“War is not over when it’s over” is a common
refrain that keeps coming up for Matteo Ricci College professors Ben Curtis and
Serena Cosgrove in their research about how war contributes to poverty.
Compelled by the initial results of research about violence in post-conflict
societies in Central America, Curtis and Cosgrove decided to expand their
research to Eastern Europe. With a grant from Seattle University’s Endowed
Mission Fund, the two professors travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the
fall of 2013 to interview peace makers, human rights activists, and youth
leaders about how the country is doing since the war ended in 1995.
Bosnia still confronts many challenges with integration and collaboration
across ethnic lines. This is particularly relevant for K-12 students who
are separated by ethnicity at school, seldom enjoying the opportunity to
interact with students from the other ethnicities. Moved by the long-term
peace and reconciliation challenges the country continues to face, Curtis and
Cosgrove applied for a grant from Seattle University’s Global Grants Program to
take an SU student delegation to Bosnia in June 2014. With the recent
news they had won the grant, Curtis and Cosgrove are now preparing to return to
Bosnia. In addition to carrying out research on the ongoing peace and
reconciliation process, Curtis, Cosgrove and their students will attend an
international youth conference as the US delegation commemorating 100 years
since the start of World War I.
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