It may be half a world away on the map, but Bosnia-Herzegovina recently served as the focus of a Wittenberg-sponsored conference titled “Preserving Goodwill In Multi-Cultural Societies: Lessons From Bosnia.”
The conference drew upon the honors class Bosnia-Herzegovina–An Interdisciplinary Study, which involved five Wittenberg students majoring in English, psychology, math, sociology and political science, and matched them with five students from the war-torn nation via a private chat room to collaborate on projects.
Student presentations and discussions with Adnan Secic and Dragana Kaurin, two natives of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, highlighted the first part of the conference. A banquet followed featuring authentic Bosnian cuisine, music and a demonstration of the process of making Bosnian coffee.
Keith Doubt, professor of sociology, department chair and author of two books on Bosnia-Herzegovina and the sociology of the area during and after the wars of the 1990s, organized the conference and the class, which is studying the social history and cultural heritage of Bosnia-Herzegovina.