Professor Bergsten developed and for 20 years administered the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which has been held annually for the past 22 years in Vienna, Austria. Nearly 300 law schools from approximately 70 countries participate in the Vis Moot each year. During his lecture, he will discuss the genesis of the Vis Moot and how it serves as a platform for legal education. Following his lecture, Ronald A. Brand, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and director of Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE), will explain how Pitt Law and CILE have expanded the use of the Vis Moot platform to develop the international commercial law and arbitration curricula in nearly 20 countries. The program will end with a screening of the 2015 documentary film, Afghan Dreams, which follows four young Afghan women as they prepare for and participate in the Vis Moot – with CILE assistance -- as the first Afghan team. A reception will follow the event.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Friday, April 24th, 2015
The EUCE/ESC will hold a ceremony during graduation weekend to recognize its undergraduate and graduate recipients of the European Union or West European Studies Certificate Program. A reception will follow for family and friends of the Center in the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.
Assessing the practice of delegation strategies in real-world state structures, this presentation seeks to set out the criteria for whether to delegate and how to delegate by administrative agencies. These criteria are evaluated against different political theories of delegation to administrative agencies. One of the core claims advanced here is that legal liberalism, that is, the use of notice and comment rulemaking and subjecting them to judicial review, is insufficient for attaining democratic legitimacy for policymaking.
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
French filmmaker Jean-Marie Villeneuve will present his film Tout est faux on Sat, Apr 18 at 6pm in CL 332 in a free screening and director Q&A
Area secondary school French teachers have an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop an understanding of French culture not only in France but its influence around the globe, and to share relevant teaching strategies. Act 48 credit it available. If you are interested in receiving more information about the workshop or registering for the April 18th French Immersion Institute, contact Kathy Ayers, Outreach Coordinator. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 14th. Please save the date for the upcoming fall French Immersion Institute on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Friday, April 17th, 2015
Join the Department of History, the EUCE/ESC and the Center for Latin American Studies for a symposium honoring the scholarship of Professor Seymour Drescher. Invited speakers include David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History Emeritus, Emory University; Stanley Engerman, John Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History, University of Rochester; Richard Huzzey, co-director Centre for the Study of International Slavery, University of Liverpool; and James Walvin, Professor of History Emeritus, University of York. A reception will follow the talk.
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
U.S. and European news coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa highlighted the urgency of the public health crisis, focusing often on the need to contain the outbreak to prevent its spread to “our shores.” Implicit (and often explicit) in these stories, however, were long-standing xenophobic and racialized attitudes toward African diseases that can be traced back to European imperial and pseudo-scientific ideas of the nineteenth century. This month’s Conversation will ask historians, political scientists, and public health experts to discuss the extent to which contemporary European and U.S. representations of Ebola borrowed from representations of earlier diseases occurring on the African continent and to speculate on the possible implications that such representations had and continue to have on mounting an effective response to an ongoing public health crisis. How much has news coverage contributed to what one political scientist described as the “long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place” and what can be done about it? Participants include Deborah Neill, Associate Professor of History, York University; Mari Webel, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh; Guillaume Lachenal, Lecturer, Université Paris Diderot; and Jessica Pearson-Patel, Assistant Professor of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma. Audience participation is welcome and encouraged.
Monday, April 13th, 2015
His excellency, Ambassador Johan Verbeke discusses the challenges that the EU faces in regards to domestic radicalization. Ambassador Verbeke has a long history of diplomatic and foreign service; his appointment as the Ambassador of Belgium to the U.S. began in January, 2015. It is his third ambassadorial post. His excellency's visit to Pittsburgh will include a talk for the World Affairs Council. During his visit to Pitt, he will also meet with the Chancellor and the staff of the European Union Center of Excellence and the Ridgeway Center for International Security Studies.
Political culture, understood as a constructed set of core values, attitudes and practices shared by a decisive majority of citizens and pervading the political system, has been recognized as a potent factor in framing issues and informing decisions in both domestic and foreign policy. Greek political culture is analyzed on the basis of quantitative evidence and discourse analysis in order to account for trends and choices that affected the country’s relations with the United States, Western Europe and neighboring states during the first post-war decades. Greek-American relations and the Cyprus Question serve as major points of departure.
