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IR-318, Conflict Resolution and Peace Research

Summer 2015 in Rwanda
Instructors: Dr. Kori Street
Dates: June 8-July 7, 2015 (Tentative)

Applications due February 6, 2015.  Applications should be submitted via email to Kia Hays at

Click here for the 2015 application

Program Costs:

Tuition: $6,408
Additional expenses: $5,850*
Total: $11,994

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, accommodations (room and board), travel supplies, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student).

Note: Students should wait to purchase airline tickets until instructed to do so, as courses may be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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

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

  • Visit Kigali, Butare, Kibuye, and Lake Kivu
  • See the critically endangered mountain gorilla in the Virunga Mountains
  • 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 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.

2014 syllabus is available here.  The 2015 syllabus may differ, but this will give students an idea of what to expect.

Information Sessions:

Thursday, Jan. 22 – 4 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 28 – 3 pm

RSVP suggested for information sessions. RSVP directly to Kia Hays.

For further information on this course, contact Kia Hays.


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