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sit 2014

Teachers from around the region hear from Rear Admiral David Titley, USN (ret.), Ph.D. at the 2014 Summer Institute for Teachers.

Special Seminar and Video Conference Peace in the Middle East? A German View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict October 3, 2014

Special Seminar and Video Conference
Peace in the Middle East? A German View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

During this special seminar and video conference, students will hear from Ruprecht Polenz, German politician and former Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, about the conflict in the Middle East. He will provide a German point of view on the current situation in Israel and Palestine, and address how a policy towards the region should look and the response needed by the global community.

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globeOctober 20, 2014

2014-2015 International Youth Forum
Exploring Foreign Policy in our Interconnected World

Each session will be a 90-minute video conference with students from local and international sites. Prior to each International Youth Forum, students will review Great Decisions materials. They will also conduct research on the topics to be discussed and prepare brief presentations to share with their peers. Participants will discuss the topics with young people at sites around the world and have the opportunity to develop potential solutions to current and future foreign policy challenges.

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Global Dignity DayOctober 22, 2014

4th Annual Dignity and Respect Day
In Celebration of Global Dignity Day

Live Webcast and Interactive Video Conference

Global Dignity Day is an international effort to connect students across the globe to discuss the role that dignity and respect plays in their lives. In celebration of Global Dignity Day, this program invites students to participate in activities and conversation with their local and international peers to highlight ways students can promote dignity and respect in their classrooms and community.

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Bryant SaltarOctober 24, 2014

Special Seminar and Video Conference
Think Globally: Preparing for the Future

During this special seminar, students will hear from Bryant Salter, a Pittsburgh native who spent time as both a United States diplomat and a professional football player before launching his own international business consultancy. Mr. Salter will help students develop their own strategy for success by sharing his personal story: the path he took and the choices he made along the way that opened unsuspected opportunities.

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Model Global Ebola Response Coalition Video ConferenceOctober 28, 2014

Model Global Ebola Response Coalition Video Conference
The Ebola Crisis

The Ebola outbreak is a global crisis that requires a unified, worldwide response. For this event, students from around the world will represent members of United Nations and partnering organizations that are part of the Global Ebola Response Coalition to understand and discuss the global response to this crisis.

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World Affairs Institute 2014: Russia¯s Place in the WorldNovember 19, 2014

44th World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders
Russia’s Place in the World

The World Affairs Institute is an annual daylong conference sponsored by Rotary International and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

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Upcoming Programs

 	Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon on the occasion of German Unity Day Germany¯s Role in the World October 3, 2014

The Dr. Henry A. Kissinger Transatlantic Speaker Program of the ACG Pittsburgh Eric M. Warburg Chapter

Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon on the occasion of German Unity Day
Germany’s Role in the World

Ruprecht Polenz
Former Member of the German Bundestag (CDU)
Former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations

With the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the horizon and German-American relations at a low point over allegations of spying, this is an opportune time to hear from one of Germany’s most distinguished politicians and foreign policy experts. Join the American Council on Germany and the World Affairs Council for a timely discussion on the occasion of German Unity Day!

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KQV Global Press ConferenceOctober 4, 2014

KQV Global Press Conference
Breaking Down Barriers through Food: Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian Edition

This half-hour radio program will feature Jon Rubin, Co-Director, and Robert Sayre, Culinary Director, Conflict Kitchen. They will discuss "Breaking Down Barriers through Food: Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian Edition” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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KQV Global Press ConferenceOctober 5, 2014

KQV Global Press Conference
Prime Minister Modi and India’s Domestic and Foreign Policy Priorities

This half-hour radio program will feature Mobashar Jawad “MJ” Akbar, Indian Author and Columnist; National Spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party. He will discuss "Prime Minister Modi and India’s Domestic and Foreign Policy Priorities” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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WorldQuest 2014October 27, 2014

WorldQuest
11th Annual International Trivia Competition

Hosted by:
WTAE’s Sally Wiggin and Essential Pittsburgh 90.5 WESA’s Paul Guggenheimer

Special Guest:
Mayor Bill Peduto will join us for the "Pittsburgh Round"!!

