2014-2015 International Youth Forum
Exploring Foreign Policy in our Interconnected World
October 20, 2014
Each session will be a 90-minute video conference with students from local and international sites. Prior to each International Youth Forum, students will review Great Decisions materials. They will also conduct research on the topics to be discussed and prepare brief presentations to share with their peers. Participants will discuss the topics with young people at sites around the world and have the opportunity to develop potential solutions to current and future foreign policy challenges.
Special Seminar and Video Conference
Human Rights: Reflections from a War Correspondent
October 21, 2014
During this event, students will have the opportunity to hear from Professor Anne Nelson about her experiences as a war correspondent and her work in promoting human rights. What role does the media play in contemporary conflicts? What insights do those on the front lines gain? What responsibilities are unique to war correspondents and other observers of human rights?
4th Annual Dignity and Respect Day
In Celebration of Global Dignity Day
Live Webcast and Interactive Video Conference
October 22, 2014
Global Dignity Day is an international effort to connect students across the globe to discuss the role that dignity and respect plays in their lives. In celebration of Global Dignity Day, this program invites students to participate in activities and conversation with their local and international peers to highlight ways students can promote dignity and respect in their classrooms and community.
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Firefights and Foot Patrols - Documenting America's Engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq
Carmen Gentile, Foreign Correspondent for USA Today and Filmmaker Ralph Vituccio
January 23, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Bricolage, 937 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh
Join the World Affairs Council and Bricolage for an evening of political discourse through the lens of Pittsburgh’s own. Begin with an excerpt of In Service, a documentary produced by Bricolage in conjunction with Pittsburgh Filmmakers and introduced by the film’s director Ralph Vituccio. This film chronicles Pittsburgh’s connections to the Iraq War. Then participate in a discussion led by Carmen Gentile, foreign correspondent for USA Today and war photographer, whose accounts capture the raw and visceral effect of being on the frontlines in Afghanistan. To close the evening Vituccio will join Gentile for a riveting Q&A session.
The trip to Afghanistan from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a long one. Roughly 20 hours of air travel via multiple connections puts you 10,000 miles away from home in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. This is a trip Pittsburgh-native Carmen Gentile has been making for years as he documents the conflict in Afghanistan. Breaking away from the daily media headlines and talking heads, Mr. Gentile journeys with foot patrols along the Af/Pak border, and hunkers down with U.S. soldiers during fire fights. By doing so, Mr. Gentile has added multiple dimensions of storytelling — raw and visceral in effect.
Breaking down the barriers between scripted storytelling and current events in the world at large, Bricolage introduces the “Fifth Wall” program — a way of bringing world events to the local stage. Perhaps nothing compliments this initiative better than Mr. Gentile’s latest experience in Afghanistan. Embedded with troops for a month in late 2012, the foreign correspondent/backpack journalist reported for USA Today on a myriad of issues facing Afghanistan — from the upcoming troop withdrawal to the 12th Christmas U.S. soldiers have celebrated in a war-zone.
From his trips have come a collection of photos and video pieces that give a vivid and personal account of the conflict in Afghanistan. Join the Council and Bricolage Production Company as we blend the “Fifth Wall” with international affairs to see Afghanistan through the lens of Pittsburgh’s own.
Carmen Gentile has written for some of the world's leading publications including the New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, and USA Today. He also produces online video reporting for the New York Times and TIME. Mr. Gentile has covered both of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, embedding with soldiers on the frontline. His work has also taken him to Nigeria, where he reported on the continuing unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Beginning his international reporting career in the late 1990s, he has been based in Egypt, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, and Haiti. In September 2010, Mr. Gentile was shot by a rocket-propelled grenade while reporting on U.S. and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan. Following a lengthy recovery, he resumed embedded reporting for USA Today and other publications. Mr. Gentile recently returned from Afghanistan, where he was embedded with U.S. troops in the Ghazni Province.
Participants must register to attend. No-shows and cancellations after January 18, 2013 will be charged.
Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Dan Law at 412-281-1259 or email email@example.com.
With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
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