Strangers on Campus

What does it mean for strangers to share a campus?

The average day on campus has us surrounded by strangers – with about 40.000 people connected to the VU, that’s hardly any wonder. Oftentimes we yearn for more connection. We want to break away from anonymity; want to find people to study with, to start and end the week with, or just to say ‘hi’ to when we enter a room. Then again, we also value our individuality. Anonymity can be comfortable, and not connecting with strangers, also keeps differences and confrontations at bay.

This raises questions: do we really want to connect? should differences be overcome? can connection be comfortable? isn’t it a blessing to be surrounded by strangers? Join us in three days of activities, in which we discuss these questions, and look for valuable connections as we move between connection and estrangement.

Wednesday, October 5th

ONDER ANDEREN (NL)

what: theater
time: 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM
place: VU, 3D space
max. participants: c. 50
sign-up necessary: yes

Bloeiklas over conflict (NL)

what: workshop
time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM
place: VU, 3D space
max. participants: 14
sign-up necessary: no

Strangers on Campus

what: panel & dialogue
time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM
place: VU, NU-3B05
max. participants: 70
sign-up necessary: no

Thursday, October 6th

Friendshipping

what: gathering
time: 12:30 AM – 1:30 PM
place: VU, 3D space
max. participants: 30
sign-up necessary: no

A Pop-Up Choir

what: workshop
time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM
place: VU, campus square basketball court
max. participants: c. 100
sign-up necessary: yes

Un Divan à Tunis

what: movie club
time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM
place: VU, 3D space
max. participants: c. 35
sign-up necessary: yes

Friday, October 7th

Flourishing Class on Vulnerability

what: workshop
time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM
place: VU, 3D space
max. participants: 14
sign-up necessary: no

Bring Your Own Bias

what: gathering
time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
place: VU, 3D space
max. participants: 30
sign-up necessary: yes

Strangers on Campus is a joint venture of De Kwekerij and NEWConnective, and is sponsored by Stichting Woudschoten and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.