KQV Global Press Conference
A Family's Story of Survival in War-torn Afghanistan
January 31, 2015
This half-hour radio program will feature Qais Akbar Omar, Author of A Fort of Nine Towers and Goodwill Envoy for the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women. He will discuss "A Family's Story of Survival in War-torn Afghanistan” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.
KQV Global Press Conference
Reflecting on the Arab Spring: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
February 1, 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.
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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March 11, 2014
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh
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.
World Affairs Council events are open to the public.
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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