Teenage views on Culture (Nordplus closing interviews, 2013)

“Learning Skills for Sustainable Development” Date: 26th – 29th November, 2013 Venue: Riga State Gymnasium Nr. 2 Time for opening: on 26th November at 16.00 Closing: on 29th November at 15.00 Participants: 6 delegates from Riga State Gymnasium Nr. 2, Latvia, 6 delegates from Calmare International School, Sweden, 6 delegates from Hugo Treffneri Gymnasium, Estonia

The moment after anticipation #2

(*This paper is part of a larger place mapping project.) The least preferred places in Riga tended to be mentioned by teens where they had concerns about their safety. Places were also marked that induce discomfort to the regular stroller. Overwhelmingly they identified ethnically Russian residential areas and contested places that they would prefer to

‘Mellencamp’s classroom tape’

John Mellencamp is one of my favorite rock singers. I find it fascinating how he depicts urban life. It is well-known that in his songs he delivers sharp criticism of the Reaganian neoconservative policies, as he sings in his 1989 hit, ’The Country Gentleman’: ”He ain’t a-gonna help no poor man … He ain’t a-gonna