World Affairs Council

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia co-founded Bodine High School in 1981 in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. By providing a part-time, on-site liaison, the Council enriches Bodine’s global curriculum, expands academic opportunities, and builds Bodine’s technological capacity. In addition, the Council provides administrative and community support for Bodine’s various annual programs, such as the Spring Trip Abroad, International Day, Shakespeare Festival, Senior Projects, Career Day and the One Book, One Philadelphia Program.

For more information please visit the Council’s website or contact Kasey Trapp, John Lazarich Leadership Liaison at Bodine High School, by email at or by telephone at 215-561-4700 ext. 207.

The World Affairs/Model United Nations Club meets every Thursday after-school in Room 308!

This year, Bodine is working with the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Inspire U.S. to promote voter registration and voter participation among Bodine students, especially seniors who will be eligible to vote in this year’s midterm elections. Check out the first edition of the Ambassador Report to hear from Hilary Kinney, Bodine’s Inspire U.S. representative, to learn more about our efforts to increase civic engagement among Bodine students.

Upcoming Programs & Events for Students:

International Student Summit Model African Union Final Conference – December 11, 2018 @ Temple University

This year, the 2018 International Student Summit will tackle a number of issues surrounding international development in Africa. The all-day final conference at Temple University will simulate a meeting of the African Union where students will represent a wide variety of African countries and work together to solve a crisis situation related to the topic of sustainable, egalitarian development on the continent of Africa.

World Affairs Council Speaker Program – A Conversation with NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Franklin Institute Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Dr. Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home–an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on a previous mission, his twin brother’s wife, American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space.

World Affairs Council Speaker Program – 21st Century Medicine: What are the Breakthroughs and What Will They Mean? Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thomas Jefferson University Anyone who knows of conditions in an American hospital before antibiotics, much less before anesthesia, can tell you what a medical breakthrough looks like. In recent decades, there has been a continuous improvement in medical knowledge and technique which has increased lifespans and quality of life for many millions but not these kinds of profound breakthroughs. As we move deeper into the 21st-century, what are the areas of greatest promise in medical science, where are the breakthroughs, and if breakthroughs are achieved, what will they mean for individuals and society? A diverse and distinguished panel of experts in many of the areas at the frontier of medical science will explore these questions.