University School of Milwaukee welcomed journalist and author David Patrikarakos to campus on Sept. 13 for presentations to students, as well as parents and the general public. Patrikarakos spoke about the future of international conflict, and discussed his book “War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century.”
During the school day, Patrikarakos visited various Upper School classrooms and participated in question-and-answer sessions with students. He also presented to all Upper School students during their community time in the afternoon. His evening session was free and open to the general public.
His visit ties in with this year’s USM Global Scholars crisis simulation, which will focus on social media and its impact on the trajectory of a global crisis. During the crisis simulation, students from both USM and St. Marcus Lutheran School in Milwaukee act as major players in a realistic geo-political crisis and are awarded points based upon the accuracy of their memos and research.
His visit was supported by the Global Scholars/Crisis Simulation fund, provided in recent years by a small group of parents, parents of alumni, and alumni, resulting in a matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. The Global Scholars Program, and Patrikarakos’ visit, serve to enhance USM’s goal of being a leader in global education. Students are encouraged to develop global competencies and a sense of global citizenship through a comprehensive curriculum and wide variety of activities.