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ERIC Number: EJ794169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-2
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
For Bosnia's Future
Woodard, Colin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n34 pA8 May 2008
Pale, once a just a village when Bosnia's war ended 13 years ago, is now a bustling town, the hub of "Serbian Sarajevo," and home to several divisions of the Bosnian Serbs' University of East Sarajevo, their homegrown alternative to the multiethnic University of Sarajevo. It was in Pale that Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serbs' wartime leaders, directed the siege of the largely unprotected city. Some 10,000 civilians were killed in the 44-month siege, many by snipers' bullets or mortar rounds intentionally dropped into crowded markets or bread lines. Sarajevans have no love for Pale, the base for Serbs who attempted to create an ethnically pure state by killing or expelling non-Serbs. But Snezana Bilbija, a professor of English at the University of Sarajevo, boards the bus to Pale three times a week, crossing Bosnia's former front to teach students at the Serbs' university. This article describes how Bilbija is one of only a handful of academics who hold positions on both sides of the country's internal border and who crosses ethnic lines to teach a new generation. This article also describes Bilbija's harrowing experiences as a professor who continued teaching during the 1992-1995 war.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo)