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Two Overseas Juniors head to Strasbourg to discuss Obama’s presidency

April 02, 2009

Parasa Chanramy (’10) and Jeanette Valleau (’10) were among over 60 students and speakers from North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, who gathered recently for a three-day conference in Strasbourg, France, to discuss whether or not President Obama would make a difference in US - European relations. Chanramy and Valleau have been studying with the Foundation for International Education (FIE) in London and were awarded fellowships from FIE and Lewis & Clark to attend the conference.

Following the Opening Plenary Lecture by Dr. Stephen Ryan, of the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, on the topic “Will Illusion Breed Disillusion? Obama, Europe and Global Politics,” students participated in discussions on the future of US foreign policy, the new president’s challenges in the Middle East, and the impact President Obama might have on NATO as it celebrates the 60th anniversary of its founding.

Lewis & Clark Overseas and Off Campus Programs aim to enhance on-campus curricula and provide unique academic and experiential opportunities abroad. With programs in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America, these overseas opportunities send over 260 students abroad annually. To learn more about Lewis & Clark Overseas and Off Campus Programs, click here.