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Freedom and Power in the Digital Age
KQV Global Press Conference
Freedom and Power in the Digital Age

April 12, 2014

This half-hour radio program will feature Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations, Google. He will discuss "Freedom and Power in the Digital Age” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.

Pittsburgh KQV Global Press Conference is the Council's weekly radio show, airing on KQV News Radio AM 1410 on Saturdays at 7:00 a.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Times may vary from week to week, so please check the KQV website for updates.

The half-hour program reaches more than 45,000 listeners per week. Program topics and/or times are subject to change.

KQV

Economic Integration and Economic Competitiveness: The Competitive Advantages of the U.S.-Canada  Economic and Energy Relationship
Economic Integration and Economic Competitiveness: The Competitive Advantages of the U.S.-Canada
Economic and Energy Relationship

April 7, 2014

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

The United States and Canada share the longest, peaceful border in the world and have a long tradition of close cooperation. The countries are each other's most important trading partners, with two-way goods trade totaling $632billion annually - a trading relationship that dwarfs that of any other bilateral trading relationship in the world!

U.S.–Canada trade is characterized by highly integrated manufacturing sectors and supply chains and highly successful regulatory regimes. The two economies have become so integrated, so seamless, that countless firms have developed internal production value chains that operate back and forth across the border. This relationship drives innovation and creates a more competitive North American trading bloc.

How has the U.S.–Canada economic relationship evolved since the signing of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement? With a growing energy relationship, and the resurgence of manufacturing in North America, what sort of opportunities does the future hold — particularly for Pittsburgh’s connection with our northern neighbor? Join the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the Canadian Consulate for an exploration of these questions and more with one of Canada’s most well-respected and distinguished public servants.

Ambassador Gary Doer assumed his responsibilities as Canada's 23rd representative to the United States of America in October 2009. Prior, Amb. Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for ten years. He has worked extensively with U.S. Governors to enhance Canada-U.S. cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change, and renewable energy. Amb. Doer won three consecutive elections as Premier of Manitoba with successive increased majorities. In 2005, he was named by Business Week as one of the top 20 international leaders on climate change. His government introduced balanced budgets during each of his ten years in office while reducing many taxes, including a plan to eliminate small business tax. As Premier, he led strategic investments in health care, education, and training and infrastructure.

Registration
This event is free, but registration is required.

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

In partnership with Pop-Up Canada!

Community Series

Armchair Discussion with The Honorable Gary Doer
Ambassador of Canada to the United States

¯It¯s all about Freedom!¯ Russia, Crimea, and the Future of Ukraine
Off-the-Record
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
“It’s all about Freedom!” Russia, Crimea, and the Future of Ukraine

April 4, 2014

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Andrea Solomon at 412-281-7970.

In recent weeks, the world has been gripped by news from Ukraine. As developments unfold, people struggle to understand their impact within Ukraine, and internationally.

Demonstrations against now-ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to forego a closer relationship with the European Union and forge closer ties to Russia quickly turned to violence, leaving scores dead in Kiev’s Independence Square. Recently, a public referendum declared Crimea as officially part of the Russian Federation.

Defying the United States and Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin moved Russian forces into the region asserting that “Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia in the hearts and minds of people.” In response to such overtures, Interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has declared Ukraine “will never surrender.” U.S. President Barack Obama has repeatedly stated that Russia is in violation of international law.

Are the developments in Ukraine — as Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer suggests — “the most seismic geopolitical events since 9/11”? Are there solutions? Join the World Affairs Council for this off-the-record discussion about the emerging international crisis as it develops.

Kent Logsdon is the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. Prior, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the State Department. A member of the Senior Foreign Service, his previous positions include Director of the Operations Center, Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mr. Logsdon has also served as Political Counselor in Kyiv, Ukraine; and held a variety of positions in Bangkok, Thailand; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Islamabad, Pakistan; and Stuttgart, Germany. Kent speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Thai and German. He is originally from Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame. He is married to Foreign Service Officer Michelle Rabayda Logsdon.

