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MUDEC Méinden Fall 2021 #11
MUDEC Méinden Fall 2021 #11
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Fall 2021 #11

November 8, 2021

MUDEC Guest Lectures Offer Insights into Luxembourg

by Meta Hoge, MUDEC newsletter intern
One of the ways MUDEC students gain an insight into politics, business, and the military in Luxembourg is through guest lectures at the Château. The lecture series started in the beginning of September and continued throughout the semester.
The first lecture was given by Casey Mace, who was appointed the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S Embassy in Luxembourg in January 2019. Mace delivered a talk on his career and the different assignments he had in his 20 years while working for the U.S. Department of State. After the lecture, students were able to attend a dinner with Mace to talk about seeking career opportunities in foreign service.
Yuriko Backes, the Marshal of the Court, gave the second lecture. Her role is to represent Grand Duke Henri and his family, organizing their events and supervising relations between the government and the Grand Ducal Court. Backes’s presentation was on Luxembourg’s political system (a constitutional monarchy), the royal family and the history of the royal family.
The third lecture was given by General Steve Thull. General Thull assumed the position of the Chief of Staff of the Luxembourg Army in September 2020. His presentation focused on his role in the NATO IFOR Bosnia and Herzegovina operation in 1997 and the EUFOR Chad and Central African Republic operation in 2008. General Thull also talked a little about the Luxembourg Army.
On Wednesday, the final lecture was given by Eugene Prim. Prim discussed his role as General Director of the Solistes Européeens, Luxembourg, an orchestra that performs at the Philharmonie concert hall in Luxembourg City. Students were able to learn a little about the business side of the music industry.
All four speakers’ presentations helped students understand more about Luxembourg and the way its society functions.

Island-Hopping in Greece

by Maddie Kelley, MUDEC newsletter intern
Maddie and friends pose by the sea
One by one students departed from their study tour countries to spend the week traveling to the destination of their choice. With the All Saint’s Day holiday coming up, MUDEC students had a week off of classes to spend almost anywhere in Europe. A group of 10 girls and I planned for weeks, and came up with an island-hopping vacation in Greece.
We started our week by spending a short 24 hours in Athens. We packed as much sightseeing we could into the time that we had by seeing the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, and the Panathenaic Stadium. It was amazing to see how carefully preserved all of these ancient structures were. We all wished that we had more time to spend in this city, but we had to catch a plane to our first island, Santorini, also known as Thera.
The Parthenon Maddie and friends pose on cylindrical posts inside the
Greek island with sea visible in distance Maddie and friends enjoy time together
The flight to the island was a perfect opportunity to watch the beautiful sunset while we were over the ocean, and could see many other islands all around us. When we arrived in Santorini, we enjoyed the evening in our villa, which was close to one of the most well-known towns, Oia. This town is known to be the best place in the world to view sunsets. We got to experience this sunset not only in the town, but on a boat right below the town. As the sun went down the lights in the town grew brighter and the view from the sea was unreal. The rest of our few days in Santorini were filled with shopping in the town, relaxing by the black sand beach, and eating delicious food while enjoying a beautiful view.
Before we knew it, it was time to catch a ferry to our next island, Mykonos. We stayed in a house right in the middle of the city, conveniently located near fun waterside restaurants and shops. We also spent time at Mykonos’ most famous beach, Paradise Beach. Since it was the off season for tourists, the town felt calm, while everyone living there seemed to be living their best life.
Although the weather all week was perhaps a little colder than we would have liked, we were thrilled to be in Greece, a country with beautiful islands that almost didn’t seem real. The seven days in paradise eventually had to come to an end, but we all promised our two new favorite islands that we would be back someday for another visit.

Getting out of My Comfort Zone

by Hannah Horsington, MUDEC newsletter intern
After taking Spanish classes for seven years, I decided to switch things up a little bit and take a German class this semester. While studying in Luxembourg, I knew that I wanted to take classes outside of my comfort zone and expand my horizons, and I figured that a new language would be a perfect way to do that!
I was born in Germany, and my parents know a few German words, but it wasn’t a language that we spoke often while I was growing up. We frequented a well-known German restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, but that was the most exposure to German culture that I got since we'd moved back to the States. Needless to say, I was excited to start classes at MUDEC and get back to my roots!
Over the semester, I’ve really enjoyed learning German, and I hope to be able to continue taking German lessons in the future. More than anything, taking a class in a new language for me has pushed me way outside of my comfort zone.
But as my professor says, you can’t be shy when you’re speaking Germanand if there’s anything I’ve learned while being in this class, it’s how not to be shy!

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