Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Graduate Seminar
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Russell Berman (Stanford)
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
Contact:
John Lyon
Contact Email:
jblyon@pitt.edu

Graduate Seminar building on Prof. Berman's talk "Figuring out Europe: Nation, State and the European Union in the German Public Sphere"

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Is the Ivory Tower an Iron Cage? Why We Need to Reform Humanities Education
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Russell Berman (Stanford University)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Humanities Center, Cultural Studies Program, Department of German and Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Contact:
Alana Dunn
Contact Phone:
412-624-5909
Contact Email:
alanad@pitt.edu

Russell Berman is Director of German Studies at Stanford, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Editor of TELOS,
and recent President of the Modern Language Association. He is an expert on German literature and culture and
on cultural relations between Europe and the United States, and is a pioneer in German Cultural Studies.
In more than 80 articles and five books, he has written widely on modern German and European literature and politics,
as well as on issues in contemporary cultural theory.

Graduate Seminar
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Russell Berman (Stanford)
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
Contact:
John Lyon
Contact Email:
jblyon@pitt.edu

Graduate Seminar building on Prof. Berman's talk Is the Ivory Tower an Iron Cage? Why We Need to Reform Humanities Education

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Mughal Occidentalism: Rethinking Artistic Encounters Between Europe and Asia at the Mughal Courts of India
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Mika Natif (Harvard)
Location:
Room 202 Frick Fine Art
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of History of Art and Architecture
Contact:
Natalie Swabb
Contact Email:
njs21@pitt.edu

Since the reign of Emperor Akbar the Great (d. 1605), paintings produced in Mughal India began to evince responses from Mughal artists to European art. This lecture centers on the phenomenon of what I term “Mughal Occidentalism,” namely the trans-global style and visual expression that Mughal artists and patrons developed following the meeting of Indian painting with Renaissance art; the use of European pictorial techniques by Muslim and Hindu artists; and the transformation of Christian visual culture into an Indian idiom. By analyzing visual and textual evidence, I examine these works of art from the perspective of the Mughals, and observe how Mughal artists were recontextualizing Western motifs and creating their own vernacular/cosmopolitan aesthetics. This synthesis of European and Indo-Persian pictorial traditions became the hallmark of the Mughal painting style.

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Titian's Painted Stones: Slate, Oil and the Transubstantiation of Painting
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Christopher J. Nygren (Penn)
Location:
Room 202 Frick Fine Art
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of History of Art and Architecture
Contact:
Natalie Swabb
Contact Email:
njs21@pitt.edu

Titian’s Ecce Homo and Mater Dolorosa with Open Hand (both Madrid, Museo del Prado) stand out for a number of reasons. Firstly, they were not commissioned but were done as gifts, so they reflect Titian’s artistic volition rather than the will of a patron. Secondly, the materials that Titian chose to use demand attention: the Ecce Homo is painted on slate while the Mater dolorosa is painted on a slab of marble. Depending on how scholars account for problems of attribution, workshop participation, and works that have not survived, estimates of Titian’s artistic production range from about 400 works on the conservative side to more than 600. Despite these large numbers (not matched by other masters of his period like Raphael and Michelangelo), the Ecce Homo and Mater Dolorosa are the only paintings that Titian ever painted on non-traditional supports. Their outlier status, then, is clear and should make them of interest to scholars. Yet modern scholarship has essentially ignored Titian’s selection of artistic materials. This paper will examine Titian’s redeployment of the novel technique of stone painting by focusing on how the painter sought to heighten the affective immediacy of Christian devotion by drawing on the complex associations between the spiritual content of his images and the physical characteristics of their material substrates.

