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Tuesday, September 28
 

4:00pm EDT

Council Welcome and Opening Keynote with Amali Tower - Climate Change and Displacement, a Human Rights Challenge
Welcome to our Second Annual Virtual Summit! You will hear from Council team members, partners, and global issues speakers alike in this grand opening to our weeklong schedule of events!

At 4:00PM we will kick off with a land acknowledgement and performance, followed by an announcement from the Council team. Then at 4:30PM we will welcome Amali Tower, Executive Director of the nonprofit Climate Refugees, on how climate change intersects with displacement, forced migration, conflict, security, and vulnerability.

According to a World Bank Report, climate change could push over 200 million people to migrate in the next 30 years. Global surface temperatures have risen faster since 1970 than in any other 50-year period over the past 2,000 years. However, those who leave their countries because of climate change or disasters do not qualify for protection under international law, leaving them even more vulnerable. Together we will learn where the global governance framework for forced migration exists and what public "people-centered" actions we can all take to help address this issue.

Moderators
avatar for Betty Cruz

Betty Cruz

President & CEO, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020. Prior to joining the Council, Betty served as the leader of Change Agency, a social enterprise which she founded in 2016, and Project Director for All for All, an immigrant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amali Tower

Amali Tower

Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees
Amali Tower is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Refugees. She has extensive experience promoting the rights and protection of refugees and forcibly displaced persons in a variety of contexts, including in refugee resettlement, protection, evaluation and research with... Read More →
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Hannah Young

Acting Consul General, British Consulate, New York
Hannah Young is Acting Consul General at the British Consulate in New York City, covering New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Fairfield County in Connecticut. Hannah was previously the Prime Minister’s lead official on home affairs policy, a brief that covered policing and criminal... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom

5:30pm EDT

Exclusive Conversation with Amali Tower
Join us for this exclusive conversation with keynote speaker Amali Tower. This will be an opportunity to interact with Amali face to face, and engage in a discussion with a topic expert alongside other audience members. In this new virtual format, this 30 minute conversation is our way of connecting with our speakers post-event and diving even deeper into the details we want to learn most about. 

Tuesday September 28, 2021 5:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

Descemer Bueno Performance and Talkback
Join this event to see Cuban singer, songwriter, and record producer Descemer Bueno perform and discuss his artistry with Council CEO & President Betty Cruz. This is the Council's first Spanish language event! Audience members will have the option to listen to the program in its original Spanish audio, or select the English language interpretation audio at any point during the program. During the conversation portion of the event audience members are invited to submit their questions in the Q&A feature. Come see Descemer Bueno perform and talk to us about his experience as a Cuban artist and citizen!

Moderators
avatar for Betty Cruz

Betty Cruz

President & CEO, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020. Prior to joining the Council, Betty served as the leader of Change Agency, a social enterprise which she founded in 2016, and Project Director for All for All, an immigrant... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Descemer Bueno

Descemer Bueno

Musician, Singer, Songwriter, and Producer
Descemer Bueno is a Cuban musician, singer, songwriter, and producer whose professional career ranges from jazz to hip-hop, traditional son, and Latin pop. Born in Havana in 1971, Bueno’s first professional job was as the bassist for Santiago Feliú. In 1990, he started his own... Read More →


Tuesday September 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7:45pm EDT
Zoom
 
Wednesday, September 29
 

12:00pm EDT

The Future of Democracy
During this conversation with democracy, technology, and human rights experts, we'll explore the state of democracy on and offline, both in this country and globally. We will also discuss the rippling effects of the United States' democratic institutions around the world, and the rights that have come under attack in recent years as authoritarian leaders and ideology continue to rise. This moderated panel discussion will touch on how we collectively define democracy, who benefits from it, and who is historically forgotten. In the context of the Summit's theme of Exploring this Global Moment, we hope to explore the ways in which we can encourage democracy internationally to promote civic dialogue and counter polarization.

