Writing Through War to Peace: Images and Narratives of the Troubles and Beyond in Northern Ireland introduces students to the images and narratives that tell the story of a war-torn province slowly transforming itself into a thriving, peaceful community where men who once pointed guns at each other now escort tourists through the streets of Belfast, the city that Patrick calls “the greatest place in the world to live.” Prior to our 10-days in Ireland, you will experience and respond to fiction, memoirs, diaries, historical accounts, films, and guest speakers. On site, you will visit murals and other sites relevant to The Troubles, meet with private citizens and public figures who have written about the period, and write/present your own responses to what you have witnessed. By the time you return home, you will appreciate the power of history as told through the words and images of the people who live it.

November 2005: “When I was young, I thought this was the greatest place in the world to live,” he told us at the end of our first Black Taxi tour.  His face clouded, eyes narrowing.  “Then came the Troubles, and for thirty years it was hell on earth. But since the Agreement and peace—well, now it’s the greatest place in the world again.”  The clouds lifted, and Patrick deposited us in front of Queen’s University, his eyes once again sparkling with hope.

Program Dates

Spring Semester 2017 course with May 24 - June 3, 2017 on-site


Dublin, Belfast and Derry, Ireland


Students participating in this program will enroll WRT 3701: Writing Through War to Peace: Images and Narratives of the Troubles and Beyond in Northern Ireland (4 credits) for the Spring 2017 semester. During the semester the course will meet weekly.

This course satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement for seniors as well as an Arts & Literature requirement, Diversity and Experiential in Liberal Studies core.

Program Cost: $3,500 

Program costs of $3,500 includes all course and program-related expenses.

  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Three meals per day
  • In-country transportation
  • Tickets for cultural activities and excursions that are part of the courses
  • International health insurance


Closed for Spring/Summer 2017

Upon acceptance, a $1000 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm acceptance.


Office of Global Education

Faculty Leader:
Dr. Kathleen S. Cain