*Christopher J. Nygren is a Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania

Friday, March 1st, 2013 to Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

8th Annual Graduate Student Conference on the EU
"A Nobel Price? The Consequences of the European Union in Europe and in the World"
Time:
9:00 am
Presenter:
various
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with EUSA
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
412-624-5404
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

The University of Pittsburgh hosts the Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union, featuring Alexandre Stutzmann, Diplomatic Adviser to the President of European Parliament, as the keynote speaker. All panel sessions, including the keynote address, are open to the public and will be held in the Patrician Crown Mural Room of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. For a full listing of panels and a schedule of public events, please visit the EUCE/ESC web page featuring the schedule of the program.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Provost's Inaugural Lecture - Civil War in the British Empire: America’s Violent Birth
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Holger Hoock (History)
Location:
2500 and 2501 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Office of the Provost, Department of History and Eighteenth Century Studies Program

*As part of the Provost's Inaugural Lecture Series, Holger Hoock will deliver an Inaugural Lecture as J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History.

Pitt hosts the oldest chair in British History in the United States, endowed half a century ago this academic year.
In this talk, as a part of the Provost’s Inaugural Lecture series, Holger Hoock will discuss work in progress on
violence in the American Revolutionary War as a civil war in the British Empire and in America. Most modern
histories focus on the Revolution’s ideals and tend to marginalize the physical and psychological ordeals it
entailed for so many participants. Reflecting on the geopolitical and cultural contexts of that historiographical
marginalization of violence since the late nineteenth century, Hoock will consider how we might write violence
back into the story, and to what effect. British History has long lost the special status it once enjoyed in the
American academy. Its continuing relevance will depend on how it positions itself in relation to European,
Atlantic, and wider transnational contexts. All faculty and students are most welcome. The lecture will be
followed by a reception.

Colloquium: The Origin of Rhyme
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Roberto Dainotto (Duke)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center
Contact Email:
vad16@pitt.edu

A focus on Europe with responses by Neil Doshi (French), Randall Halle (German) and Ronald Judy (English).

Faculty and graduate students in Pitt Humanities departments can access readings for colloquia by logging in to , clicking on the tab “My Resources,” clicking on “Humanities Center,” and then clicking on “Colloquium Series” where there is a link to the pdf files. Anyone else wishing to access the readings may request the reading at humctr@pitt.edu.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

WHO ARE THESE GERMANS?
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Susanne Ortner-Roberts (German), Fritz Ottenheimer
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 208B
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
Contact:
Alana Dunn
Contact Email:
alanad@pitt.edu

In music and words, two Germans from different generations reflect on the Holocaust, German history, and what it means to be German in the 21st century.

*A discussion/question and answer period will follow the talk*

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

FRITZ OTTENHEIMER, as a Jewish boy growing up in Nazi Germany, escaped Nazi persecution by immigrating to the U.S. in 1939, and eventually fighting against Germany with the U.S. Army at the end of WWII. A retired engineer, Mr. Ottenheimer has documented his experiences surrounding the Holocaust and Post-War Germany in a memoir, “Escape and Return.” He resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

SUSANNE ORTNER-ROBERTS is a world-renowned clarinetist from Augsburg, Germany, who specializes in Jewish (Klezmer) music. As a representative of a new generation of Germans, she is committed to using words and music to promote cross-cultural understanding, and to educate others about how young Germans today deal with the atrocities of war and the Holocaust committed by their grandparents’ generation. She is the subject of the recent book “Living the Dream – Für die Musik nach Amerika” written by German Television journalist Helge Fuhst. Susanne also teaches German at the University of Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

History and the Novel
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Roberto Dainotto (Duke)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center
Contact Email:
vad16@pitt.edu

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Engendering Italy: Gaps, Contradictions, & Paradoxes of Gender on the EU Background
Lecture and Reception
Time:
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Giuseppina Pellegrino, Visiting Italian Fulbright Scholar
Location:
4165 WWPH
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
env1@pitt.edu

