Honors Dialogues of Civilizations

What Is a Dialogue of Civilizations?


Dialogues of Civilizations (DOCs) are short-term (4- to 6- week) faculty-designed and led programs that promote global engagement through an academic experience that integrates coursework, international travel, and cultural immersion. And, in the process, students earn credits for completing two 4-hour courses.

While Honors students can select from any of the 75+ Dialogues of Civilizations offered by Northeastern, every summer the University Honors Program offers its own exclusive set of Dialogues.

Honors Dialogues are characterized by three elements:

  • each is led by an Honors faculty member who eagerly shares his or her particular area of scholarship and expertise with students
  • each Honors DOC is designed around a particular theme or issue— and the international destinations that students travel to, and the people they are introduced to (e.g., guest lecturers, guides, Northeastern alumni), are carefully selected to bring these themes to life
  • each Honors DOC takes a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to learning and includes an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar (HONR 3309) as its cornerstone

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For the first time, Honors is offering a “Twin Dialogue,” which combines two Dialogues across Europe during the Summer II session to form one very comprehensive and exciting global narrative.


Human Rights Communications:

Part 1: Crimes against Humanity

Part 2: Humanity Against Crimes

Offered by Professor Michael Hoppmann, in this Twin-Dialogue, students will— metaphorically and literally— follow the journey from the formative grounds of European fascism (Vienna) and Nazi propaganda and rhetoric (Munich), to modern reasoning (Brussels and Amsterdam) and Human Rights (The Hague). Students will come into close interaction with local experts and scholars on Human Rights, Argumentation, and Rhetoric. They will visit many of the key sites of Human Rights and Communication of the 20th and 21st century. Finally, they will bring some of the landmark trials and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court and the Tribunal on Former Yugoslavia to life again, and critically question the reasoning they present.

Storytelling, Landscape, & Contested Identities in the North of Ireland  

Join award-winning author and Honors Professor-of-the-Practice, Michael Patrick MacDonald, for a trip through lush glens and along the rugged coastline of Ireland, North and South. This Dialogue will look at the role of storytelling in both the landscape and the contested identities of “Northern Ireland,” in particular. The Dialogue will be informed by an understanding of the social, political and geographic history of Ireland and the role of story in establishing political and social world-views in a colonized country.

The Camino Del Santiago

Led by Professor Liz Bucar, the Camino Del Santiago Dialogue was designed to have students learn about pilgrimage while simultaneously becoming actual pilgrims. Students completed the last 150 miles/240 km of the popular pilgrimage route in northern Spain known as “the Camino.” They walked for 11 days, spoke to pilgrims, saw relics, attended pilgrim masses, read scholarly articles, journaled, and met daily for class discussions. In the end, students not only learned about the act of pilgrimage, but also about themselves.