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. 

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 from1:20pm-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

Additional speakers to be announced

Minister of the Week

Minister of the week to be announce

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