Star Island and the International Affairs (IA) conference have often been described as a perfect summer vacation and one that keeps people coming back year after year, generation after generation. Please join us and make IA part of your summer tradition. Click through the images below for a short description of what you might expect.
A Perfect Summer Vacation
… it is the opportunity to interact and share a diversity of ideas and experiences with a group of friendly, open-minded, and inquiring people. For others, it is the chance to be removed from the world, retiring for a week from daily routines to a small beautiful island to reconnect with family and friends, relax on the porch with a good book, and watch the sunrise or sunset.
Start your day…
… with a polar bear dip in the chilly Atlantic Ocean to get the blood flowing, join the morning stretch session on the Front Porch, or grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle into a porch rocker to watch the day begin to emerge. Later in the morning, make your way up the hill to the stone chapel for a thoughtful morning sermon delivered by our minister of the week.
Stimulating theme talks…
… with follow up discussions take place late morning. These are led by recognized experts and provoke conversations among conferees which spill over to the front porch, Happy Hour and the dinner table.
In the afternoon…
… there are several workshops from which to choose, such as chorus, yoga, art, and writing. Other afternoon activities include softball games, swimming, visits to the Marine Lab, kite-flying, rowboating the harbor, trips to the snack bar, and more relaxed time spent rocking in chairs on the porch. Evening activities include a bonfire, intergenerational dance, Island staff talent show, lay-led chapel services, and more.
… the Youth Program is a time to experience the freedom of island life and to gain a deep appreciation of the natural environment in the midst of caring, attentive adults. Activities related to the conference theme together with community building activities, games, crafts, and time to explore the island round out the week. The program offers children the experience of wonder and friendships of long duration, the kind that cause them to start counting down the days until the next year’s IA conference even as they depart on the boat at the end of the week.
The natural beauty…
… and spirit of the island, together with the intellectually stimulating theme talks, the spiritually uplifting sermons, the myriad of daily activities, the strong sense of community among the conferees, and the vibrant Youth Program make the International Affairs conference a truly unique and memorable vacation.
2019 IA Conference
Human Migration: Law, Policy and Human Rights
July 20-27, 2019
As long as borders have existed, people have crossed them, legally or not. Human migration has become one of our most pressing global issues. Driven by war, civil and domestic violence, climate change, political oppression, and economic inequality, flows of refugees and other migrants have swelled in many parts of the world. Anxiety about migration often fosters violent and hyper-nationalist reactions.
The 2019 International Affairs Conference will consider causes and effects of human migration. We’ll learn about national immigration policies, international agreements, and the rights and aspirations of migrating people — including some of the most vulnerable, resourceful, and inspiring members of our species.
Our faith traditions call us to extend hospitality and care to travelers and strangers. Global covenants assert the human rights of every person. A core ethical challenge of our time is to foster the attitudes, relationships, policies, laws, and agreements most likely to produce a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all — including migrants.
Please make sure to register for IA on or before March 10. In the event that registrations exceed our limit of 280 conferees, registrations received after March 10 will go to the bottom of the priority list in the event we hold a lottery. If we do hold a lottery, registrations received on or before March 10 will be entered into a general registration lottery once all commitments have been made according to our registration policy. For questions please contact Kristin Laverty, Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pardis Mahdavi is currently Acting Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and is the author of Crossing the Gulf, a pathbreaking study of the lives of migrants in the cities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait City.
Daniel Kanstroom is professor of law and Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School, where he teaches immigration and refugee law, international human rights law, Constitutional law, and administrative law, and is the author of Deportation Nation, Outsiders in American History.
Maddalena Marinari teaches history at Gustavus Adolphus College, and is the author of the forthcoming Unwanted: Italian And Jewish Mobilization Against Restrictive Immigration Laws, 1882–1965.
Julie Dahlstrom is a clinical associate professor at Boston University School of Law, where she teaches in the areas of immigration, human trafficking, gender-based violence, and public interest law. She also founded and directs the Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Program, which offers law students at BU the opportunity to represent noncitizen and survivor clients.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe is a freelance radio reporter who specializes in covering the U.S.–Mexico border and the American Southwest. Her reports on the impact of the Trump administration’s immigration and border enforcement policies air regularly on National Public Radio and Public Radio International.
Minister of the Week
The Reverend Ana Levy-Lyons serves as senior minister of First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, and is the author of No Other Gods: The Politics of the Ten Commandments.
Children and teens at IA are enthusiastically welcomed into the Youth Program by friendly faces and engaging children’s staff that help to fill each day with fun and new experiences. The program is filled with cool, age-appropriate activities and interesting topics related to the conference theme.
The youth are divided into six groups:
- Toddlers: 18 mos–3 years
- Barners: 4–6 years
- Larries: grades 2–3
- Brookies: grades 4–5
- Marshlandians: grades 6–8
- Seniors: grades 9–12
Registration is now open! Click here register.
Please make sure to register for IA on or before March 10.
In the event that registrations exceed our limit of 280 conferees by March 10, registrations received on or before March 10 will be entered into a general registration lottery once all commitments have been made according to our registration policy.
Registrations received after March 10 will not be included in the lottery. Registrants wishing to attend will be placed at the bottom of the priority wait list. For questions please contact Kristin Laverty, IA Registrar at email@example.com.
Pricing details are available at the Star Island website.