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Students Gather to Discuss International Issues

News Release
April 15, 2005

Salt Lake City, Utah*The 4th Annual Utah Capitol Forum on America's Future engaged 60 high school students in an in-depth debate and discussion regarding current events and international affairs at the Utah State Capitol Building.

During the forum, students addressed the question, "What is the United States' role in a changing international environment?" From this central question, debate and deliberation was focused on four global themes: terrorism, environment, trade and immigration. In addition, four policy directions or "futures" were addressed, standing up for democracy and human rights, charting a stable course, building a more cooperative world and turning inward.

Utah Lt. Governor Gary R. Herbert opened the day welcoming the students to Capitol Hill and encouraged them to get involved in things in which they are passionate. Students then broke into groups and were assigned a position to debate.

Later in the day, Representative Jim Matheson addressed the role of the United States in international affairs.

Tim Bridgewater, Deputy for Education spoke to the students on civic responsibility and how the students can make a difference in their community

Utah's Capitol Forum is a year-long civic education program created by Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and sponsored in Utah by the Lt. Governor's Office and the Utah Humanities Council.

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