We try to stay innovative, so every year we invite new interesting speakers to Prague Summer Schools. However, these are some, from previous years, who have been very successful and their lectures have been popular with students. We invite speakers from all over the world, from universities but also practitioners.
Joshua M. Hayden, Ed.D. is Chair of Department of Social Sciences in the school of Humanities and Social Sciences and lecturer in Leadership Studies at Anglo-American University in Prague, Czechia. Joshua Hayden earned his doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University in the U.S. and has published and taught in the field of leadership studies for the past ten years. He i experienced in corporate, nonprofit, and public sector leadership consulting and training, and has worked with community, educational, and organizational leaders in Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Brazil His research interests are moral psychology, Václav Havel and Charter 77, leadership ethics and change, and decision making. Most recently his academic work has focused on spiritual leadership and the ethics of hope as well as the role of trust among leaders and followers.
Julie Nováková is an evolutionary biologist at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, educator and also an author, editor and translator of science fiction literature. Her dissertation topic concerns factors leading to the evolution of altruism – put simply, unconditional helping, which we can observe in many animal species across various groups, including humans. In 2016, she became a finalist of the Czech finale of the science outreach competition FameLab, and was awarded the Czech Centers Prize. Aside from her research, she’s actively coming up with new ways of science outreach, and she has co-edited an anthology of science fiction stories followed by science essays exploring the topics present in the stories, titled Life Beyond Us (published April 22, 2023).
More at www.julienovakova.com and Twitter @Julianne_SF.
Marek Pour is a psychologist by training from the Faculty of Philosophy at Charles University. Currently a PhD student at Masaryk University. For Schola Empirica he works on evaluations of projects related to journalism and education. Apart from interviews, he mainly focuses on qualitative research methods.
Dr. Vidhu Maggu is an accomplished educator with over 15 years of university level teaching experience in the fields of Humanities and Management, at both graduate and undergradute levels. She possesses decade long inter-cultural training experience in organising and conducting workshops for MNCs as well as consulting for small SMEs. Over the years, she has been active in academic research and possesses international organisational experience of working with NGOs and National level government institutions.
Robin Kopecky is a cognitive science researcher at the Czech Academy of Sciences, and also conducts research at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, focusing on how design affects human behavior. Trained in both philosophy and biology, he has published research papers on human moral behavior in various psychological and philosophical journals. Moreover, Robin works as a lecturer of experimental philosophy and logic at Charles University in Prague.
Dr. Eva Patrikakou is a professor at the Department of Counseling and Special Education (CSE) at DePaul University of which is was also the inaugural Chair, and where she directs the special education graduate programs. Dr. Patrikakou has done extensive research in parent involvement for children with and without disabilities, and its effects on children’s academic, social, and emotional development. She has also investigated the preparedness of counselors and educators to implement multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and counseling. Dr. Patrikakou has taught children and adolescents from preschool to high school, and has also facilitated the development of school-family programming to enhance home-school relations. She has presented her work on parent involvement, school-family partnerships, and academic achievement, as well as MTSS in numerous national and international conferences, and has also published articles and chapters on these topics. Dr. Patrikakou has been systematically working to better inform practitioners, facilitate their outreach efforts, and bridge the research-practice gap, and has been the lead author on a series of informational materials for parents and school personnel on topics such as communication and homework.
Dana Moree graduated in Pastoral and Social Work from the Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University, Prague, and in General Anthropology from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague. Dana teaches multicultural education and profile of the civil sector at the Faculty of humanities, Charles University in Prague. She also organizes practical training for students. She finished her doctoral degree in this field at Universiteit voor humanistic, Utrecht in 2008. She has been involved in intercultural education since 1998. First she worked in Jabok – Academy for Social Pedagogy and Theology – and later, between 1998 and 2003, in the Salem Association. Since 2004 she has served as an assistant lecturer specializing in intercultural education at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, Department of Civil Sector Studies. In the same year, she also co-founded the PONTES Institute, where she has focused on cultural encounters as part of courses and seminaries that target the Czech-German issue. She published several books (How teachers cope with societal and educational transformation, Teachers on the Waves of transformation) and articles based on research.
Michael Hammond is a Reader in Education at the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick, where he is particularly involved with teaching and supporting research degree students. Most of his teaching and research involve education, technology, and social research. A lot of his past work has covered the teaching of ICT in schools, the professional development of ICT teachers, and the opportunities and constraints associated with online discussion. He also helps coordinate an interdisciplinary network at Warwick for those interested in technology for learning. He is particularly concerned about how we theorize technology and is working on a special issue of the journal Technology Pedagogy and Education with a focus on theorizing. He has written about online community as a concept and what members expect from the online collaboration.
