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2023 Symposium Schedule

Europe at a Crossroads: Progression or Regression?

2023 Frank Church Symposium

Idaho State University; Pocatello, Idaho


The schedule is tentative and can change. 

Webinar Link https://isu.zoom.us/j/86527002838


Europe at a Crossroads: Frank Church Symposium 2023

HYBRID - virtual/in-person (All Schedules are Mountain Time)


March 9, 2023

Rendezvous ABC Suites

9:55 AM Susana Fernandez, IAC President Opening Comments

10 AM Welcome: Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Dean Dr. Kandi Turley-Ames

10:15 - 11:45 AM Panel 1: European Politics

Moderator: Dr. Colin Johnson

Panelists: Dr. Robert Chaouad (virtual), Dr. Gazmend Qorraj (virtual), Dr. Luke Amadi (virtual), Dr. Jae-Jae Spoon (virtual), and Dr. Bruce Blair (virtual) 

12 - 1:45 PM Break for lunch

2:15 - 3:45 PM Panel 2: Europe and the Global Market (International Trade)

Moderator: Dr. Iris Buder

Panelists: Dr. Matias Vernengo (virtual), Mr. David Fields (in-person), and Dr. Mark Schwartz (virtual)

Frazier Hall

5:00-5:45 pm Complementary Reception before the Keynote Address

6:00 PM Presidential Welcome/Keynote Introduction: Vice President of University Advancement Cathy Wooton

Keynote Address: His Excellency Marek Magierowski, Poland’s Ambassador to the United States

Title: “Poland’s Rise as a Pivotal Nexus in Europe in the Face of the Russian Aggression against Ukraine"


March 10, 2023

Rendezvous ABC Suites

9 - 10:30 AM Panel 3: European Energy

Moderator: Dr. Sarah Robey

Panelists: Dr. Bill Kappis (in-person), Dr. Jonathan Chanis (in-person), and Evelyn Dissanayake (virtual)

10:45 - 11:30 AM Joseph and Priscilla Hearst Memorial Lecture - Dr. Andrei Korobkov

Title: “The Human Face of the War in Ukraine: The Refugee Crisis"

Introduction: Dr. King Yik

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM Break for Lunch

Frazier Hall

2 - 4 PM European-Themed Concert Presented by the Idaho State University Department of Music

Title: “Sorrow and Joy - Songs of Ukraine, Russia, and Poland”

  • Ben Flanders, Baritone
  • Natalia Lauk, Piano