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Global Action Club Hosts Successful Guest Speaker Series

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By Will Foster ’20

Last week, four prestigious guest speakers attended Payton as part of Global Action Club’s Guest Speaker Series for International Week.

I was one of the moderators for the events, which took place each day during enrichment.

“It was an honor to welcome these renowned speakers to our school,” said Taylor Kass ‘18, president of Global Action Club and a fellow moderator for the series, which was organized by club members and faculty sponsor Ms. Kathleen Gallegos. “Payton, a school destined to produce some of our future global leaders, should engage our students with leaders who have produced the policies we see today.”

Tuesday’s guest was Tom Ginsburg, a law professor at the University of Chicago. Ginsburg spoke about his work on the Comparative Constitutions Project, which seeks to compile data on every written constitution ever created in order to inform modern constitutional drafting. He noted how modern constitutions are created in a much different manner than the United States’ was. Rather than being created only by a group of national leaders, they are often created in large part by various international organizations such as the United Nations, which seek to add principles about human rights, for example. Another key difference he noted between constitutions in America and in much of the rest of the world is longevity. America’s Constitution has survived for more than 200 years, but many countries have been through several in a shorter time.

On Wednesday, Payton welcomed Michael Tiboris, a Global Water Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Tiboris spoke about the how global warming could impact the world’s water supply, among other topics.

Thursday’s guest was Richard Longworth, a senior fellow at the Council and a former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent. He spoke about the importance of watchdog journalism, and being appropriately skeptical about news you read, as well as his broad experiences throughout his career, having reported from 80 countries on five continents.

On Friday, students heard from Ivo Daalder, president of the Council and former U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO under the Obama administration. Daalder spoke about his work in helping to get support for the 2011 NATO military intervention in Libya. He also spoke about President Trump’s calls for NATO allies to spend more on defense, voicing his support for the message but arguing that strong NATO partnerships help U.S. interests enormously and should be respected.

Featured photo on home page (Longworth) by Ms. Kathleen Gallegos; photo above (Daalder) by Scarlett O’Hara

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