World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

KQV Global Press Conference
Perspectives on the Global Energy Market

March 7, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature speakers from the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania. They will discuss "Perspectives on the Global Energy Market” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
From the Global Energy Market to Regional Conflicts: Why Saudi Arabia Matters

March 10, 2015

Join the U.S.-Saudi Business Council and the World Affairs Council to learn more about Saudi Arabia’s economic and geo-political role. One of the world’s leading energy experts will offer his frank assessment of the strategic role Saudi Arabia plays in the regional economy of the Middle East – and the broader global marketplace.

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A Workshop for Educators
Teaching about Turkey: Bridge between East and West

March 16, 2015

During this workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to learn about Turkey’s place in the world and experience Turkish culture. They will gain access to lesson plans and other resources, and hear from teachers from the Pittsburgh region who have traveled to Turkey.

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Teacher Workshop
Engaging and Preparing Students for a Globalized Workforce

March 19, 2015

During this workshop presented by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, educators will receive an overview of global trends that will affect students' futures. They will also have the opportunity to hear from international business and nonprofit leaders regarding the "soft skills" and "hard skills" vital for success in the workplace. World Affairs Council and other resources will be shared with participants.  

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Summer Seminar on Global Issues
June 15-July 2, 2015

June 15, 2015

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. Through a mix of classroom instruction, experiential learning activities, and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them.

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For more than 80 years, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh has served as a valuable resource for the Pittsburgh community. Under the auspices of its Global Engagement and Leadership initiative, the World Affairs Council offers a variety of programs and activities designed to educate and inform opinion leaders, decision-makers, professionals, and the community at large about pressing economic, political, and social developments around the world – and their relevance to our region.

Through innovative program design and the selection of thought-provoking speakers and interesting venues, the Council regularly hosts a range of events tailored to the interests and needs of the Pittsburgh community. Breakfast Briefings and Public Policy Discussions over lunch are the most common format, but the Council also holds events after work in non-traditional spaces in different parts of town. In addition, the Council organizes various special events—such as its annual trivia competition, WorldQuest.

Regardless of the time of day, the World Affairs Council reaches across generations to provide attendees of all ages with the opportunity to engage substantive speakers in a dialogue about important international issues. Past speakers have included former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan, and former Prime Minister of South Korea, Ambassador Han Duk-Soo.

In addition, the Council works with the business community to offer tailored programs to help local companies to be informed and engaged on global issues.

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