Glendon’s International Studies Symposium is an annual conference conceived and produced entirely by a group of senior undergraduate Glendon International Studies students. Now in its 21st year, the students that make up the Symposium team research and organize an all-day conference that fosters the academic and cultural knowledge of their chosen country. This is the largest student-run event at York University, and has received noteworthy awards in the past, including the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s award on Student Leadership in Internationalization, Scotiabank’s award for Excellence in Internationalization, and York University’s York International Student Award.

This year, eight driven Glendon students have selected Iceland as the focus of the colloquium. Since August 2015, the team has been working diligently to make this event a memorable success. The annual International Studies Symposium has consistently included many distinguished speakers and guests, such as foreign diplomats, Canadian federal ministers, and renowned Canadian and international academics.

Arguably the most “international” conference yet, the Iceland Symposium will feature speakers from Iceland, India, the United States, and Canada. It will also include vibrant musical cultural performances and delicious Icelandic-inspired food that will bring the rich Icelandic identity to Canadian soil.

The symposium looks forward to engaging with various global perspectives through our diverse list of international speakers, including:

  • Sturla Sigurjónsson, Ambassador of Iceland to Canada
  • Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India
  • Grimur Valdimarsson, Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Industries and Innovations
  • Gordon Reykdal, President of the Icelandic-Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Fridrik Mar Baldursson, Professor of Economics at Reykjavik University, Iceland
  • Guðmundur Hálfdánarson, Professor of History at the University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Valur Ingimundarson, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Kirsten Wolf, Kim Nilsson Professor and Torger Thompson Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Michael T. Corgan, Associate Professor of International Studies at Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies, USA
  • Laurence de Looze, Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Western, Canada
  • Laurie Bertram, Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, Canada
  • Anne Brydon, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

The conference will include panel discussions relating to history, literature, culture, economics, domestic and international affairs, and more. It is an event that caters to all of Glendon’s liberal arts disciplines.

Ultimately, this is an opportunity for hands-on learning, experience, and networking created by students, for students. The international recognition of this event has enhanced the visibility of Glendon College and York University as a whole, in Canada and abroad. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

The International Studies Symposium on Iceland will take place at Glendon on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. For more information on the symposium and access to ticket sales, visit their website at You can likewise find them on Facebook at, and Twitter and Instagram @ISSI2016.