Ireland 2013

uffUSC Annenberg’s J585 Reporting on Religion course focused on post-Catholic Ireland. Reporting in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, students mastered each country’s distinctive culture and history as well as their shared heritage. During the stay in Dublin, some explored how social institutions, formerly linked to Catholicism, fared in the new environment. Others examined how the Church’s decline affected other religions. In Belfast, students investigated the legacy of the Troubles, the ethno-religious conflict that lasted from the late 1960s to 1998. How was the conflict remembered and represented in art, tourism and politics? How do former antagonists find common ground? This year’s partnerships with KPCC and Global Post enabled student work to reach new audiences.

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