Annual Student-Organized Global Affairs Conference

The topic for the 2020 Student-Organized Conference has been chosen. For more information, visit the conference site here.

The Rohatyn Center's Annual Student-Organized Global Affairs Conference, inaugurated in 2014, gives students the opportunity to design, plan, and execute their own conference with the financial and logistical support of the Rohatyn Center and its Student Advisory Board.

For more information about individual conferences, please use the links in the sidebar to the left.

If you are interested in organizing the next Student-Organized Global Affairs Conference, which will take place in January 2021keep in mind the following guidelines:

- The topic has to be globally oriented. Avoid focusing on one country, nation or region!

- You are encouraged to organize in a group. There is power in numbers! It will enable you to share the work and execute a superb event. 

- The application deadline will be in October 2020.

  • When is the conference?
    • January 2021

  • Why should I apply?
    • To design new ways to explore questions you’ve encountered in the classroom
    • To facilitate dialogue in the Middlebury community with experts from outside and within the community
    • You have the chance to use $5,000 to transform your ideas on paper into a real, professional conference!
  • What do I need to know to apply?
    • Topics should be globally relevant, as well as diverse in geographic and disciplinary perspectives
    • The more global and/or international your proposal is, the stronger it will be
    • The more multi-disciplinary your proposal is, the stronger it will be
  • Do I have to be a certain major to apply?
    • No! Any and all majors are welcome to apply
    • TIP: Applying in a group lends itself to being more multi-disciplinary

  • What does global even mean?
    • Global and international are DIFFERENT. But you can apply either or both to your topic.
    • International is tied to the nation-state system and usually refers to two or more countries
    • Whereas global does not necessarily depend on specific locations or institutional entities. It transcends boundaries—both geographic and disciplinary.