The World Affairs Seminar
The seminar presents a current topic of international importance to some 100 to 150 high school students from Jefferson, Berkeley and Washington counties. Usually held at either the National Conservation Training Center or Shepherd University, the seminar consists of initial speaker presentations, followed by small group break-out sessions to encourage active debate and student participation. We emphasize, in these discussions, what importance actions and policies in distant locations have on their daily lives and what they can do to take action at home.
Recent topics have included: Alternative Energy (from the perspective of WV, USA, Germany and India); Global Climate Change; Islam and the modern world; China's Economic and Cultural Impacts; Democracy in South America, and immigration. We partner with the Martinsburg Rotary in implementing the World Affairs Seminar and have been fortunate in attracting speakers from a wide range of countries including Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, China, and India.