Model UN, Pace Student Featured on “Parks and Recreation”

It is appropriate that last night’s light ribbing of Model United Nations on NBC’s Parks and Recreation (“The Treaty“) featured Pace University student Kelly Washington as a guest star. Washington, who plays a delegate representing France, spars with protagonist Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) who, representing Denmark, is described as “a true Pawnee Model UN legend in action.” (Watch the full episode here.)

Located only two express subway stops from the iconic United Nations complex on the East River, Pace University’s New York City Model UN program has a 60-year history of excellence in regional, national and international competitions. In recent years the program has maintained this proud legacy by winning recognition for the team’s ability to cogently analyze complex global issues, engage articulately in policy debate and propose compelling solutions. In 2011, the team took home the most awards (tied with another university) from the North American Model UN conference in Toronto, as well as the most awards from the National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

“The Treaty” was the second time NBC has featured Model UN in just over a month — back in September, the cast of Community tussled over global issues in the episode “Geography of Global Conflict.”

For more on Pace New York City’s model UN program, click here.

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About Matthew Bolton

I am assistant professor of Political Science at Pace University and author of Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance.
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