Colloquium Lecturers and Advisers


Tuesday, September 4

First Day of Class - EPIIC Orientation


Thursday, September 6

Why People Move and Where They Move

Lecturer: Professor Williams


Tuesday, September 11

International Migration before 1945

Lecturer: Professor Williams


Thursday, September 13

Political Violence and Conflict

Lecturer: Professor Williams


Tuesday, September 18

Children and Migration

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Andrea Capachietti

Dr. Andrea Capachietti is a Humanitarian Aid consultant and university lecturer on global health and refugee resettlement issues with particular focus on women’s rights and child protection. She is a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma’s Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery training program, as well as a participant in the Women and Power: Leadership in a New World executive education program at the Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Capachietti began her international career as the Director of Medical Programs and Education for the Czechoslovak Institute of Los Angeles, working in conjunction with the Olga Havel Foundation in the Czech Republic as that country emerged as a democratic society. The organization developed cultural exchange programs between Los Angeles and Prague, and provided medical professionals with journals, supplies and educational materials. This work creating cultural exchanges took her to Eastern and Central Europe as a liaison and later to the Balkans. Following the Balkan Wars, she worked with several post-conflict programs serving women and children, many of whom were unaccompanied minors. These programs advocated for basic health care and housing needs during the post-war period. Her work as a lecturer and consultant to non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and U.N. agencies requires the constant monitoring of important geopolitical, international health and policy issues. Since 1990, she has been active both in the international field and at home. She has performed needs assessments for medical facilities requesting humanitarian aid and relief assistance, which took her to countries in conflict. She also assisted with medical evacuations and with tracing programs for family reunification. She continues to advocate on behalf of the victims of human rights abuses, particularly women and children, and her current area of research and study is the long-term effects of war and armed conflict on children. She has presented her research on this subject internationally. Dr. Capachietti has worked with international NGOS to train emerging female leaders in countries in conflict, as well as supporting local organizations that meet the needs of women and children in developing economies. She continues to work in Haiti on the recovery efforts post-earthquake, and in Africa to assess the needs of several pediatric and women’s clinics. In both countries, she provides educational materials and training modules for local health care providers. As an academic, she is involved in the education and professional development of students pursuing international humanitarian work. She mentors graduate students in the fields of social work, public policy, and global health on managing the complexities of humanitarian emergencies. She has also created a lecture series for students concentrating on the legal principles guiding humanitarian assistance, the need for creating strategic partnerships, and the importance of understanding the geopolitical climate for effective relief work. An active member in both the academic and civic elements of International Relations within the city of Los Angeles, she has lectured on issues of public policy, global health and gender-based violence for undergraduate and graduate programs all over the country.


Thursday, September 20

Impact on Countries of Destination

Lecturer: Professor Williams


Tuesday, September 25

Impact on Countries of Origin

Guest Lecturer: TBD


Thursday, September 27



Saturday-Sunday, September 29-30

Weekend Immersion

Guest Lecturer: Kerri Talbot

Kerri Talbot is Director of Federal Advocacy at the Immigration Hub where she works with non-profit organizations and Congress to promote the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees. The Immigration Hub was formed to help coordinate rapid response legislative and communications work on immigration and refugee issues. The organization provides strategic support to national immigration organizations and Congress in support of immigrant rights.

She was previously a Partner at the Veng Group, a government relations firm, where she assisted non-profit organizations and businesses including the National Immigration Law Center, Deloitte, Human Rights First, and Women’s Refugee Commission with immigration policy analysis, advocacy, communications and coalition-building.

From 2009-2014, Kerri served as Chief Counsel for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. She staffed the Senator on the Gang of 8 and assisted in writing the comprehensive immigration reform bill which passed the Senate in 2013.

Prior to her time on the hill, Kerri served as Associate Director of Advocacy at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the national association of over 14,000 immigration attorneys, where she advocated with Congress and the Administration on immigration policy issues. She also served as Director of Policy and Planning for the Rights Working Group, a coalition of civil rights and human rights organizations dedicated to the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees. Kerri was also Managing Attorney of Break the Chain Campaign at the Institute for Policy Studies where she represented trafficking victims and asylum seekers in their legal proceedings.


Tuesday, October 2

Natural Distasters and Climate Change

Guest Lecturer: Professor William R. Moomaw


Tuesday, October 2

Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Guest Lecturer: Professor William R. Moomaw

William Moomaw is Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he was the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. He graduated from Williams in 1959, and is a physical chemist with a PhD from MIT. He works to translate science and technology into policy terms using interdisciplinary tools. His major publications are on climate change, energy policy, nitrogen pollution, forestry financing and management and on theoretical topics such as the Environmental Kuznets Curve. He was a coordinating lead author of the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and for the special report on renewable energy due in 2010. He was a lead author of three other IPCC reports (1995, 2005 and 2007). The work of the IPCC was recognized with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He also was an author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment on nitrogen and serves on the Integrated Nitrogen Committee of the EPA Science Advisory board. He was the first director of the Climate, Energy and Pollution program at the World Resources Institute, and directed the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College where he held an endowed chair in chemistry. He has received Teaching Awards at both Williams and at The Fletcher School, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Belgrade for his work on sustainable development. As an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow, he worked on legislation that eliminated American use of CFCs in spray cans to protect the ozone layer, and also worked on energy and forestry legislation. Dr. Moomaw currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Climate Group, Clean Air-Cool Planet (which he co-founded), Earthwatch Institute, Center for Ecological Technologies and the Consensus Building Institute. He has facilitated sessions with negotiators of international treaties. He and his wife, Margot have just completed a highly efficient zero net energy home in Williamstown that uses no fossil fuels. It is one of a handful of such homes to be built in northern climate zones, and its performance is being monitored for performance for the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


Thursday, October 4

Migration and Human Rights