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Special Seminar and Video Conference
Understanding Germany 25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

September 25, 2014

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a structure that divided East and West Germany for decades following World War II. Once a physically divided city, Berlin has become a leading destination for tourists, scholars, business leaders, and artists. However, as Berlin continues to grow into a thriving metropolis, a new wall seems to be forming—one based on race, ethnicity, and religion. How Berliners react and respond to these changes will greatly impact the city’s ability to succeed.

During this special seminar and video conference, students will hear from Peter Schneider, a German writer and social critic, and author of Berlin Now: The City after the Wall. Using modern Berlin as a lens, he will highlight the ways in which Berlin has become a rapidly changing metropolis. Questions will address the unintended consequences and benefits of opening the Wall, the racial tensions that exist and what influence they have on Berlin’s continued growth, and more. Following Mr. Schneider’s remarks, students will have the opportunity to ask questions during a moderated discussion.   

Peter Schneider was born in Lübeck, Germany, and has lived in Berlin on and off since the 1960s. He has taught at many American universities—including Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard—and is the author of more than twenty books, including Eduard’sHomecoming. He has also written for newspapers, including Der Spiegel, The New York Times, Le Monde, and La Repubblica. Since the 1960s, Peter Schneider has been a keen observer of Berlin. His novel Der Mauerspringer (The Wall Jumper) was first published in 1983, and has become a classic. In it he describes life in the shadow of the Wall. His new book, Berlin Now: The City after the Wall (translated by Sophie Schlondorff) is a collection of perceptive and witty essays about modern Berlin.

Video Conference Registration
A limited number of schools can register to participate via video conference. Video conference equipment is required. Click here to register.

Questions?
Contact Emily Markham at emily@worldpittsburgh.org or 412-281-7027.

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Peter Schneider
Author of Berlin Now: The City after the Wall

Berlin Now: The City after the Wall
Berlin Now: The City after the Wall

September 25, 2014

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

It isn’t Europe’s most beautiful city, or its oldest. Its architecture is not more impressive than that of Rome or Paris. Its museums do not hold more treasures than those in Barcelona or London. And yet, when citizens of “New York, Tel Aviv, or Rome ask me where I’m from and I mention the name Berlin,” writes Peter Schneider, “their eyes instantly light up.”

In many ways, Berlin is one of the world’s most interesting cities. Divided between east and west for nearly three decades, Berlin was at the epicenter of the Cold War. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Berlin has become a vibrant metropolis which characterizes contemporary Germany. Yet, the city remains divided. Join the GABC and the Council to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Wall with one of Germany’s most thoughtful social critics who will offer his perceptions and insights on one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.

Since the 1960s, Peter Schneider has been a keen observer of Berlin. His novel Der Mauerspringer (The Wall Jumper) was first published in 1983, and has become a classic. In it he describes life in the shadow of the Wall. His new book, Berlin Now: The City after the Wall (translated by Sophie Schlondorff) is a collection of perceptive and witty essays about modern Berlin.

Peter Schneider was born in Lübeck, Germany, and has lived in Berlin on and off since the 1960s. He has taught at many American universities — including Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard — and is the author of more than twenty books, including  Eduard’s Homecoming. He has also written for newspapers, including Der Spiegel, The New York Times, Le Monde, and La Repubblica.

Registration
The cost to attend this event is $35, which includes traditional German food and beverages.

Registration is required. No-shows and cancellations after September 19, 2014 will be charged.

Copies of Peter Schneider’s most recent book will be on sale at the event.

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

This event is made possible by the

 

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Peter Schneider
Author and Journalist

global travel scholar
Travel Tales:
True Stories from First-Time International Travelers

September 18, 2014

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Elizabeth Cook at 412-224-4339.

Do you like listening to stories told live?

Do you like hearing about the adventures people experienced while traveling abroad?

Do you remember what it was like to visit a new place for the first time?

Through the World Affairs Council’s Global Travel Scholarship Program, more than 100 high school students from throughout the Pittsburgh region have participated in The Experiment in International Living over the past decade. They’ve traveled to places as close as Costa Rica and as far flung as Mongolia or Tanzania. They’ve been exposed to cuisine and culture in France and Italy, art and architecture in Morocco and Japan, and challenges in Peru and Thailand. They’ve done community service projects, lived with host families, and one student even used Spanish to get around Seoul, South Korea! Each Global Travel Scholar has grown through their international exposure — and they’ve lived to tell the tales.

