Briefly Noted

Issue Date: 
September 9, 2009

Discussions on Global Cyber Threats and Responses

The University of Pittsburgh will host an illicit-use-of-the-Internet discussion at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 in the William Pitt Union Ballroom.

The discussion, titled “Cyber Threats: Challenges and Responses,” is sponsored by Pitt’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Studies and the John P. Murtha Institute for Homeland Security, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The event is a continuation of two years of research by an interdisciplinary group of technical, policy, national security, and regional scholars. What began as a discussion in response to terrorists’ use of the Internet to recruit, solicit funds, plan logistics, and operate command and control has broadened to include a strategy for responding to any organization’s illicit Internet activities.

The morning discussion will provide detailed assessments of the different classes of organizational (nation-states, criminal, and terrorist) threats and challenges. An afternoon roundtable discussion, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in Room 4130 Posvar Hall, will address further development of the response model.

An affiliated lecture by Thomas Longstaff, Johns Hopkins University senior advisor for science and technology, will be presented at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. His presentation, titled “Where the Wild Things Are: Analyzing Attack and Defense in Our Modern Global Cyberspace,” will address the current cyber threats and challenges, explore possible responses, and serve to guide the Sept. 11 discussions.

For additional information or to register, visit or call 412-624-7884.

—Amanda Leff

Prosecutor of U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda To Speak

Hassan Bubacar Jallow, chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), will deliver a lecture at noon Sept. 11 in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, Barco Law Building.

The free public lecture, presented by the School of Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE), is titled “The Contribution of the Rwanda Tribunal to International Law and the Challenges of Completion: The Prosecutor’s Perspective.” Jallow will discuss the impact the ICTR has had on international law and the difficulties facing the tribunal as it pursues its completion mandate.

Born in the Gambia in 1950, Jallow studied law at the University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania, the Nigerian Law School, and University College, London. He worked as state attorney in the Attorney General’s Chambers in the Gambia from 1976 until 1982, when he was appointed solicitor general.

Jallow served as the Gambia’s attorney general and minister of justice from 1984 to 1994 and as a judge of the Gambian Supreme Court from 1998 to 2002. In 1998, he was appointed by the U.N. Secretary-General as an international legal expert to carry out a judicial evaluation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia.

For more information, call 412-383-6754 or

—Patricia Lomando White

PITT ARTS Plans First Pitt Night For CLO Cabaret

PITT ARTS will launch its 2009-10 season of Pitt Nights in the Cultural District with the Sept. 11 performance of 8-Track, The Sounds of the 70’s at the Theater Square Cabaret.

Pitt Nights offer low-price tickets to Pitt students, faculty, and staff to attend performances, enjoy dessert receptions, and meet the artists after the shows. Optional free transportation is also available through PITT ARTS.

8-TRACK, The Sounds of the 70’s is a journey through the greatest hits of the 1970s, starring the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, The Doobie Brothers, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, and many more. Tickets are $14 for Pitt students, faculty, and staff. The preshow reception will include cake.

Those wishing to participate in any of the six planned PITT Nights can purchase tickets through PITT ARTS, located at 929 William Pitt Union. Call 412-624-4498 or visit for more information.

Call for Submissions for 2009 Johnson Award

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is accepting submissions for the 2009-10 Johnson Award for Best Papers in Ethics, Accountability, and Leadership in Public Administration.

At least one winner in the following two categories will be selected through a blind-review process: papers published or accepted for publication in refereed forums between September 2008 and December 2009 and student papers, including work by doctoral students prior to the awarding of their degrees. Cash prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 will be awarded. Young scholars and students are especially encouraged to apply.

Papers should have one of the following themes: international and civil security, human security, international development, public administration, and nonprofit/non-governmental organization management and governance. Themes are broadly interpreted. Generally, most papers with significant implications for public policy, public management, or nonprofit sector management will be acceptable.

This year, papers addressing the broad theme of accountability and leadership in contexts where power and authority are diffused are strongly encouraged. For example, this theme could include how to exercise leadership and monitor performance in networked delivery systems or how globalization is affecting leadership and ethics.

All entries must be received by April 2, 2010.

For specifics on the application and additional information, visit, e-mail, or call 412-648-1336.

—Amanda Leff