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Statesman Debate offers the next big thing in College Model United Nations and High School Model United Nations!
This is NOT your typical Model United Nations. Ours aim higher! Our UN Security Council and Committee simulations are not about UN parliamentary procedure or learning some isolated thing or other about another country and culture, rather, focus upon experiencing the international political economy as it really is. Our historical crisis simulations do not emphasize gamesmanship and intrigue. Instead, they teach highly relevant history and explore key moments or even key epochs from multiple points of view. We strive to avoid haphazard, limited experiences whether of the present day or past. We strive to achieve structured and balanced, broad and “inclusive” experiences.
The Romans showed the way. They conducted “suasoria” or something like reenactments of pivotal past debates. They chose and crafted these suasoria with an eye toward training the next generation of greatleaders. SDI’s Model UN is analogous to the Roman approach and might also be called the “experiential study group.” The participants in our Model UN undertake a potent division of labor. The sum and interaction of their labor and the reliving of momentous events from multiple, important angles is a magnificent and exhilarating learning experience!
This activity takes place in two phases. The first phase precedes our conference. In this first phase, you, the incoming major personage of history, are briefed well in advance of the conference. Occurring several weeks or even several months ahead of time, this briefing can serve multiple purposes—(1) preparing you for our conference, (2) preparing you for a third-party conference and (3) helping with your school work.