The lecture aims to reflect on how gender relationships and femininity are represented, depicted, and performed in contemporary Italy. Such a reflection is linked to the peculiarity of the Italian mediascape from a political and cultural viewpoint, and has direct consequences on political life and women’s movements. In this respect, the talk offers an overview of Italian society through the lens of gender and resistance to the influence of the media in monopolizing the evolution of women’s representations and identity in the country. From another perspective, this Italian viewpoint is framed and contextualized against the backdrop of the EU, as a driving force of change and a site of both quantitative and qualitative comparison for gender representation, equality, and domestic violence. A reception in honor of Visiting Italian Fulbright will be held immediately after the lecture. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln: An Unexpected Convergence
Time:
7:30 pm
Presenter:
Robin Blackburn (University of Essex)
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center, Department of History and World History Center
Contact:
Marcus Rediker
Contact Phone:
(412) 648-7477
Contact Email:
marcusrediker@yahoo.com

The XIXth Annual E.P. Thompson Memorial Lecture

Robin Blackburn is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex. He was educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics and served as editor of New Left Review. He is author of many important books, including an influential trilogy on origins and history of Atlantic slavery: The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, 1776-1848 (1988), The Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800 (1997), and The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights (2011).

New Security Concerns in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Role of the EU
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Marina Skordeli, Director of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at the University of Athens
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
env1@pitt.edu

The Eastern Mediterranean has long suffered from a complex security setting, which is made up of both traditional security challenges as well as asymmetric threats. More recently, we started to witness the additional effect of a couple of new challenges, which have set in motion a rebalancing of powers in the region and may threaten its stability even further: the Arab Spring and the recent offshore energy findings. These developments can affect US and European interests in multiple ways and, therefore, the EU, in coordination with Washington, should take on a pivotal role in addressing them. Dr. Skordeli previously held the role of Senior Political Advisor to the former Prime Minister of Greece, Kostas Karamanlis.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Subaltern, Again and Again
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Gayatri Spivak (Columbia)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center
Contact:
Arjuna Parakrama
Contact Email:
arjuna@pitt.edu

Professor Spivak’s talk (and Q&A) will engage with some of the key issues confronting the western historical and intellectual tradition, especially as they relate to post-colonialism and gender.

Coffee with a Visiting Scholar
Time:
2:30 pm
Presenter:
Marina Skordeli (University of Athens)
Location:
Panera, Oakland
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Marina Skordeli is the Director of the Jean Monnet Center at the University of Athens). Come for an informal discussion about her work and your interests.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Conversations on Europe Videoconference: "NATO: A Hammer in Search of a Nail"
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
env1@pitt.edu

With its post-Cold War role in Europe behind it, an end to its role in Afghanistan planned for 2014, and new challenges in the Arab world, NATO is at yet another turning point in searching for a new role. This conversation will focus on what that role might be and how it relates to the security perspectives (broadly conceived) of the United States and its European allies. Faculty participants include Marina Skordeli, Director of the Jean Monnet Center at The University of Athens; Taylor Seybolt, Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, The University of Pittsburgh; Ryan Hendrickson, Professor of Political Science, Eastern Illinois University; and Gulnur Aybet, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent.

Monday, February 18th, 2013

European Crisis?
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Richard Wainwright, Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Center for International Legal Education
Cost:
Free unless attending for PA CLE Board Credit.
Contact Phone:
412-648-7023
Contact Email:
cile@pitt.edu

As a part of the Jean Monnet Lecture on European Union Law, Professor Wainwright’s lecture will center on the economic and political problems that currently face the European Union, and will examine a possible scenario for recovery. On the economic front, EU countries are faced with high indebtedness, high unemployment, and low growth. Politically, Eurozone countries are committed to closer economic union, while the present United Kingdom government is seeding a renegotiation of its treaty ties with the EU—with the possibility that it might exit if the renegotiation is unsuccessful. Professor Wainwright has worked for more than 30 years with the European Commission’s Legal Service, including serving as the former director and head of competition policy. He has also served on the staff of Transport Commissioner Stanley Clinton Davis and as director for internal market issues in the Legal Service. Refreshments and a light dinner will be provided. This program has also been approved by the PA Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 hour of substantive credit. For more information, please call 412-648-7023 or email cile@pitt.edu.

