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Thursday, March 23

Model African Union
Time:
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location:
O'Hara Student Center and the University Club
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Student Participants are sponsored by the ASP
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
412-648-1802
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

We are proud to announce the 6th 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.

With 13 schools and over 165 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.

Using Human Rights Law to Fight Racial Violence and Discrimination
Time:
7:00 pm
Presenter:
Standish Willis
Location:
107 Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with Sociology Department, School of Law Diversity Committee, Political Science Department, Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance and Alliance for Police Accountability.

Chicago human rights lawyer Standish Willis, founder, Black People Against Torture, and chair of the Chicago Chapter of The National Conference of Black Lawyers, will discuss his recent successful defense of the rights of victims of police torture in Chicago and its implications for human rights. His work speaks to larger questions about the translation of international law to local contexts, about the use of law to fight institutionalized racism against communities of color, and about the practice of law and the realization of human rights in communities. In 2005, Willis led a group of lawyers and community activists to focus international attention on Chicago, presenting evidence on police torture before the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the UN Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination in Geneva. In 2015 he filed a Stakeholders’ Report with the UN Periodic Review of the United States, challenging the closure of predominantly Black schools and the privatization of public education.
This talk is a continuation of conversations begun at the University-Community Housing Summit hosted by the Global Studies Center last fall. The Housing Summit explored how urban planning and development policies displace disproportionate numbers of African Americans and disrupt the communities and lives of city residents. One aspect of urban housing policies that contributes to the processes of displacement and gentrification is discriminatory policing. Mr. Willis shows how the law can be used as a tool to fight such discrimination and considers how human rights advocacy relates to broader struggles for racial and social justice.
Cosponsors: Global Studies Center, Sociology Department, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Africana Studies, School of Law Diversity Committee, and the Political Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance and Alliance for Police Accountability.

Friday, March 24

Disseminating K-12 Health Literacy Efforts: A Learning Collaborative for Key Stakeholders
Time:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Advance African Development, Inc. (AAD), Partnering Agencies
Location:
2017 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of Advance African Development, Inc. (AAD) and Partnering Agencies

Nearly half of all American adults--90 million people--have difficulty understanding and using health information, have a higher rate of hospitalization, use emergency services, and cost billions of dollars in avoidable health care expenditure (Institute of Medicine Report, Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion). To break this cycle of limited health literacy, it is important to target the K-12 population.

This symposium is aimed at helping to establish a learning collaborative, to share, learn, and build on existing strategies that have been successfully used to integrate health literacy concepts into the K-12 school curricula, to identify current and persistent K-12 health literacy gaps, and to both discuss and strategize the next steps and action needed for greater impact in sustainable K-12 health outcomes. The symposium will include a keynote speaker, panel discussions, small group/breakout, and report back sessions.

For more information and to register, please contact Dr. Matambanadzo at advanceafricandevelopment@gmail.com or call 412-657-0566. Please provide your job title, organization, email address and phone number. We hope to see you there!

Monday, March 27

Global Human Trafficking Today
A Workshop for Regional College Faculty and Students
Time:
1:00 pm
Location:
Community College of Beaver County, LRC 9103
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Community College of Beaver County
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
4126482290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

This workshop on global human trafficking for regional college faculty and students is presented by the international and area studies programs of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), University of Pittsburgh. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is part of an annual series of curriculum development workshops connected with the US Department of Education-sponsored Title VI National Resource Center project to internationalize 2-year and 4-year college campuses throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Pre-registration is required to attend this event. Please register by March 22 at https://goo.gl/forms/n7gWbKAK1zppYjmx1.

Afro-Atlantic Discourses in the Age of Revolution
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Michele Reid-Vasquez
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of History Department

Friday, April 28

UCIS Graduation Ceremony
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Ballroom A, University Club
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center