Course Description

How can communities with a recent history of violence live together peacefully? This course will examine the difficult yet inspiring Northern Ireland peace process through the lives of its participants. We will explore the challenges and potential of political and grassroots peace building, with special attention to issues of identity, culture, and memory as challenges and the principles of compromise, forgiveness, mercy, justice, and peace as potential. An integral part of this course will be meetings with representatives of the main political parties of Northern Ireland, former members of paramilitary organizations, academic experts, police officers, members of inter-community organizations, and victims of violence. Overnight destinations include Derry, Belfast, and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland (Great Britain) and Dublin and Galway (Ireland).