‘We Carried Your Secrets:’ One Man’s Experience of Reconciliation in Northern Ireland
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Jon McCourt, Peace Activist and Community Organizer
Location:
4500 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Department of History
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
412-624-5404
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

Jon McCourt has been a community Peace Activist and a member of the Peace and Reconciliation Group in the City of Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland for over 30 years. As a young man he went on the first Civil Rights March in Derry in October 1968. He has been actively engaged in almost every aspect of the conflict that arose as the result of that march. He was involved in the events that have come to be known as Bloody Sunday when British soldiers clashed with civil rights protestors January 30, 1972. Since 1978 he has worked at building bridges between the two major communities in Derry, encouraging and engaging in cross community activities that have assisted in rebuilding contact, trust, and cooperation across the city. With others he founded and established the first Victim Support Service in Northern Ireland in 1986.

In this talk, Mr. McCourt will discuss his participation in the moving and ground-breaking "Theatre of Witness" production, "We Carried your Secrets" (www.theatreofwitness.org). To view a documentary about the project, visit http://vimeo.com/42328879.

Shakespeare's Two Antonios: Language, Stage History, and the History of Sexuality
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
MARIANNE NOVY (English)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 501G
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Contact:
Jennifer Waldron
Contact Email:
jwaldron@pitt.edu

Shakespeare's plays Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night both contain men named Antonio who speak of their love for another male character. Both Antonios remain single at the ends of their plays while both of the men they love marry women. Recent critics often see homosexual desire in the Antonios, and productions today often emphasize their exclusion from the comic community. Some have argued, however, that these views lack historical awareness, whether because the Antonios exemplify the conventions of ideal friendship, or because the early modern period might have accepted their forms of same-sex desire. However, one Antonio could also be considered an outsider because he is a melancholy character in a comedy, and the other because he is arrested and called a pirate. This paper considers the possible outsider or insider status of these characters in relation to the characters' language and stage history and the history of sexuality.

This talk is derived from Professor Novy's book Shakespeare and Outsiders, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in June. The talk will introduce a few of the issues to be discussed in her new fall graduate course, Shakespeare, Gender, and Sexuality.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Making Waves: Democratic Contention in Europe & Latin America Since 1848
Time:
2:30 pm
Presenter:
Kurt Weyland (UT Austin)
Location:
WWPH 4500
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Political Science
Contact:
Scott Morgenstern
Contact Email:
smorgens@pitt.edu

Kurt has written widely about democratization and methodological themes. He also has had a recent article in PS about the tenure process.

The EU's Response to the Eurozone Crisis: Deeper Integration & Closer Transatlantic Ties
Time:
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presenter:
Klaus Welle, Secretary General of the European Parliament
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Johns Hopkins University Center for Transatlantic Relations
Contact Email:
env1@pitt.edu

The Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University will be hosting the Secretary General of the European Parliament, Klaus Welle, and will be videoconferencing with numerous schools throughout the United States for a discussion on the Eurozone Crisis, and its effects on Europe and Europe’s international relationships.

Friday, February 15th, 2013 to Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Model EU Undergraduate
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Colloquium: What were Jewish Books in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries?
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Adam Shear (Humanities Center)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center

Reflections about Johannes Reuchlin, Some Notaries, and Some Learned Jews. With responses by Ryan McDermott (English) and Ron Zboray (Communication).

Faculty and graduate students in Pitt Humanities departments can access readings for colloquia by logging in to , clicking on the tab “My Resources,” clicking on “Humanities Center,” and then clicking on “Colloquium Series” where there is a link to the pdf files. Anyone else wishing to access the readings may request the reading at humctr@pitt.edu.

U.S. And European Relations in the Second Obama Administration
Time:
10:30 am
Presenter:
Ron Linden (Poli Sci)
Location:
Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Rodef Shalom Brotherhood

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Translation Seminar
Time:
2:30 pm
Presenter:
Lawrence Venuti (Temple)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center
Contact Phone:
cbove@pitt.edu

Dr. Venuti will give a seminar focusing on different ways of thinking about translation, using theory and examples of translations between English and other languages. He will focus on particular texts and ways to teach them, again, to students without strong second language skills. Amani Attia (Arabic Coordinator), Lina Insana (Associate Professor of Italian), and Gina Peirce (Assistant Director of Russian and East European Studies) will also speak at this workshop.

