Welcome Home to the 2013 Global Travel Scholars! (Part 1)

The Global Travel Scholarship program, a partnership between the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, The Experiment in International Living, and its parent organization World Learning, has sent more than 100 young high school students from southwestern Pennsylvania to participate in travel experiences around the world. The program is designed to provide local high school juniors, … Read More

What’s In A Name? Myanmar (Not Burma)

You might be familiar with 1953 Four Lads song which chides, “If you’ve got a date in Constantinople / She’ll be waiting in Istanbul,” humorously gesturing toward the fact that Istanbul’s former names – Constantinople or even Byzantium – are utterly dated. For other places in the world, though, the misuse of names is not … Read More

2012 – Year of the Dragon

Happy Lunar New Year! Often called the “Chinese New Year,” Lunar New Year celebrations took place yesterday across many countries in East and Southeast Asia.  2012 represents the year of the dragon, a zodiac sign that is considered to be one of the most powerful and is associated with “high energy and prosperity.” To learn … Read More

Great International Resources for Students & Teachers

We at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh are always looking for ways to help out our students and teachers learn more about the world. In that vein, we have put together a list of some of our favorite online educational resources. These links include a wide range of information, including facts, photos, videos, podcasts, … Read More

Year in Review: International Affairs in 2011

Happy New Year, everyone! 2012 is off to a snowy start here in Pittsburgh, and this seems like a perfect time to review what has happened over the past 360-some odd days. As always, the global stage was full of tumult and change: 2011 saw the deaths of influential world figures (Warren Christopher, Muammar Gaddafi, … Read More