Each Global Citizenship Seminar is led by a group of Teaching Faculty who delivers talks and provides academic leadership throughout the week. Every seminar has a unique balance of Teaching Faculty members with complimentary expertise and experience that includes a mix of academics, civil servants, and practitioners. The following represents a range of Teaching Faculty who have donated their expertise and time more recently and regularly.
Xenia is a change management and digital innovation consultant based in Stockholm. Previously, she was a project manager and researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) where she focused on research and capacity building in the areas of international conflict management, peace operations and multilateral diplomacy. She holds a Master’s degree in International Policy and Conflict Resolution from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hunter College at the City University of New York. She first attended the Global Citizenship Program as a student of Borough of Manhattan Community College in 2007, returned as an Intern in 2008, and joined the Teaching Faculty in 2012.
Darci is an entrepreneur in residence at SKTA Innopartners, a Silicon Valley accelerator that funds core technology startups. She is also a business consultant specializing in creating business development strategies that solve complex problems so organizations achieve sustainable revenue growth. She was the first Vice President of Global Marketing at Seagate Technology, Senior Director of Worldwide OEM Sales and Marketing at Komag, Inc. and held various engineering positions in the data storage industry. Darci holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Business, Systems Science, and Anthropology) from San José State University, and is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. She has been a core faculty member of the Global Citizenship Program since 2008 and was a Lecturer at San José State University (Global Studies).
Santwana is the director of Partnership for the Education of Children in Afghanistan (P.E.C.A). She also took a position with the Higher Education Project, an USAID funded program, and teaches leadership and management classes to the education faculty of 22 universities and institutes of higher learning across Afghanistan. In addition, Santwana works with an all women’s group at the Kabul Education University to develop their leadership and management skills. She joined the Teaching Faculty in 2012 and since then has returned every year. Santwana serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Citizenship Alliance.
Farid is currently lecturer and researcher at the University of Salzburg, Department of Political Science and Sociology. He is also a faculty member at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he researches and writes about Islamophobia as a Senior Fellow for The Bridge Initiative. In 2017, he was Fulbright visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley and in 2014, he was visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York. Since 2010 he has been the editor of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook, and since 2016 the co-editor of the European Islamophobia Report. Farid serves as an advisor and reviewer for a number of boards and journals.
Chuck is the UNESCO Chair at York University in Toronto, Canada where he teaches in the Graduate School. His UNESCO work focuses on the development and coordination of an international network of teacher education institutions from over 50 countries working on the reorientation of teacher education to address sustainable development. He is co-director of the Sustainability and Education Academy (SEdA), a Canada-wide institution that assists ministries of education, faculties of education, and school districts in reorienting their school systems to address sustainability. Chuck has been a member of the core Faculty of the Global Citizenship Program since 2004.
Maghan is professor of history, director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and chair of the unit on Critical Language and Cultural Studies at Villanova University. He was the chair of the Board of Trustees of the College Board and has spent the majority of his professional life concentrating on issues of education in various venues with a particular focus on excellence, access and equity in the educational process. Maghan holds a B.A. in Chinese language and East Asian studies from Oberlin College; an M.A. in American history from Cleveland State University; and a Ph.D. in African studies from Howard University. He joined the Teaching Faculty in 2013.
Justice Kennedy was nominated by President Reagan as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court and took the oath of office on February 18, 1988. Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Justice Kennedy had served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, after having been in private practice. He has served on numerous committees and advisory panels including two committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States: the Advisory Panel on Financial Disclosure Reports and Judicial Activities, subsequently renamed the Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct; the Committee on Pacific Territories. Justice Kennedy has been a guest lecturer at several Salzburg Global Seminar sessions and at the Global Citizenship Program.
