Power and Prejudice: Race and International Relations EPIIC Symposium

Power and Prejudice: Race and International Relations Symposium

The 38th Annual EPIIC International Symposium

March 9-11, 2023

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

7:00pm        Hidden in Plain Sight: Contending with Race in Global Politics

• Keith Magee, Senior Fellow in Culture and Justice at UCL and Professor of Practice in Social Justice at Newcastle University. He has served on the White House African American Clergy Network and as co-chair of the Massachusetts Council of Chaplains in State Institutions for former Governor Deval Patrick

• Maribel Morey, Director of the Miami Institute for the Social Sciences

• Robbie Shilliam, Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University

Moderator: Felix Bhattacharya (A’25)


Friday, March 10, 2023

10:00am      Environmental Racism and the Climate Crisis

• Marcus King, Professor of the Practice in Environment and International Affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He has held Presidential appointments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he represented the U.S. for negotiation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

• Michal Mlynár, Ambassador of Slovakia to the United Nations and Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director UN-Habitat

• Diego Osorio, Academic Researcher and Senior Advisor in Climate Security, Conflict, and Peace at Global Affairs Canada, and recently contributed to the launching of the NATO Centre of Excellence on Climate Change and Security

• Cheryl Teelucksingh, Professor of Sociology and Department Chair, Toronto Metropolitan University. 

Moderator: Ava Vander Louw (A’24)


1:00pm        International Development and Race

• Chad W. Bissonnette, President and CEO of Roots of Development

• Yvonne Rodgers Hubbard, Senior Expert Advisor, Peace Corps

• Alexandre Sampaio, Human Rights lawyer and Global Lead for the Right to Development at the International Accountability Project

Moderator: Carolina Hidalgo-McCabe (A’23)


3:00pm        Keynote Address

• Desirée Cormier Smith, Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice U.S. Department of State

Introduction by Paloma Delgado (A’23)


7:00pm        Black Lives Matter Globally: Mobilization, Rights, and Action

• Chidi Odinkalu, Professor of Practice in International Human Rights Law at The Fletcher School and former Chair of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission

• Shantee Rosado, Assistant Professor of Afro-Latinx Studies at Rutgers University and co-leader of a multi-year project on Insurgent Intersections: Combating Global Anti-Blackness 

Moderator: Seif Zrelli (A’25)


Saturday, March 11, 2023

10:00am       Race, Wars and Humanitarian Intervention

• Andy Knight, Professor of International Relations and Inaugural Provost Fellow in Black Excellence and Leadership at the University of Alberta. In January 2023, he was recruited by the Department of National Defense to assess white supremacy in the Canadian Armed Forces.

• Savita Pawnday, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

• Monica Duffy Toft, Professor of International Politics and Director, Center for Strategic Studies, The Fletcher School.

Moderator: Paloma Delgado (A’23)


11:30am       Race and Global Health

• Tammam Aloudat, President of the Board, Médecins Sans Frontières Netherlands

• Evan Auguste, Assistant Professor of Psychology at UMass Boston

• Ramnath Subbaraman, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, and Associate Director of the Center for Global Public Health at Tufts University.

Moderator: Allie Agnew (A’23)


2:30pm        Expert-led, Small-Group Discussion Sessions


Race Success Stories

Gender and Race


4:30pm        They Do Not Look Like Us: Race and Migration

• Karen Jacobsen, Henry J. Leir Professor in Global Migration at The Fletcher School.

• Charles Kamasaki, Senior Advisor and former Executive Vice President of Unidos US, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

• Shailja Patel, Kenyan Poet, Playwright, and Activist and author of MIGRITUDE.

Moderator: Valentina Zamora (A’25)