March 4, 2009
This past weekend I was able, along with any other interested Batesies, to get an up close look at the issues, music, and people of a country not often discussed: Iceland.
I admit, freely, that I’m not generally up on my Icelandic culture, news, and happenings… although I was totally aware when, this past fall, they entered a state of extreme economic crisis. But, it was just Iceland, right? Well, in the growing state of economic concern that the United States now resides, I find it refreshing to be able to really understand the issues and results of Iceland’s economic troubles. And how did I do this, you ask? My four favorite letters : W-R-B-C
The Bates College Radio station, WRBC, brought Icelandic band FM Belfast to perform a free concert this past Saturday night for the Bates community. A totally great band that I would never have discovered were it not for the WRBC, the four fashionable Icelandic rockers also participated in a symposium on Saturday, similarly open to the Bates community, in which they discussed what’s ACTUALLY going on in Iceland Bates’ own Associate Politics Professor Aslaug Asgeirsdottir, also of Iceland, providing two contrasting but informed points of views.
I learned a lot about Iceland and its economy, and then danced my butt off later that night… It was one of the best concerts I’ve been to all year. Definitely a great addition to my weekend, that I owe entirely to the WRBC.