University of Montana News

Nov 17, 2012 4:50 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

UM to host model United Nations

MISSOULA - High school students from 17 Montana and Idaho schools will be taking part in the Montana Model United Nations Conference on Monday and Tuesday at The University of Montana.

The conference will feature 350 students representing 96 of the United Nations' 193 member states, debating and writing resolutions addressing important international issues.

Students will participate on one of five UN committees, with each being staffed by a team of UM students from Associate Professor Karen Adams' Model United Nations class, a service-learning course offered by the Department of Political Science.

The events start at 8:30 a.m. Monday with opening ceremonies in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The keynote address titled "Doing Good Better" will be delivered by Kimberly Maynard.

Maynard has worked on rebuilding war-torn societies and providing international disaster relief for 25 years in crises-affected areas such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Indonesia and Rwanda and has worked with the United Nations, the American Red Cross and the World Bank. All events are free and open to the public.

The closing ceremonies will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Dennison Theatre where Secretaries General Madeline Bermes and Madison Brooke will announce awards for delegates, schools and conference staff. Five high school seniors will be awarded scholarships to attend UM.

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