September 2016

Education Program Highlights

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Stars of Around the World in Pittsburgh Posing on the Red Carpet

Around the World in Pittsburgh, a documentary short, premiered in late September at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. The film stars 6 area students discussing their cultural backgrounds at the places in Pittsburgh culturally significant to them.

Over 70 members of the community came out to watch the film and hear from 4 of the featured students in a post-screening Q&A. We look forward to utilizing this documentary in schools throughout the region to start discussions about the diversity in Pittsburgh’s communities.

The Council’s Global Travel Scholars Return to Share Their Experiences from Abroad

Our 2016 Global Travel Scholars returned in late July from their summer trips abroad. Anicet, Gabby, Jahonna, Malaka, TaeAjah, and Victoria are back from Germany, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, South Africa, and South Korea, and report having life-changing, transformative experiences.

You can hear more about their lessons learned abroad at our Global Travel Scholarship Welcome Home Session on October 19th.divider2

September’s Featured Events

The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Reflection on Progress and Future Perspectives

iranThe Council launched its fall programming with three back-to-back events focusing on the Iran Nuclear Deal-each filled with an engaging and informative discussion.

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, a remarkable diplomat and foreign policy expert, Dr. Jim Walsh a dynamic nuclear expert and professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as Shimon Mercer-Wood, a passionate Consul for Media Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, first addressed 30 business professionals and thought leaders from the Pittsburgh region for an invitation-only dinner event at UPMC’s Center for Connected Medicine.

The following day, a breakfast program was organized for over 40 students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Matthew B. Ridgway Center, and the Center for International Legal Education at PittLaw. A final luncheon discussion was held at The Duquesne Club from which more than 70 members of the greater Pittsburgh community attended.

These events were made possible through the support of the World Affairs Councils of America in partnership with The Iran Project.

The 10 Commandments for America’s Next Commander-in-Chief

A great leader shall be a great communicator, and follow through on what one says.” Statements like these were shared during an evening discussion in late September with Talmage Boston, a lawyer, presidential historian and recent author of Cross-Examining History, A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents. Using his past experiences, interviews, and research as a guide, Talmage led an engaged audience through a discussi


Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Events!

13th Annual International Trivia Competition
The Cabaret at Theater Square
November 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Save the dates for these events!

Diversity Through the Eyes of Women: Asian Community Panel Discussion
Point Park University
October 17, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Allen and Selma Berkman Speaker Series: Is China the Next Global Power?
Dr. Allan H. Meltzer, Carnegie Mellon University
The Duquesne Club
October 19, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Cybersecurity Series: Exploring Cybersecurity Through a Legal Lens
The Rivers Club
October 26, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Cybersecurity Series: New Threats to Cybersecurity
Chris Valasek, Uber Advanced Technologies Center
Bar Marco
November 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

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:

  • Alnur Ali, Ph.D student at Carnegie Mellon University and former Microsoft Software Engineer, discusses the process of big data gathering, and how it can be useful for the social good.
  • Dennis Unkovic, Partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, speaks about cultural diversity in business, politics, and social situations – and discusses his new book, FACE.
  • Harish Saluja, Founder and Executive Director of Silk Screen, speaks about his experiences as an immigrant artist, and the recent 2016 Silk Screen Film Festival in Pittsburgh.
  • Dr. John W. Givens, Asian Studies Center Associate and adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, talks with the Pittsburgh Global Press Conference about understanding the G20 Summit in China.
  • Amiena Mahsoob, our Director of Education Programs, and Seneca Valley High School student, Jacob Geil, discuss the Council’s efforts to shape Pittsburgh’s future global leaders.
  • Dr. Ida Musialkowska and Dr. Robert Talaga, scholars and researchers from Poznan University in Poland, talk about their experiences participating in the University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Research Scholars Program.

Inside the Council

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

Isaac Cason, Education Program Coordinator

Isaac joins the Council through a fellowship with PULSE, an organization that invites talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity that has been granted to me by both PULSE and the World Affairs Council. As a recent graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, I was able to immerse myself in a variety of cultures and gain some international experience. It is refreshing to be surrounded by coworkers who share the same passion for global learning.”

Council in the News

Excerpts of Council Events and Program Covered by Local News Sources

“Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated … during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with Iran.” Read the full Jewish Chronicle article here.

“The year-old nuclear agreement with Iran shows that it is possible to advance our national security through diplomacy while making clear to Iran’s leaders that we will maintain our defenses and support our allies in the region.” Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-Ed by Dr. Jim Walsh and Ambassador Frank Wisner here.

Must Reads From Our Region

Stop and Smell the Flowers in the World’s Newest Biophilic City.

Are Small Start-Up Numbers Hindering Pittsburgh’s Growth, or Is There More to the Story?

Move Over Silicon Valley, Pittsburgh Is Gaining a Reputation for Tech Innovation, and the World Is Watching.

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Did You Know?

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