Join us for an exciting evening of live storytelling by young people from throughout the Pittsburgh community who had the opportunity to travel abroad during the summer after their Junior year of high school. The most recent cohort of 2014 Global Travel Scholars will be joined by several past participants to reflect on their experience as a first-time traveler outside of the country and on the impact it has had.

You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! This is not your average slideshow from your neighbor’s summer vacation!

Registration
Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Elizabeth Cook at 412-224-4339.

This event is free, but seating is limited. Please register to attend.

Donations can be made to support the Council’s Global Travel Scholarship Program.

School Outreach

Iran, Iraq, and the Greater Middle East   In the Hot Seat and Video Conference
In the Hot Seat and Video Conference
Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews: Iran, Iraq, and the Greater Middle East

September 9, 2014

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Nearly four decades after the hostage crisis, the U.S. and Iran have entered a new era where negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear program are possible. In contrast, three and a half years after the U.S. troop withdrawal, Iraq is embroiled in political and humanitarian crises. Extremist Sunni militant groups, including the ISIS, have taken over swaths of northern and western Iraq, leading an estimated 1.2 million people to flee from potential violence. Some have fled to Syria, where civil war continues, and a lack of governance provides a staging ground for violent militant groups. In early August, the U.S. began using airstrikes to contain militants in Iraq, but has yet to commit to addressing the violence in Syria. What is the U.S. strategy in the Greater Middle East? What will the future hold for the relationship between the U.S. and Iran? How are U.S. airstrikes affecting the situation on the ground in Iraq? How are regional actors affecting internal politics?

For this event, students at Cornell High School will unpack the current situation in the region by hosting a talk-show style discussion with Dr. Mathews. Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, will facilitate the session. Up to five interactive video conference sites can participate and submit questions prior to the program.

Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a global think tank with offices in Washington, D.C., Moscow, Beijing, Brussels, and Beirut. Her distinguished career has included posts in the federal government, nonprofits, and policy organizations. She was formerly director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program and a senior fellow, and was founding vice president and director of research of the World Resources Institute. Dr. Mathews sits on multiple boards and publishes widely in newspapers and in scientific and foreign policy journals.

Video Conference Registration
A limited number of schools can register to participate via video conference. Video conference equipment is required. Click here to register.

Questions?
Contact Amiena Mahsoob at amiena@worldpittsburgh.org or 412-281-7973.

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School Outreach

Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews
President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Engaging Iran: A New Way Forward?
Engaging Iran: A New Way Forward?

September 9, 2014

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

It has been months since U.S. President Barack Obama announced that an interim deal had been struck between the group known as  the P5+1 and Iranian leadership over Iran’s nuclear program. The P5+1 includes Germany and the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States). In the meantime, a series of meetings have left analysts and observers speculating over the state of affairs. In late July, negotiators agreed to a four-month extension of talks to craft a final comprehensive deal. Many open questions remain as the deliberations move forward and the details of the agreement emerge.

What are the next steps in negotiating an agreement with Iran? Join two of the country’s preeminent foreign policy experts — who both serve as advisory members of  The Iran Project — for an analysis of one of the most significant geopolitical challenges of the 21st century.

Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a global think tank with offices in Washington, D.C., Moscow, Beijing, Brussels, and Beirut. Her distinguished career has included posts in the federal government, nonprofits, and policy organizations. She was formerly director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program and a senior fellow, and was founding vice president and director of research of the World Resources Institute. Dr. Mathews sits on multiple boards and publishes widely in newspapers and in scientific and foreign policy journals.

Amb. Thomas R. Pickering is the former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and has served as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, India, the United Nations, Israel, and in numerous other posts. Widely regarded as one of the most exceptional diplomats in the history of the U.S. State Department, Amb. Pickering is the namesake of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program. Following his retirement, he served as an executive as Boeing and currently is the chairman at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress as well as the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

Registration
Students (with valid ID): Free | General: $15 | VIP: $50

(VIPs receive special seating and a private reception with the speakers beginning at 4:30 p.m.)

Registration is required. No-shows and cancellations after September 3, 2014 will be charged.

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

 

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Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews
President
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Amb. Thomas R. Pickering
Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia        

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