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School Events

sit 2014

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

The Ebola Crisis: On the Ground  with Save the ChildrenOctober 28, 2014

The Ebola Crisis: On the Ground with Save the Children

For this event, students will have the opportunity hear a briefing on the Ebola crisis via livestream. Gary B. Shaye, Senior Director of Humanitarian Operations from Save the Children, will share what the crisis looks like on the ground in West Africa and how international organizations are responding to the crisis. This is the first segment of a longer program and simulation on the Ebola crisis.

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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

KQV Global Press ConferenceOctober 25, 2014

KQV Global Press Conference
Insights into the U.S.-Canada Partnership

This half-hour radio program will feature John F. Prato, Consul General of Canada. He will discuss "Insights into the U.S.-Canada Partnership” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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KQV Global Press ConferenceOctober 26, 2014

KQV Global Press Conference
Why Mexico Matters

This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Head of the Economic Affairs Section at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States. He will discuss "Why Mexico Matters” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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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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AMEIOctober 28, 2014

OASIS: Growing Business Between the U.S. & the Middle East
7th Annual Business Conference

OASIS is a high-level gathering of Middle East Ministries and American and Middle East corporate and university decision makers focused on growing business opportunities between the United States and the countries of the Middle East.

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Petraeus_David_October 28, 2014

Lecture featuring General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired)
Presented by the American Middle East Institute

General Petraeus' lecture is the culminating event of the American Middle East Institute’s 7th Annual Business Conference, Oasis: Growing Business Opportunities between the U.S. and the Middle East.

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Dr. Michael Mandelbaum Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University¯s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.November 10, 2014

Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon on the Occasion of the Council’s 83rd Annual Meeting
The Future of the Global Economy

Dr. Michael Mandelbaum
Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University’s
School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

As we look to the future, will the world be stable and peaceful enough to enable trade, investment, and immigration to take place on a large scale? How will politics shape the global economy? Join the Council and one of America’s leading authorities on international affairs to learn more about the world’s economic outlook.

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David Greene Host of NPR¯s ¯Morning Edition¯ and Author of Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of RussiaNovember 18, 2014

Special Member-Only Reception
and Discussion

Reflections on Russia

David Greene
Host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” and Author of Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

Join WESA and the World Affairs Council for a special “members-only” event with NPR’s former Moscow bureau chief who will discuss how the lives of ordinary Russians have changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. After two-and-a-half years in Moscow, David Greene decided to take the Trans-Siberian Railway across the country undefined a 6,000 mile journey from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. He repeated the journey the following winter.

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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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Other Interesting International Events

Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels Screening
November 15, 2014
4:15 pm

Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels is a documentary by Tony Buba, based on Marcus Rediker’s The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom. The film will have its U.S. premiere at the Three Rivers Film Festival.It will be screened at The Regent Square Theater, 1035 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh 15218, and will be followed by a Q&A with Director Buba and Producer/Writer Rediker.  

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The Play’s the Thing
Vaclav Havel Film Festival
25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
Private Reception
Nov. 15, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
The Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh

Film Festival Begins at 6:30 p.m. All films free and open to the public. Click here for a complete list of the films

Presented by
The Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee
Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Pittsburgh
In cooperation with the Carpatho-Rusyn Society and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Private Reception: RSVP required by Nov. 6, 2014 to Carol Hochman by email or call 412-727-1846

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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.

Former German leader discusses ISIS with North Hills, North Allegheny students
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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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