For seminar materials, contact: Carol M. Bové.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Translation, Intertextuality, Interpretation
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Lawrence Venuti (Temple)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center
Contact:
Carol Bove (English)
Contact Phone:
(412) 624-6506
Contact Email:
cbove@pitt.edu

Prof. Venuti will give an overview of literary translation including the ways in which a translated text offers a set of relations, a form of intertextuality, analogous to the set offered by the source text. He will discuss particular strategies one might use with undergraduates and beginning graduate students who often lack advanced knowledge of a second language, for instance two English versions of the same source text. There will be ample opportunity for discussion.

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Workshop: Non-Traditional Approaches to International Affairs
Time:
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center, Department of Political Science, Philosophy Department (Duquesne), Duquesne University McAnulty School of Liberal Arts and Center for Interpretative and Qualitative Research (Duquesne)
Contact:
Leslie Marshall (Political Science), Nathan Eckstrand
Contact Email:
leslie.marshall21@gmail.com, eckstrand@duq.edu

Organizer: The Marginal Theory Society

*Anyone is welcome to attend any of the presentations.*

Marginal Theory Workshop: "Non-Traditional Approaches to International
Relations"

Schedule of events:

Saturday, February 9th

9:45-10:00 - Introduction

10:00-10:30 - First Speaker - Dr. Daniel Lieberfeld - (Duquesne - Social
and Public Policy) - "Leadership and Post-conflict Reconciliation"

10:30-11:00 - Q and A

11:00-11:15 - mini-break

11:15-11:45 - Second Speaker - Dr. Robert Cavalier (CMU - Philosophy) -
"Toward a More Deliberative Democracy - Here and Abroad"

11:45-12:15 - Q and A

12:15-1:30 - long break

1:30-2:00 - Third Speaker - Katharina Nieswandt (Pitt - Philosophy) - "In
What Sense are Rights Conventional?"

2:00-2:30 - Q and A

2:30-2:45 - mini break

2:45-3:15 - Fourth Speaker - Leslie Marshall (Pitt - Political Science) -
"Economic Rights and Social Equality in Autocratic Regimes"

3:15-3:45 - Q and A

3:45-4:00 - mini break

4:00-4:30 - Fifth Speaker - Corinne Ogrodnik (Pitt - Sociology) -
"Transnational Peasant Politics and the 2008 Global Food Price Crisis"

4:30-5:00 - Q and A

5:00-6:00 - Reception

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Scottish English: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of TH-fronting, social meaning and social identity
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Robert Lawson (Birmingham City University)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room G-8
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Linguistics
Contact:
Sally Kim
Contact Email:
sjk70@pitt.edu

As a relatively new phenomenon in the phonology of Scottish English, TH-fronting has surprised sociolinguists by its rapid spread in the urban heartlands of Scotland. While attempts have been made to understand and model the influence of lexical effects, media effects and frequency effects, far less understood is the role of social identity. Using data collected as part of an ethnographic study of a high school in the south side of Glasgow, Scotland, this talk addresses this gap in the literature by considering how variants of (θ) are patterned across three adolescent male Communities of Practice. Drawing on recent work on linguistic variation and social meaning (Eckert 2000), the article explores some of the social meanings of (θ), particularly those variants which previous research has reported as being associated with ‘toughness’ in Scottish English.

The Desert Room: From Michelangelo Antonioni to New Media
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
DOMIETTA TORLASCO (Minnesota)
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Film Studies Program
Contact:
David Pettersen
Contact Phone:
412-624-6564
Contact Email:
dpetter@pitt.edu

Domietta Torlasco works at the intersection of film theory and practice and is currently an Associate Professor
of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University, where she is also affiliated with the
Screen Cultures Program. She is the author of The Time of the Crime: Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Italian
Film (Stanford University Press, 2008) and the digital film Antigone’s Noir (2008-09). Her second book, The
Heretical Archive: Digital Memory at the End of Film is forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press in
2013.

