Sen. Franken Coming to Edina Saturday for Model UN Conference

Sen. Al Franken will speak to about 200 Edina High students Saturday morning to kick off the school's Model United Nations conference.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Sen. Al Franken will be in Edina Saturday morning, talking to students about international relations and other global issues as part of Edina High School's inaugural Model United Nations Conference.

Franken is expected to speak around 9:15 a.m. in the school's Fick Auditorium. The event is not open to the public.

Also scheduled to speak is Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey.

The conference is the first single-day, student-run high school Model UN in Minnesota. Hundreds of Edina students have participated in Model UN conferences since the program debuted in the 2010-11 school year.
Mike B. January 10, 2014 at 01:27 PM
We can expect Senator Franken to attempt to indoctrinate Edina students with his left-wing propaganda promoting one-world government. That's what Obama has preached. Both Franken and Obama want the USA to be subservient to the United Nations. I would urge the school to dis-invite Franken to this event
Kit Olson January 11, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Senator Franken is likely one of several people the students reached out to, and he was both willing and able to accommodate the event with his schedule. As the article says, this is a "student-run high school Model UN event," the first all day event for our state and as an elected official from our state who is knowledgeable about international affairs, is an appropriate speaker for the students to have reached out to. Also, I know many of the students who are involved in the Model UN program at EHS. They are very bright cookies and critical thinkers. I have no doubt in their ability to analyse the accuracy and underlying messages they read and hear. After all, they have had a lot of practice watching the '12 election and our dysfunctional government for the past two years. Don't know the format for this event, but it would be fantastic if the students were able at some point in their season to have the opportunity to ask questions of our national leaders from the standpoint of the specific county they each represent. In fact, that would be a good exercise for every nationally elected leader; to get out of Washington DC and reconnect with our inquisitive youth!
Laura Davis January 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM
The conference topic was the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Senator Franken is a member of the Committee on Indian Affairs. He talked about why he'd asked for that committee assignment and about his first powwow experience. Then he posed for a photo with the leaders of the team. He did not mention the United Nations. The 200+ students who gave up a Saturday to compete in this first ever conference, were thrilled that he was able to attend.


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