On the last day before Easter break,the 6é OIB got actively involved in a group work.They had just one period to write an original recipe on the theme of Easter.Every group was very busy trying to be creative and original and they did really well in a very short time.
Nathalie Dessens, Professeur at the University of Toulouse gave us a special preview to her conference ‘ The Legacy of Planations and Slavery in the Southern States’ . Students from the OIB , International Section from both campuses took part in this conference followed by questions and answers.
Members of the American Consulate , Eva Prevost who is charge of cultural affairs, the President of the French American Institute, Liliane Kerjean honoured us with their presence.
On March 23rd some of the OIB students had the privilege to visit an institution where Nicole Sorrenson, an American intern studying teaching methodology at Rennes II , talked about how the African slaves sang this song, day in and day out, to remind themselves of the path they had to take to escape to freedom. The big dipper led them over hills and across rivers to find an old man that would help hide them if the slave owners came for them. The Underground Railroad was a secret society which helped slaves escape from their masters to the north where they could be free. If any of the slaves were caught, they would be subjected to tough punishment, such as being whipped or in the worst cases killed. Another part of the presentation talked about how North American and South America were in conflict with one another. While the Northerners thought that it was outrageous to have slaves, the Southerners wanted to keep their slaves as they needed them for their crops. When slavery was abolished people still treated the ex-African slaves differently from the rest of society. They had to drink from different fountains from the whites and had to give up their seats to Europeans when using the bus, to name a few. This is called segregation. Even when the slaves were free they were still dependent on and exploited by the whites as they had no economic power and couldn’t fend for themselves in the new world.
By Loeva Le Cam 4è OIB