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The Program

After taking a course (or linked courses) in the spring (in 2020, the courses are EN287 Irish Literature and PL399 Selves in Conflict), students engage in a two-week academic immersion (May 10-24, 2020) in Northern Ireland and Ireland (Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Galway, and the West of Ireland). There, we encounter the culture, geography, history, and lives of the unforgettable people—political leaders, former paramilitaries, victims, police, and peacemakers—who survived the Troubles and now work for peace and justice. We end the trip in the West of Ireland, where students can explore Ireland’s beautiful landscape, history, and culture—and trace their own ancestral origins or meet relatives!

The Course

In EN287, we examine the roots of conflict from a multidisciplinary approach by exploring Irish histories, literary narratives, philosophy, and film—reading W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel, Seamus Deane, Bobby Sands, Sinead Morrissey, among others, and watching “Michael Collins, “In the Name of the Father,” and other films of Ireland and the Troubles. While we establish a background for why the conflict persisted, we focus on how we can gain the skills to do the difficult work of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and reconciliation. We take as our inspiration the Ignatian call for a well-educated solidarity, in which we pose the question, “How can we live together in this time and place?”

Praise for the Program

Alumni from the program have gone on to work in national security, PeacePlayers International, education, and a wide-ranging set of professions, all informed by the experience of learning peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Jeannie Kidera writes: “Attending this program was the best thing I’ve done in my academic life. The people we were able to meet and talk with were incredible, living historical resources … I found the program so impressive that I then attempted to create a smaller version for my own students at Hawken School.” Karly Kovac: “The program changed my life immensely. It not only changed the way that I view conflict and forgiveness, but made me realize the true blessings in my family and in my own life. It allowed me to connect to another culture, and take what I learned from them and their restorative process back to the U.S.”

Cost of the program: $3,100.

Covers flight, hotel, insurance, all program fees, breakfast, some other meals

Payment Schedule:

$100 deposit due: November 15, at the Global Ed Office (B104), check to John Carroll University

$500 due November 6, December 4, $1000 due January 16.

Total due February 12, 2020.

More Information

For more information, contact

Dr. Philip Metres pmetres@jcu.edu or 216.556.1101

Dr. Richard Clark rclark@jcu.edu 

Dr. Dianna Taylor dtaylor@jcu.edu

Rory O'Neil roneil@jcu.edu 

More about the program from this 2017 article in John Carroll Magazine!

The John Carroll University Northern Ireland Program in Peacebuilding Video (2013)

John Carroll University Program in Peace-Building: Northern Ireland and Ireland Video (May 2017)

fall leaves with the administration building in the background

Humans of Northern Ireland

Check out this 2015 webpage designed by Karly Kovac and Emily Tusick: Humans of Northern Ireland!