The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs announces the release of the 2015 edition of GSPIA Perspectives.
The Shale Gas Governance Center will host Dr. Joseph Marchand at noon, Wed. Feb. 17 in Posvar Hall, room 3911. This talk will discuss the natural resources of Western Canada and how the boom and bust in energy prices has affected its local labor markets in terms of employment and earnings, inequality and poverty, as well as tasks and skills, and what this might mean for the future of the region. Dr. Marchand is an associate professor of economics at the University of Alberta. The event is sponsored by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and GSPIA.
The Ford Institute will host Dr. Paul B. Stares at 12:15 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 18 in Posvar Hall, room, 3431. Dr. Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention & Director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations will lead a discussion about how America can avoid war in the 21st Century.
The Global Political Seminar will host guest lecturer, Sarah Bush, Assistant Professor in Temple University's Department of Political Science at Noon Friday, Feb. 26 in Posvar Hall room, 4500.
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The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) recently announced GSPIA alumnus Willys de Andrade Santos (MPIA ’06) as the winner of the 2015-2016 Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award. Willys is currently the director of the Centre for Innovation and International Studies at Kwara State University in Nigeria. UCIS recognized Willys’ for his professional achievements and contributions to the international community.
The students of the Leadership Portfolio Program recently met with former Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill. The retired Alcoa Chairman and CEO made the trip to campus to share his insights on leadership with the group. Mr. O’Neill has long been known for the emphasis he places on workplace safety and has carried this ideal with him through posts in all three sectors at Alcoa, The RAND Corporation, and even the Department of the Treasury.
GSPIA professor and director of the Ford Institute for Human Security, Dr. Taylor Seybolt, spoke in December 2015 at the 3rd Urban Health Regional Forum of the Americas in Medellin, Colombia. The Forum was a joint initiative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Medellin Mayor’s Office, and Colombia’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MHSP). Dr. Marcelo Korc, Senior Advisor at PAHO and moderator at the Forum, invited Dr. Seybolt to join the panel called “Focus on Human Security in Urban Settings.” Luis Fernando Suarez, Head Secretary of Security for the Medellin Mayor’s Office, and Dr. Alexander Butchart, Coordinator of Violence Prevention at WHO, also joined the panel. The panel’s objective was to highlight the importance of positioning human security as a public health topic.
Dr. Colin P. Clarke (PhD ’11) delivered The John T. Ryan Memorial Lecture during the World Affairs Council’s 84th Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Dr. Clarke is an Associate Political Scientist at the Rand Corporation and terrorist expert. Clarke addressed the topic, “Making Sense of Syria: ISIS, Russia, and What comes Next.”
On December 9, 2015 Pelle Lutken (Policy Specialist) and Ciara Lee (International Consultant), two members of the UNDP's Governance and Peacebuilding Team came to the University of Pittsburgh for a one day workshop with the Multi-Disciplinary Graduate Student GEPA Working Group. This working group, housed by the Ford Institute for Human Security and led by Dr. Müge Finkel of GSPIA and Dr. Melanie Hughes of Sociology, has been working in partnership with UNDP for the past semester. The workshop, the first one of the deliverables, was planned as an opportunity for working group researchers to meet and network with the UNDP Team, share their work, receive feedback and strategize for the next phase of the project.
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