Participants: Jonathan Arac (English), Marco Cucculelli (Political Economy, Fulbright Scholar), John Lyon (German), Jonathan Platt (Slavic), Ron Zboray (Communication).
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
As part of the International Toolkit Series, come to hear about government and intelligence work in the Navy. The Navy provides an opportunity to get first hand work in government agencies and intelligence work directly out of college. Through the Navy, students would be able to get on the job, valuable experience with national security within months of graduation. The session will include panelist NC1 Kittell, an officer recruiter at the Oakland office with extensive knowledge of the process of applying to officer candidate school and ENS Bruskin, a cryptologic warfare office with extensive knowledge on the intelligence community.
Monday, November 28th, 2016
Pioneered in Germany, Industry 4.0 is changing the manufacturing industry. Increasing automation and the creation of so-called “smart factories” presents a number of challenges and opportunities.
Join us as our experts discuss Industry 4.0 – what it means and how American businesses are adopting and adapting it for their use. Stay for a networking reception afterwards.
Kristin A. Biedinger, Esq.
Tucker Arensberg Attorneys
Ervin Sejdic, PhD
Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Kris Bledowski, PhD
Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
Moderated by Ravi Madhavan, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
This event is being organized by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.
Friday, November 18th, 2016
Interested in teaching English abroad after graduation? Looking for work and volunteer positions either at home or abroad? Want to make a difference in the lives of others with your skills gained at Pitt? Please join us to discuss your options with alums from the Peace Corps, English Program in Korea (EPIK), Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, Americorps, Teach for America, and the Fulbright Scholarship Program.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
As Europe faces what has been called "its biggest crisis for decades," German post-WWII history offers interesting points of comparison. As a result of the lessons of World War II, the two German states eventually both embraced liberal asylum laws and also welcomed Jews who were willing to return and settle in Germany. This talk looks at the German reception of three international conferences of intellectuals which took place in New York and Paris in 1949 – after the World Congress of Intellectuals for Peace in Wroclaw 1948 and before the foundational Congress for Cultural Freedom in Berlin 1950. The focus is on the role of two German-Jewish writers who returned from exile in 1945 and 1946 respectively, Hans Mayer and Alfred Kantorowicz.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
In Europe, the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. has struck a chord with some. Issues of procedural inequalities and police violence have been made more public in Black Lives Matter marches in cities throughout Europe. How does the movement in Europe differ from its American inspiration? How do issues of ethnicity and religion inform understandings of race in Europe? And what has been the response of authorities? Join our panel of experts for an in-depth exploration of this timely topic. Audience participation is encouraged. To join remotely, contact email@example.com.
Waverly Duck, Assoc. Professor, Sociology
Felix Germain, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Toyin Agbetu, Community Educator, UK
Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor, Birmingham City University
Saturday, November 12th, 2016
Closing Panel of the 2016 Housing Summit
Max Rameu, organizer and author of Take Back the Land and Rob Robinson, International Alliance of Inhabitants & National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.
Friday, November 11th, 2016
Keynote Speakers: Desiree Fields, urban geographer at the University of Sheffield (UK) and Ernesto López-Morales is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Chile in Santiago. Housing Summit Welcome Message, Ms. Leilani Farha, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as a Human Right.
As part of the 2016 Housing Summit, neighborhood tours will leave from the University of Pittsburgh campus. Space is limited to please register at the website. Lunch provided. Reserve tickets for $5. A debrief and discussion from the tour will take place from 3:00pm-5:00pm in 4130 Posvar Hall.
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, professor of urban policy and health, The New School. Fullilove has been studying epidemics in poor communities, with a focus on the relationship between urban form and mental well-being. In 2009, she launched a Main Street NJ, a study of the role in Main Streets as social and commercial centers. This study takes her to 100 Main Streets in the US, France, the Netherlands and Japan. She has authored/edited 5 books, including Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It.
Panel discussing Dr. Fullilove's book, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It. Panelists TBA and lunch provided.
Hosted by Pitt's School of Social Work
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. Dr. Fullilove's research has focused on the health problems caused by inequity. She is the author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, which profiles stories from Pittsburgh’s Hill District residents. She is currently leading a study of Main Streets in New Jersey. Many of the state’s more than 500 municipalities have a functioning Main Street. What are these streets like? What is their function in today's city? This project is examining these questions and others. For more information, visit www.mainstreetnj.blogspot.com
In this paper I offer an analysis of the emergence, tactics and implications of urban transgression in Santiago, Chile, by emerging urban and housing movements. I explore the multi-scalar action repertoires that have unfolded and that invite a close consideration of the changing parameters of class struggle in the country.
