Global Citizenships Project

The Global Citizenships Project is an interdisciplinary effort to join theory and practice, action and reflection, by connecting students, faculty, and practitioners in conversations about the nature, scope, and limits of what is frequently called "global citizenship." Funded by BC's Institute for Liberal Arts and led by International Studies Program director Erik Owens, it has offered a series of "action workshops" for students and practitioners, a lecture series, a faculty seminar, and a conference; a film series is planned for the future as well.

Global Citizenship Workshops

Global Citizenship Workshops bring 15-20 BC undergraduates together for intimate conversations with extraordinary "global citizens" from different professional sectors to discuss the sense of purpose that drives their work and life.


Navyn Salem

Navyn Salem Navyn Salem ’94, H’12

Founder and CEO, Edesia Nutrition

Fall 2022, date/time TBA  [Registration link to come]

Navyn Salem is the founder and Executive Director of Edesia, the U.S. nonprofit manufacturer of Plumpy’Nut® and other ready-to-use, nutrient-rich, peanut pastes that effectively treat and prevent acute malnutrition. Edesia works with humanitarian agencies like UNICEF, World Food Programme, USAID and other NGOs in emergency and conflict zonesm reaching over 15 million children in 60+ countries since 2010, including Somalia, Venezuela, Yemen and Syria. In 2020, she expanded her mission to include addressing hunger in the United States and works with the USDA in providing food for their COVID-19 emergency response efforts for both school lunch programs and food banks. In 2021, she partnered with Chobani to launch Chobani Ends Hunger, a new line of super peanut blends in retailers nationwide. 100% of profits are donated to Edesia to help further the mission.

Navyn was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year/New England in 2018, New Englander of the Year by the New England Council in 2017 and New England Business Woman of the Year by Bryant University. She was awarded honorary degrees by Boston College (2012) as well as Bryant University (2014), Providence College (2017), Curry College (2018), and University of RI (2021), and is a Trustee of Boston College. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Navyn’s father is from Tanzania and she has four daughters, all of whom were the inspiration for the creation of Edesia.

Clint Borgen

Clint Borgen

Founder and President, The Borgen Project 

April 28, 2022, 6:00-7:30pm, via Zoom

Clint Borgen is the Founder and President of The Borgen Project, an organization working to bring U.S. political attention to global poverty. Borgen works with Congressional leaders to build support for legislation that improves conditions for people in developing nations. He is widely regarded as one of the leading poverty-reduction campaigners in the United States

In 1999, while working as a young volunteer in refugee camps during the Kosovo War and genocide, Clint Borgen recognized the need for an organization that could bring U.S. political attention to issues of severe poverty.In 2003, after graduating from Washington State University and interning at the United Nations, Borgen began developing his project. Now headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, The Borgen Project has become an influential campaign aimed at reducing global poverty through public mobilization and political advocacy, and serves as a testament that one man and a laptop can change the world.

Click here or on the image at left to watch a video of Mr. Sennott's conversation with Prof. Erik Owens and a group of BC undergraduates. 

Charles Sennott

Charles Sennott

Founder, CEO, and Editor, The GroundTruth Project 
Former Bureau Chief in Jerusalem and Kabul, The Boston Globe 

April 5, 2022, 6:30-9:00pm at Connolly House 

Charles Sennott is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Editor of The GroundTruth Project. He is an award-winning correspondent, best-selling author and editor with 30 years of experience in international, national and local journalism. A leading social entrepreneur in new media, Sennott started GroundTruth in 2014, and in 2017 launched the non-profit organization's new, local reporting initiative, Report for America. 

Reporting on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 20 countries, including the post 9-11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and the 2011 Arab Spring, Sennott began his career in local news covering cops, courts and municipal government. Sennott’s deep experience in reporting led him to dedicate himself to supporting and training the next generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of our time. Sennott is also the co-founder of GlobalPost, an acclaimed international news website. 

Previously, Sennott worked for many years as a reporter at the New York Daily News and then the Boston Globe, where he became Bureau Chief for the Middle East and Europe, and a leader of the paper's international coverage from 1997 to 2005. Sennott has also served as a correspondent for PBS FRONTLINE and the PBS NewsHour. He has contributed news analysis to the BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC and others. 

He is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2016, Sennott was accepted into the DRK portfolio of leading social entrepreneurs who can make a difference.

Click here or on the image at left to watch a video of Mr. Sennott's conversation with Prof. Erik Owens and a group of BC undergraduates.  (A video of the Q&A period with students is also available.)

