Saturday, March 5, 2016

2016 Frank Church Symposium

I was invited to present at the 2016 Frank Church Symposium at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho this week. The symposium was sponsored by the Idaho State University International Affairs Council (IAC), and it was completely student run and organized. It was one of the best symposiums I have ever attended as the delegates were treated so well by the students with fabulous food and stimulating conversation throughout the three day event. It was also great to see so many community members show interest in the event and I met many local Rotarians who were so nice and excited to hear about my experience as an Ambassadorial Scholar in Ukraine. I gave two talks at the symposium. The first was titled "Gendered Consequences of War and Peacemaking" and highlighted women's evolving role in conflict and some of the gender based violence outcomes of conflicts around the world. Here is another photo from the panel.

The second day I gave a presentation titled "Responsiveness to Forced Migration: Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons." This presentation was on a wider panel about refugees and displaced people around the world and all of the presentations melded well together. I really enjoyed visiting Pocatello and seeing some of my graduate school friends who were also presenting at the symposium or teach in Idaho. 

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