First Day of School: Global Edition

This post was written and researched by World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh intern, Jill Fronk. September has arrived and is quickly passing by, which mean only one thing for students here in the U.S.—the beginning of school.  The new school year, means fresh new school supplies, yes some people would prefer a bouquet of pens and … Read More

Day of the African Child: Celebrating 50 years of African Unity

  “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” – Nelson Mandela This post was written by Jalyn Evans, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Intern June 16, 1976, 10,000 students took to the streets of Soweto, South Africa, refusing to attend poorly funded schools which administered education in a language they did not … Read More

Global Travelers and Culture Shock

2014 Global Travel Scholars All of us here at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh are pleased to announce we will be sending five students abroad as part of our Global Travel Scholarship program. This scholarship program, managed in partnership with the Experiment in International Living, provides an opportunity for local high school juniors to … Read More

A Student’s View: Careers in International Affairs

Each school year, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh works with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) to provide an Apprenticeship Program on International Affairs. Students meet periodically over the course of the year to discuss a variety of career opportunities in the field of international affairs. Students are encouraged to think about their future, and … Read More

How to Raise Global Awareness while Still Studying High School Geometry

I think that in today’s complex, multifaceted society, most teenagers experience feelings of uncertainty and even insignificance when coming face-to-face with the vast world around them. How on earth can a seventeen year-old, who struggles to simply pass a driver’s exam, possibly make a difference in the global community? For someone like me, a senior … Read More

General Michael Hayden Discusses the New Face of Espionage

Wesley, a student reporter, with General Michael Hayden Faisal Shazhad, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi: the names of these terrorist actors against the United States roll off the lips of native Pittsburgher General Michael Hayden as easily as the Steelers’ front four. On November 18, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosted … Read More

A Few Questions for the Dutch Ambassador

The Council recently welcomed the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States, Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos, to Pittsburgh.  While the Ambassador was in town, she had a number of meetings and events to attend, many specifically related to the Distinctively Dutch Festival that was held, but she took some time to speak with Leah Dunn, … Read More