Join us for a lecture by Dr. Bernard Hagarty in conjunction with the exhibition, "The Great War in Broad Outlines."
Dr. Hagarty will discuss Belgium's critical role in WW1. Light refreshments will be served as attendees view the exhibition.
Join us for a lecture by Dr. Bernard Hagarty in conjunction with the exhibition, "The Great War in Broad Outlines."
Dr. Hagarty will discuss Belgium's critical role in WW1. Light refreshments will be served as attendees view the exhibition.
Join us for a good old-fashioned Teach-In to explore the various issues surrounding America First Immigration and Trade Policy this Saturday from 1-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning.
The University Center for International Studies and its constituent centers are organizing a Teach-In on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the Teach-In is to provide students and staff at the University of Pittsburgh with a forum to better understand the new administration’s Executive Orders related to immigration and national security, their historical context, their implications, and the public and global response to them. It will be open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Pittsburgh. Attendees will be able to select from a variety of presentations from Pitt faculty. Come and learn!
A full schedule will be posted as it becomes available.
Join us for an exhibition sponsored by the Belgium Embassy entitled ‘The Great War in Great Outlines.'
The exhibition will be available on the 4th floor of Posvar Hall, M - F from 10 AM - 3:30 PM. The show will run from 2/7/17 - 2/17/17.
More on the exhibition from the Belgian Embassy:
In April 2017, the United States will commemorate the centenary of its engagement in WWI, and the sacrifice of American troops, notably on Belgian soil, during this awful global conflict. ‘The Great War in Broad Outlines’, a travelling exhibition presented by the Embassy of Belgium in the United States, tells the story of the Great War on the international, Belgian and local levels. Created by the National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and endorsed by the United States WWI Centennial Commission, ‘The Great War in Broad Outlines’ will be shown in Miami, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Washington DC.
A view on the many faces of the Great War, ‘The Great War in Broad Outlines’ presents key moments and battles of WWI; how the American engagement changed the course of the war; occupied Belgium and The Commission for Relief in Belgium (American humanitarian response to the plight of civilians); technological and medical progress during the Great War; and also sheds light on a number of lesser known episodes and aspects of WWI (resistance, Belgians in Russia, animals in the war…).
The Embassy of Belgium would like to thank all the exhibition partners of ‘The Great War in Broad Outlines’, notably UPS.
History as Politics: Coming to Terms with the Past in Post-Soviet Latvia (Geschichte als Politikum: Lettland und die Aufarbeitung nach der Diktatur) explores post-Communist Latvia, a restored independent state, which emerged from the ashes of the Soviet Union facing a range of challenges. The Soviet period had transformed the region, leaving sizeable Russian-speaking minorities in the Baltic states. As Latvia sought membership in the European Union and NATO, its treatment of national minorities came into the spotlight, viewed as inter-ethnic conflict by international observers. However, the book argues that at the core of the conflict were not so much ethnic tensions but instead diverging historical perceptions. Free speech and post-Soviet democratization unleashed conflicting historical narratives from the different ethnic groups, resulting in fierce debates about World War II and its aftermath.
The discussion of this book will be in English, and will feature commentary by:
John Connelly, University of California, Berkeley
Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh
Reception to follow.
Want to improve career placement skills in networking, communication, and resume writing? Come attend these events sponsored by the Career Development and Placement Assistance Office.
Tuesday, January 24, Government Resume Workshop presented by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1 p.m. in 224 WPU
Wednesday, January 25: Elevator Pitch Workshop at 11 a.m.-12p.m., in 224 WPU with snacks
Thursday, January 26: LinkedIn Profile Workshop at 10 a.m. in 224 WPU with Donuts
Thursday, January 26: LinkedIn Networking Workshop at 11 a.m. in 224 WPU with snack
Thursday, January 26: Practice networking from 4-6 p.m., Kurtzman Room, WPU, Hors d’oeuvres and Refreshments, prizes
Monday, January 30, Elevator Speech and LinkedIn, 2 pm 224, WPU
Tuesday, January 31, Networking Workshop (including Elevator Pitch) at noon in 224 WPU
Students attending the International Career Toolkit Series: 2017 Washington DC trip MUST attend and participate in two of the following workshops.
Have we entered a new age of cyber-sabotage? In this session of Conversations on Europe, our expert panel will explore episodes of foreign state interference in electoral politics in Europe and the U.S. past and present. From state-sponsored hacking to Wikileaks, what do we know about who is calling the shots? How have disinformation campaigns been used to meddle in domestic politics in countries throughout eastern and western Europe, and to what effect? For more information or to join remotely, contact Ashley Digregorio: email@example.com.