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Internships and Career Opportunities at the Department of State
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Patricia Guy, State Department Diplomat in Residence
Location:
3911 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and International Business Center
Contact Email:
slund@pitt.edu

Patricia Guy, a Diplomat in Residence for the State Department, will visit the University of Pittsburgh to talk about the State Department’s internship program, and will provide information and answer questions about careers and job possibilities with the Department of state.

Figuring out Europe: Nation, State and the European Union in the German Public Sphere
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Russell Berman, Stanford University
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Humanities Center, Cultural Studies Program, Department of German and Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

Responses will be offered by Nancy Condee (Global Studies), Alberta Sbragia (Political Science), and Gregor Thum (History)

"In the Center of Europe, But on the Fringe?"
Liechtenstein and European Integration
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Claudia Fritsche, Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the U.S.
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free.
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

Claudia Fritsche, Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United States, joined the Office for Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Liechtenstein on June 1st, 1978 and served in a variety of diplomatic functions. Ambassador Fritsche assumed her duties as the first resident Ambassador of Liechtenstein in Washington at the beginning of October 2002 after leaving her post in New York, where she had served as the Permanent Representative of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations from 1990 to 2002. Ambassador Fritsche will discuss the unique position of Liechtenstein, a small country that lies in the heart of Europe but that is not a member state of the European Union.

TO ATTEND, PLEASE REGISTER BY EMAILING: adelnore@pitt.edu. Lunch will be served.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

"Shale Gas in Poland and Europe"
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Dimiter Kenarov, Pulitzer Center Fellow
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
env1@pitt.edu

Mr. Dimiter Kenarov will present a lecture that focuses on shale gas in Poland and Europe which will be live videoconferenced with the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

"Shale Gas: From Poland to Pennsylvania"
Time:
7:00 pm
Presenter:
Dimiter Kenarov, Pulitzer Center Fellow
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
env1@pitt.edu

“Shale Gas: From Poland to Pennsylvania” – Based upon his new project forthcoming that focuses on a commodity called “a game changer", promoted as a cleaner fossil alternative to coal and oil and cheered as the next step toward the American dream of energy independence. Poland is now Europe's center of shale gas. Like Pennsylvania, it embraces the promises and dangers of extraction. At the center of debate: hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and an associated largely unexplored question of global politics.
Dimiter Kenarov is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey, and a contributing editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review. His work has also appeared in Esquire, Outside, The Nation, the International Herald Tribune, and others, and has been twice anthologized in "The Best American Travel Writing."

Toward a Theory of Narrative: Excuses and Moral Reasoning
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Fritz Breithaupt (Indiana)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center, Cultural Studies Program and Department of German

Abstract:

Story-telling is ubiquitous, ranging from fiction to gossip, but what exactly is the core structure of narrative? This talk will propose that narrative thinking takes place when we consider alternative versions of an event – and make excuses. Based on this suggestion, the talk provides an overview of this theory of narrative and ends with a speculation about the connection of narrative and moral reasoning.

Fritz Breithaupt is professor of Germanic Studies, adjunct professor in Comparative Literature, and affiliated professor of Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has published four books, co-edited four volumes, and has published about 40 full-length articles. His latest books provide humanities responses to work in cognitive science, addressing issues of empathy, narrative thinking, and moral reasoning. His work on Goethe and the romantics, as well as on European literature and philosophy since 1740 is ongoing. Currently, he is writing a book on the connection of narrative thinking and moral reasoning, as well as an English follow-up to his work on empathy, The Dark Sides of Empathy. He has received many honors and distinctions for his work, including an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship, and was the first Distinguished Remak Scholar at Indiana University in 2008-09. He writes frequently for the German press, especially "Die Zeit" and "Zeit Campus."

