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Global Health
Global Health explores the risks and opportunities of globalization for the health of the world population, including the increased spread of diseases across borders and oceans, and the enhanced ability to alert populations and health organizations about epidemics. It also addresses international emergency response systems for health epidemics in different parts of the world.
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Global Economy
Global Economy explores the changing reach and nature of economic flows and political organization under conditions of globalization, raising issues such as international economic growth and crisis, global competition.
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Global Security
Global Security explores international, ethnic, and religious conflicts, and considers ways of preventing and resolving conflicts, including negotiation and fostering of deeper cross-cultural understanding. It raises issues such as the role of the United Nations, armed intervention, non-governmental organizations, humanitarian relief, terrorism, international law, and diplomacy.
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Global Society
Global Society explores how our understanding of who we are changes under globalization, exploring issues such as race, religion, nationality, history, and gender. It addresses the interchange of ideas between cultures, movements of people, international rights, and other factors impacting cultural development in different parts of the world.


A 5-part video dialogue series entitled "Sustainability" or Survival? Popular Responses to Global Climate Change" with international and local leaders of NGOs highlighting effective mobilization efforts to protect themselves from the effects of global warming and to promote climate justice.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 1

Life After Peace Corps
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
3911 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Learn what occupations returned Peace Corps Volunteers pursued after their service. A panel of professionals from a variety of backgrounds and fields will tell their stories about how their Peace Corps service impacted and shaped their career path. Prominent leaders in Pittsburgh will be part of the panel - you won't want to miss this!
Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, April 2

Careers in International Media & Communications
International Career Toolkit Series
3:00 pm
4217 Posvar
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Business Center and Study Abroad Office
Sarah Angel Markwardt
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Are you interested in global issues?
Join us Thursday, April 2nd at 3:00pm in 4217 Posvar to discuss careers in international media and communications with alumni and professionals working internationally.

Discover career opportunities for students in all fields of study.
Network with alumni and professionals in the field.

Thursday, April 9 to Friday, April 10

15th Annual Policy Conference: Countering Violent Extremism in the United States and the European Union
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Faculty Organizer: Prof. Michael Kenney (GSPIA)
wentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Ridgeway Center for Security Studies
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Countering violent extremism remains a critical security challenge confronting Western democratic societies. Policy makers face difficult questions about how to prevent their citizens from engaging in terrorism, what to do with citizens that seek to travel abroad to fight in “jihad,” and how to minimize the potential for violent attacks when fighters return to their countries of origin. Local communities also have an important role to play in countering violent extremism.

This conference addresses these challenges through an exchange of ideas and perspectives among researchers, practitioners and the public.

The conference is being organized under the leadership of Professor Michael Kenney, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

*Registration is required. To register, please visit: tinyurl.com/kxteapk

Saturday, April 11

2015 Annual CERIS Undergraduate Research Symposium
Insight & Perspectives of Muslim Societies and Communities
(All day)
City View Cafe, Duquesne Union 6th Floor, Duquesne University
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies and Duquesne University's Christian-Muslim Dialogue Committee

Call for papers and projects: www.cerisnet.org gives details on submissions of papers and abstracts.
We welcome projects on the five themes:
- Politics, policies, and social change
- Cultural and artistic representations
- Emerging economies and innovative technologies
- Theology, doctrine, and practice
- Muslims' relations with others of Abrahamic religions

Monday, April 13

2015 Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium
Global Eyes: Critical Perspectives of an Interconnected World
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Rooms TBA
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter along with Global Studies at Penn State
Elaine Linn, Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
Contact Phone:
412 648-2113
Contact Email:

The symposium will highlight student research on the complex array of social forces that characterize our increasingly interconnected world and will provide networking for students and faculty who are shaping how we approach these important topics and/or will provide leadership in the study of global issues in the future.

We encourage a wide variety of research topics on diverse areas including (but not limited to) the economy, gender, health, education, politics, media, nationalism, ethnicity, spirituality, and community. We invite papers from various disciplines within humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional schools that address the theme of interconnectedness. Submissions that employ diverse theories, genres, and methodologies of research in a plurality of historical and geographical contexts are encouraged.

Pitt’s Global Studies Center and the Global Studies Center at Penn State will host the event April 13, 2015. The symposium will include a keynote lecture, student presentations and student networking. Meals and round-trip transportation expenses from Penn State campuses are covered.

Once abstracts are submitted and approved, papers will be clustered according to general themes that emerge. While we are not giving our awards, notable papers from each cluster will be highlighted on the Global Studies Center’s website. Abstracts are due by February 27, 2015.

For more information on how to apply to the symposium, please visit: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/undergraduate-research-symposium

Monday, June 15 to Friday, July 3

Summer Seminar on Global Issues
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

We live in an interdependent world. No matter the career you’re considering, our changing world means that you will need to be globally fluent in order to compete and collaborate successfully in the future.

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Created for students entering their junior or senior year in high school, this three-week college preparatory summer learning opportunity focuses on both contemporary global issues and critical language skills. Through a mix of classroom instruction, experiential learning activities, and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them. Students will acquire greater global competence, cross-cultural understanding, and language proficiency—key skills needed to succeed in a global knowledge economy.

The Summer Seminar will be held June 15 - July 2, 2015 (Monday-Friday) at the University of Pittsburgh. Each day will run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. The program is sponsored by the World Affairs Council, and the Global Studies Center and the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Who can participate?
Rising high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for this program.

How much does it cost?
The Summer Seminar is being offered at a subsidized rate of $750 per person for students in the Pittsburgh region.
Full and partial needs-based financial aid scholarships will be available.

Please note: Participants must bring a bag lunch each day. Students must also arrange for their own transportation.

What Can Participants Expect?
•Learn about a range of interdisciplinary global issues such as culture, diplomacy, the economy, the environment, human rights, and security.
•Acquire introductory skills in a critical world language (Arabic or Mandarin Chinese).
•Work with nationally and internationally ranked experts representing the academic, think tank, business, nonprofit, and government sectors on a range of global and regional issues.
•Develop 21st century skills including problem solving, analysis, and critical thinking.
•Participate in real-world scenarios and simulations.
•Work with fellow students to create an awareness project meant to share knowledge of global issues with others through a range of multimedia platforms.

Sample schedule
•9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Critical Language Study
•10:30 a.m. - Noon: Global Issues Course
•Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
•1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Experiential learning activities*

*A variety of supplemental activities will be incorporated into the Global Issues course instruction, and may include simulation exercises, discussions with expert speakers, and field trips.

How Can Students Apply?
To be considered for admission to the Summer Seminar on Global Issues, a student must submit an application and reference. For financial aid scholarships, a student must also complete a separate scholarship application form. Applications and reference forms must be submitted online or by mail.

Students can apply here: www.tinyurl.com/ssgi-2015
References can be completed here: www.tinyurl.com/2015-ssgi-reference
Application for Financial Assistance: download here

The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

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