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Derry, Northern Ireland

Temple Summer in Northern Ireland Irish Culture

Global Temple Conference

Summer 2015 group at the University of Ulster, Magee Campus
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Walls of Derry/Londonderry
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Guildhall of Derry/Londonderry
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The Peace Bridge in Derry/Londonderry
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On Knockalla above the loughs
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Ballymastocker Strand, Fannad, County Donegal
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Culture and History

For four weeks, you will live in Derry and engage in an intensive interdisciplinary examination of culture through history, literature and music, as well as the environment. Through your exploration of the city, where pivotal confrontations known as The Troubles took place, you will learn about the divisions between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, and how understanding the background of these divisions has served to break down the wall of ignorance and prejudice, in turn leading to the building of bridges of understanding and fostering a new era of concord and optimism. Lectures by historians, literary experts, writers, and musicians as well as visits to historic sites, museums, and local happenings are an integral part of the program. Through the “Walking and Talking” component of the course, you will also take five or six day-long hikes through the coastal peninsulas of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland, the Glenveagh National Park, and the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Northern Ireland. 

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Program dates

4 weeks: Late June through late July

Language of instruction

English

Location

The program will be based, and housing will be arranged, in Derry at the University of Ulster, Magee campus. The program will take advantage of the proximity to the Republic of Ireland to explore nearby Donegal County. 

Academic program

Students will enroll in the “Building Bridges in Ireland” course, which is offered as either History 2480: Topics in European HistoryHistory 2900: Special Topics, or English 2000/2900: Special Topics.  

Enrichment

The program includes five or six day-long hikes through the coastal peninsulas of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland, the Glenveagh National Park, and the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Northern Ireland, as well as visits to sites of importance within and around Derry.

Faculty and guest lecturers

Dr. Ralph Young of Temple University’s Department of History, will direct the program and teach the course. His teaching will be supplemented with lectures by Mr. Sean Mullan, Dr. Gudrun Boch, Ambassador James Sharkey, and Mr. Martin McGinley.

Eligibility

Open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: February 15

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