Catching up with the Council

Calling All Educators!

Summer Institute for Teachers

The World Affairs Council’s 18th annual Summer Institute for Teachers will take place on June 16-17, 2015 at Duquesne University. The Institute, held in partnership with Duquesne University’s School of Education and with support from the Buhl Foundation, features briefings from experts on contemporary world affairs, small group activities, and lesson-planning.

The 2015 Institute will cover a range of topics, including ISIS, global instability, and genocide, with expert input from Tom Sanderson, Director and Senior Fellow of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Angela Bruce-Raeburn of the Raeburn Consulting Group. The Institute will also focus on innovative teaching practices, and how to prepare today’s youth for a 21st-century global marketplace.  Act 48 credit will be available. The cost to participate is $40.

For more information and to register online, click here.

Educators discuss global issues with real-world practitioners, academics, and experts.

Small group discussions allow teachers to share best
practices and learn of new and innovative teaching styles.

Making Pittsburgh a More Globally Fluent Region

On May 7, the Council hosted its final workshop of the Global Blueprint series. This effort, held in partnership with Thrill Mill and Vibrant Pittsburgh, brought together nearly 100 members of the Pittsburgh community, representing a diverse cross-section of the City and surrounding areas. Using the Brookings Institution’s 10 Traits of Globally Fluent Metro Areas as a guide, participants – over the course of three interactive workshops – were challenged to think critically about Pittsburgh’s international vision, and to brainstorm about ways in which Pittsburgh can become a more global city.


Global Blueprint participants discuss Pittsburgh’s international vision.

Focusing on the future, attendees determine small, medium, and long-tern priorities in becoming a more global city.

Participants were asked to address questions such as, “How can we define Pittsburgh’s identity?” and “How do we reach Pittsburgh’s global future?” The end result was a short-term action plan highlighting the following goals: (1) leverage Pittsburgh’s world-class education by offering internships to international students, and better promoting the global research taking place at area institutions; (2) engage more local people by connecting communities with similarly-situated neighborhoods abroad; (3) reinvest in transportation; and (4) use community festivals to better market, both nationally and internationally, the things that make Pittsburgh unique.

Stay tuned for future updates on Pittsburgh’s Global Blueprint!

Meet our New Intern

intern_webJoin us in welcoming summer intern Katelyn Carson to the Council! Katelyn is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, where she is majoring in security and intelligence. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in late 2012, Katelyn and her husband, Ben, had been living on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “An ideal spot for a vacation,” says Katelyn, “but very expensive for daily living – and far away from family and friends.”

Katelyn is a 2010 graduate of Ohio State University, where she earned a degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. The summer following her junior year in college, Katelyn traveled to Jordan with the University of Virginia for an eight-week intensive Arabic language program. The group was based in a city north of the capital, Amman, where very few people spoke English. “A great way to quickly immerse yourself in Arab language and culture,” explains Katelyn. While in Jordan, Katelyn was also able to visit Beirut and Jerusalem. She describes her study abroad experience as “amazing,” and she looks forward to resuming her international travels.

What is Going on With the World?

TSThomas Sanderson, Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Transnational Threats Project, will attempt to answer that question (and many more) at a World Affairs Council luncheon on Tuesday, June 16 at the Duquesne Club.

Sanderson, an expert on terrorism, transnational crime, global trends, and intelligence issues, has conducted field research in more than 60 countries. That research includes engaging with a diverse array of in-the-know people – from terrorists to foreign intelligence officials to nongovernmental organizations – to get the most accurate picture possible of what is really happening on the ground.

At the luncheon, we will be presenting the Donald E. Farr and George C. Oehmler Awards to an outstanding high school student and teacher.

Join us for what is sure to be an engaging and informative discussion on Global Instability: Is Disorder the New Order.

For more information and to register for this event, click here.

Celebrating 50 Years of Educating our Youth on Global Issues

matchbox_new3Support the World Affairs Council! Through June 30, any gift from a new supporter will be matched dollar for dollar through a challenge grant awarded by The Benter Foundation.

Any current supporter who increases their 2014 contribution will have the increased amount matched as well.

Invest in the future of our region by supporting global competency!