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KQV Global Press Conference
Challenges and opportunities facing Europe

May 30, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Johan Verbeke, Belgian Ambassador to the United States. He will discuss "Challenges and opportunities facing Europe” 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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Global Engagement and Leadership Luncheon
Global Instability: Is Disorder the New Order?

June 16, 2015

Thomas Sanderson, an expert on terrorism, transnational crime, global trends, and intelligence issues, has conducted field research in more than 60 countries. His research includes engaging with a diverse array of in-the-know people – from terrorists to foreign intelligence officials to nongovernmental organizations – to get the most accurate picture possible of what is really happening on the ground. Join us for what is sure to be an engaging and informative discussion.

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Ross LaJeunesse Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations Google
Freedom and Power in the Digital Age

Ross LaJeunesse
Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations
Google

March 11, 2014

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh

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In the last 25 years, the Internet has changed the way people access and share information, and has shifted the dynamics of societies around the globe. Those with a web connection have the potential to take any message and reach an audience of millions. But, this individual potential is only possible when the Internet is open and free for its users. More than 600 million Internet users - over 30% of the world's total Internet population - live in countries where there is substantial filtering or censorship of online content. Understanding what the Internet and online freedom mean for the world is critical for the future of democracy, human rights, and economic development everywhere.

Can 20th century institutions adapt to a 21st century global society? Is “change” synonymous with “progress”? Join the World Affairs Council and one of Google’s leading executives for an exploration of how we define freedom and power in a new era and what it means to be connected in today’s world.

Ross LaJeunesse is the Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations for Google. With twenty years of experience in politics and government affairs, he has worked for multiple administrations, including former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. LaJeunesse was also Chief of Staff to California Controller Steve Westly, the state’s chief financial officer. He began his career as an assistant to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell and went on to serve on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Mr. LaJeunesse received his law degree with honors from the Harvard Law School. He received a B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.

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This event is FREE. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

World Affairs Council events are open to the public.

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This event is part of the World Affairs Councils of America’s Engage America Series and is supported through a grant from Google, Inc.

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