Supporting Mainers to become global citizens
Education & Awareness
With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those eager to learn more about global issues. Our popular annual WorldQuest event offers a chance for students to test their knowledge of international affairs in a competition against other students, corporate teams, and community members. Our Great Decisions courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provide the opportunity to study multifaceted international issues in an academic setting. We also host film screenings and panel discussions that teach our state about important topics in international humanitarian affairs.
The ultimate global knowledge competition that brings high school teams and local businesspeople together for an evening that tests world affairs savviness. The game consists of six rounds of 10 questions by category. The 2018 categories included: Geography, Cybersecurity, Combatting Climate Change, America's Diplomats, Saudi Arabia, and Current Events. Food, drink and lots of fantastic door prizes make for an entertaining and exciting evening. The winning high school team is invited to attend The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition hosted each year in Washington, D.C. by the World Affairs Councils of America.
Great Decisions is a flagship program of the World Affairs Council of Maine, facilitated by WAC members and board members. The format and content of these courses are based on the Great Decisions essays prepared by the Foreign Policy Association annually. Each spring and fall semester we deliver eight sessions in line with that year's FPA Great Decisions publication. Courses are held at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a senior college on the USM Portland campus offering an extensive array of courses in the liberal arts and sciences for students 50 or older.