Gordon in Croatia:
The Balkans Semester for the Study of War and Peace
The Balkans Semester for the Study of War and Peace is an interdisciplinary, humanities based program centered around the themes of war and peace, conflict and reconciliation. The program will provide students a unique opportunity to study these themes while learning first-hand from people on both sides of recent wars and genocides who are grappling daily with problems of justice and forgiveness and with navigating a path toward sustainable peace.
Live at an ancient crossroads where cultures, empires and religions collide.
Learn from powerful testimonies of local experts and war survivors.
Work toward personal, intercultural and interreligious reconciliation.
Students will live in the “powder keg of Europe.” Despite its centuries-long history of conflict, the Balkans remains a collection of strikingly beautiful locales—from cosmopolitan cities like Zagreb, Belgrade and Sarajevo to the beauty of coastal towns and rustic country villages. LEARN MORE >>
The Croatian war in the ’90s interrupted my childhood and presented me with the questions: Who am I? What does it mean to love my neighbor in the midst of violent conflict? I look forward to helping students explore the significance of these questions for their own lives.”
—Petra Belkovic Taylor ’03, Program Co-Director
Contact the Global Education Office:
The Global Education Office is located in MacDonald 130.