Lecture Series Information for
Prepared by Clayton
McCarl, International Studies Program Director. Last revised 11/29/17.
Timing and Format
For the individual talks, we have 75
minutes. We would encourage you to plan on speaking for around 45-50 minutes,
allowing roughly half an hour for questions and discussion. In the
past, presenters have also structured their talks to include
interaction with the audience throughout, and this has worked very well.
Whatever format you choose, we would ask only that you refrain from reading from
a prepared text, unless you are reading brief selections, of course.
For panel discussions,
we will generally have 90 minutes. In most cases, we will prepare in advance a
list of topics/questions, or request that whoever is moderating the panel do
We usually have between 35 and 50 people in
attendance at these events. These will include the students registered in Introduction to International Studies, who are new to the program, and those in the International Studies Senior Research Seminar, most of whom will be graduating at the end of the semester. They are a diverse group in terms of
their interests, backgrounds and future professional directions. They are
united, however, by an interest in learning about other cultures and
understanding how we relate to one another on a global scale. Most plan to work
in the public sphere, whether in diplomacy, NGOs, education, or in some other
capacity. Many are strongly motivated by matters of social, economic and
environmental justice, and generally are people who want to make a difference in
may include other faculty or students involved in the International Studies
program, as well as members of the larger UNF community. We advertise the talks
on Facebook, Osprey Update and elsewhere, and make an attempt to also reach out
to faculty and students in the disciplinary areas of the individual presenters.
We strongly encourage you also to invite your own students and colleagues to
These events are designed to expose students in
International Studies to a variety of different disciplinary
and theoretical approaches to the semester theme. They are also
intended as a chance for students to see professors talking about their own
research pursuits. The lecture series is closely tied to the International
Studies Senior Seminar, a course that seeks to help students refine the
high-level communication and critical thinking skills they will
need in their future endeavors. Wherever the students end up professionally,
they are generally headed toward fields where they will need to express
themselves well, think critically about complex issues, and do sound,
responsible research (whether within or beyond an academic context). Following
your lectures, they will further analyze the material and ideas you present
during in-person and online discussions, as well in written assignments and
exams. They will also be pursuing their own research projects related to the
course theme, and will present these to the public at the end of the semester.
These events are intended
to serve not only the International Studies students, but also the campus at
large. We are interested in using the talks to promote a campus-wide dialogue
about matters that are of interest to all of us, as members of a global
community. We also see the lecture series as an opportunity for faculty, staff
and students to build relationships across disciplinary and administrative
We encourage all guest
speakers to approach the lectures and panel discussions in a way that will be
productive for them on an individual level. These events are very
informal, and can offer an opportunity to try out new ideas related to your own
research and teaching.
There will be a computer, projector and
screen in all the rooms we will be using. Most rooms will also allow you to
connect your own laptop. If you are using a Mac or another machine that does
not have a VGA port, you will need the appropriate adaptor (if you give us a
heads-up in advance, we can coordinate). We will try to have a Powerpoint remote
on hand for you to use, though if you have one of your own, you might bring it
just in case.
Prezi, etc., is not a requirement, but such visual supports generally help this
interdisciplinary audience engage with diverse topics. We won't arrange for a
microphone at any of the talks, as we will be in medium-sized rooms where this
should not be necessary. If you have any special needs regarding technology,
please let me know so we can make any arrangements.
We will try to always
be in the room about 20 minutes before our scheduled start time to make sure
everything is working properly.
If there are any readings or other material
you would like us to distribute in advance of your talk, we will be happy to do
Documenting the Events
We will take photos during the events, and
publish a selection afterwards, along with a brief summary, on Facebook. We
also link to these Facebook postings on the Lecture Series page of the
International Studies website (http://www.unf.edu/coas/intlstudies/Lecture_Series.aspx). For the individual talks, we will usually ask
your approval of the photos and summary before publishing. Typically, we will not
do this for the panel discussions.
If you have any
concerns, please contact Clayton McCarl, program director.