The program will be taught by Dr. Irfan Omar and Patrick Kennelly. It provides students and the University opportunities to explore concerns and conversations regarding the implications of peacemaking, innovation, and faith in responding to the realities of the world. Specifically, it exposes students to the ways individuals and organizations of various faith traditions are attempting to respond to complex problems. One of the particular valuable aspects of this program is that students will be exposed to the work of Jesuit social and educational apostolates in addressing complex social problems. They will learn to practice "cognitional hygiene" which involves overcoming the original prejudice of dividing the world into important and unimportant people. At the core of addressing "cognitional hygiene" is the realization that through service, involvement,we are,in Fr. Kolvenbach's words, "casting [our] lots with the poor."
Day 1: 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.
Day 2: 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.
Day 3: 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.
Day 4: 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 Gobind Sadan, an international interfaith community where Mary Pat Fisher--a renowned world religions scholar--will meet and speak with the students.
Day 5: 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.
Day 6: The students will visit Loyola College and School in Guwahati. Loyola College and School is a Jesuit school that enjoys an established partnership with the Jesuits of the Wisconsin Province. Students will meet with the former head of JRS India, who is based in Guwahati.
Day 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.
Day 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.
Day 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.
Day 10: We will visit the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati.
Day 11: We will fly from Guwahati back to Delhi. We will stay at the Navjivan Renewal Centre (NRC).
Day 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.
Day 13: Work time for students to complete assignments
Day 14: 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.
Upon arrival in Delhi, students will stay at the Navjivan Renewal Centre (NRC), a health and wellness center in Delhi. While in Guwahati, students will stay at the Jesuit Province Kohima Region Center. Both of these locations will have dormitory style sleeping arrangements.
Short-term Program Tuition (Marquette rates) * $2,130.00
GeoBlue International Health Insurance * $38.00
Program Fee-billable * $1,650.00
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.