Maryanne Loughry

Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Services (Sydney, Australia)
Research Professor, Boston College School of Social Work
Research Associate, University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre

February 22, 2022, 6-9pm at Connolly House

Maryanne Loughry, Ph.D. is a Sister of Mercy who works with and for refugees worldwide. At Boston College (School of Social Work) and Oxford University (Refugee Studies Centre and Campion Hall), she researches and teaches about the psychosocial effects of refugee displacement, with special attention to climate-induced displacement in the Pacific. In Sydney, Australia, she serves as Associate Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia

She has worked in detention centres and refugee camps, and conducted program evaluations and humanitarian training in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, the UK, and most recently in the United States with recent Afghan refugees.  Dr. Loughry serves on the governing committee of the International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC), and in 2010 was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in recorgnition of her service to refugees.

Click here or on the image at left to watch a video of Sr. Loughry's conversation with Prof. Erik Owens and a group of BC undergraduates.  (A video of the Q&A period with students is also available.)

Mary Popeo '14

Mary Popeo '14

Co-founder and business director, Peace Culture Village
Hiroshima, Japan

February 12, 2021, 9-11am EST (11pm-1am Japan time), via Zoom

Mary is co-founder and business director of PCV, a peace education nonprofit incorporated in Hiroshima, Japan. As an International Studies major at Boston College, she visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki on research grants to study nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. Those experiences changed her life. After graduating from BC in 2014, she became a youth organizer and anti-nuclear weapons activist in both Boston and Japan, where she worked with groups such as the American Friends Service Committee, Global Zero, Japan New Women's Association, and Japan Council Against A & H Bombs. Mary has also worked at Harvard University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Boston University, and Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture. She moved to Hiroshima in 2016 to co-found PCV and spent three years managing PCV's ecovillage in the countryside. She now lives in Hiroshima City, where she and the PCV team design Hiroshima-based learning experiences for thousands of people every year.

Click here or on the image at left to watch a video of Mary's conversation with Prof. Erik Owens and a group of BC undergraduates. 

Matt Oliva, MD

Matt Oliva, MD

Ophthalmologist, Medical Eye Center, Medford, Oregon
Board Member, Himalayan Cataract Project 
May 6, 2020 , via Zoom

Matt Oliva is a board certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal surgeon, specializing in surgical and medical treatments of the anterior eye including cataract and refractive surgery, LASIK, refractive lens exchange, corneal transplantation, and infection-related eye diseases. He is heavily involved in international service work and serves on the board of directors for the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), a non-profit organization that seels to eliminate needless blindness in the developing world. He directs the foundation’s work in Ethiopia and Eritrea and travels multiple times per year to perform and teach eye surgery. His work has been featured on NPR and VICE TV. Dr. Oliva also serves as the Medical Director of the country’s largest eye bank, SightLife, based in Seattle, and is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Co-Founder and CEO, Fortify Rights
February 25, 2020

Matthew Smith is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fortify Rights, a Thailand-based organization that investigates human rights violations, engages "people with power" to seek solutions, and strengthens human rights defenders and affected communities to support local-led, collective responses to human rights violations. Matthew previously worked with Human Rights Watch, EarthRights International, Kerry Kennedy of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and as a community organizer and emergencies social worker in the United States. In 2019, he received a Fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and he was a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow. Matthew’s work has exposed genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, multi-billion-dollar corruption, and other human rights violations. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalTIME, the Guardian, and other outlets. He has an M.A. in Human Rights and Religion from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Le Moyne College in the U.S.

Ophelia Dahl speaks with a small group of students

Ophelia Dahl

Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, Partners in Health
April 9, 2019

Ophelia Dahl has been advocating for the health and rights of poor people for nearly 30 years. In 1983, she volunteered at the small Eye Care Haiti clinic in Haiti’s impoverished Central Plateau. There she met Paul Farmer, and they have been working ever since to deliver high-quality health care to the destitute sick. Dahl has served as chair of the board since 2000 and served as executive director from 2001 to 2015. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the recipient of the Union Medal by Union Theological Seminary. Dahl is chairman of Dahl & Dahl LLP, which manages the literary estate of her late father, the writer Roald Dahl. She also serves as vice president on the board of Roald Dahl’s Museum and Story Centre.

Jason Motlagh

Jason Motlagh

Journalist, filmmaker, human rights activist
March 12, 2019

Jason Motlagh is a multimedia journalist and filmmaker who writes, takes pictures and produces videos that seek out hard, under-reported subjects and make them resonate as much as possible. Formerly TIME Magazine’sAfghanistan correspondent, he has reported from more than sixty countries and a dozen conflicts spanning West Africa to Southeast Asia for National GeographicOutsideRolling StoneThe Washington PostThe Guardian and The Economist. He has also produced and hosted films for Al Jazeera EnglishNational Geographic, CGTN Americaand SBS Dateline. Learn more about him and his work at jasonmotlagh.com.

In March 2019 he joined a group of 16 undergraduates for an "action workshop" combined personal reflections on the values that drive his work, the risks he takes, and the costs he has borne, with focused career advice and small-group student mentoring.


