Course Description

The course description, not including academic requirements, is as follows:

"In 1994, approximately 800,000 people died in the Rwandan genocide. Neighbors killed neighbors, priests turned against their congregations, and, in some cases, people killed members of their own family. Today, fewer than 20 years later, perpetrators and survivors live and work together. How is this possible? Restorative justice (RJ) focuses on the needs of both victims and offenders, as well as the community. That is, crimes are seen not just as harming individuals, but also the community. RJ processes focus on creating opportunities for dialogue between those involved in the harm. In Rwanda, restorative justice has been practiced in a variety of ways including faith-based reconciliation workshops, prison fellowships, and gacaca “courts” or tribunals. Rwandans have sought to move beyond retribution and focus on the restoration of relationships. In doing so, it is hoped that healing can take place. While the events of 1994 are, indeed, tragic, the stories that continue to come out of Rwanda are nothing short of awe-inspiring and enlightening. Join us for this journey from devastation to renewal."

Academic readings/assignments will be provided at a later date. The course is offered for credit as either Sociology 3980 or Social Justice 3980. There are no prerequisites.


Rwanda 2011

With the support of Hamline University, I recently had the opportunity to visit Rwanda. I've now created this blog in anticipation of our travels with students in 2012. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, here are a few snapshots from my trip.

 View toward Kigali city center from the
Kiyovu neighborhood

Intore dance performance
 Hike to basket making
 Mountain gorilla, Kwitonda family
Rwandan children at brick making

And, here's a link to a sampling of a few more photos. Enjoy!