Moderators
avatar for Nadine Farid Johnson

Nadine Farid Johnson

Washington Director, PEN America
Nadine Farid Johnson serves as PEN America’s Washington director. An attorney and advocate with a focus in democracy, human rights, and governance, she has a breadth of experience across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she served as executive director... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ma Thida

Dr. Ma Thida

Visiting Scholar, Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University
Dr. Ma Thida is a writer who believes in freedom of expression, and a medical doctor who loved doing surgery. She is a political and human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience. She received the 2016 ‘Disturbing the Peace’ award, given by the Vaclav Havel Library... Read More →
avatar for Clara Tsao

Clara Tsao

Co-Founder, Trust & Safety Professional Association and the Trust & Safety Foundation
Clara Tsao is an online disinformation expert and a civic tech entrepreneur, who recently co-founded the Trust & Safety Professional Association and the Trust & Safety Foundation to support the global community of professionals who develop and enforce principles and policies that... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Quarcoo

Ashley Quarcoo

Senior Director, Democracy Programs and Pillars, Partnership for American Democracy
Ashley Quarcoo is the senior director of democracy programs and pillars with the Partnership for American Democracy. Prior to joining the Partnership, Quarcoo was a senior fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program. Her... Read More →


Wednesday September 29, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

The Danger of Dis/Misinformation On and Offline: Where We Are Now in Combating Extremism
Earlier this year, we hosted a conversation on the growing domestic terrorism problem in the United States and how right-wing extremism was ranked among the top global security threats in 2019. In part two of this conversation, we will dive deeper into this topic, focusing on extremism globally and the efforts of those working to prevent the spread of dis/misinformation. In conversation with technology and extremism experts, we’ll explore how vulnerable communities are harmed by misinformation online, and how misinformation can lead to increased polarization and extremism within and between communities.

Moderators
avatar for Mila Sanina

Mila Sanina

Executive Director, Public Source
Mila Sanina serves as the executive director of PublicSource, a nonprofit, non-partisan newsroom delivering public-service journalism in the Pittsburgh region at publicsource.org. Under Mila's leadership, PublicSource has been billed as a convener, an innovative newsroom which is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex Amend

Alex Amend

Director of Communications, Moonshot
Alex Amend is Director of Communications at Moonshot where he is responsible for global communications strategy in support of the mission to end online harms. He joined Moonshot from the Sierra Club, the largest and oldest environmental advocacy organization in the U.S., where he... Read More →
avatar for Meghna Mahadevan

Meghna Mahadevan

Partner, New Currents Collective
Roots in Kerala, India, hailing from Atlanta, GA, inspired by Oakland, CA: Meghna Mahadevan is an activist, technologist, and creative, spending their time advancing movements for liberation for queer, trans, people of color. Meghna completed their B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Michael Kenney

Dr. Michael Kenney

Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Security Studies, Director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center, and Professor of International Affairs, The University of Pittsburgh
Michael Kenney is the Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Security Studies, Director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center, and Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and has held... Read More →


Wednesday September 29, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, September 30
 

12:00pm EDT

Forced to Flee: Understanding the Experience of Refugees and Exiled People in Pittsburgh
Moderators
avatar for Betty Cruz

Betty Cruz

President & CEO, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020. Prior to joining the Council, Betty served as the leader of Change Agency, a social enterprise which she founded in 2016, and Project Director for All for All, an immigrant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ivonne Smith-Tapia

Ivonne Smith-Tapia

Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services, Jewish Family and Community Services
Ivonne Smith-Tapia joined JFCS as Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services in July 2021. She holds master’s degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Social Work with a certificate in Human Services Management.Ivonne worked more than a decade with the Colombian government, international... Read More →
avatar for Andrés Franco

Andrés Franco

Executive Director, City of Asylum
Andrés Franco was appointed Executive Director of City of Asylum in October 2020. Recognized globally for providing sanctuary and community for endangered literary writers, City of Asylum is now in its 16th year. Mr. Franco’s new role with City of Asylum allows him to fuse his... Read More →
avatar for Noor Fazly

Noor Fazly

Refugee Employment Specialist, JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services
Noorulhaq (Noor) Fazly is originally from Afghanistan. He has a bachelor in law and political science from Herat University. Currently, he is studying Cybersecurity at CCAC, then will continue higher education to the University of Pittsburgh. Noor came to the USA in 2016 as part of... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Sun Luu

Sun Luu

Spoken Word Poet
SUN LUU is an Asian American writer, performer, and speaking artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He's a poetry slam champion, having won Texas Grand Slam (2017). He has served as the co-captain of a Brave New Voices team (2016), representing Los Angeles, which placed 7th in the world... Read More →


Thursday September 30, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Building a Globally-Minded Compassionate Future Workplace With Young People in Mind
Join us for this interactive talk where our panelists will be speaking on what it means to have a globally minded and compassionate workplace, and why it is so important for our young people who are beginning to enter the workforce.

