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International Studies Lecture Series Information for Presenters

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 so.


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 the world.


Additional attendees 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 attend.


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 boundaries.


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. 


Using Powerpoint, 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 so. 

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 ( 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.