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04/07/2015

Spring Issue I 2015

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Greetings and welcome to the first Spring Term 2015 newsletter from Belfast, Northern Ireland!

  

Our students have been on site for over half the term – having completed orientation and fully enrolled in courses at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) – and are well settled into the exhilarating and challenging experience of study abroad. As a member of the Russell Group, QUB is one of the UK’s 24 leading universities and is world renowned for producing high-level academic research in a wide range of areas, from cancer studies to sustainability, from wireless technology to poetry and from pharmaceuticals to sonic arts.

 

As well as completing on-site orientation our students have enjoyed several experiential excursions – from a weekend visit to St. George’s Market, the last surviving Victorian covered market in Belfast, where they experienced the sights, sounds, and tastes of a vibrant weekend market by sampling some local culinary delights, arts and crafts all while accompanied by live local music – to a walking tour of West Belfast, where we discussed the reality and politics of division in the city, and the use of history and symbolism in the cultural expressions of various communities in Belfast.

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Our students visited the International Wall on the Falls Road. The wall is a popular tourist destination in the city and includes murals relevant to republican, communal, and international conflicts and historical events.

 

March has been a busy month for the cohort, with visits to the Ulster Museum, a mini-excursion to the Belfast St. Patrick’s Day Carnival Parade, and an exclusive visit to the Action for Community Transformation (ACT) offices and exhibition spaces (a new addition to the program).

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Traditional Irish musicians play for the crowd as the parade passes the quintessentially Victorian Belfast City Hall.

ACT visit

ACT is community based organization which delivers programming relating to the training and reintegration of former combatants into post-Agreement society. The students enjoyed the unique opportunity to learn about the ACT Initiative and talk about the challenges of conflict transformation in a Northern Irish context.

 

We have a dynamic second half of the term ahead for the program! Over the rest of term our students will visit Dublin for an overnight excursion, travel to Giant’s Causeway and the stunning North Antrim coast, and take a day trip to Derry/Londonderry where they will be given an exclusive tour of the Bogside from a leading peace maker in the city!

 

Stay tuned for further editions of the newsletter and more exciting news from the staff in Belfast!

 

Bye for now!

 

Erin Hinson

 

Resident-Coordinator

05/06/2014

Spring Issue II 2014

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Hello all

Since our last newsletter we have enjoyed a fantastic time of learning and experience at the CIEE study centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Our group have engaged in a number of wonderful learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom setting. As part of the excursions for our CIEE students we have visited a number of key and fascinating sites, including the great burial mound of Newgrange. The mound is one of the oldest human constructions standing today. Often associated with the Celtic era in popular discourse, this site pre-dates Celtic Ireland; the mound is believed to have been constructed in the Neolithic age in Ireland.

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Our CIEE group hear from the Newgrange tour guide before entering the mound.

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Surrounding the mound are replicas of ancient buildings.

From there our group visited the significant historical site of Oldbridge, where the Battle of the Boyne occurred in 1690. This battle, between the Protestant King William and Catholic King James, secured the Protestant ascendency in Ireland. It is this hierarchical division in Irish society that has shaped the contemporary history of Belfast.

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Our CIEE group depart via the front of the Georgian house after their tour of the Battle of the Boyne site.

Afterwards we travelled to Dublin city centre for our overnight excursion. On arrival we enjoyed an exclusive CIEE walking tour of Dublin city centre, uncovering the rich history and living traditions of the urban landscape which inspired the writings of James Joyce. After a traditional Irish evening meal in a local restaurant, our group enjoyed the cultural landscape of Temple Bar district, taking in the sights, sounds, music and dance the city has to offer.

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The city soundscape offers great music to our visiting students!

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At the entry to St. Stephen's Green stands the arch memorial to Irish men from Dublin that fought in the British Army.

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The final course of a traditional Irish dinner is always sweet!

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After dinner, music and dance is in abundance in Dublin's Temple Bar.

For our second day in Dublin we made our way to Kilmainham Gaol (after a large Irish Breakfast) to realise the impact of one building on the history of a nation. Kilmainham Gaol, since it’s opening in the 1700s, has witnessed the trials and tribulations of the birth of the Irish nation. From being over populated during the great famine, to operating as a holding centre before forced emigration (indentured servitude), to finally holding prisoner some of the most significant figures in Irish political history Kilmainham is a vital experience when seeking to understand Ireland. Kilmainham is a source a deep reflection, as well as critical learning, as students ponder what does prison offer societies throughout the world? What is the nature of punishment?