Join us for a fun evening of food, drinks, prizes, unique networking opportunities, and friendly competition. Show off your knowledge of the world and help support the work of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

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News at the Council

TOP-RATED NONPROFIT GreatNonprofits.org Award

Council Wins 2014 Top-Rated Award

Thanks to all of the amazing reviews we received from all of you, we've won a 2014 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. Click here to read our reviews or add one of your own!

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2014 National Conference: America and the World 2015
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The World Affairs Councils of America will host its 2014 National Conference, America and the World 2015, on November 5-7 at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC.

Held annually for over two decades, the Conference engages our national network's leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts.

The 2014 National Conference Agenda will examine: China, the U.S., and Asia; Russia/Eurasia; Cybersecurity; Future of Education; Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest; Food and Water; Global Economic Realignment; Future of Energy; Africa; and Climate Change.

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Post-Gazette in search of Pittsburghers from all over the world

The Post-Gazette launched a new online project “Odysseys,” a journey of discovery, full of tales of adventure and the hopes that immigrants from each of the 193 countries in the United Nations brought to Pittsburgh. You'll hear new voices, see new faces and meet new people as they share stories of how they have become part of Pittsburgh and how Pittsburgh has become part of them.

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The World News Weekly Update is a collection the past week's top news stories. Every week, the Council gathers articles, reports, and op-eds from various domestic and international information outlets in order to provide wide-ranging and balanced perspectives on pressing global issues.

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Other Interesting International Events

Conversations On Europe
25 Years of the Berlin Republic, with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
October 3, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
4217 Posvar Hall


Join us for a special session of Conversations on Europe to commemorate German Unity Day. Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the EUCE has organized a virtual roundtable discussion reflecting on Germany since 1989. The expert panel will include Visiting Professor Georg Menz, Department of Political Science; Ruprecht Polenz, a German politician and former Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs; Margaret Littler, University of Manchester; and Jack Janes, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. Steven Sokol, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will moderate the discussion.

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Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Celebration
October 5, 2014
Gandhi—Nonviolent Methods to
Save the Planet
3:00—5:00 p.m.
Heinz Chapel
University of Pittsburgh


October 2nd, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, is the International Day of Nonviolence, per a United Nations declaration in 2007. An afternoon of activities celebrating the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings. Cultural performances, inter-faith presentations, and a talk by Dr. Pankaj Jain of the University of North Texas: Gandhi—Nonviolent Methods to Save the Planet.

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General Lloyd J. Austin III
Commander of U.S. Central Command
"United States Central Command’s Strategic Role in Our Nation’s Defense”
October 7, 2014

6:00—7:00 p.m.
Rashid Auditorium
Gates & Hillman Centers, Room 4401


To register, please email: cirp@andrew.cmu.edu.

Baltic Tiger or Paper Tiger?
Unraveling Europe’s
Social Model in Latvia
October 9, 2014
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
5:30 p.m.
Jeffrey Sommers, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Jeffrey Sommers is an Associate Professor of political economy & public policy in Global Studies & Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is also a visiting faculty member and curator of the Andre Gunder Frank Memorial Library at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia. Having lived in the Baltic States for five years, he has provid-ed economic and policy counsel to governments at all levels. Among his more recent publications, he has co-edited “The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model” (2014), with Charles Woolfson. He is a frequent media contributor to global outlets such as The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, RT, Al-Ahram, The Moscow Times, among others. A reception is to follow the talk.

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Video: The Politics of Jesus: Dr. Reza Aslan

Dr. Reza Aslan's most recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, arrived in bookstores in July, and has been garnering significant media attention. Click here to watch the full-size video of the recent discussion with this internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions.

Night of Stories by Fledgling International Travelers
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Engaging Iran: Visitors to Pittsburgh bring message worth noting
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At Summer Seminar, Students Learn to Think Critically About Global Issues
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Dozens of high-schoolers attend annual seminar on global events
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Quaker Valley junior bound for Tanzanian adventure
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More from Personalities of Pittsburgh Interview with Audrey Russo
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Young Achiever: Raheem Perry
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How the World Affairs Council Has Impacted Cornell
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Pittsburgh-Area Students Tackle World Water Crisis
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International presentation at Shaler Area helps students expand horizons

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Young Achiever: Tessa Houser
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Europe in focus: EU ambassador visits Pitt at timely moment
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On Pittsburgh visit, ambassador says $15B in aid to Ukraine shows support

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