This research abroad program aims to give students a chance to study and learn about conflict, development, and governance in four Mediterranean countries: Morocco, Spain, Croatia, and Bosnia. Students will be immersed in local culture as they visit historical and political sites and carry out interviews with local residents, government officials, and nongovernmental advocates. We will conduct original research that will build toward publishable research papers on questions such as: What messaging strategies might make local citizens more open to refugees? How can political participation and reconciliation best be encouraged in countries with recent conflicts? We will weave together large-scale country comparisons, site visits (to places such as concentration camp memorials and refugee camps) and interviews that will provide appreciation for local problems and understandings. We will then write a public-opinion survey experiment to be implemented in these countries after we depart. Interested students will be able later to analyze the data and put together important research papers. This program will be most appealing to students who are passionate about learning about difficult issues like refugees, immigration, civil war, economic development, and varieties of political institutions in different historical and cultural contexts. It will also appeal to students who enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle, as we will hike and explore coasts, canyons, and mountains.
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 12:00 PM
Middle East Studies/Arabic