The purpose of the Grad Talks Spark Series is to expand upon the Grad Talks program by providing a forum for graduate students to develop as individuals through engaging in thoughtful, open conversations with one another about topics that touch their lives in some way. Students will grow by learning from others and by reflecting on their own values, knowledge, and experiences. The Sparks Series also aims to empower graduate students as leaders by creating an outlet through which to lead a conversation and facilitate the growth of peers.
Check out this short video for an intro to the Spark Series.
The Grad Talks Spark Series is a conversation series composed of 1-hour Spark Series Conversations, each of which is led by a graduate student or a Boston College staff member. Each Conversation can be viewed as a workshop-discussion hybrid; in the typical format, the Conversation Leader begins with a short talk or presentation that introduces the topic. This introduction may be a 15 minute PowerPoint about the leader’s own research, a brief overview of a current event with the sharing of various news sources (e.g. printed articles, editorials), or any other basic starting basis off of which all attendees have a common point of reference from which to begin discussion. The Conversation should then for the remainder of its time consist of discussion and reflection, directed or facilitated in some manner by the Leader.
Stress-Less: The Mind-Body Connection
Facilitated by Natalie Young, CSON
Tuesday, March 18th at 12:00 PM
Complimentary Lunch Included
Everyone experiences stress. The "stress response" is an innate system in our bodies that keeps us alive. However, most of us are living in the stress response and this causes emotional and physiological harm on our bodies. Using recent research in Mind-Body Medicine, I would like to explain the effects of stress on our bodies and how we can counteract its harmful effects. I will demonstrate at least 2 mind-body techniques and provide a list of numerous other techniques. I will also describe other lifestyle changes that counteract the stress response.
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Bridging Cultures: Perspectives from American and Chinese Students
Facilitated by Dean "Rocky" Rockwell & Isabelle Ren, CSOM
Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Complimentary Dinner Included
This Spark Series Session will be a conversation surrounding Chinese student and American student perspectives on graduate school. We will be exploring questions such as: What is important in these cultures? In what ways are our graduate experiences similar? How are they different? In what ways and to what extent do Chinese graudate students and American graduate students communicate and benefit from each other’s unique cultural standpoint?
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Recent Spark Series Conversations:
Franciscan Spirituality: A Vision for Joy and Creation, 1/28/2014 facilitated by Erik Lenhart
LGBT at BC, 1/23/2014 facilitated by Emilie Dubois
Motivation and Finding Flow, 11/2013 facilitated by Billy Duffey
Do you have something to talk about? Do you want to take an active leadership role and help your peers grow through participating in a healthy discussion?
Apply to be a Conversation Facilitator!
Step 1: Check out this Call For Facilitators to learn more about what being a Facilitator means.
Step 2: Think about your Conversation topic! Make sure it is something that would be relevant and interesting to a broad audience-- meaning, you are not targeting one specific group of students whom you would want to participate. Remember that this Series is for ALL grad students.
Step 3: Apply! You can find the Facilitator Application here. Decisions about applications will be made on the basis of the proposed topic's alignment with the purpose of the Spark Series, and schedule availability. Note that Spark Series facilitator applications are closed for the 2013-2014 academic year. If you would like to participate as a speaker in Grad Talks, please visit this page.
Do you have any questions about the Spark Series? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.