Religiously, culturally, socially, politically, and economically, India is enticing and exciting.In Delhi and Northeast India, these characteristics are all the more layered. In India generally, specifically in the Kohima Region of Northeast India, poverty is raw. Everyday human challenges are confusing, frustrating, and heartbreaking; however, genuine and inspiring expressions of hospitality, generosity, worship, and joy counter such heartbreak. More often than not, social problems are concealed in plain sight due to historical ethnic and religious tensions. Students are expected to reflect upon and discuss these aspects of life during this immersion program. Student queries, concerns, and conversations will enrich their learning, as they explore first-hand the implications of peacemaking, innovation, and expressions of faith in responding to the realities of the world.
Students are invited to prepare themselves for openness to a very foreign reality. In India, students’ sense-perceptions of seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting will be crucial to understanding India. India is pungent; showing up, and being present, is integral to understanding the cultural requirements and ramifications of peacemaking in an international context. Additionally, students will experience first-hand the challenges and inherent beauty in India’s religious diversity. India’s rich religious history and religion’s integration into Indian culture will help shape students’ understandings of religious diversity and conflict resolution. Such experiences of religious diversity, poverty, and expressions of a shared humanity are at the core of students’ studies of nonviolence and peace.
While in India, students will be regarded as delegates, or ambassadors, of Marquette University. We will visit different worksites managed by the Jesuits, the Catholic Relief Services, and other faith based peacemakers.
: Depart from US for New Delhi, India.
: Upon arriving in Delhi, we will stay one night at the New Delhi airport hotel. This will be an important night of rest after a non-stop flight of around 15 hours.
: We fly from Delhi to Guwahati--capital of the state of Assam. Guwahati is the transportation gateway to Northeast India, and it is the headquarters of the Jesuits in the region. We will stay at the Jagriti Jesuit Community JJC residence in Christian Basti area.
: Students will visit the North Eastern Social Research Center NESRC and interact with the Jesuits involved in the social justice initiatives in the northeast. The NESRC is a premier research center that studies for solutions to ethnic and political conflicts in northeast India.
: We will visit the Women's Development Centre WDC and the North-East Diocesan Social Service Society NEDSSS in Guwahati.
: We will visit and interact with the staff of the Legal Cell for Human Rights LCHR and visit a tea garden to hear first-hand stories from workers and activists for human rights.
: We will take the morning train to Dimapur, Nagaland. After lunch in Dimapur, we will travel by van to Kohima. We will stay with at the Jesuit guest house in Jakhama.
: We will spend time in Nagaland learning about the social justice activities of the Jesuits in the region.
: We will return to Guwahati for one night before flying to Delhi.
We will fly from Guwahati to New Delhi and stay at the New Delhi YMCA Tourist Hostel. The YMCA is a secure, affordable, and centrally located place in Delhi. That afternoon we will visit the historic Sri Laxmi Narayan or "Birla" Temple Hindu.
: We will visit the Catholic Relief Services CRS country office and meet with senior country staff to learn about CRS's integral human development models. That morning we will also visit the Jesuit Refugee Services JRS office to learn about their social justice work in the region. JRS is leading the Jesuit efforts to explore issues of poverty, migration, and peace building throughout India. In the afternoon we will visit the Bahai House of Worship or "Lotus" Temple Bahai.
: In the morning we will visit Jama Masjid Muslim. We will also visit the National Gandhi Museum in Delhi to learn about Gandhi's mission of promoting non-violence and religious unity. After the museum, we will visit the Gandhi memorial where Gandhi's ashes are buried. Later in the afternoon we will visit the Centre for Peace and Spirituality CPS and interact with peace activists.
: Students will visit the Taj Mahal and the Fatehpur Sikri.
Return flight to US. We will visit the Gobind Sadan Campus and Gurudwara Sikh before heading for the airport.
Students will take a 3 credit THEO 2951, which is equivalent to THEO 2500 and applies to the UCCS Theology requirement. This course is open to undergraduates. The program will be led by Dr. Irfan Omar -Associate Professor of Theology-and Patrick Kennelly -Director, Center for Peacemaking.
This course will focus on theological pathways to peacemaking and nonviolence, the relationship between theology and social movements and peace studies, and interfaith and comparative theology. There will be classroom lecture to provide students with an introduction to these topics, along with guest speakers to provide context for the site visits and tours. Students will be introduced to readings and activities that will help them reflect on and develop deeper understanding of the role of theology in shaping an empathetic self by engaging in selfless service.
Students will be staying in Jesuit facilities which are dorm-style sleeping arrangements segregated by gender.
Delhi is India's capital territory--a massive metropolitan area. Delhi is the home to 25 million people, relics of lost empires, and an amazing history. A city where the modern and ancient world blend perfectly together is the best description for this beautiful city. Delhi has a quick cosmopolitan metro system, bustling markets, and unforgettable dining. It is famous for its attractions such as The Red Fort, Humayun's tomb, Qutb Minar Complex, and much more. Although the monuments and glimpses into the ancient world are memorable and gorgeous, the modern Delhi has much more to offer. The constant growing metro system, HOHO buses, new malls, entertainment centers, Delhi's green cover, and its many festivals will be the highlights of your trip.
Guwahati is one of the fastest growing cities in India, located in the South Bank of the river Brahmaputra. It attracts many visitors for business, shopping, and of course its beautiful sights. It is known as the largest commercial, educational, and industrial center of the Northeastern region in India. Guwahati is home to the Uma Nanda Temple, Janardana Temple, ISKCON temple, ASSAM state museum, Pandu, and many other wonderful attractions.