Kyrenia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

September 2016

Exploration and Momentum.
It is always great fun and surreal to reflect over the year that has flown by us; and imagine what lies ahead in the new year that is only beginning.  At times it is hard to believe that LCM held a field study in Cuba, first in April of 2015, and then in November 2015.  A total of 50 high school delegates from LCM have now studied Cuba, in Cuba.  The Cuban field study was a study of Cuba itself by going out in the field and conducting fieldwork.  Delegates met with journalists, economists, doctors, nurses, journalists, reporters, and on the second trip the US Embassy and its diplomatic personnel, including the interim ambassador from the United States to Cuba, Jeffrey DeLaurentis.  In between the two Cuba field studies, in August of 2015, LCM traveled with 26 delegates on a field study examining the Rights of Migrants.  The delegation began with an in-depth exploration of the on the ground situation in Sicily beginning at the Port of Trapani, and concluding at the Port of Augusta. Finally delegates traveled to Cyprus in order to understand the exact same problem (almost) albeit many years ago.  Meeting with the peace keepers as they were on duty is something that was firmly imprinted upon many delegates.  Hours and hours of discussion and writing ensued. 

A new chapter on precise methods of documentation and interviewing methods was defined while working with the LCM high school delegates on the field study across Canada, understanding the First Nations peoples, their history, the current situation, and what lies ahead. From the cosmopolitan city of stunning Vancouver, we ventured into Saskatoon, and then up to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories where the sky is vast and several enjoyed glimpses of the Aurora Borealis.  The field study concluded in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories.  We thank the numerous chiefs, council members, youth leaders, diplomatic personnel, lawyers, historians and all the wonderful First Nations people we encountered and befriended and shared their life story with our delegates.  LCM delegates will present their findings at the open house later this fall of 2016.

We hold deep gratitude to all those who worked on the internal debate conferences; LCM would not be able to host 4 conferences per year if it were not for the incredible momentum delegates put forth and take part in.   A extraordinarily fun project has been the day-long debates held exclusively for our middle school delegates, and led by our high school delegates; many whom have an interest in teaching, psychology or education policy.

Culture and Gender Studies
In the fall of 2014, the League hosted the 2nd annual STEM Women in Tech talks, where league delegates met young female leaders from around the world, and engaged in lengthy academic deliberation and discussion.  This past January, the League hosted Judge Mohammed About Zaid, president of the Saida Islamic Sunni Court, speaking on the judicial system in Lebanon as well as Islamic law.  Most recently in early April 2015, a League delegation traveled to Cuba as part of the International LCM field study program.  Delegates in Cuba met with economists, journalist, doctors, nurses, teachers, farmers, ambassadors, and diplomats.  The interactive discussions shared by Cubans shed glimmers of light on what life is like in Cuba.  As part of the Cuba field study each delegate was working on a particular area of research.  As such, the delegation held meetings at a local food dispensary, a maternity ward, an elementary school, and a middle school.  This upcoming summer of 2015, delegates will travel to Cyprus, Malta and Lampedusa.  Delegates will study the Conflict in Cyprus, and the Question of Migrants in Malta, and Lampedusa.  

LCM 2014-15 (Academic Year)
Regular year-round league classes continued as usual throughout the year.  The launching of the League Emissary, and League Monitor proved to be a wonderful space that allows all delegates to share ideas, and gather research as one League.  Given our long-lasting Iranian Negotiations delegates were well-versed for the variety of Parliament, Congress, and Senate style debates that would ensue.  From the Middle East Peace Process, to the Cyprus Negotiation Talks, the British House of Commons, or the Bioethics Council; the negotiation curriculum would be put to the test.  

A bittersweet moment were the debates at Georgetown, where LCM alum Andrew Lyu, a junior at the School of Foreign Service, held the top seat as Secretary General of NAIMUN 2015.  League alum Elliot Owen (now at MIT) came back to teach some of his dynamic improvisation classes in a few of the middle school delegations.  As usual, we kindly thank Martin Hellman for his continued dedication to international affairs overall, and for his generosity in sharing his wisdom in select LCM classes.   Likewise, our year-round TA's remain steadfast and dedicated, and add a distinct life and color to the weekly year-round classes.  It is the cumulative and collaborative effort of all delegates, parents, fellows, alums, and TA's, that continue to propel and craft the League into new and ever-evolving dimensions.

Human Potential
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 through examining comparative systems of justice, diplomacy, humanities, geopolitics, philosophy, and respective context in history. 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 in this particular learning environment that League delegates navigate through to propel forward, and evolve as humans for common good.

And it is on this note that the League officially bids farewell to our graduating seniors.  The majority of our seniors have spent seven consecutive years in the League, and as such have been instrumental in the shape and direction of this young organization.  

Thank you to the League Community for caring as much as you do!  


The League Directors

Catarina Williams     &   Simon Olavarria 
Executive Director         Educational Director 

The delegates pictured in the videos on this website are internal LCM year-round delegates, the majority of which have 3 to 7 years of consecutive year-round experience in the League.  The featured delegates all began without any experience, and gained knowledge and experience throughout the years in LCM.

The League is currently accepting applications for the League year-round program 2016 - 2017. Please email to request an application packet and to learn more about the program offerings.  The League is currently enrolling campers for Summer 2016.

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