In Celebration of Global Dignity Day
Live Webcast and Interactive Video Conference
October 22, 2014
Global Dignity Day is an international effort to connect students across the globe to discuss the role that dignity and respect plays in their lives. In celebration of Global Dignity Day, this program invites students to participate in activities and conversation with their local and international peers to highlight ways students can promote dignity and respect in their classrooms and community.
Special guest Charlie Batch, in his role as National Spokesperson for UPMC’s Dignity & Respect Campaign for Youth, will introduce the students to the importance of dignity and respect based on his personal journey and experiences. Using video conferencing technology, schools will be encouraged to present what dignity and respect means to them by using the designated “30 Tips of Dignity and Respect.” Participants will also be given the opportunity to converse more candidly with Mr. Batch through a round of questions, answers, and discussion.
Charlie Batch is a former Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback, and founder of the Best of the Batch Foundation. He is an active member of the Pittsburgh community and has implemented successful programs supporting sports, education and the community as a whole. Mr. Batch serves on numerous boards including the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Strong Women Strong Girls, and the Youth Futures Commission. He is also the recipient of a range of awards for both his athletic and philanthropic achievement, including the 2013 Bryon “Whizzer” White Award. Mr. Batch earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University. He has also completed programs at the Wharton Business School, Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management.
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To learn more about the Dignity and Respect campaign visit www.dignityandrespect.org.
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Human Rights: Reflections from a War Correspondent
October 21, 2014
The beheading of journalists by ISIS and the purposeful targeting and kidnapping of correspondents in recent years has brought to light not only the danger of reporting from war zones, but also the importance of the work of journalists. During this event, students will have the opportunity to hear from Professor Anne Nelson about her experiences as a war correspondent and her work in promoting human rights. What role does the media play in contemporary conflicts? What insights do those on the front lines gain? What responsibilities are unique to war correspondents and other observers of human rights?
Professor Anne Nelson teaches New Media in Development and Communication at Columbia University and has written extensively on the subject of media, conflict, and human rights. As a former war correspondent she covered conflicts in Guatemala and El Salvador. Professor Nelson specializes in international media development and has won various awards, including the Livingston Award for best international reporting from the Philippines. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow for her book Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler.In addition to her work in journalism, she is also a playwright and screenwriter. Professor Nelson is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and does consulting work for many prominent U.S. foundations including Rockefeller, Gates, Carnegie, and Knight.
Additional confirmation materials will be sent by email prior to the event.
Professor Anne Nelson
Exploring Foreign Policy in our Interconnected World
October 20, 2014
Today’s students will be tomorrow’s decision makers. This video conference series will engage students in considering solutions to foreign policy challenges. During the 2014-2015 school year, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is partnering with the Foreign Policy Association to make articles from their publication, Great Decisions, available for International Youth Forum participants. Students will be vote on the topics they would like to discuss, which will serve as a focus for each session. Topics may include: Turkey's Challenges, Islamic Awakening, China's Foreign Policy, Syrian Refugees, Russia and Its Neighbors, Brazil, Sectarianism in the Middle East, Human Trafficking, or India.
Each session will be a 90-minute video conference with students participating from local and international sites. Prior to each International Youth Forum, students will review Great Decisions briefing materials. They will also conduct research on the topics to be discussed and prepare brief presentations to share with their peers. Participants will discuss the topics with young people at sites around the world and have the opportunity to develop potential solutions to current and future foreign policy challenges both locally and globally.
Registered schools will commit to participating in at least three of the four sessions to be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. ET on October 20, December 17, February 19, and March 12.
October 2014 – March 2015
Peace in the Middle East? A German View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
October 3, 2014
For years, violence in the Middle East has been on the rise. This summer, tension between Israelis and Palestinians has reignited a decades old conflict. The international community is keeping a close watch on this and other Middle East “hotspots”—such as Egypt, Syria, and Iraq—with each country having its own reaction and response to the growing violence. What does it take to achieve peace in the Middle East? How should the global community respond?
During this special seminar and video conference, students will hear from Ruprecht Polenz, German politician and former Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, about the conflict in the Middle East. He will provide a German point of view on the current situation in Israel and Palestine, and address how a policy towards the region should look and the response needed by the global community. Following Mr. Polenz’s remarks, students will have the opportunity to ask questions during a moderated discussion.
Ruprecht Polenz was a Member of the German Bundestag from 1994 to 2013, and served as the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2013. In 2000, he was the Secretary-General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Throughout his career, Mr. Polenz‘s primary focus has been on foreign and security policy — with a regional emphasis on the Middle East (particularly Iran, Turkey, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict). He has also been an advocate of strong transatlantic relations. Mr. Polenz is currently President of the German Society for Eastern European Studies, Dean of the Global Diplomacy Lab, Senior Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, and a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.