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Travel Tales:
True Stories from First-Time International Travelers

September 18, 2014

Join us for an exciting evening of live storytelling by young people from throughout the Pittsburgh community who had the opportunity to travel abroad during the summer after their Junior year of high school. The most recent cohort of 2014 Global Travel Scholars will be joined by several past participants to reflect on their experience as a first-time traveler outside of the country and on the impact it has had.

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KQV Global Press Conference
Understanding the Global Energy Market

September 20, 2014

This half-hour radio program will feature Karen Harbert, President and CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.She will discuss "Understanding the Global Energy Market” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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KQV Global Press Conference
Climate Change: An Unconventional Threat to National Security

September 21, 2014

This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. David Titley, Retired Rear Admiral with the US Navy and Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Pennsylvania State University. He will discuss "Climate Change: An Unconventional Threat to National Security” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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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.

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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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