Hamilton’s Model United Nations team participated in the annual Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) conference from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18, in Boston. Over 300 schools, including more than 60 from abroad, competed along with Hamilton. The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was Swanee Hunt, the founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Hamilton student attendees were Richard Court ’19, Lindsey Foster ’20, Laura Hornby ’20, Soha Kawtharani ’21, AlMahdi Mahil ’20, Sam Ntim-Addae ’21, Liam Prum ’20, and Majestic Terhune ‘’21. Competing in both large assemblies and small committees, the students represented countries such as Antigua and Barbuda and Yemen and historical figures such as Sir Thomas Erpingham and Robert William Wilcox.
At the conference, students practiced debating, problem-solving, and team-building in an attempt to resolve crisis situations and world conflicts. They discussed the rights of linguistic minorities, sustainable agriculture, and the downfall of Richard II.
Hamilton College Model United Nations has previously attended conferences at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and Boston University and expects to attend a conference at both the University of Toronto and New York University.