Global Dome Exchange Program 2014

Author: Emily Grassby


This summer the University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway hosted the second annual Global Dome Exchange Program.  The course, which ran July 2-23, is a dissertation accelerator in the Humanities created and directed by Notre Dame’s Patrick Griffin, Chair of the Department of History and Madden-Hennebry Professor of History, and Elliott Visconsi, Associate Professor of English and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law.
The theme of this year’s Global Dome was Networks and Systems, and comprised of sixteen Literature and History PhD students from Notre Dame, Oxford University, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, University of Edinburgh, and University of Aberdeen, as well as notable guest faculty.  The group gathered for lectures and workshop sessions where they presented, read, and discussed in detail chapters from their dissertations.  The course allowed students to expand and improve their research, writing, and personal development, and establish an international network of academics across various disciplines.
Robinson Murphy, a Notre Dame PhD student of English said, “These past two intense, “bootcampy” weeks challenged us to be more elastic, broadly-conversant thinkers, writers, teachers, and colleagues.  The new vocabulary and ways of thinking we gleaned will be invaluable for our future work.  Elliott and Patrick modeled the perfect blend of generosity and rigor required of one pursuing an academic career.”  Victoria Carroll from King's College London added, "How often do PhD students have the opportunity to intensively workshop their writing, receive feedback from top academics, and collaborate as part of a dynamic group of interdisciplinary, international scholars? Being involved with Global Dome was both a pleasure and a privilege."
Contact: Emily Grassby, Communications and Planning Specialist for London Global Gateway,