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The halls of Kilmainham Gaol have locked away much of Ireland's recent history.

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Our group is all smiles knowing our trip to prison is brief!

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The 'Escape Gate' takes the name from one of the rare prison breaks.

Afterwards our group visited the National Archaeology Museum where the famous ‘bog bodies’ are on display for the public. This museum hosts a wealth of materials from ancient Ireland, tracing through the various invasions to the formation of modern Ireland.

Dublin was not our only excursion since our last newsletter. Our students have also visited the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, and Carrickfergus Castle as part of our day tour to the north coast. The epic world famous scenery leaves one in no doubt as to why numerous US film and television productions are choosing Belfast to create their work.

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Carrickfergus Castle is one of the great Norman castles in Ireland.

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Crossing the rope bridge at Carrick-a-rede.

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On a clear weather day, Scotland is easily seen from the north Antrim coastline.

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The Giant's Causeway is a fantastic formation of cooled volvanic rock.

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Climbing the rock formations is a must for so many CIEE students!

Our group also visited Derry city to partake in a series of exclusive CIEE tours in the city. First, we started with a tour of the Bogside district. It was here in 1969 where riots erupted, leading to the decades of conflict that transformed Northern Ireland. In the Bogside our group visited the Museum of Free Derry, a museum with a political motivation to highlight the injustice of the Bloody Sunday massacre, and the subsequent political whitewash of the event. Later our group toured the 400 year old city walls, culminating in a tour of the Tower Museum (the civic museum of Derry) where students learned of the ancient and modern history of Derry city. As we prepared to depart the soundscape of the city was engulfed with the sound of traditional music as the pan-Celtic festival was taking place.

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CIEE students standing before the famous mural of Free Derry

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An interpretation of Picasso's famous work on the side of the Museum of Free Ferry.

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As in Belfast, murals in Derry recall history for a community.

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The Walker Memorial stands in ruin after a bomb attack during the Troubles.

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St. Augustine's Church is believed to be built on the site of the first Christian church in Derry.

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The Pan Celtic festival hosts traditional performances before the walls in Derry city

Now we are entering the final stage of our semester in Belfast, and in the spring term our students will sit summer exams. Before then we will have more CIEE exclusive interviews with local representatives, as well as a farewell event for our group.

If you wish to see more images from our semester, check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CIEENorthernIreland

Also, follow us on Twitter @CIEEBelfast

 

Until next time!

02/10/2014

Spring 2014 Issue I

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Hello and welcome to the first newsletter in the Spring 2014 semester in Belfast, Northern Ireland!

Our students have arrived, completed orientation, and are now fully enrolled in courses in Queen's University Belfast. Queen's, as it's known both affectionately and locally, is part of the exclusive UK Russell Group (a selection of the top 20 research led universities in the United Kingdom). The university is held in high regard for the academic rigour of its courses, leading in areas as diverse as anthropology, history, psychology and conflict studies to biomedical science, engineering, and chemistry.

Studying abroad with CIEE is not only about classroom based learning. Our students learn about living in Belfast and all its fascinating nuances and dynamics. The learning is facilitated through our Resources in Ongoing Orientation program in the CIEE Study Centre.

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(CIEE Students at their first Irish music session!)

 

(The sounds of the city! Musical life and experience in Belfast for CIEE students)

We both encourage and develop mechanisms to support student engagement with Belfast life and culture through excursions and events designed for our particular program. For example, already our students have experience a 'taste' (both metaphorical and physical) of Belfast. We've attended traditional Irish music sessions in the city centre, visited the Titanic Quarter, toured the East Belfast community interface, and shopped in the local St. George's Market - a market that specialises in local Irish, European, and International foods for the Belfast population.

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(St. George's Market is a hidden gem in Belfast city centre)

Ahead of us is a busy and exciting semester program. We’ll visit Derry city, Dublin, County Meath, the Giant’s Causeway and much more! We’ll also meet exclusively with public representatives and peace workers in Northern Ireland. This and much more is ahead for our current group of students. A very busy and exciting time indeed!

Until next time, slán (bye)!

 Dr. Ray Casserly

Resident Director

CIEE

 

12/24/2013

Fall 2013 Issue III

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Our Fall 2013 semester has now come to a close as last weekend our students departed from Belfast! Before they departed to enjoy the Christmas holidays at home in the USA, our group experienced more of the wonders of Belfast and Northern Ireland through CIEE exclusive excursions.

