The Ford Institute will host guest lecturer Victoria Nalongo Namusisi, founder and director of Bright Kinds Uganda at 10:45 a.m., Wed., Oct. 18 in Posvar Hall, room 3911.
Victoria Nalongo Namusisi
Founder & Director, Bright Kids Uganda, Entebbe Home
Wed., Oct. 18, 2017
Posvar Hall, room 3911
The Hillman Library will host a book talk with GSPIA Associate Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili at 4:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 18 in the Thornburgh Room. During the talk, Dr. Murtazashvili will discuss her recent book Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Her book is based on analysis of hundreds of interviews and ethnographic fieldwork in more than 30 villages across six provinces of rural Afghanistan. The book examines the role traditional authority has played in efforts to build state and security in Afghanistan.
The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership will honor Fagan Harris, CEO of Baltimore Corps, at 6:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 at the University Club.
Johnson Institute: 2017 Emerging Leader Award
Friday, October 20, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
University Club, Ballroom A
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The cover stories of the 2017 issue of GSPIA Perspectives focus on promoting diversity and inclusion. Dean John Keeler points out what made this important theme especially compelling now is that the 2016-2017 academic year was Pitt’s Year of Diversity, and within GSPIA an unprecedented number of events were organized to address many facets of the issue.
In a matter of weeks, three major hurricanes levied profound impacts on communities across the Caribbean and parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Thousands of people are engaged in ongoing response and recovery operations, including GSPIA alumni:
The African Studies Program in the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh welcomed Dr. Louis A. Picard as its new Director this fall. Dr. Picard has over 40 years of knowledge and experience on the continent, from his days as one of the first Peace Corps Volunteers to his present work as a distinguished researcher, technical consultant, and practitioner.
Rachel Vinciguerra traveled to Les Cayes Haiti during summer 2017, in part, to conduct a program evaluation for the Fi Ki Fò (strong girl), girls’ empowerment program, at Pwoje Espwa orphanage. During her internship, she and some colleagues noticed a gap in services and resources available to young women at the orphanage compared to men. As a result, Rachel and her colleagues established a pen-pal program between teen girls at Pwoje Espwa and young professional women in the U.S. called Write to Be.
As part of the Shale Gas Governance Center fall lecture series, GSPIA alumnus and Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale gave a talk on “Impact Fees: working as promised?” covering the history and implementation of impact fees on shale gas extraction.
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