Master Classes

Guest speakers for master classes vary from one year to the other. However, here is an overview of the master classes students could attend in 2014-2015.

  • Prof. dr. Carol Greider

    How studies on chromosomes lead to understanding disease - Nobel laureate, Prof. dr. Carol Greider

    Prof.dr. Carol Greider is the Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

    She was a pioneer in telomere research. Telomeres are the ends of our chromosomes and they shorten every time a cell divides, which is linked to aging. In 1984, Greider discovered the enzyme telomerase. Together with her colleagues Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack W. Szostak, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for the discovery that telomerase protects the telomeres against progressive telomere shortening.

    Treating diseases starts with understanding the biological process in our body. Since healthy cells divide to form new tissue, errors in this cell division can result in the development of cancer. Prof. dr. Carol Greider and her colleagues won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for work that helps further our understanding of life and aging, of health and disease. This discovery could open possibilities for new cancer treatments.

  • Dr. Rama Mani

    The art of transformation - Dr. Rama Mani

    How you ever consider art as a powerful tool of transformation? Why is art a fundamental element of our humanity and society? How can art revitalize our civilization and help us to regenerate ourselves? If you consider art as something aesthetic and impractical, you might reconsider your viewpoint after this Master Class.

    At this time of unprecedented global crises coupled with a paralysis of effective global decision making, the transformative power of art and creativity is vital not just in warzones but at the heart of politics, society and life itself. Art is essential if we are to revitalize our civilization and regenerate ourselves.

    This Master Class will address some of the fundamental issues raised in the EUC Academic Core Course: Art, Philosophy and Religion, and contribute towards the course objectives. Drawing on the speaker’s expertise and experiences, it will also highlight how the humanities can inform and influence the social sciences.

    In 2000, while working in the Horn of Africa for the humanitarian organization Oxfam GB, Dr. Rama Mani rediscovered art’s ability to transform conflict and renew society. Ever since, she has infused artistry into all her work and public appearances, to foster the power of creativity. She now is a lecturer at Oxford University in the UK.

  • The role of internet in medical emergency aid - Fried Anepool

    Fried Anepool, a Field ICT advisor from MSF-OCA (Doctors without Borders, the Netherlands) discussed the role of internet in medical emergency aid with EUC students. Whenever Doctors without Borders are needed somewhere around the world, like recently in the Ebola regions, Fried is the first to go there. As the logistics expert, he sets up the infrastructure: tents, buildings, supplies, and information communication devices so that the doctors can do their work once they arrive. In our opinion, Fried is the personification of the 2014 “Times Man of the Year”.

    When joining MSF in 1998, Fried noticed that ICT was just one of the supporting services to enable medical personal to give medical aid. Computers were hardly used and e-mail started to be a standard tool for communication. 'Lean and mean' was the credo and only proven technology was used. Now a little bit over 15 years later ICT is core business and no medical aid activities can be undertaken with computers constantly connected to Internet. The Internet developed into an indispensable precondition. The credo now is to use state of the art ICT hard-and software.

    The objectives of this master class are:

    • To elaborate on the development and importance of Internet access for emergency medical aid.
    • To discuss the pros and cons of Internet access under field conditions and future developments.
  • Human smuggling - Prof. dr. Richard Staring

    This master class is arranged in conjunction with the Foundation of Law in Context course offered by the Social & Behavioural Sciences department at EUC. The Master Class is on Human Smuggling by Prof. dr. Richard Staring, who is the Professor of the Department of Criminology at Erasmus School of Law, in Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    The contemporary images of human smuggling as it is covered in the media is largely dominated by small boats somewhere in the Mediterranean crowded with people fleeing political and economic conflicts at home. For many European countries, human smuggling is a serious threat to their immigration policies and, as a consequence, it is one of the prioritized forms of organized crime to be dealt with. In the first part of the Master Class, different patterns of illegal immigration will be discerned.

    In the second part, human smuggling will be analysed in the context of a globalizing world. The criminal travel agencies behind these businesses of illegal immigration can be perceived as transnational networks made up of people that, in return for money, help their clients to cross borders illegally.

    Based on closed police investigations as well as the stories of smuggled immigrants, Prof. dr. Staring will focus on the social organization of these human smuggling networks in terms of their modus operandi, the use of violence as well as their attitude towards their clients.

    In addition, insights from the perspectives of clients will be presented, surrounding the question: “Why do people leave their home country and engage with human smugglers and how do these clients perceive human smugglers?” The master class will typically end with an interactive Q&A session.