August 2016

Education Program Highlights

Emerging Global Leaders Camp


Emerging Global Leaders Camp 2016 participants

The Council’s inaugural Emerging Global Leaders Camp was a tremendous success, bringing together 24 high school students from 11 different schools to learn and engage with leaders and entrepreneurs from throughout Pittsburgh.

Organizations represented included our partners, Thrill Mill and Alloy 26, as well as City of Asylum, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Global Links, Thread, and the Manchester Bidwell Corporation.

The camp focused on what it meant to be an effective leader and how people and organizations throughout the region are making a difference. It concluded with a pitch contest, where teams of campers pitched their ideas for solutions to global and local issues which they identified.

Judges on the pitch contest panel included:

  • Kenny Chen, Program Director, Thrival Innovation + Music Festival
  • Paul Cindric, Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Kit Needham, Associate Director, Project Olympus, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Paul Overby, President and Chairman of the Board at German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Angélica Ocampo, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Campers praised the camp as a “worthwhile and eye-opening experience” that inspired them to make a positive difference in the world and in their communities. We commend our 2016 Emerging Global Leaders for their confidence and insight, and we look forward to meeting our 2017 cohort!

Pittsburgh Inspires Exchange Students to ‘Change the Narrative’ of Mexico

The World Affairs Council was proud to co-host TALENTUM, an academic program for highly talented college students from Mexico, on their first visit to Pittsburgh. The group of 60 students, most of them in advanced STEM programs, met with Mayor Peduto, visited the University of Pittsburgh and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and spoke with representatives from the Tech Council and the tech community. Most of them will go on to pursue graduate studies and are now considering Pittsburgh as an ideal city in which to continue their education.

Professor Blanca Heredia, founder of TALENTUM, was interviewed by WESA. Click here to listen now!


This Summer’s Featured Events

The Arab Spring: Where are we today?

Shelly Culbertson, Policy Analyst with RAND and author of The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East, spoke to an engaging, full-capacity crowd at the City of Asylum Alphabet City Tent. Shelly addressed the complexities of the region in a post-Arab Spring era and provided her prospects for the future.


Young Professionals Happy Hour

To better bring together Pittsburgh’s growing global communities, we partnered with GlobalPittsburgh on their monthly First Thursdays Happy Hour program for July. Together, we welcomed over 150 young and mid-career professionals, students, and other interested members of the community, including 25 fellows participating in the Washington Mandela Fellowship Program for Young African Leaders.



Brazil’s Leap from the BRICS to Economic and Political Turmoil

Earlier this summer, Dr. Barry Ames, Andrew Mellon Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Pittsburgh, discussed Brazil’s shift from a well-regarded BRICS country to one experiencing political crisis and a deteriorating economy at a June event in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

He addressed the current situation, particularly the importance of a center-aligned political system, and provided a hopeful outlook for the country’s economic future given its expanding rule of law.


Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Events!

13th Annual International Trivia Competition
The Cabaret at Theater Square
November 7, 2016 at 5:45 p.m.

Save the dates for these events. More details coming soon!

The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Reflection on Progress and Future Perspectives
September 14, 2016

10 Commandments for America’s Next Commander-in-Chief
September 28, 2016

Cybersecurity Series: Cybersecurity and the Law
October 26, 2016

Cybersecurity Series: New Threats to Cybersecurity
November 22, 2016

Diversity through the Eyes of Women multi-part series


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 five broadcasts, you can catch up here:

  • Leslie Aizenman, Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services, Jewish Family & Children Service, talks about a refugee’s experience in Pittsburgh.
  • Dr. David Rossbach, Associate Professor of Political Science and European Studies Certificate Coordinator at Chatham University, gives us an update on Brexit.
  • Shelly Culbertson, Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation, discusses the Arab Spring.
  • Exploring Pittsburgh’s Latino Community with Ron Alvarado, President of the Novus Group and Chairperson of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
  • Mandela Washington Fellows, Alimata Diarra, Sebit Nicholas, Phillip Kwaje,and Tandiwe Ngwenya, discuss human rights in Africa.
  • Learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program in Pittsburgh from Joseph DeCrosta, Director of International Programs at Duquesne University, and Mandela Fellows Ethel Tebid, and Ibrahim Salisu.
  • José Carlos Diaz, the new Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum, discusses the creation of dynamic new exhibitions. Leslie Aizenman, Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services, Jewish Family & Children Service, talks about a refugee’s experience in Pittsburgh.


Inside the Council

This month, the Council is proud to introduce a new member to the team:

Joe Poskin, Office Manager

Joe provided administrative and logistical support at Mentoring USA, an international nonprofit based in New York City that creates supportive mentorships for children and young adults. He is thrilled to join the Council and its mission to foster global awareness.

“I moved to Pittsburgh this winter, having just returned from a year in Southeast Asia. I knew I wanted to continue being connected to the international community. I had been teaching students from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China, and Somalia. My coworkers’ nationalities spanned the globe, from Thailand and the Philippines to the UK and Syria. It is incredible what you can learn by having so many perspectives in the room.”


Council in the News

Excerpts of Council Events and Program Covered by Local News Sources

“[Author, Shelly Culbertson weaves] a glorious tapestry of people, history and sometimes unspoken analysis that provides the reader the raw material to draw his or her own conclusions” in her  book, The Fires of Spring. Read the full article here.

The Council hosts “a dynamic panel of women leaders, representing Pittsburgh’s African American community” for it’s third installment of the popular Diversity through the Eyes of Women Series. Read the full article here.


Must Reads From Our Region

From Rust Belt Drab to ‘Rust Belt Chic’: Pittsburgh Leads National Growth as a Millenial Magnet.

Why Fly Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh International Seeks to Cruise toward an Economic Comeback.

How Pittsburgh Business Owners are Cashing in on a National Phenomenon and Trying to “Catch ’em All.

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Did You Know?

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