It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 Penn International Relations Conference (PIRC). Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's International Affairs Association, PIRC will take place on Penn’s campus on February 24, 2017.
PIRC was created to encourage a love of international relations and to foster awareness of global affairs among high school students in the Philadelphia area. At PIRC 2017, students will participate in an educational forum including interactive discussions and presentations from world-renown professors and experienced, passionate undergraduates.
The secretariat and I have chosen “Southeast Asia: Culture, Politics, and Growth” as the theme of PIRC 2017. This year, we hope to introduce a greater understanding of Southeast Asia and its growing importance in current, international affairs. Our speakers and breakout discussion sessions will focus on various facets of life in Southeast Asia. We hope to build upon the successes of our previous conferences and provide an enriching experience for all those involved. The secretariat and I are extremely excited to bring to you guys a great, fulfilling experience at the conference. We hope the complexity, usefulness and fascinating nature of the conference will motivate students to continue pursuing academics.
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.
Executive Director, PIRC 2017