It’s been an exciting year for John Cabot University, and as the sun begins to set on 2013 and the year draws to a close, we look back fondly on the achievements, successes and advancements that we were lucky enough to experience this year.
2013 was a huge year for us – literally! This year was the largest ever entering class at John Cabot University, with nearly 200 members. The class of 2017 is also one of our most diverse to date for students who study abroad in Italy: with students from over 29 countries, 22 US States, and 14 Italian regions. John Cabot is one of the more diverse universities in Italy, representing a wide array of countries from Austria, France and Germany to India, Israel and Egypt.
With the world changing rapidly, and with so many students who study abroad, it’s important to not only keep abreast of important societal and political issues, but to get directly involved. At JCU, 2013 was a year of great conversations about the current issues facing our global society.
In July, the Institute in International Communication hosted its annual Summer Institute, dedicated to the Image of Women in the Media. John Cabot students and professors participated in a forum about the value of censoring depictions of violence against women. The discussion was extremely articulate, challenging and thought-provoking as both sides of the debate made valid and interesting points about censoring media imagery. Another forumwas dedicated to representations of women in the film industry, analyzing cinema industries from Hollywood to Bollywood to Italy’s Cinecittà.
In November, the University engaged in an evening of interfaith dialogue, allowing students from a multitude of faiths to enter into a safe and informative discussion about the various aspects of religion as a whole, and how different faiths can interact in such a multicultural landscape. The panel of students included Protestants, Muslims, Catholics, Secular-Humanist-Atheists, Jews, Eastern Orthodox, and a Buddhist, among others. The students, who represented four different continents, shared what their experience of faith had been at John Cabot University and facilitated an inspiring discussion about the co-existence of faith and secularism in the world today.
In keeping with the theme of freedom of expression and diversity, the University hosted an international conference on Cosmopolitanism and Conflict in October. A three-day event, it was mainly focused on how we are defining contemporary ‘cosmopolitan’ ideals of human rights. It was a discussion of how we are attempting to understand our definitions of equality in tandem with the global community. With increasing global conflicts and the fast-paced, challenging world of global politics, issues like war, poverty, global democracy, and migration have taken center stage.
With such a diverse and intelligent student population, it’s no wonder that 2013 has been a year of big ideas and even bigger ambitions.