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WHAT: New Jersey Governor’s School of International Studies at Ramapo College July 4 through July 31

EVENTS AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

Monday, July 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friends Hall
A global simulation presented by o.s. Earth, Inc. The Global Simulation Workshop is an innovative 3-hour program that lets students become world leaders responsible for running the world for 30 years. Divided into teams, players represent geopolitical regions (for example, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, South Asia); multinational conglomerates of corporations; and global organizations dedicated to special issues (such as health, human rights, environment). Teams trade resources both concrete and abstract: wealth, technology, solutions, infrastructure, natural resources and more. In the process, the workshop builds leadership and teamwork skills and inspires students to explore the political, economic and social challenges facing the world today.

Tuesday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Trustees Pavilion
Keynote presentation given by Ahmad Kamal, a former ambassador of Pakistan. His topic, An Ambassador’s View of the Current World Situation,” focuses on Iraq.

Wednesday, July 14; Friday, July 16; Tuesday, July 20; Wednesday, July 21; Tuesday, July 27; and Wednesday, July 28: 1:30 – 6 p.m.
Iraq: A Work in Progress”
The course, taught by Dr. Sam Mustafa, an assistant professor of history at Ramapo College who is of Iraqi descent, will deal with Iraq as a case study of Middle-Eastern history. Students will learn about British colonialism, Arab Nationalism, the different religious and ethnic groups that have a stake in Iraq, the role of the Arab-Israeli conflicts and the regime of Saddam Hussein. The final class activity will involve students divided into groups representing the different constituencies of Iraq as they try to draft a constitution for the new country. Note that the course is taught in consecutive sessions between 1:30 and 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Trustees Pavilion
Assemblyman David Russo will give a presentation.

Saturday, July 17, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Trustees Pavilion
Congressman Donald Payne will speak on the topic of Haiti and the importance of the United Nations.

Monday, July 19, 7 p.m., Trustees Pavilion
Award-winning photographer Adam Nadel, who is associated with Polaris Images, exhibits and discusses his work. His subjects have included the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan and genocide in Rwanda.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, July 20, 22 and 23; Tuesday, July 27, 7 – 9 p.m., Trustees Pavilion
On these days students will participate in International Communication Negotiation Simulator (ICONS) conferences. Teams representing 10 countries simulate negotiations on crucial issues such as human rights (international criminal court), public health (the resurgence of polio in some countries), the environment (global warming) and international trade (globalization). Each country’s press secretary will hold a briefing following the negotiations.

The Governor’s School of International Studies is a four-week residential program for talented rising high school seniors that offers scholars a unique mix of experiential learning, classroom discussions and presentations, and technology-savvy skills workshops in environmentalism and media literacy. The program includes a one-week stay in Quebec City, Canada, enabling scholars to be directly immersed in the historical, cultural, political and religious reality of another culture. On-campus daily activities include morning sessions on topics such as international business and finance, diplomacy and negotiation, public health, human rights and the environment. Afternoons and evenings feature field trips, multicultural events and panel discussions.

Contacts: For more information on the Governor’s School or to attend any of the events, contact Bonnie Franklin, assistant vice president for communications and public affairs, 201.684.6844 or Susan Rachouh, director, Governor’s School of International Studies, 201.684.7533. Please note the office will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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