SIT's Critical Conversations is back for its Fall 2023 series. Through these free virtual events, current and prospective students, academic advisors, faculty members, and interested global citizens can hear from SIT faculty, guest speakers, alumni, and others around the world as we come together to confront our own assumptions and address the most critical global issues of our time.

School for International Training (SIT) developed our Critical Global Issues framework as the basis for all of our undergraduate and graduate programming. Through this framework, we seek to develop the next generation of changemakers with the expertise and intercultural understanding to engage all identities, perspectives, and cultures through respectful, enduring, and meaningful interaction.

Join us for our Fall 2023 panels, which focus on the continent of Africa, its role in a changing world and its opportunities for professional development. Please scroll down to find out more about our panelists and discussions, and to register.




Africa at a Crossroads: Democracy, Leadership, and Diplomacy - A Conversation with Ebenezer Obadare

Thursday, October 5 | 10 AM ET | View the recorded webinar


Against the backdrop of intensifying competition for influence and resources in the region by an assortment of great and middle powers, questions on the place and role of African countries in a changing world order have agitated scholars and policymakers. With this concern as a jumping-off point, this conversation seeks to unravel key issues in contemporary international politics as they affect the African continent. Of particular interest are questions around democratic consolidation, demographic change and youth angst, a prolonged economic turmoil, sexuality and identity, religion, education and infrastructure, and migration.


Panelist: Ebenezer Obadare
Moderator: Imraan Buccus, PhD


SIT Alumni Panel - Career and Education Experiences Across Africa

Wednesday, November 8 | 12 PM EST


We proudly present a panel of three outstanding SIT alumni who have paved distinct career paths in education, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. Join us to learn about the transformative moments that have fueled their dedication to advancing social change. We will also explore how their experiences studying and/or working in sub-Saharan Africa have influenced their career trajectories. Be inspired as we learn about the varied ways our alumni are working across the social impact landscape.