Global Citizenships Lecture Series

Samuel Moyn

Humane: How the US Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War

Samuel Moyn, Yale University
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:00pm
via Zoom

Samuel Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University. He received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2001. His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially twentieth-century European moral and political theory. He has written several books, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010), and edited or co-edited a number of others. His most recent books are Christian Human Rights (2015) and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018).

Eric Gregory

Global Citizenship and the Good Samaritan

Eric Gregory, Princeton University
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:30pm
via Zoom

Eric Gregory is Professor of Religion at Princeton University, where he is chair of the Council of the Humanities, director of the Program in Humanistic Studies, and sits with the executive committee of the University Center for Human Values. He is the author of Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship (Chicago, 2008), and is completing a manuscript tentatively titled The In-Gathering of Strangers: Global Justice and Political Theology, which examines secular and religious perspectives on global justice. He teaches in the areas of religious and philosophical ethics, theology, political theory, law and religion, and the role of religion in public life. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned an M.Phil. and Diploma in Theology from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and his doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale University.

Watch Prof. Gregory's Global Citizenships lecture by clicking here or on the image at left. 

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Cosmopolitanism and Global Citizenship: Ethics in a World of Strangers

Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York University
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00pm
McGuinn Hall 121

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a British-born Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. His most recent publication, The Lies That Bind, is based on his 2016 BBC Reith Lectures on "Mistaken Identities." He has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard, and lectured at a number of universities in the United States, France, Germany, Ghana, and South Africa. He is currently a Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, and teaches both in New York and Abu Dhabi. 

[Presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the Global Citizenships Project, the International Studies Program, and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy.]

 

Cresa Pugh

The Endurance of Political Violence against the Rohingya of Myanmar

Cresa Pugh, Harvard University
November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm
Fulton Hall 511

Cresa Pugh is a doctoral student in Sociology & Social Policy. Her current research interests include ethnic and religious conflict in Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar, and the role of collective memory and identity in shaping peacebuilding efforts in post-conflict societies. In her work she employs qualitative research methods—including interviews, participant observation, and focus group discussion—and most recently conducted fieldwork in Rakhine State, Myanmar, to study inequality within ethnic and religious minority communities.  Cresa is also interested in the international criminal justice and prison landscape, with a particular focus on how neoliberal policies and globalizing forces have produced a transnational system of mass incarceration. Generally the themes and areas in which her work is situated include: international peace and conflict, political sociology, transnational studies, punishment and justice, migration and development, and global human rights.  Her dissertation examines the legacies of colonialism and processes of decolonization through the lens of cultural materiality shared between Britain and Nigeria since the 1960s.

 


Faculty Seminar

Global Citizenships Past, Present, and Future

As Boston College ramps up its attention to "the global" in all aspects of its work, including the promotion of "global engagement" and "global citizenship," it is fitting to invest in conversations that explore these concepts’ origins, constructions, and controversies. For many in our community, global citizenship resonates strongly as an ethical ideal to which we ought to strive in an interconnected world, but for others it signals an abdication of our responsibilities to our close neighbors or fellow-citizens of the United States; and in either case it carries with it complex practical disputes over what constitutes engaged global citizenship in action. There are of course many other angles of entry into the discourse and scholarship about global citizenship that are rooted in sociology, economics, education, political science, theology, history, literature, film and other disciplines.


Conference

Gideon Maltz delivers keynote address

Gideon Maltz delivers keynote address

Refugees and Migration:
Responding to a Global Humanitarian Crisis 

On October 19, 2018, the Global Citizenships Project co-sponsored a large conference at Boston College to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis presented by the historic surge of refugees and other migrants worldwide. Co-organized by Prof. Kathleen Bailey (Political Science, Islamic Civilization & Societies) and Prof. Erik Owens (International Studies, Theology), the conference featured three panels and two keynote lectures:   

Panel 1: What’s Happening? 
An overview of global refugee and migration dynamics, featuring Dany Bahar (Brookings Institution), Cresa Pugh (Harvard University), and Mahir Zeynalov (The Globe Post); moderated by Ali Banuazizi (Boston College).

Panel 2: What Can Be Done? 
A review of the work of the UN, NGOs, and national governments, featuring Sr. Maryanne Loughry, RSM (Jesuit Refugee Service, Australia), Matthew Reynolds (UN High Commission for Refugees), and David Phillips (Columbia University); moderated by Erik Owens (Boston College).

Lunch Keynote address by Gideon Maltz (Tent Partnership for Refugees)

Panel 3: What Can I Do? 
A conversation about local efforts to assist refugees and migrants, featuring Layla Mohamed (Catholic Charities Maine) and An Le (City of Boston, Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement); moderated by Kristin Heyer (Boston College).

Closing Keynote: Sasha Chanoff (RefugePoint)