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MUDEC Méinden Spring 2021 #9
MUDEC Méinden Spring 2021 #9
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Spring 2021 #9

March 22, 2021

  • GIC 101 Field Trip
  • Women's History Month, Luxembourg Edition
  • A Match at MUDEC: Chess Tournament Results
  • Tell a Friend: Fall MUDEC Applications Due Soon!
  • When in Rome...

GIC 101 Field Trip

Students tour the Family of Man exhibit
by Hannah Sroka, MUDEC student
Sprint class field trips concluded this week with Professor Juan Carlos Albarrán’s GIC101 class visiting The Family of Man exhibit in Clervaux. The Family of Man consists of 503 photos from 274 photographers from around the world and was first exhibited in the US in the 1950s. (Author’s note: Last week I mistakenly wrote that the photos in The Family of Man were taken by Edward Steichen himself. In reality, Steichen only took a few of the photos—he is the curator rather than the principle photographer. The Family of Man actually consists of the works of various photographers, all of whom have different backgrounds and are of different skill levels. Thank you to Professor Claudine Bechet-Metz for pointing out my error!)
Students spent the bus ride up to Clervaux learning about the life of Edward Steichen, the exhibit’s curator. In accordance with COVID-19 protocols, they were split into two groups and given a guided tour. Themes like empathy, human connections, family traditions, race relations, and gender relations have been major topics of study and discussion in the classroom, and they were also very prevalent in Steichen’s collection. Steichen’s refugee status was also an important connection to the class, as refugees and their roles in society is a key focus of the course. Students were able to see how an exhibit from the Cold War era is still significant in the modern day, and how photography can be a universal language.
Students looking at exhibits Students walk along the gallery Students pose in front of an artwork
Afterwards, students hiked up to the Abbey, where they ate lunch on the steps. Unfortunately the gift shop was closed, so they were unable to get some of the Abbey’s legendary apple cider, but they were still able to enjoy a nice walk!
Students on steps of Abbey Students on steps of Abbey Students on steps of Abbey with gift bags

Women's History Month, Luxembourg Edition

by Hannah Sroka, MUDEC student
Like Black History Month, Luxembourg does not have a designated month dedicated to women’s history, but it is still important to understand what women’s suffrage has looked like throughout the country’s past. Unlike most other Western countries, Luxembourg did not have separate voting rights acts for women and men—both were granted the right to vote in 1919, as long as they were over the age of 21.
At the time, this was much more progressive than nearby countries; Belgium, for instance, did not grant women the right to vote until 1948, and the right a man had to vote depended on his education and wealth. In Germany, women were given the right to vote in 1919, and France followed in 1944, although this was almost a full century after men were given the right to vote in 1848. And in Switzerland, the last canton to grant women voting rights did so in 1991.
The push for women’s suffrage in Luxembourg has its roots in the socialist movement, particularly with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the founding of the Sozialdemokratischer Verein (Luxembourg’s first socialist party). However, Luxembourg did not see a long or intense movement supporting the right of women to vote. Luxembourg’s first feminist organizations, the Organization for Women’s Interests (OFI) and the Luxembourg Catholics Women’s Association (Frauenbund), did not actively support women’s suffrage. The first groups to do so were from the workers’ movement, but this support began to deteriorate when World War I began.
After the war, Luxembourg narrowly avoided a political crisis, as the public was not happy with Grand Duchess Marie-Adelaide’s pro-German sentiments. She was eventually abdicated in favor of her sister Charlotte, and a referendum to determine the future of the country was held. Interestingly, the socialists were now hesitant to support the idea of women voting in this referendum, while the conservatives were more open to the possibility. Ultimately, women were allowed to vote in the referendum.
But this did not mean that Luxembourgish women encountered no additional problems. Very few women were actually elected to government positions: Marguerite Thomas-Clement was the first, serving from 1919 to 1931, but also the last until the 1960s. In the 1930s, a woman who wanted to work outside the home needed her husband’s permission; and if she were to marry a foreign national, she would need to give up her Luxembourgish citizenship. She could also face prison time for adultery, and she could not open a bank account or sell, buy, or manage goods. A man, on the other hand, had sole legal rights to his children and could open his wife’s mail. He would face a fine for adultery ifand only ifhe and his mistress met in his home.
Women’s rights movements revived slightly in the 1940s, but significant political change did not occur until the 1960s. Astrid Lulling became the first female MP in 1965, 34 years after Thomas-Clement left office. And in 1967, a law was passed that granted equal pay to men and women.
In the early 1970s, women were granted more rights regarding marriage, divorce, and pregnancy. Things continued to improve, but some more recent laws have caused controversy. For instance, first-trimester abortion is legal with a mandatory counseling session, which some see as patronizing. And some changes to domestic violence laws seem to protect the offender rather than the victim.
In the present time, women are still protesting in support of things like fair and equal treatment in the workplace. One such protest took place on March 7, 2020, and focused on women in the caregiving industry. Many women take care of the elderly, children, or otherwise dependent adults, sometimes for little to no pay. Supporters of the protest called for a change in mentality and culture that would allow female caregivers to receive more pay, benefits, and respect.
Luxembourg has certainly come a long way since granting women the right to vote in 1919, but it still faces many of the same problems that other Western countries facenamely, ensuring equality and fairness to women in all aspects of life.

