2012 Brown University Strait Talk Symposium

Applications for the 2012 Brown University Strait Talk Symposium are now available! Please find the applications here and more information below.

What is Strait Talk?

Strait Talk is a non-partisan dialogue program that seeks to transform international conflict by connecting young people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the United States and empowering them to strive for peace.

Who should apply?

We are looking for students and/or young professionals (age 18-30) from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States who demonstrate interest in and commitment to peace-building across the Taiwan Strait.

What does the symposium involve?

During the symposium, delegates will participate in Interactive Conflict Resolution (ICR). ICR is an intensive process that requires constant engagement and sensitivity. During the Symposium, delegates are also expected to craft and, later, to implement, a “peace project” that will engage with long-term conflict resolution. Delegates also attend panel discussions on specific aspects of the Taiwan Strait issue.

When is the symposium?

This year’s symposium will take place from October 26-November 2.

Where is the symposium?

The symposium happens at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. At the end of the symposium, there is a brief trip to New York or Washington, D.C.

What do we look for in applicants?

Qualities we find essential in applicants include the ability to listen actively and respectfully, an open mind, and the capacity to navigate social dynamics in constructive dialogue. You must speak fluent English. Other assets include excellent writing and speaking skills and knowledge of the history of the conflict.

What is the application process?

Aspiring delegates should download and submit an application. Upon review of the applications, we may ask for a Skype interview as well.

Looking forward to seeing your applications!

29 Responses to 2012 Brown University Strait Talk Symposium

  1. SickieChan says:

    I’m an undergraduate of Renmin University on the mainland, but I will go to Taiwan as an exchange student in September this year and I’m quite interested in this symposium. What can I do about it? Looking forward to your reply. Thank you!

    • browneditor says:

      You can absolutely still apply as a mainland China delegate. There is no requirement about where you are studying. On the application, you should just indicate that you are an exchange student and provide the address at which we can most easily contact you. If you have more specific questions, feel free to email us at straittalk@gmail.com, or specifically for the mainland China application, straittalkchina@gmail.com.
      Looking forward to seeing your application!

  2. 许己范 says:

    加油~

  3. Lane says:

    I’m a student from mainland China, and I will participate a student exchange program in Taiwan next semester…Can I apply the 2012 Brown University Strait Talk Symposium? I wonder if my visa could use twice when I have to leave Taiwan to participate this activity…

    • browneditor says:

      You are definitely welcome to still apply as a mainland China delegate. I am not sure the answer to your visa question at the moment, you may have to look into that yourself, but also feel free to email us at straittalkchina@gmail.com if you have a specific question and we can maybe look into it for you as well.
      Looking forward to seeing your application!

  4. YC says:

    Will the organization provide participants a place (like hotel) to stay and cover the expenses during the symposium?

    • browneditor says:

      We will be providing accommodations and some meals; unfortunately we are unable to cover all expenses during the symposium.

  5. Louise says:

    I am a Chinese national, but I have been studying and working in the U.S. since 2008. Should I apply as a Chinese delegate or a U.S. delegate?

  6. Chris Liang says:

    Hi I am a doctoral student in a US law school. I am from Taiwan and I am interested in joining the forum. However, I saw in the application form that you are looking for students below 30 and unfortunately I am already 33. Am I still eligible for the event? Please let me know if age is a hard requirement for you:)

  7. Zhou Yihui says:

    Hi, I am a mainland China student currently studying in Harvard Graduate School of Education. I am really interested in Taiwan issues and would very much like to take part in this symposium. My question is which category do i belong to ? the mainland China one or the US one? Thank you very much!

  8. Rachel says:

    Hi,

    My father is from Hong Kong, and my mother is from Taiwan. I was born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia. Would I be able to apply for as a mainland China delegate? I will be studying at RISD this fall.

    Thank you

    • browneditor says:

      Hello,
      You are definitely welcome to apply as a mainland China delegate if that’s what you identify yourself with

  9. Tracy says:

    When is the deadline for application?

  10. mancent says:

    Hi, I want to know what expenses (eg. accommodation, travel expense, meal…) participants need to pay for the symposium

    • browneditor says:

      Hello, delegates will be granted up to a $500 stipend for travel expenses and will be provided with accommodation and a few meals.

  11. Emily says:

    Hi,
    I’m just wondering, how many participants will be selected from each group to attend Strait Talk?

  12. 丁瑞陞Jui Sheng Ting says:

    Is the application due? I studied in TW, HK and US and did my internship in Hong Kong. Now I work for international banks but always keep high antisemitism about the Straits issue. I would like to apply if it’s not due yet. Many thanks for your response.

  13. Ngawang Gyeltshen says:

    I m high school scholar from Bhutan. A ting nation nestled in the himalayas,sharing borders with mainland India and China as a buffer state. I have never been to Tiwan or US for that matter. But I m avid reader so I have a comprehensive knowledge about the ‘conflict’.
    I may not be of much help. But I would be more than happy if I m given a opporunity to attend a peace-making forum like this as an observer.
    Waiting for your kind reply!

    • browneditor says:

      Hello,
      You are always more than welcome to apply if you are interested in attending the symposium. Our 2012 Symposium at Brown starts today, so it’s a bit late for you to come to this one, but there are ones in Berkeley, Hong Kong and Taipei as well. Just keep your eyes out for announcements about them!

    • browneditor says:

      Hello,
      You are always more than welcome to apply if you are interested in attending the symposium. Our 2012 Symposium at Brown starts today, so it’s a bit late for you to come to this one, but there are ones in Berkeley, Hong Kong and Taipei as well. Just keep your eyes out for announcements about them!

  14. Veneta says:

    Will Strait Talk 2013 be Held in Brown University? If yes, when is it?

    Thank you: )

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