World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

KQV Global Press Conference
Smart Power in the 21st Century

May 23, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Robert Pearson, Former U.S. Ambassador to  Turkey. He will discuss "Smart Power in the 21st Century” with host former Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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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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18th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers - Teaching Contemporary Global Issues
June 16-17, 2015

June 16, 2015

The Institute is a two-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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Program Calendar

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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.

Call 412-281-7970 or email

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


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