An innovative new textbook
Engaging the UN is a bold combination of comic book, traditional textbook, applied exercises and instruction guides for advisors and teachers. Each chapter narrates, instructs & applies the concepts necessary to prepare a Model UN team for success.
ISBN Print: 978-0-9988518-0-8
ISBN Digital: 978-0-9988518-1-5
A Brief Description
Engaging the United Nations is an accessible introduction to the UN and a guide to prepare for a Model UN simulation. Each chapter is introduced by a comic that relates the parallel stories of two young women, one a refugee on the receiving end of international institutions, and the other a recent college graduate whose work shows the bureaucratic side of the UN. Each chapter has three sections: Content, which discusses theory, history, and facts like a standard textbook; Skills, which focuses on the essential skills of research, writing, effective communication, and diplomacy needed to excel as a delegate to a Model UN conference; and Exercises, which explores these skills in a classroom setting. The plight of refugees is central to the narrative of the comic portion of the text, and a portion of the proceeds of this book will be given to refugee assistance efforts.
" I just finished your book and really enjoyed it. From someone who supervised Model UN for nearly 10 years, I can say that your book is the most refreshing work I've encountered on the subject that's geared toward undergrad students. You write with stunning clarity, and the book is engaging, intellectually stimulating.
I especially like the chapter topics -- US-UN relations, chapters on negotiation, public speaking, writing, etiquette, etc. Also, you fold in important info nicely (the Charter, etc.), and, you provide good, manageable "snapshots" from history. Finally, the illustrations necessarily depict the diversity of our world community.
I can see how this book would be invaluable for preparing students for Model UN and maintaining the initiative."
Gregory Hall, Ph.D.
Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Relations
University of Kentucky