Friday, April 10th, 2015
The movies will be shown in their original filming languages with English subtitles when necessary. Offering a cinematic tour of Italy, the National Italian Film Festival in Pittsburgh is also pleased to host a special appearance from the film director of L’Arbitro, Paolo Zucca, on April 10th. For more information, please see this LINK for the upcoming viewings.
A faculty and curriculum enrichment workshop sponsored by the international and area studies programs of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh. This is the first in a planned series of annual workshops aimed at internationalizing college campuses in the Western Pennsylvania region, with support from the Title VI National Resource Center program of the U.S. Department of Education. Participation by faculty from minority-serving institutions and community colleges is particularly encouraged.
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Anita Starosta is the author of Form and Instability: Eastern Europe, Literature, Post-Imperial Difference (forthcoming from the Northwestern University Press), as well as articles in European and US publications (such as Intermédialités, Angelaki, and boundary 2) on translation, aesthetics, and epistemology all tested in the study of primarily
Eastern European writings. With Wlad Godzich, she co-edited the volume Second-Hand Europe, in which she interviewed Yuri Andrukhovych. Her next project considers translation as a lens on the contemporary global condition, examined through visual and print cultures, including problems of human rights and the situation of post-socialist Eastern Europe.
With a doctorate in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Dr. Starosta teaches 20th and 21st century literature, cultural theory, and visual culture at the Rhode Island School of Design; serves as an editor at boundary 2; and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University.
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 to Friday, April 10th, 2015
Countering violent extremism remains a critical security challenge confronting Western democratic societies. Policy makers face difficult questions about how to prevent their citizens from engaging in terrorism, what to do with citizens that seek to travel abroad to fight in “jihad,” and how to minimize the potential for violent attacks when fighters return to their countries of origin. Local communities also have an important role to play in countering violent extremism.
This conference addresses these challenges through an exchange of ideas and perspectives among researchers, practitioners and the public.
The conference is being organized under the leadership of Professor Michael Kenney, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
*Registration is required. To register, please visit: tinyurl.com/kxteapk
Monday, April 6th, 2015
Professor Breger’s analysis of Michael Haneke’s Das weisse Band/The White Ribbon (2009) explores the film’s resonances with twenty-first century (re-)turns to affect and more affirmative notions of collectivity. Challenging entrenched oppositions between affect and distanciation, Professor Breger argues that the film does not sacrifice a critical perspective on the cruelty of attachments to the collective. To the contrary, The White Ribbon combines critical questions about collective violence with a cautious exploration of the involved actors’ orientation processes.
Dreyfus in Exile: A Reappraisal of What It Means to Be
A BROWN-BAG LUNCH
(Ph.D. candidate in French, University of Pennsylvania)
Monday April 6, 1:00-2:15 pm, 1325 Cathedral of Learning
The Dreyfus Affair gripped the French Republic at the end of the 19th-Century, with consequences that resonate to this day. Lisa Bromberg will discuss how Robert Dreyfus became a martyr of French republican and secular values.
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
The students of the German Department present: Zöpfe
A play about hate, love, religion, and hair
By Marianna Salzmann
Play to be performed in the original German Free and all welcome!
7:00pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Are you interested in global issues?
Join us Thursday, April 2nd at 3:00pm in 4217 Posvar to discuss careers in international media and communications with alumni and professionals working internationally.
Discover career opportunities for students in all fields of study.
Network with alumni and professionals in the field.
Monday, March 30th, 2015
"Divine Supervision Required: Protecting the Loom in Classical and Hellenistic Sicily"
Dr. Randall Souza, Duquesne University
Co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Pittsburgh Society
4:30 PM, 1700 Wesley Posvar Hall
Saturday, March 28th, 2015
Dr. Dadush delivers the Graduate Student Conference's Keynote Address.
Friday, March 27th, 2015
Verity J. Platt
Associate Professor, Cornell University, Department of Classics
“Matter in Mind: Graeco-Roman Painting between Production and Perception”
Focusing on Pliny's Natural History, this paper explores a series of anecdotes relating to the fourth century BC painter Protogenes of Rhodes. As verbal attempts to re-trace an artist’s specific entanglement with, approximation, and even transformation of the physical world, these episodes are informed by specific models of perception, cognition and representation. Drawing upon the materialist Stoic cosmology that informs Pliny's broader project, the Protogenes anecdotes are, I argue, especially concerned with the relationship between animus and res, or 'mind' and 'matter'. As such, they might be understood as paradigmatic explorations of the limits of the object - in terms of artistic technique, human perception, mimetic potential and physical corporeality.
