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World Affairs Seminar 2011 What is WAS? The World Affairs Seminar, started in 1977, is a unique educational program for high school students, which provides a forum for future leaders to be introduced to some of the most perplexing global issues and problems. Purpose of WAS

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what is was
What is WAS?

The World Affairs Seminar, started in 1977, is a unique educational program for high school students, which provides a forum for future leaders to be introduced to some of the most perplexing global issues and problems.

purpose of was
Purpose of WAS
  • Engage high school students in a better understanding of world problems
  • Promote a better understanding of people and cultures and to build lasting friendships among participants
  • Provide an open forum designed to promote discussion, communication, understanding

Why WAS is important…

  • Motivates/prepares students for future development, understanding, discussion of global topics
  • Promotes international understanding
  • Develops important interpersonal communication skills
  • Provides exposure, understanding, and desire for life-long learning
prior themes and topics
Prior themes and topics
  • The Global Fresh Water Challenge
  • World Hunger: Ethical Dilemma of our Time
  • Global Leadership Rising Powers: Who Counts?
  • Globalization and Traditions: Two Worlds Divide
  • Making Peace by Understanding Conflict
  • Getting Involved in Solving World Problems
  • World Energy Crisis
  • The Cost of Security
  • Human Rights & World Politics
  • Nuclear Arms Control & Disarmament
  • Conflicts in the Post Cold War World
  • Food in International Relations
  • International Economics and World Politics
prior keynote speakers
Prior Keynote Speakers
  • Peter Anin –author of The Great Lakes Water Wars
  • Peter Menzel & Faith D’Aluisio authors of “The Hungry Planet”
  • Dr. Oscar Arias, former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Prize Winner
  • Dith Pran, New York Times photojournalist
  • Dr. William Schultz, Executive Director, Amnesty International
  • Elaine Chao, Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C.
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau, France, Environmentalist
  • Jeanne Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and Cabinet Member
  • Giandomenico Picco, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Evan Thomas, Assistant Managing Editor, Newsweek Magazine,
  • Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaladun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
was board of directors staff
WAS Board of Directors & Staff
  • PDG Michael Slawny – Board Chair
  • PDG Catherine Zimmerman – Secretary
  • William B. Coleman, CPA – Treasurer
  • Thomas Plantenberg – Executive Director
  • James Rickabaugh, PhD – Past Board Chair
  • Steve Chevalier – Director
  • DG Paul Decker – Director
  • James Dorman – Director
  • DG Tamara Koop – Director
  • PDG Gary Olsen, PhD – Director
  • DGE Nancy Rhodes– Director
  • Kurt Veit, MD – Director
  • Robert Ricigliano, JD – Academic Dean
  • Leah Blankenship – Executive Assistant
  • PDG Rick Luedke – Ambassador Emeritus
board of advisors
Board of Advisors
  • Richard Arndt – (Washington, DC) the Lois Roth Foundation; former head of the Fulbright Scholarship Program
  • Frank C. Carlucci –(Restin, VA) Former Secretary of Defense; past Director of the CIA; Chairman of the Carlisle Group
  • Frank Gimbel– (Milwaukee, WI) Attorney/Partner, Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown; President Milwaukee City Center District; Past President, Wisconsin Bar Association; 2002 Goldberg Prize
  • Stephen Graff – (Elm Grove, WI) Retired Partner, Arthur Andersen & Co.
  • Geneva B. Johnson – (Brookfield, WI) Former President and CEO, Family Service America
  • Heinz-Gerhard Justenhoven – (Hamburg Germany)Director, Institute for Technology & Peace,
  • Allison C. Laabs –(Springfield, IL) Past CEO/President, St. John’s Hospital Springfield, IL; former President of the Illinois Hospital Association and Catholic Health Association of America
  • George Mosher – (Milwaukee, WI) Founder, National Business Furniture
  • DayoOlagunju, PhD – (Nigeria) Director, Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO
  • Richard Pieper –(Mequon, WI) President, Pieper Power, Chairman of the Board of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership
  • K. R. Ravindran– (Sri Lanka) Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Robert Spitzer, PhD – Founder, Spitzer Enterprises; Retired President Milwaukee School of Engineering; twice nominated for the International World Hunger Award.
world affairs seminar academic approach
World Affairs Seminar Academic Approach
  • Critical reflection and analysis of global issues
  • Interactive learning including discussions, case studies, and simulations
  • Unique opportunity to hear from renowned experts
  • Skill building sessionsincluding conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Student generated plans for action and collaboration on the global and local levels
  • Challenging environment in which students not only develop strategies but defend their ideas and approaches

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2011 world affairs seminar
2011 World Affairs Seminar
  • Theme: Sustainable Development
  • Dates: June 18 – 24, 2011
  • Location: Carroll University

Waukesha, WI

2011 theme sustainable development
2011 Theme: Sustainable Development
  • By the end of 2011 the world’s population is expected to exceed 7 billion people.
  • For the first time in history more people live in cities than in rural areas.
  • Intelligent and insightful management of future growth is critical, not only to our quality of life, but to the very survival of mankind
  • Key features of the 2011 World Affairs Seminar: Explore cutting – edge topics in the areas of Explore cutting – edge topics in the areas of emerging economic and technological development in sustainable systems, global security and human rights, conservation efforts and service learning projects.
  • Hear about current trends and discuss their importance.
  • Learn which institutions are engaged in the conversation on global sustainable development.
  • Listen to what the experts have to say; collaborate with your peers.
  • Gain skills in media relations and blogging so you can share information.
  • Develop your own conclusions at the World Affairs Seminar
participant selection
Participant Selection
  • Selected by schools, sponsoring Service Clubs and Community Groups, or may apply individually
  • Typically in the top third of their class
  • A mix of domestic and international
  • Must have completed sophomore year
how students can attend was
How students can attend WAS
  • Attend at their own expense with written approval of a high school official
  • Apply through the high school guidance counselor (scholarships may be available)
  • Apply through local area service clubs such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimists, etc. (scholarships may be available)
seminar setting
Seminar Setting
  • Six nights lodging in a double occupancy campus residence hall
  • All meals are included from Saturday dinner through Friday breakfast.
  • Instructional expenses (speakers’ fee/materials)
  • Admission to all activities
  • Scheduled recreational activities/equipment use
  • Computer lab access at designated times
  • Packet with seminar materials
  • 24-hour staff counselors in the residence halls
  • 24-hour nursing staff
  • Insurance for Seminar related injuries only
  • Dance on Thursday evening
  • Snacks and refreshments are served at the Farewell Dance.

NOT INCLUDED: transportation and items of personal nature

2011 seminar fees
2011 Seminar Fees
  • Domestic Fee: (US and Canada) $600.00.
  • International Fee: (All international students, including those in US/Canada attending high school on Exchange Programs.) $500. per student.
  • Early Bird Fees: Deduct 5% from Student Fee if completed applications forms and payment are received on or before February 28, 2011.
  • Group Rates: Four or more students from one school or who are sponsored by 1 organization qualify for the multiple student discount of 10%.
  • Late Registration: Registrations received after May 15th subject to a 5% late fee.
contact the world affairs seminar
Contact the World Affairs Seminar







thank you

for your support of great

student participants….

The Seminar could not exist

without your continuing help

Please visit us in 2011 as our VIP Guest

Meal and Audit Fees Available Upon Request