Otlet Salons: inaugural session

Otlet Salons inaugural session: Dr. Didier Caluwaerts on “Challenges to Democracy in the 21th Century”

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Wednesday January 7, 2014

Fulbright Belgium and Luxembourg are excited to announce the first edition of the “Otlet Salons.” These interdisciplinary sessions aim to bring together people to promote knowledge spillovers and create a strong impact on society.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Didier Caluwaerts whose presentation is titled “Challenges to Democracy in the 21th Century.”

For more info on this specific event, please refer to: http://www.fulbright.be/2014/january-7-2015-otlet-salons-1st-edition/

 

Thanksgiving dinner 2014

Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner!

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Friday November 28, 2014

This year, our annual Fulbright Thanksgiving Day dinner will take place on Friday November 28, 2014.

Location of the event is Restaurant Mykene in Leuven. The cost p.p. is an estimated 50 euros.

If you would like to join us in celebrating Thanksgiving, please register online: http://www.fulbright.be/2014/november-28-2014-fulbright-thanksgiving-dinner/.

Palm brewery and Eddy Merckx factory event

Palm brewery and Eddy Merckx factory event

Wednesday November 19, 2014

Join us for a visit to the Eddy Merckx bicycle factory, the Palm brewery in Steenhuffel and the Diepensteyn stud farm.

Departure at 16:00 at Brussel Central station. Cost per person is 30 euros per person and includes dinner.

Register online: http://www.fulbright.be/2014/ november-19-2014-faab-alumni- visit-to-the-palm-brewery/

Fall event preannouncement: WW I remembrance day

2014 Fall event pre-announcement: World War I remembrance day

Saturday 15 November

 

In August 2014 the world marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. By the end of the First World War there were very few people in the countries that took part who remained unaffected. The war reached out and touched almost everyone’s life in some way or other.

Children grew up in the shadow of battle, their fathers absent or lost. Women became directly involved, picking up the pieces of industry and agriculture as the men went off to fight. By 1918, they too could join the army and serve their country.

Men enlisted, or were called up, in their millions, being sent to fight in places that many had never heard of before. It was a global struggle. Life changed forever. Nothing was ever the same again.

‘Sometimes I don’t think about it for months on end, then I come back and dream about it all.  How really extraordinary it was.  I can’t quite get it out of my system.  I can’t sleep sometimes.  I just think about it.’
Stephen Williamson looking back at the First World War in 1985

In the opening moves of the war, both in the West and the East, the nature of modern warfare soon became clear. Armies were numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Modern weapons rapidly caused heavy casualties and laid waste to whole communities. Soldiers went to ground, digging trenches and dugouts that soon began to feel almost permanent.

The crucible of war also proved very creative. Aircraft developed quickly, taking death and destruction into the sky. New ways of fighting made better and more effective use of huge quantities of shells and bullets manufactured on a scale never seen before.

“I felt that I didn’t want to live, I’d no wish to live at all, because the world had come to an end, then, for me, because I’d lost all that I’d loved.”
Kitty Morter remembering the birth of her baby after her husband had died on the Somme

The power unleashed by modern war resulted in previously unimagined losses. Over 9 million soldiers died as a result of the fighting. Food shortages, sometimes deliberately inflicted by blockade and sometimes resulting from failed harvests, weakened the people who remained on the home fronts. Nearly 6 million civilians died from disease or starvation. Almost 1 million more were killed as a direct result of military operations. In all, the estimate of dead resulting from the war stands at over 16 million. And then there were the more than 21 million wounded. Some recovered, others were never the same again, either in body or in mind.

It was not just people who died. The old world order was also irreparably damaged. Both the Austro-Hungarian and Turkish empires were destroyed. Russia was wracked by revolution and became the world’s first Communist state. Monarchies fell. A new world order emerged, with the United States developing a League of Nations that they then opted not to join. The consequences of many of these political changes can be heard today reverberating around the world, nearly a century later.

“I am for the front on Tuesday, but if you write and say I am only seventeen it will stop me from going. Don’t forget.”
Stephen Brown to his mother, April 1915. He was killed in action at Ypres a month later.

Sometimes the First World War feels like distant history. The jumpy black and white films, the unfamiliar clothes and the horses pulling wagons, all look like something from a world long forgotten. Yet the last soldiers who fought in the war have only recently died. Only a few of the 1914–18 generation, who witnessed the war but were too young to take part, are still alive. The war is slipping inexorably beyond the fringes of living memory and, so we have to work harder to make sure we do not forget.

The Fulbright Alumni Association Belgium would like to take this unique opportunity to visit Ypres, an important enough site in the Belgian war context, but even more so in a global context due to it being the site of the first use of chemical warfare agents.

