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Peace & Conflict - Ireland

Term: May 2016
Description: In this three-week study program, students will explore the historical, political and religious roots of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland as well as examine prospects for peace in this region. We will begin in Ireland, examining the historical struggle for independence from the British and the many forms that movement took – including the political, religious, and cultural. Ireland’s emergence as a Celtic Tiger, because of its rapid economic growth indicates the changes that have occurred since independence. Northern Ireland remains a part of the United Kingdom, and as such is the site for continued movements for independence and autonomy as well as reactions to those movements. “Peace Walls” cross many of the cities of Northern Ireland, physically separating communities. A civil rights movement in the 1970s led to an intense period of violence that largely subsided with the Good Friday Accords in the mid 1990s. In Northern Ireland, we’ll explore the ways in which this divided society copes with the attendant political, economic and social problems of religion, peace and conflict. Each student will contribute to an interactive web page researched in advance and in Ireland, detailing the themes of peace and conflict on the island.

Tanzania Study Program

Description: The program will begin in Arusha in January 2014. The first month of instruction will cover the essentials of Core 350 with a Tanzania focus. In February, students will travel to the island of Zanzibar where they will study Swahili language and culture at the State University of Zanzibar, will participate in field trips and live with Swahili speaking families. In March, students will return to the Arusha area where they will be placed in internships with local businesses, schools, government offices, churches, or NGOs. On weekdays, students will live with local families and on weekends they will gather together at a guest house. From mid-April through mid-May, the Whitworth program will be located in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam. There, students will study urban life and national politics. In addition to Whitworth professors, the program will feature university lecturers from the University of Dar es Salaam, and visits to museums and to the offices of key political, religious, and business leaders. As in Arusha and Zanzibar, students will live with local families. In addition to the programming outlined above, students will go on field trips to Bagamoyo (a 19th century slave trading center), visit Ngorongro Crater National Game Park, Lake Manyara National Game Park, Olduvai Gorge, stay overnight in a Maasai boma and several days in a rural village. Steve and Susan Vinton of Village Schools International will lead a mid-semester retreat.

Please visit the Off-Campus Studies page for a complete listing of off-campus programs that are available to Whitworth students.