Friday, March 27, 2015
208A Cathedral of Learning
Dr. Thomson’s workshop will focus on practical tips to find primary, stakeholder, academic and news-type information. Attendees will receive access to a comprehensive PowerPoint guide to conducting research on Europe. Pre-Registration is required by emailing email@example.com.
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, March 27th, 2015 to Saturday, March 28th, 2015
In 2005 Mark Leonard postulated, "Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century.” Ten years later, the EU has seen the rejection of European Treaty, stalled enlargement, the inability of European soft power to affect the Arab spring, a weak response to Russian dismantling of Georgia and Ukraine, and the Eurozone crisis. The rise of nationalist parties threatens the very integrity of the Union. In contrast, the ECB has responded to the crisis with concerted action, Croatia joined the Union as the 28th member, and the final institutional changes of the Lisbon Treaty are taking effect. After such a tumultuous decade, is there still cause for optimism regarding the European project? The Organizing Committee of the Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes submissions from all disciplines and topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, history, security studies, institutions and behavior studies, as well as policy, enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and foreign policy. Papers addressing the theme of the conference will receive special consideration.
The University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh houses one of the largest and most complete archives of primary and secondary documents on the European Union, dating back to the beginnings of the European Coal and Steel Community. Conference presenters are given access to the archive for research during their stay.
Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Ian Thomson has been working as an information professional, editor, trainer and consultant in the area of the EU and information and communication for forty years.
For the last twenty five years the EU Institutions, national governments and other stakeholders have been pursuing an intermittent debate on the degree of disconnect between EU citizens and the EU. EP Election results, various referendums and public opinion surveys, plus the rising evidence of Euroscepticism in some Member States indicate the challenge.
In response the EU Institutions have launched many initiatives attempting to bridge the disconnect and increase transparency in EU policy making. The new European Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker has seen a number of new initiatives suggesting a renewed focus on these issues. Also worthy of note is the activism of the new European Ombudsman.
The seminar will discuss these initiatives and their impact under the themes:
•EU information and communication policy
•Connecting with citizens – Participatory democracy initiatives
•Making the EU more transparent – European Transparency Initiative –
Access to documents – Lobbying
•New forms of communication – social media – European Public Sphere
•Better regulation – Better, simpler and more accessible legislation
Co-sponsored with the Center for International Legal Education and the University Library System
Ana Escrogima, a Foreign Service Officer currently serving as the Diplomat in Residence at City College of New York, will hold an information session to talk about the State Department’s internship program, her career experiences and employment opportunities in International Affairs through the Department of State. Prior to this assignment, she was the Deputy Director for Syria in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where she advised senior State Department leadership and managed an experienced team of Foreign Service and Civil Service Officers. In her overseas assignments, Ana was an Arabic language Spokesperson at the State Department's Regional Media Hub in Dubai, where she represented the U.S. government regularly on news and political shows on Arabic television, radio and online. If you have questions about this event, please contact Steve Lund, Assistant Director of the European Studies Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-648-7422.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 12:30 p.m.
Colloquium: "What Was Scientific Connoisseurship? Giovanni Morelli, Cultural Patrimony, and Art Attirbution in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuryies." With responses by David Marshall (Communication) and Terry Smith (History of Art and Architecture)
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 6:00 p.m.
Cultural Studies Core Seminar: A discussion on John Brewer's "Microhistory and the Histories of Everyday Life" and "Closeness and Distance in the Age of Enlightenment"
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture: "Depicting Vesuvius and Pompeii: Painting, Panorama, and Performance, 1770-1860"
Held in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Join Nnenna Anozia, Fjolla Krasniqi, and Dinda Saragih, members of the Pitt Law LL.M. Class of 2015, as they address developing legal issues in their home countries.
Friday, March 20th, 2015
This is the second in a series of three workshops designed specifically for instructors of less-commonly-taught languages. This workshop offers the opportunity to examine the differences between exercises and tasks, explore the benefits of using tasks in teaching, and adapt textbook exercises to tasks. Participants will walk away with the knowledge needed to design effective tasks that motivate students to learn.
