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IR-318, Conflict Resolution and Peace Research

Rebuilding Rwanda:  Memory, Testimony, and Living Together After Genocide

Summer 2015 in Rwanda
Instructor: TBA
Dates: June 2-July 2, 2015 (Tentative)


Click here for the 2014 application

  • Visit Kigali, Butare, Kibuye, and Lake Kivu
  • Experience private performances of the renowned female drummers of Ngoma Nshya, and the Rwandan theatrical troupe Mashirika
  • Interview ambassadors, heads of NGOs, and governmental officials
  • Visit memorials and genocide commemoration sites
  • Meet students and other peers working to transform Rwandan society and heal from the past
  • Learn about the processes of interviewing, documenting, and archiving
  • Learn about history from those who lived through it
  • Develop your own suggested programs to help Rwanda move into the future

The Rebuilding Rwanda PWP course will study the history, genocide, aftermath and creation of modern day Rwanda. This course will immerse you in the complexities of socio-political reconstruction after genocide. Travel to Rwanda during its 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 Tutsi genocide where you will meet with local and international activists, policy-makers, and survivors.

As an exploration in problem-based learning, this course offers the opportunity to explore multiple facets of the complex task of post-genocide reconstruction and apply your on-the-ground experience to the formulation of responses to the problem. The course is collaborative, allowing you to work in small teams and as a large group to fully explore the depths of the issues raised in readings and experiences on the ground in Rwanda.

Program Costs:

Tuition: $6408

Accommodations and Additional expenses: TBD

Funding is available through SURF, student undergraduate research fund and Continuing Student Scholarships

For further information on this course, contact Amy Marczewski Carnes at


To view a short video and article about the 2013 Rwanda program, click the link below


To read about one student's experience from the 2013 Rwanda program, click the link below