High School Students Gather at UM for Model UN Conference

November 15, 2018

MISSOULA – Students from 21 Montana and Idaho high schools will participate in the 53rd annual Montana Model United Nations Conference on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19-20, at the University of Montana.

At the conference, 312 students will represent 110 of the United Nations’ 193 member states, debating and writing resolutions addressing important international issues.

Students will participate on one of five U.N. committees: the Security Council, International Organization for Migration, General Assembly First Committee (disarmament and security), General Assembly Second Committee (economic and financial) and General Assembly Third Committee (social and humanitarian).

Each committee is staffed by a team of UM students from Adjunct Professor Eva-Maria Maggi’s Model United Nations class, a service-learning course offered by the Department of Political Science.

Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday with opening ceremonies in the North Ballroom of the University Center. All events are free and open to the public. During opening ceremonies, Dr. Anna Conley will deliver a keynote address titled “Why Multilateralism is Essential for the United States.”

Conley is a civil deputy in the Missoula County Attorney's Office in Missoula and an adjunct professor in UM’s Department of Political Science. She holds a Juris Doctor from the George Washington Law School and an LL.M. and Doctor of Civil Laws from the McGill University Faculty of Law.

Conley has participated in rule of law initiatives in Vietnam on criminal defendants’ rights, freedom of assembly and access to justice. She recently traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine, to present public talks, media interviews and seminars regarding U.S. constitutional law, safeguards against judicial corruption in the U.S., judicial power in the U.S. and U.S. teaching methods. Conley has published extensively in international, comparative and constitutional law.

Students will work on the third floor of the University Center. They will meet in committees from late Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday afternoon, each committee will have a UM faculty guest speaker.   

At 7:15 p.m. Monday, students will participate in an international trivia game led by UM political science Associate Professor Abhishek Chatterjee.

Closing ceremonies will be held from 2 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in the UC North Ballroom. During the awards ceremony, high school delegates, schools and conference staff will be honored. Twenty-five high school seniors will be named Top Seniors, and five seniors will be awarded scholarships to attend UM.

The Montana Model United Nations Conference is funded by school and delegate fees, as well as contributions from the UM Office of the President, College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Political Science, Enrollment and Strategic Communications and Associated Students of UM.

For more information, including committee topics, faculty guest speakers and participating high schools, see the Delegate Handbook posted on the MMUN website at http://hs.umt.edu/mun/hs-conference/default.php or email Maggi at eva.maggi@umontana.edu

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Contact: Dr. Eva-Maria Maggi, adjunct professor, UM Department of Political Science, 406-531-6037, eva.maggi@umontana.edu.