Working with conceptual advances in the literature on urban movements, I argue that a signature outcome of over three decades of neoliberal urbanism has been the production of a triple nexus of (1) class decomposition (the growing class/generational splits among the middle classes, and the uncertain prospects facing these children), (2) a growing cross-class consciousness of inequality which emerges through spatial/local struggles and (3) a seemingly contradictory but much more variegated and in many ways ‘creative’ repertoire of protest performances.
Ernesto López-Morales is Associate Professor in the University of Chile and PhD in Urban Planning from the DPU, University College London. He is also associate researcher at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) where he focuses on land economic, gentrification, neoliberal urbanism and housing in Chile and Latin American cities.
This lecture is part of the Human Rights, Affordable Housing & Urban Development Strategies Summit. For more information, please visit: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/content/housing-summit
Refreshment will be provided.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Thi Binh is Community Solutions Program Fellow and a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh IISE. She holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has also worked extensively with many different organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, Vietnam Skills for Employment Project funded by the Canadian Government, and Open Resources Workshop funded by UNESCO Vietnam. She was also hired to carry out final evaluation for the project of helping trafficked women victims in Vietnam while being affiliated with some International colleagues to conduct the research on Gender issues, Sex Ration Imbalance at Birth – causes, policies and practices in Vietnam.
Sadie Alex and Mindy Roganti are M.Ed. students of the Social and Comparative Analysis in Education program at the School of Education. For Sadie’s undergraduate work, she studied at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, getting her degree in Middle Level Math Education. Mindy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology. This study abroad experience was their first time to Germany, and it was an eye-opening experience for both of them.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 to Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Pittsburgh’s economic re-development has earned it the reputation as a “most livable city.” But growing numbers of residents ask, “livable for whom?” It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the reality of a growing divide between two Pittsburghs—one affluent, professional, and largely white, and the other low-income people with long-term roots in the region, largely people of color.
The University-Community Housing Summit will provide a space for residents to come together with organizers and experts from around the world to learn about and discuss the global and local forces affecting people’s access to affordable housing and the efforts to address them. A series of public lectures, panels, workshops, and cultural events will facilitate learning and networking aimed at highlighting this issue on the public and policy agenda while advancing new thinking and community organization that can help Pittsburgh residents realize their human right to housing.
Keynote speakers, leaders in community activism, public policy, and scholarship, will contribute to discussions about the relationships between affordable housing, urban social movements, and globalization. Participatory workshops are designed to help participants learn skills to help them end discrimination and displacement while building a movement for housing justice and human rights.
There is no fee to attend the Housing Summit but in order to help planning, please register here.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Monday, November 7th, 2016
Pitt Model UN is a simulation of the sessions of the United Nations. This is an opportunity for high school students to apply prior research and studies in a “real-world” context and practice diplomacy, negotiating, and resolution writing. The 2016 event is the 20th annual Pitt Model UN conference.
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Lisa Alzo, “Virtual Slovakia: How to Visit Your Ancestral Village without Leaving Home.”
Susan Kalcik, “The Slovak and Slovak American Family.”
Ron Matviyak, “An American Angle: Three Slovakias 1970 to 2015.”
Dennis Ragan, “The Slovak Spirit Lives On.”
Song and dance
Ben Sorensen, fujara, opening (meet Ben on Google+).
Jerry Jumba, Slovak and Rusyn songs.
Slavjane Folk Ensemble (meet the group on Facebook).
Helene Cincebeaux, parade of Slovak folk costumes (meet Helene on Facebook).
Jozef Ivaška, Man of a Thousand Songs.
PÁS (Pittsburgh Area Slovaks).
Juraj Adamík, “The Skilled Jánošík,” ceremonial-axe stunts.
Ben Sorensen, fujara (meet Ben on Google+).
Pittsburgh Junior Slovakians and Pittsburgh Slovakians (meet the group on Facebook).
