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.

Monday, November 27

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Prof. Robert Tierney
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

This talk will offer an overview of professor Robert Tierney's research on
modern Japanese death literature. He defines "death literature" as a body
of works defined by an existential encounter with sickness and death,
rather than as a specific literary genre. He focuses on works by three
writers from the Meiji period: Nakae Chōmin (1847-1901) ,Masaoka Shiki
(1867-1902), and Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916). The philosopher
Chōmin wrote One Year and a Half (Ichinen yūhan), and Sequel to One
Year and A Half (Zokuichinen yūhan) in 1901 after a doctor discovered a
cancerous tumor in his throat and told him he had a year and a half left to
live. The poet Shiki, bedridden with spinal tuberculosis from 1896, wrote
daily chronicles of his life that appeared in the Nihon Newspaper in 1901
and 1902: A Drop of Ink (Bokujū itteki) and A Sickbed Six Feet Long
(Byōsho rokushaku). After a near-death experience in Shūzenji in 1911,
the novelist Soseki came "back to life" and wrote Reminiscences and
other matters (Omoidasu koto nado) in 31 installments in the Asahi
Newspaper. He will look at similarities and differences in the way these
writers approached sickness and time and found meaning through

The lecture is open for public. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, November 28

UCIS International Career Toolkit Site Visit: WholeRen
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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
Joel Garceau
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Pittsburgh is exploding as an education destination with students from across the globe! Join UCIS and the Asian Studies Center on this month's site visit to WholeRen to learn about their work on integrating and promoting Chinese-American educational opportunities and potential ways that you can get involved.

WholeRen, headquartered in Pittsburgh, was founded by Chinese and American professional educators in 2010 to create and promote cross cultural educational opportunities. WholeRen integrates a range of educational services geared towards assisting international students succeed in Pittsburgh including high school and college academic application consulting, college transfer services, skills training workshops, on-going academic counseling, immersion classrooms, and Chinese-American cultural exchanges, and executive education.

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/bvt2C8FKIkD2wZk93 Space is limited to 10 students so sign up early! Preference is given to Junior and Senior students. You must finalize your registration with a refundable $10 cash deposit to Elaine Linn in the Global Studies Center (Posvar 4100).

Thursday, November 30

Angry Subjects: In/Civility, Christian Nationalism, and Paranoid Position in an Age of Trump
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Ann Pellegrini
Cathedral of Learning 602
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of Religious Studies, University Honors College, and the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh, and Humanities Center, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Programs in Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies and Sexuality & Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies.

Join the Department of Religious Studies for this free and public installment of their "Queering Religion" series presented by Ann Pellegrini, Professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis & Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. In addition to her groundbreaking Love the Sin with Janet Jakobsen (2003, 2004), Ann Pellegrini is author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (1997); coauthor of “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico (2013); coeditor of Secularisms with Janet Jakobsen (2008) and Queer Theory and the Jewish Question with Daniel Boyarin and Daniel Itzkovitz (2003). Pellegrini coedits the Sexual Cultures Series (NYU Press) and is currently completing a book on “queer structures of religious feeling.” A reception will follow.

This event is cosponsored by the Provost’s Year of Diversity, Humanities Center, University Honors College, Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, and Programs in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies.

Sunday, December 3

26th Annual Holiday Open House
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of

Join us for this wonderful holiday tradition by sampling food, watching performances from our diverse ethnic communities, and enjoy all of the nationality rooms decorated in their holiday decor!

Free Admission!

Friday, December 8

Pedagogical Technology Mini-Workshops: Anki
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Stephen Luft, Lecturer, Coordinator, Japanese Language Program
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Dr. Mi-Hyun Kim
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Assigning study with Anki as homework: This presentation will describe how to hold students accountable for studying with Anki, a free flashcard program, outside of class. While the presentation will focus on using Anki to aid retention of newly learned characters (e.g., kanji), it is considered to be applicable to a wide variety of subjects.

Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29

2018 Summer Institute for Pennsylvania Teachers
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Business Center
Zsuzsanna Magdo
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Make college more affordable for your high school students—and help them grow as global citizens and 21st century professional—while earning ACT 48 professional development credits.

The College in High School program and the University Center for International Studies will host a summer institute for secondary educators interested in teaching globally focused courses that offer transferable college credit to students at their high school. Courses in which you can obtain certification and training may include:

Intermediate French I-II
Intermediate German I-II
Intermediate Spanish I-II
Intro to Global Studies
Latin Intermediate Prose and Verse
Western Civilization II
World History
World Politics
Imperial Russia

Courses will be aligned with Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards (for social studies) or ACTFL performance standards (for world languages).

The 2018 Summer Institute for Pennsylvania Teachers is funded through generous support from the Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding (https://longviewfdn.org/).

For more information and to apply, visit chs.pitt.edu/sipt.