Wilmington College Students to Address United Nations Issues

The best way to learn is to teach

April 6, 2006

Wilmington College students will discuss a host of United Nations-related issues from human rights in China to nuclear weapons in Iran and millennium development goals at a series of public forums.

Ten students taking an upper level political studies course on the United Nations, instructed by Michael Snarr, associate professor of social and political studies, traveled with him to New York City over WC’s recent spring break.

There they toured the United Nations and met with UN officials, human rights groups, global policy advisers and representatives from the Israeli Office of the Consulate General, among others.

The six-part UN series will be held at either the Wilmington Public Library or Wilmington College’s Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center. The initial program, April 10, will feature Leslie Frake, who will address the problem of refugees, and Melissa Clark, who will speak on millennium development goals at 7:30 p.m. in the Quaker Heritage Center.

On April 18, Geoff Kerckaert and Chris Lamb will speak on Iran and the nuclear issue, while, on April 25, Svetlana Kazakova-Kincaid will address the situation in Sudan. Both programs will begin at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Public Library.

On April 26, Bri Rogers and Carolyn Shinsato will discuss United Nations reform at 7:30 p.m. at the Quaker Heritage Center. Then, on May 2, Joe Lehnert will speak on human rights in China while Lindsey Williams will address human rights initiatives at the United Nations at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilmington Public Library.

The final program will be May 3 when Myriam Benalcazar looks at the issues of terrorism and security at 7:30 p.m. at the Quaker Heritage Center.

Snarr said the course with its travel component is designed to accommodate “active learning and unconventional service learning.” Indeed, the students were required to learn about their topics in a way that facilitates their teaching it.

“The best way to learn is to teach,” Snarr said. “I was really impressed with our students — they were on top of things in New York. In fact, they were complimented by those they met for their previous knowledge and intelligent questions.”