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GSPIA National Security Symposium

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Project has ended
Project ended on September 19, at 12:00 AM EDT
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GSPIA National Security Symposium

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The student designed GSPIA National Security Symposium will create discussion on the role of media in shaping public opinion. Please consider helping us hit our goal today!


The 2015 Inaugural National Security Symposium is a student-driven event aiming to engage local community members, students, and professionals on the topics of media, democracy and citizenship. Designed, hosted, and planned by students at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School for Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the symposium will offer a platform to generate discussion around civic engagement and the political and social issues shaping the world today.

The symposium will be one full day with two main components, an all-student panel in the morning and an expert panel in the afternoon. The student-led discussion will provide an opportunity to begin the conversation and set the stage for the afternoon panel. Following lunch, a panel of experts will navigate questions on the role of media in shaping the public perspective and the relationship between national security and constitutional rights. Panelists will come from a range of fields including, academia, journalism, and law. This conversation will provide the platform for participants, and the audience, to consider dynamic opinions on these issues.

Register for the event HERE 


The first annual GSPIA National Security Symposium will be the first student-led symposium of its kind. The symposium has grown out of the idea that current students, along with community members are often times influenced by media bias when learning about pressing issue on national security and constitutional rights. Helping fund the first annual GSPIA symposium will allow for future students to continue creating a platform by which important issues can be discussed. 

Your donation will help an ambitious group of current GSPIA students successfully implement this event. Funds will go towards:

  • Professional panel speaker honoraria 
  • Food and beverage for participants - Event is open and free to the public
  • Marketing and promotional supplies 
  • Print design of relevant symposium materials
  • Cost of room rental 

This event is free and open to all!

Please join us September 24th, at 10:00 am in Ballroom B of the University Club, University of Pittsburgh. 

Please visit our website to find out more information and register for the event:

GSPIA Symposium Website


Choose a giving level


$25 Level

A donation of $25 supports the purchase of food for participants and panelists alike.


$50 Level

A donation of $50 supports the room rental at the University Club, University of Pittsburgh.


$100 Level

A donation of $100 supports the purchase of materials and supplies including a detailed program for participants.


$500 Level

A donation of $500 supports local advertising efforts.


$1,000 Level

A donation of $1,000 supports accommodations for one professional panelist.


$2,500 Level

A donation of $2,500 supports a speaker honorarium for one professional panelist.

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