In November we enjoyed another exclusive CIEE Interview with Trevor Greer of the South and West Action Team who discussed with our students the current status of the working-class Protestant community in South Belfast.

 

Our group also enjoyed the Apprentice Boys of Derry celebrations in early December by watching one of the 'feeder' parades in Belfast. These parades are fascinating, and at times contentious, representations of cultural identity in Northern Ireland.

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The bands on parade differ significantly in many ways from the types of marching bands in the USA as most are often male-dominated music groups with a wide ranging age profile. Visiting an event like this parade gives our students a critical insight into the various demonstrations of culture, protest and conflict. However, traditional music is not always an outdoor event in Belfast as our group later visited a traditional Irish music pub session!

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European continential foods and crafts were also available to our group as we visited the traditional Irish music night as the Belfast Christmas Market opened in the city centre. In the image below our students navigate through the market's various international stalls and bars!

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During our last month we also toured beyond belfast city to visit the UK City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry city. Here we toured the 400 year old walled city and visited the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Our group met serving officers who explained how policing has changed in Northern Ireland in the wake of the peace process. Or group were also shown the equipment used by the PSNI during public order disturbances.

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The following day our group headed to the north coast of Antrim where we visited the ancient geological wonder of the Giant's Causeway. Local folklore tells the tale of two giants, one Irish and one Scottish, who built the causeway as a bridge between their countries as they sought out one another in competition. In the exhibition centre our group also learned the scientific explanation behind the beautiful rock formations. Whether it was the giants or the ancient flows of magma, the Causeway is a wonderous and wild place to be!

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This trip also included a visit to Carrickfergus Castle and the Carrick-a-rede ropebridge! All included as part of the CIEE program in Belfast!

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After all the travelling our students are now at home, whilst in Belfast we are preparing for the Spring 2014 semester. In the meantime we wish all of your and yours the very best for this holiday season! Happy holidays, and see you in the New Year!

12/03/2013

Fall 2013 Issue II

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We've passed the mid-way point and we are now preparing for the last run of classes and coursework in Belfast!

 

However, our time in Belfast is about more than classroom based learning. Since our last newsletter we've enjoyed a range of activities at our study centre. We've visited St. George's Market, a Victorian market near the centre of Belfast city where students can browse and purchase locally produced goods and food (the local tea, sausages, fish and chocolate are particular favourites)!

 

This was soon followed by a CIEE tour of the Ulster Museum, where students explored relics from Irelands complicated history, including artefacts and items of clothing from leaders of the 1798 rebellion (on display at the museum). The story of 'The Troubles' began to unfold before the students' eyes in an objective presentation as images and recordings from the conflict were on display.

 

This semester was particularly special as the CIEE Belfast Study Centre hosted it's very own screening of Girl Rising in celebration of International Day of the Girl. This outstanding movie was screened before an audience of CIEE students, Queen's University Belfast students, and members of the public. The screening was introduced by Dr Clair Rush (Girls Brigade) who spoke of the hopeful and positive impact a global movement for change in attitudes can bring to girls and their access to education.

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(Dr Claire Rush - Girls Brigade)

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(CIEE students, QUB students, and members of the public discussing the impact of Girl Rising)

 

This semester our CIEE students were also warmly welcomed to Belfast City Hall by Cllr. Claire Hanna (SDLP) who provided a wonderful tour of the Hall, explaining the valued meanings of artefacts and displays throughout the corridoors. This was followed by a discussion with Cllr. Hanna on the current status of Northern Ireland politics and the role of non-violent Irish Socialist Nationalism. Students were also fortunate enough to meet the Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Christopher Stalford, who gifted the CIEE centre with a beautiful plaque of the city crest.

 

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(Belfast City Hall)

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(Plaque presented to CIEE by Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Christopher Stalford)

 

our group were invited to return to City Hall later in the semester where we witnessed a meeting of the city council take place. Here our group also met the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, and Councillors Colin Keenan and Mervyn Jones.

 

Thanksgiving has also come and gone and our students did not miss out on this wonderful American feast of giving thanks! A turkey dinner of epic porportions was laid for our students to enjoy! Home is never too far away...

 

As we prepare for the final stretch a few more events for our programme are before us! Watch this space for what's next!

10/04/2013

Fall 2013 Issue I

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Hello from Belfast!

 

Well, it has been a wonderful couple of weeks since our students arrived in beautiful Belfast. The city is alive with culture, both traditional and contemporary, as our group of CIEE study abroad undergraduates begin their semester long living engagement with life in Belfast.

