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WASHINGTON — Former journalist and human rights activist Wendy Luers will join students from the Shepaug Valley School’s Humanities Department at the 18th annual Shepaug Global Affairs Forum from 2-4 p.m. March, at Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens at Washington Depot.

The Shepaug Global Affairs Forum is an annual public event that highlights and celebrates student interest in international affairs, according to a statement. Each year, an accomplished expert in international relations is the keynote speaker. The speaker engages with student panelists and community members in lively discussion and sometimes debate about the most pressing issues shaping the world today.


Luers, founder and president of the Foundation for a Civil Society in New York, a cultural, democratization and nonprofit organization, will present the keynote address and share stories and strategies for effective leadership in the complicated world of international relationships.

“She will also inspire Shepaug students to be leaders in current and emerging issues. The students will deliver prepared remarks on leadership after his keynote address,” the statement said.

“Ms. Luers brings a perspective informed by her experience working with human rights organizations and her later understanding of the role of diplomacy as the wife of William Luers, Ambassador to Caracas and then to Prague,” “The depth of knowledge and context Ms. Luers brings to this event is exceptional, and we are grateful for her commitment to working with our students,” said Chris Dennis, of the Shepaug Valley School’s Humanities Department.

Students participating in the panel include Elena Gill, Sophie Glickman, Lydia Kennedy, Wyatt King, Sofia Missana, junior Abigail Creech and rookie Ethan Cacace. Many of the student panel members have recently participated in Model UN at Harvard. King and Glickman are also co-captains of Shepaug’s debate team.

Students will prepare and deliver position papers on global topics, including dissident leaders in Belarus, unsung heroes of environmental initiatives, and other issues that will require youth leadership in the years to come. While working with students on this event, Luers references a quote from Vaclav Havel “Work for something because it’s good, not just because it has a chance of succeeding.”

Event sponsors include the Shepaug Student Project Foundation, Shepaug Valley School PTO, Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, and the United Nations Association of Connecticut.

This is a free event and open to the public. Customers are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early to secure a spot. A meeting with the panelists will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served. For the safety of all involved, masks may be required.

For more information, contact Chris Dennis at [email protected]

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