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KQV Global Press Conference
The European Union and a Changing World

May 16, 2015

This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Chair of Political Science at the University of Cologne.” He will discuss "The European Union and a Changing World” with host former 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.


Wolf Breakfast
In partnership with the Heinz Awards, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is hosting a Heinz Awards Conversation to introduce the 20th Heinz Award Recipient for Public Policy:

May 13, 2015

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

Join us for an informal discussion with Aaron T. Wolf, Ph.D., professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Dr. Wolf is an internationally renowned water policy expert on transboundary waters and international relations.

Raised with an acute awareness of the world’s limited fresh water supply, Dr. Wolf decided early in his career to find a way to break the gridlock that dominated tensions over water rights. He has opened new paths in global policy through his unique approach to negotiating disputes over shared bodies of water. 

From international water talks, as well as work on the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty and elsewhere in the Western United States, Dr. Wolf has played a leading role in brokering critical agreements around what is increasingly the planet’s most precious resource. His rare manner of negotiation incorporates both traditional methods along with alternative approaches that focus on common values between competing users. Dr. Wolf has proved that by sharing science-based evidence and identifying shared values, cooperation can replace conflict. He has carved out a new understanding of how water disputes can be resolved – embracing the notion that water need not be a barrier to peace, but can serve as a language for reconciliation.

This event is sponsored by the Heinz Family Foundation and is complimentary.

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Please register by May 11, 2015. 

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

Community Series

Aaron T. Wolf, Ph.D.
Navigating Peace: Conflict and Cooperation over Shared Water Resources

Moderated by Alberta Sbragia, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Global Blueprint
Global Blueprint
Interactive workshops to shape Pittsburgh’s international vision

May 7, 2015

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You can make a difference in Pittsburgh's global future! Join us as we continue to develop an action plan for shaping this region's global identity, and hear of the successes and challenges facing other cities trying to achieve a similar goal. 

Previous Global Blueprint workshops developed a baseline of understanding on Pittsburgh's international vision, and prioritized small, medium, and long-term strategies for becoming a globally fluent metro area.

What steps can we take to make Pittsburgh a more globally fluent metro area? How can Pittsburgh benefit from globalization?

Workshop Three - May 7
This is the final workshop. Join us as we hear about how other cities are taking steps on becoming globally fluent. Help us develop our Global Blueprint action plan!

There is no charge for this event, but registration is required. Refreshments are included.

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Community Series

In the Hot Seat Video Conference
From Sudan to Pittsburgh: A Lost Boy Remembers

April 27, 2015

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What lasting impact does armed conflict have on children? What lessons can be learned from the Sudanese civil war? What challenges does the refugee community in the United States face?

Paul Deng Kur fled his home in Sudan nearly 30 years ago as one of thousands of Lost Boys. After settling in the United States, he faced the struggles of an immigrant in a new land, while still grappling with questions about his harrowing experiences. Although the Second Sudanese Civil War ended in 2005, thousands of former Lost Boys are still separated from their families and face the horrific effects of growing up in a warzone.

For this event, students at Trinity High School will work with Mr. Kur to tell his story through a talk-show style discussion. Up to five interactive video conference sites can participate and submit questions ahead of the program.

Paul Deng Kur fled Sudan in 1987 when his village was destroyed in the second phase of a civil war that would last decades. He became one of nearly 20,000 children seeking refuge from the violence, collectively known as “the Lost Boys.” War was a reality of Mr. Kur’s childhood. He was conscripted into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and torn away from his family at the age of eight. After escaping several times from refugee camps in an effort to avenge his family, Mr. Kur became part of the UN’s Lost Boys movement and was relocated to Philadelphia in 2001. He was then able to complete his high school diploma, earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Clarion University, and is currently working on his Masters in Leadership from Duquesne University. Mr. Kur has since become an advocate for refugees and children affected by conflict or forced into child marriage. He recently published Out of the Impossible, a memoir that reflects upon his experiences and their lasting impact on his life today.

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

Please call Emily Markham at 412-281-7027 or e-mail

This event is held in partnership with
Trinity Area School District

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School Outreach

Paul Deng Kur
Former Lost Boy of Sudan and author of Out of the Impossible

Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Smart Growth: The Beginning of a New Era?

April 17, 2015

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

With estimates that the world’s population will reach between 8.3 and 10.9 billion by 2050, we face a myriad of economic, social, political, and environmental challenges at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The emergence of a truly global middle class — and with it, a voracious appetite for material consumption — is contributing to these challenges as are growing environmental concerns and increasingly scarce resources (such as food, water, and energy). The recognition of the limitations of traditional growth strategies has spurred new thinking about the way in which modern societies deal with scarcity. New energy technologies and financial innovation have opened exciting new industrial and economic possibilities. Smart sustainable initiatives lead to job creation, innovation, and local sustainable entrepreneurship.

Join us for an engaging conversation with one of Europe’s environmental thought leaders, and learn how highly efficient technologies and an intelligent cycle of materials can stimulate a shift in energy production, transportation, and urban development. Ralf Fuecks will offer a strategic vision at the local, national, and international levels concerning:

  • The environmental cost of globalization,
  • The market for renewable energies, and
  • A blueprint for an eco-friendly city.

Ralf Fuecks has been a member of the executive board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 1996. The primary focus of his work is sustainable development and a green economy, the future of European integration, and  foreign policy. Within the Foundation, he is responsible for domestic political education, Europe and North America, as well as German-Israeli relations.

Ralf Fuecks joined the Green Party in 1982. In 1985, he was elected to the Bremen State Parliament. He served as Co-President for the national Green Party in 1989/90. He returned to regional politics in Bremen in 1991, serving as Deputy Mayor and as Senator for Urban Development and Environmental Protection.

As a member of the Green Party’s Program Commission, he co-authored the new party program, which was adopted in 2002. He is a regular contributor to numerous newspapers and political periodicals and co-author of several books.


World Affairs Council, Green Building Alliance, and American Council on Germany Members: $25 | Non-members: $45

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions. Registration is required. No-shows and cancellations after April 13, 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 the Heinrich Böll Foundation

With thanks to Reed Smith for hosting this event.  


Community Series

Ralf Fuecks
President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and
Author of Smart Growth: A New Approach to the Environment, the Economy, and Green Innovation

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