Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

By Saga Norrby  — In 1994 Laurens Schasfoort – a then 29-year-old Dutchman – went to Tanzania and Kenya with the intention to teach. Having already taught physics and chemistry in the Netherlands, he thought he could be of help there. But looking back, present-day Schasfoort attributes the thinking of his younger self to “white arrogance.” “I think I can learn more from them than they … Continue reading Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

Kwijtscheldingen for Amsterdam Students: a Bureaucratic Rollercoaster

By Max van Geuns — Students who lack the money to pay the municipal taxes in Amsterdam, a couple of hundred euros every year, can apply for kwijtschelding (a waiver). However, having been a student for the last three years, I discovered how impossible, incomprehensible and unfair this process is. As a journalist, I started an investigation and revealed eight other ‘incidents’ of the Gemeente … Continue reading Kwijtscheldingen for Amsterdam Students: a Bureaucratic Rollercoaster

Albert Heijn Science Park: Blessing or Curse for the Indische Buurt?

By Tobias Romein — How many Albert Heijns does it take to make a neighbourhood perfect? Apparently, two is not enough, as the newest addition to Amsterdam Science Park’s supermarket ensemble suggests.     On March 21, Albert Heijn Science Park, located close to the intersection between Molukkenstraat and Carolina MacGillavrylaan, opened its doors. It spans 2300 square meters, making it the biggest neighbourhood-store in Amsterdam. Although … Continue reading Albert Heijn Science Park: Blessing or Curse for the Indische Buurt?

From Lawyer to Yoga Studio Owner: The Journey of Katherine DeWitt

Editor’s note: This news story is part of a collaboration between The Herring and AUC’s journalism course. The story was entirely reported, written, edited, and fact checked by members of the journalism course. Some material may have been altered by The Herring’s editors to fit its style guidelines. By Saga Norrby — Many are the students of academia who have at least once considered dropping out … Continue reading From Lawyer to Yoga Studio Owner: The Journey of Katherine DeWitt

From Bearing Witness to Breaking the Silence

On October 15, the internet burst open like a can of worms, and an endless stream of #Me Too’s crept across Twitter and Facebook. The campaign was a result of the Harvey Weinstein case, where numerous allegations of rape and assault have been brought forward against the successful Hollywood producer. After years of being silenced, numerous famous actresses including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd, have come forward to share their stories. Continue reading From Bearing Witness to Breaking the Silence

Making Changez: Recognising Resilience of Moroccan Youth in the Netherlands

On November 8, ‘Who’s In Town’ invites to a lecture about “Recognising resilience of Moroccan youth in the Netherlands: from their perspectives”. The stage will be given to young Moroccans and mentors who are part of ‘Changemakerz’, a foundation that provides training and coaching for an underprivileged youth. Continue reading Making Changez: Recognising Resilience of Moroccan Youth in the Netherlands