Students listen to a Rohatyn presentation.

This annual 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.

If you are interested in organizing the next student-organized 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 November 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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!
  • 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 multidisciplinary your proposal is, the stronger it will be.
  • No! Any and all majors are welcome to apply.
  • Applying in a group lends itself to being more multidisciplinary.

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.
  • Global does not necessarily depend on specific locations or institutional entities. It transcends boundaries—both geographic and disciplinary.

Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs
Robert A. Jones 59 House
148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury, VT 05753