The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) and the National University of the Union of Myanmar – Global Campus (NUUM), in partnership with co-hosts and collaborators, will be hosting the Spring Flowers International Conference on Myanmar from February 5 to 12, 2022.
Musical and cultural performances will also be featured. The conference website can be found here and the conference schedule can be downloaded here.
Indiana Govenor Eric Holcomb will help launch the unprecedented conference, in which former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel, U.S. Senator Todd Young, Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Kritenbrink, and other senior officials of the U.S. Government will be speaking.
The program will include:
- 12 academic panels with presentations by over 50 scholars and researchers
- 8 expert panels with members including activists, representatives of rights groups, analysts, professionals, academics, and politicians.
- 4 presentations by officials of the National Unity Government
- 12 roundtable discussions
- Over 40 keynotes and speeches
This hybrid event – both virtual and in-person – will draw thousands of youths, students and friends of Myanmar from around the world. Some sessions will be live-streamed.
The conference objectives are:
- Promoting critical analysis and deeper understanding of the challenges Myanmar is currently facing.
- Achieving common understanding of the challenges and opportunities in forging a strong and unified response to help resolve the conflict in Myanmar and in developing strategies and approaches to building a new Myanmar.
- Bringing together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, including elected representatives, government officials, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), rights groups, media, academics, etc. to achieve a unified vision and strategy through substantive policy discussions, expert panels, and debates.