Auburn University hosting World Affairs Youth Seminar in July

AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Education and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education will host the 26th annual World Affairs Youth Seminar July 8-13. The seminar is open to rising 10th through 12th grade students and will be held on the Auburn campus.

Rod Wiley, a retired Auburn professor and Lee County Sunrise Rotary Club member, founded the seminar in 1986 to promote and instill a sense of community service and global citizenship in future generation leaders.

The seminar uses the Model United Nations, or MUN, forum to examine global issues in a real world context. Participants assume the role of country delegates and strive to accurately represent the viewpoints of their assigned country in daily MUN General Assembly sessions.

In preparation for the daily sessions, country delegates will partner with Auburn University graduate and undergraduate secondary social studies education students to explore the value conflicts, factual data and historical contexts of international issues. Delegates participate in group research sessions and collaborate to write resolutions or plan strategic alliances for the MUN sessions which confront different global issues each day.

The goal of the seminar is for participants to gain a better understanding of complex international issues, practice leadership skills and meet new friends from across the country while experiencing campus life firsthand. Participants will reside in Auburn’s dormitories, eat at campus dining facilities and enjoy evening social and recreational activities.

Tuition is $559 and includes all instruction, housing, meals and recreational activities. For 2012, the Lee County Sunrise Rotary Club is sponsoring four partial scholarships valued at $279.50 and the four winning students will have $279.50 applied toward the program cost of $559.

For additional information about the World Affairs Youth Seminar and scholarship opportunities, go to the website at or contact James Birdsong of the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at (334) 844-5817.

(Contributed by Hope Stockton.)

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