Pardee Fellows to Lead “Global Conversations” at BU Castle

International Education Pardee Faculty Fellow Muhammad Zaman and Visiting Research Fellow Laura Ann Twigara will lead separate lunchtime “Global Conversations” as part of a program of activities organized by BU Global Programs to celebrate International Education Week (IEW), Nov.  12-16.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Prof. Zaman will lead a discussion on the topic of “The Role of a University in Creating Practitioners of Global Development” from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road.  He will be joined by discussants Prof. Don Thea (Center for Global Health & Development) and Prof. Susie Foster (School of Public Health), who is a member of the Pardee Faculty Advisory Board.  Along with Global Programs, co-sponsors of this event include the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, and the Center for Global Health & Development.

On Friday, Nov. 16, Twigara, who is also a Visiting Researcher at the African Studies Center, and Michael Woldemariam, Assistant Professor of International Relations, will discuss “Political Islam in Mali and Somalia – is Al Qaeda at Work in Africa?”  This session is co-sponsored by Global Programs and the African Studies Center and will also take place at the BU Castle.
On both days, lunch will be available starting at noon and the discussion will begin at 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to by Friday, November 9.

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Nov. 12th through 16th BU will participate in IEW and showcase BU’s myriad global dimensions. For more information and a list of events visit