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AWQ 2014

Shady Side Academy team took first place in the 2014 Academic WorldQuest. The team will advance to the National Academic WorldQuest competition to be held in Washington, DC on April 26, 2014.

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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17th Annual  Summer Institute  for TeachersJune 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.

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Summer Seminar on Global IssuesJuly 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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Council Blog

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Upcoming Programs

KQV Global Press ConferenceApril 19, 2014

KQV Global Press Conference
Crisis in Crimea: What’s Next?

This half-hour radio program will feature Kent Logsdon, Chief of Staff, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State of Management and Resources. He will discuss "Crisis in Crimea: What’s Next?” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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KQV Global Press ConferenceApril 20, 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.

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Europe¯s Watershed Moment: What the Conflict in Ukraine Means for Europe,  the United States, and Relations with RussiaMay 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, 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.

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News at the Council

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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!

President of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Chair of the World Affairs Council of PIttsburgh, Audrey Russo, talks about the books she keeps piled on her nightstand and drawing inspiration from strong female role models.

Click here to listen as she discusses the classics.

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.

Click here to visit our charity profile page on CrowdRise.

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.

Click here for the latest update! To view past weekly updates, please click here.

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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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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