Diversity in the Classroom

Last week I participated in a two day seminar on diversity in the classroom at Bentley University. I enjoyed the pedagogical instruction, the range of speakers, and the exchange with fellow faculty. A valuable experience and a good start of the new semester.

Fall 2014 Semester Classes

Exhibition on the Berlin Wall at Bentley University

Recently I organized a series of events at Bentley University to commemorate the Fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. The main part was an exhibition that consisted of two parts: the projection of a ‘Virtual Wall’ (2008) by Tamiko Thiel and Teresa Reuter. The Virtual Wall is an interactive display of the Berlin Wall. In addition the exhibition displayed a series of original 1989 pictures by various photographers taken in Berlin during the days of the fall of the wall. The exhibition was opened by the German Consul General in Boston Herr Rolf Schuette.

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Asking the President of Chile – Ms. Bachelet

My classes had the opportunity to ask the President of Chile some questions by way of an intermediate, who was guest at a lunch attended by Ms. Bachelet in the wake of the General Assembly of the United Nations on September. We posed for pictures support our questions.

Our GLS 101 class on Globalization asked:

‘Do you consider ever growing international economic and financial connections an opportunity for or a challenge to Chile’s political and economic structure?’

Her Excellency Answers:” Clearly an Opportunity! Strong Pacific Alliance, Excellent Trade Platform, which might lead to further democratic reform in the region. I see Chile as a bridge to and a port for other countries.”

Our GLS 102 class on Comparative Government and Politics asked:

‘What do you regard the most important factors that have added to Chile’s political stability and economic progress since 1990 vis-à-vis other countries in South America?’

Her Excellency Answers: “Open Economy, Free Trade, Credible Politics, Reforms, Energy Calendar.”

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Bentley University – Full Time Position

I have been offered, and have gladly accepted, a full time lecturer position at Bentley University in Waltham MA. I am very pleased with that. I’ll teach Comparative Politics and Globalization in Fall 2014. It means that, after eight years, I’ll leave Northeastern University. Quite a decision, yet I look forward to joining the faculty at Bentley’s Global Studies Department.

Spring 2014

This semester I teach two introductory undergraduate classes at Bentley University (Comparative Politics & International Relations) and a graduate class in Environmental Policy & Politics at Northeastern University. In addition, I continue to oversee the Political Science Internship Program at Northeastern University. I am pleased with the variety of all this!