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 expect that after indulging in a day of dialogue for dialogue’s sake, attendees will return to their offices refreshed, recharged, and inspired. Let’s allow the conversation to wander and see where it takes us.

Registration fee: $45

The Forum will offer the following two Critical Dialogues on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in conjunction with the 14th Annual Conference in Boston. Register via the conference registration form, which will open on October 26.

Ethics in Education AbroadBoston University logo

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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.

Emerson College logoWomen & Leadership: Building Influence & Blazing a Path

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Offered in collaboration with the Global Leadership League
Hosted by Emerson College
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.