Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship
EPIIC is a carefully integrated, multidisciplinary program. Through its innovative and rigorous curricula and projects, EPIIC prepares young people for informed activity in their communities, whether locally, nationally or globally.
At EPIIC's core is the year-long, multidisciplinary course on a global political theme. Undergraduate and graduate students of diverse nationalities, viewpoints, experiences, and interests participate in this rigorous colloquium that stresses critical, analytical, and normative thinking. Students are encouraged to confront the ambiguity and complexity of EPIIC's annual global theme through a multi-disciplinary examination of the issues and controversies that the topic reflects. They are taught the subject under investigation not only by a broad range of distinguished academics and practitioners, but also as active participants in defining the issues through classroom discussions, extensive readings, and independent research. There is an emphasis both on individual progress and on the collaborative effort -- in essence, on growing as an intellectual team. Students produce tangible outcomes of their studies through their individual research papers or projects, the international symposium in late February, and the Inquiry simulation for high-school students in early April.
The Norris and Margery Bendetson International EPIIC Symposium is an annual five-day public forum featuring scores of international practitioners, activists, academics, public intellectuals, and journalists. EPIIC's symposia -- consisting of presentations, panel discussions, topical forums, informal gatherings, multimedia and dramatic presentations, and workshops -- are intellectually wide-ranging and accessible. The perspectives of the participants are intentionally diverse, often competing, and at times adversarial.
The 2014-15 EPIIC colloquium will focus on Russia and the international order. The 2015 symposium will be the Institute's 30th annual symposium. More information will be available on these pages soon.
EPIIC 2013-14: Future of MENA
Against the backdrop of the 100th anniversary of World War I, this two-semester effort will provide a comprehensive, critical look at an extensive and volatile region, extending from Morocco to Iran, from Algiers to Sana’a.
EPIIC 2012-13: Global Health and Security
This yearlong course will be an intensive multifaceted, multidisciplinary probe into historical, scientific, socio-economic, political, philosophical and ethical dimensions of the essential challenges and dilemmas of global health.
Reactions to Epiic
I appreciated the smart and thoughtful discussions at our panel at the EPIIC Forum on "Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism"...The questions raised are obviously hugely important and it was marvelous to be able to listen to such a high quality discussion.
The conference was of great value to me, especially through new contacts I made...The spirit of the meeting was, I think, an inspiration for many of your students who, in turn, were an inspiration to us.
It is worth making models of the future, but we have to regard them as prostheses for the imagination. That's one of the theses emphasized here at EPIIC
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Katherine Conway '13
Chelsea Brown '11
Shanti Sattler '07
Sarah Arkin '06
Mauricio Artiñano '06
Nicki Sobecki '08
Nick Birnback '92
Sabina Carlson Robillard '10
Oleg Svet '08
Alexandra Taylor '09
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Daniel Sonder '98
Megan Kearns '10
Adam White '09
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EPIIC 2014: MENA
EPIIC students Li Fan and Rebecca Varley address TILIP and fellow colloquium members at the first ever Cultural Night!
A sample of the amazing performers at the Cultural Night
IGL Director Sherman Teichman welcomes students to Cultural Night
Elizabeth Herman gives a photographic presentation on A Woman's War: Egypt
Notes on the Syrian Refugee Crisis given by Questscope Founder, Curt Rhodes
State of the State Report by Nimrod Hurvitz and Ariel Levite opens up our EPIIC Symposium
EPIIC Colloquium member Abuzar Royesh introduces first Keynote speaker, Elizabeth Thompson
Eilzabeth Thompson of UVA gives the first Keynote address: 100 Years after WWI, Enduring Consequences for MENA
Panelists speak on the Future of the Kurds
Panelists of Iraq: Its Uncertain Future listen in on a student presentation by Elayne Stetcher of the EPIIC colloquium
Yasir Abbas, a member of the EPIIC colloquium, also speaks as panelist on Iraq: Its Uncertain Future
David Riche moderates the panel on Civil Military Relations and Security Sector Reform in Political Transitions
EPIIC student Kirsten Gute presents Hugh Roberts the EPIIC Colloquium Recognition Award
Max Fathy and Rebecca Varley, members of the EPIIC Colloquium present their research, "The Turkish Model: Perception vs Reality"
William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State of U.S. Department of State, gives a keynote address on America and A Changing Middle East
Audience members line up to ask questions to William Burns
Panel on Domestic Politics in the Gulf, moderated by EPIIC Colloquium member Roland Gillah.
Sami al Faraj, President of Kuwait Centre for Strategic Studies, speaks on the Vying for Influence: Iran and Saudi Arabia
Mike Niconchuk of Questscope presents at the International Institutions and Intervention panel
Group members discuss during the Trauma and Resilience breakout session led by Justine Hardy
Curt Rhodes leads a breakout session on Refugees with Muthanna Khreisat and Mike Niconchuk
Members of the Israel-Palestine breakout session listen in on discussions
An audience member asks a question to the panelists of The Unraveling of Syria
R. Nicholas Burns gives the final keynote address on America Policy and the Arab Revolutions
Umar Shareef, a member of the EPIIC Colloquium, gives a presentation on spirituality during the Border Crossings panel.
Inger Anderson, Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank, is presented the Dr. Jean Mayer Award by Jenna Smith of the EPIIC class
Perihan AbouZeid, Co-Founder and CEO of Qabila Media Productions, speaks at the Education, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development panel
Members of the EPIIC class celebrate the end of a great symposium!
EPIIC students discuss the end of the symposium at the wrap up TILIP party
A great end to the 2014 EPIIC Symposium weekend!