Summer Symposium 2022

The Summer Symposium on Foreign Policy
July 31-August 11

The Osgood Center’s Summer Symposium offers an in-depth, interactive analysis of the evolution of US foreign policy, international economics, and current issues in international affairs. Participants will gain a better understanding of international affairs and how to forge a career path in this field. This Symposium will focus in 2022 on the twin challenges of war in Ukraine and the potential for conflict in Asia.

The forty-second annual Symposium will be hybrid in 2022. In-person, participants will be in Washington, D.C. at the Elliott School of International Affairs and online participants can watch and interact over Zoom. Participants will meet analysts from think tanks, international institutions, and government agencies located in Washington, D.C., and New York.  Among them will be the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Hudson Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International scholars, the Department of State, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and more.

Participants will also interact with admissions officials, former students, and professors from programs at George Washington’s Elliott School, Georgetown’s Walsh School, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the American University School of International Service.

Osgood expects attendees from around the globe in 2022, including the U.S., China, Germany, Jordan, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Canada. The cost per participant in a non-partner institution is $500 and $75o in-person. Admission is on a rolling basis, but each participant is asked to complete the Registration Form and pay in advance. (Venmo @Shelton-Williams-12 or PayPal  swilliams.ogoodcenter.org). The daily schedule will be available in July, but see 2021’s daily schedule as an example.

International Economics Forum

June 2022

The global economy has been rocked the past few years by a pandemic and  by war and rumors of war in Europe and Asia. Big Power competition is  suddenly the focus of international relations and this competition has shaken the post World War II system, including the Bretton Woods institutions set up to avoid beggar thy neighbor policies and economic illiberalism.

The Forum will address these issues in global trade, world finance, energy politics and the use of economic sanctions to accomplish political goals. Four experts will address these topics on consecutive Mondays in June from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m, over Zoom.  The price per participant for non-partner institutions is $500. Contact us for payment options and the Zoom information at swilliams@osgoodcenter.org.

2022 Leadership Program, January 10-20

Change and Continuity in American Leadership
Two Weeks: Jan. 10-20, 2022

January Leadership ProgramA new era in American politics and international relations is presenting the U.S. with profound challenges to established approaches to education, business, journalism, politics, diplomacy, and even science. This program brings together leading journalists, analysts, diplomats, professionals, and educators to examine the significance of the times and to explore what is new, what is ephemeral, and what is lasting. Informed speakers, visits to Washington institutions, and diverse student participation will make this a unique experiential learning opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in an academic seminar that past participants have said has transformed their views of our nation’s most important issues, inspired them to follow in the footsteps of leaders they admire, and dedicate themselves to an action-oriented future in society. The diverse program appeals to students in all major fields and all college levels from freshmen to recent graduates, including honors students.

WHY THIS OSGOOD CENTER PROGRAM?

The Osgood Center consults with faculty in order to cover preferred topics and to help arrange site visits. Whether this involves an emphasis on politics, domestic policy, foreign policy, the role of the media and interest groups, various public policy issues, or even the arts and humanities or sciences, we often can arrange appropriate activities to suit your preferences. We keep the size of the program reasonable, so most students are able to ask their questions and interact with the speakers. Staff are easily accessible, and students are able to interact more with those from other institutions.

Past site visits have included the Capitol Hill Visitors Center, the Library of Congress, visits with alumni in their places of work, Smithsonian museums, the Supreme Court, the White House, and embassies. Also, some groups have undertaken community service activities during the program.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

We begin the program with a Sunday evening orientation, a Monday morning icebreaker, and a keynote speaker. Then we visit the major D.C. sights on the National Mall and a reception with a speaker usually during week two. We will generally provide two speaker sessions in the morning and allow the faculty time to arrange site visits in the afternoon on their own or with our assistance. Time will be available for small group meetings for discussion and reflection. Special site visits in lieu of some of the morning presentations will likely be arranged to visit locations that the public often cannot arrange on their own.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

To accommodate various types of academic calendars, we are offering a two-week program ideal for Jan Term (though there is also an option to do only one of the weeks). Also, accommodations are often available before and after the program for institutions seeking to arrange their own additional instructional time. We also offer a one-week virtual program on Zoom (January 17-21) focusing on international issues: China, Climate Change, and Supply Chain politics. All sessions are recorded and available to view afterward.

The daily schedule will be available in November but expect leaders in politics, journalism, education, and gender equity. As always, we will have former White House Fellow, Congresspersons, and diplomats.

Two-week program
Jan. 10-20, 2022
Program Cost: $500 ($300 for one week)

Housing for this program is available at 2500 Penn for affordable rates for 1-3 persons per night, continental breakfast included. See: https://www.2500penn.com/

There is no program charge for the faculty, but they are responsible for the cost of their housing. Food, transportation, and other personal expenses are also not included for students or faculty.

DEADLINES & PAYMENTS

Reservations (via email) from institutions will be accepted until spaces are filled. The deadline for applications is December 10, 2021 but registrations may still be accepted if space is available. Housing costs may increase after our room block expires in November, so we encourage early applications and early invoicing.