This panel, convened to celebrate Professor Randall Halle’s recent monograph, "The Europeanization of Cinema. Interzones and Imaginative Communities" (University of Illinois Press, 2014), brings together three scholars recognized for their work on European Culture and European Film. They approach European identity neither from a political nor an economic perspective, but in relation to the creative and cultural industries of the European Union, with a particular focus on visual culture.
Friday, March 20th, 2015 to Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships with other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course and answer reflection prompts during the course. One- credit/ 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each mini-course.
This one credit mini-course is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series and course seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini course series seeks to have students gain understanding of the religious, cultural, economical and political influences of Muslims in a global context.
5pm Friday March 20, 2015 to 1pm Sunday, March 22, 2015 (Carnegie Mellon, Hamburg Hall 1000)
All course information, including the speakers, schedule, and readings, may be found on the Global Studies website: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/mini-course/europe
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS SPONSORS MOVIE NIGHT
"A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM"
SOMETHING APPEALING, SOMETHING APPALLING, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE...A COMEDY TONIGHT!!
When a wily, witty, lying, lazy cheating slave discovers that his master's son is in love with the girl next door - a virgin courtesan - he promises to help win her heart in exchange for his freedom. But the road to romance is blocked with amazing surprises, cunning sidguises - and an awesome chariot race!
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING G13
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
University of Pittsburgh Department of Classics and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America:
“The Dining Gaul (and His Phrygian Dishes)"
Although Ancient authors had little interest in recording the details of daily life of the Gauls, excavation and research has generated a large corpus of relevant data especially from Hellenistic houses (333-189 BCE) at Gordion, an archaeological site in central Turkey. When considered together, the evidence reveals much about food in its original quotidian context and even more about the residents themselves: what they ate and drank, how it was prepared and served, and how and why these culinary customs changed over time.
Shannon Stewart has excavated in Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Albania. Her areas of specialization are Hellenistic pottery, the archaeology of domestic life, "Hellenization," and Anatolia in the First Millenium BCE.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
1500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Free to the public
Tánaiste Burton was first elected to the Dáil (parliament) in 1992, and served as Minister of State at the Department of Social Welfare from 1993 to 1994, during which she initiated a series of welfare to work on education initiatives. She served as Minister for Development Cooperation and Overseas Aid from 1994 to 1997, in which time she revamped Ireland’s development programme in Africa. She was the Labour Party’s spokesperson on Finance from 2002 to 2011, and opposed the bank guarantee in 2008. She was appointed Minister for Social Protection in March 2011, and nominated Tánaiste in July 2014.
••For assistance in granting students extra credit, please contact Eleni Valliant (email@example.com).
arch 2011, and nominated Tánaiste in July 2014.
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 to Thursday, March 19th, 2015
The purpose of this conference is to exchange information on the public policies aimed at managing risks in the shale sector in the US and in other countries that are exploring shale development, including the UK, China, South Africa, Argentina and Poland. Presenters from France and Germany will also discuss the decisions of those countries to limit shale development and the consequences and opportunity costs of those decisions. Discussion among presenters and the audience will focus on the current evidence on risks and the effectiveness of mitigation strategies. We will also discuss the need to fill informational gaps in order to understand the risks and to innovate risk management strategies in the shale industry. Conference registration as well as a conference schedule can be found online: http://shanti1.weebly.com/conference-2015.html
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
This talk focuses on three early films by Bigas Luna: Bilbao (1978) and Caniche (1979) and Lola (1986), often regarded as a ‘sex trilogy’. Long and very public feuds with female starts became a constant throughout his career, partly motivated by the director’s self-proclaimed obsession with myths and taboos about women and the female body and a penchant for their explicit depiction in his films. Professor Hernandez will argue that controversies like these have tended to dominate and obscure the critical reception and the sociological and aesthetic value of the films.
The negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty, formally begun in 2013, have attracted a great deal of attention within the EU, individual member states and in the US. The subject—and the talks—are complex and involve trade and investment in both goods and services across the full spectrum of economic activity of the world’s two most active trading partners. Proponents argue that the treaty will strengthen economic ties and create jobs; domestic producers on both sides of the Atlantic focus on market penetration; and others worry about public access to key decisions. The panel will include Dan Hamilton of Johns Hopkins--SAIS, Elvire Fabry of the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris, Evgeny Postnikov of Glasgow University, and Ben Beachy of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch in Washington. Panelists will assess where negotiations stand now, how the treaty relates to politics within the US and EU and what the consequences might be for a completion, or failure to achieve, a final treaty.
Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Thursday, March 5th, 2015
How to Apply to USAJobs
Thursday, March 5th at noon in Posvar 4217
The US government provides some amazing job opportunities. But how can you make your application get noticed in such a competitive and daunting system? Two members of the HEPC (Federal Hispanic Employment Program Committee) will give a presentation to help students to better navigate the USAJobs website and application system and give tips on how to submit a more competitive application.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Baptiste and Marianne, King and Queen of the Runaways: Marronage in French Colonial Louisiana
The History Department Work-in-Progress Series presents Yevan Terrien, University of Pittsburgh. Lead discussants, Niklas Frykman and Allyson Delnore. Draft will be circulated via department Box three weeks in advance.
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Department of History Lounge
3703 Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Are you interested in global issues? Join representatives from UN Women, Peace Corps, and Hekima Place to discuss international women’s issues and learn how you can get involved with organizations working to address inequality throughout the world.
Dr. Wolfgang Wessels is a leader in European and European Union Studies in Europe. His Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Cologne is a key partner with the EUCE at the University of Pittsburgh in a multi-country researcher exchange funded by the European Union: EU-GLOBAL. As an expert on the institutions of the EU and a leading authority on the powers and competencies, Dr. Wessels will provide an analysis of the Council’s role as crisis manager during the economic crises that have plagued Europe and the Union since 2008.
Lunch will be served to pre-registered attendees only, seating limited.
To register for the lunch, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
The European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) is the engine of the global carbon market, accounting for more than 80% of the global market value of emissions trading permits. Additionally, a number of other States and sub-national actors have either linked their emissions trading systems to the EU-ETS, or contemplate doing so in the future. Given the size of the EU-ETS, these countries are thus largely tying the viability of their emissions trading schemes to the health of the EU-ETS. The lessons learned are highly pertinent for other emerging national and regional emissions trading schemes, or may even serve as a “template” for a future global carbon market. Professor Burns will briefly outline the genesis and evolution of the EU-ETS, as well as the major problems that currently afflict it and their implications for long-term climate policymaking in the European Union. In conclusion, he will offer a series of suggestions on how to reform the EU-ETS to ensure that it meets its overarching objectives of driving fuel-switching and technological innovation.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 to Monday, March 30th, 2015
Manuel Gonzalez de Molina Calderon
My Travels/Mis Viajes
Drawings and Watercolors by a 12-year old talent from Seville, Spain
March 3-30, 2015
Make Your Mark Artspace and Coffeehouse
6736 Reynolds Street, Point Breeze/Pittsburgh
Friday, February 27th, 2015
"The Argumentation of Plato's Phaedo and the Nature of Soul"
Why do the Phaedo's arguments for the sou's immortality often seem so weak or even transparently fallacious? Is there some philosophical, rather than merely developmental, explanation? This paper will argue that the Phaedo's arguments are operating in accordance with the method of hypothesis and as such are intended to function as something other than proofs. They progress inductively towards the understanding of the nature or essence or soul ultimately required for a demonstration of its immortality.
John A. Palmer III
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Florida
Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, (Faculty of Classics), Cambridge University, 2014-2014
Friday, February 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
244B Cathedral of Learning
Reception following lecture in the Crogan-Schenley Room, 156 Cathedral of Learning
Are you interested in global issues? Have you ever considered a career in global health? Join us for an alumni and professionals' panel on Friday, February 27th. Panelists will share about their career paths in the field and discuss skill-building opportunities and how to become a competitive candidate in the job market.
One presenter for this career panel will be:
Dr. Tina Phillips Johnson
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2006
History, Women's Studies Certificate
Master of Public Health
Professor Federiga Bindi will share her experiences and insights on the challenges of women leadership in foreign policy-related positions. As adviser to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Bindi has served and advised governmental institutions in the US, Italy, Portugal and Norway, in addition to the EU. Professor Bindi is very engaged in promoting women leadership in International Relations; she is currently working on a book project and has organized a number of trainings in this field.
