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October 11, 2018

La Roche College and Partners to Host Book Discussion with Seth Jones

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 11, 2018 – La Roche University, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will host a book discussion with author Seth Jones on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center. Mr. Jones will discuss his new book, “A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland.”

“Through our partnership with the Kosciuszko Foundation and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, we have the ability to engage with new and diverse audiences,” Emily Markham, the assistant director of Global Engagement at La Roche, said. “We can provide a platform for engagement and discussion between the La Roche community and surrounding neighborhood by serving as the host for this unique international program.”

Seth Jones is the director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jones previously served as the director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center for the RAND Corporation. He also acted as representative for the commander to the assistant secretary of defense for special operations. He specializes in counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare, and covert action, with a focus on Al Qaeda and ISIS. 

Mr. Jones’ book focuses on the CIA’s operations in Poland, which led them to an important victory for democracy during the Cold War. While the Soviets backed Poland in their attempt to stop the beginnings of a liberal opposition movement, the CIA began their intelligence campaign, QRHELPFUL, to support the opposition groups. The CIA donated funds to help a group named Solidarity print newspapers, broadcast radio programs, and conduct a wide-ranging information warfare campaign against the Polish government.

“We are all very excited to have Seth Jones here for the event and are delighted to be working with both the Kosciuszko Foundation and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh on this effort,” Ms. Markham said. “We look forward to welcoming the La Roche community and surrounding neighborhood to campus for what I’m sure will be a compelling presentation and discussion.”

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a brief Q&A session following his remarks. Additionally Mr. Jones will sign books, and guests may purchase copies of the book. Light refreshments will be served.

The Kosciuszko Foundation, founded in 1925, promotes closer ties between Poland and the United States through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges. It awards up to $1 million annually in fellowships and grants to graduate students, scholars, scientists, professionals and artists, and promotes Polish culture in America. The Foundation has awarded scholarships and provided a forum to Poles who have changed history.

Established in 1931, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh serves as model for promoting international engagement across generations and sectors. The Council’s mission is to provide a pathway for a more globally minded region, offering students and the community a learning space that covers key international issues. The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), a network of more than 90 nonprofit, nonpartisan member Councils around the country.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.