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Idaho State University’s International Affairs Council presents 41st annual Frank Church Symposium Feb. 29-March 1

Posted February 1, 2012

Idaho State University's International Affairs Council is proud to present the 41st Annual Frank Church Symposium, featuring the theme of “Democracy in a Changing World," Feb. 29-March 2.

The main panels will be held in the Salmon River Suite in the ISU Pond Student Union Building on the Pocatello campus.

"Featuring panels focusing on a variety of topics for our time, this year's symposium is shaping up to be on the cutting-edge of international relations," Alden Allen, IAC publicity chair

This year's theme is especially relevant given the challenges to freedom and democracy around the world, from the Middle East to Asia to our own individual democracy in the United States. The symposium’s panels will cover a range of topics, including women and gender; technology, media and trends; the future of democracy; economics; and countries in transition.

"With several experts attending, this year's event promises to be one of the best presented at Idaho State University," Allen said.

Admission is free to the public and the events run 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Feb. 29 and March 1, and from 9 a.m. until noon on March 2. In addition, a keynote speech will be offered in the evening on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the main floor of the Pond Student Union.

Additional details on speakers and their topics will be released.

For more information on the symposium, contact ISU International Studies Office at 208-282-3630 or visit


About the IAC: The International Affairs Council (IAC) was first organized in the early 1970s with the goal of sponsoring an annual international affairs symposium on the Idaho State University campus. The Frank Church Symposium on International Affairs has allowed the IAC to continue its search for understanding. In the spring of each year since 1972, speakers have been brought to Pocatello for three days to discuss problems in the international arena. Representatives from over 45 nations have participated in IAC forums to date