A Conversation Series for Graduate Students
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.
LGBT at BC
Facilitated by Emilie Dubois, Arts & Sciences and President of Grad Pride Alliance
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
As a student and instructor for the past four years, I have had the chance to see a variety of dimensions of LGBT life on campus as Boston College. But, is was through my involvement with the Graduate Pride Alliance first as the group's social chair and then as its president that I first came to understand the institutional challenges and triumphs during this age of policy evolution. This talk will present my experience as both student and group coordinator to consider how abstract University policy can impact the perception and experience of LGBT inclusion at Boston College.
Franciscan Spirituality: A Vision for Joy and Creation
Facilitated by Erik Lenhart, School of Theology & Ministry
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
In a time period which was very skeptical of matter and the world (13th century), Francis of Assisi writes the first poem in Italian as an ode to the created world. Francis reminds us that we don't live in a "two-tiered" world where Heaven and Earth are separate. Our world is a marbled cake mixture of Heaven and Earth, where God is not a visitor, but a resident. My hope would be that this conversation would spark a point-of-view where joy, suffering, hope, and death are all symbols of something powerful and significant.
Bridging Cultures: Perspectives from American and Chinese Students
Facilitated by Dean "Rocky" Rockwell & Isabelle Ren, CSOM
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
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?
Registration for all 2014 Conversations will open in January. Check back here to sign up!
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.
Do you have any questions about the Spark Series? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.