April 2016

Welcome to the Mix

Angelica_April2016Welcome to the Council’s new monthly newsletter.

Every month we will highlight some of the Council’s past and upcoming events so you don’t miss any of your favorite world affairs topics. We also want to hear from you. If you have comments or suggestions, please write to us at newsletter@worldpittsburgh.org.

We hope you enjoy this first edition and look forward to hearing from you!

Angélica Ocampo
President and CEO

This Month’s Featured Events

April_NaderLunch with Alireza Nader

Alireza Nader, Senior International Policy Analyst from RAND Corporation, spoke about the nuclear deal as well as the political and cultural landscape of Iran on March 31st.

Thank you to our partner, RAND Corporation.


HeintzBreakfast with Stephen Heintz

A group of students and business professionals engaged in a captivating conversation with Stephen Heintz from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund over breakfast on March 16th. A wide variety of topics was discussed, including the future of philanthropy, climate change, and global governance.

Thank you to The Benter Foundation for making this event possible.whitebox2

International Women’s Day

Diversity in the workplace, women in society today, and role models were some of the topics covered during our International Women’s Day panel on March 14th. Panelists included:

Audrey Russo, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council;
Lourdes Sanchez Ridge, Solicitor and Chief Legal Officer, City of Pittsburgh;
Prajna Paramita Parasher, Program Director, Film and Digital Technology, Chatham University.

We would like to thank the Eden Hall Foundation for supporting this event, and would like also to thank our partners, the YWCA of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.

Lunch with Mayor Peduto

Peduto_AprilDid you know that Pittsburgh has a climate action plan? On March 1st, Mayor William Peduto spoke in front of nearly 100 students and business professionals about how taking action against climate change on a personal and local level can have a global impact.

See more photos of this event here.


Academic WorldQuest with WTAE’s Mike Clark

clarkShady Side Academy won the grand prize at the Council’s 14th annual Academic WorldQuest competition. Nearly 250 high school students and teachers gathered at Duquesne University for eight rounds of challenging international trivia hosted by WTAE news anchor, Mike Clark.

Learn more about Academic WorldQuest here.

Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Events!

Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk
A Guided Tour for Young Professionals
Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 6 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Learn more and register now. (space is limited!)

U.S. – Cuba Relations: Past, Present, and Future
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 3 p.m.
4217 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
This event is free and open to the public.
Learn more and register now.

Syria: Where are We Today, How Did We Get There, and Where Do We Go from Here?
Monday, April 25, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty
Learn more and register now.

Brazil’s Leap from the BRICS to Economic and Political Turmoil
Tuesday, April 26th
More details coming soon.

On the Campaign Trail – A Foreign Policy Perspective
More details coming soon.

Multicultural Diversity Through Women’s Eyes
In the first three events of this series, we will explore Pittsburgh’s cultural communities. Special emphasis will be placed on Muslim, Latino, and African-American communities.
More details coming soon.

Seminar on Global Conflict: Lessons from History
More details coming soon.

Special Radio Broadcast

Understanding Islam: Voices From Pittsburgh

The live broadcast of one of this year’s most popular events, Understanding Islam: Voices From Pittsburgh, is now available. Local Muslim community leaders share their perspectives and experiences about being Muslim in America today. You can listen to this special edition of Essential Pittsburgh on 90.5 WESA here. Thank you to 90.5 WESA for making this recording available.


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.

A Conversation with Assaf Gavron, Israeli Author of The Hilltop

Digging Deeper Into Understanding Islam

Turbulent Markets: What’s Ahead for the U.S. and Global Economy?

From Bangkok to Pittsburgh: Tales of an American Journalist in Asia

A Conversation with Vu Tran, a Vietnamese American Writer

Student Spotlight

spotlightBreanna, Global Leadership Certificate Student

Breanna, a Global Leadership Certificate program student from South Fayette High School, has made her school’s morning announcements more global as part of her Capstone project for the program.

Every week Breanna gives an overview of important world events from a variety of geographic areas and subjects with a lighter touch to appeal to her high school audience. You can see a compilation of her work here.

Meet the Team

Past Board Chair Audrey Russo (left), Council President and CEO Angélica Ocampo (center), 2016 Board Chair Chuck Stout (right)

Every month, we will introduce you to a member of our Board of Directors, Staff, Interns, or Volunteers. In this edition, meet our new President and CEO, Angélica Ocampo.

Born and raised in Argentina, Angélica spent almost 3 years in NYC before moving to Pittsburgh in November 2015.

“I am thrilled to have joined the Council in such an extraordinary time for Pittsburgh. The city has come a long way in reinventing itself, and I am confident that whatever challenges lay ahead can be overcome. The Council provides an ideal platform to help make Pittsburgh a truly global city, and my mission is to make it happen.”

Must Reads From Our Region

Is manufacturing making a comeback in Pittsburgh?
Kim Lyons, NEXT Pittsburgh

Wouldn’t it be cool if robots recycled your trash by eating it?
John Biggs, TechCrunch

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