Online Meditation Programme

Every Monday at 20.30 PM starting March 15th, 2021

Starting on March 15, 2021, the honorable Sri Lankan Buddhistic monk Bahnte Pasadhika Tero will be giving an online meditation program for anyone who’d like to join. You can read more about Bahnte here:

The program is for free and held online once per week. Each session is 60 minutes, in which the students will meditate together, learn about Buddhistic philosophy and have the possibility to ask Bahnte Pasadhika questions. During the program, students will learn different meditation techniques, including Anapana meditation, Vipassana meditation and Metta meditation. The programme will last for 2 months.

When meditating, we try to observe things as they are, without reacting to them or trying to change them. We just observe. Often, emotions or unobserved thoughts distort how we see the world around us. The awareness gained through meditation can be taken into our everyday lives, making us more concentrated and focused on the present moment.

To participate, please sign up by sending an e-mail with your name and contact details to You don’t need to be a member of the Honours College to participate in this course, it is open to everyone. You also don’t need to be a spiritual or religious person to benefit from meditation. The meditation techniques taught in this course can be learned easily and are non-sectarian.

More information here

Thesis Writing Workshop

March 11th, 2021 19.00-19.45

Are you anxious about starting to write your thesis? Do you have trouble getting your thoughts down on paper in a coherent and comprehensible manner? Do you need help structuring your argument? If so, join us for this free webinar with Dr. ir. Jeroen Vos who will introduce you to the SLIM method of writing to help you get your message across. 

Jeroen is the founder of Asintik academy, which offers online courses on academic writing for students and professionals alike. Additionally, Jeroen works as a lecturer for the University of Groningen, supervising both Master- and Bachelor-level students during the thesis-writing process. With over 15 years of experience, Jeroen knows all there is to know about writing a clear and structured thesis. In this webinar, he will teach you how to make your writing more effective and answer any and all questions you may have about the writing process! 

Moreover, the HCSA is cooperating with Jeroen to give you a 15% discount if you sign up for Asintik’s online academic writing course. For those of you who are especially quick and sign up during the webinar, Jeroen will offer review sessions to go over your work. 

The webinar will take place online, so sign up below to receive the meeting link: (registration and participation are completely free and open to everyone!) If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at or! 

Register here

HCSA Speed Dating Night!

February 23rd, 2021 20.00-22.00

On February 23th from 20:00 to 22:00 the social committee will organise a speed dating event! It will be a very fun evening in which you will be randomly signed up with other students. You will have 10 minutes with each student to meet each other and to answer philosophical questions together. After the event there is plenty of time to debate your answers with the rest of the group and to exchange contact details. It will be a great opportunity to meet new friends and perhaps you will even find that special one!

Sign up here to join this amazing event before the 22nd at 8 pm and don’t forget to invite your friends as well!


We hope to see you during the speed dating event




Ece, Yuna, Jan, Emma, Sandra and Junye

Register here

HCSA Movie Night!

January 22nd, 2021 20.00-22.00

Friday evening the 22nd  of January 2021 from 20:00 to 22:00 the official HCSA movie night will occur. During this evening we will watch “Charlie and the chocolate factory (2005)” together! The evening will be full of fun facts and there is plenty of time afterwards for discussion.


The link to join the event will be posted in the Google Docs (click the link below to access the google docs)


To be able to watch the movie all at the same time, we will use a program called “Netflix Party” (also known as Teleparty). You can go to their website and download their extension for free: Afterwards you can click on the link on the website or in your email and enjoy the movie with the other HCSA members. There is also a chat function which we can use to discuss the movie with other HCSA members! Please note that you will need a Netflix account and Google chrome or Microsoft Edge as a browser. You can find more detailed instructions in the Google Docs below.


If you have any questions you can always send an email to


We hope to see you in during our movie night and don’t forget to share the event with your (study) friends




Social committee (Ece, Yuna, Jan, Emma, Sandra and Junye)

More information here

Rest, Relax & Recharge

January 4-14, 2021 (10 days challenge)

Mental wellbeing. It’s one of those ambiguous terms we see thrown around all over the place. Manage your stress levels; balance your mind; overcome your anxiety. Even though there is some value to this, more often than not you are taught quick fixes for a problem that you apparently have.🤔

That’s why we decided to organise a mental wellbeing challenge. Not for people with a problem, but for everyone who wants to take just a bit better care off their mental hygiene. During this challenge you’ll learn techniques and exercises that will help you get a better grip on your psychological wellbeing. From time management, to mindfulness, to movement. If it works, we’ll share it!🧘🏻‍♀️

The challenge will be hosted by Marian Blaauwgeers from ‘the happy student’ platform. She is an expert in the area of student wellbeing and has hosted many workshops and events on this topic, making her the perfect host for this challenge.🔥

💫 So sign-up now, it’s time to rest, relax and recharge! 💫

Sign up here!

The Pen & The Sword

December 15th, 18:00-20:00

How does humor work, and what do we do when it becomes controversial? Where do we draw the line between the so-called ‘right to offend’ and the ‘right not be offended’? How do judges make these decisions when dealing with contentious cartoons? The importance of these questions has been dramatically illustrated by recent events, such as the brutal murder of French school teacher Samuel Paty, who showed Charlie Hebdo’s provocative Muhammad caricatures during a class on freedom of expression. During this interactive lecture, we will explore the controversies surrounding humor from a variety of perspectives. In the first half, Alberto Godioli will show how courts deal with humor in the context of free speech regulation, setting the basis for a group discussion of selected recent cases. In the
second half, Sanne Boekel will share her experience as a cartoonist and illustrator and will lead a hands-on workshop in which you will have the opportunity to create your own cartoons!

Click below to register (This lecture is a closed event for 30 Honours students)

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