Our 2023 theme is

“The State of Democracy Abroad and at Home”

Democracy and democratic institutions are being challenged around the world. Authoritarianism, nationalism, and populism are on the rise in many countries, including our own, as people question whether democratic politics can deliver what they want. We’ll look at the current state of democracy, examine its prospects going forward and learn what we can do to secure a future for democratic freedom.

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Our 2023 theme is

“The State of Democracy Abroad and at Home”

Democracy and democratic institutions are being challenged around the world. Authoritarianism, nationalism, and populism are on the rise in many countries, including our own, as people question whether democratic politics can deliver what they want. We’ll look at the current state of democracy, examine its prospects going forward and learn what we can do to secure a future for democratic freedom.

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Our 2023 theme is

“The State of Democracy Abroad and at Home”

Democracy and democratic institutions are being challenged around the world. Authoritarianism, nationalism, and populism are on the rise in many countries, including our own, as people question whether democratic politics can deliver what they want. We’ll look at the current state of democracy, examine its prospects going forward and learn what we can do to secure a future for democratic freedom.

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Our 2023 theme is

“The State of Democracy Abroad and at Home”

Democracy and democratic institutions are being challenged around the world. Authoritarianism, nationalism, and populism are on the rise in many countries, including our own, as people question whether democratic politics can deliver what they want. We’ll look at the current state of democracy, examine its prospects going forward and learn what we can do to secure a future for democratic freedom.

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Summer Vacation on Star Island

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. This year the IA Conference will begin on Sunday, July 24 and end on Sunday, July 31.

For some…

For some…

… 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…

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…

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…

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.

For children…

For children…

… 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…

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.

Youth Program

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 International Affairs Conference Youth Program will be adhering to the Star Island Health and Safety guidelines for 2022.

The BarnersFor the 2022 season, the youth will be divided into six groups with experienced leadership:

● Toddlers: 18–36 mos, Lucia Green-Weiskel
● Barners: PreK-2nd grade, Yuri Yamamoto & John Porcino
● Brookies: 3rd – 4th grades, Isaac Eddy & Dave Nagel
● Marshlandians: 5th-7th, Rev. Robin Bartlett & Andy Linscott
● Parkers: 8th – 10th grades, Marc Bender & Lisa Weinert
● Seniors: 11th-12th+ grades, Rev. Leon Dunkley & Amelia Forman-Stiles

Find out more…

Register

The registration period for the 2022 conference has ended. However, registrations are being taken and placed on a waiting list. For questions please contact Conference Registrar Kristin Laverty by email at kristin@laverty.org. Thank You!

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