Friday, February 27th, 2015 to Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
As more faculty and students become involved in international research, the need for understanding and complying with regulatory and legal issues increases. This program will provide specific information for faculty and students who are planning to conduct international research now or in the future with university or external grant support. It is also highly recommended that faculty mentors who will be advising students going abroad attend this session. Topics that will be discussed include requirements related to the IRB as well as legal/financial matters. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required.
Friday, February 20th, 2015
‘Knowledge is of Universals’ – How to Understand Aristotle’s Claim without Problems
Pieter Sjoerd Hasper
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University at Bloomington
After canvassing the contexts in which Aristotle makes the claim that ‘Knowledge is of Universals’ (primarily in his account of experience (empeiria) and in his anti-Platonic discussions of the ontological status of universals, but also elsewhere) and the problematic aspects of this claim, I will propose an interpretation of it which does not get Aristotle into trouble. My interpretation comes in three stages. First I show briefly how knowledge of universals, by consisting in scientific explanatory demonstrations, does not comprise mere knowledge of universal facts and the possession of universal concepts. Then I show more extensively that Aristotle presupposes that scientific explanatory demonstrations have a certain logical form, namely the one common in Greek mathematics, where a theorem is proved in the case of an arbitrary individual. Aristotle uses arguments of this form in his logic, he accuses Platonists of having a false interpretation of them, and presupposes this logical form in his argument from Universal Mathematics against the existence of Platonic Forms (Metaphysics M.2). Finally, I show how with this interpretation in hand we can make sense of Aristotle’s claim to have solved, in Metaphysics M.10, ‘the greatest difficulty’ with the claim that knowledge is of universals without committing himself to the existence of Platonic Forms.
Friday, February 20, 2015
244B Cathedral of Learning
Reception following lecture in in the Crogan-Schenley Room, 156 Cathedral of Learning
Thursday, February 19th, 2015
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Join the JASP for an evening of reflection on the Japanese-German alliance. Dr. Ricky Law, Assistant Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University, will speak.
His lecture will provide an overview of the origins, formation, development, and fall of the Axis alliance between Japan and Germany before and during World War II. It will discuss major events such as the Anti-Comintern Pact of 1936, the Tripartite Pact of 1940, and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Join the JASP for this free evening at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., February 19, 2014. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Space is limited so please register by February 13 at http://www.us-japan.org/jasp/events.html.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
In recent months the Chinese have greatly increased their visibility and economic involvement in Europe. China is now the EU’s second leading trading partner and the EU is China’s first. EU leaders are increasingly attentive to Chinese views on a number of issues, including a range of economic and strategic topics. Panelists on this Conversation will explore both the current state of EU-China relations, the implications for Transatlantic ties and future directions of this dynamic relationship.
The panel will include: Gemma Marolda, Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at Pitt (and an affiliated faculty member of our Center); Isabel Hilton, Editor at chinadialogue.net and former journalist for The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, and the New Yorker; David Scott, former Lecturer at Brunel University London and a frequent speaker at EU Parliament on the EU-China relationship, and at the NATO Defence College in Rome on Indian foreign policy and on Asia-Pacific international relations; and Jing Men, an InBev-Baillet Latour Professor of European Union-China Relations and InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations at the College of Europe, Brugges.
Panelists will be linked to audiences at Pitt and elsewhere and faculty and class participation is welcome.
Conversations on Europe is a monthly series of "virtual roundtables" featuring experts from Europe and North America commenting on current events impacting the U.S. and Europe. Individuals and audiences participate in person and via live remote connection. If you are interested in connecting, contact Kate Bowersox (email@example.com) or Allyson Delnore (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday, February 13th, 2015
"Instruments and impediments: a Senecan-Aristoteleian debate on the activation of the virtues"
Aaron Lawrence Professor of Classics
Several of Seneca’s letters supply pointers to a much older debate on the sufficiency of virtue for happiness. Picking up on cues from Aristotle, some Peripatetics had argued that external goods are instrumentally necessary for virtuous activities, and/or that external evils impede those activities. Not enough is said, however, about what sense of instrumentality is involved, and Stoics exploit that lack of clarity to refute the argument. The discussion that ensues is of interest in that it brings out certain tensions within the Stoic theory of action.
