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Teaching International

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, and collaboration within and beyond Penn State, 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. 

2018-2019 program

This year's focus is on Puerto Rico. 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 2018-2019 academic year is social movements.

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.

Program history

This last academic year we concluded a focus on West Africa, with a theme of migration. Previous countries or regions and themes studied were the Mediterranean (theme: climate change) in 2016-2017; Global Pittsburgh (theme: literacies)in 2015-2016; the Balkans (theme: gender) in 2014-2015, Canada (theme: global health) in 2013-2014; 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.

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