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Travel The World
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, which organizes all the Travel the World trips, has been offering tours to its members and to cooperating councils for more than thirty years. These trips offer all the highlights of touring plus access to political leaders and other local experts who give behind the scenes views and briefings that make their trips special and unique. Approximately 250-300 people travel on the 15 - 20 trips offered every year.
The WAC of Philadelphia began offering educational tours with their 1977 trip to the People's Republic of China, when the group was among the first Westerners to enter this fascinating country. Since then, the WAC has designed frequent trips around the globe, visiting such diverse locations as Vietnam, Egypt, the Netherlands, Morocco, Antarctica, and Cuba, plus an annual "Inside Washington" five-night program of briefings, special events and cultural highlights.
Because of its reputation as one of the nation's leading forums, the Council has established connections around the globe that allow us to offer members access that they can't get when traveling alone or on other tours. Council leaders, who can draw on their expertise in the fields of diplomacy, journalism, or academia, accompany some tours as lecturers thereby providing added value to the experience.
Philadelphia's Travel the World Program is a National Flagship Program of the World Affairs Councils system.
Click here for more information about upcoming trips, past visits, and how to register.
Global IQ with the Economist
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents Global I.Q. with The Economist, a FREE monthly online audiocast that connects you with journalists around the world to discuss the pressing issues of the day. More information.
It's Your World!
"It's Your World: A Broadcast of the World Affairs Council" is a radio production of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and KQED 88.5FM in San Francisco, CA. The weekly one-hour broadcast on Monday nights is hosted by council president, Jane Wales. Although based in San Francisco, the program covers a broad range of national and global issues.
The program is up-linked to the National Public Radio (NPR) Satellite each Wednesday for NPR affiliates to access and re-broadcast free of charge. Typical show formats include traditional lectures with audience Q&A and in-studio interviews. Running 57 minutes long, the show allows for local station teasers and a 15-30 second wrap-around at the beginning and end of each show for local Council promotions.
For a schedule of past and upcoming programs, please check the website of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
Great Decisions promotes citizen awareness and discussion about timely foreign policy issues. Operated by the Foreign Policy Association in New York, it is the oldest and largest grassroots educational program on world affairs of its kind in the country, with about 350,000 participants.
Each year eight topics are chosen by a panel; in-depth articles on each subject are prepared by experts. The articles are compiled into the 100-page softbound Great Decisions briefing book that appears with new content every January.
Great Decisions is used by:
- Small discussion groups nationwide
- Participating World Affairs Councils
- American Academy of University Women chapters
- League of Women Voters chapters
- Institutes for Learning and Retirement
- College campuses
- High schools.
Great Decisions is used in 880 US cities and is distributed in every state.
Councils and Great Decisions
Great Decisions celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2004. Councils around the country helped celebrate its tradition and history. World Affairs Councils use Great Decisions materials in many different ways including: small discussion groups both in person and online, as the basis of public lecture series, to offer course credit to teachers and students in college and high school, and town hall style meetings.
The 2012 topics are: Middle East realignment, Promoting Democracy, Mexico, Cybersecurity, Exit from Afghanistan & Iraq, State of the Oceans, Indonesia, and Energy Geopolitics
The 2011 topics were: Haiti, Security, Horn of Africa, Financial Crisis, Germany, Nonproliferation, The Caucasus, and Multilateralism
The 2010 topics were: Envoys, Kenya & R2P, Global Crime, U.S. China, Financial Crisis, Russia, Persian Gulf, and Peacebuilding
National Balloting System
Since 1954, opinion ballots for each topic have been included with Great Decisions to enable those interested to make their views known.
In each Great Decisions briefing book, there are two copies of opinion ballots per topic. These opinion ballots are completed by participants and sent to the FPA after they have read and discussed the topics presented in Great Decisions.
The results of the ballots are then analyzed by a polling expert and a National Opinion Ballot Report of the findings is published in October. This report is sent to the White House, the State Department, the Defense Department, members of Congress, and the media. The National Opinion Ballot Report was given to Colin Powell on national television at the National Conference 2003.
For more information about the Great Decisions Discussion Program visit the Foreign Policy Association: www.fpa.org.
World Affairs Today
WAC DC’s Weekly National TV program on MHz Networks Worldwide. "World Affairs TODAY" is a public information service of the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC. Each week the program is recorded in front of a live audience in Washington and focuses on a major global issue and foreign policy topic. Speakers include U.S. and foreign government officials, foreign policy experts, authors, journalists, economists, Nobel Laureates, and global business leaders. Through these programs, viewers gain insights and a better understanding of the most challenging issues facing the United States and the world in the coming years. More information.
World in Transition
The World in Transition (WIT) is a series of multimedia educational materials produced by the Southern Center for International Studies (SCIS) in Atlanta, GA. Each unit explores the geography, politics, economics, culture, and foreign policy of a world region. World in Transition curriculum units
- Europe in Transition
- Africa in Transition
- Latin America in Transition
- The Middle East in Transition
- Russian and the Former Soviet Republics in Transition
- East Asia in Transition
- South Asia in Transition
- The End of the Soviet Union
Each educational unit contains:
- Background essays that provide teachers with key information on each of the regional topics
- Lesson plans written by experienced teachers that include maps, primary source documents, charts, graphs, articles, cartoons and more
- A video/DVD that features brief documentaries regarding the region and excerpts from the Southern Center's Peabody Award-winning conferences with world leaders and international experts. All videos are now available on DVD.
To ensure the World in Transition series stays current, the Southern Center regularly updates the background essays and activity resources (charts, maps, graphs, etc.) on its web site (www.southerncenter.org). Updated appendices, such as statistical grids, indices, and pronunciation guides, as well as the materials' correlation to national standards can also be found. The charts, graphs, maps, and tables in the updates are made available in full-page form so that transparencies and /or handouts can be prepared for classroom or other use. In addition, the updates can serve as stand-alone pieces for those interested in understanding the ongoing dynamics in various world regions. While each region is updated once a year, the updates are produced on a rolling schedule so that new regional updates appear on the SCIS website every 2-3 months.
To help keep track of what is happening around the world, educators, students, and other interested individuals can access timelines of international events created by SCIS. All timelines are categorized by region, month, and year.
The SCIS research department has compiled a list of free web site links to bring teachers and students completely up-to-date on world issues. A manageable number of web links are selected for each world region, with additional categories such as map sites and education resources included.
The World in Transition materials have been correlated to national social studies curriculum standards, as well as to the curriculum standards of a number of states. Over 38,000 high school and middle school teachers have been trained with WIT materials through teacher workshops across the country, reaching millions of students. Colleges, military training programs, and corporations have used WIT as well.
In order to have an available cadre of trained presenters who can train additional teachers in the use of WIT materials, the Southern Center for International Studies conducts "train-the-trainer" workshops in conjunction with partnering councils. "Train-the-trainer" workshops are focused on training "master teachers," who then train additional teachers in subsequent follow-up workshops. "Train-the-trainer" workshops create a multiplier effect in a school district or state by providing more opportunities for teachers to attend a workshop.