Payment in full is required by December 13, 2021, unless other arrangements are made. Housing payment may be required at an earlier time to guarantee rates. Requests (in writing via email) for a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee are possible until December 13, 2021. No refunds are available for any reason after that date. To avoid disappointment due to illness, inclement weather, change of plans, etc., we encourage participants to consider travel insurance. Substitutions from the same school may be allowed after Dec. 13, if feasible.

THE OSGOOD CENTER DIFFERENCE

Dr. Shelton Williams of the Osgood Center has been leading academic seminar programs since the 1980s. Thus, Osgood’s contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program and help ensure that Washington’s resources become fully accessible to those with diverse interests.

ABOUT THE OSGOOD CENTER

The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term experiential learning programs for college students in the U.S. and around the globe.

At the Osgood Center, our mission is to advance understanding of public affairs and contemporary international and domestic issues. We positively affect the lives of our participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize short-term active engagement and experiential learning programs such as academic seminars and internships. Our vision is a generation of young people who strive to understand public policy issues and work to find creative solutions to global problems.

We are known for the personal attention we provide our program participants and for the customized instructional model that we utilize to help them achieve their academic and career goals. We welcome college students and recent graduates in all major fields.

For more information and to make reservations, contact us at:

Shelton L. Williams, Ph.D.
President

The Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Phone: 301-704-5538

Virtual US-China Symposium

July 5-15, 2021

The U.S.-China relationship is the most important bilateral connection in the world, and what happens in it has global consequences. The Biden Administration has said, in the words of Secretary of State Blinken, that the U.S relations with China will be “competitive where it should be, collaborative where in can be, and adversarial where it must be.” The U.S.-China Symposium will explore this dynamic and give voice to the many points of view within the U.S. and China about the intense competition expected and whether it will be creative or destructive. Former diplomats, think tank and academic experts, economists, businesspersons, and journalists from both nations will interact with participants from around the globe in this virtual conference. Special to this event will be perspectives of other nations in Asia: Japan, the Philippines, Korea, and India. The daily schedule will be final in June, but expect well respected analysts from Brookings, CSIS, the East-West Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and journalists from CNN, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg. Chinese representatives from businesses, media and academic circles will also attend.

Admission is on a rolling basis. The cost is $500 for participants from non-partner institutions, and payment is due upon registration through Venmo (@Shelton-Williams-11) or PayPal (swilliams@osgoodcenter.org). Email this application form to swilliams@osgoodcenter.org.

Summer Symposium 2021

The Summer Symposium on Foreign Policy

August 9-19, 2021

The Osgood Center’s Summer Symposium offers an in-depth, interactive analysis of the evolution of US foreign policy, international economics, and current issues in international affairs. Participants will gain a better understanding of international affairs and how to forge a career path in this field. This Symposium’s focus in 2021 is the Biden Administration’s first year

The forty-first annual Symposium will be virtual in 2021. Participants will meet analysts from think tanks, international institutions, and government agencies located in Washington, D.C. Among them will be the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Hudson Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International scholars, the Department of State, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and more.

Participants will also interact with admissions officials, former students, and professors from programs at George Washington’s Elliott School, Georgetown’s Walsh School, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the American University School of International Service.

Osgood expects attendees from around the globe in 2021, including the U.S., China, Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Ecuador, and Canada. The cost per participant in a non-partner institution is $500. Admission is on a rolling basis, but each participant is asked to complete the Registration Form and pay in advance. (Venmo @Shelton-Williams-12 or PayPal  swilliams.ogoodcenter.org). The daily schedule will be available in July, but see 2019’s daily schedule as an example.

Osgood Professional Development Progr@m

Join the Osgood Professional Development Progr@m

The Professional Development Program connects you with a distinguished expert in DC. Together you will design a research topic that benefits the mentor and strengthens your professional skills. In addition, you will attend a weekly seminar with your peers and Dr. Shelton Williams. This is a transformative 6 week experience with a flexible schedule and a tailored design. There are two six-week sessions. One begins June 1 and the other begins July 16, 2021. There is a rolling admission policy, but space is limited.

Model Security Council 2020

September 4-6, 2020

The Osgood Center is proud to invite participants to MODEL SECURITY COUNCIL 2020 which will be held virtually in ZOOM in SEPTEMBER 4-6, 2020. Model Security Council is all about getting you involved –advancing the work of this UN body, enriching your educational experiences, and improving your leadership skills. There are multiple opportunities for students like you to deepen their understanding to face global challenges in a space for diplomatic collaboration, critical thinking, professionalism, and virtual engagement.

Location

The program will take place in Zoom. Meeting IDs and other details will be shared soon. APPLY NOW!

If you would like to participate in Model Security Council 2020, please COMPLETE your registration form. We highly encourage you to apply early.

CONTACT swilliams@osgoodcenter.org for more details!

