Critical Dialogues

The Forum’s Critical Dialogues bring together no more than 50 participants and facilitators in an informal setting for facilitated, collegial discussion focusing on issues of concern to the field.

Critical Dialogues provide participants with the time and space to explore significant topics in depth. Spontaneous and authentic discourse is the goal. The discussion is facilitated by experts from inside and outside the field, yet largely free-form and unscripted. We hope that after indulging in a day of dialogue for dialogue’s sake, attendees will return to their offices refreshed, recharged, and inspired.

Registration fee: $45

The Forum will offer the following Critical Dialogue on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in conjunction with the 4th European Conference in Prague. Register for the Critical Dialogue via the conference registration form, or add it to your existing registration by sending an email to

Resident Directors & On-Site Staff: Transatlantic Relationships and Maintaining Faith in the Field

Tuesday, October 16, 2-5:30 p.m.
Offered in collaboration with EUASA: European Association of Study Abroad
Communication across the ocean brings many challenges due to contrasts in local and U.S. legislation, absence of face to face meetings, and a lacking awareness of the complex tasks on-site staff face in a different cultural and political context. The goal of the dialogue is to create a platform for sharing best practices and to offer the opportunity to create an auxiliary network among European administrators.

Facilitators: Pia Katharina Schneider (Chair EUASA, Iowa State University of Science and Technology Rome, AACUPI ); Stephen Robinson (Board Member EUASA, President of ASAPI, Champlain College Dublin); Loren Ringer (Board Member EUASA; President of APUAF; Parsons Paris); Kline Harrison (Wake Forest University)


Past Critical Dialogues


Ethics in Education AbroadBoston University logo

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Hosted by Boston University
It has been 10 years since the summer of subpoenas that jolted the field of education abroad, prompting a summit of leaders across the field and leading to the development of The Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad.  Has the ethical landscape of the field shifted since then, and if so, in what ways? What are the current ethical issues facing education abroad, or what might be lying just over the horizon? This Critical Dialogue invites free and wide-ranging discussion of ethical issues among education abroad professionals, with a view to continuing to develop best practices and a shared ethical compass.

Facilitators: Neva Barker (Director of Study Abroad and Global Education, Scripps College), Andrea Custodi (Director of Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, CET Academic Programs), Dan Dahlstrom (John R. Silber Professor of Philosophy, Boston University)

The Forum thanks Boston University for sponsoring the coffee service and CET Academic Programs for sponsoring the lunch.

Emerson College logo


Women & Leadership: Building Influence & Blazing a Path

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Hosted by Emerson College
Offered in collaboration with the Global Leadership League
A 2017 Survey by CUPA determined that the percentage of women holding leadership positions in higher education remains at less than 30% (Bichsel and McChesney, 2017). How might these statistics compare with women leaders in education abroad? Are there practices and support structures that we should change to better address gender equality and leadership in the field? What roles should authenticity and influence play in redefining successful leadership for women? This Critical Dialogue will encourage education abroad professionals to identify challenges and next steps to change the future of women’s leadership in education abroad.

Facilitators: Francine Crystal (President, Crystal Clear Consulting), Cori Filson (Director, Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, Skidmore College)

The Forum thanks Emerson College for sponsoring the coffee service and the Global Leadership League for sponsoring the lunch.