2020 Summer Global Leadership Seminar

Registration for this program is now open!

The 2020 Summer Global Leadership Seminar, entitled Election 2020: U.S. Foreign Policy and America's Role in the World is a week-long summer institute open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  This year’s seminar will seek to advance students’ understanding of several critical global challenges facing the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Through nonpartisan guest lectures, interactive workshops, and a half-day crisis simulation, students will discuss issues central to our national interest and explore topics related to America's role in a changing world.  Topics will include ongoing trade tensions, U.S. relations with the Middle East, and key national security challenges. Additionally, on the Seminar’s fifth-day, students will participate in a full-day field trip to Washington, D.C. that will offer students the exciting opportunity to meet with and hear from key U.S. diplomats, as well as officials from some of the world’s leading international organizations working on the frontlines to shape U.S. foreign policy both now and in the foreseeable future.

Traditionally, this program is run in an in-person format with students travelling into the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia's office every morning for programming. We are still hoping to run this program with an in-person component, however, due to uncertainty around the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we will also offer virtual access to our programming. 

Students will have a chance to register for the program as an in-person participant or a virtual participant. If we are forced to cancel the in-person portion of the program, all students will automatically be moved into the virtual participant role. 

July 13th - 17th, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Program Agenda

Click to take a look at a brief agenda for the seminar, including topics for guest lectures, student activities, debate topic, and an overview of the week's crisis simulation.