International Affairs Family Conference 2023

July 23 - July 30

The State of Democracy Abroad and at Home 

Democracy and democratic institutions are being challenged around the world. Authoritarianism, nationalism, and populism are on the rise in many countries, including our own, as people question whether democratic politics can deliver what they want. We’ll look at the current state of democracy, examine its prospects going forward and learn what we can do to secure a future for democratic freedom. 

Conference Admission

In the event the conference is oversubscribed, registrations received by March 10 will be entered into a lottery. Registrations received after March 10 will be accepted on a space-available basis. For more information, contact the Conference Registrar.

Youth Programming

Our youth program runs from toddlers though high school students, broken down into different age groups. They meet mornings from 9:50am-12pm and afternoons from 1:20pm-3pm, except for the seniors who meet afternoons and evenings. Children’s groups do art projects, explore the island, play games and sing. 

Theme Speakers

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Executive Vice President, Freedom House

Gabrielle Bardall, Ph.D., Founder and Principal, Herizon Democracy

John Carey, Professor of Social Sciences, Dartmouth College and co-founder of

Vasu Mohan, Senior Global Advisor for Conflict, Displacement and Minority Rights at International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Djanaraj Thakur, Research Director, Center for Democracy & Technology

Minister of the Week

Rev. Verdis LeVar Robinson

Program Fees

$200/adult (18+)

$150/child (0-17) 

Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Adults (18+) 

Standard Shared: $1,169 | Standard Single: $1,590

Motel Shared: $1,439 | Motel Single: $2,112 


Under 6: Free | 6-11 years: $541 | 12-17 years: $774 

Financial Aid

We offer financial assistance. Please see the website for more details. 

Boat Schedule

July 23: Depart Portsmouth at 2:20 PM, arrive to Star Island at 3:30 PM

July 30: Depart Star Island at 8:50 AM, arrive in Portsmouth at 10:15 AM


Contact conference registrar, Kristin Laverty, at or conference chair, Greg Dixon, at