The following events draw interdisciplinary audiences and help forge networks relating to our center's six concentrations: Changing Identities in a Global World; Communication, Technology and Society; Conflict and Conflict Resolution; Global Health; Global Economy and Global Governance; and Sustainable Development.

Thursday, September 24

Media, Citizenship, Democracy
(All day)
123 University Place
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies

A platform for ideas, questions, and concerns about today's most pressing political and social issues, domestic and international.

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[More details and website to come]

Friday, October 30

GSC/CERIS Fall 2015 Book Discussion Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace
Book discussion for K-16 and librarians
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Robert Matson, Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA (or online)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies and Seton Hill University
Elaine LInn
Contact Phone:
412 648-2113
Contact Email:

Educators and librarians are invited to attend this book discussion to expand self knowledge and to integrate into curriculum when applicable. Participate in-person or via video conference

5:00 PM Dinner (Free), Dining Hall, Administration Building
6:30 PM Book Discussion, Online or in-person at Reeves Memorial Library,

Author Paul Moses captures the lives of St. Francis and Sultan al-Kamil and illuminates the political intrigue and religious fervor of their time. In the process, it reveals a startlingly timely story of interfaith conflict, war, and the search for peace. More than simply a dramatic adventure, though it does not lack for colorful saints and sinners, loyalty and betrayal, and thrilling Crusade narrative, The Saint and the Sultan brings to life an episode of deep relevance for all who seek to find peace between the West and the Islamic world. Winner of the 2010 Catholic Press Association Book Award for History.

Dr. Robert Matson, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown will facilitate the discussion.

To attend dinner and book discussion register at

Event Flyer (PDF)

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