World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

KQV Global Press Conference
Reflecting on the Arab Spring: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East

January 31, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University. He will discuss "Reflecting on the Arab Spring: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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Special Seminar and Video Conference
The Life of a Diplomat

February 2, 2015

During this special seminar, Ambassador Hill will highlight his newest book, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy, and reflect on the opportunities, challenges, success, and failures he faced during his career. Following Ambassador Hill’s remarks, students will have the opportunity to ask questions during a moderated discussion.  

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Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Reflections on a Life in Diplomacy

February 2, 2015

Join the Council for a discussion with a highly regarded former career diplomat and four-time ambassador as he reflects on his career and offers insights concerning today’s foreign policy challenges and opportunities.

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The Politics of Jesus
Discussion and Reception
The Politics of Jesus

Dr. Reza Aslan
Author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California - Riverside

September 17, 2013

6:00-8:00 p.m.

New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

Dr. Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His most recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, arrived in bookstores in July, and has been garnering significant media attention.

His first book is the international bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into thirteen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age), as well as editor of two volumes: Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalties, Contentions, and Complexities.

Dr. Aslan is the founder of, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and about the Greater Middle East.

Born in Iran, Dr. Aslan holds degrees from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well the University of Iowa. An Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a member of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the board of directors of the Ploughshares Fund, Narrative Four, PEN USA, and the Levantine Cultural Center.

Student Admission (with ID): $15 | General Admission: $25  | VIP: $50
(VIPs receive a signed copy of Zealot, priority seating, and a special opportunity to meet the author)

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

Participants must register to attend. No-shows and cancellations after September 13, 2013 will be charged.

Cash Bar. Appetizers will be served.

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Co-sponsored by the Humanities Scholars Program  at Carnegie Mellon University
Media sponsor: 90.5 WESA


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