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Academic WorldQuest
Academic WorldQuest

February 24, 2015

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In cooperation with the International Business Center Katz Graduate School of Business University of Pittsburgh and the The University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center

Academic WorldQuest is a knowledge-based competition with questions focusing on international affairs, current events, the global economy, geography, world history, and general knowledge about the world.

Who Can Play?
This is a team competition. Teams consist of four high school students from the same school. In order to allow for as many schools as possible to participate, only one team per school district is permitted to enter the competition.

This event is offered at NO CHARGE and is open to teams of high school students and their accompanying teachers or chaperones.

2015 Academic WorldQuest Topics Included

Round 1: Geography and Flags
Countries/regions of the world, including topics such as topography, country/capital identification, landmarks, borders/boundaries, region/country statistics, as well as flag identification through pictures and descriptions.

Round 2: Russia
Information on Russia’s history with an emphasis on the 20th century, geography, foreign relations with the United States among others, and current events.  

Round 3: The World in the 1950s
Noteworthy international events, discoveries, leaders, political movements, and conflicts in the 1950s.

Round 4: Global Economy and Business
Terminology, currency, institutions, players, and trends of the global economy, and knowledge of business culture and practices worldwide.

Round 5: People in the News
Current world leaders and individuals involved
with international issues.

Round 6: Current Events
Recent events and trends in international affairs.

Round 7: Global Health
Health and healthcare around the world, including pandemics, international health organizations, infectious diseases, country statistics/global trends
in maternal health, children's health, life expectancy, terminology, and other related issues.

Round 8: Water
Global water issues including water scarcity, water quality, sustainable development, water accessibility, sanitation, and food security.

How Can Teams Prepare?

Click here to download the Academic WorldQuest preparation guide. This guide will explain the content of each round and provide suggested websites and resources to help teams prepare for the competition.

In addition, the Council will provide practice questions (and answers) on Facebook and Twitter. Become a fan of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @WorldPittsburgh for access to these special practice questions!

Click here to download a competition description and rules.

What is the Grand Prize?
The 1st place team will advance to the National Academic WorldQuest competition to be held in Washington, DC on April 25, 2015, sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America. Participants at the national competition will enjoy a weekend of exciting activities. These events, as well as hotel and a portion of the travel expenses, will be covered for the winning team and one teacher sponsor or chaperone.

There will also be awards for 2nd and 3rd place teams.

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If you have questions, please contact Emily Markham at the World Affairs Council by phone at 412.281.7027 or by email at emily@worldpittsburgh.org.

Thank you to our partners

  

School Outreach

13th Annual International Knowledge Competition for High School Students

Dr. Luke Peterson, Visiting Professor of International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh¯s Center for International Studies
KQV Global Press Conference
Prospects for Peace? Israel, Palestine, and the Media

February 21, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. Luke Peterson, Visiting Professor of International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Studies. He will discuss "Prospects for Peace? Israel, Palestine, and the Media” 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

Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon: Volatility, Uncertainty, and Opportunity in the Global Energy Market in 2015
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Volatility, Uncertainty, and Opportunity in the Global Energy Market in 2015

February 17, 2015

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please contact Amy Boots, Executive Director, The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, at 412.433.5022 or email aboots@us-japan.org.

The last few years have witnessed a transformation of the global energy market. The United States is now leading the world in the production of oil and natural gas. Western Pennsylvania has assumed an increasingly prominent role in the energy sector with the exploration and development of Marcellus Shale. Japan, in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, has had to reassess its strategic priority on nuclear energy. The precipitous decline of oil prices that began in the latter half of 2014 has further transformed the worldwide energy market, with ramifications that extend well beyond the energy sector.

Join The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for a briefing and moderated panel discussion on how the global energy market is likely to evolve in 2015. What are the opportunities that lie ahead for the Pittsburgh region and Japan, and what challenges will they have to overcome? Is the exploitation of Marcellus Shale sustainable? How can Japan reduce its dependence on imported sources of energy? Are there areas in which American and Japanese businesses can work together to take advantage of changes in the global energy sector?

Hisanori Nei
Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and former Executive Director at Japan National Oil, Gas and Metals Corporation

Dr. Yongsheng Wang
Associate Professor of Economics at Washington & Jefferson College

Rich Weber
CEO of Penn Energy Resources

Moderator
David Iwinski Jr.
Managing Director of Blue Water Growth LLC

Registration
JASP and WAC members: $50 | Non-members: $75 | Table of ten (10): $500 | Sponsor table: $1,000 (Sponsor logos will be displayed on a table sign and in the program.)

