World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Since 1931

Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State:

"The programs that the [Pittsburgh] Council provides to its students are really exemplary.  It is extremely important that we involve our young people in foreign affairs, and I want to thank you for what you are doing in that regard."

Upcoming Programs

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Teacher Resources

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Travel Tales:
True Stories from First-Time International Travelers

September 18, 2014

Join us for an exciting evening of live storytelling by young people from throughout the Pittsburgh community who had the opportunity to travel abroad during the summer after their Junior year of high school. The most recent cohort of 2014 Global Travel Scholars will be joined by several past participants to reflect on their experience as a first-time traveler outside of the country and on the impact it has had.

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Special Seminar and Video Conference
Understanding Germany 25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

September 25, 2014

During this special seminar and video conference, students will hear from Peter Schneider, a German writer and social critic, and author of Berlin Now: The City after the Wall. Using modern Berlin as a lens, he will highlight the ways in which Berlin has become a rapidly changing metropolis. Questions will address the unintended consequences and benefits of opening the Wall, the racial tensions that exist and what influence they have on Berlin’s continued growth, and more.

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Special Seminar and Video Conference
Peace in the Middle East? A German View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

October 3, 2014

During this special seminar and video conference, students will hear from Ruprecht Polenz, German politician and former Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, about the conflict in the Middle East. He will provide a German point of view on the current situation in Israel and Palestine, and address how a policy towards the region should look and the response needed by the global community.

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International Affairs Education Programs

School Outreach


For 40 years, the Council's emphasis has been in serving this region's secondary schools. 

A national award-winning school outreach program, the International Affairs Education Program continues to serve approximately 275 schools in Western Pennsylvania.

The mission of the International Affairs Education Program is to promote, among secondary school students and teachers in the region:

  • a global perspective for a global century;
  • informed and independent thinking about world affairs; and
  • critical understanding about important issues in an
    interdependent world as they affect the nation and this region.

Each year, the Council provides more than 100 programs that reach 12,500 students and teachers, helping them acquire the tools to understand a world changing substantially faster than textbooks and other materials at their disposal. 

Programs encompass a variety of formats, including visits to schools by experts and policy practitioners, briefings on topical issues, after-school seminars, day-long workshops for teachers and students, and intensive week-long summer institutes.

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