Helene Cincebeaux, Slovak folk dress (meet Helene on Facebook); Joe Armata, Slovak weaving and cut embroidery; Ethnic Food Vendors (Sue Ondrejco, Director); Allison Brougher: Gift items from Slovakia; Pitt Nationality Rooms: Folk dress; PÁS Bakers: Nuts and poppy-seed rolls; Slovak Foundation and the Slovak Studies Program; Jan Letowski: Folk dress and more; Paul Zatek: Palacinky making; Lawrence Kozlowski: Slovak papercut tree ornaments; Carpatho-Rusyn Society: Gifts; Lisa Alzo: Books; Dan Kisha: Slovak imports;Slovak gifts handcrafted by Viera Kolesárová (Chicago); National Slovak Society and NSS Museum; Daniela Ozimek: DE Crystal (Detroit); Mary Gido: Slovak bobbin lace and spinnig; Otilia Golis: Slovak cookies; Sokol USA; Connie Zatek: Children's crafts; Danitza Nicklow: Crafty Surprise; Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International.
Click here to link with Pitt's Slovak Festival on Facebook.
Click on Pitt Student Slovak Club to meet a main sponsor of the festival.
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Torture in the French-Algerian War
The French authorities systematically used torture in the French-Algerian War (1954-1962). The lecture explores that practice and tests two theses: 1. Democracies tend to use torture in asymmetric conflicts when faced with terrorist methods. 2. Torture goes along with the erosion of basic democratic structures and principles.
Annette Förster, PhD, is a Lecturer and Research Associate for the Institute of Political Science at Aachen University and the current Rooney International Visiting Scholar at Robert Morris University. Her PhD is in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and she is the author of a book, "Peace, Justice and International Order" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and of several articles on torture and democracy.
Friday, October 28th, 2016
As part of Pitt's International Week, the European Studies Center and Global Studies Center have partnered to offer students a chance to participate in a simulation of an important period in the history of international climate policy negotiations. The effects of un-checked industrial pollution in Europe were seen in the increase in acid rain and a stark die off of forested regions in northern and eastern Europe. In response, representatives from Europe's nations came together in a series of negotiations to determine what - if anything - could or even should be done. During this half-day event, students will immerse themselves into a role (representative from Poland, British diplomat, climate scientist) and participate in active negotiations. How did climate science impact policy negotiations? To what extent did national interests trump environmental concerns? And how did large industrial countries respond to complaints from smaller, down-wind countries? The negotiations take place between 1979 and 1989 against the backdrop of the end of the Cold War and the creation of the European Union. Here's your chance to participate in the making of history and the saving of the environment.
This program is for undergraduates from any major in Arts and Sciences. Advance registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-climate-policy-a-historical-simulati....
Simulation winners will receive prizes!
**Collect a QR code at this event to be eligible for the International Week Contest.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Ahmed’s 2015 documentary examines the heightened tensions in Europe surrounding the growing Muslim community and addresses central questions about the relationship between European Identity and Islam. The post-screening discussion will be moderated by Dr. Sabine von Dirke, Director of Undergraduate Studies, German Department.
Celebrate Austrian National Day with a hike through Schenley Park hosted by the European Studies Center and Venture Outdoors.
Registration is limited. Please contact Kate Bowersox at email@example.com to sign-up.
**Collect a QR code at this event to be eligible for the International Week Contest.
From its inception as Manifesto Research Group/Comparative Manifestos Project (MRG 1979–1989/CMP 1989–2009), the currently named Manifesto Research on Political Representation (MARPOR) provides quantitative content analysis of electoral manifestos of more than 50 countries, including all democratic elections from 1945. In 2003, the project achieved the American Political Science Association´s award for the best dataset in Comparative Politics. In the actual period (2009-2021), MARPOR is extending data collection and coding to Latin America with the purpose of offering data on political preferences of both parties and presidential candidates. At the moment, series for Argentina, Brasil and Chile are already available.
Why Latin American countries are being incorporated into the Manifesto Project´s database? Has the project´s methodology been adapted during the last few years? How difficulties regarding data collection and coding have been faced? The objective of this seminar would be to discuss these and other questions related to MARPOR´s last territorial extension. Mainly, it would examine some theoretical and conceptual implications of the Manifesto Project´s study of Latin America democracies and it would shed light on different possibilities to use its enhanced dataset.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
RONALD A. BRAND, B.A., J.D., Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Academic Director of its
Center for International Legal Education
NICHOLAS CAFARDI, M.A., J.D., J.C.L., J.C.D., Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at the Duquesne University School of Law
HON. ANDREA CANEPARI, L.L.M, Console Generale d'Italia/Consul General of Italy
HON. TOM CORBETT, B.A., J.D., Former Governor of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor at the Duquesne University School of Law
ANTONIO LORDI, J.D., PhD, Senior Contracts Manager at Siemens Industry USA, formerly Head of Contracts and Legal Business Affairs at Ansaldo STS, and Adjunct Professor at the Duquesne University School of Law
PHIL RINALDI, B.S., M.S., Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Energy Solutions and strategic advisor to the Carlyle Group private equity firm
RSVP at law.pitt.edu/events
Presented by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Center for International Legal Education & Duquesne University School of Law
Students and faculty will connect via video-conferencing with individuals in Europe to learn more about the daily life of refugees in Germany and Austria. Session to be moderated by Dr. Viktoria Harms and Dr. Jaclyn Kurash.
