Our
congratulations! Listen to some of their music in MySpace... (Photo: Kristjan Teedema)
BEST STUDENT FILM 2009
The winner of another traditional contest of the Tartu Autumn Days is a
short film by Andrew Bond, The Russian Size.The film tells the story of
a small Estonian family and Russian Tzar Peter the Great. Andrew Bond
made this film for his third year of study at the Baltic Film and Media
School. The film will be screened at the Sleepwalkers festival. See The Russian Size trailer...
DID YOU KNOW...?
...WHO OR WHAT LOESJE IS?
I'm Loesje, I am from Holland, and I am 23 years old. I am creative
girl and I want to share my view of the world in short texts. Texts
that are critical, philosophical, funny, sarcastic, but always
positive. I travel a lot and everywhere I go I leave my messages to
you. You can see them on the electric boxes, in the bars, schools, and
even Internet. Meet Loesje in Tartu!
...UT IS IN TOP 5% OF UNIVERSITIES GLOBALLY?
University of Tartu has been ranked among the top 5%, or 600
of world's leading universities in the reputable Times Higher Education
- QS World University Rankings.The best ranked university is, once again, Harvard, the second being
the University of Cambridge, switching places with Yale, which holds
the third position this year. See the full list...
JOKES BY EX-RECTOR
We continue with the jokes of Prof. Peeter Tulviste:
A student goes to the women's dormitory. The guard at the front desk asks: - Who are you visiting? - Who would you suggest?