Idaho State University International Affairs Council to welcome Ambassador Arun K. Singh and other delegates to annual Frank Church Symposium

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s International Affairs Council will welcome Ambassador Arun K. Singh as the keynote speaker for the 45th annual Frank Church Symposium on March 3 and 4. The Ambassador will join several other delegates to present topics related to this year’s theme “Sustainable Development: Security, Health, Technology, and Environment in a Globalized World.”

His Excellency, Ambassador Arun K. Singh, India’s Ambassador to the United States will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the L.E. and Thelma Stephens Performing Arts Center. His Excellency previously served as India’s top diplomat to Israel and France, and was also the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1979 after completing his graduate degree in economics from Delhi University. His first assignment was at the Embassy of India in Moscow during the Soviet era. He has served in Addis Ababa, Tokyo and Delhi. His Excellency has also served as Deputy Secretary and Director dealing with East Asia and Pakistan Divisions, Head of the Offices of the Foreign Secretary and the External Affairs Minister of India, Counselor and Joint Secretary.

“There could not have been a better choice of a keynote speaker for the symposium, especially at a period of our times when humanity is dealing with a myriad of issues,” said Raphael Njoku, chair of the Department of Global Studies and Languages at ISU and director of the International Affairs Council. “We anticipate a greater dissemination of information on international affairs as other prominent professions, scholars and dignitaries will join the ambassador.”

Other invited delegates include Dr. Rafi Ahmed, National Academy Member, Dr. Fahim Rahim, M.D., Retired Major General Tony Taguba and other distinguished speakers. The delegates will cover a range of topics including healthcare, refugee movements and human rights, humanitarian crisis, technology and environment and access and education.

“The symposium honors the efforts of groups and individuals around the world striving to improve poverty and human misery, and promote human development, healthcare, environmental safety and sustainable security,” Njoku said.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Events will run from 8:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 3 and 4 in the Pond Student Union Building and the Stephens Performing Arts Center. The keynote address will be on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the SPAC.

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A schedule of the Frank Church Symposium follows:

March 3

8:15- Doors Open

8:45-10:30-Panel 1: The Basic Needs of Human Life

The four necessities of human life include water, food, oxygen, and companionship. With a focus on sustainable development and security, this panel seeks to answer the following: How do these necessities shape the way in which humans interact on a local, national, and international level?

H. Cathleen Tarp, Ph.D.; Idaho State University

Jerald L. Schnoor, Ph.D.; University of Iowa

Kenton Lee; Because International

Moderator: Katrina Running, Ph.D.

10:45-11:45- Joseph Hearst Memorial Lecture

Fahim Rahim, M.D.; Idaho Kidney Institute

1:15-2:30- Panel 2: Political Power, War, and Peacemaking

Power struggles have been evident throughout history and continue to shape the world in which we live. How do democratic ideals shape national power? How does technology expedite or hinder the peacemaking processes?

Dan Chen, Ph.D.; Elizabethown College

Daniel Hummel, Ph.D.; Idaho State University

Laura A. Dean, Ph.D.; Clayton State University

Retired Major General Tony Taguba; United States Army

Roger David Kangas, Ph.D.; National Defense University

Moderator: James Skidmore, Ph.D.

7:00-8:00- Keynote Address

Location: Jensen Grand Concert Hall, Stephen’s Performing Arts Center

His Excellency Arun K. Singh

Ambassador from India to the United States of America

8:00 Keynote Reception

Location: Ruettgers Promenad, Stephen’s Performing Arts Center

*all events in PSUB, 3rd Floor, Salmon River Suites unless otherwise noted*

March 4

8:15- Doors Open

8:45-10:30-Panel 3: War, Displacement, and Social Justice

War and injustices often take a toll on identifiable groups. How do individuals cope with the challenges of living in war zones and what hardships and injustices do they often face? How do neighboring countries intervene in and manage the challenges of wars of proximity?

Laura A. Dean, Ph.D.; Clayton State University

Major General Tony Taguba; United States Army

Roger David Kangas; Ph.D.; National Defense University

Saju Mathew; International Justice Mission

Zackary Heern, Ph.D.; Idaho State University

Moderator: Kevin R. Marsh, Ph.D.

10:45-11:45- Richard H. Foster Lecture

Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D.; Emory University

1:15-2:30- Panel 4: Sustainability: Medicine and Technology

As headlines of natural disasters and epidemics cycle through the news, sustaining a healthy population seems daunting. In what ways do national agencies and international agencies prepare for and cope with these challenges?

Fahim Rahim, M.D.; Idaho Kidney Institute

Jerald L. Schnoor, Ph.D.; University of Iowa

Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D.; Emory University

Moderator: Linda Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D., ABPP

2:45-4:00- Panel 5: Education, Economic Growth, and Empowerment

Globalization—the interaction and integration of people and ideas—results in shared growth and experience amongst nations. How does globalization act as a catalyst for education and economic growth? How are women’s rights and opportunities for women being shaped by educational attainments and other international influences?

Alan Johnson, Ph.D.; Idaho State University

Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa, Ph.D.; Bowling Green University

Dan Chen, Ph.D.; Elizabethtown College

Kenton Lee; Because International

Moderator: Kellee J. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

*all events in PSUB, 3rd Floor, Salmon River Suites unless otherwise noted*