DuPage Students Get in Touch with World at Seminar
Ten lucky students from DuPage County met with more than 1,200 students representing 58 countries across the globe for the 24th World Affairs Seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
This specially selected academic community gathered from June 11-16 with the singular goal of transcending political and cultural boundaries to discuss international issues with students from all over the world.
Several students from Elmhurst schools were offered this once- in-a-lifetime opportunity by the Elmhurst Rotary Club, which sponsored the 10 participants.
"It was amazing," said Matthew Richards, a senior at York High School in Elmhurst. "I have never been in a situation with so many people from different places. I think it helped me to become less ignorant about different cultures and the stereotypes associated with them."
In addition to students from other countries, there were many exchange students who were able to share their views while comparing America to their own countries.
The seminar focused on the discussion of the many positive and negative aspects of globalization, or the creation of a global village. Important issues such as depleting natural resources and human rights also were discussed as the additional effects of globalization.
"The seminar made me think about global issues that I normally would not think about," said Diana Lebiecki of Wood Dale, a senior at Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst. "It also made me realize how these global issues affect individuals like me."
Each day, several well-known speakers would talk about a different global issue and its ramifications. One of these speakers was Ralph Nader, candidate for the 2000 presidential election.
"I was really inspired by speakers such as Ralph Nader, who is rarely appreciated for all that he does. …