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 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. 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.
The Balkans Semester curriculum is designed to reflect an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religious, political and cultural conflict. We explore questions such as: What is the essence of peace? How can a society recovering from war hope to establish lasting peace? What is a Christian response to war? And how might we formulate a distinctively Christian understanding of reconciliation?
The Balkans Semester offers internships to students in various fields and with a broad range of organizations. Most commonly, students work for NGOs focusing on reconciliation and peace building, government watchdogs, environmental agencies, women’s rights organizations and culture promoting organizations.