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Residential Scholars: "Whose Song Is It?"

Monday, 21 October 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Hulsizer Room

Songs don't respect borders. Neither do movie nights. Join in on an extraordinary journey around The Balkans, following a song's origins, and understand why history and living together was always so difficult here. This will be a movie night that will take you from Turkey through Greece, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria in search of a common past. And a better future.
Dinner will be served, so please sign up here.
 
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Ashdown Cooking Series: Oct 12

Saturday, 12 October 2019 | 11:00 - 12:30 | Floor 5 Kitchen

We will be cooking a bunch a easy recipes together. The theme is - 'Saturday Morning Brunch-ish?' Take a look at the 3 recipes we plan to cook in groups, the ingredients are listed so folks with allergies or restrictions are not worried! Please sign up here: http://signup.mit.edu/693519271 - there is only limited space, so if you change your mind, make sure to update the list so people in the waitlist can move up.
 

Venezuelan Migration Panel

Monday, 7 October 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Hulsizer Room

Join us for a panel on Venezuelan migration from the perspective of five South Americans from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Our panelists are Humphrey Fellows from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT, including our own Residential Scholar, André Urgiles!
As always, dinner will be served (with a vegetarian option) so, to attend this event, you must sign up here and you must bring your own plate and utensils!
For a more detailed description, see below:
Although local data sources differ, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has reported more than 4 million Venezuelan emigrants between 2000 and 2019. They come from increasingly diverse demographic backgrounds. They travel by land, regardless of income, educational level or profession, seeking refuge in neighboring countries, where the impact has been enormous. Most go to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile.
For example, in Ecuador, the Constitution consecrates universal citizenship as a principle of the Ecuadorian State, guaranteeing the free movement of all foreigners in the country. However, on August 2018, Ecuador declared an immigration crisis and decided to close its borders. This was after more than a month of 4,000 Venezuelans per day entering Ecuador. The same happened in Colombia, where the migrant population is over 1 million Venezuelans. Since then, Peru, Argentina and Chile have declared an immigration crisis.
With this panel, we do not intend to analyze the political situation in Venezuela, nor criticize the decisions of its government. Instead, we are coming together as Latin American people, recently arrived at MIT, to tell you about the impact of the Venezuelan migration in our countries, from our experience as neighboring citizens.
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars
 

Residential Scholars: "Intro to Ecuador: A documentary and discussion"

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Hulsizer Room

Join us for our second Ashdown Residential Scholars event of the semester!
You will get to meet André Urgiles, our scholar from Ecuador who will show us a short documentary about her country followed by a discussion! The documentary illustrates Ecuador from the perspective of Swedish explorer Rolf Blumberg and his travels there in the early and mid 20th century.
Dinner will be served so, to attend this event, you must sign up here.
Also, please don't forget to bring your own plate and utensils!
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars
 

Ashdown Orientation Potluck

Saturday, 21 September 2019 | 13:00 - 00:00 | Hulsizer Room

Ashdown is hosting its orientation potluck lunch next Saturday, 21 September at 1PM at the Hulsizer! What's a Potluck? It is a meal or party where each of the guests contribute a homemade dish! We are a diverse group of grad students and this is a great place to share what you like to cook or eat with the rest of the community and what more, we will reimburse up to $15 of your expense towards the making of your dish upon submitting the receipt of your purchase. Only limited spots available, so sign up fast - http://signup.mit.edu/1135449860
 

Residential Scholars: "Whose City?"

Monday, 16 September 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Hulsizer Room

Join us next week for our first Ashdown Residential Scholars event of the semester!

Every year Ashdown hosts two SPURS/Humphrey Fellows from the Department for Urban Studies and Planning. Together, we organize cultural and social events to give you a glimpse into their home countries. Dinner is always served!

Our first event, titled "Whose City?", will be a presentation and discussion on urban movements in Central and Eastern Europe. A description follows below:

There is an uproar in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). You can hear it on the streets of the big cities and you can feel it in the air. The young are angry and they want their cities back. All over CEE, urban movements are springing up. Their causes are different: from protests against the corruption of local officials, to the anger against the unconstrained rule of developers, to the fight for cleaner air. But their goal is one and the same: establishing people's authority in the heart of the new urban decision-making.