 

Already our students are enrolled and taking part in a wide variety of classes. From physics to politics, anthropology to celtic mythology, our students are enjoying what our wonderful host university has to offer!

 

However, we do much more than simply enrol into courses! At CIEE, we engage with the local culture. We explore our local history. And we strive to understand our place in an ever increasing global world! As part of our orientation and arrival, our students took part in an exclusive CIEE walking tour of West Belfast peace walls. These giant walls were erected to maintain stability between the differing factions of our society.

 

In our second week we visited the East of Ireland as part of our overnight excursion. This excursion introduced our students to Ancient Irish society as we explored (and entered) the Stone Age burial site, Newgrange. Following this epic trek back in time to a site older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge, we down the River Boyne to Oldbridge, where in infamous Battle of the Boyne took place is 1690. As a consequence of this historic battle, the history of Ireland was determined to follow along sectarian lines between the Catholic and Protestant population.

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Following these sites would be a difficult task. But Dublin's Fair City did not disappoint as we enjoyed an exclusive walking tour around the historic Georgian architecture of Dublin city centre. In the evening our group recharged with a full three course traditional Irish meal in the city centre. Of course, one cannot visit Dublin without exploring the lively and dynamic arts and culture district, Temple Bar. Here we sampled the revelry of traditional Irish music and dance as we brushed shoulders with people from all over Ireland and the rest of the world!

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The following day our group, bellies full with the great Irish breakfast, entered the Kilmainham Gaol. A prison on the outskirts of Dublin city centre, Kilmainham has been a central feature of Irish politics and rebellion for over two hundred years. In many ways it replicates the historical significance of the Bastille in Paris.

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Once home and rested in Belfast, are students were not to rest for long as we set out for the St. George's Market on Saturday morning. The market, on the eastern edge of Belfast city centre, is a traditional food and crafts market where students can explore ideas for food and creative arts. Students can also purchase fresh produce and materials, unique to the local environment of Belfast.

 

What is before us this semester is a time of more excitement, living experience, and learning as our students will encounter more of Belfast life through more excursions and events. Keep watching this blog to see how our group set out on this life changing journey in Belfast.

 

Slán go fioll,

Dr Ray Casserly

04/17/2013

After The Easter Eggs

Hello again,

Our three week Easter (Spring) break from classes at our host institution in Belfast, Queen's University Belfast, was full of great opportunities for our students to explore Northern
Ireland and Europe. With easy access to several airports, Belfast provided an
excellent opportunity to get the most from your European adventure!

Besides travelling to other European destinations our CIEE students also took part in more excursions and exclusive seminars with key figures in the community in Belfast.

Our group met with Councillor Claire Hanna, from the Social Democratic and Labour Party, who invited our students to Belfast City Hall for an exclusive chance to explore the politics
of non-violent Irish nationalism. Our CIEE students engaged with Claire in a
lively discussion during this unique occasion where a fantastic meeting-of-minds
occurred. Together the group explored the potential positive future of Belfast
and Northern Ireland.

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Belfast City Hall - built in 1906

This was followed by another CIEE exclusive event where our students met with a representative from the South and West Action Trust, Trevor Greer. Trevor, who hails from a
loyalist Protestant working class area in South Belfast, spoke candidly with
the CIEE students providing them with a rare insight behind the public
narrative of the British identity in Northern Ireland.

Our students also explored Dublin during the St Patrick’s day parade! As part of
our expenses paid program our CIEE group travelled to the capitol city of the
emerald isle to explore how culture and identity is marketed to an outside
audience. It wasn’t all tough classwork, though! Our group took the opportunity
to explore and enjoy the city landscape during the festive day – we even watched
the wonderful parade!

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CIEE Students during an excursion to Dublin for St. Patrick's Day Parade

One would imagine these excursions were enough! Certainly not with CIEE as our
group of students also participated in two separate overnight trips to the East
of Ireland and Derry city (all included in the program fee)!

During our first overnight trip to the East of Ireland, our CIEE students enjoyed the
luxury of a private bus where we explored the wonderful heritages sites of
Newgrange (a burial site older than the Pyramids at Giza), the Battle of the
Boyne site (the largest battle in Irish history, occurred in 1690), and Kilmainham
Gaol (one of the most politically relevant prisons in Irish and British history).
Student’s also visited the National History and Archaeology Museum of Ireland
where the witnessed first-hand the world famous ‘Bog Bodies’ – human remains that
are traced back to the Iron Age. In the evening we enjoyed a full three course
meal in a wonderful traditional Irish restaurant-pub, only to retire in a
wonderful centrally located hotel in Dublin city centre.

