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Through the Global Leadership Certificate, Jahonna and over 200 other Pittsburgh area students are learning about global competency, empathy, and diversity, while practicing their leadership skills.
“I now understand that the world is so different from Pittsburgh.” – Jahonna
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Education Program Highlights
Mr. Jeffrey Rathke Visits Hampton High School
Jeffrey Rathke, a Pittsburgh-native who currently serves as Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., spoke to students at his alma mater, Hampton High School. Over 50 students in grades 10 through 12 were in attendance, including one of the Council’s Global Leadership Certificate students. Questions focused on the refugee crisis and what image the United States is or should be portraying to the world.
The Internet of Things, Automotive Hacking, and More!
Chris is known around the world for his ability to hack a Jeep Cherokee from a remote location miles away, and spent the evening at the Strip District’s Bar Marco discussing his experience as part-two of the Council’s Cybersecurity Discussion Series. Thanks to Highmark Health for their support of this year’s series.
Council Creates a Multicultural Dialogue
More than 100 members of the Pittsburgh community, representing a range of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, joined the Council in early December for a multicultural dialogue to close out its Diversity Through the Eyes of Women program series.
Guests first heard from Mary Montague, a peace builder and conflict resolution practitioner with experience around the world, as she addressed the importance of communication and community building in alleviating conflict. From there, Mary challenged attendees to have their own table top discussions surrounding diversity and inclusion, and brainstorm actionable steps that can be taken to make the region a more welcoming place.
The feedback received from this empowering event, sponsored by the UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion, will be compiled into a resource that will be shared in January 2017. Stay tuned!
The Council closed its 2016 year of pubic programming on December 13 with a discussion featuring Jeffrey Rathke, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Rathke shared his views on the future of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the significance of the U.S.-European trade relationship. This luncheon discussion, recognized as the John T. Ryan Jr. Memorial Lecture, was made possible through the support of the Ryan Memorial Foundation. Check out what Mr. Rathke had to say about the future of Europe, here!
Prior to the luncheon, members of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh attended a special members-only meeting, where they received highlights on the Council’s efforts during 2016 from members of the Council’s Board of Directors and Executive Team.
Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Events!
Global Issues Mini-Course
RAND Corporation, 4570 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600
January 17, 6:00 pm | February 21, 6:00 p.m. | March 28, 6:00 p.m.
Take a deep dive into international relations and key national security concerns through this mini-course taught by experts from the RAND Corporation. Small group discussions supported by pre-readings will facilitate and enhance your understanding of these critical issues.
Save the Date for School Events with the U.S Army War College!
U.S. Army War College Seminars for Students
January 23, 8:40 am | January 24, 8:30 a.m. | January 25, 8:30 am
During these Special Seminars held at three different locations, senior officers representing several branches of the United States military will brief students on various national security issues and discuss how the U.S. is addressing these concerns. Students will have the opportunity to engage in discussions with the officers on these issues.
National Security Briefing for Teachers
January 24, 8:30 am – 2:45 pm
Senior United States military officers will speak to teachers about a variety of national security issues and the role that the military plays in addressing these challenges. Teachers will be engaged in dialogue on these topics and discuss how to address these issues in their classrooms.
Listen Up: The Council’s Coverage of Global Issues
Each week, the Council hosts a half-hour conversation on global issues. Tune in to the Global Press Conference on 1410 KQV AM radio every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you missed any of our last five broadcasts, you can catch up here:Each week, the Council hosts a half-hour conversation on global issues. Tune in to the Global Press Conference on 1410 KQV AM radio every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you missed any of our last broadcasts, you can catch up here:
- Andrew Conte, Director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, discusses the changing role of the media across the globe.
- Mary Montague, International Peace Negotiator, shares her experience in peace-building and contact resolution in a multicultural world.
- Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, outlines key foreign policy challenges of the new administration.
- Annette Förster, Rooney International Visiting Scholar at Robert Morris University, explores the use of torture in democracies.
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Did You Know?
Members of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh share a common interest in understanding the global challenges of the 21st century, as well as the international issues facing our region?
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