From the Baltimore Fishbowl events page…

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

7:30pm  | FREE!

The annual student-run Foreign Affairs Symposium at The Johns Hopkins University has returned to the Homewood campus. Several prominent speakers scheduled to appear during the rest of the spring semester under the theme, From the Front Line to the Bottom Line.

All of the events are free and open to the public and take place at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium on their appointed dates. Each lecture is followed by a reception with the speaker and a book signing, if applicable.

Upcoming speakers include: Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator and presidential candidate (Tuesday, April 9); Frank Jannuzi, deputy executive director of Amnesty International USA (Tuesday, April 16); and Jerry Greenfield, founder of Ben & Jerrys (Tuesday, April 23).

This years symposium is headed by undergraduates in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, all of whom are majoring in international studies: sophomore Ben Kupferberg; and juniors Henry Chen, Natalie Boyse, and Sarah Horton.

As our modern society goes through a series of technological and economic innovations, the mission of the Foreign Affairs Symposium is to generate discussion between undergraduates and prominent leaders, Kupferberg said. With speakers such as General McChrystal, who just released his memoir, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, who has been a very influential figure in the financial industry, the symposium will address current issues, and hopefully will attract a wide variety of students.

The Foreign Affairs Symposiums executive directors and staff begin their planning a year in advance, contacting possible speakers and fundraising throughout the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore communities. The series is sponsored by the Office of Student Development and Programming.

The lineup for this years symposium will address a wide variety of international and domestic issues, and because of this unique combination of speakers, the symposium should be one of the strongest in recent years, Kupferberg said. We could not have accomplished such a diverse lineup without the help of previous staffs and The Johns Hopkins University. I am extremely excited for what is in store, and hope that not only undergraduates come, but members of the greater Baltimore community as well.

All events take place on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Visitor parking on campus is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211. For more information, visit or contact

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Susan Dunn

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.