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Writing Center Director

Bruce Siceloff

Bruce Siceloff was a North Carolina newspaper reporter, editor and columnist for 40 years before he won a Fulbright grant to teach journalism students in Montenegro.  In North Carolina, he worked with scores of young writers and served as his newspaper’s first online journalist.  He covered or directed news coverage of education and politics, tobacco and transportation, hurricanes and climate change.

He treasures the experiences of four Semesters at Sea as a “partial voyager” – meeting the ship (and his wife, Professor Donna LeFebvre) in Cochin or Dubrovnik, and saying farewell in Shanghai or Casablanca – and his travels with Donna and her students in the UK and Africa.  He has found stories that connected American readers to unexpected places around the world:  a murdered North Carolina student leader whose smiling face showed up on billboards in India; an SAS ship that left port with an uncertain destination after an epidemic canceled stops in Vietnam and China; a rehabilitated genocidaire in Rwanda who extended blood-stained hands in an invitation to dance.

Bruce is thrilled now to be embarking on his first complete voyage, and to be working with students as the Semester at Sea writing center director.  His favorite port (so far!) is our ship itself, and the transformative experience of crossing great oceans with a few hundred shipmates.