A Match at MUDEC

by Megan Smith, MUDEC student
It's the update you’ve all been waiting for! After a tumultuous battle, the winner of the MUDEC Chess Tournament was William Caldas (in red shirt, below). In the live streamed event, he defeated Joe Lakeberg.
Caldas and Lakeberg displayed their talent in the previous three matches they won. Both demonstrated exceptional skills by winning their side of the bracket, but unfortunately this tournament had to end sometime. As all the participants cheered on the final two as they faced each other in the Great Hall on Wednesday, March 10, Caldas was able to take victory as the chess champion.
The long awaited championship game lasted only 15 minutes. But even as the students of MUDEC anxiously awaited the winner, the SFC was busy planning even more events. More to come next week!
Students await the results of the chess tournament in the Great Hall Aerial view of the chess tournament The chess masters battle it out in the final round

Tell a Friend: Fall MUDEC Applications Due Soon!

From living in the heart of Europe to studying in a 15th-century castle modernized to meet the needs of a 21st-century education, MUDEC is truly a signature component of the Miami experience.
Applications for Fall 2021 are filling up fast, and we would like to encourage other Miamians to experience the most memorable semester of their college years.
The deadline is April 1—no fooling! So if you enjoyed your time at MUDEC, spread the word. (After all, who wants to be the Poisson d'Avril?)
Invite your friends to visit to learn more and apply!

When in Rome...

by Megan Fogarty, MUDEC Student
MUDEC students had the opportunity to travel to Rome last weekend regardless of increasing coronavirus restrictions and enjoyed a weekend full of warm weather, sightseeing and delicious italian cuisine!
Restrictions by country vary each week, so students have been “going with the flow.” Rome recently reopened many monuments and dining and began allowing visitors in, as long as they had a negative COVID test result. Many students took advantage of this and flew to Rome last Friday afternoon.
Sites such as the St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican museums, and Sistine Chapel were open for visitors. Others, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon remained closed, but students were still able to enjoy them from outside. Dining is open until 6pm so many students enjoyed pasta and pizza on outdoor terraces in the lively squares of Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori.
Many students engaged in tours offered by local residents, to learn more about Rome. A few groups enjoyed pasta making classes hosted by community members. Another group toured the San Domitilla Catacombs with a local guide. These unique opportunities allow students to have an authentic, rewarding and safe experience.
Pantheon Pasta Class Pasta dinner
Château & Administrative Hours
Winter view of the Château de Differdange, where Miami's Luxembourg campus, the John E. Dolibois European Center, often abbreviated to MUDEC, is located

Château Hours

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Friday:                     8:00-17:00
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Administrative Hours

Monday-Friday:  8:30-12:30

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