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 genuinetentative)
Jan 2: Upon arriving in Delhi, we will stay at the Navjivan Renewal Centre (NRC). The NRC is a holistic health and wellness center in Delhi run by the Jesuits. Here, with the help of the Jesuits, students will learn how the Jesuits' mission and activities overlap spiritual well-being with health. This will be an important night of rest after a non-stop flight of around 15 hours.
Jan 3: We will visit the Catholic Relief services(CRS) country office and meet with senior country staff to learn about CRS's integral human development model. We will also visit the Lotus Temple, a prominent Baha'i house of worship, open to all people, which is seem as a symbol of religious harmony and inclusiveness. The Baha'i faith emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind. Students will visit both sites.
Jan 4: We will visit the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) office and the Jesuit Research Center (JRC) to provide context for the second half of the trip to Northeast India. JRS and the Research center are leading the Jesuit efforts to explore issues of poverty, migration, and peace building throughout India. That afternoon we will visit Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India) and in the evening we will attend the "light and sound" show at the Red Fort.
Jan 5: We will 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, and the location where Gandhi was assassinated. That afternoon we will visit Sikh Temple and Goban Sadan Institute, an international interfaith community. Mary Pat Fisher, a renowned world religious scholar, will meet and speak with the students.
Jan 6: 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.
Jan 7: Students will visit the North Eastern Social Research Center (NESRC) in Guwahati. The NESRC is a research center that looks for solutions to ethnic and political conflicts in Northeast India. Students will meet the former head of JRS India which is based in Guwahati.
Jan 8: Students will visit the Legal Cell for Human Rights (LCHR) in Guwahati. LCHR is a community-based civil society organization that was conceptualized and run by the Jesuits of the Kohima Region. Students will learn about civil and legal rights initiatives present in Northeast India. That afternoon the students will visit a community-based city of the LCHR.
Jan 9: We will travel from Guwahati to visit self-help groups and CRS projects in Assam and visit a government-run tea estate focused on sustainability and safe working conditions for laborers.
Jan 10: We will visit the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati.
Jan 11: We will fly from Guwahati back to Delhi. We will stay at the Navjivan Renewal Centre (NRC).
Jan 12: We will travel early in the morning by private bus to the city of Agra to see the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a 17th century mausoleum of a Mughal emeror's wife. In the afternoon, we will visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Jan 13: We will fly back to the USA.
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.
Short-term Program Tuition (Marquette rates) * $2,130.00
GeoBlue International Health Insurance * $38.00
Program Fee-billable * $1,650.00
* Estimates based on January 2017 pricing. January 2018 pricing should be similar, but is still to be announced.
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.