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Global Dignity Day
4th Annual Dignity and Respect Day
In Celebration of Global Dignity Day

Live Webcast and Interactive Video Conference

October 22, 2014

Global Dignity Day is an international effort to connect students across the globe to discuss the role that dignity and respect plays in their lives. In celebration of Global Dignity Day, this program invites students to participate in activities and conversation with their local and international peers to highlight ways students can promote dignity and respect in their classrooms and community.

Special guest Charlie Batch, in his role as National Spokesperson for UPMC’s Dignity & Respect Campaign for Youth, will introduce the students to the importance of dignity and respect based on his personal journey and experiences. Using video conferencing technology, schools will be encouraged to present what dignity and respect means to them by using the designated “30 Tips of Dignity and Respect.” Participants will also be given the opportunity to converse more candidly with Mr. Batch through a round of questions, answers, and discussion.

Charlie Batch is a former Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback, and founder of the Best of the Batch Foundation. He is an active member of the Pittsburgh community and has implemented successful programs supporting sports, education and the community as a whole. Mr. Batch serves on numerous boards including the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Strong Women Strong Girls, and the Youth Futures Commission. He is also the recipient of a range of awards for both his athletic and philanthropic achievement, including the 2013 Bryon “Whizzer” White Award. Mr. Batch earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University. He has also completed programs at the Wharton Business School, Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management.

Live Webcast Registration
Click here to register for the webcast.

Interactive Video Conference Registration
Online registration is closed. If you have questions, please contact Emily Markham at emily@worldpittsburgh.org, or 412-281-7027.

Questions?
Contact Emily Markham at emily@worldpittsburgh.org, or 412-281-7027.

To learn more about the Dignity and Respect campaign visit www.dignityandrespect.org.

In partnership with

School Outreach

Charlie Batch
Former Pittsburgh Steelers Football Player,
and Founder of the Best of the Batch Foundation

Human Rights: Reflections from a War Correspondent 	 Special Seminar and Video Conference
Special Seminar and Video Conference
Human Rights: Reflections from a War Correspondent

October 21, 2014

The beheading of journalists by ISIS and the purposeful targeting and kidnapping of correspondents in recent years has brought to light not only the danger of reporting from war zones, but also the importance of the work of journalists. During this event, students will have the opportunity to hear from Professor Anne Nelson about her experiences as a war correspondent and her work in promoting human rights. What role does the media play in contemporary conflicts? What insights do those on the front lines gain? What responsibilities are unique to war correspondents and other observers of human rights?

Professor Anne Nelson teaches New Media in Development and Communication at Columbia University and has written extensively on the subject of media, conflict, and human rights. As a former war correspondent she covered conflicts in Guatemala and El Salvador. Professor Nelson specializes in international media development and has won various awards, including the Livingston Award for best international reporting from the Philippines. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow for her book Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler.In addition to her work in journalism, she is also a playwright and screenwriter. Professor Nelson is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and does consulting work for many prominent U.S. foundations including Rockefeller, Gates, Carnegie, and Knight.

Video Conference 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 Amiena Mahsoob at 412-281-7973 or email amiena@worldpittsburgh.org.

School Outreach

Professor Anne Nelson
Former War Correspondent and Adjunct Associate Professor
School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Exploring Foreign Policy in our Interconnected World 2014-2015 International Youth Forum
2014-2015 International Youth Forum
Exploring Foreign Policy in our Interconnected World

October 20, 2014

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Today’s students will be tomorrow’s decision makers. This video conference series will engage students in considering solutions to foreign policy challenges. During the 2014-2015 school year, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is partnering with the Foreign Policy Association to make articles from their publication, Great Decisions, available for International Youth Forum participants. Students will be vote on the topics they would like to discuss, which will serve as a focus for each session. Topics may include: Turkey's Challenges, Islamic Awakening, China's Foreign Policy, Syrian Refugees, Russia and Its Neighbors, Brazil, Sectarianism in the Middle East, Human Trafficking, or India.

