The 2014 Global Leadership Seminar, produced in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center, is a week-long summer institute open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. This year’s Seminar will focus on the political, social and economic landscape of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through the lens of key natural resources, including oil, natural gas and water.
Through guest lectures and interactive workshops, students will explore the powerful impact that natural resources have on political and economic stability throughout the region. Additionally, students will take part in a half-day crisis simulation, during which they will role-play the decision-making processes of world leaders. Using online resources, one-on-one negotiation skills and a newly acquired understanding of key issues, players will work together, seeking solutions to an unfolding international crisis centered in the Middle East.
The Seminar’s optional fifth-day field trip to Washington, D.C., offers students the exciting opportunity to meet with Middle East scholars from some of our nation’s leading think tanks and public policy organizations.
The cost to participate in the four-day Seminar (Monday, July 21 to Thursday, July 24, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily) and the fifth-day Washington, D.C. Field Trip (Friday, July 25, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) is $135. The cost to participate in the four-day Seminar only is $95. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia accepts payment by check, money order, and/or credit/debit card.
Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available. If you require financial assistance to participate in this program, please contact the Council's Director of Student Programs, Matthew DeSoi, at 215-561-4700, ext. 216.
Cancellations requested on or prior to June 20 will be refunded, minus a $15 administration fee. No refunds will be granted on or after June 21.