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International Affairs

The Scramble for Sovereignty:

           Modern Challenges to an Age-old Construct


 Lewis & Clark’s 56th Annual International Affairs Symposium 

 April 09-11, 2018


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. 

2018 Planning Committee

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

Student Co-Chairs
Sam Stites and Vinaya Bharam
Student Steering Committee

Emma Franco Cecena
Nejra Gradan
Lucas Heilbroner
Hanna Merzbach
Zakiya Newman
Diego Nieto
Pablo Quezada Cortes
Urshila Rana
Hannah Selwyn
Rafael Swit
Kaitlyn Vlahoulis

Faculty Advisor
Bob Mandel, Professor of International Affairs

Administrative Coordinator
Katie Sholian