International Affairs Symposium

The 2012 International Affairs Symposium:


Monday, April 9th-Wednesday, April 11th


Monday, April 9th
3:00 PM Session, Council Chamber, Templeton Student Center
When Cultures Collide: The Future of Civilizations in Conflict
Moderator: Paul Powers, Assoc. Professor and Chair of Religious Studies Dept.
Panel:  Hans Köchler, Professor and Chair for Political Philosophy, University of Innsbruck, Austria; Shireen T. Hunter, Visiting Fellow, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

7:30 PM Session, Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Up in Arms: The Future of Military Force in International Peace and Security
Moderator: Paula Abrams, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
Panel: Ralph Nader, political activist, author and attorney; Jamie Fly, Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative

Tuesday, April 10th
3:30 PM Session, Council Chamber, Templeton Student Center
Which Price is Right?  The Implications of Free and Fair Trade for Global Development
Moderator: Heather Smith-Cannoy, Assistant Professor of International Affairs
Panel: Juan Carlos Hidalgo,CATO Institute, Washington, D.C.; Alastair M. Smith, Cardiff University, Wales

 7:00 PM Session, Council Chamber, Templeton Student Center
Power to the Peaceful?  The Utility of Violence in Social Movements
Moderator: Cari Coe, Assistant Professor of International Affairs
Panel: Stathis Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science, Yale University; Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics & International Studies, University of San Francisco

Wednesday, April 11th
 3:30 PM Session, Council Chamber, Templeton Student Center

Youthful Excess: Is There Danger in Demographic Divides?
Moderator: Monica Miller, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religious Studies
Panel: Anne Hendrixson, National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance; Jack A.. Goldstone, Professor at the George Mason School of Public Policy

7:00 PM Session, Council Chamber, Templeton Student Center
Global Warning:  Forecasts for Diplomacy in the Wake of Natural Disasters
Moderator: Jessica Kleiss, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Panel: Ilan Kelman, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research;
Philip Nel, Professor of Politics, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Hana Joy
Lyndsey Romick

Faculty Advisor:
Professor Robert Mandel, Department of International Affairs

 The Lewis & Clark College International Affairs Symposium is one of the prestigious events within the Oregon academic and civic communities. It has been highly acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal, New 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 confrontation of opposing views. Organized by students, it concentrates on themes that reflect global interests and concerns.