Global Problems Global Solutions

Event Postponed until Fall 2020

“Don’t Panic! How Managing Fear Helps Us Navigate A Complicated World."
Keynote Speaker: Ted Anthony, Director of Digital Innovation at Associated Press

In today’s global society fears are heightened and interconnected like never before. Often times media is a contributing factor to spreading awareness and intensifying these fears. For this keynote address, the Quainton Center for Global Engagement welcomes Ted Anthony, director of digital innovation with the Associated Press.

Mr. Anthony will discuss the importance of quality journalism in navigating these important global times in the hopes that we can start to address and overcome some of these fears.
Stay for heavy appetizers and refreshments at the Quainton Center for Global Engagement reception following the keynote address.

Mapping Our Fears

What is something that has you concerned about the present or future? To kick off the 2020 Global Problems, Global Solutions conference, the Quainton Center for Global Engagement will map out many of the fears members of the La Roche campus community are facing.

All are welcome to stop by the Quainton Center table to participate and/or observe our fear mapping activity.

Understanding Student Fears Around the World

The fears young people face today surrounding economic and career success, physical safety, and more, are not unique to the United States. Listen as current La Roche University students, representing countries from around the world, discuss fears young people face in the places they call home, efforts in response to these concerns, and hopes for the future.

Documentary Screening: “Learning How to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)”

Around the world young women and girls are often forced to drop out of school to stay home and support the family. The 2020 Oscar Winning Documentary Short “Learning How to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)” profiles Skateistan, a skateboarding school for young girls in Afghanistan, that provides a safe space to learn to read and write. Through the use of skateboarding, young girls overcome their fears and become empowered in the process.

Join us for a screening and discussion of this powerful documentary.

Adulting 101 Workshop
Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Development


Nervous about what to expect in the “real world” after graduation? Join us for Adulting 101 to enjoy coffee and pastries while learning some key skills that will come in handy after you graduate.

Participants will leave this session with knowledge of financial decision making, maintaining healthy relationships, basic domestic skills and work-life balance tools.  

Service Experience
11 a.m.
noon | Terrace Place at Vincentian

In today’s 21st century world, technology is incorporated into all aspects of our lives—from how we consume information to communicating with others. For this service experience, volunteers from the La Roche community will have the opportunity to engage with residents living in Terrace Place at Vincentian. Working in small groups, volunteers will work with residents to help them better understand the benefits of various technologies (Alexa, iPhone, Android, etc.) as it relates to their needs.

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About Global Problems, Global Solutions

Global Problems, Global Solutions is a free, annual conference. La Roche leads and co-sponsors the conference with local colleges, universities and nonprofits known for their global activism.

The Global Problems, Global Solutions conferences discuss progress, plans and initiatives related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Established in September 2015, the new sustainable development agenda seeks to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

    Dedicated to promoting justice and peace in a constantly changing global society, La Roche supports the U.N. in working to make these goals a reality in Pittsburgh and throughout the global marketplace.

    Previous Keynote Speakers

    •  Barry Kerzin, M.D., a personal physician of the Dalai Lama, the founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute and the founder and chairman of the Human Values Institute in Japan
    • Jim Withers, M.D., medical director and founder of Operation Safety Net and the Street Medicine Institute
    • Richard V. Piacentini, Executive Director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
    • Maureen A. Dunn, Division chief of the office of policy and strategy at U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
    • Robert C. Gallo, MD, Co-Discoverer of HIV Causing AIDS 
    • Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill 
    • Pulitzer Prize Winner Sheryl WuDunn 
    • Deputy Secretary of USAID, Ambassador Donald Steinberg