High School Programs

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia aims to bring timely, thoughtful and engaging programs that tackle some of the worlds most pressing issues to high school students throughout the Philadelphia region. The Council offers a suite of programs, such as the International Student Summit, Global Economic Forum, Academic WorldQuest, and the Summer Global Leadership Seminar.  Each program is designed to directly engage students with some of the most challenging issues in our world and pushes students to collaborate and debate innovative policies to remedy these issues.

In partnership with Rutgers University-Camden and Camden County College, the Council also offers specialized programming for select New Jersey High Schools. More information can be found here.

Upcoming Programs

10/2/19 - Speaker Program

One of the world's most important flashpoints is Kashmir, over which three wars have been fought between India and Pakistan. Since the two countries are now armed with nuclear weapons, the risks of confrontation are infinitely greater. 

Kashmir is divided into two regions, one is a self-governing territory administered by Pakistan and the other has long enjoyed autonomy within India, though that autonomy has now been eliminated. 

We are pleased to feature a conversation with the Honorable Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (under Pakistani dominion), to explore his perspective on the issues that divide India and Pakistan.  

Unfortunately, there are no more tickets available for this program.

10/15/19 - Speaker Program

Join students and faculty from our flagship partner school, the William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs, and visiting exchange students from Michuhol Foreign Languages School in Incheon, South Korea, for this unique program that will explore the modern social, political, and economic climate in South Korea with a special focus on the impact and involvement of the country’s youth. Learn about the rise of K-Pop as a global music phenomenon, as well as the effect that it has not only on culture and politics in South Korea but also in the United States, where it has gained widespread popularity.

10/30/19 - Speaker Program

It seems that one of the hottest topics leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election in the United States’ higher education system—particularly what we should do about ballooning costs for students and families and how we should tackle the $1.5 trillion crisis that is student debt (the second-highest consumer debt category, beaten only by mortgage debt).

But the answer to the question on how, specifically, to address these issues remains elusive.

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and Penn State Abington are partnering to bring together a panel of experts who will focus on the many proposals that have been “floated” by campaigning politicians and organizations seeking to alleviate these problems and whether or not those ideas are realistic—and if not, how our country can solve them.

Very limited tickets are available for this program. Please reach out directly to Kristin Hutchinson, Director of Student Programs, at khutchinson@wacphila.org or 215-561-4700 ext. 228 to inquire about ticket availability. 

11/4/19 - Speaker Program

 

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for an assessment of global trade with Ambassador Ron Kirk, who served as United States Trade Representative (USTR ) and was a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, serving as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.

Limited tickets are available for this program. Please reach out directly to Kristin Hutchinson, Director of Student Programs, at khutchinson@wacphila.org or 215-561-4700 ext. 228 to inquire about ticket availability

11/20/19 - Speaker Program

Join us for a discussion of executive power in the U.S. constitutional system, specifically the thesis that the American system of government has evolved from one designed for primacy of the legislative branch to one in which we have an “imperial presidency.”

Limited tickets are avialble for this program. Please reach out directly to Kristin Hutchinson, Director of Student Programs, at 215-561-4700 ext. 228 or khutchinson@wacphila.org to inquire about ticket availability.

11/25/19 - Speaker Program

American veterans face a number of challenges in the country today—from chronic homelessness to mental health issues and PTSD to a chaotic and understaffed VA. While technology has evolved to keep up with the needs of the United States military, the same change and care for veterans are often regarded as lagging behind.

Dr. David Shulkin, who served as the United States Secretary for Veteran’s Affairs in the Trump Administration from February 2017 until March 2018, and before that as Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health in the Obama Administration, joins the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a candid discussion about the policy and politics of veterans’ affairs.

A limited number of tickets are available for this program. Please reach out directly to Kristin Hutchinson, Director of Student Programs, at khutchinson@wacphila.org or 215-561-4700 ext. 228 to inquire about ticket availability. 

12/2/19 - Speaker Program

In a world where the headlines are often bleak, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is seeking to provide some light in the darkness. Her new memoir, The Education of an Idealist, transports us from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room and the world of high-stakes diplomacy.

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and Girard College for this exclusive opportunity to hear from Ambassador Samantha Power, whom President Obama has called “one of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy.”

12/11/19 - International Student Summit

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Temple University - Fox School of Business
 

The 2019 International Student Summit on Information and Democracy will simulate a meeting of the Paris Peace Forum, an annual event that mobilizes stakeholders with the aim to place global governance at the top of the international agenda. This meeting will take place under the collective pretense that a rising global crisis of trust in democracies, coupled with misinformation and disinformation in the digital age and a growing influence of anti-democratic regimes, is posing a major threat to integrity and security of the journalism field, global freedom, civil harmony, and world peace.  

2019-2020 New Jersey Global Leadership Programs

Friday, December 13th, 2019
Rutgers University-Camden

The 2019 International Student Summit on Information and Democracy will simulate a meeting of the Paris Peace Forum, an annual event that mobilizes stakeholders with the aim to place global governance at the top of the international agenda. This meeting will take place under the collective pretense that a rising global crisis of trust in democracies, coupled with misinformation and disinformation in the digital age and a growing influence of anti-democratic regimes, is posing a major threat to integrity and security of the journalism field, global freedom, civil harmony, and world peace.  

June 4th, 2020
Rutgers University-Camden

The 2020 New Jersey High School Model UN Program, will engage students from select New Jersey high schools in educational programming aimed at fostering global citizens. Students will join together during two substantive programs to debate policies and proposals aimed at solving some of the worlds most pressing issues.

The topics and resources for this program will be added to this page in the coming weeks. 

3/3/19 - 2020 Model Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Tuesday, March 3, 2020         9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Temple University Fox School of Business

Students in the 2020 Model Senate Foreign Relations Committee will represent select Senators of the committee, their staffs, expert witnesses and journalists as they seek positive solutions to three ongoing global issues. The issues under review are Cyber Security, Nuclear Proliferation and Human Trafficking. Senators will hear testimony from expert witnesses and will craft resolutions suggesting specific policies and proposals aimed at mitigating the threats posed by these issues, and promoting desired solutions.

2020 Academic WorldQuest

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Location: The DoubleTree Center City Hotel Philadelphia


The Council’s Academic WorldQuest program is a fun, fast-paced, interactive, quizzo-style competition that tests global knowledge. Participants find out just how much they know about international affairs, geography, history, and culture while broadening their knowledge and networking with other globally-minded contestants. Teams compete for prizes…. and, of course, bragging rights! The first place high school team will represent the Philadelphia Council at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

7/13/19 - 7/19/19 - Summer Global Leadership Seminar

July 13-17, 2020
Location: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia (Center City)
 

The weeklong 2020 Summer Global Leadership Seminar will focus on a topic of global importance and will feature lectures, activities and a full-day field trip to Washington D.C. on Friday, July 17th. Check back in the coming weeks and months for updates regarding program topics and details. 

Past Programs

9/25/19 - High School Welcome Back Program

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia invites you to join us for a special welcome back reception and complimentary speaker program. This special program for high school students and faculty will kick-off our education programming for the 2019-2020 academic year, where we will preview our exciting educational programs and speaker series. Guests will be invited to stay after the reception for a special Q&A session with some of the programs' expert speakers and will have an opportunity to converse with additional leading experts in international affairs. Students and faculty are then invited to attend the Council's podium event, 'Breaking News: Events in U.S. Foreign Policy' with the larger World Affairs Council of Philadelphia community.

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Photos from Council Education Programs

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