Light refreshments will be served.
Monday, October 24th, 2016
Prof. Kathrin Bower’s talk, “The Joke’s on Us: Creating Community through Humor in German Ethno-Comedy,” will examine the stand-up comedy of Bülent Ceylan and Kaya Yanar, as well as more recent examples of migrant comedy.
Light refreshments will be served.
A lunchtime conversation with Annika Schechinger, Deputy Director of the German Information Center at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Refreshments will be served. You are welcome to bring your lunch!
Monday, October 24th, 2016 to Friday, October 28th, 2016
Pitt's International Week is back! Events all week long will focus on international and global topics! Be sure to enter the International Week Contest to win a study abroad scholarship, attending five events gets you one entry and attending seven get you two!
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
French Immersion workshops offer area secondary school French teachers an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop a deeper understanding of French culture and its global influence, and to share relevant teaching strategies. Act 48 credit is available.
Friday, October 21st, 2016
Gabriella Romani, Seton Hall University: "The Nationalization of the Postal Service and the Print Media in post-unification Italy"
Interested in human rights and social justice issues? Come join us for another event under the International Career Toolkit Series: Careers in Human Rights/Social Justice!!! We will be talking to and hearing from Dr. Ellen Dorsey from the Wallace Global Fund.
Dr. Ellen Dorsey is the executive director of the Wallace Global Fund. She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and previously worked for Amnesty International, chairing its US Board of Directors. Currently she is playing a critical role in divesting foundations and other organizations from fossil fuel dependency and promoting energy access in low-income nations. The Wallace Global Fund aims to support environmental and women’s human rights projects through the usage of grants.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016
The film presents a fictional account of the 1992 Rostock-Lichtenhagen riots and a critical examination of xenophobia and the political uncertainty surrounding immigration, integration, and asylum seekers.
A discussion will follow the film, moderated by Randall Halle, Chair, Department of German and Director, Film Studies Program.
To view the film trailer, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVV5tujO4DA.
In this installment of Conversations on Europe, our panel of experts from both sides of the Atlantic will examine the potential impact of upcoming elections in both the U.S. and Europe and to explore significant transnational trends in electoral politics, including the rise of populism and the polarization of the electorate as well as the increasing importance of issues related to immigration, the economy, and trade. How might the US elections in November impact European politics and the transatlantic relationship? What electoral contests in Europe are likely to have the greatest impact on the U.S.? These questions and others will be explored via multi-point videoconferencing.
Audience participation is encouraged. To join remotely, contact email@example.com.
Jae-Jae Spoon, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, Moderator & Panelist
Larry LeDuc, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Jan Rovny, Assistant Professor, Sciences Po
Miguel Simon, Visiting Scholar, European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
Lubica Bajzikova is a professor at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. She is Head of the Department of Management. Her presentation will focus on labor mobility in the European Union, current trends and barriers. In spite of EU policies facilitating free movement, the level of mobility remains low by international comparison. Language and cultural barriers as well as the qualification recognition remain the main impediment to cross- border mobility within Europe.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 to Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
European societies have grown increasingly multi-cultural and ethnically diverse. And yet, most civil service systems on the European continent have tended to be rather mono-cultural ‘closed shops’ if it comes to the representation of minority groups in society. It flows from this that the theory and practice of representative bureaucracy has become more significant as issues of ethnicity, gender and social equity have moved center stage in current political debates. This challenge gives rise to a number of questions central to relationship between societal trends, political authority and civil service reform: To what extent can public bureaucracies serve as representative institutions? How does the composition of the public sector workforce impact on administrative performance? What contextual factors shape trajectories of national civil service systems to become more inclusive, diverse and representative of the societies they are supposed to serve? While the concern with representativeness within the public sector is a more general phenomenon, it is likely to be interpreted and implemented differently in different national and organizational settings. Drawing from empirical evidence from European countries representing relevant types of administrative cultures and state traditions, this presentation will eventually refer to the Ger-man experience to illustrate how issues of diversity and inclusion in the public sector play out when concerns with representativeness meet with traditions of a deeply-entrenched Weberian meritocratic bureaucracy.