Registration
WAC members: $50 | Non-members: $75 | Table of eight (8): $400

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions. No-shows and cancellations after March 31, 2014 will be charged.

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Andrea Solomon at 412-281-7970.

Community Series

Kent Logsdon
Chief of Staff, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
U.S. Department of State
Former Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Kiev

Geopolitics of Emotion: Peace and Reconciliation; Love and Forgiveness
Geopolitics of Emotion: Peace and Reconciliation; Love and Forgiveness

March 28, 2014

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Andrea Solomon at 412-281-7970.

One cannot fully understand the world in which we live without trying to integrate and understand its emotions. This is true on the micro-level in individual families and within communities – but it is also true globally. On some levels, feelings drive globalization – and emotions (such as fear, humiliation, and hope) might be as influential as the cultural, social, and economic factors that breed political conflict and contribute to reconciliation.

Join the NGO Advisory Council of the Fetzer Institute, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for a special evening of conversation and reflection sparked by the world premiere of  XOXO: an Exhibit about Love and Forgiveness at the Children’s Museum. Facilitators will use hands-on, participatory activities to engage the audience in exploring the role of powerful emotions in the 21st century. 

Gregg Behr
Executive Director, The Grable Foundation

Elizabeth T. Boris
Founding Director, Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy, Urban Institute

Thomas J. Harvey
Director, Nonprofit Excellence Program, University of Notre Dame

Azim N. Khamisa
Author, Activist, and Inspirational Speaker

Gene Steuerle
Ecomist & Author, The Urban Institute

John E. Tropman
Professor, University of Michigan

Wilhelm Verwoerd
Author and Editor

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Founder, Afghan Institute of Learning and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Facilitated by: 

  • Etta Cetera, Artist/Activist
  • Anu Jain, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kaleen Tison Povis, UPCLOSE Learning Researcher
  • Dr. Steven E. Sokol, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Registration
This event is limited to members of either the Children’s Museum or the World Affairs Council. Seating is limited.

Reception to follow. 

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Andrea Solomon at 412-281-7970.

Community Series

Conversations and reflections with members of the NGO Advisory Council of the Fetzer Institute

Understanding Modern Day Slavery:  Pittsburgh¯s Role in Finding a Solution
Understanding Modern Day Slavery:
Pittsburgh’s Role in Finding a Solution

March 19, 2014

Program Wait List
Due to the popularity of this program, we have added a wait list. Please use this registration form if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Human trafficking, domestic servitude, forced labor, and child soldiers are just a few forms of modern day slavery affecting vulnerable populations—women and children especially—around the world. While often hidden, these exploitive practices are in fact present in the United States—and even Western Pennsylvania.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, and Bricolage Production Company have joined together to bring awareness to human trafficking and other acts of exploitation. These are issues of tremendous importance both locally and around the world.

Join us on March 19 for a salon screening of the documentary Not My Life and a discussion that builds on the topics of human trafficking and forced labor, among other related crimes, and the work being done on the local level to address these issues. Who is being exploited? What are the signs? What can you do to help? 

A panel will be moderated by Deb Acklin, President and CEO of WQED Multimedia, and will include Elizabeth Echevarria, CEO and Founder of Living in Liberty; Anne Rackow, Planning and Evaluation Manager of the Project to End Human Trafficking and Co-Facilitator of the Western PA Human Trafficking Coalition; and Greg Bristol, retired FBI Special Agent featured in the film Not My Life.

Filmed on five continents and in dozens of countries, Not My Life takes an in depth look at human trafficking on a global scale. The documentary showcases regions of the world, including the United States, where millions of children are exploited every day.

Program Wait List
Due to the popularity of this program, we have added a wait list. Please use this registration form if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Questions?
Call 412-281-7970 or email welcome@worldpittsburgh.org.

With special thanks to the Eden Hall Foundation

Community Series

Special Screening of Not My Life and Panel Discussion

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