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Conference Sponsors

The 2013 Critchfield Conference, The Indian Ocean Basin: The 21st Century Marine Silk Road, is proudly sponsored by:

The James H. Critchfield Memorial Endowment

Am endowment to promote Middle Eastern Studies at the College of William & Mary. For these purposes, the Middle East is defined as the area from Egypt eastward, including the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Gulf.

This endowment directly supports students, funding initiatives such as, but not limited to, study abroad and student exchanges with noted Middle East universities, collaborative faculty and student research on a variety of Middle East topics, and innovative programs at the College’s Arabic House, a residential Language House where students immerse themselves in the Arabic language and learn more about Middle East culture.

The Reves Center for International Studies

The Reves Center for International Studies is the home of the office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the Global Education Office (GEO), and the Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs (ISSP) at William & Mary.

Established in 1989 with a gift from Wendy Reves in memory of her husband Emery, author of The Anatomy of Peace, the Reves Center supports and promotes the internationalization of learning, teaching, research and community involvement at the university. In providing opportunities for students, faculty, and the W&M community to engage with and learn from global experiences and perspectives, it builds on the Reves' lifelong commitment to world peace through international understanding.


Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES)
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is a multidisciplinary program at William & Mary that aims to enrich students' understanding of a broadly conceived “Asia” in relation to other parts of the world.

Representing the languages and cultures practiced by more than half of the world’s population, the AMES program includes the study of history, politics, religion, literature, fine and media arts, expressive and ritual culture, and the major languages of the region. Through interdisciplinary coursework and hands-on advising, students cultivate specialized knowledge on a vital region within Asia while exposing them to various cross-regional practices that have shaped larger collective experiences. Furthermore, by bringing together resources on campus and beyond, the program challenges and stimulates students by introducing an alternative worldview.

International Relations Club
(IR Club)
Founded in 1931 as a forum to debate and discuss international relations, the William & Mary International Relations Club is one of the largest student organizations at William & Mary.

Its mission is to further a better understanding of international affairs and international relations for its membership and for the College community as a whole. The IRC does this through its renowned Model United Nations program, hosting international relations professionals and academics as guest lecturersservice in the Williamsburg community, educating high school and middle school students about international affairs, and fundraising initiatives for international non-governmental organizations.The IR Club welcomes new membership as well as opportunities to collaborate with the College and Williamsburg community to facilitate discussion of international affairs.

Middle Eastern Student Association
The Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) is a student organization whose mission is to promote solidarity among Middle Eastern students at William and Mary, as well as provide a platform for open discussion of political issues and cross-cultural understanding. MESA will sponsor Middle Eastern social and cultrua activities and events open to the entire campus community. A primary goal of MESA will be to explore issues relating to the Greater Middle East, recognizing the socio-political ties between the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. MESA welcomes and respects students of all ethnic, religious, and political affiliations.