In just a few months during 1994, as many as one million people were killed as violence swept across Rwanda. A civil war, an economic downturn, and growing animosity between Rwanda’s two main ethnic groups—the Hutu and the Tutsi—preceded the genocide, which affected all parts of the country. The violence ended just a few months after it began, leaving Rwanda’s institutions in shambles. Since then, the Government of Rwanda has engaged in multiple initiatives to rebuild the country, and Rwanda has rapidly transformed. This course will explore the 1994 Rwandan genocide and its aftermath through active learning experiences in Rwanda. You will begin by studying the origins of the genocide with an emphasis on why the genocide occurred and, more broadly, what causes genocide globally. Then you will study the violence itself, including the forms of violence, who participated in the violence, and who was victimized. Lastly, you will turn your attention to the aftermath of the genocide and study the legal response to the violence. This will involve examining the local "gacaca" courts that were instituted across the country and the collective memories of the genocide. You will also examine the current state of human rights in Rwanda and some of the regional effects of the violence. Finally, you will study development and aid in Rwanda today, critically exploring the country’s tremendous economic growth since 1994.
There are two major components of the program. The first includes classroom instruction led by Hollie Nyseth Brehm and various Rwandan guest lecturers. The second component involves experiential learning through visits to various locations in Kigali. These include genocide memorials, museums, Rwandan government offices, survivor organizations, women’s cooperatives, and prison community service camps, among others.
Students will be housed in modest accommodations in Kigali throughout the program.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline
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Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD program fee. The program fee will include airfare, housing, required excursions, and most meals. It does not cover a personal expenses, passport, visa, or immunizations.
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Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
October 24, 2018; 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM; 100 Enarson Classroom Building
November 9, 2018; 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM; 160 Enarson Classroom Building
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The most valuable thing I gained was a new lens from which to view the world. During a lecture at SIT, a speaker reminded us that we were viewing everything that has happened and is happening in Rwanda from a Western lens. He encouraged us to take a step back and realize that the Western lens is not the lens most Rwandans use to view their own society. From this program, I was able to gain the ability to recognize my own biases and be able to change the way I look at a situation to match the people who are experiencing it.