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Summer Institute in Northern Ireland: Lessons in Community Peacebuilding

Learn about conflict in Northern Ireland , specifically Armagh County which at one time was referred to as” bandit country” where disputes over parades between local nationalist residents and the Protestant Orange orders drew world media attention. 

·  How did Armagh residents get from those troubled times to the present day where the marching season passes without major incidents? 

·  Are these disputes resolved or merely managed?  What methods are used?

·  What have local community activists got to teach the rest of us about how to move a community from a fraught, conflict-riven state to one where the summer parade season is no longer faced with a sense of dread?

Join us as Professor Marie Breen-Smyth and Will Glendinning will unveil the focus of our new study abroad program, Lessons in Community Peacebuilding.

Learn about the achievements of local activists and agencies in bringing in bringing Armagh to its current state of peace, through years of community dialogue, negotiation and with the formation of new institutions and processes. The summer institute offers a chance for participants to engage with local peacebuilders and this ten-day program aims to deliver mutual benefits for participants and locals.  Students will learn about the Northern Ireland conflict, get an intimate perspective of the methods and practices used to address this dispute and in dialogue with local practitioners and critically evaluate their effectiveness in Northern Ireland and their utility in other contexts.

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth, a native of Northern Ireland has written extensively about conflict in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.

Will Glendinning, former head of the Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland and the coordinator of Diversity Challenges, a local nonprofit organization.  The local consortium will organize the logistics and participate in classes and visits with the US participants.

More about study abroad in Northern Ireland

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.