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43rd annual Frank Church Symposium set Feb. 26-28 at Idaho State University; theme is ‘Human Rights’

Posted February 25, 2014

Idaho State University’s International Affairs Council (IAC), housed in the College of Arts and Letters, will present the 43rd Annual Frank Church Symposium, featuring the theme of “Human Rights,” Feb. 26-28.

The keynote address “Without Context, Without Role: Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” by Sara Roy will be presented at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 in Goranson Hall in the ISU Fine Arts Building. Roy is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

Trained as a political economist, Roy has worked in the Gaza Strip and West Bank since 1985 conducting research primarily on the economic, social and political development of the Gaza Strip and on U.S. foreign aid to the region. Roy has written extensively on the Palestinian economy, particularly in Gaza, and has documented its development over the last three decades.

She is the author of “The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-development,” “The Gaza Strip Survey” and “Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.” She is editor of “The Economics of Middle East Peace: A Reassessment.”

The symposium’s main panels will be held in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite on the Pocatello campus Feb. 26-28. This annual event is held every spring on the campus of Idaho State University. This free symposium is the only one of its kind in our region and one of very few in the United States named for Idaho Sen. Frank Church, chair of the U.S. Committee on Foreign Relations during the Vietnam War. The symposium recognizes this distinguished leader who was known for his intelligence, acuity, and sensitivity to diplomatic issues.

The symposium is planned, organized, and run by students of ISU’s International Affairs Council (IAC) and sponsored by the Associated Students of ISU.

The events run 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the keynote address at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27; and from 9 a.m. until noon on Feb. 28.

For more information on the symposium and its speakers and panel members visit, email or call 282-3043.

The symposium schedule follows. All events are in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suites, unless otherwise noted:

Wednesday, Feb. 26:

• 9 a.m. – Welcome address to Frank Church Symposium by Kimberly Green, ISU International Affairs Council president.

• 9:15 a.m. – Joseph Hearst Memorial Lecture, “Nature, Culture and the Injustices that Hurt Girls and Women,” by Karam Dana, a Dubai Initiative Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

• 10:15 a.m. – Break

• 10:30-noon – Panel, “Religious Freedoms, Cultures and Human Rights,” speakers include Vincent Kituku, adjunct professor of Boise State University; Thomas Uthup, senior research associate, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University; and Dana.

• noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch.

• 1:30-2:45 p.m. – Panel, “Democratization and Human Rights Abuses,” speakers include Derek Catsam associate professor of history, University of Texas of the Permian Basin; Royce Hutson, assistant professor Boise State University School of Social Work; and Chandra Silva, BSU Department of History.

• 6-7 p.m. – Keynote address “Without Context, Without Role: Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” by Sara Roy, senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, in Goranson Hall, ISU Fine Arts Building.

Thursday, Feb. 27:

• 9 a.m. – Richard H. Foster Lecture, “U.S. Foreign Policy, the Arab Revolts and the Questions of Palestine,” speaker Karam Dana.

• 10:15-noon – “Human Rights and Activism in the 21st Century,” speakers include Uthup,
Catsam, and Jeffrey Callen, visiting professor, ISU Department of Political Science.

• noon-1:45 p.m. – Lunch

• 1:45 p.m. – Panel “Women’s and Children’s Rights,” speakers include Silva and Sarah O’Bennion (information unavailable).

• 3:15 p.m. – Break

• 3:30-5 p.m. – Panel “Israel and the Palestine Question,” speakers include Hutson, Roy and Dana.

Friday, Feb. 28:

• 9 a.m. – Panel “Science, Technology and Environmental Rights,” speakers include J. Stephen Herring, Idaho National Laboratory.

• 10 a.m. – Break

• 10:15 a.m. – Panel roundtable discussion with all of delegates and speakers.

• 11:45 a.m. – Closing remarks, Kimberly Green, IAC President.