Bringing the world to Pittsburgh for 90 years

Our Virtual Programming Series Brings the World to Pittsburgh

Virtual Programming

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted our profound connections through humanity while reminding us of the persistent injustices that continue to live in our world and in Pittsburgh. Following the Council’s established tradition in presenting innovative programs and activities on global issues, we are launching virtual events to be a platform for diverse audiences and speakers to come together and build stronger, more resilient connections that transcend all communities so that as we move forward, we will be stronger together.

Join our 90 for 90 Anniversary Celebration!

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is celebrating our 90th anniversary of connecting Pittsburghers to each other and to the world. Just one day isn’t enough to recognize so many years — our 90 for 90 anniversary celebration will last for 90 days!

From July 13 to October 11, the Council will promote and host activities that connect people to each other, their local communities, and the outdoors. Take on our virtual challenge to log 90 miles in 90 days, have fun at our birthday party, and discuss global learning and engagement at our 2nd Annual Summit!

Our anniversary celebration is in partnership with City of Asylum, Healthy Ride, PUMP, and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh.


Take on our 90 for 90 Virtual Challenge!

Sustainable ways of getting around – like walking, running, and cycling –  are simple and affordable ways to work toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); they promote good health and wellbeing, make job opportunities and human services more accessible, and improve air quality and road safety. 

As the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh envisions a more globally minded and globally connected world, we believe getting to know the world around us starts with the world right beneath our feet! 

That’s why we’re inviting you to help celebrate out 90th anniversary but joining other globally curious peers in our challenge to log 90 miles in 90 days. That’s only one mile per day! 



Ethiopian Civil War: What You Need to Know About the Humanitarian Crisis in Tigray

Join us on August 3rd, 12:00PM-1:00PM EDT for an overview on the current state of the conflict in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray. Our panelists Mike O’Brien and Moges Solomon, alongside moderator Council CEO & President Betty Cruz, will examine how we arrived at this stage of the conflict and the subsequent surge of refugees into sudan. We will also touch on the recent national elections in Ethiopia and how this affects the conflict.

The war in Tigray is a result of escalating tensions between current Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray region’s former ruling party the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The conflict has left thousands of people dead and forced more than 1.7 million to flee the region. The fighting has also fueled famine and given rise to a wave of human rights abuses. This is the most dire of several recent ethno-nationalist clashes in Ethiopia.



How Does A Story Come To Life? Writing Believers: Love and Death in Tehran with Ambassadors John Limbert and Marc Grossman

Join us on August 4 for our book club discussion, How Does A Story Come To Life? Writing Believers: Love and Death in Tehran with Ambassadors John Limbert and Marc Grossman. We will examine the collaborative writing process and story created through the lens of authors and retired diplomats Ambassadors John Limbert and Marc Grossman.

We are partnering with Wigle Whiskey for this event! Before we begin our discussion, enjoy a “World Affairs Old Fashioned” cocktail demonstration! You will be able make your own cocktail with your peers, instructed by a Wigle bartender.

Believers: Love and Death in Tehran is the fictional story of a young American-Iranian woman who becomes embroiled in the turbulent relationship between the U.S. and Iran while working as a spy for the United States in 1979. Ambassador Limbert and Ambassador Grossman, with their more than 40 years of experience in foreign service, give us a glimpse behind the scenes as they peel back the curtain on the inner workings of the U.S. and Iranian governments. Audience members will then have an opportunity to participate during a Q&A session.



Solve-A-Thon: An SDG Project Pitch Competition

The Solve-A-Thon is a competition to pitch projects that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and promote positive change in students’ schools and communities. After all of the projects have been pitched, judges will award mini grants to winning ideas!

The Solve-A-Thon is divided into three sections, with both asynchronous and synchronous components:

  • The Prep Work (Estimated completion time: 30 mins – Completed asynchronously prior to the event)
  • The Project Proposal (Estimated completion time: 60 mins – Completed asynchronously prior to the event)
  • The Solve-A-Thon Project Pitch Competition (August 12 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM. Join live for coaching workshops to refine your project idea, develop your pitch, and network with other changemakers. The event will conclude with a Pitch Tank where you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your project idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win mini-grant funding!)