The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs announces the release of the 2015 edition of GSPIA Perspectives.
The European Studies Center will host a lecture by Dr. Bernard Goldstein, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at noon, Thurs. Feb. 11 in Posvar Hall, room 4217.
The Global Political Seminar will host guest lecturer, Meredith Wilf, assistant professor at GSPIA at Noon Friday, Feb. 12 in Posvar Hall room, 4430.
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.
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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 GEPA (Gender Equality in Public Administration) 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 GEPA Team, share their work, receive feedback and strategize for the next phase of the project.
Next fall GSPIA will be adding a new Assistant Professor in International Affairs/Intelligence Studies, Michael Poznansky, now completing his University of Virginia dissertation while serving as a Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Predoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Poznansky has published articles in International Studies Quarterly and the European Journal of International Relations. As a graduate student at Virginia he won both the University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in the Social Sciences and the Department of Politics’ Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.
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