Penn State Greater Allegheny, strongly committed to the University's internationalization initiatives, has adopted each year a country or region of the world as a common focus to inspire teaching and scholarship. Through comparative study we hope to advance a greater understanding of globalization processes and their impact on the lives of people around the world, including our own region.
This year's focus is on the Mediterranean. More than 20 faculty and staff members are cooperating to explore and reflect on various aspects of the history, culture, and economic, social, and political reality of this region. Course lectures, student research projects, public debates, service learning activities, theater productions, films and guest lecturers will help us learn about this area of the world.
An addition to the program starting in 2008 was a theme to accompany the regional focus. The theme for the 2016-2017 academic year is climate change.
Teaching International is a partner with campus sustainability initiatives and the Honors Program to bring lectures, films, and other activities on globalization and sustainability to the campus, including the Fall and Spring Student Research and Creativity Conferences.
This last academic year we concluded a focus on Global Pittsburgh, with a theme of literacies. Previous countries or regions and themes studied were the Balkans (theme: gender) in 2015-2016, Canada (theme: global health), the Celtic Nations in 2012-2013 (theme: water); the Middle East in 2011-2012 (theme: the Millennium Development Goals); Eastern Europe in 2010-2011 (theme: human rights); East Asia in 2009-2010 (theme: the environment); Latin America and the Caribbean in 2008-2009 (theme: food security); South Asia in 2007-2008; India in 2006-2007; Africa in 2005-2006; and Haiti in 2004.