On October 4 and 5, the Patterson School held its annual Fall Conference in Lexington. The topic of the 2018 conference was Afghanistan, with panels devoted to commerce, security, diplomacy, and development. The keynote speaker for the conference was Sarah Chayes, author of Thieves of State, a recent Patterson Summer Reading List book. The conference, which was attended primarily by Patterson School students, was held at the Hyatt in downtown Lexington. In addition to Sarah Chayes, panels included a dozen visitors from around the world.