The School of International Service hosts engaging and informative events for our students and school community every week. Our guest speakers, expert panels, and book discussions address the most important questions in international affairs from broad interdisciplinary perspectives. Over the course their studies, students have the chance to hear from a diverse range of speakers, including current and former heads of state, government officials, civil society leaders, environmental stewards, human rights activists, and social entrepreneurs.

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US-Africa Leaders Summit Side Event

Dec. 12: SIS will host panel discussions on resisting democratic decay and advancing anti-corruption in Africa.


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Dec. 6
Joseph Torigian Book Launch-Prestige, Manipulation, and Coercion: Elite Power Struggles in the Soviet Union and China after Stalin and Mao
SIS professor Joseph Torigian will discuss his recent book with panelists Katie Stallard (New Statesman), Steven Lee Myers (New York Times), Evan Medeiros (Georgetown), and fellow SIS professor Sarah Snyder.
Dec. 7
SIS Ambassadors Up-Close: US Ambassador to Zambia Reflects on How SIS Prepared Him for the Foreign Service
Ambassador Mike Gonzales, SIS/MA '98, will discuss the impact SIS has had on his career, describe some of the challenges and opportunities faced by a US ambassador, and highlight the US-Zambia relationship. 
Dec. 8
Disparity to Parity: Reclaiming Democratic Control through Food Sovereignty (virtual)
In this final webinar in the Disparity to Parity webinar series, panelists will explore the intertwined relationship between food sovereignty, the right to food, and parity.