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First ChASC Programming

Academic and Cultural Exchange

Up to 40 college and graduate students, with an equal number representing China and America, will have the unique opportunity to engage in academic, cultural, and professional exchange during the two-week program. They will participate in lectures, seminars, discussion groups, networking events, and cultural activities alongside their peers to explore several pressing bilateral and global topics with specific relevance to both China and America.

Choose Your Own Adventure!

For the First China-America Student Conference (ChASC), student delegates will decide their own discussion topics, research projects, and more. In the ChASC 1 Delegate Application, the Topic Exploration question asks, “What topics are you most interested in discussing during the conference? And what topics do you think are the most important to discuss during the conference and why?” In addition to discussion topics, the Executive Committee (EC) will use your suggestions to design programming and activities based on your interests.

Discussion Groups

To promote mutual understanding through dialogue, student delegates will engage in rotating discussion groups throughout the conference to reflect on programming and activities, to research topics, and to talk freely about other topics of interest. International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC) values the power of an open mind and a willingness to exchange opinions in building a respect for differences. By rotating small groups, students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with all other delegates and to explore diversity of thought by sharing their opinions and experiences.

Project Groups

Students will form independent groups with other delegates to work on a project of their interest throughout the conference and present their project at the closing ceremony. To promote academic and cultural exchange, each project group must have at least one Chinese delegate and one American delegate. Project groups will have the freedom to decide what topic they will research and how they will present their project. For example, projects could include a slideshow presentation, academic papers such as a policy memo or policy analysis, or it could be a student-made film, play, or multimedia project.