What is happening and could it have the potential to become a driver for change for a whole region? Ognyan Georgiev, a long-time journalist from Bulgaria, a current SPURS/Humphrey Fellow in the Department for Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and one of Ashdown's Residential Scholars will shed some light on this.

To attend this event, you must sign up here: http://signup.mit.edu/whosecity
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars
 

Orientation Dance Party

Saturday, 7 September 2019 | 21:00 - 00:00 | West Courtyard

Come eat free food, listen to fun music and dance with your fellow grad students, new and old!
 

Ashdown Orientation Dance Party

Saturday, 7 September 2019 | 21:00 - 00:00 | Aerobics Room

One of MIT's hidden traditions is "work hard, play harder", so what gets better to kick-start your MIT experience by dancing till midnight? The Ashdown Dance Party is a great change to set off your amazing MIT life. The party takes place in Ashdown's east courtyard, and during the event, we will be serving small bites, dinner, (non)alcoholic drinks and music from a DJ. So come down to grab a bite, get a drink, and meet the entire 2020 class of party boys&girls on the dance floor!
Sponsored by Graduate Students Council
 

Speed Friending at Ashdown

Monday, 2 September 2019 | 17:30 - 19:30 | Hulsizer Room

This is one of the orientation events at Ashdown. Come and meet both new and old residents. Get connected to the Ashdown community; we will have food and drinks as well.
 

Thirsty Ear Summer Flight Night

Monday, 5 August 2019 | 18:00 - 20:00 | Thirsty Ear Pub

Come on by the Thirsty Ear and enjoy some indoor air-conditioned summer relaxation! We'll have food and music and chill vibes. Free hotdogs and fresh cotton candy courtesy of the GSC! Summer themed flights available $8. As always, 21+ with government ID and MIT ID ready at the door
 

Filipino BBQ

Sunday, 28 April 2019 | 13:00 - 15:00 | West Courtyard

Sign up here and join us for some delicious filipino BBQ on Sunday!
Don't forget to bring your own plate and utensils!
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars
 

Uruguayan Barbecue

Saturday, 13 April 2019 | 13:00 - 15:00 | West Courtyard

Listen up champ! This is pretty straigthforward...
You want some delicious Uruguayan barbecue this Saturday @ 1pm? Great! Me too. Then, hurry up and sign up here, or else you'll miss your shot.
And don't forget to bring your own plate and utensils.
And if you're a vegetarian, worry not, for we'll give you veggie burgers.
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars
 

MIT Sangam: BollyX Workout!

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 17:00 - 22:00 | Hulsizer Room

Join MIT Sangam and BollyX for an awesome, invigorating, Bollywood-inspired fitness workout! Come dance at 6:00 and learn about the BollyX revolution! We will have a delicious Indian dinner afterwards :) Please wear appropriate exercise attire and bring water. Please bring your own plates and utensils to help reduce waste.
Sponsored by Graduate Students Council
 

A Lazy Afternoon and Uruguayan Dessert

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 15:00 - 16:00 | Floor 2 Kitchen

Whether you believe in leisure time or not, perhaps you should join us on Saturday, March 16th, 3:00pm in the 2nd floor kitchen for some Uruguayan dessert!
We'll be cooking (and later eating) tortas fritas and ojitos. We'll also be drinking mate, a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink.
To attend this event, you must RSVP here and you must bring your own plate and utensils!.
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars
 

Filipino Documentary Night: Manny (2014)

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Hulsizer Room

Why do we fall?
Join us next Tuesday to find out!
We'll be watching and discussing "Manny," a 2014 documentary about Manny Pacquiao, the famous Filipino professional boxer who won world titles across eight different weight classes. The documentary follows Pacquiao's life story, from his ascend into boxing during childhood to his more recent political career.
To attend this event, you must RSVP here.
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars
 
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