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A Family's Story of Survival in War-torn Afghanistan
KQV Global Press Conference
A Family's Story of Survival in War-torn Afghanistan

January 31, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Qais Akbar Omar, Author of A Fort of Nine Towers and Goodwill Envoy for the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women. He will discuss "A Family's Story of Survival in War-torn Afghanistan 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

The Story of an Afghan Family: Survival in a Country Crippled by Civil War
Breakfast Briefing
The Story of an Afghan Family: Survival in a Country Crippled by Civil War

January 22, 2015

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

Qais Akbar Omar is the author of the internationally acclaimed memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers, which tells the harrowing tale of his family’s struggle to escape Afghanistan during the civil war that erupted in his country following the Soviet Army’s withdrawal. Driven from their home in Kabul with the arrival of the Mujahedeen, the family finds refuge in a century-old fort called Qala-e-Noborja – a fort of nine towers. Forced to flee the sanctuary of the fort as fighting between the Mujahedeen and the Taliban intensifies, Omar’s family embarks on a cross-country trek, searching for respite from the widening civil war, and desperate to find a way out of Afghanistan.

Join the Council for a Breakfast Briefing with Mr. Omar. He will share personal insights and reflect on his family’s remarkable story of survival and their long journey through terror, loss, heartbreak, and fleeting moments of joy.

Qais Akbar Omar currently manages his family’s carpet business in Kabul while he continues to pursue his writing career. He is a co-author of the book Shakespeare in Kabuland has written op-eds for The New York Times. He also penned an essay called A Talib in Love, which was the featured piece in the 2012 anthology, That Mad Game: Growing up in a War Zone. He serves as a goodwill envoy for the U.S.-based Initiative to Educate Afghan Women and the Aschiana Foundation in Kabul, which provides assistance to the country’s working street children. Mr. Omar has a B.A. in journalism from Kabal University and an MFA in creative writing from Boston University. In 2007, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado and was recently awarded a Scholars at Risk Fellowship at Harvard University.

Registration
World Affairs Council Members: $25 | Non‐members: $50  

No shows and cancellations after January 19, 2015 will be charged.

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

Community Series

Qais Akbar Omar
Author of A Fort of Nine Towers
and Goodwill Envoy for the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women

Action 2015
Video Conference
Action/2015

January 15, 2015

We come together because 2015 is a generational opportunity for transformational change.”
– Excerpt from the action/2015 Istanbul Communique, 2014

2015 isn’t just a year; it is a unique opportunity to make an impact on the future. In 2015, world leaders have the opportunity to make historic progress on the greatest challenges of our time. Two global processes – creating the post-2015 sustainable development goals and climate agreement – culminate within a few months of each other at the end of 2015. During these summits, world leaders will be deciding the future for people and the planet. 

The launch of action/2015 is on January 15, when people around the world will express what they want the future to look like. For this event, students will gather via video conference to discuss the issues most important to them and what they would like world leaders to do to tackle these challenges. They will also join the global community by sharing their ideas via social media. Over the course of the year, students will have additional opportunities to take action.

Click here to learn more about action/2015.

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

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

School Outreach

KQV Global Press Conference: Dawn C. Johnson
KQV Global Press Conference
Update from Haiti: Four Years after the Earthquake

January 11, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Dawn C. Johnson, Director of Community Services, Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti. She will discuss "Update from Haiti: Four Years after the Earthquake 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

KQV Global Press Conference: Dawn C. Johnson
KQV Global Press Conference
Update from Haiti: Five Years after the Earthquake

January 10, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Dawn C. Johnson, Director of Community Services, Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti. She will discuss "Update from Haiti: Five Years after the Earthquake 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

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