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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. 

Teaching International logo 10 year anniversary

2015-2016 program

This year's focus is on the global connections to and from the Greater Pittsburgh area. 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 2015-2016 academic year is literacy.

Teaching International is a partner with the Greener Allegheny initiative and the Honors Program to bring lectures, films, and other activities on globalization and sustainability to the campus.

Program history

This last academic year we concluded a focus on the Balkans, with a theme of gender.  Previous countries or regions and themes studied were 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.

For more information

Teaching International Executive Committee:

Dr. Verónica Montecinos (vxm11@psu.edu; 412-675-9462), chair
Dr. Margaret Signorella (msignorella@psu.edu; 412-675-9451)
Dr. MaryEllen Higgins (mxh68@psu.edu; 412-675-9461)
Dr. Douglas Charles (dmc166@psu.edu; 412-675-9167)