Director: Andrew Demko
Assistant Director: Brian Kuang
My name is Andrew Demko and I will be serving as the director of the Democratic National Convention of 1968. I’m a junior studying neuroscience from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In my spare time, I research at a neuroscience lab, play more Rocket League than I should, and study the legacy of Kenesaw Mountain Landis and whether he deserves to be in the baseball Hall of Fame. This is my third year with MUNUM and my first as a director.
This committee’s setting, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, is intensely contentious and fast-paced. Here, we will explore contemporary political parties through simulation of a tumultuous convention floor as well as a fractured city. In the late 1960s urban centers burned as militant police forces struggled to maintain their grip on the minority populations residing within. At the same time, the containment ideology of the Cold War was strained by those unwilling to fight for a country battling against them on the homefront. These conflicts strained the political parties of the era, which had previously been highly resistant to change. This committee will test whether old organizations can stubbornly survive contemporary changes or if they must instead adapt to them.
Procedurally, this committee will be divided into three phases: a rules committee, a platforming process, and a nomination process. The three phases will take place in this order. Crisis elements may interrupt the committee, whether created by staff or self-inflicted. We expect this committee to deviate from the historical path, which was defined by stealthy rules manipulations and backroom maneuvering.
We look forward to seeing you in January! Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Director, 1968 Democratic National Convention