Upcoming Events

The Asian Studies Center sponsors, announces, or otherwise supports a number of Asia-related events throughout the year. Keep an eye on this space for more information! If there's an event you would like advertised, please contact Rachel Jacobson at rej16@pitt.edu.

Faculty members or student organizations who wish to request ASC sponsorship or support for their events should fill out the Event Request Form and submit it to Rachel at rej16@pitt.edu.

Tuesday, August 29

TBD
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Prof. Anand Pandian
Location:
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

TBD

Friday, September 8

Welcome Reception
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Saturday, September 9 to Sunday, September 10

Jalsa 2017
Dandiya Raas
Time:
6:00 pm to 12:00 am
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of
Cost:
$10
Contact:
Tarika Kumar
Contact Phone:
5138074518
Contact Email:
tarikak@yahoo.com

Navratri - A large scale festival celebrated all over India, a blend of music, dance, food and joy. This year come and join us in celebrating it with an unrivaled zest for Dandiya and Garba.
Come and showcase your old and new dance steps while listening to live music coming all the way from Mumbai (Musical Melodies)
Wear your finest traditional attire while participating for the best dressed youth, adult in the whole gathering.
There will be open dance floor to have Bollywood style music for dance masti. So no matter who you are and no matter how you dance there is something for everyone. And still if you feel that there is a need we will be conducting a dance workshop to teach you traditional steps.

Come and enjoy the Dance competition by being a supporter or by being a competitor.

Jalsa 2017 Dance Competition - Lets raise the bar and add a flare of India to Pittsburgh. A time to get real and bring your dance and choreography skills to a whole new level and challenge. Let’s bring some heat to Pittsburgh and have a dance off.

contact: Tarika Kumar 513-807-4518 tarikak@yahoo.com
Nishat Kazi 412-478-2033 nishtkazi@gmail.com

Friday, September 15

A Covert History of Communications in the Sino-Japanese War, 1894-1895
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Professor Jenny Huangfu Day
Location:
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Dr. Jenny Day, assistant professor History at Skidmore College will present a paper that is part of a larger project aimed at re-examining the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 from the perspectives of cultural history and the history of communication. It looks at how the war itself enabled new patterns of mobilization and socialization around new information technology, political discourse and provincial agents.

Saturday, September 23

Teaching Foreign Language Across the Curriculum
Time:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Rob Anderson, LAC Coordinator, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Eliana Callahan, Educational Engagement Coordinator
Contact Phone:
624-3503
Contact Email:
elianacallahan@pitt.edu

Teaching foreign language across the curriculum is a means to internationalize courses commonly taught only in English. Students develop an enriched understanding of their chosen course of study while enhancing language skills in their second language. Educators bring world languages into areas of study beyond the typical foreign language and literature classes. This prepares educators and students for the cross-cultural and multilingual demands of global society.

Join UCIS for a one-day workshop for graduate students and faculty interested in teaching FLAC. Dr. Rob Anderson, LAC Coordinator from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will direct the workshop. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

There is no cost to attend the event, but pre-registration is required. Pre-register at http://flacworkshop.eventbrite.com/?s=77926837

Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1

Film Festival: Balkan and Central Asian Women Filmmakers
Time:
4:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Location:
See below
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Cultural Studies Program, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Faculty Research and Scholarship Program, Film Studies Program, Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Program, Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia, Humanities Center, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures and Ohio State University
Contact:
Ljiljana Duraskovic
Contact Phone:
(412) 624-5906
Contact Email:
ljiljana@pitt.edu

Three decades after the fall of the socialist system in the Balkans and Eurasia, a wave of women filmmakers appeared as a moving force within national cinemas. With their particular standpoint on the socialist past and the developing capitalist present, female filmmakers have raised questions about previously omitted phenomena such as women at war, the aftermaths of national conflicts, and the fast changing category of womanhood across southeastern Europe and Eurasia. By bringing the works of culturally diverse women filmmakers to one festival and including them into academic discussions, this festival will open up new perspectives on the ways women coped with ideological breaks, complex pasts, and the uncertainties of the present in their everyday life.

Friday, September 29

4:00 pm, Frick Fine Arts 125: Opening remarks, Keynote speaker, Yana Hashamova, Chair, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University

5:00 pm- 7.30 pm, Frick Fine Arts 125: Film screening, Svetla Tsotsorkov’s Thirst (Zhazhda, Bulgaria, 2016)
Post-screening discussion with Ingeborg Bratoeva-Daraktchieva, Film Critic, Bulgaria

7:30 pm: Opening reception

Saturday, September 30

10:00 am -1.00 pm, Frick Fine Arts 125: Film screening, Ines Tanovic’s Our Everyday Life (Naša svakodnevnica, Bosnia, 2015)
Post-screening discussion with the filmmaker

3:00-6.00 pm, Cathedral of Learning, room 232: Film screening, Zhanna Issabayeva’s Nagima (Kazakhstan, 2013)
Post-screening discussion with the filmmaker

Sunday, October 1

10:00 am-1.00 pm, CL 232: Film screening, Ruxandra Zenide, Ryna (Romania, 2006)
Post-screening discussion with Sunnie Rucker-Chang, Assistant Professor of Slavic, Director of European Studies, Ohio State University

1:00 pm-3:30 pm, CL 232: Roundtable, facilitated by Nancy Condee, Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Sunday, October 1

Gandhi Day: International Day of Nonviolence
Gandhi Jayanti
Time:
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Cloister and Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center

It is the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in India on 2 October 1869. He fought with British imperialism using his acts of nonviolence. He is world known for his ideas of nonviolence, Martin Luther Jr. quoted him several times in his speeches.

Please join us for an afternoon of activities celebrating the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings. Enjoy tea and conversations with Pittsburgh organizations at 2:00 pm, followed by cultural performances, inter-faith presentations, and a panel discussion with authors, scholars, and educators.

Friday, October 13

Shakuhachi and Ichigenkin: Discovery in a Single Tone
Time:
7:30 pm
Presenter:
Elizabeth Brown and Ralph Samuelson
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week

With roots in the principles of Zen Buddhism and in spiritual practice, these traditional Japanese instruments share and underlying aesthetic concept: the discovery of the world that lies within one note, one sound. The program includes traditional music and new compositions by Japanese and American composers.

This program is supported through the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi endowments at the University of Pittsburgh.