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ASU hosts model United Nations conference this
Oct. 10, 2008 --
Arkansas State University will be the scene of
multiple debates about current and past world issues this Friday and
Saturday, Oct. 10-11, when the Fall semester ASU Model UN conference
will bring top high school delegates from around Arkansas and Tennessee
to the Jonesboro campus to take on the roles of ambassadors and judges
in a simulation and competition based on the United Nations.
Four members of the ASU Moot Court Team will act as attorneys or
advocates for countries in two model International Court of Justice
cases, with high school students acting as the judges. The student ASU
Model UN Organization will host the meet, which will begin on Friday
afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in Room 204 of Wilson Hall.
Following the opening session and a meal break, the student ambassadors,
each representing an assigned country, will then split up into three
different groups, which will debate resolutions and issues from the
point of view of "their" countries. All three groups will simulate UN
Security Councils, with two dealing with current world issues such as
the Georgia-Russia dispute, and one, the Historical Security Council,
taking the role of ambassadors in 1990, shortly before a world crisis
broke when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
Some participating schools may bring current exchange students who will
be representing their actual countries, which will add to the realism of
the debates, according to ASU Model UN conference director Basia Combs,
a graduate MPA student from Jonesboro.
The meetings will be open to the public, with the three Security
Councils and the International Court of Justice all slated to meet on
the 4th floor of Wilson Hall. Several high school students will also act
as the international press, covering the deliberations and publishing a
newsletter, under the guidance of ASU journalism students. After the
Friday evening sessions, the councils and the court will resume their
deliberations on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.
Dr. Charles Hartwig, Political Science, is the faculty advisor for the
ASU Model UN organization. Contact him via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org, call him
at (870) 972-3690, or see the ASU Model UN site at