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Fantasies of Absolutism in Gold and Jewels: A Global History Object Lesson From Early Modern Germany
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Dror Wahrman (Indiana)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center and Department of German

*Part of the visit of short-term fellow Dror Wahrman

With responses by Molly Warsh (History) and Adam Shear (Religious Studies).

"US-European Cooperation" U.S. Department of State Videoconference
Time:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Amy Westling, Deputy Director of the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs
Location:
3431 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
env1@pitt.edu

As President Obama’s second term commences, the continued vitality of America’s oldest alliance remains critical, as seen by recent speculation about a US-EU free trade agreement. Simultaneously, Europe itself is in the midst of change, as its eastward expanding borders force a reassessment of European and EU identity. Ms. Amy Westling, Deputy Director of the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs, joins us from the US Department of State to discuss the continued importance and current initiatives of the evolving transatlantic partnership.

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 to Sunday, February 24th, 2013

John Gabriel Borkman
By Henrik Ibsen, Directed by Martin Giles
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Quantum Theatre
Location:
Hart Building in East Liberty: 6022 Broad Street
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
Cost:
$17-$48
Contact Phone:
412.362.1713

Disgraced and destitute following a fraud scandal and imprisonment, John Gabriel Borkman paces alone in an attic room, a nightmare to those below. Downstairs his wife and former mistress--who happens to be her sister--are in for a dark and stormy night. A scorching indictment of 19th-century capitalism, Ibsen's play could be ripped from today's headlines. JGB provides a tour-de-force for three mature actors and a cautionary message for modern audiences about how unbridled lust for money and power can make you crazy.
Discounted tickets for students ($17) and faculty ($30).
Wednesdays-Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Early Modern Media Revolution: An Artist’s Perspective
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Dror Wahrman (Indiana)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center

Talk on new media in 17th century England.

POSTPONED: "(Re)Localizing the Welfare State: Multi-leveled Rural Development Policy and Cultural Memory in Wales"
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. William Russell Schumann III, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
env1@pitt.edu

An author of several books posing an anthropological perspective on government, political labor, and power, Professor Schumann will offer an argument for the Welsh, UK, and EU development hierarchies, and how the organizational cultures of Welsh rural authorities shape local interpretations and administrations of UK/EU development policies. The discussion will be framed in terms of analyzing civil-state relations in a changing Wales, UK, and Europe. Following the talk Dr. Schumann will welcome questions from the audience.

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Effects of Correcting Pronunciation of Second Language Learners
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Maritza Nemoga (Linguistics)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room G-8
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Linguistics

Master's Thesis Defense:

Since the implementation of the communicative approaches in the 1970s, pronunciation in second language instruction has been overlooked. Recent research has proven pronunciation instruction and corrective feedback to be beneficial for students’ second language pronunciation. The purpose of this study was to analyze which correction method, between self-correction and explicit correction, was more effective at improving students’ pronunciation of the Spanish sounds [x] 'j' and -ø- 'h' in word-initial position. A pre-test was conducted in two groups of 18 students taking Spanish II at a private Midwestern college. The participants received instruction and models of how to pronounce words with the studied sounds. For the next seven weeks, one of the two groups used the explicit correction method and the other one used self-correction. A week before the end of the semester the post-test was conducted. A two-way ANOVA analysis served to examine the effects of the two correction methods. The findings have pedagogical implications and will show that the self-correction method benefited students’ pronunciation more.

