ROCK HILL, S.C. - As part of the 29th Model United Nations, Winthrop will welcome Edward Brynn, chair of Charlotte’s World Affairs Council and the teaching professor of history at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, as the conference’s keynote speaker.
Brynn will deliver his speech at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in Tillman Auditorium. He also will host a roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, in 206-A Tillman. The conference ends on April 1 with an awards ceremony for the hundreds of high school students who will attend from the Carolinas.
Brynn is a native of Pittsburg, Pa., and earned his B.S. in foreign service at Georgetown University in 1964. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in British history at Stanford University. Brynn also received two additional degrees, earning his Master of Letters and Ph.D. in Irish politics at Trinity College Dublin.
A former officer and teacher at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Brynn entered the Foreign Service in 1972. He served in Sri Lanka and Mali, Mauritania, the Gambia, the Comoros Islands, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Ghana. Brynn was chief of mission in the Gambia and the Comoros Islands, plus ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ghana.
His service career included stints as a senate foreign policy advisor and international affairs advisor at the National War College. In 1994, Brynn was awarded the Walter J. Stoessel Award for Distinguished Diplomatic Service. Currently, he teaches history at UNC at Charlotte.
International diplomats attend Winthrop’s Model U.N. each year, speaking on important international issues.
Formed in the 1970s, Winthrop hosted its first Model U.N. conference in 1977. The program combines participation of high school students and Winthrop students who act as delegate chairs and enroll in PLSC 260, Winthrop’s course on the United Nations. The high schools are assigned a country and come to the conference ready to represent one of more than 60 nations.
This year's Secretariat officers are: Janelle R. Root, conference coordinator; Renee C. Capstraw, assistant student coordinator; and Joseph W. Hall, secretary general.