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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.

global travel scholarSeptember 18, 2014

Travel Tales:
True Stories from First-Time International Travelers

Join us for an exciting evening of live storytelling by young people from throughout the Pittsburgh community who had the opportunity to travel abroad during the summer after their Junior year of high school. The most recent cohort of 2014 Global Travel Scholars will be joined by several past participants to reflect on their experience as a first-time traveler outside of the country and on the impact it has had.

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Peter Schneider Author and JournalistSeptember 25, 2014

Special Seminar and Video Conference
Understanding Germany 25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

During this special seminar and video conference, students will hear from Peter Schneider, a German writer and social critic, and author of Berlin Now: The City after the Wall. Using modern Berlin as a lens, he will highlight the ways in which Berlin has become a rapidly changing metropolis. Questions will address the unintended consequences and benefits of opening the Wall, the racial tensions that exist and what influence they have on Berlin’s continued growth, and more.

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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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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

KQV Global Press ConferenceSeptember 20, 2014

KQV Global Press Conference
Understanding the Global Energy Market

This half-hour radio program will feature Karen Harbert, President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.She will discuss "Understanding the Global Energy Market” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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KQV Global Press ConferenceSeptember 21, 2014

KQV Global Press Conference
Climate Change: An Unconventional Threat to National Security

This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. David Titley, Retired Rear Admiral with the US Navy and Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Pennsylvania State University. He will discuss "Climate Change: An Unconventional Threat to National Security” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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Berlin Now: The City after the WallSeptember 25, 2014

Berlin Now: The City after the Wall

Peter Schneider
Author and Journalist

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Berlin has become a vibrant metropolis which characterizes contemporary Germany. Yet, the city remains divided. Join the GABC and the Council to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Wall with one of Germany’s most thoughtful social critics who will offer his perceptions and insights on one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.

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Converging Interests: India¯s ¯Look East¯ and America¯s ¯Asia Pivot¯ October 1, 2014

Breakfast Briefing
Converging Interests: India’s ‘Look East’ and America’s ‘Asia Pivot’

Mobashar Jawad “MJ” Akbar
Acclaimed Author and Columnist and National Spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party

Join the Council on the heels of Prime Minister Modi’s bilateral talks with President Barack Obama following the UN General Assembly to hear about Modi’s foreign policy priorities from one of India’s most widely respected journalists and public intellectuals.

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 	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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WorldQuest 2014October 27, 2014

11th Annual International Trivia Competition

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

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


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

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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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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