Course Title: Forging Paths to Peace: Personal, Political and Social Reconciliation in Northern Ireland
Course Description: How can communities with a recent history of violence live together peacefully? In this course, Professor Gardner leads students to examine the difficult yet inspiring Northern Ireland peace process through the lives of its participants. We will explore the challenges and potential of grassroots peace-building, with special attention to issues of identity, culture, and memory as challenges and the principles of forgiveness, mercy, justice, and peace as potential. An integral part of the 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 Belfast, (London) Derry, Ballycastle, Dublin and London.