Patti oversees all international initiatives of the American Council on Education (ACE), including the implementation of the Council’s recent Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement, Mapping Internationalization research project and the Internationalization Collaborative. She most recently was a senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). Prior to joining IHEP, she served as executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and vice president of the Institute of International Education (IIE) from 1997–2007. CIES, a division of IIE, coordinates international educational exchange with 150 nations and assists the U.S. government with the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Yolanda serves as professor of anthropology, associate vice chancellor for diversity, equity and excellence, and executive director for conflict resolution at the University of California, Riverside. She previously served as chair of the Board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, president of City University of New York/The City College, and president of the American Association for Higher Education. Yolanda’s research focuses on the broad question of the origins of social inequality in complex societies through the use of comparative ethnographic and survey methods. She has been involved in many Salzburg Global Seminar programs, is a core faculty member of the Mellon Fellow Community Initiative, and co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Citizenship Alliance.
Champa is the Director, Campaigns Programme for Amnesty International, where she manages global and regional teams responsible for global campaigns, crisis and tactical work, technology and human rights, activism/youth work and work with human rights defenders and individuals at risk. Prior to joining Amnesty, she served as a Health Promotion Specialist for the Nottingham City National Health Service where she provided strategic and operational leadership for programs focusing on young people’s sexual health. She worked specifically with refugees and asylum seekers, children at risk of, or experiencing, sexual exploitation and trafficked individuals. Champa joined the Teaching Faculty in 2006.
Hedy has taught at every level, from pre-school to university. She was born in Amsterdam and has lived in the United States since 1947. She has served on the faculties of Smith College; the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, where she was a long-time member of the School of Social Science and headed Education and Child Studies; and Wesleyan University where, for seven years, she taught and directed the Educational Studies Program for both undergraduates and graduate students. For the Global Citizenship Program she lectures on her personal experiences during the Holocaust since 2004.
Peter (Ph.D. Cornell, 1959) is Senior Fellow of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology, and former director of the American Studies Diploma Program for foreign graduate students at Smith College in Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Massachusetts. Peter has been a visiting professor at Clark, Wesleyan, the University of Colorado, UCLA, Yale, and Harvard. He has served on the Faculty of many Salzburg Global Seminar sessions, is a core Faculty member of the Global Citizenship Program since 2004, and serves on the Board of American Studies of the Salzburg Global Seminar.
Alex is Dean of the School of Communication, Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Cultural Studies at Richmond, The American International University in London, England. With an interdisciplinary academic background in American studies, cultural history and cultural studies, he has taught for a wide variety of American and British universities and colleges, including the University of Kansas, The Royal College of Art, Sotheby’s Institute, Bournemouth University, Poole College of Art and Design, and the London campuses of the University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin and Syracuse University. Alex’s research interests focus upon the area of cultural globalization – with particular reference to music, art and design. He joined the Teaching Faculty in 2009.
Tazalika is a scholarship recipient at the Urban Transformations Ph.D. Program, funded by the Mercator Foundation. She is part of the American Studies Department of the TU Dortmund University, where she is finishing her Ph.D. thesis on architecture, space and the racial. As a trained architect with research interests in architecture, African American studies, postcolonial studies, urban studies, and architecture education, she earned degrees from the Universities of Applied Sciences in Cologne and Bochum and the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. Tazalika joined the Teaching Faculty in 2014.
Lavar graduated from Clark University with Cum Laude institutional honors and a B.A in Political Science. Prior to attending Clark University, he attended Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York where he obtained an Associates degree. Upon graduating with his B.A, Lavar had the opportunity to serve as a research assistant to the Worcester Division of Public Health and later became a legislative aide to Chairman of the Public Health Committee and State Representative, Jeffrey Sanchez of the 15th Suffolk district in Massachusetts. He is now a Community Health Volunteer serving in the Peace Corps in Rwanda. Lavar is an alumnus of the Global Citizenship Program.
Reinhold is a student of global US cultural influences and the Cold War. He was associate professor of modern history at the University of Salzburg and visiting professor of US history at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. For many years he played bass and sang in Austrian rock and jazz bands. He is a lecturer of history at Salzburg College and the former president of the Austrian Association for American Studies. He is the author of Coca-Colonization and the Cold War: The Cultural Mission of the United States in Austria After the Second World War. Over the years, he has served on the Faculty of nearly eighty seminars for both students and faculty and administrators.