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Saturday, June 19, 2021

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1:00-2:00 PM Central – Introductory Workshop*
Dr. Kelly Ottman; Professor, 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; Principal Product Manager, Amazon Headquarters

* 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.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

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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

4:00-5:00 PM – Discussion Group
During this session, delegates will consider the following questions:

  • Do cities still matter in the twenty-first century? Why or why not? 
  • What should the city of the twenty-first century look like? 

* 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.

Monday, June 21, 2021

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9:30-10:30 AM Central – Discussion Group
During this session, delegates will consider the following questions as a prompt to start conversation:

  • How do you make sure cities have spaces (physical as well as social, political, and economic) for all residents?
  • How do you build a more equitable, diverse city? 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central – Keynote Speaker #3*
“Demolition, Loss, and Recreation”
David Shalliol, Sociologist & Filmmaker, St. Olaf College
Followed by Film Screening

12:00-1:30 PM Central – The Area” Film Screening and Q&A with Director David Shalliol and film subject, activist Deborah Payne
David Shalliol, Sociologist & Filmmaker, St. Olaf College

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

  • “Jane Addams: American Humanitarian, Social Justice Pioneer, and Nobel Laureate” – Rutherford H. Platt, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • “Environmental Justice and the City” – Richard Diaz, Co-founder, Coalition on Lead Emergency (COLE)
  • “Rural Urban FLOW:  A Search for Balance, Reciprocity, and Joy in a Climate of Extremes” – Adam Carr, Spokesperson for Rural Urban Flow and Deputy Editor for Community Engagement at Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
  • Cities, Media, and Things” – Michael Stamm, historian
  • Architecture and Social Change: Three Lessons from Harlem” – Brian Goldstein, author of The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem
  • “Renewal, Art, and History in the City” A Panel Discussion with Sharon Adams, Co-Funder of Walnut Way Conservation Corps and Adams Garden Park; and Raoul Deal, Artist/Educator

4:00-5:00 PM Central – Discussion Group
During this session, delegates will consider the following questions as a prompt to start conversation:

  • How can we better foster connections between diverse groups of city residents?
  • How can we facilitate communication and conversation between urban, suburban, and rural areas?

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.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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9:30-10:30 AM Central – Discussion Group
During this session, delegates will consider the following question as a prompt to begin conversation:

  • How do you make cities safer?

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central – Keynote Speaker #4*
Smart Decarceration: How Do We Get There?
Sean Wilson, National Director of Organizing, Dream Corp Justice

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

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

  • David Moore, Director of Parks & Attractions at Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Discriminatory Taxation against Black Property Owners: A Hidden History of Racism” – Andrew Kahrl, Historian
  • Design Research for Equity: Architecture and Well-Being” – Trudy Watt, Architect
  • “Housing and the City” – LaDale Winling, Associate Professor of History, Virgina Tech University
  • “Community Development and the City” A Panel Discussion with Camille Mays, Anti-Violence Activist; Cheri Fuqua, Community Organizer/Founder, The Middle Ground Milwaukee; and Arijit Sen, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • “Pollution and Young People in the City – Insight into Running Your Own Research” Samuel Chitty,  Environmental Science BSc, University of Birminhan England (UoB)

4:00-5:00 PM Central – Discussion Group
During this session, delegates will consider the following question as a prompt to begin conversation:

  • What are the roles of art, culture, and recreation in the development of the twenty-first century city?

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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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9:30-10:30 AM Central – Keynote Speaker #5*
Razia Jan, Founder, Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation (Afghanistan)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central – Keynote Speaker #6*
Toxics, Architecture, and Justice”
Meredith TenHoor, Professor of Undergraduate Architecture at Pratt Institute

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.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

*UPDATED 6/22/21 @ 10:00 AM CDT*

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10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central – Keynote #7: Neal Patel*
Neal Patel, Principal Product Manager at Amazon’s Headquarters, will provide our closing keynote. (Rescheduled from Saturday)

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

All Sponsors, Rotarians, and Guests Welcome! We will host an open Rotary meeting for sponsors, Rotarians, and other guests to learn more about the World Affairs Seminar. Delegates are not required to attend, but may participate to network with Rotarians from around the globe.

