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International Affairs

The Dynamics of Identity:
Characterizing Conflict in a Globalized World

Lewis & Clark’s 53rd Annual

International Affairs Symposium 

April 6-8, 2015



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The 53rd International Affairs Symposium examines the tensions of identity in global conflicts today. The symposium, structured as a series of six debates, will explore the complexities of ethnic conflict and partition, western intervention and extremism, state surveillance, the promotion of international religious freedom, foreign fighters, and the roots of conflict in the 21st century.

The Lewis & Clark College International Affairs Symposium is one of the most prestigious events within the Oregon academic and civic communities. It has been highly acclaimed by the Wall Street JournalNew York Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education. It is also the oldest student-run symposium in the United States. 

The focus of the Symposium is controversy, emphasizing the confrontation of opposing viewpoints. It is our hope that through debate our audience develops a more thorough understanding of the complexities surrounding international dilemmas. Organized entirely by students, this event concentrates on the most pressing themes and topics in international relations today. 

2015 Planning Committee

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the IA Symposium Committee at

Student Co-Chairs

Caroline Gray, Lincoln Boyd 

Student Steering Committee

Cassie Bishop, Codi Coghlan, Daniel Leavenworth, Jason Edwards, Jensen Hsiao, Katarina Grohs, Kathryn McFadden, Luke Engstrand, Madeline Edwards, Masha Egorenko, Tamar Shuhendler, Vincent Singer

Faculty Advisor

Bob Mandel, Professor of International Affairs

Administrative Coordinator:

Katie Sholian