Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Opportunity: Undergraduate Conference on Foreign Affairs at the Air Force Academy

Cadet Brittney L. Garrett

Academy Assembly Director

Department of Political Science

2354 Fairchild Drive, 6L108

USAF Academy, CO 80840-6258

SUBJECT: Invitation for the 51st Academy Assembly

Dear Faculty Representative,

For the past 50 years, the United States Air Force Academy has hosted a prestigious undergraduate student conference on a topic of contemporary political significance. This year the Air Force Academy is proud to announce that the 51st Academy Assembly will take place on October 6 – 9, 2009. This year’s conference is entitled, “Building the Bridge from War to Peace: Defining Interagency Roles in Rebuilding a Nation” and will examine an issue that is at the forefront of the US foreign policy debate.

Started in 1959 by General Robert McDermott, the United States Air Force Academy’s first Dean of Faculty, the Academy Assembly is an undergraduate student conference sponsored jointly by the Air Force Academy and Columbia University’s American Assembly. Held on the Academy grounds, this student-planned and executed conference provides a unique opportunity for over 50 highly qualified undergraduates to discuss a topic of contemporary significance in a premier forum. It draws prominent scholars, business leaders, government officials and military officers to come and interact with undergraduate students, serving as speakers and roundtable leaders. Undergraduate students from prestigious colleges, universities, and military academies in the United States attend as delegates and spend the week interacting and discussing the topic in depth. It gives delegates the unique opportunity to think of new solutions to old problems as well as to develop lifelong relationships with future American leaders.

We would like to extend you an invitation to send undergraduate delegates to this year’s Assembly. During the conference, the Air Force Academy will provide transportation for all events in addition to morning, noon, and evening meals. Delegates or their schools are responsible for travel and the conference registration fee. The registration fee will include all meals, lodging, and other costs associated with the program.

Registration must be accomplished online and will open on 1 May. Attendance will be limited to 50 delegates. While we have no limit on the amount of delegates you may send, we reserve the right to limit delegates in order to increase the diversity of the schools attending. The web address for online registration is Further information regarding the Academy Assembly, speaker biographies, a schedule of events, and historical information on the Academy Assembly can also be found on the website.

The Air Force Academy is honored to host this outstanding event and we look forward to hosting undergraduates from your university. If you have any questions, please contact the Assembly staff at