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GSPIA PhD Candidate Co-Authors Article in Joint Forces Quarterly



GSPIA PhD candidate Colin Clarke recently co-authored an article, “Counterinsurgency Worldwide” with Dr. Christopher Paul, a social scientist at the RAND Corporation. The article will be published in the January issue of Joint Forces Quarterly. Read More.

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Auditor General DePasquale (MPA '97) Completes Review of Education Dept.

The State of Pennsylvania's Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale (MPA '97) issued a pair of "long-awaited" audits today investigating the State Board of Education and its special adviser Ron Tomalis, appointed by former governor Tom Corbett. DePasquale was quoted in the Post-Gazette as saying that, “either literally [Mr. Tomalis] went to the office and sat there and did nothing... or they need to get better at retaining records.” Mr. DePasquale also criticized the department's lack of assistance to poorly performing schools and failure to update its Basic Education Master Plan for 16 years.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
3431 Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
(Brown bag event, cookies served)

The Ford Institute welcomes Aarya Nijat to speak with Prof. Jennifer Murtazashvili to students on the theme of their new co-authored paper, Women's Leadership Roles in Afghanistan, published by the US Institute of Peace.

Aarya Nijat is a policy analyst who has spent more than a decade in the development sector in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She previously served as the Director of Capacity and Institutional Development at the Government of Afghanistan's Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG).

Feature Story: GSPIA Alumni in City Management

In the 2013 mayoral election, three GSPIA alumni competed for the office and GSPIA alumnus Bill Peduto won by a landslide. Since 2014, the mayor of Pittsburgh has thus been a GSPIA alumnus, and working with him are five other GSPIAns in manager-level staff positions; approximately 25 more GSPIA alumni are also currently employed by the city. The success of these alumni reflects GSPIA’s commitment to training students for local public service since the founding of the school by Dean Donald Stone, whose first job was in the mayor’s office in Cincinnati.

Kevin Kearns to receive Dr. Wangari Maathai Humanitarian Award

The Workforce Development Global Alliance (WDGA) will honor GSPIA Professor Kevin Kerns for his commitment to servant leadership with the 10th Annual Dr. Wangari Maathai Humanitarian Award, Tues., November 3. According to WDGA’s announcement, the award recognizes Kearns for his "unprecedented levels of servant leadership, commitment and impact to mankind from local to global communities."

Announcing GSPIA Perspectives 2015: Promoting City Management and Metropolitan Studies

We are proud to announce the release of the 2015 edition of our award-winning magazine, GSPIA Perspectives. The year’s issue focuses on GSPIA's strength in local leadership and features the alumni serving in the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding boroughs.

Katz Lecture Illustrates the Value of Human Security Analysis

On Sept. 21, 2015, the Ford Institute for Human Security welcomed Dr. Des Gasper to give this year’s Saul M. Katz Lecture titled “Human Security and Human Rights: Competitive or Complementary?” Dr. Gasper is a professor at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He delivered a talk to a standing-room only crowd based on his current paper entitled “Human Security, Undermining Human Rights?”

UN Representative Discusses Current Conflict in Ukraine

The Ford Institute for Human Security recently kicked-off its annual fall speaker series by welcoming alumnus Neal Walker (MPIA ‘82) to GSPIA.  Walker currently serves as the Humanitarian Coordinator, UN Resident Coordinator, and Representative of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine. His son, Neal S. Walker, is currently a second-year student in the MID program. 

GSPIA Perspectives 2015: City Management and Metropolitan Studies

We are proud to announce the release of the 2015 edition of GSPIA Perspectives. The year’s magazine focuses on GSPIA's strength in local leadership and features the alumni serving in the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding boroughs.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
3:00 pm
Humanities Center, Room 602 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh

Williams College professor Katarzyna Pieprzak will visit to present her work on the growth of shantytowns in Casablanca, Morocco. Prof. Pieprzak will offer a workshop aimed at facilitating cross-discipline dialogue among faculty in the humanities and the social sciences. Her colloquium in Pitt's Humanities Center will be titled "Spaces of Migration and Aesthetics of Immobility: Bidonvilles in the Francophone Mediterranean Imagination."
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About The Year of the Humanities:
The provost has named the academic year 2015-2016 The Year of the Humanities in the University. The purpose of the year is to highlight the fundamental importance of humanistic thinking in research and education not only in humanities departments but also across the whole range of University schools and departments.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
9:00 - 10:30 am
Room 532, Alumni Hall
University of Pittsburgh

This spotlight session will explore several aspects of “being human.” Moderated by Susan M. Meyer, PhD, professor of pharmacy and therapeutics, associate dean for education, School of Pharmacy, the 90-minute session will include the following presentations:

Is Morality Universal?
Edouard Machery, PhD, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Why We Say “Dude,” “Yinz,” and “Dahntahn” and Other Mysteries of Human Language
Scott F. Kiesling, PhD, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Capturing the Circuitry that Underlies Odor Learning
Anne-Marie Oswald, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

A Matter of Life and Death: How Society and Technology Shape Our Choices
Japa Pallikkathayil, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

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