Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the 46 th annual Houston Area Model United Nations Conference! My name is Aditya Namjoshi, and I am honored to be serving as your chair for the French Revolution Crisis Committee.
Currently, I am a first-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Chemical Engineering and Plan II. I am interested in public health and the applications of chemical engineering to medical research, and I look forward to exploring many different career paths during my time in college.
Model U.N. had an incredible impact on my personal development throughout high school. My experiences at HAMUN made me a more thoughtful speaker, a more confident writer, and a more outgoing student, and after having been a delegate at HAMUN for all four years of high school, I am delighted to be able to continue to participate as a staff member.
The topic of our Crisis committee will be the French Revolution, a pivotal moment in Europe’s history that redefined social structures, gave new meaning to the ideas of liberty and equality, and inspired future revolutionaries. I hope that this topic will inspire you to think critically about how social, cultural, and economic factors can lead to massive societal upheaval. Crisis committees are a chance to explore historical scenarios and revisit the moral problems of the past, so I am excited to see the decisions each of you will take as crucial players on the side of the French Monarchy.
I recommend that you thoroughly read the background guide for the topic and learn how your role fits within the context of the French Revolution. Think about your historical figure’s motivations, their allies and enemies, and their larger goals. Take time to understand the root causes of the French Revolution and make sure to be creative when writing your position papers and crafting the re-creation of your character. I hope that each of you will benefit from the ideas you share over the course of the conference, and I encourage you all not to be afraid to speak up and make your voices heard.
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about the topic, the conference, or about college in general – I would be delighted to help. I look forward to seeing you in January.
Chair of the Monarchists Room, French Revolution