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The Upper St. Clair High School team was comprised of Paul A. (sophomore), Gaurav B. (junior), Dan P. (senior), and Thomas M. (junior).
Congratulations to Upper St. Clair High School, whose team placed tenth at National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C. The team was comprised of Paul A. (sophomore), Gaurav B. (junior), Dan P. (senior), and Thomas M. (junior).

Summer Seminar on Global IssuesJune 15, 2015

Summer Seminar on Global Issues
June 15-July 2, 2015

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Through a mix of classroom instruction, experiential learning activities, and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them.

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SIT 2015June 16, 2015

18th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers - Teaching Contemporary Global Issues
June 16-17, 2015

The Institute is a two-day workshop which consists of presentations on contemporary world affairs, small group problem solving exercises, and lesson-planning sessions with direct application to your curriculum.

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Council Blog

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Upcoming Programs

KQV Global Press ConferenceMay 30, 2015

KQV Global Press Conference
Challenges and opportunities facing Europe

This half-hour radio program will feature Johan Verbeke, Belgian Ambassador to the United States. He will discuss "Challenges and opportunities facing Europe” with host former Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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SAndersonJune 16, 2015

Global Engagement and Leadership Luncheon
Global Instability: Is Disorder the New Order?

Thomas M. Sanderson
Director and Senior Fellow
Transnational Threats Project
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Thomas Sanderson, an expert on terrorism, transnational crime, global trends, and intelligence issues, has conducted field research in more than 60 countries. His 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. Join us for what is sure to be an engaging and informative discussion.

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News at the Council

Matching Grant 2015

Celebrating 50 Years of Educating our Youth on Global Issues

Support 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!

We're Hiring

President and CEO Search

Want to ensure that the Pittsburgh region has a dynamic international presence? Interested in instilling independent, critical thinking about the world, and promoting international engagement across generations? Then you, or someone you know, might be the perfect candidate to become the Council’s next President and CEO.  Send an email to

Program Manager

Help prepare students throughout the region to succeed in an interdependent world by joining our Education Team. The Council is looking for a Program Manager to assist with outreach to students and teachers.

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Catching up with the Council

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The World News Weekly Update is a collection the past week's top news stories. Every week, the Council gathers articles, reports, and op-eds from various domestic and international information outlets in order to provide wide-ranging and balanced perspectives on pressing global issues.

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Council Wins 2014 Top-Rated Award

Thanks to all of the amazing reviews we received from all of you, we've won a 2014 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. Click here to read our reviews or add one of your own!

Good people doing good things
The Heinz awards make you feel better about the world

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The view from Belgium: A top diplomat gives Pittsburgh the European perspective
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Program pairs Western Pa. students with businesses to solve real problems
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Hill tells World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh U.S. efforts in Syria fall short
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