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Our Students "Jump With Joy" before the historic Newgrange Mound

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CIEE Students standing before Oldbridge House - the house was built on the site of the Battle of the Boyne from 1690
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CIEE students explore cells in the 'Victorian Wing' of Kilmainham Gaol

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The prison has been used several times for film production
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The older 'Georgian Wing' highlighted the changes in prison technology from the 1700s to the 1800s

The following week our group went on their second overnight trip to the city of
Derry. Derry, a city that traces its charter back to the 1600s, is a walled
city with two names – Derry and Londonderry. During our visit we explored the Bogside
district and Free Derry corner. It was only metres from this site where the
infamous shootings on Bloody Sunday occurred in 1972. Our students visited the
Museum of Free Derry – a locally run museum designed to tell the story of the
victims from that day.

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CIEE students before a mural at the Museum of Free Derry

From there our group visited the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in the Strand Road Police Station. Our exceptional hosts welcomed our group into a seminar room, where officers of all ranks spoke candidly about their jobs, their roles within society, and their positivity for
Northern Ireland.

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Our CIEE group explore the inside of an armoured PSNI vehicle

Having been presented with a tour of the equipment and vehicles used by the PSNI, our group left with great excitement to visit the Apprentice Boys of Derry (ABOD) museum. The museum is housed in the headquarters of the ABOD who are one of the large Protestant fraternities in Northern Ireland. Students also visited the first ever purpose built Protestant
Cathedral in the world – right in the heart of Derry city! St. Columb’s
cathedral, in its grand position in the city centre, towers above the city.
Within the cathedral the students toured the various displays, including the
remnants of flags from the US military forces that were stationed in the city
during World War II. Again, to unwind and relax another wonderful dinner in a
fantastic hotel was enjoyed – all to be followed by a full Irish breakfast the
next day!

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Our group meeting with the ABOD representative in the lodge/club rooms

Now we are back to regular class scheduling in our host institution, Queen’s
University Belfast. Although, regular doesn’t mean mundane in Belfast! The
university is hosting a series of exciting events from the academic to the
entertaining – and all of this is available to our CIEE students!

For more information and up to date ‘tweets’, check out our Facebook (facebook.com/CIEENorthernIreland)
and Twitter (@CIEEBelfast) sites

Until next time!

03/08/2013

Half way there!

Hello there!

Wow, it's already March and our CIEE Society, Conflict and Peace students are fully immersed into local life in Belfast. So far our students have participated in a number of excursions and events, from having toured the various interfaces in Belfast (where the two communities collide), to visiting the site where the infamous RMS Titanic was built!

Just this week, our students also had the unique opportunity to meet a representative from the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. The Christian Protestant fraternity has often found itself intertwinned with the politics of sectarianism in Belfast as their parading culture is often viewed by members of the Roman Catholic community as offensive.

The Education Office for the Orange Order (as the fraternity is most often known as) explained the organisations position on many of these issues. He explained the dynamics of todays politics and culture, and how this impacts upon their community and culture. CIEE students took the opportunity to ask further questions about the Order, including questions on the significance and role of women in a fraternal organisation (certainly no easy question to answer)!

 

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(CIEE group with David Scott)

Next week our group will meet political representatives from the other side of the community divide. Claire Hanna from the SDLP party will explore the Nationalist perspective of the peace process at Belfast City Hall in an exclusive CIEE meeting.

Until next time!

 

Slán (bye!)

10/16/2012

Fall 2012!

Dia Duibh
agus Fáilte go Béal Feirste!

Hello and welcome to Belfast!

So far during this Fall 2012 semester the CIEE students participating in
the Society, Conflict, and Peace program have already started their classes and
are truly embedded their learning into the CIEE host institution, Queen’s
University Belfast.

Alongside studying in the classroom students have also started
exploring the living experience of Belfast. In their university accommodation
with local Irish students, the CIEE students are making local friends,
developing local knowledge, and learning to understand what is it to grow up
in, study in, and live in post conflict Belfast?

Students have even started to explore the rest of the island of Ireland
visiting the cities of Dublin, Cork, and Galway…and they’ve just been here over
a month!