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Registration located at 5604 WWPH (Fifth Floor Foyer).
10:00-12:00 p.m. Finnish Education Panel 1 5604 WWPH
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break where drinks and an assortment of Finnish foods, snacks, etc. will be served. Fifth Floor Foyer (outside of 5604 WWPH)
[12:00-1:30 p.m.] [Buffet lunch for invited guests only: organizers, speakers, and co-sponsor representatives.] University Club, Room TBD
2:00-4:00 p.m. Finnish Education Panel 2 5604 WWPH
6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner with speakers, keynote speakers, and representatives from all co-sponsoring organizations. Restaurant is to be determined.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
The Global Educators' Forum meets twice a year to discuss developing and implementing Global Studies-related programming and curriculum in schools, classrooms, and departments. This open meeting is intended for all educators--including, for example, teachers, administrators, pre-service teachers, post-secondary instructors, and School of Education faculty. Please join us to share your experiences with Global Education programs, learn about available resources, and continue to brainstorm ways of incorporating international and global education components into the curriculum. Dinner, parking, and Act 48 hours are provided, and online access will also be available. Please use the link to register.
Friday, September 30th, 2016
These experts will share their entrepreneurial field experiences working with populations in East Africa to provide education, shelter, healthcare and other basic social services. Students will have the opportunity to meet with them, hear their stories, ask questions, and learn about opportunities to get involved.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
In this first meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Global Issues through Literature teacher reading group will discuss French multiculturalism through a study of the young adult novel Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faiza Guene. Due to a high volume of interest, registration for this event is currently closed.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
Professor Dusan Soltes will address one of the most controversial issues in the EU today: the protection of the EU’s external borders. On the one hand, it is difficult for new member states to become a part of the Schengen border protection system; it requires great effort and investments into the latest ICT technology, implementation of demanding Schengen legislation, and various other technical, organizational, and personnel requirements. But on the other hand, we are witnessing a crisis on the southern flank of the Schengen border as hundreds of thousands of migrants enter EU territory daily.
Monday, September 26th, 2016
Following World War II, hundreds of thousands of Holocaust survivors filed reparation, restitution, and pension claims with West German state agencies. Hering will discuss the ethical challenges of accessing such records with regards to privacy law and preservation, the role of archives and archivists, and how the German government manages these challenges.
To read more, visit the event’s webpage: http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/colloquia/callery.php.
Co-hosted by: Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program, and Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center.
Questions? Contact Amy Herlich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Elina Aleynikova and Cristina M. Mariottini will tell their stories of study at Pitt and how they moved from Pittsburgh to international careers as an international arbitration specialist at White & Case in Paris and a Senior Legal Officer at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Please see their full bios below:
Elina Aleynikova is an associate in the International Arbitration Group of White & Case in Paris. Her practice include international commercial and investment arbitration. Her previous work includes heading the legal department of a food production holding in South Russia and an adviser to a start-up international logistics project launched by a major Russian infrastructure corporation. Ms. Aleynikova is a member of the Bars of New York and the Russian Federation. She holds a law degree from Rostov State Economic University, Rostov on Don, Russia, as well as LL.M. and J.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She also has a postgraduate degree in business law from Cergy-Pontoise University, where she currently lectures on arbitration.
Cristina M. Mariottini is a Legal Officer at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Prior to her current position, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. She holds a law degree (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. from the Università degli Studi di Milano, and received her LL.M. in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Dr. Mariottini is an associate member of the American Society of Comparative Law and a member of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA). She is co-rapporteur of the the ILA Committee on the Protection of Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law, and a member of the editorial board of the Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale.
We hope that you will join us in an informal discussion with students from a variety of backgrounds including the School of Law, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and Political Science.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
On June 23, 2016 the UK citizens expressed in a referendum their wish for their country to leave the European Union. This has caused immediate negative reactions of the markets, initiated many constitutional debates within the UK, but also opened numerous legal issues for the European Union. As this is the first time ever that a country leaves the Union, everyone is on an unknown terrain, from the question what is the appropriate procedure to follow to the issues of the protection of the acquired rights of the UK citizens in the EU and vice versa. The lecture will discuss some of those issues, explaining at the same time differences of the EU constitutional order from the orders of the federal states such as the USA.
Food and beverages will be provided. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit law.pitt.edu/cile.
