By: Jason Cummings
As many in the community will already know, GFA has set aside April 24, 2012 for our first annual World Perspectives Symposium, an opportunity for the entire community to step back from our daily activities and engage with a series of important global issues. For Middle and Upper School students, the day will be a celebration of the student research including formal presentations and seminar-style discussions with our fourteen Global Thesis students. In addition, students have the opportunity to hear from our Challenge 20/20 students, three seniors who have spent the year studying geopolitics and water allocation in the Nile River valley. Furthermore, as our Foundations of World History and Biology students (mostly 9th graders) will be in the midst of an interdisciplinary comparative study of the bubonic plague and the AIDS/HIV epidemic, those students will have the opportunity to interact with a global health professional who is working to combat AIDS/HIV. Lower School students will take the opportunity to learn more about the young people that they have been sponsoring through Save the Children. Lower School students are helping to provide for one child in Mali and nearer to home a child in a difficult situation in Kentucky. This will prove an excellent avenue for learning about the rights of children both in this country and around the world.
First thing in the morning, however, the entire community will have the benefit of hearing from Mr. Michael Singh, the managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council. Additionally, Mr. Singh served as a special assistant to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Mr. Singh’s writings have appeared in many prominent publications including The Economist and Foreign Policy on whose feature blog “Shadow Government” he is a frequent contributor. We look forward to hearing him address the entire GFA community on April 24, 2012 at 8am and to having our International Relations students interact with him later that day in a small-group setting.
Both Mr. Singh’s presentation and our students’ formal presentations will be open to the public as space permits. A couple of short updates about our students’ Global Thesis project are being published each week on this blog. Click here to read the Global Thesis updates that we have posted thus far.
More information on how to RSVP to this event will be available on this blog in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!