Clubs: Model United Nations
Time: Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: Room 164
Sponsor: Lansing Freeman
President: Amina Goheer and Rachel Goldberg
Late night metro rides, current events, jeopardy and Canada's foreign policy are all a part of Blair's Model United Nations club, "a program designed to develop skills and knowledge for students interested in pursuing international careers," says club sponsor and NSL teacher Lansing Freeman.
At bimonthly meetings, the group dissects the world's problems and debates solutions. Their research culminates in Model UN conferences at area universities, which club president Amina Goheer calls "the meat of it all," where students represent and advocate the interests of designated countries. For students interested in the world around them, "you really do understand how the real UN works," says Goheer. "You learn how countries interact and form foreign policy."
Goheer anticipates one day-trip and two overnight trips this year, including a conference at the University of Virginia in November. In the past, Model UN has traveled to Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and George Mason. The main focus is on the students’ work, for which participants can earn special awards, but the conferences also include tours and a "delegate dance."
At its core, the Model UN club is focused on having fun, an attitude stemming from the enthusiasm of its approximately 20 members. A lecture on position papers is balanced with a game of current events jeopardy; hardcore research is complemented by a seasonal fundraiser.
Freeman sums up the club's mission by saying, "Model UN supports the theory that talking about issues is better than fighting about them."
If interested in joining Model UN, please contact Lansing Freeman or senior Amina Goheer.
Club beat by Sophie Schwadron