Monday, May 25, 2009

Crossing the Border

On the grounds of Stranmillis, our home in Belfast.

After two nights in Dublin, we departed by bus on Sunday afternoon for Belfast. Most of the students slept as we quietly rolled across the border from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland. The border, which had a strong security presence just a dozen years ago, is now barely discernable.

Having shared dorm rooms at the busy hostel in Dublin, the students were very pleased to settle into private rooms on the verdant grounds of Stranmillis University College on Belfast's south side. We quickly got down to business, walking to Queen's University for an introductory talk by Tony Novosel of the British Council's Business Education Initiative. This was followed by a presentation on inquiries and accountability regarding the Troubles and the merits of a reconciliation commission model in Northern Ireland.

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