Study Abroad in the Basque Country, Spain

Visit Bilbao, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Guernica

March 3-11, 2017

3 Credits


Memory and Conflict: Dealing with the Past Constructively

Instructor: Dr. Borislava Manojlovic

  • Discover how different actors and institutions address processes of dealing with the contentious past through education, justice, policymaking and art
  • Interact with government officials in the Basque Parliament, civil society leaders, scholars, activists and artists
  • Visit cultural sights and meet local people in Bilbao, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Guernica and Vitoria



Paola Ordonez

indexPaola was born in Colombia and her native language is Spanish. She earned her undergrad degree at Universidad Autonoma de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. Her bachelor´s degree was in International Economic Relations. For five years, she has worked for an American multinational company in Bogota. She moved to the USA in 2013 as a part of an exchange program.  Later in 2014, she moved to New York City to formally study English at Hunter College, and in 2015, she decided to earn her masters degree in Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. Since she started her masters program, she has been a research assistant of the School of Diplomacy, contributing to Latin American political tendencies research and currently contributing to the Basque Country Team activities and individual research about ETA. She is very passionate about conflict resolution since her country endures one of the longest violent conflicts of Latin America, and she wants to learn from the experiences of other regions such as the Basque Country. Paola also visited Cyprus with some of her classmates to learn more about their current conflict and future perspectives.

Exhibition “Changing Perspectives” hosted by the School of Diplomacy

Picture2The School of Diplomacy together with the Basque Government Office in NYC has launched an exhibition “Changing Perspectives” on the three decades of work of the Basque Institute for Women – Emakunde. The exhibition is included in the Seton Hall University’ Petersheim expo and it represents the School’s continued efforts to develop partnerships with academic institutions, government, think tanks and civil society of the Basque Country. It features posters depicting various campaigns and work of Emakunde.

Emakunde was created in 1988 as the Basque Institute for Women. It was awarded the 2015 United Nations Public Service Award for “Promoting Gender Responsive Delivery of Public Services”. As an autonomous body of the Basque Government, Emakunde has promoted and led the process of development, implementation and evaluation the equality policies of women and men in the Basque Autonomous Community 1988 including the Law for Equality between Men and Women passed in 2005. For the last 28 years, Emakunde has launched several awareness campaigns about equality between women and men in different areas of life, often making the invisible visible. The goal of the exhibition is to commemorate Women’s History Month, an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society, through sharing images and messages of Emakunde’s campaigns that have helped transform the way Basque society sees and experiences the Basque Country and the world in terms of gender equality. The exhibition will be hosted by the School of Diplomacy and International Relations from April 12 -30, 2016.

BRT event: Movie screening of ¨El Lobo¨

220px-The_Wolf_FilmPosterWritten by Paola Ordonez

The director of the Basque Research Team Dr. Borislava Manojlovic and other six members of the team:  Thomas Hill, Felipe Bueno, Gabriela Taveras, Paola Ordonez, Shahriar Chowdhury and Bryan Yeoh were hosting the event for students of the School of Diplomacy. A total of 14 attendees enjoyed the movie and the refreshments served followed by a brief discussion about the film.  During the review, the students mentioned  the most important moments of the movie such as the decision of the main character Txema to infiltrate ETA in order to help the Spanish Government.  Dr. Borislava moderated the discussion about this film which is based on a real story and received positive opinions from the students.  It was the first time for some of the students to learn about the Basque country and the past activities of ETA.

The meeting concluded with an interview conducted by the student interview producer Emily Livaudais who talked with Thomas Hill, Dr. Manojlovic and Paola Ordonez. The interview is going to be broadcasted on The Global Current Radio Station soon.  We are looking forward to share the interview as soon as it is available. Dr. Manojlovic and the team are looking forward to organize more similar events to promote our work and share it with the School and beyond.

Successful start of 2016: Study abroad in the Basque Country

12540951_532428640265089_1089719634280670061_nIn January 2016, Dr. Borislava Manojlovic led a team of students in an immersive study abroad trip to the Basque Country, Spain. The course, titled “Memory and Conflict: Dealing with the Past Constructively,” allowed students to discover how different actors and institutions address processes of dealing with the region’s contentious past through education, justice, policymaking, and art.

The Basque Country has experienced protracted conflict described as “Europe’s longest war” with roots that can be traced to the time of Spanish Civil War and before. The Basque Study Abroad trip explored the consequences of the conflict and steps that are being taken to help spur the reconciliation process.