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Valente Center Visiting Scholar - Fall 2015

The Valente Center for Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce our Fall 2015 Visiting Scholar, Dr. Thomas A. Birkland of North Carolina State University. Birkland is the William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at NCSU, as well as the Associate Dean for Research and Engagement in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 


Birkland is an expert in the politics of natural hazards and technological accidents, long-arguing that disasters provide opportunities for policy change and learning, with the idea that such change and learning constitute improvements in policies.  His most recent work in refining "focusing event” theory seeks to understand why some "big" events gain attention, why others do not, and why such events may or may not yield policy change.

Birkland will be on campus October 5-8, giving a public lecture on Monday, October 5 from 3:30-4:50 in Wilder Pavilion, and leading a faculty seminar on Wednesday, October 7 from 2:00-3:20pm in MOR 300.  See links to announcements for more details.

Valente Center Student Research Assistanships 2015-16

Bentley is a unique and exciting environment for undergraduate research in the arts & sciences.  The goal of the Valente Center Student Research Assistantship Program is to provide motivated Bentley undergraduates with meaningful research experiences alongside faculty mentors. All fulltime arts & sciences faculty are eligible for the student research assistantships as well as fulltime faculty working on interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research projects involving arts & sciences fields.


Humanities Fellows 2015-16

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Honors Bentley University’s Commitment to Arts & Sciences with $395,000 Challenge Grant to Build Endowment for New Humanities Programming, recognizing Bentley University’s innovative approach to business education by infusing it with a strong liberal arts focus. This is a rare honor for a business school.  The funds will be released proportionate to the required match raised by the university over a five and a half year grant period. (NEH site)

The theme of the 2015-2016 Valente Humanities Seminar, "Environmental Justice: Global to Local Contexts," will address the patterns of toxic pollution, food insecurity, differential public health outcomes, impacts of climate precarity (at any scale), and the lack of representation of minority communities and diverse participants in environmental politics and environmental movements, among many other possibilities.

Coordinator of the Valente Humanities Seminar 2015 - 2016 is Joni Seager, Professor and Chair, Global Studies, Bentley University.

The theme of the 2014-2015 Valente Humanities Seminar, "Intended Consequences? The Historical and Contemporary Problematic of Planning," will address the logic and logistics of planning, broadly construed. 

Coordinator of the Valente Humanities Seminar 2014 - 2015 was Cyrus Veeser

Purposeful Platform

 The international speakers who visit Bentley each year do more than bridge countries and cultures. They share direct knowledge of people and events that many of us have only read about, while also serving to inspire. Read more

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Thomas Birkland, Global Studies, Fall 2015

Dr. Alison Jaggar, Philosophy, Spring 2015

Dr. Dirk Kruijt, Sociology, Fall 2014

Dr. Sigridur Ingibjorg Ingadottir, Global Studies, Spring 2014

Dr. Kristin J. Anderson, Psychology, Fall 2013 

Bjorn Machalett, Spring 2013, Natural Sciences 

James Phelan, Spring 2013, English

Khedija Arfoui, Fall 2012, Modern Languages