Alumni, parents, and friends of Luther College are invited to join Dr. Paul Gardner and Rebecca Wiese on a 12-day journey to the beautiful countries of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
There is so much to be revealed about Ireland, one island but two countries. Ireland is a place to explore fairy myths, age-old cemeteries, ancient history, art, and literature all while enjoying an Irish jig or two, and visiting its gregarious citizens in local pubs and shops. The awe of the natural beauty of the countries will bring into light Ireland's amazing history. The tour will also explore the conflict and peace and reconciliation process between the Catholic and Protestant communities of Northern Ireland.
Dr. Gardner retired this summer after teaching Political Science at Luther for thirty-three years (1985-2018). During that time he directed Luther’s Nottingham program and led six student groups to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Rebecca Wiese also retired this year from a career in health care management. Paul and Rebecca directed Luther’s spring 2018 program in Malta. They love sharing travel experiences with others and invite you to join them to experience the mystery and history that is Ireland. The tour will begin and end in the Republic of Ireland with six days in Northern Ireland. Overnight stays will be spent in Dublin, Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, and Galway.
Peak experiences call for times of preparation and reflection. Prior to departure, Dr. Gardner will guide participants with suggested readings, websites, and films. Tour attendees will have the opportunity to join Paul and Rebecca in discussions that reflect on impressions from the tour sites, as it is through reflection that experiences gain meaning.