Welcome to the 2021 World Affairs Seminar!

Cities: Urban Life in a Changing World

June 19-25, 2021

For the first time in human history, more people live in cities and urban areas than in other environments. Some would say this is a natural course for humanity. Since our first beginnings we have gathered in tribes and groups, built dwellings in proximity to one another, and developed cooperative organizations to achieve safety, stability and growth. Others would point out that whenever possible individuals have migrated away from tribal clusters to establish places of their own, such as farms, towns and, ultimately urban centers. However we got here, the more than 9 billion people who inhabit the rapidly urbanizing earth face complex and challenging questions. Issues range from sanitation to allocation of resources, personal responsibility to one another and society and the customs and laws that govern our behavior and may impact our very existence.

Congratulations on being accepted to the 2021 World Affairs Seminar program! This Guidebook will help you navigate your World Affairs Seminar experience. Be sure to check back often, as more details will be added as we get closer to this summer’s program. Delegates are also encouraged to follow us on social media for the most recent updates. See you soon!

Tentative Seminar Agenda

1:00-2:00 PM Central – Ice-Breaker Session*
Dr. Kelly Ottman; Milwaukee School of Engineering

2:00-3:00 PM Central – Small Group Check-In*

4:00-6:00 PM Central – Opening Ceremony & Keynote #1
Neal Patel

* Sessions marked with an asterisk (*) are considered “mandatory” and attendance is highly encouraged. All other sessions are “elective” or optional. Delegates are invited to attend all sessions they are able to and interested in.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Central – Diplomacy Simulation*
U.S. Department of State

1:30-2:30 PM – Keynote Speaker #2: Democracy and the City*
Mary Louise Schumacher & Kevin Miyazaki

3:00-3:30 PM – Small Group Debrief*

4:00-5:00 PM – Discussion Group
Topic TBD

* Sessions marked with an asterisk (*) are considered “mandatory” and attendance is highly encouraged. All other sessions are “elective” or optional. Delegates are invited to attend all sessions they are able to and interested in.

9:30-10:30 AM Central – Discussion Group
Topic TBD

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central – Keynote Speaker #3*
David Shalliol, Sociologist & Filmmaker
Speaker Biography
Followed by Film Screening

12:30-1:30 PM Central – Small Group Meeting*

2:00-3:00 PM Central – Breakout Speaker*
Selected Speakers

4:00-5:00 PM Central – Discussion Group
Topic TBD

5:30-6:30 PM Central – Open Social Time

* Sessions marked with an asterisk (*) are considered “mandatory” and attendance is highly encouraged. All other sessions are “elective” or optional. Delegates are invited to attend all sessions they are able to and interested in.

9:30-10:30 AM Central – Discussion Group
Topic TBD

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central – Keynote Speaker #4*
Sean Wilson, Smart Justice Campaign Manager, ACLU of Wisconsin
Speaker Biography

12:30-1:30 PM Central – Small Group Meeting*

2:00-3:00 PM Central – Breakout Speaker*
Selected Speakers

4:00-5:00 PM Central – Discussion Group
Topic TBD

5:30-6:30 PM Central – Open Social Time

* Sessions marked with an asterisk (*) are considered “mandatory” and attendance is highly encouraged. All other sessions are “elective” or optional. Delegates are invited to attend all sessions they are able to and interested in.

9:30-10:30 AM Central – Discussion Group
Topic TBD

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central – Keynote Speaker #5*
Meredith TenHoor, Professor of Undergraduate Architecture at Pratt Institute
Speaker Biography

12:30-1:30 PM Central – Small Group Meeting*

2:00-3:00 PM Central – Introduction to Rotary

5:00-7:00 PM Central – Talent Show & Open Social Time

* Sessions marked with an asterisk (*) are considered “mandatory” and attendance is highly encouraged. All other sessions are “elective” or optional. Delegates are invited to attend all sessions they are able to and interested in.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central – Capstone Presentations*

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Central – Open Rotary Meeting

1:30-3:00 PM Central – Delegate-Led Presentations*

* Sessions marked with an asterisk (*) are considered “mandatory” and attendance is highly encouraged. All other sessions are “elective” or optional. Delegates are invited to attend all sessions they are able to and interested in.

10:00-11:30 AM Central – Closing Ceremony*

11:30AM – 12:00PM Central – Small Group Debrief*

* Sessions marked with an asterisk (*) are considered “mandatory” and attendance is highly encouraged. All other sessions are “elective” or optional. Delegates are invited to attend all sessions they are able to and interested in.

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