Convention of the International Studies Association

sfialkof's picture
Hilton New Orleans
United States

A month ago I attended the International Studies Association Convention which was held in downtown New Orleans from February 18 – 21. I was able to make it to panels every day. The first one I attended was “hurricane Katrina, Ten Years After: Life and Security Revisited”. During this panel focus was on low-income housing before and after Katrina, the reliance on philanthropy to rebuild the city and the dramatic changes in the school systems as most schools transitioned to a charter school style. The next panel I attended was entitled “Drug Violence and the State of Mexico”. This was particularly interesting to me as I spent four years in Mexico prior to attending Payson. I was intrigued by the parallels drawn between Mexico's experience and Colombia as well as the role international banks play in supporting crime financially. The next day I attended a panel on “The Politics of the US-Mexico Migration Process”. Again, because of my interest in the region and even more specifically on immigration policy, speaking with the members of this panel was fascinating. Overall, I made some great connections at ISA and I'm really grateful for the opportunity to have attended.  

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