Penn International Relations Conference

Dear Attendees,

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the 2015 Penn International Relations Conference. Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania International Affairs Association, PIRC will take place on Penn’s campus on February 20th, 2015.

PIRC was created to encourage a love of international relations and to foster an awareness of global politics among high school students in the Delaware Valley. At PIRC 2015, students will participate in an educational forum including interactive discussions and presentations from world-renowned professors and experienced undergraduates.

The secretariat and I have chosen “Growth, Development and Change in MENA” as the theme of PIRC 2015. This year we hope introduce a greater understanding of the Middle East/North African region of the globe in the realm of International Relations by analyzing the area from economical, political, and cultural perspectives. Our speakers will discuss both the economic rise of the region and the current dilemmas it is facing. Furthermore, we will also discuss the political diversity and the region’s current interactions with the United States.

Having been involved in the previous session of PIRC as the outreach director, I have had the chance to work on a personal level with an incredible group of teachers and students to put together this fast growing and unique conference. We hope to build upon the successes of our previous conferences and provide an enriching experience for all those involved.

This year, we will emphasize more discussion-based activities and simulations, as we did last year. We envision PIRC 2015 as forum for the creation of new ideas to address the modern necessities of the region and the world. Throughout this conference, we will foster an interaction between high school students, Penn undergraduates and faculty in order to gain a greater understanding of the region. Moreover, we will recognize the best participants for their outstanding work.

If you have any questions regarding conference content, business sponsorships, student participation, or general inquiries about PIRC and the Penn IAA, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you attended last year’s conference, please share your experiences. We love feedback, and if you have any ideas that may be helpful for planning this year’s conference, share it with us! We hope to see you there!


Kavya Bodapati

Executive Director, PIRC 2015