Intellectual Engagement in Prague


October 16 - 17, 2018


CEA Study Center
Prokopská 8
118 00 Praha 1
Prague, Czech Republic

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Intellectual Engagement in Prague Highlights

Join us in Prague this fall for free professional development events designed to get you thinking at the start of your conference week. Enjoy intellectual engagement with your colleagues and CEA’s faculty and staff, as you explore the CEA Study Abroad approach to education abroad.

Participation is FREE!

  • No cost to participate in either day
  • Refreshments on October 16 and lunch on October 17 included

Experience the CEA Study Abroad approach in Prague through:

  • Open House at the CEA Prague Center on Tuesday, October 16 
  • Full day on Wednesday, October 17
    • Tour of Anglo-American University’s campus, CEA’s university partner
    • Round Table Discussion with CEA faculty and staff on the topic of the Rise of Populism in Central Europe and Globally, and Its Impact on Education Abroad
    • Delicious buffet lunch
    • Student and staff presentation on CEA’s internship program, CEA’s Internships in Prague: Cultivating Career Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace


Presenters will include:


José B. Alvarez, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President - Academic Affairs & Initiatives
José B. Alvarez, Ph.D., serves as CEA’s senior academic leader and member of the CEA Executive Team. José sets CEA’s academic vision, ensuring the alignment of all academic offering and projects with CEA's School of Record and university partners. In addition, he is responsible for establishing and managing CEA’s external Advisory Board, in order to further innovate our curriculum and increase the diversity of our academic offerings. José also plays a strong collaborative role in CEA's U.S. university engagement initiatives to support the alignment of our messaging and training regarding CEA’s academic programs and expertise.
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Richard Stock, Ph.D.

Center Director
Rick manages the entire Prague staff, represents the CEA Prague Center, and ensures and continually increases the quality of our programs and partnerships.
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Lenka Vystrčilová, Ph.D.

Academic Director
Lenka serves as the primary contact for students and staff regarding all academic issues, including academic process management and student academic advising. She is also charged with strengthening and developing the unique relationship we have with Anglo-American University, our partner institution in Prague.
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Jessica Hankiewicz

Associate Director of Student Affairs
Jessica is primarily responsible for health, safety, and wellness—three responsibilities that CEA purposefully interconnects. She also oversees disciplinary procedures and communications.
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Radka Semerakova

Custom Programs Manager
As a Custom Programs Manager, Radka helps propose, plan, and implement Custom Programs for Prague in cooperation with the Custom Program team at CEA headquarters and University Relations.
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Schedule of Events

Round Table Discussion: The Rise of Populism in Central Europe and Globally, and Its Impact on Education Abroad.

Day & Time : Wednesday, October 17 from 10:00 to 11.30 | Anglo American University Campus


  • Mgr. Daniela Lenčéš Chalániová, Ph.D.
    Daniela Lenčéš Chalániová is the Dean of the School of International Relations & Diplomacy at Anglo-American University in Prague. She graduated from the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, Comenius University in Bratislava (SK) in the field of European Studies and International Relations, she then went on to obtain her Ph.D. in a doctoral programme in International Relations and European Studies jointly organized by the Institute of International Relations, Prague and the Metropolitan University Prague. Her research interests lie primarily in social and political aspects of European integration, drawing on and inspired by constructivist and critical scholarship in international relations, sociology, communication studies and visual studies. 
  • Pelin Ayan Musil, Ph.D.
    Pelin Ayan Musil is the Chair of the Department of Politics and a senior lecturer in comparative politics and research methods at Anglo-American University. She earned her PhD degree in Political Science from Bilkent University (2010, Ankara). She was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher in the Department of Government at Georgetown University between 2007-2008. She co-directed a research project titled 'Public Portrayal of Turkey in Visegrad Countries' funded by the International Visegrad Fund during 2012-2013. Currently, she is in charge of a research project that investigates the moderation and de-moderation of religious and ethnic parties in Turkey. The project is funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GA ČR) for two years (2018-2019).
  • Richard T. Stock, Ph.D.
    Rick directs the CEA Prague Center and is also a faculty member at CEA’s academic partner, Anglo-American University in Prague. Rick holds a Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague, an M.A. in Literature and Theory from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from the University of Reading in the UK. He has served as Academic Director at CIEE in Prague and Program Director of the MAE program as well as Academic Director at CERGE-EI in Prague. He has also been Assistant Professor at the University of South Bohemia.


Add your voice to a stimulating dialogue about the impact of the worldwide populism surge on students, faculty, and international education professionals.

CEA Internships in Prague: Cultivating Career Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace

Day & Time : Wednesday, October 17 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm | Anglo American University Campus


  • José B. Alvarez, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs and Initiatives, CEA Study Abroad
    As CEA’s senior academic officer and a member of the organization’s Executive Team, Dr. José B.  Alvarez sets the academic vision for CEA and ensures that all academic initiatives align with the organization’s strategic plan, that all new programs are developed with CEA’s mission and student needs in mind, and ensures that all programs are managed effectively and efficiently.  José holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University. His research has focused on the analysis of the cultural production of Latin America, especially the films and literary texts produced in Cuba from the inception of the Revolution until the early 1990’s. Prior to working with CEA, Dr. Alvarez was a tenured faculty member at the University of Georgia and served as the Academic Dean for Latin America and Europe at SIT Study Abroad.

  • Lenka Vystrčilová, Ph.D., Academic Director, CEA Study Abroad Prague
    Lenka is responsible to coordinate all academic issues at CEA Study Abroad Prague with our exclusive partner, Anglo-American University. A native of Slovakia, Lenka spent a significant portion of her life living and studying in the U.S. Lenka holds a doctorate in political science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich, a master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and German studies from Lewis and Clark College. Lenka has worked as an assistant director and academic coordinator for a U.S. study abroad program in Munich, and as an academic director for international students in Prague.


Hear from students and staff of CEA’s Internship program about the difference internships abroad make in the development of desirable career competencies.

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