International Affairs Symposium
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Functions of Fear: Conflict, Compliance, Chaos.
Lewis & Clark’s 61st International Affairs Symposium
April 10-12, 2023
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 Journal, The New York Times, and The 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.
The International Affairs Symposium features a series of five debates, each tackling a controversial issue in international politics. Each debate features two highly qualified expert speakers who fundamentally disagree on the topic. The debate-oriented format of this event ensures that these expert talks are interesting, engaging and contentious without exception. Come learn about current events around the world in an entertaining way and see why the L&C International Affairs Symposium remains the oldest student-run symposium in the country!
The L&C IA Symposium is an exciting event with free admission TO ALL. Both the Lewis & Clark Community and the public are invited! Come hear globally renowned experts debate controversial issues in International Affairs. Participate in the open Q&A session after each debate! Ask your follow up questions to the experts after the debates, challenge their assumptions, discuss your thoughts on the subject and deepen your understanding of the world around you!
When: April 10–12
Where: Lewis & Clark College’s Council Chambers
How: Free admission
Why: Learn about international politics in a fun, contentious, engaging format
This year’s L&C IA Symposium theme is Functions of Fear: Conflict, Compliance, Chaos.
Questions? Contact us!
Co-Chairs: Eliana Essman and Loren Pawelski
- Eliana Essman BA ’25More about Eliana
I was a committee member and am currently one of the cochairs of the International Affairs Symposium. It is a great feeling getting to see a year’s worth of work come alive. I have also been able to meet and work with some of the most talented people.
- Loren Pawelski BA ’24More about Loren
Being a member of the International Affairs Symposium taught me confidence when presenting ideas, while being a cochair this year taught me to look at the bigger picture goals. I am immensely proud of the committee we put together this year!
2023 Planning Committee
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the IA Symposium Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Steering Committee
Dani Rivas Clavel
Bob Mandel, Professor of International Affairs
L&C’s five academic student-led symposia reflect our commitment to inquiry, innovation, collaboration, and global engagement.