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Spring Break Ireland 2013
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Stetson 2013 Spring Break in Ireland Program: the [Rocky] Road to Peace and Prosperity
The Office of International Programs at Stetson University College of Law Office Stetson University College of Law Office Stetson University College of Law is pleased to announce a 2013 Spring Break in Ireland trip; this is a repeat of a previous, successful trip examining the Irish peace process and Ireland's economic successes and recent difficulties.
The trip will include several days in Dublin and Belfast and will provide a wealth of information on Ireland's struggles - both political and economic.
The trip will be held from March 24 - 31st. Students will arrange their own transportation to Dublin, departing Saturday, March 23rd, and returning on Sunday, March 31st.
The trip begins in Dublin, where students will share rooms provisionally booked beginning Sunday March 24th at a convenient Dublin city center hotel. After freshening up and unpacking, there is a planned walking tour of Dublin and an introduction to its colorful history.
We plan to visit Government Officials in Dublin, including representatives of the Prime Minister's Office and the Office of the Chief State Solicitor.
There will be a visit to the High Court and Supreme Court of Ireland and a tour of the modern criminal court building - including meetings with members of the Irish judiciary.
History will come alive with tours of Kilmainham Gaol ('Jail'), site of the execution of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising - which led to the eventual creation of the Republic of Ireland. There will also be opportunities to visit Dublin Castle, site of British rule in Ireland for hundreds of years.
And there will be time to explore the youthful night life of Dublin - complete with traditional music and literature.
After Dublin, we will travel to Belfast. In Belfast, we plan to visit the Stormont Assembly - site of 'devolved' government in Northern Ireland. We will tour the Peace Wall - with perspectives provided by representatives of both communities in the north, who are striving to live in peace after decades of violent conflict.
To put all of this in context, Bruce Carolan, Head of the Law Department of the Dublin Institute of Technology, will provide two weeks of lectures, films, and readings leading up to the trip - for the award of 1 credit. A reading list, access to primary source materials, viewing and discussion of films exploring Ireland's history will be included.
We will also examine the recent economic troubles besetting Ireland, its place in Europe (Ireland will hold the presidency of the European Union during our visit), and the efforts Ireland is taking to regain its economic sovereignty.
To top it off, 2013 is the Irish year of 'The Gathering' - an invitation to everyone who is Irish (by blood or by desire) to 'return' to Ireland.
Questions can be directed to the Office of International Programs or to Professor Carolan at email@example.com.