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The Importance of Global Affairs Education: Investing in Tomorrow's World Leaders
Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for an event series and campaign to highlight the importance of global affairs education
Join the Council
Become a member to provide year-long support of global affairs education for the youth of Philadelphia. New members who join during this time will have a chance to win some great internationally-themed prizes!
Make a lasting impact
Donate to support the Council’s work opening the minds and horizons of the youth of Philadelphia and unlock a special 40th birthday gift for one of the Council’s most important educational partners – the William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs.
Support more than 2,500 Philadelphia students
95% of the world’s population and 85% of global economic growth is outside of the United States. 14% of Philadelphians are foreign-born. Help the Council to prepare Philadelphia’s youth – the next generation of political, cultural, and economic leaders – for success in an increasingly international workforce.
Meet other globally-minded Philadelphians
Learn more about what students experience when they engage with the Council as part of a campaign highlighting global affairs education! Join friends and supporters of the Council at International Quizzo @ Love City Brewing, at virtual iThrive simulations of real-world decision making, and at a virtual conversation centering on what comes next for Afghanistan.
October 22 2021
Jr. Model United Nations
The Student Diplomat - Jr. Model United Nations Program is a five-month journey (January to May) that introduces over 750 middle school students to international affairs and cultural diplomacy. With an emphasis on developing students’ research, writing, cultural competency, and communication skills, the program helps meet the growing demand for global affairs curricula in local middle schools.
America's Role in the World
Bill Kristol, Director of Defending Democracy Together; Dr. Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT; and Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, discuss what is and should be the right and best role for the United States in world affairs.
The Council in the News
It was a terrific week with many excellent speakers. I think it was the best IDC I’ve attended and I’ve been going since 2010. Thanks for putting together such a great week. Everything appeared to go off without a hitch, at least from the attendees' point of view. The clouds even parted and the rain stopped when the group arrived at the Taipei representatives office... I look forward to next year.
On behalf of Bishop Shanahan High School's World Affairs Club students and myself, I would like to thank you for the opportunity that you provided us [to attend an event with Secretary Janet Napolitano]. As always the event was amazing. The chatter in the van on the drive home sealed the testimony--tiny screens and texts were no match for the impact of Madame Secretary Janet Napolitano on teens (and their teacher).
"[The Whole Truth is]…a refreshingly thoughtful look at the challenges facing our country and the world. No shouting, no talking over each other; just respectful debate and discussion.”
“When traveling abroad, we like to get the real ‘feel’ of the country through sight, sounds & smells. This trip accomplished all spades! History, architecture, political atmosphere, social situations and seeing the standard of living up close and personal. The music and spirit of the people can only truly be appreciated by being in the country. Many thanks for a wonderful experience!”
“[The Whole Truth brings the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s] lecture and discussion series, considered to be a jewel on the political and diplomatic circuit, to a wider audience, one that did not have to be present in a Philadelphia auditorium to partake or participate in often probing debates.”
“This tour was wonderful! Our Cuban guide was one of the best! She knew a lot of history as well as current issues.”
“The Game Drives were the highlight of this trip. Seeing the large animals in their natural habitats was just spectacular!”