2011 Europe Resources
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Resources
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.
2014-2015 International Youth Forum
Exploring Foreign Policy in our Interconnected World
October 20, 2014
Each session will be a 90-minute video conference with students from local and international sites. Prior to each International Youth Forum, students will review Great Decisions materials. They will also conduct research on the topics to be discussed and prepare brief presentations to share with their peers. Participants will discuss the topics with young people at sites around the world and have the opportunity to develop potential solutions to current and future foreign policy challenges.
4th Annual Dignity and Respect Day
In Celebration of Global Dignity Day
Live Webcast and Interactive Video Conference
October 22, 2014
Global Dignity Day is an international effort to connect students across the globe to discuss the role that dignity and respect plays in their lives. In celebration of Global Dignity Day, this program invites students to participate in activities and conversation with their local and international peers to highlight ways students can promote dignity and respect in their classrooms and community.
Educational Travel for Teachers
In the summer of 2011, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh took 12 educators to Europe for one week. While abroad, the teachers visited Brussels and Vienna, thanks to a generous grant from the European Union.
When funding opportunities avail themselves, the Council organizes travel abroad opportunities for a small group of teachers to meet with policy experts and officials and to learn more about the country and issues first hand.
Thanks to a generous grant from the European Union, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh organized a two-week study tour to Europe from June 27 to July 10, 2009. The tour provided local educators with an opportunity to experience first-hand the history and culture of France, Belgium, Austria and Slovakia.
In 2007, the Council offered four fellowships to educators for a Summer Study Tour to Turkey, made possible through a generous grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation. These fellowships enabled four educators at the pre-collegiate level to participate in a two-week study tour to Turkey during July 25 - August 10, 2007.
In 2004, seven high school teachers — accompanied by an education reporter from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review — took a week-long trip to Brussels to focus on European integration and transatlantic relations. This opportunity was possible in cooperation with the Center for West European Studies and European Union Center at the University of Pittsburgh, through a grant from the European Commission.
The World Affairs Council has also facilitated local teacher participation in funded travel opportunities to Egypt and Ghana.
When I teach about the European Union I can now bring credibility into my classroom. Sitting in the European Commission and the European Parliament, I can now give my students a picture of what operations go on there and they can compare that to their own government.
The Turkey Summer Study Tour enriched my teaching in more ways that can be explained... I got to SEE how the layers of cultures intertwined, reacted and encountered each other. I have key ‘snapshots’ to share that go beyond what the 20 years of history books has tried to impart to me. For this I am forever grateful as an educator and as a student of life.