In this first installment of the 2016-17 series of the ESC's award-winning virtual roundtables, a panel of experts will discuss the current political and popular debates over free trade and trade agreements in the US and Europe. Why have NAFTA and TPP become such political hot potatoes in the current election cycle? What accounts for popular hostility to TTIP in Germany and other European nations? How did trade deals impact the Brexit vote and what impact will that vote have on on-going and future trade negotiations? The panel will be moderated by Allyson Delnore, Interim Director of the ESC. Panelists will include Alasdair Young (Georgia Tech University) and others TBA. Audience participation is encouraged. To join remotely, contact email@example.com.
Friday, September 16th, 2016
Olivier Delers, University of Richmond: "Toward a Sadean Visual Language: Libidinal Economies, Transmediality, and the Ghost of the French Revolution"
The staff of the European Studies Center invites you to attend a reception to usher in the 2016-17 academic year. All interested faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the ESC community are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Passionate about working abroad in international development issues? Interested in education policy and working with international actors, state actors, and non-governmental organizations? Want to learn about working for non-profits? Come join us to speak and hear from Lindsay Randall, the regional manager of More Than Me, a non-profit organization
that is on the cutting edge of improving Liberia’s education policy through the Government of Liberia’s Partnership Schools For Liberia initiative.
Monday, September 12th, 2016
Katja Wezel of the History Department and Steve Lund of the ESC will present an overview of the DAAD family of resources and scholarships, then focus specifically on the graduate level Study Scholarship (that supports graduate study in Germany) and Research Awards (which support post-baccalaureate research in Germany). Contact Steve Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Monday, August 1st, 2016 to Friday, August 5th, 2016
K-12 French Teachers participated in a week-long language pedagogy program at the University of Pittsburgh campus. Exploring the theme of "La France, La Francophonie, et la 'clash' des civilisations" during morning sessions, teachers also developed Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs) in afternoon sessions to improve assessment and instruction in the classroom.
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
On June 23rd, voters in the UK went to the polls and voted by a slim margin to leave the EU. The political and economic repercussions were immediate. When will the dust settle? And what will Europe - and the UK - look like when it does?
Log in from your home or office to get expert analysis of the vote and its implications for Europe and the U.S.
Dr. Jae-Jae Spoon, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Tim Oliver, Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North America Relations, London School of Economics
Dr. Sean Ehrlich, Associate Professor of Political Science, Florida State University
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Angelo Golia, a doctoral candidate at the University of Naples II in Italy, will speak on the subject of “Transnational Enterprises from a Constitutional Law Perspective.” Angelo is writing his PhD dissertation on “The Responsibility of Transnational Enterprises for Human Rights Violations: A Comparative Perspective.” He received his master’s degree in law from the University of Naples II in 2013. He has been a stagiaire at the Institute des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice in Paris, France, and is a member of the Clinique Doctorale de droit international des droits in Aix-en-Provence ,France. He will be in residence with CILE from February 2016 through June 2016.
Please RSVP for sandwiches, chips and soft drinks.
Thursday, May 26th, 2016 to Friday, May 27th, 2016
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Eduard Fosch Villaronga, a doctoral candidate at the University of Bologna in Italy, will speak on the subject of “The Legal Aspects of Personal Care Robots.” Eduard is writing his PhD dissertation on the subject of “Legal and Ethical Challenges for Non-Medical Personal Care Robots.” His research while in residence with us will include a comparative exploration of laws and regulation regarding robotics. He received his bachelor’s degree in law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2012, a joint LL.M from the Universite de Toulouse I and the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2012, and an MA in Security, Governance and IT Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2013. He will be in residence with CILE from March 2016 through September 2016.
Please RSVP for sandwiches, chips and soft drinks.
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Participate in a classroom simulation that relives negotiations on air pollution and acid rain among European nations between 1979-1989.
The international simulation "Acid Rain in the European Environment" incorporates social studies, chemistry, and English content. Students engage in analyzing primary source documents as well as scientific data and graphs.
As a participant in this workshop, you'll learn about the science behind acid rain while understanding the historical context of the negotiations to take back to your classroom. Social studies, science, math and language arts teachers are strongly encouraged to register!
-Breakfast and lunch will be served
-Parking will be provided
-Teachers will earn Act 48 hours
-Participants will be free classroom resources and materials
Please visit http://tinyurl.com/RTTPworkshop to register now!
Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Eugenie Syx, a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven, Belgium, will speak on the subject of “Advertising of pharmaceuticals. A brief comparison between US and EU rules.” Eugenie is writing her PhD dissertation on the subject of “Commercial Practices Regarding the Sale of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices to the Health Consumer.” She received her bachelor’s degree in law from the Universidad del Norte de Santo Tomas de Aquino in Argentina, and her Masters in Law from MU Leuven. Her publications include The Case of the Electronic Cigarette in the EU, 21 Eur. J. Health L. 161 (2014). She will be in residence with CILE during May 2016.
Please RSVP for sandwiches, chips and soft drinks.
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
On May 7, 2016 the European Studies Center at Pitt's University Center for International Studies will be hosting its first ever Europe Day Festival! The festival, which will run from 12:00 PM – 7:30 PM in and around Posvar Hall (230 S. Bouquet Street), will be a celebration of European culture, cuisine, and heritage. Local artisans and vendors will create a dynamic marketplace and performances of regional song and dance will be presented on the main stage. Artistic demonstrations, music and children’s activities will take place throughout the day.
For more information please visit www.ucis.pitt.edu/eurofest.
Friday, May 6th, 2016 to Saturday, May 7th, 2016
The emergence of international capitalism depended on the creation of a highly mobile working class that built, loaded, and sailed the ships that connected the globe. These ships inaugurated the Atlantic slave trade and other labor migrations, making possible new regimes of accumulation and labor based in port cities, dynamic centers of power that linked the slave labor of colonial plantations to Europe and other parts of the world. The laborers of port cities – sailors, indentured servants, and slaves, workers free and unfree – are the subjects of this workshop.
Historians have long treated slave labor and free labor as mutually exclusive ideal types, belonging to separate historical narratives. Recent work has begun to challenge this view, yet research on the connections between free and unfree workers remains limited. Port cities are the perfect setting in which to explore a new, broader, more inclusive labor history for the period 1700-1850.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 to Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Broad international treaties attempting to tackle climate change have had limited effects at best, leading a handful of countries and jurisdictions to experiment with alternative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This conference will study (1) the effectiveness of these various strategies, (2) whether they are politically viable, and (3) whether they can be scaled up. Academics and practitioners will compare and contrast experiences in both Europe and the United States in the hopes of designing more effective climate policy on both sides of the Atlantic.
The aim of the conference is to study (1) the effectiveness of these various strategies, (2) whether they are politically viable in the long run, and (3) whether they can be scaled up. Academic researchers and practitioners will present, and contrast the experiences in Europe and the United States.
The Keynote address will be given by Gernot Wagner, Senior Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, co-author of Climate Shock, which was short-listed by the Financial Times as book of the year.
View the tentative program at
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Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
This Institute offers area secondary school French teachers an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop deeper understanding of French culture and its global influence, and to share relevant teaching strategies. The French Immersion Institute hosts three Saturday workshops through the year and an intensive, weeklong workshop beginning in the summer of 2016.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
This June citizens in the United Kingdom will vote on that country’s place in Europe. At a time of rising Euroscepticism there and across Europe, Great Britain will decide if it is better off facing the range of challenges to the European project—economic growth, migration, terrorism, conflict on its borders—by itself or as part of the EU. The results of the referendum will have implications for the entire UK (including Northern Ireland and Scotland), for the economic and political integrity of the EU, and for Great Britain’s ties with key continental countries and with the US. Panelists will address these aspects and many others and will respond to each other and to questions posed by the audience. To join the Conversation and for more information, please contact Kate Bowersox at email@example.com.
Michelle Egan, Professor, School of International Service, American University
Amelia Hadfield, Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Affairs, Canterbury Christ Church University
Tim Oliver, Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North American Relations, London School of Economics
Alan Sked, Professor Emeritus of International History, London School of Economics (founder and former member of UK Independence Party)
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Carol Perez, a high-level State Department official, will visit Pittsburgh to promote the many ways Americans can conduct foreign policy and serve their country abroad. Students of Less-Commonly-Taught Languages are uniquely qualified for a career with the State Department, as they have already demonstrated their ability to adapt to other cultures and communicate with people from different backgrounds. Also, there is a high demand in the U.S. Government for speakers of Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Hindi, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin, and other difficult or less well known languages. If you would like to hear more about how to embark on a career with the State Department or secure a Critical Language Scholarship, please join Carol Perez and her State Department colleagues on April 14 for an informal conversation.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
“Safe Harbor” is gone, replaced by a new US-EU Privacy Shield agreement. What does this means for US businesses and protection of personal data? Find out from this Virtual Briefing by logging in from your home or office at noon on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Ted Dean, US Department of Commerce, Chief Negotiator of US-EU Privacy Shield
Pierluigi Perri, University of Milan, Specialist in Advance Computer Law
David Thaw, University of Pittsburgh, Specialist in Law and Information
For information on how to connect and to register: http://tinyurl.com/gllxtrr.
