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Thursday, April 6

Company Towns and Transformation in Society in The Gilded Age
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Volodymyr Kulikov
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
kmw152@pitt.edu

Historians have mostly considered company towns as places of exhausting labor, political oppression, and conflicts between business and labor communities over bettering work and living conditions. Though these features were indeed among the general characteristics of company towns, their conditions changed dramatically within the last few decades of the nineteenth century that is called the Gilded Age in the United States. Family houses replaced barracks, sewerage and indoor plumbing were installed, schools and theaters became available for the residents of many company towns on both sides of the Atlantic. White, pink, and skilled blue-collar workers had access to commodities and conditions that had previously been available only for aristocrats and the bourgeois elite.

This paper will look at the emergence of welfare capitalism in company towns in the Russian Empire and the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. I will argue that, connected to the labor movements, the necessity to attract and maintain a loyal workforce by the companies brought dramatic changes in the living standard of working communities. Since the company towns were especially dependent on the migrated workforce, they launched numerous urban welfare programs and therefore contributed to the emergence of a new middle working class.

Volodymyr Kulikov is Fulbright-Kennan Institute Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and research fellow at the Department of History, Karazin Kharkiv National University in Kharkiv, Ukraine. His publications cover history of industrialization, entrepreneurship, and big business in the Russian Empire as well as history of company towns in Ukraine.

Friday, April 7

European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2017
Time:
(All day)
Location:
3610/5131/5604 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and International Business Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
4126482290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (formerly "Europe: East and West") is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. Selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics and will give 10- to 15-minute presentations to a panel of faculty and graduate students. Presentations are open to the public.

Friday, April 14

The Islamic Practices that Shape Uyghur Nationalism
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Rian Thum, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Rian Thum’s research and teaching are generally concerned with the overlap of China and the Muslim World. He argues that the Uyghurs - and their place in China today - can only be understood in the light of longstanding traditions of local pilgrimage and manuscript culture.

Irina Livezeanu’s The Routledge History of East Central Europe since 1700
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
The Alcoa Room (in the Pitt Law School)
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies and European Studies Center along with Department of History
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Join us in celebrating the publication of Irina Livezeanu’s "The Routledge History of East Central Europe since 1700"!

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

Saturday, May 6

Nashi Predky — Our Ancestors
Ukrainian Genealogy Workshop
Time:
8:00 am
Location:
Ukrainian American Citizens’ Club
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Nashi Predky - Our Ancestors Family History Group
Cost:
$55 ($45 if you register by March 31st)
Contact Phone:
732-356-0132
Contact Email:
genealogy@UkrHEC.org

The Nashi Predky - Our Ancestors Family History Group takes the show on the road for its first-ever event in the Pittsburgh metro area! Join fellow genealogists from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and surrounding areas for informative talks and networking opportunities.

Speakers will include Justin Houser, Michael Buryk, Rich Venezia, and Michelle Chubenko, and will feature talks on:
The Basics of Ukrainian Genealogy
Finding and Using Ukrainian Church Records
The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
History of Lemkos, Boykos, and Hutsuls
Using Gazetteers, Directories & Schematisms for Eastern European Research

The speakers will help you answer your questions, you'll have time to network with fellow genealogists (who may have family from the same region or village as you), and have breakfast and lunch provided, all for only $55! ($45 if you register by March 31st.)