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    Postponed: Model UN to Hear Expert on African Conflict Resolution at Duquesne

    Presentations by a scholar whose expertise includes preventing and resolving conflict in Africa, has been postponed. He was schedule to give a public presentation and address nearly 400 students at this year's Model United Nations at Duquesne University.

    Dr. Abiodun Williams, the former director of strategic planning in the Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations, will present his public address, Conflict Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Second Decade of the Twenty-First Century on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in Pappert Hall in the Bayer Learning Center.

    In addition, Williams will speak to high school students on Jan. 28 at the Model United Nations, an annual two-day learning exercise in international relations hosted by Duquesne. Teams prepare for weeks beforehand to perform the role of diplomats representing assigned countries. The top three performers will receive scholarships to the University.

    Williams, who served Secretaries General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, is currently vice president at the Center for Conflict Management of the United States Institute of Peace, which is an independent, nonpartisan organization created and funded by Congress to prevent and resolve violent international conflicts.

    The former associate dean of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, Williams is a former member of the faculty of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

    Williams' presentation is sponsored by the Model United Nations at Duquesne, the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, and the Center for Social and Public Policy.

    Schools participating are:

    • Avonworth High School
    • Bishop McCourt High School
    • California Area High School
    • Fox Chapel Area High School
    • Franklin Regional High School
    • Hampton High School
    • Hempfield High School
    • Mount Lebanon High School
    • North Allegheny Senior High School
    • Pine Richland High School
    • Riverside High School
    • Seneca Valley High School
    • Sewickley Academy
    • South Fayette High School
    • South Park High School
    • South Side High School
    • Yough High School
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