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 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.
4 weeks: mid-June through mid-July
Language of instruction
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.
The program includes 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.
Open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.
Applying to the program
Application Deadline: February 15