Roger Nemeth (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Deidre Johnston (email@example.com)
Program Fee: $3,200
June 1 - 17, 2018
Scholarship Deadline: December 15
(number of credits and course number(s): 4 credits
Comm 399, Cultural Heritage II, Senior Seminar, Peace & Justice 395
Narratives of Peace, Conflict, & Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa,” is a conjoined course, bringing students from Forman Christian University in Pakistan, Bratislava International School for the Liberal Arts, and Hope College together for two courses: a Spring 2018 semester course, followed by a June Term 2018 study tour in South Africa.
During the Spring semester, the conjoined course, taught at the same time on the three campuses (Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, Forman Christian College in Pakistan, and Hope College, USA) introduces you to collaborative peace and justice problem solving through assignments on ‘other-ing,’economic equity, education and youth development, completed in 3-person, 3-country groups. Before engaging the issues of South Africa, each student group teaches the other two groups about a domestic conflict issue (race in USA, Roma in Slovakia, and Islamic Movement in Pakistan). Through this reflexive model, you will see our own roles in domestic narratives of oppression, see others' roles in their own domestic narratives of oppression, and together apply these insights to the study of oppression, conciliation and the re-building of society in a neutral state (South Africa). South Africa was chosen as a case study that connects with the racial/ethnic, economic, equity and justice tensions pervasive in all 3 participating countries.
The study tour experiences will introduce you to the history, culture, and narratives of conflict and reconciliation in South Africa. Specifically, we will visit sites connected to the history of apartheid, as well as community reconciliation and justice centers working to heal community divides. We will explore transition processes and power sharing, narratives of cultural memory and healing, as well as issues of race, privilege, contested identities, politicization of language, and radicalization. You will have the opportunity to meet with community peace workers, activists, professors and researchers at Stellenbosch University and University of Cape Town, journalists, religious leaders, and people directly involved in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and anti-apartheid activism. The last time we offered this study-tour we met Desmond Tutu. During the study-tour we will travel to Johannesburg, Pilanesburg, Cape Town, and Stellenbosch. We will go on an animal safari (lions, rhinos, giraffes, zebras), hike Table Mountain, stay overnight at a cultural village, sample local food, visit a youth development project and school, tour an urban development project, visit Soweto and other townships, see the penguins and baboons near the Cape of Good Hope, and experience the cultural heritage of the many ethnic and cultural groups comprising South Africa.