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Fighting For Our Future:  Empowering Women around the World
International Women's Day: Special Screening of "Sweet Dreams" and Panel Discussion
Fighting for our Future: Empowering Women around the World

March 26, 2015

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In 1994, Rwanda suffered a brutal genocide that left over a million dead and an entire country scarred by a tragedy that causes pain to this day. The documentary Sweet Dreams follows Rwanda’s only all-female drumming group as they use ice cream to break down barriers left by the genocide and create a new future for themselves. With the help of two American entrepreneurs, the group opens “Sweet Dreams” -- the country’s first ice cream shop. Along the way, the women are empowered economically, while facing the challenges and opportunities associated with starting a business from the ground up.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh have joined together, for the fifth year in a row, to celebrate women’s economic empowerment both locally and globally.

Join us on March 26 for a special screening of Sweet Dreams and a discussion that will center on this important topic. What role do women play in areas of conflict? How can our community do more to empower women?

Following the screening, a panel of local experts and community members will discuss the film, genocide, and the importance of women’s empowerment, drawing from both personal and professional experiences. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear from each panelist and ask questions during a moderated discussion.

Registration
There is no charge for this event, but seats are limited and registration is required. Refreshments are included.

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

With special thanks to the Eden Hall Foundation

In appreciation to our partner:


 

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Community Series

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Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
America’s Role in the World: Smart Power in the 21st Century

March 23, 2015

WAITLIST: Please register and we will contact you as seats become available. If you have questions, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

Join the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the World Affairs Council for a panel discussion about the importance of America’s global engagement to Pennsylvania’s economy.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition is a broad-based network of over 400 businesses, NGOs, and military, faith-based and community leaders united in support of U.S. global engagement. The coalition includes AIPAC, Boeing, Caterpillar, Catholic Relief Services, Coca-Cola, GE, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, Save the Children, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. USGLC works in Washington and across the country to educate the American public and policymakers on the importance of investing in diplomacy and development alongside defense in building a strategic, modern foreign policy.

Established in 1931, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key global issues throughout Western Pennsylvania in order to increase the region’s global competence so that it can better compete, collaborate, and make informed decisions in the 21st century global environment.

Registration
WAITLIST: Please register and we will contact you as seats become available. If you have questions, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

Seating is limited. This event is for World Affairs Council members only and special guests.

There is no charge to attend. Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.

In partnership with the U.S. Global leadership Coalition

Community Series

Ambassador W. Robert Pearson
Former President of the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey

Mayor Bill Peduto
Mayor of Pittsburgh

Governor Mark S. Schweiker
Honorary Co-Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Introduced by
Audrey Russo
President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Board Chair of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

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Teacher Workshop
Engaging and Preparing Students for a Globalized Workforce

March 19, 2015

This event has been cancelled. If you have questions, please call Amiena Mahsoob at 412-281-7973, or email amiena@worldpittsburgh.org

Today's students will enter an interconnected, globalized workforce. They will face challenges and opportunities that are global in nature, but will have local impacts, including changing demographics, increased interactions with their peers internationally, and major technological shifts. How are schools preparing students to be globally competent? What are potential employers looking for in future hires?

During this workshop presented by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, educators will receive an overview of global trends that will affect students' futures. They will also have the opportunity to hear from international business and nonprofit leaders regarding the "soft skills" and "hard skills" vital for success in the workplace. World Affairs Council and other resources will be shared with participants. 

This workshop is held in partnership with Intermediate Unit 1. Middle school and high school teachers of all disciplines as well as gifted coordinators and administrators are encouraged to join.

 4 ACT 48 hours will be available. The workshop fee is $40. Lunch will be provided.

This event is being held in collaboration with Intermediate Unit 1, which is handling the registration for this event. 

This event has been cancelled. If you have questions, please call Amiena Mahsoob at 412-281-7973, or email amiena@worldpittsburgh.org.