Each session will be a 90-minute video conference with students participating from local and international sites. Prior to each International Youth Forum, students will review Great Decisions briefing materials. They will also conduct research on the topics to be discussed and prepare brief presentations to share with their peers. Participants will discuss the topics with young people at sites around the world and have the opportunity to develop potential solutions to current and future foreign policy challenges both locally and globally.

Registered schools will commit to participating in at least three of the four sessions to be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. ET on October 20, December 17, February 19, and March 12.

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

Questions?
For more information, please contact Amiena Mahsoob at amiena@worldpittsburgh.org or 412-281-7973.

With special thanks to

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School Outreach

October 2014 – March 2015
Video Conference Series for High School Students

Peace in the Middle East?
Special Seminar and Video Conference
Peace in the Middle East? A German View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

October 3, 2014

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For years, violence in the Middle East has been on the rise. This summer, tension between Israelis and Palestinians has reignited a decades old conflict. The international community is keeping a close watch on this and other Middle East “hotspots”—such as Egypt, Syria, and Iraq—with each country having its own reaction and response to the growing violence. What does it take to achieve peace in the Middle East? How should the global community respond?

During this special seminar and video conference, students will hear from Ruprecht Polenz, German politician and former Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, about the conflict in the Middle East. He will provide a German point of view on the current situation in Israel and Palestine, and address how a policy towards the region should look and the response needed by the global community. Following Mr. Polenz’s remarks, students will have the opportunity to ask questions during a moderated discussion.

Ruprecht Polenz was a Member of the German Bundestag from 1994 to 2013, and served as the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2013. In 2000, he was the Secretary-General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Throughout his career, Mr. Polenz‘s primary focus has been on foreign and security policy — with a regional emphasis on the Middle East (particularly Iran, Turkey, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict). He has also been an advocate of strong transatlantic relations. Mr. Polenz is currently President of the German Society for Eastern European Studies, Dean of the Global Diplomacy Lab, Senior Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, and a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Video Conference 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 Elizabeth Cook at 412-224-4339, or e-mail elizabeth@worldpittsburgh.org.

Register Now!

School Outreach

Ruprecht Polenz
Former Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ruprecht Polenz Former Member of the German Bundestag (CDU) Former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations
The Dr. Henry A. Kissinger Transatlantic Speaker Program of the ACG Pittsburgh Eric M. Warburg Chapter

Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon on the occasion of German Unity Day
Germany’s Role in the World

October 3, 2014

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

This autumn marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. And, October 3rd commemorates Germany’s (re)unification following its division after World War II. From 1949 until 1990, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic had an uneasy coexistence. Since 1990, the two Germanys have grown together, and a new Germany has emerged. It has assumed a significant role on the international stage.

Germany continues to be an “economic giant” which has weathered the Euro crisis, but it is no longer a “political dwarf.” Germany remains the key economic and political driver within the European Union. It’s military engagement in Afghanistan marked a significant change in the country’s foreign and security policy.  And, Germany plays a key role as an “honest broker” in many global hotspots — such as Crimea.

With the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the horizon and German-American relations at a low point over allegations of spying, this is an opportune time to hear from one of Germany’s most distinguished politicians and foreign policy experts. Join the American Council on Germany and the World Affairs Council for a timely discussion on the occasion of German Unity Day!

Ruprecht Polenz was a Member of the German Bundestag from 1994 to 2013, and served as the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2013. In 2000, he was the Secretary-General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Throughout his career, Mr. Polenz‘s primary focus has been on foreign and security policy — with a regional emphasis on the Middle East (particularly Iran,  Turkey, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict). He has also been an advocate of strong transatlantic relations.

Mr. Polenz is currently President of the German Society for Eastern European Studies, Dean of the Global Diplomacy Lab, Senior Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, and a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions. No-shows and cancellations after September 29, 2014 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 part of the American Council on Germany's Dr. Henry A. Kissinger Transatlantic Speakers Program at the Warburg Chapters, and is made possible by a generous grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Luncheon Discussion Group

Ruprecht Polenz
Former Member of the German Bundestag (CDU)
Former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations

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