Beloit faculty visit Bosnia-Herzegovina to study conflict

Bosnia-Herzegovina is recovering from a three-year war in the 1990s that saw the disbanding of Yugoslavia. | File photo

A group of faculty members from Beloit College took a trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina in May through a Weissberg Program grant to learn about human rights. 

The country is trying to recover from a three-year war in the 1990s that saw the disbanding of Yugoslavia.

The members of faculty from Beloit who took part in the trip were Betsy Brewer, Office of International Education; Beth Dougherty, International Relations; Pablo Toral, Political Science/International Relations; Donna Oliver, Modern Languages and Literatures; Amy Sarno, Theater; Jennifer Esperanza, Anthropology; and Leslie Williams, Anthropology. For a portion of the trip, they were joined by Alen Keric, a 2014 graduate of Beloit.

Brewer said learning about conflict and taking lessons from it for teaching and research reasons was the primary goal of the trip. Also important were remaining within the objectives laid out by the Weissberg Program in Human Rights.

The group from Beloit took part in a variety of tours that showed them the remnants of the war in the cities Sarajevo and Mostar, as well as the suspension of Yugoslavia. During the tours, they visited memorials in Sarajevo and Mostar to pay homage.

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