About Starr Forum

A public event series, sponsored by the Starr Foundation of New York, we bring to the MIT campus leading academics, policymakers and journalists to discuss pressing issues in the world of international relations and U.S. foreign policy.

CIS Starr Forums are always free events that are open to the general public, as well as to the MIT community. Most events do not require a ticket or registration, however, seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Offered throughout the year, Starr Forum events focus on a wide array of global topics, bringing together experts in the field for lively discussion and thought-provoking conversation. The format can range from book talks to panel discussions to film screenings - but events always conclude with at least 30-minutes of audience Q&A discussion. Limited complimentary light refreshments are available prior to the start of the event. For questions about event accessibility or to request accommodations please contact starrforum@mit.edu or call 617-253-8306 as early as possible.

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Upcoming Starr Forum events
Past Starr Forum events

Sept 15, 2015
Starr Forum: Heretic

Oct 1, 2015
Starr Forum: The ISIS Apocalypse

Oct 21, 2015
Starr Forum: Global Refugee Crisis

Dec 3, 2015
Starr Forum: Religion & Violence

Feb 4, 2016
Starr Forum: African Repats

Feb 11, 2016
Starr Forum: Paris Climate Talks: Now What?

Feb 25, 2016
Starr Forum: With Friends Like These

Mar 9, 2016
Starr Forum: Confronting the China Cyber Challenge

Mar 10, 2016
Starr Forum: 3.11: 5 Years After the Triple Disaster in Northeastern Japan

Apr 7, 2016
Starr Forum: Bitcoin and the Global Economy

Apr 14, 2016
Starr Forum: Human Rights & Technology

Sept 29, 2016
Starr Forum: The Warming Arctic: Site of a New "Cold War"?