School Outreach

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A Workshop for Educators
Teaching about Turkey: Bridge between East and West

March 16, 2015

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Historically, the Republic of Turkey has been viewed as a bridge between East and West. Not only do cultures from Europe and Asia meet and comingle in Turkey, but the Bosphorus Bridge, one of two spanning the Bosphorus Straight, literally connects the two continents. Turkey has played an important role throughout history and remains a pivotal country in shaping our world today. Turkish culture reflects the richness and diversity shaped by the nation’s deep historical roots in the region, as well as the region’s unique position as a cradle of civilizations for twelve millennia.

During this workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to learn about Turkey’s place in the world and experience Turkish culture. They will gain access to lesson plans and other resources, and hear from teachers from the Pittsburgh region who have traveled to Turkey. Two ACT 48 credit hours will be awarded (pending approval). Cost of the workshop is $20 and includes dinner and credit hour reporting.

Questions?
Please call Amiena Mahsoob at 412-281-7973, or e-mail amiena@worldpittsburgh.org

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Turkey Study Tour for Teachers Summer 2015
June 27-July 11, 2015

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America, is pleased to offer theTurkey Study Tour for Teachers—providing an excellent opportunity for educators to learn more about Turkey by experiencing it firsthand!

The Study Tour to Turkey will take place June 27-July 11. The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will select five Social Studies teachers or administrators (grades 6-12) from Western Pennsylvania for the Study Tour. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits will be available to participants. Cost to teachers is $800, plus travel to the domestic gateway city. Airfare to Turkey, hotel accommodations, meals, and local transportation in Turkey are covered by the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Download the application here.

Teachers must attend the March 16th workshop to be eligible for the Turkey Study Tour.

Additional confirmation materials will be sent by email prior to the event.

School Outreach

Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon  Regional Conflicts: Why Saudi Arabia Matters
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
From the Global Energy Market to Regional Conflicts: Why Saudi Arabia Matters

March 10, 2015

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

Plummeting oil prices, the death of King Abdullah, and President Obama’s recent visit to Riyadh to meet with King Salman have kept Saudi Arabia anchored in the daily news cycle. According to U.S. and Saudi reporting on the January 27 summit, talks between the two leaders were dominated by national security topics, including Iran, the Islamic State/ISIS, and Yemen. But, it is important to remember that the Saudi Kingdom wields immense power in the global oil industry. Has it been flexing this muscle for economic and geo-political gain?

With a fifth of the world’s oil reserves, Saudi Arabia is the leading player in OPEC and has been the main advocate within the cartel for maintaining production and pursuing a policy of allowing oil prices to fall in order to take back market share from producers outside OPEC. The Telegraphreports that Saudi Arabia has secretly increased its oil production to 9.8m barrels per day, its highest level of output since last October, in a push to win back market share in its oil price war with U.S. shale drillers. The Saudi Kingdom has also been using its dominance of the global oil markets to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Join the U.S.-Saudi Business Council and the World Affairs Council to learn more about Saudi Arabia’s economic and geo-political role. One of the world’s leading energy experts will offer his frank assessment of the strategic role Saudi Arabia plays in the regional economy of the Middle East – and the broader global marketplace.

Peter J. Robertson was Vice Chairman of the Board for Chevron Corporation, one of the world’s largest energy companies, for seven years until April 1, 2009. He joined Chevron in 1973, and over his 36 year career he had a wide variety of responsibilities — including the direction of Chevron’s worldwide exploration and production and global gas businesses, corporate strategic planning, and corporate policy, government and public affairs. 

Currently, he is an independent senior advisor to Deloitte LLP’s Oil and Gas practice, a non-executive director of Jacobs Engineering Group and Universal Pegasus International, and an advisory director of Campbell-Lutyens. He is Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council and Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. He previously served as vice chairman of the International House at UC Berkeley and is a past chairman of the U.S. Energy Association. 

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

Registration is required. Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions. No-shows and cancellations after March 4, 2015 will be charged.

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

In partnership with the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council

Community Series

Peter J. Robertson
U.S. Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council and Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Chevron

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