Collegiate Students Attend Local Globally-Themed Lectures

As part of their continuing global education, Collegiate School students have been out in the Richmond community listening attentively to lectures with international themes.
In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Richmond, Collegiate students in the Global Issues Senior Seminar, along with their teacher Rhiannon Boyd, and Assistant Head of School J.P. Watson, attended a forum last evening on Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy at The Jefferson Hotel.

Dr. Allen Lynch, a professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he teaches international relations and Russian studies, spoke to the audience.

The event was one of several that students have attended throughout the year. Others have included a lecture on U.S. relations in the Middle East by Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and 21st century energy policy with William L. Murray, Senior Public Policy and Electric Policy Director for Dominion.

“The Richmond World Affairs Council reflects our values as a School so beautifully,” Mrs. Boyd said. “It's an atmosphere that embodies lifelong learning, where students sit alongside interested citizens of all ages, to hear from some of the most well-respected leaders and researchers on global policy issues. Students are challenged with extremely rich academic content all in the spirit of continued growth and understanding.”

And over the past weekend, Collegiate 8th Grade students, who participate in the Model UN program, and Middle School Latin teacher and Model UN advisor Amy Leibowitz, attended the Richmond Forum featuring former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and journalist Robin Wright, who discussed the current situation in the Middle East.

“When Collegiate students join their peers to meet world leaders at the Richmond Forum, they experience global education firsthand,” Mrs. Leibowitz said.

Ninth Grader Deven Pandya attended the event and enjoyed the chance to hear from the panel.

“Their knowledgeable input on some of the most pressing issues of the century was thought-provoking,” he said. “As students, we now have the opportunity to harness some of the most influential information of our time in order to create a better future.”
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