April 26, 2016
Communications and Marketing
For students interested in global affairs, there's no better field trip than to the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Manhattan, N.Y. For six Saint Anselm students in the International Relations Club, touring the UN's General Assembly room and Security Council chamber was a unique and exciting opportunity.
"It was great to bring students to the UN and experience it through their eyes," said international relations professor and club advisor Erik Cleven. "It is a very historical site and having them see it in person helps activate their knowledge about international affairs."
The club traveled to New York on Thursday, April 7. While there, they toured the impressive arrangement of buildings that make up the United Nations Headquarters, including the the 39-story tower that houses the Secretariat, a private library for research, and diplomatic function rooms.
Sophomore politics major Andrew Shue especially enjoyed the General Assembly room and the Security Council chamber, which are prominently featured in many movies and popular culture references.
Shue learned about aspects of the UN that he had not previously known, such as the fact that it is international territory and has its own security force and fire department.
"I also didn't know that the general public is no longer allowed to sit and view UN proceedings since the 1993 terrorist attack against the Twin Towers. You can now only view proceedings online for the organization to remain transparent," Shue said.
While in New York City, the group also visited visited the 9/11 memorial and downtown Manhattan.
As the club's executive secretary, Shue noted that the amount of participation on the trip was impressive considering that they are in the process of revival of interest in it's mission and activities. "The trip provided a fun opportunity to strengthen the group and for the members to become better connected with each other," he said.
As the club continues to grow, Professor Cleven hopes that it can make the trip again next year; however, he is also hoping to visit more sites, and enable students to attend a Model UN Conference.
Affiliated with the politics department, the International Relations Club was founded with the purpose of showing students other cultural realities than the ones to which they might be accustomed. The club hopes to foster greater interest and awareness of international affairs and issues, as well as to broaden students' geographic horizons.
Story by Rosemary Lausier '16