At the end of the school year, there were some weeks left that I used to talk about role modelswith my grade 9. The inspiration for this mini-unit came from the music clip “Apesh*t” by Beyonce and Jay-Z in which the couple refers to the representation of black people in art. The mini unit initiated some tough conversations about power and privilege in the class, which taught me valuable lessons. The foundation of this mini-unit were worksheets based on the video in combination with background readings and the IB learner profile attributes.

The music video of the song Apesh*t was shot in the museum Louvre in Paris. Beyoncé and Jay-Z used their platform to critically analyze a public space like the Louvre, as on most paintings black people are misrepresented as merely servants or enslaved. When I watched the video, I knew…

The idea to make a trip to Portugal derived mainly from tasting some delicious self-made pastéis de nata in the Netherlands, however quickly the main focus of the trip became unraveling Portugal’s colonial past. Portugal emerged as one of the main European maritime powers in the middle of the 15thcentury…

February 18, 2017 by M deVries

The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, this remarkable building was built as a Basilica, transformed into a Mosque (784), and eventually became a Cathedral (1236). The Mosque designed by the Umayyad dynasty is a mixture of different architectural styles inspired by as well the Mosque in Damascus, art from Arabia, and mosaic constructed in the (Christian) Byzantine Empire.

Al-Andalus | The region of current day Spain at the time it was governed by Muslims between 700–1500 CE. During this time the region was home to Mozarabic Christians (Christians living under Muslim rule in Spain), Jews and Muslims. …

In 2014 the Rijksmuseum reopened its doors for the public, after a renovation that took more than a decade. The museum did not meet the 21st-century requirements anymore, therefore an extensive renovation was needed. Thence the museum was under construction in most of my memories. In 2014, however, the renovation…

New York — één van de meest iconische steden op deze aarde, met Lady Liberty als mascotte. Maar niet voor iedereen was Amerika het land van vrijheid en mogelijkheden. Zeker niet voor de miljoenen tot slaaf gemaakten die door Europeanen werden gedwongen in Amerika een nieuw thuisland te vinden. In…

In de nabije omgeving van New Orleans zijn tientallen voormalige rietsuikerplantages. Het tropische klimaat in Louisiana was zeer gunstig voor het verbouwen van rietsuiker in de negentiende eeuw. Tijdens mijn verblijf in Louisiana bezocht ik drie verschillende voormalige plantages. Tijdens de negentiende eeuw werden tot slaaf gemaakte mensen vanuit het…

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