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School Events

AWQ 2015
Upper St. Clair High School took first place during the 2015 Academic WorldQuest.

In the Hot Seat Video Conference: From Sudan to Pittsburgh: A Lost Boy RemembersApril 27, 2015

In the Hot Seat Video Conference
From Sudan to Pittsburgh: A Lost Boy Remembers

For this event, students at Trinity High School will work with Mr. Kur to tell his story through a talk-show style discussion. Up to five interactive video conference sites can participate and submit questions ahead of the program.

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Summer Seminar on Global IssuesJune 15, 2015

Summer Seminar on Global Issues
June 15-July 2, 2015

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Through a mix of classroom instruction, experiential learning activities, and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them.

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Upcoming Programs

KQV Global Press ConferenceMarch 28, 2015

KQV Global Press Conference
Japan Update

This half-hour radio program will feature Amy Boots, Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania; Peter Kelly, President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies; and Hisanori Nei, Professor at the Japanese National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. They will discuss "Japan Update” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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KQV Global Press ConferenceMarch 29, 2015

KQV Global Press Conference
Saudi Arabia: “An Island of Stability”

This half-hour radio program will feature Peter Robertson, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council U.S. Co-Chairman, Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Chevron. He will discuss "Saudi Arabia: 'An Island of Stability'” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

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Interactive workshops to shape Pittsburgh¯s international vision.March 30, 2015

Global Blueprint
Interactive workshops to shape Pittsburgh’s international vision.

Join us to help shape Pittsburgh’s global identity! Through participation in the Global Blueprint, participants will have the opportunity to connect with peers and colleagues to discuss Pittsburgh’s international vision. Workshop attendees are invited to share ideas and insights concerning Pittsburgh’s global future and brainstorm collective efforts and actions to address both the challenges and opportunities inherent in being a globally fluent metro area.

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Anya SchiffrinMarch 30, 2015

Salon Reading

Anya Schiffrin
Director of the International Media, Advocacy, and Communications
Specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and
Author of Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from around the World

Join City of Asylum Pittsburgh and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for fascinating insights into the important role investigative journalists have played around the world and throughout history — and their relevance today.

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Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon: Does Europe Still Matter? The Transatlantic Partnership in the ¯Pacific Century¯April 14, 2015

Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Does Europe Still Matter? The Transatlantic Partnership in the “Pacific Century”

H.E. Johan Verbeke
Ambassador of Belgium to the United States

Join the Council for a discussion with Belgium’s Ambassador to the U.S. on the current state of the transatlantic relationship.

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Smart Growth:  The Beginning of a New Era?April 17, 2015

Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Smart Growth: The Beginning of a New Era?

Ralf Fuecks
President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and
Author of Smart Growth: A New Approach to the Environment, the Economy, and Green Innovation

Join us for an engaging conversation with one of Europe’s environmental thought leaders, and learn how highly efficient technologies and an intelligent cycle of materials can stimulate a shift in energy production, transportation, and urban development.

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News at the Council


The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh announces that its President and CEO, Steven Sokol, Ph.D., will leave the WAC by June 6, 2015 to return to the American Council on Germany in New York and assume the position of its President and CEO. 

Since 2010, Dr. Sokol has led the World Affairs Council's efforts to provide unrivaled programming to promote a deeper understanding of contemporary international issues and develop global competencies among young adults and professionals in the Pittsburgh region. "On behalf of the Board and those in the region who have benefitted from the top-flight work of the World Affairs Council over these last five years, we thank Steve for his service and leadership, and wish him nothing but the best in his return to New York," said Audrey Russo, the Chair of the World Affairs Council's Board of Directors. 

Ms. Russo further announced that the WAC Board has formed a Search Committee to begin the immediate search for Dr. Sokol’s successor.  She and the rest of the Board look forward to continuing exemplary programming dedicated to assuring the region's global engagement and profile.     

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Council Wins 2014 Top-Rated Award

Thanks to all of the amazing reviews we received from all of you, we've won a 2014 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. Click here to read our reviews or add one of your own!

World Affairs Councils of America wins 2014 DANDI Award

The World Affairs Councils of America was honored with a 2014 Diversity and Inclusion (DANDI) Award in the international category. Accepting this honor at the 3rd Annual DANDI Awards Ceremony in New York City on Dec. 1, WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford said: "The World Affairs Councils of America believes everyone benefits when we create a public environment where a diverse community is challenged to share ideas about international issues while considering other points of view. For our Councils, which put a premium on civil dialogue, the commitment to the values of inclusion and diversity of thought and perspective makes us better learners, employees, leaders, and citizens."

View the video below WACA submitted following the nomination for a 2014 DANDI Award.

Post-Gazette in search of Pittsburghers from all over the world

The Post-Gazette launched a new online project “Odysseys,” a journey of discovery, full of tales of adventure and the hopes that immigrants from each of the 193 countries in the United Nations brought to Pittsburgh. You'll hear new voices, see new faces and meet new people as they share stories of how they have become part of Pittsburgh and how Pittsburgh has become part of them.

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The World News Weekly Update is a collection the past week's top news stories. Every week, the Council gathers articles, reports, and op-eds from various domestic and international information outlets in order to provide wide-ranging and balanced perspectives on pressing global issues.

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Other Interesting International Events

The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center of Carnegie Mellon University. Scheduled for March 26-29, 2015, the Festival will take place throughout Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and neighboring locales.

The inaugural Pittsburgh Humanities Festival will feature internationally renowned academics, artist and intellectual innovators offering interviews, intimate conversations and select performances focused on topics ranging from art, literature and music to science policy and politics.

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Video: The Politics of Jesus: Dr. Reza Aslan

Dr. Reza Aslan's most recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, arrived in bookstores in July, and has been garnering significant media attention. Click here to watch the full-size video of the recent discussion with this internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Hill tells World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh U.S. efforts in Syria fall short
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Hampton gives Russian teachers taste of America
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Pittsburgh and the fall of the Berlin Wall
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Naval officer, a Butler native, speaks to Moon Area students
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Pittsburgh-area students examine Ebola crisis during international video conference
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Pittsburgh-area students to take part in video conference on Ebola
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