The Ford Institute for Human Security will host an "Open House" at 12:15 p.m. Wed., Sept. 9 in 3930 Posvar Hall. Please stop by the Ford Institute open house Wednesday, September 9th. Meet the Director, affiliated faculty and staff to learn about the opportunities and resources available to students. We will discuss Ford’s publication series, student working groups, volunteer opportunities, and extensive resources that are available to all. Connect with other GSPIA students majoring in Human Security and other students passionate about this topic. Everyone is welcome! Light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Diane Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org
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2015 GSPIA Graduation
Dean Keeler and Ariel Armony, the new Pitt Senior Director of International Programs, hosted receptions for incoming Pitt students and Pitt alumni in Beijing on June 3 and Shanghai on June 4. Both receptions attracted more attendees than any previous Pitt events in China. More than 10 GSPIA students and alumni were present at each reception.
The boom in Pennsylvania shale drilling has been one of the most controversial and financially lucrative issues in the state’s public debate. As GSPIA assistant professor Ilia Murtazashvili has pointed out, “The shale boom has been accompanied by many studies of the environmental and ecological consequences of hydraulic fracturing. Much less is known about governance of the shale boom, in particular the different ways that communities have responded to opportunities and challenges presented by the changing environment of shale extraction.” In order to fill this gap, Murtazashvili and associate professor Sabina Deitrick took advantage of the Provost’s Year of Sustainability funding to host a workshop in May with the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research to discuss the regional impact of shale gas drilling on governance and the economy.
Not long ago, incoming graduate student Hanifa Nakiryow was gainfully employed until her ex-husband went to extreme measures. Corrosive acid was thrown on her face outside of their home. Shortly thereafter, Nakiryowa found herself recovering in a Uganda hospital and later was treated in the U.K. and the U.S. Upon recovery, Nakiryow decided to found the Centre for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence and continue her education.
Nakiryow’s story became more widely known, after her host family GSPIA Professor Lou Picard, and his wife, Professor Pauline Greenlick of Mt. Lebanon, created a documentary featuring Nakiryow’s plight. Nakiryow’s story has touch many. She will attend graduate school this fall on a full scholarship she received from GSPIA.
Professors Picard, and Greenlick, are hosting a fundraiser for Nakiryow at 4 – 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 21at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland.
We are pleased to announce that Linghui Zhu (MPA ’15) has just received an entry-level position at the World Bank. Zhu is the first of our Chinese alumni to be hired by “The Bank,” where 16 other GSPIA alumni are currently employed. Victoria Stanley (MPIA ’96), a Senior Project Officer at the World Bank, serves on our Board of Visitors.
We just received a note from one of our Distinguished Alumnus Award winners, Sofien Effendi (MPIA ’75, PhD ‘78), with some great news about four of our alumni in Indonesia.
Dr. Effendi has been appointed by the new President of Indonesia as Commissioner and Chairman of the newly established Indonesian Civil Service Commission which will oversee the application of a merit system in the selection and appointment of senior executives in all government agencies of the country.
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Contrary to conventional wisdom, Assistant Professor Kevin Morrison illustrates in his new book how taxation leads to instability, not representation.
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