World Affairs Seminar 2019
The Promise & Perils of Social Media
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Friday, June 28, 2019
Social media—its joys, sorrows, and everything in between—is here to stay as an integral part of our everyday lives. It impacts how we think, perceive, and communicate with others on a minute-by-minute basis—and helps shape the face we present to the world. We will address social media head on at the 2019 World Affairs Seminar, discussing ethical dilemmas, issues of privacy, transparency and identity, and the economic and political ramifications. Are we empowering people or fueling the flames of hatred, extremism, and spiraling mental health concerns? From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, social media continues to evolve and we need to understand its promise and perils to fully harness a technology that can truly make the world a better place.
At WAS 2019, you will…
- Consider social media’s impact from many points of view.
- Engage in relevant off-site experiences to stimulate discussion.
- Collaborate with delegates from around the world to define social media issues and challenges in an atmosphere of respect, trust, and collaboration.
- Discover what you can do to use social media to make the changing world a better, safer place for ethical, respectful dialogue and engagement.
WAS is a truly international experience, bringing together peers from around the world to learn international relations. Since 1976, WAS has impacted and changed lives, providing highly-relevant skills in group problem-solving, negotiation and peaceful diplomacy. We feature expert speakers with a variety of perspectives, opinions and backgrounds. Further, when it comes to our delegates, every single point of view matters—we embrace and mandate a forum for healthy, respectful debate leading to collaborative learning and growth. Your role is to distill information, identify priorities and develop defining skills to both lead and collaborate with others from different cultures to reach positive conclusions.