2013-2014 Student Ambassador Program
A Resource for our Region’s Middle Schools
Program runs October - May
The Student Ambassador Program is a comprehensive global education program for middle schools in the Pittsburgh region.
This program is for middle school students and their teachers. The program menu consists of a combination of two total school visits and the culminating Student Ambassador Conference for student leaders. Participating schools are provided with an extensive resource guide and support throughout the program.
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June 24, 2014
17th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers - Teaching Contemporary Global Issues
June 24-26, 2014
The Institute is a three-day workshop which consists of presentations on contemporary world affairs, small group problem solving exercises, and lesson-planning sessions with direct application to your curriculum.
July 7, 2014
Summer Seminar on Global Issues
July 7-18, 2014
The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Created for students entering their junior or senior year in high school, this innovative program is a two-week, interactive course focusing on both contemporary global issues and critical language skills.
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April 26, 2014
KQV Global Press Conference
The Power of Knowledge: The Importance of Education in a Global Society
This half-hour radio program will feature Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. They will discuss "The Power of Knowledge: The Importance of Education in a Global Society” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.
April 27, 2014
KQV Global Press Conference
Joining Together, Respecting Differences: Peace, Reconciliation, and Social Equity in the International Community
This half-hour radio program will feature Azim Khamisa, author and philanthropic leader and Wilhelm Verwoerd, social innovator, author, and human rights activist. They will discuss "Joining Together, Respecting Differences: Peace, Reconciliation, and Social Equity in the International Community” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.
May 12, 2014
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Europe’s Watershed Moment:
What the Conflict in Ukraine Means for Europe,
the United States, and Relations with Russia
The Dr. Henry A. Kissinger Transatlantic Speaker Program of the ACG Pittsburgh Eric M. Warburg Chapter
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller
Senior Transatlantic Fellow and Director of Transatlantic Trends, German Marshall Fund of the United States
The invasion and annexation of Crimea has perhaps changed the geopolitical balance to one of systemic competition—and some even fear a renewed Cold War. What will happen now, and what are our options? Join the World Affairs Council and the American Council on Germany's Eric M. Warburg Chapter in Pittsburgh for expert analysis on the pressing issue from one of Europe’s most experienced analysts.
June 3, 2014
R. Daniel McMichael Memorial Luncheon
Global Education, Civic Engagement, and America’s Role in the World
Dr. Schuyler Foerster
Brent Scowcroft Professor of National Security Studies
U.S. Air Force Academy Department of Political Science and Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies
Former President of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Featuring introductory remarks from Vice Admiral Robin R. Braun, Chief of the Navy Reserve and Commander of the Navy Reserve Force
As we move further into the 21st century, the role of the United States on the international stage is evolving. In an increasingly interconnected world bound together by technology, complex economies, and other emerging trends, the importance of global education has never been more significant than it is today.
News at the Council
Support the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh on Pittsburgh's Day of Giving!
Maximize your contribution to the Council by making a donation through www.pittsburghgives.org on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Only donations made between 6:00 a.m. and midnight count! Any individual contribution made up to $1,000 will be partially matched by the Pittsburgh Foundation from a pool of funds.
Council Wins 2013 Top-Rated Award
Thanks to all of the amazing reviews we received from all of you, we've won a 2013 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. Click here to read our reviews or add one of your own!
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s WorldRunners team is looking for runners and walkers for the Dick’s Sporting Good Pittsburgh Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay on May 4, 2014. The 5K, Kids Marathon, and Pet Walk will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
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Teachers and students from National Dali High School welcomed World Affairs Council CEO, Dr. Sokol, to Taiwan. He recently led a leadership mission organized by the World Affairs Councils of America.
Pittsburgh to Host Global Energy Symposium in Fall 2014
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will play a key role in developing and hosting the Global Energy Symposium, to be held in Fall 2014. This event will convene some of the world’s top energy experts from government, industry, academia, and non-profits for in-depth discussions on the challenges and opportunities of the global energy market. The group will develop and approve the “Pittsburgh Agenda” for international energy reform. The Symposium will include public policy discussions that will be open to the public.
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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.
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.
Other Interesting International Events
Silk Screen Festival
2014 Festival Schedule
April 26 - May 4, 2014
The 2014 Silk Screen Festival will feature 25 full length films from all over Asia and the Middle East, as well as two shorts. From a strong Japanese samurai epic, to family films from India, and the horror thrillers from South Korea, the festival has become known for films representing Taiwan, the Philippines, Iran, Sri Lanka, China, and a host of other nations.There will be 47 showings at 4 locations in the city: the Regent Square Theater, the Melwood Screening Room, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Earth Theater, and the new location this year is the Waterworks Cinema.
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Vying for Allah's Vote
Book Signing Event
May 17, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Chughtai Residence, 4306 Michel Ct., Murrysville
RSVP required: 412-612-6381 rschughtai@ gmail.com
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Young Achiever: Tessa Houser
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