Duke University Model United Nations Conference (DUMUNC) Recap

by KFC on February 23, 2011

This past weekend, the Duke University International Relations Association (DIRA) put together its 30th annual high school model United Nations conference, DUMUNC XXX.

Duke University Model United Nations Conference

With registration getting capped for the first time ever, the small conference from the south boasts one of the most prestigious and competitive conferences in the region. Schools from California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, and even Venezuela came to experience the engaging and stimulating committees, the beauty of Duke’s campus, and good old southern hospitality that has become synonymous with DUMUNC over the years.

Delegates participating at DUMUNC

DUMUNC featured a variety of specialized committees, from the Joint Crisis Council exploring the Napoleonic wars to an exercise in an alternate history of Turkey’s 1920s revolution. Delegates were challenged to think critically about the circumstances surrounding these events while still showing off their skills in debate and rhetoric.

Delegates listening to the guest speaker

Among other highlights were the much-acclaimed guest speakers in committee, such as Dr. Scott Silliman, who spoke about counter-terrorism strategies, as well as the delicious Southern luncheon banquet—an adviser and delegate favorite!

Langley High School (Virginia) dominated committees across the board and took home Best Delegation. Santa Margarita Catholic High School (California) won Outstanding Delegation. The Illinois Math and Science Academy, Colegio Moral y Luces, and the North Carolina School for Science and Math also had strong showings. DUMUNC continues to improve annually in both quality and competitiveness.




Best Delegate congratulates all the delegates and staff of DUMUNC XXX! Special thanks to DUMUNC staffer Santosh Shanmuga for providing the recap.

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