On top of their travels the CIEE students are participating in
fieldtrip associated to the Society, Conflict, and Peace program. For example,
students have taken part in an exclusive CIEE walking tour of the various
interface areas in Belfast. Interface areas are basically areas of contention,
no-man’s land, and walls that stretch beyond sight. Students have also been
brought on an exclusive CIEE tour of the infamous former Shipyards of Belfast,
now known as the Titanic Quarter. Here the CIEE students visited the largest
Titanic interpretive centre in the world, opened this year in commemoration of
the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragic demise. Here CIEE
students considered the reimaging of Belfast that is now taking place in the
post-conflict era.

History in Belfast is not just a reference. It is a lived experience.
The history of the city, of the society, is everywhere to behold. It’s written
(literally) on the walls. It is the walls. With this in mind, here are some
examples and excerpts from CIEE student perceptions of Belfast and history.

 

  1. ‘The history I knew about
    Belfast centered around The Troubles. I knew that Belfast had been a type of
    war zone, but I never realized how much it still affected the city. Life in
    Belfast has seemed relatively normal or at least the normal I am accustomed to.
    My first impression of life in Belfast has been one of relative normality and
    quietness.’
  2. ‘Before I came to
    Belfast, I have heard of the Troubles and the fact that Ireland is now in a
    “Peace Process.” However, through my experiences talking to local people and
    exploring the city, I’m beginning to question what a “peace process” really
    mean. The violence no longer threatens daily life, but the tension and division
    between the Protestant and Catholic communities still largely influences and
    determines different aspects of people’s lives. The segregation represents the
    norm and in that sense, is taken for granted because society has functioned
    with this divide for so long. Looking back at Irish history seems to further
    fuel these tensions because it functions like “look what the Protestants did to
    us…” and vice versa. So how does a deeply divided society reconcile with this
    history and be able to use it for the purpose of creating “peace”?’
  3. ‘In my first few weeks in
    Belfast I have come to understand that this is a remarkable time to study
    abroad here. We do not need to look back centuries, or even decades, to see
    important moments in Belfast’s history, we simply need to walk out our front
    door. By this I simply mean that history is being made in front of our eyes...I
    can see the scars of the last century –– specifically from “the troubles” ––
    just beginning to heal.’
  4. ‘Before I arrived I knew
    that there were some intense religious divides, but I was hoping that the
    politics of the conflict would be the strongest factor contributing to the
    division, not the religion – by this I strictly mean the political debates and
    disagreements over whether or not Northern Ireland should stay with the United
    Kingdom. I never realized… how tightly religion is woven into the conflict;
    from speaking with some of the students here it has become clear that many
    people (of the fairly small number I have talked with) have not weighed in the
    political and economical relationships between Northern Ireland, the Republic
    of Ireland, and the United Kingdom when deciding whether or not Northern
    Ireland should stay with the UK. They have instead taken the position of
    whatever religion they were raised with and become segregated along religious
    lines. I also recognize that this is probably an unfair blanket statement and I
    know that much of the youth here may not be anything like the youth I have
    spoken with so far. It is incredible how much underlying segregation I think
    there may actually be in this city, I just haven’t become accustomed to
    recognizing it yet.’
  5. ‘The proverb “History
    repeats itself” says more than enough when you relate the history of the island
    of Ireland to life in Belfast today. The history shows that Ireland is a land
    of take over. One comes in, takes over, people fight, someone comes out on top.
    However, the perspective from the people is different. People lose and find
    their own identity in this time. The crisis we have today is that the people in
    Belfast are unable to find their identity due to the constant hostility, fear,
    and possible consequences of saying what they are…What is interesting to me is
    how when we look at the historical aspect of Ireland, it seemed like take overs
    just happened and then it was done with. But when I look at Belfast today, it
    amazes me on how media, politics, and propaganda have all become instigators of
    separation even when the war has ended. The people cannot move on with these
    instigators which will drag out the point of resolution that is desperately
    needed: It is needed for the people, the economy, and life in general so
    stability can ease the tension.’

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CIEE Students providing the infamous pose from James Cameron's 'Titanic'. This is where the ship originally first touched water having been built and launced in Belfast's shipyards.

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CIEE students outside the Titanic center. The red brick building in the background is where Titanic was designed.

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The statue for 'relection' stands in front of the new McClay library at QUB, the host university for CIEE in Belfast.

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Botanic Gardens is immediatly adjacent to QUB and is a popular break-time spot for students.

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Belfast has become a bustling city with architecture reflecting the former glory days during the reign of Queen Victoria.

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Belfast City Hall was built in 1906. It is now becoming one the shared civic sites for the population of Belfast.

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The world heritage site that is the Giant's Causeway is easily reached by bus or train from the CIEE study center at QUB.