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

Summer Study Tour to Europe – Day 3

Today’s afternoon session was very interesting, especially from an educator’s perspective.   Our presentation was delivered by the EURYDICE network of the EU.  This stands for the Information Systems and Policies in Europe.    This is the organization that has been given the responsibility to create ‘benchmarks’ for EU educational integration.  It would seem the target year, … Read More

Summer Study Tour to Europe – Day 2 (Part 3)

Day 2! Waffles, beverages and some amazing learning experiences!  To sum up day 2 is difficult in a short blog, since there were many planned and unplanned adventures.  To start, I had the best hotel breakfast I have ever had!  Ok, so being from Pittsburgh, my expectations were low, but honestly, it was delicious—pastries, cappuccinos, … Read More

Summer Study Tour to Europe – Day 2 (Part 2)

Mussels.  High quality, pricey chocolates.  Hand crafted lace and tapestry.  Unique beers.  The seat of the EU and NATO.  Gourmet food. Cobblestone streets. Palaces.  Museums.  History.  Culture.  Brussels!  These were my expectations at the start of my WAC adventure, and I have not been disappointed. I have learned so much about the EU in just … Read More