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Wednesday, February 17

International Career Toolkit Series
Drafting Your Elevator Speech Workshop
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
(412) 648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Students selected for the International Career Toolkit Series trip to Washington D.C. are required to attend a one-hour session on creating a 30-second elevator speech. This is an important skill to develop and will be utilized during the trip. There are two available sessions for the event:

Friday, 2/5/2016- 4217 Posvar Hall, 3:00 PM

Wednesday, 2/17/2016- 4130 Posvar Hall, 4:00 PM

To apply for International Career Toolkit Series trip to Washington D.C., please visit the following link:
http://goo.gl/forms/8cjOnVMeJO

Thursday, February 18 to Sunday, February 21

2016 National Model African Union Conference
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Howard University, Washington D.C.
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Cost:
Free

New for this Academic Year, the African Studies Program is sponsoring an 8-person team to compete in the Annual National Model African Union Conference in Washington, D.C. The Pitt Model African Union Club will represent Libya and Eritrea at the 4-day conference, during which students from universities around the nation will simulate the proceedings of the African Union. Students prepare for months leading up to the conference, and they are briefed at the embassies of the countries which they represent.

Interested in participating in next year's conference? Email africanstudies@pitt.edu for details on how to join!

Thursday, February 25 to Friday, February 26

International Career Toolkit Series- Washington D.C.
Time:
7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
(412) 648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

The Asian Studies Center, the African Studies Program, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Global Studies Center are partnering to provide an exciting career development opportunity for students enrolled in one of the four certificate programs and for students enrolled in the Global Studies Living Learning Community. Students will travel to Washington, D.C. February 25 – 26, 2016 to meet with experts and alumni in various fields in order to learn about different career tracks, network with alumni, and gain an insider’s perspective on the different organizations in Washington, D.C. Meetings will be arranged into four different content areas. Students must participate in one of the four tracks:

• Security/Energy/Governance/Finance
• Development/Education/Human Rights/ Migration
• Media/Professional Writing/Arts
• Health and Environment

Forty students will be selected to go with representation from all the centers. First preference will go to seniors. Students must apply by noon January 25, 2016.

***A refundable $50.00 deposit is due with the application and will be refunded at the beginning of the trip. Please drop cash or check to Eric Swetts in 4138 Posvar Hall, and make checks payable to the University of Pittsburgh. ***

Those selected will be notified on January 29. All students going on the trip are expected to attend all events. Student are expected to attend a one-hour workshop on creating a 30-second elevator speech about their studies and career goals. The workshops will be held on two dates and students must attend ONE of them: Friday, February 5 at 3pm in 4217 Posvar; and Wednesday, February 17 at 4pm in 4130 Posvar.

Proposed Schedule:
Thursday, February 25
7:00 AM Depart Pitt (1st Floor WWPH)
12:00 PM Arrive and check in HI Washington Hostel
2:30 PM Site visit
5:30 PM Alumni Meet & Greet
8:00 PM Dinner

Friday, February 26
7:30 AM Breakfast at HI Washington Hostel
9:00 AM Site Visit
11:00 AM Site Visit
1:00 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Site visit
4-7PM Free Time
7:00 PM Depart for Pittsburgh from HI Washington Hostel
11:00 PM Arrive in Pittsburgh

PLEASE CLICK THE FOLLOWING TO APPLY:
http://goo.gl/forms/w4X7AF634v

Tuesday, March 15

5th Annual Model African Union
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Student Participants are sponsored by the ASP
Contact Phone:
(412) 648-1802
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

We are proud to announce the 5th Annual Model African Union for high school students! This unique experiences provides students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to research and represent a given African country's interest in Parliamentary-style proceedings! This event is one of only a handful of high school African Union simulations in the country! Additionally, we provide a light breakfast and African lunch for all students. We also provide African entertainment during lunch. Finally, We do not charge any fees for schools to participate.

This year's event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Raymond Atuguba, Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, who will set the tone for the day's activities.

With 13 schools and over 130 students having participated last year, this event continues to grow and evolve. Join us!

If you are a teacher and have interested students, or if you are a university student and are interested in volunteering, please email africanstudies@pitt.edu.

Tuesday, April 5

"Remembering Nokutela" Screening
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of Africana Studies
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

This is part one of a two-part event examining the role of women in dismantling oppression. For this portion, we will screen the film " Remembering Nokutela," which discusses Nokutela Mdima Dube, the wife of John Dube, who founded the political party that would eventually overthrow apartheid in South Africa.

In part two of the event, the director of the film, Dr. Cherif Keita's, will discuss Nokutela's contributions within the larger context of women's liberation. Refreshments will be provided.

Description of the Film: "For ninety-five years the remains of Nokutela Mdima Dube lay ignored in the Brixton Cemetery in Johannesburg. Similarly ignored were her contributions to the founding and development of a critical set of institutions – the Ohlange Institute, the Inanda Seminary, the Ilange lase Natal newspaper, and the African National Congress – and cultural practices – Zulu chorale music, the valuation of the education of women."
Dr. Cherif Keita’s film chronicles his quest to uncover and properly memorialize Nokutela’s contributions."

Saturday, April 9

Teacher Forum on Internationalizing the K-12 Classroom
Enter your project or lesson(s) and show us how you engage students in global awareness, inspire cross-cultural competence, and prepare students for the 21st century.
Time:
8:30 am
Location:
William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and International Business Center along with The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The University Center for International Studies will host a Teacher Forum on Internationalizing the K-12 Classroom on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus.

The forum will provide educators, either as an individual participant or as a team of two, with the opportunity to present a project or lesson with a regional or global focus that they have used in the classroom. The project or lesson should focus on one or more of the following items: build understanding and awareness of other cultures, analyze multiple perspectives, communicate effectively across diverse groups, or take action on an international or global issue. Teams consisting of an in-service and a pre-service teacher are particularly encouraged to attend.

Educators will participate in a carousel poster presentation competition in the morning session. During this time educators will have the opportunity to learn from one another’s lessons, while also engaging in a judged competition. Each team will be allowed two to three minutes to present their lesson to a set of judges.

Following the morning presentations, educators will participate in a number of workshops that focus on internationalizing the K-12 classroom led by University of Pittsburgh faculty as well as highly qualified teachers from the region.

At the end of the day, all participants will gather together for the awards ceremony. One winner will be selected from each division – elementary, middle, and high school. Each winner will be awarded $500.00.

Tuesday, April 12

Nokutela Mdima Dube and the Role of Women in Liberation Movements
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of Africana Studies
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

This is the second in a two-part event examining the role of women in dismantling oppression. The director of the film " Remembering Nokutela", Dr. Cherif Keita will discuss Nokutela's contributions within a larger discussion of the role of women in liberation movements. Refreshments will be provided.

More details forthcoming