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Faculty Seminar

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Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies, the faculty seminars are designed to further internationalize Boston College and build interest in regions less frequented by BC students and faculty. By including faculty from across the University, the seminar model is also intended to promote interdisciplinary conversation, among participants and with overseas colleagues.

Faculty participants are expected to incorporate aspects of what they have learned into the development or revision of a course with a clear link to the visited locations. They are required to share knowledge that they have gained with colleagues, such as through presenting at a departmental meeting, participating on a panel, or writing an article or column for a journal or newspaper. They are also encouraged to incorporate elements of what they have learned into their research, ideally in coordination with colleagues whom they have met through the seminar.


Split between Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 2017 faculty seminar took place from May 16 to 26. With a focus on human rights, the group of ten faculty and staff explored topics ranging from slavery to the dictatorships of the 20th century to current issues in Latin American societies. Participants had an opportunity to meet with colleagues at BC’s partner institutions in both cities, while also exploring key historical, cultural, and commemorative sites.

The participants partook in two on-campus preparatory meetings during the spring 2017 semester, including a general orientation to the region and lectures given by experts on Latin American politics, history, sociology, and law.

The seminar was co-led by Dr. Nick Gozik, Director of the Office of International Programs and the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies, and Prof. Gustavo Morello, SJ, from the Department of Sociology and author of The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War (Oxford University Press, 2015). Significant support on the ground was provided by the Universidad Alberto Hurtado and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella.

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Photo credit: Ed Hayward


Learn more about the seminar in this article from BC News. A video summary of the seminar is above.


Prof. Allison Adair (English)

Prof. Marcus Breen (Communication)

Dr. Nick Gozik (OIP)

Mr. Edward Hayward (University Communications)

Prof. Gustavo Morello, SJ (Sociology)

Mr. Patrick O'Donnell (OIP)

Prof. Cyril Opeil, SJ (Physics)

Prof. Franziska Seraphim (History)

Prof. David Storey (Philosophy)

Prof. Martin Summers (History/African & African Diaspora Studies)