International Student Blog

Month: March 2015

Behind the boat

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For today’s post, I interviewed Osei Kontor Dennis, the brain behind the party boat.  Osei Kontor Dennis, a former UiB student who may be studying here again in the Autumn, organized the recent student boat trip from Bergen to Stavanger (you can read more about it in my last blog post, “I’m on a boat”). Dennis is from Ghana,…

I’m on a boat.

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Last weekend, 21 March – 23 March, over 400 students attended an epic boat journey from Bergen to Hirtshals, Denmark; then to Langesund, Norway; back to Hirtshals; then disembarked at Stavanger, Norway; and finally everyone took a bus ride (with multiple ferries!) back to Bergen. The goal of the trip was to party, make friends, and enjoy some cheap libations all for 220nok.…

Missing out on Eastermountain? That’s an Eastercrime!

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to learn a little about the importance of the Easter Holiday (Påskeferie) for Norwegians. Easter is vital to Norwegians, not so much for any religious reasons, but as a celebration of spring in truly Nordic style. Of course, Easter’s pagan roots were also just that, a celebration of the…

Don Giovanni, you invited me to dinner and I have come!

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I was lucky enough to get a ticket to see Don Giovanni last night at the Bergen National Opera (BNO), performed at Greighallen. Mozart’s Don Giovanni is based on the fictional, and womanizing, Don Juan. A commonly staged Opera, Don Giovanni is filled with sex and death. Bergen National Opera partners with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra to…

2015 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize

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The Holberg and the Nils Klim prize are awarded annually. This year they will be awarded tomorrow, Thursday 12.03.2015, and you can attend! 5 Reasons to see the Holberg and Nils Klim Prize Ceremony tomorrow: 5. In 2003 the Norwegian government created the Holberg Prize in order to highlight the value of academic scholarship within arts, humanities, social sciences, law and…

SKOK’s Queer Art of (Political) Protest.

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This week I got to sit in on part of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK)’s workshop, The Queer Art of (Political) Protest. SKOK is an interdisciplinary research centre striving to strengthen women’s and gender research at UiB throughout all the faculties. The workshop, lead by Prof. Jack J. Halberstam (USA) and Phd fellow Nadzeya Husakouskaya (Belarus/Norway),…