Friday, February 13, 2015
208B Cathedral of Learning
Reception following lecture in in the Crogan-Schenley Room, 156 Cathedral of Learning
Three visiting scholars at the Center for Disaster Management will present their perspectives on different types of risk that to which communities are exposed, from climate change in Micronesia to Avian Flu and Mine Fires in Turkey. Presenter Dr. Güner Gürtunca from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will compare the US and Turkish mining industries in terms of managing safety and health issues. Tea and cookies will be served.
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Do you love traveling and experiencing new cultures? Have you considered teaching abroad? Join Pitt alumni Thea Berthoff (TAPIF, France), Matthew Eppley (Peace Corps , Ukraine), and Dr. Katy Carlitz (Asian Studies Center) as they discuss their international experience and share tips on how to prepare yourself to teach English in a foreign country.
Do you love traveling and experiencing new cultures? Have you considered teaching English abroad? Join Pitt alumni Thea Berthoff (TAPIF, France), Matthew Eppley (Peace Corps, Ukraine) and Dr. Carlitz (Asian Studies Center) as they discuss their international experience and share tips on how to prepare yourself to teach English in a foreign country.
A timely discussion of the latest European financial crisis with a Greek business leader and former politician, who served in the Cabinet during the early years of the 2009 euro crisis.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
The visible increase in religious practice among young European-born Muslims has provoked public anxiety. New government regulations seek not only to restrict Islamic practices within the public sphere, but also to shape Muslims’, and especially women’s, personal conduct. This presentation, based on Dr. Jouili’s forthcoming book, Pious Practice and Secular Constraints (Stanford, 2015), chronicles the everyday ethical struggles of women active in orthodox and socially conservative Islamic revival circles as they are torn between their quest for pious lifestyle and their aspirations to counter negative representations of Muslims within the mainstream society.
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
In 2013, governments across the European Union (EU) gave the European Commission a mandate to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States. Since July 2013, the two sides have held seven rounds of negotiations, but they have not yet reached an agreement. A motivating factor of TTIP is “regulatory convergence”, bringing American and European standards closer together to facilitate trade. One potential obstacle is the subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the context of food safety regulation. Approximately 70 percent of all processed food in American supermarkets contain GM ingredients, in contrast to the EU where GM food is severely restricted. This talk will review the regulatory differences between the two sides and how different approaches to GMO risk assessment create an obstacle to a TTIP agreement.
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
In light of Greece’s parliament elections on January 25th, Political Science Professor, Dr. Despina Alexiadou, will introduce the actors and issues involved, and will weigh in on what the results of the victory of the leftist Syriza party mean for Greece, for other possible austerity programs, and for Europe’s changing landscape.
Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Are you looking for travel opportunities and a chance to get “real world experience” before facing the job market? Join us at the Global Gap Year Panel, where representatives from the Peace Corps, Hekima Place, PULSE Pittsburgh, Fulbright Fellowship Program, and others will talk about what they gained from their “Gap Year”.
Abraham Kim, Peace Corps (Zambia)
Jessa Darwin, Hekima Place (Kenya)
Jenna Baron, PULSE, United Way, Fulbright Scholar (Pittsburgh, PA & Kenya)
Holly Hickling, FORGE (Paris & Zambia)
This panel will lead a discussion on the recent terror attacks in Paris, France. Professor Michael Kenney of GSPIA, Visiting Professor Luke Peterson of Global Studies and EUCE/ESC Associate Director Allyson Delnore will offer perspectives on the social, political and historical aspects of these events. Public, faculty and class participation is welcome.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
In our first Conversation on Europe for 2015, panelists will consider the demands on and capabilities of the European Union as a major global actor. Panelists will use a Carnegie Europe “Memo to the European Union Foreign Policy Chief” as a starting point. The panel will include: Sir Michael Leigh of the German Marshall Fund (and former European Commission Director General for Enlargement); Stefan Lehne, Carnegie Europe (and former Director General for political affairs at the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs); Ulrich Speck, Carnegie Europe (and Editor of the weekly Global Europe Brief newsletter); Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director of the Instituto Affari Internazionali (and advisor to EU Foreign Policy Chief, Frederica Mogherini); and Kostas Kourtikakis, who earned his Ph.D. at Pitt and is affiliated with the University of Illinois’s European Union Center.
