Dear Historical Committee Members, 

Welcome! My name is Jordan Topoleski, and I am beyond excited to be your staffer for the Historical Committee for Harvard Model Congress San Francisco 2020. First, here’s a bit about me:

I am a sophomore in Lowell House concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in Technology, Innovation, and Economic Development. I’m originally from Toledo, Ohio, but feel remarkably at home in New England. Outside of HMC, I work on strategy consulting with nonprofit groups. I am passionate about developmental economics, technology, and education, and am so excited to meet everybody this January in San Francisco! HMCSF 2020 will be my fourth time staff a conference at HMC (third time in Historical Committee), so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

A little more background on our committee: The Historical Committee is one of the most unique committees at Harvard Model Congress. Taking on the role of a historical figure, you will be tasked with addressing some of the most pressing international problems in recent world history. You are in the unique position to effect change on an international level in addition to directly influencing the future world order. Throughout our committee sessions, you will draft resolutions, craft and lobby for legislation, and address crises as they develop. In doing so, it is our hope and goal that you will learn more about our political system, explore your passion for politics, and, of course, have fun.

As part of this year’s conference, you will be responsible for tackling particularly interesting and historically important topics. We will be tackling questions of the Cold War in an attempt to build a peaceful future for the world. On one hand, you will be fighting for your country’s interests. However, you will also have to find compromise to build a sustainable deal for the future to come. Your delegation is needed to help define how the world will make amends.

I hope that you are as excited for this topic as I am, and I hope this excitement encourages you to come prepared with ideas on how we can solve the problems at hand. Using the briefing we provide as a starting point; I expect you to be familiar with and informed on the history and areas of contention. Start doing your own research as soon as possible! The more you know before the conference, the more fun you will have during it. Outside of the briefing topic I’ve given you, I also recommend that you look into the outcome of the actual Cold War, considering how you could prevent future global conflict.

My goal to provide an engaging environment while also having unprecedented amounts of fun. I hope that as part of our committee, you will think critically, listen thoughtfully, and engage meaningfully – I will certainly be doing the same.

Feel free to email me with any questions you have about the topics, about the conference in general, or just to introduce yourself! I am here to help and love to chat – if you’d like, include a fun fact with any questions you send. I’d love to learn more about you!


Jordan Topoleski