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Honors Student Headed to U.S. Affairs Conference

November 04, 2016

Evelyn Burch, a political science major at Angelo State University, will represent the ASU Honors Program at the 68th Student Conference on U.S. Affairs Nov. 9-12 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York.

Evelyn BurchEvelyn BurchA sophomore from Clinton, Md., Burch will be one of only about 200 outstanding social science students from 100 invited university programs to attend the conference that will include four days of panel discussions, high-profile speakers and collaborative work on developing policy proposals to address some of the most pressing issues in U.S. foreign policy. Topics will highlight the complexity of the policy-making process and the interdependence of foreign and domestic policy areas. 

The theme of this year’s conference is “Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities,” and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Richard N. Haass, president of the Council of Foreign Relations and former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department.  

Other featured speakers will include Eva Bellin, the Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics at Brandeis University; Ryan C. Croker, retired U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and former dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Affairs at Texas A&M University; Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA; and James Levinsohn; the Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. 

Burch’s trip to the conference is supported through ASU’s Alvin New Family Honors Program Enhancement Fund.