Logan Pauley ’15 chosen as ambassador to Harvard Project for Asian International Relations conference

Posted by Centre News in Academics, Asian Studies, News 14 Feb 2014

Centre College student Logan Pauley ’15 traveled to Taiwan in summer of 2013, spent the fall of 2013 in Shanghai with the Centre-in-China study abroad program (pictured above) and will further his Asian studies by attending the 2014 Harvard Project for Asian International Relations (HPAIR) conference, Feb. 14 through 17.

hpair_logo“It’s the largest annual student conference in Asian Studies,” he explains. “It’s designed to foster an international forum for discussion of Asian affairs and foreign relations. Delegates have the unique opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with current world leaders and attend one of seven panel discussions.”

Past world leaders in attendance include the UN Secretary General, the president of South Korea, the president of Singapore and the president of Goldman Sachs Asia. Panel discussions cover a wide array of topics, including business leadership, entrepreneurship, finance, health, media, security and diplomacy, and technology.

“I’ll be attending the media forum,” Pauley says, “which will discuss how consumer media has evolved and influenced the development of Asian cultures. Internal and international issues will be evaluated through the scope of media.”

The panel will discuss government transparency, ethical journalism and how social media can be used for social change.

As an ambassador to the conference — the only one accepted from the United States — Pauley serves as a liaison between HPAIR and Centre, promoting the event through social media and word of mouth, as well as blogging on Asian social, political or economic issues. He is also expected to plan and implement at least one on-campus event that encourages discussion about Asia-related issues.

Aside from the opportunity to network and meet prestigious world leaders, Pauley is looking forward to expanding his academic and practical knowledge of Asia through his participation in the conference.

“I hope to better learn the connection between various Asian cultural norms and how they relate to the greater scope of international relations,” Pauley says. “As a student of Asian Studies, I have a small base of information to pull from, and the conference presents a unique opportunity to really learn from those that are living certain current events and working to be involved in the world of Asian affairs.”

To learn more about HPAIR, visit http://www.hpair.org.

Learn more about Asian Studies at Centre.

By Mariel Smith

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