On the Island

A message from the leadership of the International Affairs Conference

The International Affairs conference is a family/multigenerational conference which chooses a theme with an international focus for its week. Themes have ranged from those on the environment such as the Oceans, or on global education or global politics and US influence. Speakers who are experts on the topic provide daily morning presentations with robust discussion and insights. There is a staffed daily children’s program that is one of the reasons many young families keep coming back. The children are divided by age group and each group has two trained group leader who supervises age appropriate activities daily. Our IA follies is renowned for its artistic presentations, from whimsical to musical. Other activities during the week include Art Barn, Yoga tours to Smuttynose and Appledore. We also have intergenerational dance and book discussion.

Our multigenerational atmosphere means we get three generation families, as well as young families, and single attendees and all are able to enjoy the diverse range of programming.

This year we are having Virtual IA week starting on Saturday, July 25th to Friday July 31st. Our events during the week include a presentation by Dr. Daniel Griffin, an Infectious Disease and Global Health expert who will present on the Pandemic. Dr. Griffin was recently on a PBS documentary which looked at the US early response to the pandemic. Other activities include morning music, children’s activities, social hour, book discussion and various workshops. Check out our daily activities for the week.