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Rwanda Mosaic: After Genocide and Apartheid
Kigali, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
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After Genocide and Apartheid Mosaic Spring 2019
On-Campus Study Plus 2-Weeks Field Research in Rwanda (May. 20 - June. 3)
DescriptionHow does a society grapple with trauma and devastation in the aftermath of genocide? To answer this question, among others, students:
- will be exposed to the situation of survivors living with perpetrators. They will visit genocide sites and prisons. The program includes the background of the genocide, the role played by the media, religions, international community, the phenomenon of the genocide denial, mechanisms of justice systems (regular courts, gacaca courts, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), and some specific topics related to post-genocide reconstruction.
- will interview Rwandans working to bring perpetrators to justice and creating institutions and programs to create the conditions for reconciliation and peace. Training in interview techniques and ethics will take place as part of our first couple days in Kigali.
- At the end of the program, students will work together on an exposition showcasing the images taken by students in the photography team with accompanying text written by students in the genocide team.
Course InformationParticipants will be required to enroll in one of the two following courses. ARTH360 The Natural and Social Landscape is an upper division course with a prerequisite of ARTH 221. HIST215/AFST220/RELG260/SOCI230 Peace, Justice and Reconciliation after Genocide and Apartheid has no prerequisite. Students are encouraged, but not required, to enroll in both courses. The students’ culminating exposition will be shown in Rwanda and at Dickinson.
- Understand the historical, social and political context of the 1994 genocide.
- Assess whether reconciliation between survivors, victims and perpetrators is possible.
- Understand how Rwandans have (re)constructed their society after genocide.
- Understand the ethics and principles of photographing local cultures.
- Learn the independent production skills needed for Location Photography.
- Curate an exhibition of photographs and writings.
Is there a GPA requirement?Students must have minimum 2.0 GPA.
Yes. ARTH360 The Natural and Social Landscape fulfills the Division 1 and sustainability connections requirement and towards the major in art and art history; HIST215/AFST220/RELG260/SOCI230 fulfills a Division 2 and sustainability connections requirement and counts towards the majors in history, Africana Studies, religion, and sociology.
Do these courses fulfill distribution requirements?
What are the dates of the Rwanda trip?May 20-June 3, 2019.
What is the program site?The Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC) in Kigali, Rwanda and Université Libre de Kigali
Where will students be lodged?Local Hotels and apartments
Will there be excursions within Rwanda and/or other group activities?Yes, we will take excursions in and around Kigali to visit experts and to meet with survivors, perpetrators, artists, and officials. We will also travel to Butare and Gisenyi to meet with experts and to see more of Rwanda. The Program will also include a visit to Akagera National Park to learn about conservation efforts.
Program Components and Dates
On Campus Study, Spring 2019
• ARTH360 The Natural and Social Landscape (upper division course with a prerequisite).
• HIST215/AFST220/RELG260/SOCI240 Peace, Justice and Reconciliation after Genocide and Apartheid (No prerequisite)
Field Research, May 20 – June 3, 2019
The session takes place during a two-week period from 20 May-3 June. The program includes visits of the sites, workshops, lectures by international and Rwandan scholars, and meetings with survivors, perpetrators, and officials. Much of the program takes place in Kigali, the capital city, but participants also travel to Butare and Gisenyi to meet with experts and to see more of Rwanda. A visit to Akagera Park will be included.
First Part—Genocide and Rwanda History
Testimony from survivors
Meeting with perpetrators
Visits to memorial sites
Visits to Museums
Meetings with artists and writers
Lectures from genocide scholars and historians
Second Part—Post-genocide Policy, Reconstruction, and Research
Workshops on reconstruction (Media, Religions, Politics, Gender, Home Grown Solutions)
Meetings with policy makers
Visits to government institutions, including Senate, and NGOs
Exposition showcasing curated photographs
Program Fee• The program fee is approximately $2,500, which will cover housing, meals, group transportation in Rwanda (Kigali, Butare, Gisenyi) and Akagera National Park.
• Additional costs include round-trip airfare to Kigali Airport, Tourist Visas at $30, plus personal expenses.
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The application deadline is November 9th. If students want to be considered for financial aid, they absolutely must start an application by this date or will not be eligible for aid. Please note that to be eligible for aid, you already must be receiving aid during the semester.
For More InformationAttend an information session:
Tuesday, Oct. 30 @ 12:00pm in the HUB side room 204
Monday, Nov. 5 @ 6:00pm in the HUB side room 204
ContactAndrew Bale, Art & Art History, email@example.com
Jeremy Ball, History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean-Pierre Karegeye, Visiting Scholar, Philosophy, email@example.com