Saturday, April 9th, 2016
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.
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
This lecture aims to offer a broader and more nuanced perspective on what has been widely referred to as Europe’s “refugee crisis.” With a focus on Germany, the lecture will reflect on the national and international events and changes that occurred between 2011 and the present as a means of rethinking this crisis as both a humanitarian crisis and an example of humanitarianism in crisis.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Plays performed in the original German and all welcome!
In this presentation both upstream (hydrocarbon exploration and production) and downstream (pipelines, refining centers, economics and policy) energy information relevant to Russia will be presented. 2015 has been an interesting year and will be reviewed in some detail. For Russia 2016 will be the year of the DUC wells (drilled but uncompleted) with continued price recovery in oil, but weak prices, oversupply and intense competition in the gas liquids and natural gas resource areas.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Russia and Hungary have developed very different economies and political systems in the process of postcommunist transition. Nevertheless, a certain convergence takes place in recent years. Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia and Viktor Orban's regime in Hungary combine authoritarianism, national populism, neoliberal reforms and certain economic measures that go beyond neoliberalism. One way to understand this convergence is to study two distinct types of capitalism that emerged in Russia and in Hungary, their contradictions and the role of the state. Ultimately, the authoritarian consolidation in both countries is rooted in the state-class relations. Both regimes have taken steps that go beyond the neoliberal playbook and adopted the policy of economic nationalism. Nevertheless, in both countries this policy is combined with neoliberal reforms in the social sphere. The presentation examines the past, the present and the future of both regimes.
Friday, April 1st, 2016
The Europe: East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event 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 give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to panels of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.
Friday, April 1st, 2016 to Saturday, April 16th, 2016
In collaboration with the St. Louis non-profit “Italian Film Festival USA,” we are pleased to announce the fourth edition of our three-week-long festival of contemporary, Pittsburgh-premiere Italian films; our festival begins next week, on Friday, April 1 with Francesca Archibugi’s Il nome del figlio. This year, all screenings will be on Pitt’s Oakland campus: the April 2, 8, 14, 15, and 16 screenings will be held at the Frick Fine Arts auditorium, while the April 7 screening will be held in the Cathedral of Learning, in G-24. All screenings will take place at 7pm, and are free and open to the public. The full schedule, with links to film synopses and a printable PDF flyer, is available here: www.italianfilmfests.org/pittsburgh.
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
When PEGIDA began its weekly protest marches in October 2014, many were blindsided by its steady outpouring of support. From a mere 350 followers on October 25, 2014, the numbers grew to between 17,000 and 25,000 on January 12, 2015. This talk analyzes the rhetoric and ideological affinities of PEGIDA with other right populist groups, both past and present. Their biases rely on chauvinistic nationalism and anti-government and anti-journalist stances. Slogans like “lying press” and “government abuse” create disdain for democratic mechanisms and open the door to violence and conspiracy theories. A close look at PEGIDA’s and AfD’s ideological backers (Udo Ulfkotte, Götz Kubitschek, and Tanja Festerling) reveals the group’s violent actionism despite its claim to represent mainstream citizens. Employing Jacques de St. Victor’s concept of anti-politics, Professor Druxes analyzes how PEGIDA instrumentalizes mistrust in governmental institutions to create a digital simulacrum of political participation.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
The advent of historical biblical criticism in the late eighteenth century created a seismic shift that seemed to release the Hebrew Bible from its subservience to Christian doctrine. For Goethe and other German writers of this era, the Hebrew Bible began to emerge with striking, new contours, inviting heterodox explorations that had been previously unthinkable, and serving as a surprising source for their very modern fictional worlds.
Europe is under intense military and societal pressure from several directions: from the refugee crisis and the Syrian Conflict in the South to Russian revisionist behavior in the East and Northeast. Former Swedish Prime and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently said that Europe is surrounded not by a "ring of friends" but by a "ring of fire." The combination of external pressure and internal financial crisis has created a lot of friction within Europe. In addition, the US shift to the Asian-Pacific means it is no longer playing a leading role in European security affairs. What kind of consequences can that have for the Transatlantic Security Community that we have for so long taken for granted?
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