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Grad Talks

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 Inspired by TED Talks and sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life and the GSA, this colloquium features up to eight graduate students from any discipline at BC. Selected speakers present a talk between seven and ten minutes in length on a particular topic about which they are passionate, whether it be academic research, an experience abroad, a lesson learned through a life event, or anything else! The winning presenter, as selected by a panel of University judges, will receive a $500 honorarium!

The third annual Grad Talks took place on Friday, April 17th at 4pm in the O'Neill Library 3rd Floor (Main Floor) Reading Room. Learn more about the 2015 speakers on our Facebook page here, view more photos from the event here, and watch the full talks on our YouTube page now!

How to apply to speak?

The 4th annual Grad Talks will take place in April 2016. Applications will open in February 2016. For questions or more info, please email


Sheila Cavanaugh
2015 Grad Talks speaker Sheila Cavanaugh tells a powerful story to the audience.
Lauren Schaal
2015 Grad Talks speaker Lauren Schaal speaks on "Trial of Tears: Legal Loopholes that Perpetuate Rape on Reservations"

Andrew Haile
2015 Grad Talks winner Andrew Haile of the Law School, shares his talk: "Why I'm the Only White Guy on my Dorchester Street"


Check out our 2015 Speakers and Talks:

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