August 27, 2020 is the DEADLINE TO SUBMIT the Position Papers.

TOPIC: NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (NPT) REVISITED

March 5, 2020 was an important date for the global community: the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). A month before this relevant day, the Council President, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve affirmed:

“The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the historical achievements made under the NPT and underlined its essential role in the preservation of international peace, security and stability, as well as the ultimate objective of a world without nuclear weapons. In light of current international geopolitical challenges, they stressed the importance of upholding and strengthening the Treaty.”

Model Security Council 2020 will provide program participants a platform to learn more and to gain experience addressing the three pillars of the NPT: non-proliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The program also aims to encourage young professionals to explore and to spark an interest in them in non-proliferation issues. The purpose of the conference will be to revisit and revise the presidential statement of March 5th, 2020.

TexMUN – Houston 2020

February 7-9, 2020
University of Houston  |  Honors College

For more than 15 years, the Osgood Center has committed to training the next generation of global leaders. The Osgood Center believes in the power of education to provide future professionals the knowledge and practical experience to engage in global dialogue. Model United Nations is an academic simulation that offers ideal conditions for them to broaden their expertise and to learn tools for such engagement.

Texas Model United Nations

Whether you seek to strengthen your diplomatic skills, deepen your knowledge on global issues, or connect with other students in the fields of international affairs, foreign policy, and human rights, TEXMUN 2020 will provide you the opportunity to learn from other delegates while you discuss today’s most important global issues.

Texas Model United Nations Osgood Center programs have brought together students from all around the world in its Model United Nations and Model APEC which have inspired the creation of similar programs in various high schools and universities globally.

Texas Model United NationsNow, the Osgood Center is proud to invite participants to TEXAS MODEL UN 2020 (TEXMUN 2020) which will be held at the University of Houston from FEBRUARY 7-9, 2020.

The Osgood Center hosted its first Model UN conference in 2003 in Washington DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC (MUN-DC) each fall.

From 2015 to present, Osgood Center has staged Texas Model UN (TEXMUN) in various locations around the state.

Texas Model United Nations

Renewing its commitments, this year the Osgood Center proudly invites delegations to attend TEXMUN 2020 which will be held in the University of Houston, The Honors College, located at 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204 to participate in a world-class learning experience. When students like you attend TEXMUN, they all bring different perspectives and approaches to tackle globally relevant issues in an authentic space for diplomacy, critical thinking, and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Information and Materials

About the Conference

The Honors College - University of HoustonLocation

The Honors College is housed in the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library (building 509), room 212.

University of Houston - MapRegistration

If you would like to participate in TEXMUN 2020, please COMPLETE your registration and payment process by DECEMBER 31, 2019. While there may be space available in January 2020, we highly encourage you to apply early.

The deadline to submit the positions papers for TEXMUN 2020 is JANUARY 24TH, 2020 by 11:59 P.M. (Eastern time). Papers should be sent in PDF format to: rv2219@tc.columbia.edu.

Hotel Information

We encourage you to plan ahead to get a convenient, comfortable, and safe place to stay at while attending TEXMUN 2020. The first five listings are traditional hotels, located in the downtown and Greenway areas of town. We suggest you to check rates for quadruple rooms.

Airbnb is also an option. Nice rentals at affordable rates near the UH campus as well as midtown and Montrose neighborhoods.

Payment

World Scout Jamboree Model UN 2019

World Scount Jamboree MUNThe Osgood Center for International Studies firmly believes in the positive effects of Model United Nations simulations. For the last 15 years, the Osgood Center has trained students from all around the world in Model United Nations and Model Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, inspiring and encouraging the creation of Model United Nations programs in various high schools and universities globally. Now we are proud to assist the WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE in offering the WSJMUN2019 in July 23-25, 2019, in Bechtel, West Virginia.

At the Osgood Center for International Studies we believe that we live in a big, complex world of interconnected cultures, economies, ecosystems, and countries. The Osgood Center team believes that WSJMUN 2019 will give participants the tools to understand it.

“When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it” (Yo-Yo-Ma)

Models UN are characterized by a spirit of collaboration, an appreciation for interconnectedness, and a diplomatic perspective. Both the academic experience and the cross-cultural dialogue promoted in the conference committees help young people to develop informed perspectives on today’s global world, along with the critical thinking, leadership, communication, and collaboration skills to solve pressing problems and to promote authentic global citizenship. Global and cross-cultural learning goes on every day whenever delegates, student experts, and participants from various cultural backgrounds interact. Student delegates are encouraged to ponder:

How can I learn about the world?
How does what I know about key global issues and do about them make sense in the larger context of today’s world?

Under Dr. Shelton Williams’s leadership, the Osgood Center’s annual Model United Nations program, the International Model United Nations, was first held in 2003 in Washington, DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC (MUN-DC) each fall. From 2015 to present, Osgood Center has staged the Texas Model UN in various locations around the state. This is our first WSJ Model UN. If you would like to be part of the program as an attendee to the WSJMUN 2019, please APPLY:

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