Current Visiting Scholar
Natalia Voutova, (Asbed Kotchikian, Global Studies, faculty host)
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.
Short-Term Visiting Scholars
The Valente Center hosts short-term visiting scholars (for about a week). These scholars are typically distinguished leaders in their fields. We ask them to do several class visits, give a public lecture, host a faculty workshop or work-in-progress seminar, and hold office hours for anyone on campus who would like to spend time with them. We usually bring one such scholar to campus each semester and try to rotate among departments so that we can enrich the intellectual life for everyone in the arts and sciences and beyond. If you would like to suggest a short-term visiting scholar, it’s easiest if you can get departmental support, show us that there is faculty and student interest in the scholar, and help us identify potential audiences for events.
Long-Term Visiting Scholars
The Valente Center regularly host longer-term visiting scholars, from several months to a full semester or academic year. These scholars usually have their own source of funding and include faculty members on sabbatical, postdoctoral fellows, emerging scholars at the dissertation phase, or faculty members from other institutions who are collaborating with Bentley faculty members. We provide an office space for them (if available), library privileges, sometimes a small housing allowance, and ask them to participate in the intellectual life of campus by offering a work-in-progress talk, and/or a workshop, a lecture, a seminar, etc. We also asked them to attend events offered on campus and interact with our students and faculty members.