2012-13: Triumph, strength and harmony.
A reflection over the 2013 academic year brings with it a plethora of memories and milestones for the League. Towards the end of 2012, the League held the inaugural LCM High School conference. In January 2013, following the successful launch of the inaugural conference, a pilot field study (taking place in Washington D.C.) was born. Delegates attended a variety of policy discussions at the State Department and key meetings at the United States Department of Justice. Following the study, delegates attended their first college debate simulation at George Washington University. This initial foray into college-level deliberation proved worthwhile and led LCM to the UN Offices in Vienna in August 2013. In Vienna, delegates and fellows attended an international college debate. In both instances League delegates excelled in an accelerated academic environment, and found the debates to have purposeful and collaborative results. In addition to the inaugural conference and the official launch of the LCM field study program, throughout the 2012-13 academic year League delegations attended 12 national debate conferences and two international debates (Vancouver and Vienna).
The dynamic pace of the League 2013 summer program held at Stanford University was both invigorating and refreshing. It was a particular joy to interact and hold dialogue with many of the youngest and brightest minds from over 82 Bay Area schools, 26 national schools, and 10 international schools. It was with the inspiration from our summer camp 2013 students and fellows, that the League proceeded forward with renewed energy to the Balkan States Field Study.
Balkans Field Study: Comparative Law Systems (Summer 2013)
As the League summer course at Stanford began to wind down, the League Premier Delegation was preparing to travel to the Balkans. The field work was completed in Belgrade, Serbia; Pristina, Kosovo; and Sarajevo, Bosnia. The Balkans field study marked the official launching of the LCM International Field Study Program. Member delegates of the study observed how a nation rebuilds the rule of law, while studying a post-war conflict and the societal issues that stem from war long after it has come to an end. It was impactful to stand in a place where acts of war transpired, and at the same time a feeling of disbelief and awe at the opportunity to observe first-hand the emergence of a new nation-state (Kosovo). This study is credited entirely to the US Department of Justice, for all the collaboration and guidance by DOJ experts, and to diplomatic personnel who spent their time graciously mentoring League delegates. It is noted that two field study pilots preceded the creation of this program and were instrumental in making this possible. Ancient Roman History in Rome, Italy (Spring 2012) and Cultural Anthropology in Istanbul & Central Turkey (Summer 2012). We stand in gratitude to all League delegates involved in the past three field studies for their purposeful exploration, focused determination, and exemplary findings and briefings.
Culture & Gender Studies
In the spring of 2013, LCM hosted Maasai Chief Salaton Ole Ntutu for an intimate classroom discussion on the Maasai culture, including the rights of women in particular. In late spring, LCM hosted the 2nd Annual Intra-League Middle School Conference at Stanford, providing an accelerated academic environment for middle school LCM debaters. In order to complement the current classroom curriculum, LCM hosted a private screening of Girl Rising at the middle school debate conference. Girl Rising caught the attention of the League long before its inception, as a League parent became a driving force behind the production and direction of the documentary. Thank you delegates for caring as much as you do!
And it is on this note that the League officially welcomes the newest incoming class of League delegates this current 2013-14 academic year, and holds dearly the experience and wisdom of our longstanding delegates. We bid farewell to our graduating seniors, the majority of whom have spent the last seven consecutive years in the League and have been instrumental in the shape and direction of this organization.
All humans today face unprecedented change in their future world. At LCM we believe that the changing landscape presents an opportunity to think about the creative human potential in a new and distinct way. It follows that we have been watching and listening to the input of our current League delegates, as they have created innovative opportunities and new ways of thinking for themselves. Delegates learn how to think and navigate systems of justice, diplomacy, humanities, geopolitics, conservation, and sustainability. Through this journey of social and intellectual growth taken by each delegate, an ethical, transformative, and socially nourishing environment continues to evolve. The foundational platform from which new endeavors and ideas become a reality begin with a delegate's motivation to care, empathize, and obtain results that go on to act as catalysts of social transformation. The path to reach our greatest human potential requires an environment where creativity, imagination, and a high work ethic coincide. It is this particular learning environment that League delegates navigate through and propel forward.
The League Directors
Catarina Williams & Simon Olavarria
Executive Director Educational Director
League Delegates at Governor Schwarzenegger's Climate Change Summit in Los Angeles, California.
The League is currently accepting applications for the League year-round program 2015 - 2016. Please email directors@Lcmmun.org to request an application packet and to learn more about the program offerings. The League is currently enrolling campers for Summer 2015.
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