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.
Wednesday, September 28
Friday, September 30
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, October 5
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.
Thursday, October 13
Wednesday, October 19
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 in-stitutions? How does the composition of the public sector workforce impact on admin-istrative performance? What contextual factors shape trajectories of national civil service systems to become more inclusive, diverse and representative of the socie-ties 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 imple-mented differently in different national and organizational settings. Drawing from em-pirical evidence from European countries – representing relevant types of administra-tive 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 20
Professor Jae-Jae Spoon (Political Science) will moderate this virtual roundtable looking at how the U.S. Presidential Elections are perceived by Europeans. The 2016 elections have been fraught with controversy. Yet few countries' presidential elections generate such global interest as those in the U.S. What is the view of the Trump and Clinton campaigns from across the Atlantic? How are European leaders preparing for a possible Trump or Clinton presidency? What is at stake in the transatlantic relationship? Join our panel of experts for a lively conversation on these topics and more. Audience participation is encouraged. To join remotely, contact email@example.com.
Friday, October 21
Gabriella Romani, Seton Hall University: "The Nationalization of the Postal Service and the Print Media in post-unification Italy"
Saturday, October 22
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 28
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.
Tuesday, November 15
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 16
Friday, December 2
Participants: Jonathan Arac (English), Marco Cucculelli (Political Economy, Fulbright Scholar), John Lyon (German), Jonathan Platt (Slavic), Ron Zboray (Communication).
Tuesday, December 6
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.
Friday, December 9
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.
Friday, February 24 to Saturday, February 25
The Undergraduate Model European Union is an annual event that gives students a chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through preparation for and participation in a hands-on two-day simulation. Model EU enhances students’ understanding of the issues and challenges facing the 28 member nations of the EU. Awards will be given to the most effective delegations and best individual position papers.
This year's competition will host universities from across the region and will take place on Duquesne University’s campus.
To register your school now to go: http://tinyurl.com/2017-UMEU.
Wednesday, March 8
The Euro Challenge is a national competition for cash prizes where 9th and 10th grade high school students test their knowledge and understanding of the European economy and the Euro, the currency shared by many of the 28 countries of the European Union.
Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, March 18
This two-day conference will bring together scholars from across sub-fields to discuss identity in the European context. We will focus on the development, transformation, transmission, expression, and politicization of three types of identity – subnational, national, and European – and how these identities overlap with each other. Panels will be organized around these three identities and focus on one of the thematic areas. As an interdisiciplinary conference, participants will be drawn from across the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields. Participants will come from across the disciplines at Pitt, other universities in the region, universities in the US and in Europe. Confirmed keynote speakers include Monserrat Guibernau (Sociology, University of Cambridge) and Matthew Goodwin (Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK).
Thursday, March 30 to Saturday, April 1
Marriage equality movements in advanced industrialized democracies have been remarkably successful in achieving policy change. From 2001 to 2016, marriage equality has been achieved in nearly two dozen states. Since many of these victories occurred in Europe, North America, and Oceania, it is timely to organize a conference in which scholars and participants can explore how marriage equality is impacting the future of LGBTQ rights. The pathways to marriage equality have been incredibly varied, including legislation, litigation, and referendums. Moreover, marriage equality has been achieved across a broad range of institutional climates, from parliamentary to presidential systems and from federal to unitary states. The increasingly transnational networks of activists working to advance marriage equality may have contributed to the policy diffusion of marriage equality. Despite the extension of marriage equality, the LGBTQ community continues to experience discrimination and harassment, and in some states, legal protections regarding non-discrimination, parenting, or gender recognition are inadequate.
The faculty research workshop on marriage equality in advanced industrialized democracies will be held from March 30th to April 1st, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh. This international conference is organized by Professor Helma de Vries-Jordan, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Law, under the leadership of the European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence. The workshop integrates social movements scholarship concerning marriage equality, other LGBTQ rights, and gender equality, placing them in comparative and international perspective. The conference will bring together some of the leading scholars in this field, presenting papers and engaging in dialogue about future directions for scholarship, with the goal of promoting collaborations between scholars and interactions amongst conference participants which will include faculty, students, and community members.
The conference will examine the factors that have influenced marriage equality movements and relevant LGBTQ rights policy-making, both in states with marriage equality and in states with ongoing campaigns. Causal factors that may be explored include dynamics in the political opportunity structure, identity-based versus strategic framing of issues, diffusion of norms regarding LGBTQ rights, and networking of activists. We will explore a number of central debates regarding the impact of marriage equality on the future of LGBTQ rights and regarding the transnational social movements working to advance gender and sexual equality. Questions will include: How has marriage equality impacted or been influenced by progress on other LGBTQ rights issues, or has marriage equality contributed to backlash or delays in achieving other rights? How have marriage equality movements’ level of inclusiveness regarding sexual and gender minorities impacted their advocacy and post-marriage equality policy outcomes? Finally, how portable are the strategies, frames, resources, and networks of activists across borders, and how has cooperation or conflict between activists across borders influenced these movements?
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