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In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Todd DePastino presents his program, “Origins of the Great War, 1914.” The Great War, as it was known, is the seminal event of modern history because it unleashed the demons of the 20th century: Communism, Fascism, the Great Depression, and World War II. The war killed 10 million people, swept away four empires, and sparked revolutions from the western border of France to the Sea of Japan. Yet, precisely how and why it happened is still something of a mystery. An archduke gets murdered in Sarajevo on June 28, and six weeks later, the world is at war. Come hear the story, and understand why, after a century, it haunts us still. Light refreshments will be available after the presentation.

Todd DePastinoTodd DePastino is founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to sharing veterans’ stories with the public. Todd is the author of BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT (W.W. Norton), which won the 2009 Anne M. Sperber Prize for the best biography of a major media figure and was a 2009 Eisner Award nominee. Todd is general editor of Fantagraphics Books’ complete Mauldin series, which so far includes the acclaimed WILLIE & JOE: THE WWII YEARS (2008) and WILLIE & JOE: BACK HOME (2011). Todd’s previous books include CITIZEN HOBO: HOW A CENTURY OF HOMELESSNESS SHAPED AMERICA (University of Chicago Press, 2003), which won a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and THE ROAD BY JACK LONDON (Rutgers University Press, 2006). He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and teaches at Waynesburg University where in 2008 he won the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters.

This program is hosted by the Peters Township Public Library and Memorial Park Post 764 VFW in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1

Register for this program by emailing programs@ptlibrary.org, at the library's circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.
Breaking the Links: A Campaign Against Human Trafficking
Human trafficking, which is also described as modern day slavery, is rapidly emerging as the 21st Century’s most prominent, pervasive, and complex human rights violation. Human trafficking is a $32 billion criminal industry affecting 27 million people worldwide and includes the recruitment, enslavement, and sale of children and adults for forced labor practices and sexual purposes.

The Peters Township Public Library and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will welcome Hong Kong resident and international anti-trafficking expert Matt Friedman on Saturday, August 2 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Friedman’s topic will be Breaking the Links: A Campaign Against Human Trafficking. Register to attend by emailing programs@ptlibrary.org or call 724.941.9430.

Matt Friedman, an international traffic expert, has 23 years of experience as a counter-trafficking activist, fund-raiser, and program designer for raising awareness about human trafficking. Friedman served as Regional Project Manager for the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking from 2006 – 2012. He designed and managed both country and regional counter-trafficking programs in Asia, helped to establish a counter-trafficking regional training center, and participated in resource mobilization and production of two award-winning films on human trafficking. Friedman is frequently cited in the news media on issues related to human trafficking including CNN, BBC, SCMP (South China Morning Post), Economist, New York Times, Herald Tribune etc. and is frequently invited to speak at conferences around the world.

This program is hosted by Peters Township Public Library and World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh with support for the 2014 International Program Series by McMurray Veterans of Foreign Wars POST 764.