Our Mission


The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s mission
is to provide a pathway for a more globally minded region, offering students and the community a learning space that covers key international issues.

The Council is a member of the World Affairs Council of America, a network of more than 90 nonprofit, nonpartisan member Councils around the country.

Public Events

“World Peace: Doable?” Featuring Erik de Baedts

October 24 @ 5:45 pm - October 24 @ 7:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, October 24 as we welcome Erik de Baedts from the Carnegie Foundation Peace Palace. Mr. de Baedts will discuss what it would take to achieve “world peace,” and the efforts the Carnegie Peace Palace is taking to attempt to make the world a place of less conflict. Scroll down or click … Read More

The Crisis in U.S. Middle East Policy feat. Ambassador Gerald Feierstein

November 5 @ 12:00 pm - November 5 @ 1:30 pm

Join us for a luncheon with Ambassador Gerald Feierstein, diplomat and Vice President of the Middle East Institute, for a talk on U.S. Middle East Relations. Amb. Feierstein retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in May 2016 after a 41-year career with the personal rank of Career Minister. As a diplomat he served in nine … Read More

School Events

49th Annual World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders

November 13 @ 8:30 am - November 13 @ 3:00 pm

What Will It Take to Achieve a Sustainable World for All? Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:30am – 3pm We hear the term “sustainable” a lot, but what will it take to achieve a sustainable world for all—a world with no poverty, a thriving planet, and peace and prosperity? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known … Read More

Mindfulness and Meditation Seminar for Students with Dr. Barry Kerzin

November 20 @ 9:00 am - November 20 @ 10:30 am

Join the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for a conversation with Dr. Barry Kerzin on November 20, 2019. Barry Kerzin, MD, is a world renowned expert with nearly 30 years of experience on using the science of meditation to improve individual health and build total resiliency within the mind, body, and spirit. A native of … Read More

Council News

Filling the Gap: World Affairs Council Global Leadership Certificate – Pittsburgh Business Times Profile

October 7, 2019

When Jessica Barber was in high school, she earned a scholarship to travel to Morocco. Today, as a freshman studying French and international studies at Temple University, she credits that experience with setting her on the path to her future career. Click here to read the article on the Business Times’ website.

City High’s Jacob Osho gains a global perspective through his amazing internship.

October 23, 2018

When City Charter High School senior Jacob Osho showed up for his first workplace experience, an internship at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, he made a fantastic first impression. “From the very first day (and I’m not exaggerating), I was impressed with Jacob’s professionalism,” reports Brittany Cheeks, Education Program Manager at the World Affairs … Read More

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