Welcome to Harvard Model Congress San Francisco 2019, and welcome to the Historical Committee! Our names are Andrew Yang and Jordan Topoleski and we are looking forward to chairing the Historical Committee this year. I, Andrew, am a junior studying Bioengineering with a secondary in computer science. I, Jordan, am a first year planning to study government and psychology, with a focus on decision making.
The Historical Committee is a committee unlike any other in Harvard Model Congress, and we are very excited that you are able to take part in it at HMCSF this year. The structure of the Historical Committee is such that you as the delegate will be in charge of directing the course of history. We will take ourselves back in time to a significant historical event, and you will play the role of a group of people who have a stake in this event.
This year, the event that we will be focusing on is the Mexican American War. You will all have received your role assignments by the time you receive this letter. Beyond delving into the intricacies of this War itself, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process more generally. At times the topics and debate may be difficult, but you will come out the other side having been exposed to a wide variety of opinions, hopefully broadening your outlook on these issues.
Please, feel free to contact either of us at any point should you have any questions or concerns about the conference, or if you would just like to introduce yourself! If you have any questions about the historical committee, the briefing, or the history of the Mexican-American War, we’d be more than happy to answer them! I encourage you to start preparing now: read the news, stay up-to-date with current events, and ask questions about the world around you. Here is a great place to start your preparation for the conference.
As your chairs, we are excited to make this HMC experience the best it can be. From passionate debate to exploration of resolutions, I truly hope this conference will inspire you to explore your interests in a new way, political or otherwise. I hope each of you walks away with an incredible experience, a better understanding of the Mexican-American War, and government more generally. We look forward to meeting you in January! Again, please feel free to reach out any time before the conference.
Andrew Yang and Jordan Topoleski