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1:30-3:00 PM Central – Capstone & 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.

Friday, June 25, 2021

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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.

We are really excited about this year’s capstone project. The project is individualized and will get you away from your computer and into your surrounding community, if you are able.

We want each delegate to consider a series of prompts, which will guide you to capture or locate some photos from your home community, one photo for each of the following categories:

1) A place where people gather;

2) A place that has significance to them;

3) A standard method of transportation in your community (or for you);

4) Your school; and,

5) A standard meal that you would eat.

Delegates should post your pictures and reflections on World Affairs Seminar’s Flickr.

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Include with your post a brief written description of the photo or reflection of how this photograph relates to the material and content of the seminar.

Alternatively, you can post your photos/responses on your personal Twitter or Instagram, tagging World Affairs Seminar and adding the hashtag #WAS2021InMyCity. This project can be completed throughout the week, on your own time. At the end of the week, we will highlight some of the submissions and prompt a seminar-wide discussion about some of our similarities, differences, and other notable observations. The project is not meant to be cumbersome or difficult, however it should be a creative exercise that gets you away from Zoom and allows you to interact with your home, family, community, and surrounding geography.

ATTENTION ALL 2021 WAS DELEGATES

Do you have a particular interest related to this year’s Seminar topic? Have you learned about something in the past that speaks to what we’ve discussed this week? On Thursday, June 24th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the 2021 World Affairs Seminar will be hosting a series of TED-style delegate-led presentations. This is your chance to be the presenter! Please email Academic Dean Michael Carriere at webmaster@worldaffairsseminar.org with your proposal. Proposal should include your name, email, presentation topic/theme, and a brief outline of your presentation. Presentations should be approximately 10-15 minutes in length, including time for questions/discussion. 

We invite all sponsors, Rotarians, and other guests to join us for these sessions dedicated for you to discuss and learn more about the 2021 World Affairs Seminar.

 

Session #1: WAS 2021 Discussion and Q&A for Sponsors, Rotarians and Guests

Jun 21, 2021 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Session #2: WAS 2021 Discussion and Q&A for Sponsors, Rotarians and Guests

Jun 23, 2021 03:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Session #3: Open Rotary Meeting

Jun 24, 2021 12:00 to 1:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Choose your path!

Each day of the seminar, you have the opportunity to choose your path! Although we offer sessions all day long, you will NOT be on a computer from 9:00 A.M.. to 8:00 P.M. CDT. Mandatory meetings will take up 4-6 hours of your day. The rest of the time is still yours! Be sure to take note of which sessions are marked “mandatory/required” and which ones are “elective”. The elective sessions are where you can choose what you will get out of the seminar!

To help you set your agenda, we will provide a few suggestions for designing your path forward each day. We hope that you will find this helpful.

Definitions

  • Mandatory/Required: Sessions marked as “mandatory” or “required” are essential parts of your experience and you must attend these sessions, if you are able. We will be recording our keynote speakers, breakout speakers and other sessions, so if you miss a mandatory or required session, be sure to check back afterwards for the video recording! If you anticipate a scheduling conflict with a mandatory or required session, please inform your assigned counselor/facilitator before the start of the session.
  • Elective: Sessions marked as “elective” are also essential, but you have a choice to make. You are still expected to attend these sessions, but you get to choose which part of the session you participate in.

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Refund Policy:

To receive credit after payment has been made, students, sponsors must notify the World Affairs Seminar in writing that their delegate is unable to attend, or if the sponsor is unable to fill a paid for space at the Seminar. (e-mail is considered "in writing" for these purposes as long as the e-mail is acknowledged as having been received.) Full credit applies if notification is received by April 1; 50% credit if application is cancelled between April 1 but prior to May 21; no credit is available if application is cancelled after May 21, unless extraordinary circumstances such as illness, death exist. All cancellation credits are subject to $75.00 processing fee and must be used within one calendar year. Note: in agreeing to attend WAS, parents and students promise to reimburse their sponsor for the full amount of any loss due to cancellation. WAS offices: (414) 453-4984, or contact@worldaffairsseminar.org.

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