Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations

13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634

Nov. 11, 2002                                                         
Reference: 02/03: 36                                                         
Contact:  Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216

Media Advisory

Not a Public Event


Student Negotiators to Meet on Whittier College Campus 

WHAT:                        The International Negotiation Project (INP) 

WHEN:                        Beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 

WHERE:                      The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts

                             13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier

                             (Northeast corner of Painter Ave. and Philadelphia St.) 

ADD:                           Nearly 100 high-school students from Southern California will meet
for the first time on Saturday to continue in person discussions
they began online five weeks ago as part of the INP.  Started by
Joyce Kaufman, professor of political science and director of the
Whittier Scholars Program, the INP has students negotiating global
issues, with each school representing the position of a different
country.  At least 10 different countries will be represented.


                             Schools participating in the program are Long Beach Millikan;
Cornelia Connelly, Anaheim; Harvard-Westlake; Venice High; the
Webb School, Claremont; Banning High, Wilmington; and Cate High,
Whittier students taking Kaufman’s American Policy
course will be representing the


                             Following a plenary session at 9 a.m., the negotiators will retreat
to classrooms in the science building to continue their negotiation
of such issues as international trade and economics; the definition
of terrorism, the rights of children internationally, genetically
modified foods, and immigration and migration.   Some issues may
be resolved, but that might not necessarily happen, said Kaufman.


                             “We want students to get used to the idea that they are looking
at events as a snapshot,” she said, “and that in the ‘real world’
the negotiation process would continue—and even then, there is
no guarantee that agreement will be reached.” 

INFORMATION:         Contact Joyce Kaufman, 562-907-4808, or via e-mail at

jkaufman@whittier.edu.  For directions or a map to the college,
please contact Judy Browning at 562-907-4216, or by e-mail at jbrowning@whittier.edu.

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