Registration is required. Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions. No-shows and cancellations after February 13, 2015 will be charged.

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please contact Amy Boots, Executive Director, The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, at 412.433.5022 or email aboots@us-japan.org.

This event is supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

 

Community Series

yeroulanos
Special Seminar and Video Conference
The Future of the Eurozone

February 12, 2015

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In 2009, the European Union faced a global economic crisis. The 18 independent nations that make up the Eurozone faced high unemployment, a weak euro, and social unrest within their borders; yet, some countries were more harshly affected than others—Greece in particular. Six years later, another economic crisis is looming for Europe, which has destabilized social and political life in Greece and other European nations. During this special seminar, students will hear from Mr. Pavlos Yeroulanos, a former Cabinet Member in the Greek Government under Prime Minister George Papandreou. Mr. Yeroulanos will address key questions concerning the current political, social, and economic situation in Greece; the role Greece continues to play in the wider European economic crisis; and the future of the Eurozone. Following Mr. Yeroulanos’s remarks, students will have the opportunity to ask questions during a moderated discussion.

Pavlos Yeroulanos is a former Member of Parliament for the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). In 2009, he joined the Cabinet of Prime Minister George Papandreou, serving as the Minister of Culture and Tourism, a role he held until May 2012. Prior to joining the government, Mr. Yeroulanos served as Director of the Political Bureau of the President of PASOK, later becoming Secretary for Communications of the Party, and acting as campaign manager for the European election campaign and the national election campaign in 2009.  He has also served as Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Secretary General for Greeks Abroad.  Before becoming involved in politics, Mr. Yeroulanos worked as Financial Director for Photoelection Corporation, a subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation; served as Chief Financial Officer of Kefalonia Fisheries, where he oversaw the restructuring of the company; and was a consultant with Egon Zehnder International.  He also served in the Greek Air Force for four years.

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

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

Questions?
Please call Elizabeth Cook at 412-224-4339 or email elizabeth@worldpittsburgh.org.

Register Now!

School Outreach

Pavlos Yeroulanos
President of Kefalonia Fisheries SA
Former Cabinet Member in the Government of Prime Minister Papandreou

Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon  Can the Eurozone Survive? A Greek Perspective
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Can the Eurozone Survive?
A Greek Perspective

February 12, 2015

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

Even in the best of times, the task of managing a currency bloc of 19 sovereign nations has never been easy.  But, as 2014 ended and the new year began, it became apparent that the eurozone was facing yet another full-blown crisis: the return of deflation; a weak euro; persistently high unemployment; and an anemic growth rate. Adding fuel to the fire – political upheaval in Greece that was once again raising the specter of the country pulling a “Grexit” and leaving the eurozone. Political and financial leaders in Europe are anxiously awaiting the results of a January 25 election in Greece that may determine the fate of the eurozone.

Join the Council for a timely discussion of this latest European financial crisis with a Greek business leader and former politician, who served in the Cabinet during the early years of the 2009 euro crisis. He will offer insights into the current situation in Greece and his views on the future of the eurozone. 

Pavlos Yeroulanos is a former Member of Parliament for the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).  In 2009, he joined the Cabinet of Prime Minister George Papandreou, serving as the Minister of Culture and Tourism, a role he held until May 2012.  Prior to joining the government, Mr. Yeroulanos served as Director of the Political Bureau of the President of PASOK, later becoming Secretary for Communications of the Party, and acting as campaign manager for the European election campaign and the national election campaign in 2009.  He has also served as Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Secretary General for Greeks Abroad. 

Before becoming involved in politics, Mr. Yeroulanos worked as Financial Director for Photoelection Corporation, a subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation; served as Chief Financial Officer of Kefalonia Fisheries, where he oversaw the restructuring of the company; and was a consultant with Egon Zehnder International.  He also served in the Greek Air Force for four years.

Mr.Yeroulanos is a graduate (with highest honors) of Williams College.  He holds Masters degrees in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. 

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 February 6, 2015 will be charged.

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

This event is supported by Highmark and VisitPittsburgh.

Community Series

Pavlos Yeroulanos
President of Kefalonia Fisheries SA
Former Cabinet Member in the Government of Prime Minister Papandreou

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