BROTHERHOOD IN OWELL'S 1984

BACKGROUND GUIDE

Topic Summary

"The Brotherhood cannot be wiped out because it is not an organization in the ordinary sense. Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible...Our only true life is in the future..." Welcome to the Brotherhood, an ominous group of powerful individuals perpetuating revolutionary ideals in hopes of a future overturning of The Party. Let's be clear-your membership in this organization guarantees nothing. If you are captured, you will not be rescued. You will not receive any support or encouragement. Expect no results. Expect only to work towards undermining the regime and revealing the true grotesque nature of society. And....don't get caught. 

Jordan Dewar

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to 1984: The Brotherhood for ILMUNC 34! My name is Jordan Dewar and I am incredibly excited to be your Crisis Director for an incredibly exciting and intellectually stimulating weekend. We’ve all been working very hard to make sure this weekend is one of the best UPMUNCs yet and I hope you enjoy this weekend immensely.

To introduce myself, I am a junior in the Wharton school studying Business Economics and Public Policy as well as Operations and Information Management and working on a dual degree in the College of Arts and Sciences in Political Science. I was born and raised in Washington, DC and have been to the Air and Space Museum too many times to admit too, although my family comes from Guyana, Brazil, and a few other places. I participated in Model UN throughout high school and currently travel and compete with Penn’s intercollegiate team. Model UN for me has been a great experience for me both in terms of intellectual activity and general excitement and I hope that I can share that experience with you over the weekend.

This is my third ILMUNC and I’m very excited to be working with Mayha, an amazing person that I’ve worked with before and am excited to work with again. This year we hope to engage you in a crisis simulation that will be entertaining while provoking thought about the relationship between totalitarian governments and the resistance movements fighting against. I hope you all take the time to read the background guide and begin researching innovative and interesting solutions for the problems at hand so that we can all see your ideas play out in committee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of us or your USG, Grace Kilpatrick. I can’t wait to see you when you arrive at ILMUNC!

Sincerely,

Jordan Dewar

Crisis Director, 1984: The Brotherhood
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Mayha Shah

Dear Delegates,

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to Philadelphia and the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference! My name is Mayha Shah and I am thrilled to be your chair for The Brotherhood in Orwell’s 1984. The secretariat and staff have been working hard to make this conference an amazing experience. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and making this weekend filled with stimulating debate, fast-paced crises, and lifelong memories.

A little bit about me: I am from the oh-so exotic suburbs of central New Jersey and exactly an hour long train ride from both NYC and Philly. I competed as a Model UN and Model Congress delegate all four years of high school and continued my passion for Model UN by joining the International Affairs Association (ILMUNC’s umbrella organization). Within the IAA, I am a member of the Secretary Board, where I serve as a member of the Web Operations team. Currently I am a junior in the Singh Program in Networked and Social Systems Engineering. During the rare hours when I’m not trapped in the hallowed halls of Penn Engineering, one can find me breaking into dance moves no matter where I am, searching for Philly’s best restaurants, binge watching various shows on Netflix, and taking random classes at the gym.

Over the past few months, Jordan and I have been working incredibly hard to make your committee experience unforgettable. The chosen topic is a spin off of one of our favorite novels and we are hoping that after four days of comprehensive debate and directives you are able to prove your loyalty to the Brotherhood. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your incredible USG, Grace Kilpatrick. Let the countdown to ILMUNC commence!

Best,

Mayha Shah

Chair, The Brotherhood in Orwell’s 1984
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference