The aim of the seminar is to expand our understanding of the institutions in which we work and in which most of the intellectual labor of the world is conducted or supported. This seminar will host talks and events that present research and foster discussion about universities and other institutions of higher education. Our scope is large, encompassing explorations of the past, examinations of current issues, and informed speculation about the future. Visit our seminar's website to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Betty Leask, Boston College
Hans de Wit, Boston College
Internationalization in Higher Education, Pushing the Boundaries!
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 4:30pm
Room 133, Barker Center


In the past decade, traditional approaches to internationalization focused solely, or even mainly, on mobility activities for a minority of students have been challenged. It has been argued that in the 21st Century, in both their personal and professional lives, all students will require intercultural skills and international awareness. Further, it has been argued that universities have a responsibility to ensure their programs are more inclusive of diverse knowledge and multi-cultural perspectives, that they systematically provide global learning opportunities for all students and that they ensure that all students develop their soft skills as well as their disciplinary and professional knowledge. Approaches to internationalization focused on mobility for the minority are clearly insufficient for this task. Global trends in internationalization and new directions will be addressed and discussed.


Betty Leask is a CIHE Visiting Professor for 2018-2019 and an Emeritus Professor in the Internationalization of Higher Education at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She is an internationally renowned researcher, educator, and thought leader on internationalization of the curriculum at home and abroad, professional development, and student services in higher education. She published her first journal article on internationalization of the curriculum in 2001 and has been actively engaged in leading and supporting curriculum change and internationalization in universities ever since, most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Provost at Academic at La Trobe University. She established the IEAA Internationalization of the Curriculum Special Interest Group in Australia in 2006 and is currently Editor-In Chief of the Journal of Studies in International Education.

Hans de Wit is Director of CIHE and professor of the practice at the Boston College. He is founding editor of the Journal of Studies in International Higher Education and founding member and past-president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He has published many articles, books, reports, and commentaries on internationalization in higher education, and advises institutions, governments, and international entities such as OECD, World Bank, International Association of Universities, and European Commission. He is chair of the Board of Directors of World Education Services, and a member of institutional advisory boards in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Russia, and the Netherlands.

Past Events 2018 - 19

John Carey, Dartmouth College
Katherine P. Clayton, Dartmouth College
Yusaku Horiuchi, Dartmouth College
The Hidden Consensus on Campus Diversity
Christopher Avery, Harvard Kennedy School
Philip Lee, University of the District of Columbia
Mitchell Stevens, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Natasha Warikoo, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Perspectives on Selective Admissions
Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Brandeis University
The Monument and the Wrecking Crew: Ageism in the Academy
Stefan Beljean, Harvard University
Laura Nelson, Harvard University
Graduate Student Talks
Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education
A National Study of Higher Education: Challenges and Rays of Hope
Menglin (Maria) Guo, NYU-Shanghai, Harvard University
The College to Work Transition for Liberal Arts Students
Meng-Hsuan Chou, NTU Singapore, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Pauline Ravinet, Université de Lille
What Does Comparative Regionalism Offer to Higher Education Research?
Tobias Schulze-Cleven, Visiting Scholar 2011-2012
Higher Education Disrupted: Trajectories of Regulatory Transformation in Europe and the US
Steven Brint, University of California, Riverside
CANCELLED Two Cheers for Higher Education: Why American Universities Are Stronger Than Ever—and How to Meet the Challenges They Face
Ulrike Felt, University of Vienna, Austria
Re-timing Contemporary Universities: Governance, Power, and Identity

Past Events 2017 - 18

Panel on "Universities’ Responsibility to Truth"
Doctoral Research on Political Participation, Elite Status, and Race and Merit
Mario Small, Harvard University
On Power and Ambiguity in the Student-Adviser Relation
Anthony Jack, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Society of Fellows
(No) Harm in Asking
Scott Gelber, Wheaton College
Erin Driver-Linn, Harvard University
Grading the College: A History of Evaluating American Higher Education
Janine de Novais, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"These Classes Equip Me": The Development of Complex Understandings of Race in College Classrooms
William Kirby, Harvard University
From Berlin to Berkeley to Beijing: The World of Universities in the 21st Century
Nicholas Boucher, Harvard Undergraduate Council
Fernando Miguel Galan Palomares, European Association of Institutions in Higher Education
Caroline Sundberg, European Students' Union
Catherine Zhang, Harvard Undergraduate Council
Students as Partners: Opportunities and Challenges of Student Representation in Higher Education Governance
Gaële Goastellec, University of Lausanne, University of Toronto
Access to Higher Education and Degrees in Europe, From Tool of the Government to Inequality Regimes
Eddie R. Cole, College of William and Mary
College Presidents and Racial Unrest: A Civil Rights History