March 2019 at BISLA
Matej Bílik, Michal Micovčin, Ivona Mičeková / April 1, 2019
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What’s happened at Bisla in March 2019
March was a month that marked the opening of summer semester, during this occasion rector's scholarships were awarded. Other than that, we visited Brussels and represented BISLA at the Convention of Academic Senates.
Brussels visit group
Six BISLA students joined 40 member student visit group to Brussels. Throughout three days we managed to visit European Parliament, European Commission, House of European History, Martens Centre and Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU. Numerous people in these institutions talked with us about current issues such as Brexit, European elections and European politics as a whole. Visit group was facilitated and organised by civic association Babrubylon.
Convention of Academic Senates
Slovak National Council hosted on 22nd of March, fifth Convention of Academic Senates. More than hundred university students together discussed quality assurance. BISLA was represented by 4 students, and our rector, Samuel Abraham, participated in the panel discussion. The convention continued on 23rd of March with workshops and further discussions. Events like these are an opportunity for BISLA to participate in the debate about the future of Higher Education, but also to spread awareness about the ideals of Liberal Arts Education.
Sonnets and their meaning
BIH & BISLA organized a discussion about Sonnets and their meaning: Petrarca, Shakespeare, Yeats, and others. The guests were Ľubomír Feldek and John Minahane. The moderator was Samuel Abrahám.
In March 2019, Slovakia commemorated 15th anniversary since joining NATO. We discussed about the importance of membership and the future of this alliance.
Wednesday evenings at BISLA are filled with yoga with Dagmar Petrova.
Meet BISLA graduates: Veronika Fajbíková
The Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts can be rightfully proud of its students and graduates. One of them is Veronika Fajbíková, who continued her bachelors degree at the Central European University in Budapest, where she studied International Relations and European Studies. In 2015 she co-founded the Institute for Active Citizenship. Currently, she is the director of the expert educational program Political Academy and cooperates with INESS - Institute of Economic and Social Studies.
You can read the interview with Veronika on BISLA website (unfortunately only in Slovak for now).
Books worth reading: Choroba na smrť (The Sickness Unto Death)
The Søren Kierkegaard's book The Sickness Unto Death has been translated by our teacher Peter Šajda. The book was published with title Choroba na smrť in December. A work of Christian existentialism, the book is about Kierkegaard’s concept of despair as the original sin.
What’s coming up
We would like to invite you and your relatives to our Open Day at BISLA. Besides participation at lessons, you can join us for lunch with current students.