Public Affairs Conference


The Public Affairs Conference (PAC) is the oldest student-led conference in the U.S. With a few exceptions, the conference has occurred annually since its inception in 1939. Throughout the three-day conference, students and other attendees from a wide range of colleges and universities meet in workshops to discuss and propose solutions to current topics such as cyber crime, globalization, terrorism and genetics. 

The 63rd annual PAC was titled "Peacebuilding: A New Approach to Conflict Resolution" and took place on March 22–24, 2012. Watch the video above to learn more about the 2012 conference. 

The 64th annual PAC was titled, "Youth Empowerment: Action! Not Apathy." Visit the PAC 2013 website.

The 65th annual PAC was titled, "Sustainability: Not a Fad. But a Future." Visit the PAC 2014 website.

The 66th annual PAC is about Social Entrepreneurship, and will take place at Principia College on March 26–28, 2015.

“Because of my participation with PAC, I had breakfast with Brookings scholar Minxin Pei, I took Yale historian Jonathan Spence to see 'Slumdog Millionaire,' and I drove former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda to the airport at 4:40 in the morning.  I will never forget meeting and talking with these incredible global thinkers.”