McGill Distinguished Lecture in International Studies and McGill Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies.
In the Spring of 2002, the International Studies Program welcomed the first McGill Fellow in International Studies to the campus. A generous gift from Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill (class of ’63) enabled us to bring a fellow from around the planet to teach two courses, be in residence for a term and offer a public lecture. The fellows ranged from the award winning Indian journalist P. Sainath to the Iranian human-rights leader Nastaran Moosavi to the Cuban poet/artist Pedro Pérez Sarduy. They enriched our program, and inspired and challenged our students.
In 2008, we decided to rework the McGill Fellowship. No longer do we invite a distinguished fellow to spend a semester with us each year. Instead, we are able to have a McGill Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies on campus for a year (to teach three courses and deliver a lecture) and in the next to invite a prominent public personality to deliver the Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63 Distinguished Lecture in International Studies at Trinity College.
In the Spring of 2009, we held the first McGill Distinguished Lecture in International Studies. The Indian Ambassador to the United Nations, Nirupam Sen, delivered the lecture on February 9, 2009. This was followed by the first McGill Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies, Samanthi Gunawardana, who joined the Trinity faculty in 2009-2010.
Since then, thanks to the continued support of the McGill family, we have continued the tradition of alternating a Distinguished Lecturer with a Visiting Assistant Professor, expanding both curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for our students and enlivening discussions about issues of global importance across campus.