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The Jeanne & Dan Valente Center for Arts & Sciences

The Valente Center is dedicated to fusing the arts & sciences into the educational, scholarly, and cultural life of Bentley University. We host a variety of campus-wide programs aimed at supporting Bentley’s core mission through diverse and creative A&S-related research, teaching, and learning. We work closely with both students and faculty through fellowships, seminars, research opportunities and so much more! To get involved or for more information, please browse our site, contact us, or stop by and visit us in Adamian Academic Center (AAC) 247.  We look forward to working with you!

- The Valente Center Staff


Valente Center Upcoming Events:

Fall 2016 Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Confessions of an International Civil Servant
Natalia Voutova

Head of Office, Council of Europe
Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

Tuesday, September 27
4:00 p.m.
Koumantzelis Auditorium (38 Lindsay Hall)

Drawing from personal experiences working for international organizations, this talk will focus on providing an insight into the career development of the speaker, ranging from her experiences in Chechnya—during the conflict there—to the corridors of Strasbourg via Moscow, Sarajevo and Kyiv. The presentation will also dwell on how global issues such as reform of judicial systems, combating domestic violence and protecting human rights are dealt with in various countries and in different environments.

With over 20 years of experience working for international organizations, Natalia Voutova has extensive knowledge of supervising and implementing projects on human rights and legal reforms in Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Voutova also worked for Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in Chechnya during the first conflict (1995) gathering information on human rights violations and coordinating the activities of DWB. Voutova is the translator and editor in Russian (2005) and the co-translator and editor in Bulgarian (2015) of The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law by Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier.

Humanities Research Seminar

The 2016-2017 Valente Center’s Humanities Research Seminar is exploring ways to address gender-related career barriers. The participants’ primary research fields are in gender studies, social psychology, organizational behavior, marketing and entrepreneurship. Legal and global studies views will also be incorporated with guest speakers.

The plan is to use different perspectives to produce a comprehensive model or roadmap, so to speak, for change. The separate sections of a book the group is creating will present different aspects of the roadmap. The interplay of environment (societal expectations, economy, etc.) and individual attitudes and behavior are a common theme throughout the book. They are the cogs that move the engine of change through time toward gender equality in the workplace. Thus, combining humanities approaches with the realities of organizations and business produces actionable solutions that are more likely accepted and implemented.


Coordinator of the Valente Humanities Seminar 2016 – 2017 is Susan Adams, Professor and Chair, Management, Bentley University.
Coordinator of the Valente Humanities Seminar 2015 - 2016 was Joni Seager, Professor and Chair, Global Studies, Bentley University