Student World Affairs Conference

Dr. Susan Thomson of Colgate University to deliver keynote address

POUGHKEEPSIE (Feb. 23, 2015) – The 2nd annual Student World Affairs Conference (SWAC) will be hosted at Marist College on Saturday, Feb. 28.  The theme of this year’s conference will center on crises and conflict resolution.


 Student World Affairs Conference

Saturday, February 28, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fusco Recital Hall, Student Center

Free and open to the public

Please register in advance at

Student World Affairs Conference

The conference provides an excellent venue for undergraduate students, academics, researchers, and professionals in private and public organizations to discuss issues and share their work related to political science and associated disciplines. It also presents an opportunity for students to gain conference experience, socialize with their peers from nearby institutions, and make connections with local professionals. SWAC is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Council is a forum for citizen education and participation in international issues and serves Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties in New York.

The keynote address for the conference will be delivered by Dr. Susan Thomson, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate University. Dr. Thomson has previously worked for USAID and the United Nations and has published extensively on Rwanda, genocide, and post-conflict resolution. Following the address, students from area colleges and universities will present original work on topics related to conflict resolution. Panel sessions will cover:

  • Challenges of Radical and Multi-Ethnic Conflict
  • Civil Rights and Civil Society in the West
  • Conflict in Africa and the Middle East
  • The Trouble with Foreign Investment
  • Human Rights and Economic Sanctions
  • Conflict in Asia.