Pittsburgh G-2O Explained: Watch Penn State experts on YouTube

September 01, 2009

Six Penn State educators offer an objective look at the upcoming G-20 summit in Pittsburgh

University Park, Pa. -- Making sense of the complex issues the G-20 will tackle at their summit in Pittsburgh this month will be made a little easier thanks to a series of YouTube videos featuring Penn State educators. The list of challenges the G-20 faces is daunting: the global economic crisis, sustainable development, terrorist financing and climate change, among others. To help the public make sense of the summit, which will take place on Sept. 24 and 25, six Penn State experts provide their insights in a series of brief videos to be released by Penn State Outreach daily at http://www.youtube.com/user/pennstateoutreach online.
The schedule is as follows.
-- Tuesday, Sept 1: "International Conflict Resolution," featuring Scott Bennett, Jr., distinguished professor of political science at Penn State. Bennett introduces the video series by defining the G-20 for viewers. Bennett then shares insights on the G-20’s role in his area of expertise -- international conflict resolution.
-- Wednesday, Sept. 2: "Our Interdependent Economy," featuring Fariborz Ghadar, director of Penn State's Center for Global Business Studies. Ghadar affirms the importance of the G-20 in today’s climate of economic turmoil and change. Ghadar sketches out the history leading to the G-20’s formation and describes some key issues currently at play in our increasingly interdependent global economy.
-- Thursday, Sept. 3: "Europe on the Global Stage, Pennsylvania's Role," featuringTerrence Guay, clinical associate professor in Penn State's Smeal College of Business. Guay describes Europe’s growing global economic influence, examines Europe’s role at the G-20 summit, and explains how Pennsylvania fits in to the bigger picture of international trade.
-- Tuesday, Sept. 15: "G-20: A Magnet for Social Activism and Protest," featuring John McCarthy, professor of sociology from the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. McCarthy sheds light on why the G-20 is a magnet for social activism and protest, explains who the protesters are, what their message is and how preparations for protest are being handled in Pittsburgh.
-- Wednesday, Sept. 16: "Placing Ethics and Integrity in G-20's Core Mission," featuring Nancy Tuana, director of Penn State's Rock Ethics Institute. Tuana explores the importance of placing ethics and integrity at the heart of the G-20’s core mission. She touches on the millennium development goals, the challenge of defining ethical economic growth and Pennsylvanians’ need to embrace responsible global citizenship.
-- Thursday, Sept. 17: "G-20's Host: The City of Pittsburgh," featuring Deno DeCiantis, director of The Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh. DeCiantis explains what makes his city so attractive as a host for the G-20 today. He points to Pittsburgh’s proven ability to bounce back from adversity and its emerging reputation as a center for green, sustainable technology.
Downloads of raw interview videos are available to professional journalists from a password-protected site upon request. Contact Dave Aneckstein, director of Penn State's Outreach News Bureau, at dxa141@outreach.psu.edu or 814-865-7600.
To learn more about what Penn State is doing in the greater Pittsburgh area, visit http://www.PennStateCenter.com/ online.
Penn State Outreach is the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide.

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