This one is co-sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies.
Allyson Delnore, Interim Director, European Studies Center
John R. Deni, Research Professor of National Security Studies, Gen. Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research, Strategic Studies Institute
Florian Hartleb, Independent Scholar and Consultant, E-Estonia and digitization
Helga Druxes, Professor, Williams College
William Dunn, Professor, GSPIA
Sean Guillory, Blogger and Podcaster, Center for Russian and East European Studies Affiliate
It couldn't be easier to get your new US Passport or to renew your old Passport at Pitt! Book an appointment online today at www.ucis.pitt.edu/get-a-passport so that you can get started on your next adventure abroad!
Interested in becoming a Foreign Service Officer at the US Department of State? Passionate about diplomacy and international relations? Come and hear from Dr. Kenneth Chern about life in diplomacy and how to join the foreign service as part of our International Career Toolkit Series.
Dr. Kenneth Chern taught U.S.-East Asian history for ten years at the University of Hong Kong before serving for 27 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. His last two diplomatic assignments were as Deputy Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and as Consul General in Perth, Australia. More recently, Ken has served as Professor of Asian Policy at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia and as founding Executive Director of the Swinburne Leadership Institute. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Swinburne, and is Contract Course Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, designing and teaching courses in East Asian and Pacific Area Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.
Due to the expected popularity of this event, please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Friends of the European Studies Center are welcome to join our staff at the Frick for the December 16th Winter Fridays at the Frick. We've teamed with the Frick to celebrate the holidays and brighten this special time of year.
The Frick will have strolling carolers, warm beverages, holiday cookie decorating, free performances, and much more!
On the ESC's Winter Friday evenings at the Frick . . .
Let us warm your spirits at the Frick Holiday Bar. Enjoy seasonal beers, wine or cocktails with friends—or have a cup of warm cider while enjoying beautiful views of the grounds. Find our table to receive your drink ticket (free to friends of the Center) - while supplies last. View the regular collection - The Frick Collects: From Rubens to Monet to get your dose of European art for the season (free).
Decorate holiday cookies in the Community Room.
Visit Clayton for a special Family Christmas tour of the Frick family home (free to Frick members - all others charged a fee).
Create your own holiday memory exploring the grounds with your friends at the European Studies Center, enjoying the sounds of Holiday Harmonies, strolling carolers from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
And don’t forget to visit the Frick Museum Store, where finding that perfect unique holiday gift is easy!
Admission to the Frick grounds for everyone—FREE
Admission to The Frick Collects: From Rubens to Monet—FREE
The High School Model European Union is an annual event for area high school students. The goal of the Model EU is to give high school students a chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation. Playing the roles of presidents and prime ministers, students spend a day engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting issue about the EU. The objective is to simulate a specific European Council meeting that focuses on recent current events impacting the EU. Model EU enhances students’ understanding of classroom learning and gives them a real sense of the challenges involved in the decision-making process of the European Union.
To register your school now go to: http://tinyurl.com/2016-HSMEU.
What has been described in the media as a migration crisis in Europe is being characterized by many aid workers as a reception crisis. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has taken the lead among European heads of state in advocating for a safe and effective process of resettling migrants. Taking Germany as an example, our panel of experts will discuss the migrant experience in that country. What are the legal processes for applying for asylum or settling as an economic migrant? What is the pathway to citizenship? What has been the public response? How does Germany's experience compare with other European countries? Randall Halle, Chair of the German Department, will moderate the discussion which will be conducted entirely in German by native-level speakers. Audience participation is welcome. To join remotely, contact email@example.com.
Save the date for the EU Development Symposium, to be held on the afternoon of Monday, December 5th!
Renate Hahlen, the Minister Counselor of Development at the Delegation of the European Union to the US
To be accompanied on the following panels by:
EU Development Policy & Latin America and the Caribbean
Scott Morgenstern, Director Center for Latin American Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
EU Development Policy & Africa
Louis Picard, Director International Development Program and Professor of Public and International Affairs and African Studies
Müge Finkel, Assistant Professor, GSPIA
Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of American Government
EU Development Policy & Sustainable Development Goals
and the Paris climate agreement
Paul Nelson, Associate Dean, GSPIA
Michaël Aklin, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Additional participants and final times to be announced. For more information, contact Stephen Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organized by Giuseppina Mecchia and Francesca Savoia (French and Italian)
With the support of: The European Studies Center, The Humanities Center, The World History Center, The Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, The Department of English, The Department of French and Italian.
Jenna Berardino (Italian)
Made Possible by The Students in Our Seminars
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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)