Back to School with Carnegie Council's New High School Resources

August 29, 2019

Library bookshelves. CREDIT: Jarmoluk (CC).

With the new school year in mind, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs has added timely new high school materials to its extensive online education section.

Students can look back 100 years to 1919 and see how the events and ideas of that year have helped to shape the politics and culture of 2019. To facilitate this type of inquiry, Carnegie Council created high school level world and U.S. history resources based on opinion pieces from The New York Times' "1919: The Year of the Crack Up" series and Carnegie Council senior fellow Ted Widmer's accompanying podcast.

The world history section focuses on Asia and how the Treaty of Versailles, President Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points," and the contributions of a diverse set of nations to the World War I effort influenced politics in China, India, Korea, and Japan. The U.S. history section includes readings and worksheets on the significance of America's new role as a global power and how immigration, gender, and race shaped domestic politics and identity.

Here are some upcoming opportunities that have already been announced:

Join Carnegie Council & Organizations Around the World: Celebrate Global Ethics Day, October 16
Launched by Carnegie Council in 2014, Global Ethics Day is a global teach-in and an opportunity for institutions to explore the role of ethics in a globalized world. To learn more, watch this short video and go to

International Student Essay Contest: Is there an ethical responsibility to regulate the Internet? If so, why and to what extent? If not, why not?
This contest is open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students of all nationalities. The essay should include explanations of the concepts of responsibility and regulation (written in your own words) and identify the actor(s) that should or should not be responsible. Length: 1,000-1,500 words. Deadline: October 16, 2019. For more details, click here.

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world.