Furthermore, he is interested in wider issues in social science and coordinates an education-focused course in Advanced Research Methods as well as a Masters in Social Science research for the faculty. He has special interests in Pragmatism and John Dewey, inclusivity in higher education, theorising and the use of language in social research. Find out more about him through his website: https://mickhammond.blog/blog-posts/
Tomáš is a sociologist with a PhD degree in sociology from Masaryk University in Brno, Faculty of Social Studies. His professional interests include the sociology of stratification, the changing role of education in the labour market in the era of the fourth industrial revolution, the sociology of education, and the sociology of digitalization.
Deon Erasmus is a Professor of Law and the Head of the Department of Criminal and Procedural Law at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In addition, he is the program- coordinator of an LLM coursework degree in Criminal Justice. Prof Erasmus obtained both the degrees Baccalaureus Juris and Baccalaureus Legum cum laude from the University of Port Elizabeth. In 1999 he was awarded the degree Doctor Legum on the acceptance of his thesis ‘Simplification of the South African Criminal Trial Process: A Psycholinguistic Approach”. Before joining academia, he worked for the Justice Department as a public prosecutor and later as a state advocate in the High Court. Apart from teaching, he also practices part-time as an attorney of the High Court and mainly defends indigent accused persons in the High Court. Prof Erasmus delivered 28 papers at national and international conferences and published 21 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His current research areas include the protection of vulnerable groups within the criminal justice system and anti-corruption strategies. He is actively involved in training programs in the local government focusing on anti-corruption and ethics management.
Ronell Erasmus obtained the degrees BJuris and LLB from the University of Johannesburg. She was awarded the degree Master of Laws in Child Witnesses by the Nelson Mandela University. After completing her legal studies she joined the Department of Justice as a prosecutor in the District Court and was promoted to a Regional Court Prosecutor. She was later appointed as a District Court Magistrate and was promoted to a Regional Court Magistrate in 1998. She served in this capacity for 20 years until her retirement in 2020. She also acted as a Judge of the High Court for a term. Ronell has a passion for the rights of children and was the presiding officer in the Sexual Offences Court for 8 years.
Andrew Clark is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. He obtained his PhD in Legal Psychology from the University of Portsmouth, UK and Maastricht University, The Netherlands, focusing on his research on examining the consequence of withdrawing belief about the occurrence of past events. Andrew has extensive teaching experience in Psychology & Criminal Behaviour, Psychology & Criminal Justice, as well as Legal Psychology. His research interests focus on memory, with specific interests in eyewitness testimony and false memories. He has presented his work at several international conferences and authored articles appearing in prominent psychology journals.
Zachary Lavengood is a PhD candidate and course instructor at Charles University’s Institute of International Relations. He graduated summa cum laude from Charles University in 2019 with an MA in Area Studies completing his dissertation on Arctic geopolitics. His research focuses on emerging geopolitical trends in the 21st century including: the rise of China as a great power, climate change’s effect on Arctic and global politics, and poverty and development in the modern world-system. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Philippines, Manila and at National Chengchi University in Taiwan and has presented his research at conferences across Europe as well as in the United States, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Japan.
As a global scholar and cultural broker, Ngozi Elobuike has an insatiable taste for examining power asymmetries, strategic problem-solving, and developing human potential. Currently, She is an M.A. student at University College Dublin and has a B.S. from Howard University and an M.S.c. from University College London. This has provided her with a keen understanding of social, economic, and political structures that influence health, and she uses her background to apply a methodological approach to solution-building.
To add, she is a trained activist that has traveled far to lead a grassroots project in Malawi, Africa around youth development but has also brought her project management skills to community organizing in her hometown of Stockton, California. As a champion of critical thought, decolonial DEI and community-centered praxis are her forte.
In her spare time, she refines her analytical skills at case study competitions/ hackathons and enjoys presenting at conferences and classrooms around Decolonising Global Health. Her aptitude for glocal (global and local) contexts is best suited for innovative spaces that are not afraid to challenge current constructs.
Martin Geiger is Associate Professor of Politics of Migration and Mobility at Carleton University (Canada) and a recognized international academic expert specializing in the fields of migration, refugees, development and humanitarian assistance, security, innovation and growth, international organizations, and NGOs. As member of several international networks of expert practitioners and think tanks (e.g., Center for China and Globalization), he holds strong expertise in working as a trainer of emerging researchers and practitioners and knowledge facilitator with non-academic audiences including the government, NGO and corporate sector. During the negotiations that led to the adoption of the UN Global Compact on Migration, Martin Geiger was a member of the Canadian Migration Experts Group advising Canada’s federal government. Based in Canada’s capital Ottawa, Martin Geiger is also frequently invited to provide advice and insights to embassies, foreign delegations visiting Canada and other relevant stakeholders and groups. Dr. Geiger’s current projects with industry and government stakeholders in Canada and other countries, including China and Germany, include the provision of applicable and stakeholder-tailored research and advice in the field of migrant and expat talent acquisition and retention. In 2019 and 2020, Dr. Geiger has been invited to the Paris Peace Forum as a speaker and session moderator on topics of talent mobility, development, and innovation.