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What’s in a name?

In this article, Northern Ireland Program Director Nigel Glenny explains the importance behind the program’s new name, “Conflict, Peace and Transition in Northern Ireland.” Growing up in Northern Ireland, during an extended period of violent conflict, it was very clear to me that names can mean a lot. One’s name could easily identify you as […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Thank You, Derry-Londonderry

During the last couple of days, as we tried to say goodbye to each other and the town we'd come to love so well, I struggled to find words. Even now, a whole week out of there, I still can't grasp the right words. I don't know how to write this post and convey the sadness I felt in leaving, or the profound joy of life I discovered while there. As a big talker, I find myself in a massively uncomfortable situation. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Still Learning in Northern Ireland

From the many interactions I've had, I learned that everyone we meet is broken somewhere inside them. I learned that no matter how put together or perfect a person's life may seem, they have all experienced deep hurt and pain. With that being said, I also learned the power of speech, in voicing in your troubles, and the potential positive effect this can have. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Happiness in Dublin

Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Giorgia Piantanida will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Northern Ireland program this spring semester. Giorgia is a junior at Swarthmore College, double-majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and Environmental Studies. Read on for […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Stories, Not Statistics.

One thing that has been repeated in and out of the classroom during my time in Derry/Londonderry is the power and importance of relationships. I see this at work at the Pat Finucane Centre. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Burritos and Botanical Gardens in Belfast – Study Abroad in Northern Ireland

This past weekend, the six other HECUA students and I decided to travel to Belfast to soak up a city where we knew absolutely no one, as well as get ready for our class excursion there on Monday. Read More »

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Alumni Profile

Andy Twiton, Always a Student.

Welcome to HECUA’s Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with a HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This month […] Read More »

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Alumni Profile

Becca Carcaterra

Welcome to HECUA’s Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with a HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This month […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Finding Resilience Within a Rainbow: Conner in Northern Ireland

Conner Suddick is a senior at Hamline University majoring in Legal Studies and Social Justice. He participated in HECUA’s Democracy and Social Change Program in Northern Ireland in the spring of 2018, and was generous enough to share this reflection with us of his time as an intern at the Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre in Derry/Londonderry, […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Irish Goodbyes: A final post from Becca

Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Becca Carcaterra will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Northern Ireland program this spring semester. Becca is a senior at St. Olaf College, majoring in English with a Race and Ethnic Studies concentration. Read on […] Read More »

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