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Global Experiences

Belmont Hill promotes inquisitive and responsible global citizenship. The Global Experiences program supports this mission via a robust travel program, intercultural exchanges with schools in Spain and South Africa, diverse domestic and international semester- and year-away programs, and our annual speaker series.

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Guest Speakers

Taswell Papier was appointed as judge of the Western Cape High Court in 2017 after having worked as an attorney in private practice for almost thirty years. He practiced for his own account for 17 years before joining ENSafrica as director for 13 years. Papier was president of the Cape Law Society for two terms and has chaired the Cape Law Society’s Pro Bono Committee and the Law Society of South Africa’s Pro Bono Committee. As an attorney he won numerous awards for outstanding service and contribution to human rights. Judge Papier holds qualifications from the University of the Western Cape, the University of Cape Town, and Harvard University.

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.” He spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent. After leaving the Times in 2005, he taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe. 

Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, is a senior investigator and the L.K. Whittier Foundation Investigator in Stem Cell Biology at Gladstone Institutes. He is also a professor of anatomy at UC San Francisco, as well as a director and professor of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University in Japan.

In 2012, Dr. Yamanaka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery that adult somatic cells can be reprogrammed into pluripotent cells. In addition, he has received many awards and honors, including the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the Wolf Prize in Medicine, the Millennium Technology Award, the Shaw Prize, the Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology, the Gairdner International Award, the Robert Koch Award, and the March of Dimes Prize.

Global Experiences