On January 15th, Ambassador Matthew Barzun delivered an interactive and engaging talk to Sixth Form students (ages 16-18) at Harris Academy Crystal Palace. Through the use of ‘clicker’ technology, the Ambassador polled students on topics related to the UK/US relationship and received instant feedback on the results.
Harris Academy in Crystal Palace was selected as a starting point for the Ambassador for its diverse and enthusiastic student population as well as a prior relationship with the Embassy’s Public Affairs section. The Ambassador was warmly welcomed by a rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Star Spangled Banner’ which was played on the electric guitar by one of Harris Academy’s politics students. The one hour session worked more like a workshop than a typical Q and A, and the ‘clicker’ technology really sparked the participation from the students. The Ambassador fielded questions about America ranging from gun control, the death penalty, campaign finance reform, and even our non use of the metric system.
The Ambassador hopes to visit a Sixth Form once a week during his posting in the UK.