The Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium

March 7-9, 2019

The international symposium is an annual public forum designed and enacted by EPIIC students. It features international practitioners, academics, public intellectuals, activists and journalists who come to Tufts each year for four days of discussion and debate in panels and small-group discussions determined by students in the EPIIC course. Students who conduct research projects also have the opportunity to present alongside the invited experts.

The Boston Globe made this assessment of the EPIIC Symposium: “At a time when the national discourse seems forever reduced to its lowest common denominator…to sound bites and slogans…EPIIC is a refreshing antidote. Far from looking to simplify the world, the symposium aims to teach students to view life in a way that respects complex human systems.”


Migration in a Turbulent World

The 34th Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium

March 7-9, 2019, Tufts University

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, March 7

4:00pm Keynote Address: Paul Collier, University of Oxford
5:30pm Break
7:30pm Barriers to Belonging: Integration, Adaptation and Exclusion

Friday, March 8

9:30am Hidden in Plain Sight: 21st Century Slavery and Human Trafficking
11:30am Break
12:30pm Gender and Migrati♀n
2:30pm Defining Refugees in a Changing Climate
4:45pm Break
6:30pm Keynote Address: Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák, Slovakia
7:30pm The Paradox of Sovereignty and Global Migration

Saturday, March 9

9:30am Cities: Migration’s Frontline
11:30am How South to South Migration Is Shaping Our World
1:15pm Break
2:30pm Expert-led, Small-Group Discussion Sessions
4:30pm Movement and Order: The Securitization of Migration



H. E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia is the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, a position he has held since April 2012.  Mr. Lajčák just completed his term as President of the United Nations General Assembly’s Seventy-Second Session, during which he led the discussions on and adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.


Sir Paul Collier, CBE, FBA is professor of economics and public policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is also a director of the International Growth Centre, the director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, and a fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. From 1998 until 2003, he was the director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. In 2010 and 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine on its list of top global thinkers.