The Fletcher School's Global Issues Seminar Series

The Fletcher School's Global Issues Seminar Series

Registration for 2014-15 Seminar Series: "Understanding Russia Today" is full and now closed.


This series provides a stimulating environment for local high school history teachers to listen to lectures on and participate in discussions of contemporary world issues as well as historical ones.

2014-15 Seminar Series: "Political and Security Challenges in the New World Order"

Saturday, October 18, 2014: "Understanding Russia Today"
  • Sergei Khrushchev, Brown University, "Putin's Russia"

  • Dmitri Marchenkov, The Fletcher School, "Russia in Europe"

  • Melissa Carr, Concord-Carlisle High School, "Teaching Russia Today"


Saturday, March 28, 2015: "The Islamic State"

  • Shahla Al-Kli, The Fletcher School, "Comparison of IS in Syria and IS in Iraq"
  • Rashed Al-Dhaheri, The Fletcher School, "The Arab Response to IS"
  • Lt. Col. (ret.) Stephen Bergey, The Fletcher School, "U.S. Military Planning in Iraq and Afghanistan"
  • Elliott Rebhun, Editor of the' New York Times Upfront', "Using the 'NY Times Upfront' in Class to Discuss IS"

There is no charge for this conference which includes a complimentary lunch and certificate of attendance for five hours of PDPs. Note: Multiple seminars or conferences on similar topics may be combined to meet the new PDP requirements from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Seminar is limited to 60 participants. Applications will be reviewed in the order of receipt, and some consideration will be given to first-time applicants. You will receive confirmation of acceptance and a schedule about two weeks before the conference.

Please remember that we often have a waiting list for these seminars. Hence, if you have been accepted, but find you are unable to come, PLEASE LET US KNOW a week in advance (or ASAP) so that we can invite someone off the waiting list. “No shows,” without previous notification, will be given a lower priority for future seminars.