IGL facilitates student discussion and involvement in global issues

The Institute of Global Leadership (IGL) traces its roots to 1985, when the entire program was a one-day symposium led by Tufts political science lecturer Sherman Teichman, and has fostered discussion of complex global issues ever since. IGL Associate Director Heather Barry said that Teichman created the program to stimulate more dialogue about international terrorism. The institution that formed in the following decades expanded […]


New IGL Director explains his goal for the program

It is easy to walk past The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) on Packard Avenue without realizing what it is. However, this small, quaint building is home to over 20 programs and initiatives that teach students  to use innovative problem solving to tackle complex world issues.  Now, the new IGL Director Abi Williams, who began his role on July […]


The Institute for Global Leadership: A year in transition

Last year, the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) celebrated its 30th anniversary and the retirement of Sherman Teichman, the founding director of the IGL. The IGL, which encompasses several different programs, research opportunities and courses, is most known for its year-long colloquium, Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC). EPIIC is constructed in an unconventional manner with a focus […]


Tufts appoints new IGL director

Abi Williams has been named the new director of the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL), beginning on July 1. He was also appointed as Professor of the Practice of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Williams‘ term will follow Founding Director Sherman Teichman’s three decades as IGL head, which ended with his retirement in May […]


Institute for Global Leadership celebrates 30th anniversary, departure of founding director

The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a day of campus events, followed by an invitation-only 30th anniversary gala at the Boston Marriott in Cambridge on Saturday, May 7. The celebration not only honored the history and growth of the institute, but also the career of Founding Director Sherman Teichman, who will be retiring after this academic year. The […]


Institute of Global Leadership hosts 31st annual EPIIC symposium ‘Europe in Turmoil’

Yesterday evening marked the conclusion of the Institute for Global Leadership’s (IGL) 31st annual Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) symposium. This year’s symposium, themed “Europe in Turmoil,” focused on the current migrant and refugee crisis in Europe. The symposium ran from Wednesday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 21. Most of the talks and workshops were open to the public and held in the Cabot Auditorium at […]


Longtime IGL director Sherman Teichman to leave Tufts

Sherman Teichman, director of the Institute of Global Leadership (IGL), is finishing up his last year at the university after working on the Hill for more than three decades. Teichman, who will be honored with a university Emeritus title, said he will use his time away from Tufts to travel and nurture programs like the IGL globally. He hopes to develop a […]


Q+A: The IGL’s Sherman Teichman on next year’s EPIIC topic

Over the past three decades, the Institute for Global Leadership’s interdisciplinary EPIIC program has explored foreign policy, global politics and security from a different angle each year. The 2013-14 and 2014-15 symposiums focused on the Middle East/North Africa and Russia, respectively; previous topics included oil and water, the politics of fear and the future of […]


Annual EPIIC Symposium explores Russia’s present and future

The 30th Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) Symposium will continue today with two panels in the afternoon and the official introduction and keynote at 6:30 p.m. The topic of this year’s EPIIC Symposium is “Russia in the XXI Century.” This year’s event features a number of panels on issues […]


Peznola appointed first executive director of IGL

The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) two weeks ago announced the appointment of Michael Peznola as its executive director, a new position. As the first executive director of the IGL, Peznola will focus on handling administrative tasks associated with the institute and the more than 20 programs under the IGL umbrella. “My goals are to sustain the processes that are good and […]


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