Moderators
avatar for Hannah Shin

Hannah Shin

Student, North Allegheny Senior High School
Hannah Shin is a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School and serves as a Youth Board Co-Chair for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Hannah has been heavily involved with the Council for the past four years, whether it be moderating panel discussions and student conversations... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Shute

Scott Shute

Head of Mindfulness and Compassion, LinkedIn
Scott Schute is at the intersection of the workplace and ancient wisdom traditions. He has been an active advocate for customers and employees in the technology space for over 20 years, with roles ranging from sales, customer advocacy, and customer service leadership. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Jeremiah Davis

Jeremiah Davis

Student, Chatham University
Jeremiah Davis is a second-year student at Chatham majoring in Social Services Administration. He hopes to have a future career in community development and public service. Currently, he is a student employee at the Eden Hall K-12 Programs Office coordinating the Youth Advisory Board... Read More →
avatar for Michelle King

Michelle King

Learner, Teacher and Instigator, Remake Learning
Michelle King is a learner first and foremost and as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher and has taught over 22 years in public schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew... Read More →
avatar for Connor Dalgaard

Connor Dalgaard

Student, West Allegheny High School
Connor Dalgaard is a senior at West Allegheny High School who currently serves as the Youth Voice & Innovation Fellow at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.He is a mental health advocate who co-wrote a proclamation for a city and state Teen Mental Health Awareness Day, presented... Read More →


Thursday September 30, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Friday, October 1
 

10:00am EDT

Governance and Diplomacy in a Rapidly Evolving Global Sphere
Join us for this interactive talk where we will be going deeper on one of our five global issue areas.

Moderators
avatar for Betty Cruz

Betty Cruz

President & CEO, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020. Prior to joining the Council, Betty served as the leader of Change Agency, a social enterprise which she founded in 2016, and Project Director for All for All, an immigrant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ambassador Norman Eisen (ret.)

Ambassador Norman Eisen (ret.)

Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institute
Ambassador Norman Eisen (ret.) is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings, executive chair of the States United Democracy Center, and a CNN Legal Analyst. He served in the White House from 2009 to 2011 as special counsel and special assistant to President Obama for ethics and government reform, was the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014, and served as special counsel to the House Judiciary... Read More →


Friday October 1, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why We Must Fight for Women’s Rights Long After the Headlines have Faded
As the fanfare surrounding the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent Taliban takeover of the country dies down, people are already moving on to the next notable news story. However, women everywhere, from Afghanistan to the United States, continue to face subjugation, oppression, and discriminatory practices; whether the international media is watching or not. The fight against women’s rights is much bigger than the present conflict in Afghanistan, yet we continue to fall short in our obligation to support and listen to women when claiming to work for their equitable treatment in society. Join us to hear executive director of the Arab Institute for Women (AiW) at the Lebanese American University Lina AbiRafeh speak on how we consistently fail in our fight for women’s rights, and what we need to do to start succeeding.

Moderators
avatar for Betty Cruz

Betty Cruz

President & CEO, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020. Prior to joining the Council, Betty served as the leader of Change Agency, a social enterprise which she founded in 2016, and Project Director for All for All, an immigrant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lina AbiRafeh

Lina AbiRafeh

Executive Director, Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University
Dr. Lina AbiRafeh is the Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women (AiW) at the Lebanese American University, based in New York and Lebanon. She has served in this position since 2015. The Institute was established in 1973 as the first women’s institute in the Arab reg... Read More →


Friday October 1, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Exclusive Conversation with Lina AbiRafeh
Invite only post keynote conversation with our speaker.

Speakers
avatar for Lina AbiRafeh

Lina AbiRafeh

Executive Director, Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University
Dr. Lina AbiRafeh is the Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women (AiW) at the Lebanese American University, based in New York and Lebanon. She has served in this position since 2015. The Institute was established in 1973 as the first women’s institute in the Arab reg... Read More →


Friday October 1, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom