Senior English major Kelsey Case was enrolled in World Politics with Professor of International Politics Dr. Scott Waalkes when she first conceived of the idea for the weekly What in the World current events discussion.
“We all benefited from group discussions about what was going on in the world,” Case said. “I thought all summer about how I might bring that to other students.”
After a year out of the class, Case and others worked to pull together the group, called What in the World is Going On, otherwise known as World News Wednesdays. As the latter title might indicate, the group meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the upper level of the cafeteria. Students and professors come together to discuss politics and global issues.
Kelsey Case has noticed that students can tend to get disconnected from world events while living on campus.
“We are never going to have this chance again … to talk about world issues with educated professors who know what they’re talking about,” she said.
The goal of World News Wednesdays is to “keep world issues in our mind and in our prayers” and to “create a pattern of knowing the world,” Case said.
What in the World is Going On hopes to help students raise awareness of global issues in the way that the campus groups Dead President’s Society and be:Justice have done—the last of which worked to bring World New Wednesdays into existence.
“A lot of students are just curious when they see us all in the cafeteria and just come and sit in… the whole thing is really casual,” Case said.
The group has been around for less than a semester, so most participants have been recruited through word-of-mouth, though some flyers and announcements have also been released.
“I actually think this sounds like a constructive way for students to spend their time,” freshman communication arts major Dave Carmany said.
Professor of History Dr. Jay Case, Waalkes and other professors from the social sciences department will continue holding sessions of World News Wednesdays from 11a.m. to 12 p.m. on the upper level of the cafeteria for the remainder of the semester.
Choosing to embrace the opportunity of learning about the world from scholars is as simple as showing up for lunch.
Hannah Morgan is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.