The program is not fully finalized, but here’s a sneak preview of what we have in mind for you:

09.00 h: Departure by bus in Brussels
10.30 h: Arrival in Ypres: Battlefield coach tour: northern salient
13.30 h: Lunch in brasserie Kazematten
14.30 h: CWXRM workshop (group 1) + walk on the ramparts (group 2)
15.15 h: CWXRM workshop (group 2) + walk on the ramparts (group 1)
16.00 h: Coffee break
16.30 h: Visit museum “In Flanders Fields”
18.00 h: Dinner in Ypres city centre
20.00 h: The Last Post

20.15 h: Departure
21.45 h: Arrival in Brussels

So: please stay tuned for more specifics as the program matures – but don’t forget to block your calendars already for this unique event on Saturday November 15th.

We’ve tried to keep the price for this full day program as low as possible to allow everyone to join in. We expect this be be about 35 euro pp.

We hope to greet many of you at this important site, at this momentous anniversary. Stay tuned for final enrollment detail.

 

The organizers, Filip Vandevelde and Paulien Detailleur

(Introductory text credit: http://www.1914.org/why_remember/)

WW I remembrance event: final chance to enroll !

Last chance to enroll for 2014 Fall event: World War I remembrance day

Saturday 15 November

The Fulbright Alumni Association Belgium would like to take the unique opportunity provided by the 100th anniversary of WW I to visit Ypres, an important enough site in the Belgian war context, but even more so in a global context due to it being the site of the first use of chemical warfare agents.

The final program is as follows:

  • 09.00 h: Departure by bus in Brussels
  • 11.15 h: Arrival in Ypres: Battlefield coach tour: northern salient
  • 13.15 h: Lunch in Oude Kaasmakerij – Passendale (drinks not included)
  • 14.30 h: CWXRM workshop (group 1) + walk on the ramparts (group 2)
  • 15.15 h: CWXRM workshop (group 2) + walk on the ramparts (group 1)
  • 16.15 h : Visit museum “In Flanders Fields”: in the Cloth Hall of Ypres
  • 18.00 h: Dinner in Ypres city centre – Les Halles (one drink included)
  • 20.00 h: The Last Post
  • 20.45 h: Departure
  • 22.45 h: Arrival in Brussels

Electronic enrollment is now open at the following link:

http://www.fulbright.be/2014/november-15-2014-faab-fall-event-wwi/

Do not forget to hit confirm on the second page following submission of the initial form, your enrollment is not registered until you do so!
Final enrollment is not complete until payment has been received. Payment instructions are provided on the enrollment form.

Please do not delay, as we will close enrollment on November 11.

We hope to greet many of you at this important site, at this momentous anniversary.

The organizers, Filip Vandevelde and Paulien Detailleur

Brussels Chamber Music Festival

Invitation: Brussels Chamber Music Festival

The Brussels Chamber Music Festival is very proud to welcome you to its inaugural 2014 edition.  For three days in October, great musicians from around the world will converge at the Château du Karreveld, an idyllic setting in Brussels, to share the stage and make this festival a memorable event for everybody.

6 concerts on the program. Not to be missed !

For more info, please refer to www.bcmf2014.be


Julien Beurms
BCMF Founder & Director
Fulbright alum

Save Fulbright from an unprecedented budget cut

Save Fulbright from an unprecedented $ 30 million budget cut


Yes, you read that correctly. The President’s budget request includes a massive cut of $30.5 million or roughly 13.5% to the Fulbright Program.

This would represent a unprecedented reduction in the number of grants and the U.S. commitment to the Fulbright program.

As members of the alumni community we must act NOW to prevent these cuts from passing the final budget.

Read more about the ongoing budget proposal and cutback details on the Fulbright program website here.

Once you’ve informed yourself, don’t forget to let the government know we alumni value the program and sign the petition here!

A Chinese concerto

 

A Chinese concerto van Jan Van Landeghem werd geschreven ter gelegenheid van Europalia China in november 2009, met premiere in het Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussel.

De Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen bestaat uit een groot harmonieorkest van 84 streng geselecteerde musici, allen afgestudeerd aan een van de Koninklijke Conservatoria van het land.

Kapelmeester Yves Segers treedt aan als dirigent. De partijen voor viool altviool en 5-snarige altviool zijn allemaal voor rekening van Jenny Spanoghe. Een huzarenstuk met indrukwekkend resultant.

Een concert i.s.m. Defensie en ten voordele van o.a. Kom Op Tegen Kanker.

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www.jennyspanoghe.be

 

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