Panelists will be linked to audiences at Pitt and elsewhere and faculty and class participation is welcome.
Modeled after traditional academic conferences, the symposium provides students with an opportunity to present their research papers on Western and Eastern Europe (including Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union) to discussants and an audience. As a faculty member who teaches courses and/or conducts research pertaining to Europe, you are in a good position to promote this event. If you have students who have written excellent papers on Western or Eastern Europe, please encourage them to apply to the symposium.
1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and paper drafts by January 20, 2015.
2) Selected students will be notified by early February 2015.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 16, 2015.
4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on March 27, 2015.
More information can be found at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ursymposium/.
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Mark De Vos holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Law (Universiteit Gent), a Master in Social Law (Université Libre de Bruxelles), and a Master of Laws (Harvard University). He teaches employment and labor law, EU-law, and the rule of law at Ghent University and the University of Brussels. He is the director of the Itinera Institute, an independent policy think-tank based in Brussels. He frequently publishes, lectures, and debates on issues of labor and employment law, European integration, globalization, labor market reform, pensions, ageing, healthcare, and welfare state, both nationally and internationally, and both academic, professional and policy circles, as well as in the media.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Professor Spoon’s presentation is based on work (with Heike Klüver) on how voter polarization affects party responsiveness. The authors analyze party responsiveness across nine West European countries and argue that party responsiveness increases with the polarization of issues among voters. Professor Spoon is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at North Texas and a candidate for the position in European politics in the Department of Political Science.
Monday, December 8th, 2014
This paper is based on Professor Slapins’ forthcoming Cambridge University Press book (with Sven-Oliver Proksch) of the same title. Professor Slapin is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Houston and a candidate for the position in European politics in the Department of Political Science.
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Center Associate Dr. Gabriella Saputelli will explore the characteristics and the evolution of EU citizenship 20+ years after the Maastricht Treaty. She will consider EU citizenship in light of the finding by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that it “…is intended to be the fundamental status of nationals of the Member States”. In fact, the way in which EU citizenship and ECJ case law function raises questions about its future development. In a multilevel system, the federalizing process influences aspects of citizenship, and a comparison with the US experience might allow us to better understand the special path of EU citizenship construction. Lunch will be served. To register, please email email@example.com.
The EUCE/ESC will be hosting the 2014 High School Model EU, which allows students the opportunity to participate in a simulation of a recent European Council meeting. For more information, please contact EUCE/ESC Assistant Director for External Affairs, Kate Bowersox, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, December 1st, 2014
On November 16, 2014 the second round in the Romanian presidential elections ended with the upset victory of an ethnic German candidate from the provinces. These surprising results defied nationalist mobilization and the current government’s administrative control of the electoral process. In spite of pollsters’ and analysts’ predictions, Klaus Iohannis, the candidate with fewer votes in the first round came from behind and succeeded in taking the presidency over the leading candidate, the sitting Social Democratic Prime Minister, Victor Ponta. A new electoral pattern emerged around two related phenomena: the Romanian diaspora mobilized and transformed an ordinary election into a transnational event, while new media and online social networks played an important role in mobilizing these voters.
Marius Lazăr is Fulbright Visiting Scholar at CREES and Associate Professor of Sociology at „Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj, Romania. He is a cultural sociologist and author of Paradoxes of Modernity: Elements for a sociology of cultural elites (Paradoxuri ale modernizării. Elemente pentru o sociologie a elitelor culturale, 2002). His current research is in the sociology of literature and of ethnic relations.
Monday, December 1st, 2014 to Sunday, March 1st, 2015
A part of the 25 Years – Fall of the Berlin Wall Series, this exhibit is free and open to the public. It was curated by the Special Collections Department, with grateful assistance from the Archives Service Center, the Digital Research Library, Web Services, and the Hillman Library Journal and General Map collections.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Come and enjoy selections from the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. This event will feature the best selections from the 2014 German Program as well as the 2014 Music Video Program
- Undergraduate Students
- Graduate Students
- Library Research Advisor
- Center Visitors
- K-12 Outreach