William & Mary

Lawrence Wilkerson to keynote Model U.N.

Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff under Secretary of State Colin Powell and the Harriman Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College, will address the opening ceremony of William and Mary’s 20th Annual High School Model United Nations Conference Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the University Center, Chesapeake Rooms A, B and C. The keynote address, titled "The United Nations: If We Didn't Have It, We Would Have to Create It," is free and open to the public.

The conference, sponsored by the International Relations Club, brings approximately 1,200 high school students from across the country to Williamsburg for the model U.N. simulations. In the simulations students representing 52 high schools assume the responsibilities of actual diplomats to resolve international issues, basing their decisions on their represented country’s past and present foreign policy. The conference will feature 25 committees – 10 General Assembly and 15 Specialized Agencies, including modern cabinet scenarios and the U.N. Security Council - and runs through Nov. 14. Committee sessions and cabinet meetings are open to the delegates only.

For additional information please contact Clifton Martin, W&M International Relations Club director of public relations at 757.221.6020 or 571.221.7432.