All Angles - Past Programs

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All Angles is an immersive experience that features expert speakers with perspectives across today’s political spectrum. Uniquely, it also accentuates and models the skills needed for shaping civil discourse – a sustaining force in a civil society. Students will develop a deeper understanding of contemporary public policy subject matter and learn how it is understood from the values and strategies that define a variety of perspectives. 

Below is a look at recent All Angles programs and featured speakers:

Aprll 3, 2023
Managing the U.S. Relationship with China to Achieve Global Goals

Pitt students identified foreign policy as one of their top concerns in the 2021 All Angles student survey.  For the United States Government, it is hard to think of a more significant, and challenging, foreign policy topic than China.  The United States has expressed deep concerns about China’s behavior within its borders and globally, including its human rights abuses in Xinxiang Province, its military maneuvers in the South China Sea, its support of rogue states like Russia and North Korea, its corporate espionage, and its unfair trade practices.  At the same time, the U.S. and Chinese economies are deeply intertwined, and there are real benefits to cooperation between the two nations.

Julia SantucciJulia Santucci Bio
Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies
Director, Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership &
the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum

Aaron FriedbergDr. Aaron L. Friedberg Bio
Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Co-Director Center for International Security Studies
Princeton University

Susan ShirkDr. Susan Shirk Bio
Research Professor
Chair, 21st Century China Center
University of California San Diego

October 26, 2022
The Global Demand for Energy and our Environment
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The discussion for this program centered around how the global demand for energy is impacting our environment. Each speaker provided a brief overview of their work and roles in the fields of energy and sustainability. The speakers also offered their own professional perspectives while addressing student’s concerns about climate change, energy demand, and the environment. 

Aurora SharrardDr. Aurora Sharrard Bio
Executive Director of Sustainability
University of Pittsburgh

Paulina JaramilloDr. Paulina Jaramillo Bio
Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, and Co-Director, Green Design Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Scott TinkerDr. Scott Tinker Bio
Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas
Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austi.

September 22, 2022
Gain Strength from Our Differences

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All of us are very passionate about critical issues that impact those who we love and our communities. As we prepare for the upcoming election season and the campaigns that are designed to divide us, create acrimony, and further deepen political polarization, we need to take stock of how we get through this with self-care and respect for our fellow citizens. Arthur Brooks joined us to discuss his book, Love Your Enemies and his most recent work called Live a Better Happier Life. Through ancient wisdom and cutting-edge behavioral science, Brooks provided a roadmap to the prosperity that comes when we choose to love one another – gaining strength from our differences.

Dr Arthur BrooksDr. Arthur C. Brooks Bio
Harvard Professor; Bestselling Author; and The Atlantic Columnist


March 24, 2022
Understanding Economic Opportunity / Equality
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Students were presented with a thoughtful examination of progressive, moderate, and conservative points of view on the subject of economic equality and mobility featuring leading experts in the field of economics.

Kevin KearnsKevin Kearns Bio
Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh

Darrick HamiltonDr. Darrick Hamilton Bio
Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy
The New School Milano

Scott WinshipDr. Scott Winship Bio
Senior Fellow and Director of Poverty Studies
American Enterprise Institute.

February 24, 2022
Missing in Plain Sight

Attendees were provided a closer look at the people we overlook and misunderstand in our culture and the surprising common traits we all share.

Salena ZitoSalena Zito Bio
National Political Reporter


Manu MeelManu Meel Bio
Bridge USA