International Financial Rescues in Europe and Beyond
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Christina Schneider (UC-San Diego)
Location:
WWPH 4500
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Political Science

Abstract:

Why do governments provide bilateral bailouts to countries that experience
financial crises above and beyond what the IMF provides? We argue that
governments face a trade off. On one hand, they have incentives to rescue a crisis
country because they want to prevent the spread of the crisis to their own country.
On the other hand, governments experience pressures from domestic constituents
who are oftentimes opposed to financial rescues. Politicians aim to balance these
countervailing pressures. Whereas they are more likely to provide financial support
when their country’s economy is closely integrated with the crisis country’s economy,
elections may have a detrimental effect on the likelihood of a financial rescue,
particularly if the home country’s economy is not doing well itself. We test our
hypotheses using a new data set on international financial rescues by OECD countries
between 1990 and 2010. Our statistical analysis finds robust support for the
importance of domestic economic and political factors in international cooperation
during financial crises.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Openings and Closings in Video-based Computer-mediated Communication
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
Marta Tecedor Cabrero (Iowa)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning 204
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Linguistics

This presentation explores how beginning learners of Spanish perform opening and closing sequences during two videoconferencing exchanges. Data were analyzed using Conversation Analysis and several patterns of interaction were identified. Discussion will focus on description of these interactional patterns and on pedagogical implications.

Marta Tecedor Cabrero, candidate for the Spanish Lecturer/Coordinator position will be on campus January 23rd and 24th.

Ms. Tecedor Cabero is a PHD candidate in Second Language Acquisition, Specialization: Technology at the University of Iowa. Her teaching interests focus on computer-based language learning and instruction, language teaching methods Spanish grammar, Spanish conversation, Spanish language courses (beginning to advanced, intensive, accelerated).

Pizza and Politics: Pomak Identifications across the Greek, Bulgarian, and Turkish Borders
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Cengiz Haksoz, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology
Location:
4625 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
412-624-5404
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

Cengiz Haksoz, a graduate student in the Anthropology Department at Pitt, will present a portion of his dissertation, which focuses on transnational identity formation. Pizza and Politics is the EUCE/ESC’s monthly graduate student speaker forum focusing on European and European Union Studies. For more information, contact Allyson Delnore at adelnore@pitt.edu. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Getting Parents Involved: A Field Experiment in Deprived Schools
Time:
3:30 pm
Presenter:
Nina Guyon (Paris School of Economics)
Location:
4716 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Economics

Paper abstract

This paper provides novel evidence on the causal effect of parents’ involvement at school on
pupils’ cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Furthermore, it shows how the impact of more
involved parents on their children is amplified at the class level by peer group interaction. We
build on a large scale controlled experiment run in a French deprived educational district,
where parents of middle-school children were invited to participate in a low-cost program of
parent-school meetings on how to get better involved in their children’s education. At the end
of the school-year, we find that treated families have increased their school- and home-based
involvement activities. In turn, pupils of treatment classes have developed more positive
behavior and attitudes in school, and received better marks from their teachers. In particular,
truancy and disciplinary sanctions are reduced by more than 20% in treatment classes. Our
results suggest that improving parents’ involvement in their children’s education can
represent a highly cost-effective input in the human capital production technology.

Sponsored by: Applied Microeconomics Recruiting Seminar

Download Seminar Materials: http://www.ewi-ssl.pitt.edu/econ/files/seminars/130118_sem_Nina%20Guyon.pdf

Conversations on Europe Videoconference: "Croatia"
"The Next Member State: Croatia's Path to the European Union."
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
EUCE/ESC Director Ron Linden, Moderator; REES Director Robert Hayden and Associate Director Andrew Konitzer, Presenters
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
env1@pitt.edu

The EUCE/ESC, in cooperation with the Center for Russian and East European History (REES) will host the next in our ongoing series of virtual roundtables on the subject of Croatia’s impending accession as the 28th member state of the European Union. The title of the video conference is “The Next Member State: Croatia’s Path to the European Union”. REES Associate Director Andrew Konitzer will moderate. REES Center Director Robert Hayden will join other distinguished panelists from Europe and other EUCEs throughout the U.S. in a discussion of the Europeanization process in the western Balkans, the impact on Croatia (and on the EU) of enlargement, and related topics. Audience participation is welcome.

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

The Impossible Films of Vera, Countess of Cathcart
Time:
5:30 pm
Presenter:
Mark Lynn Anderson (Film Studies)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 1228
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Film Studies Program
Contact:
David Pettersen or Jennifer Florian
Contact Phone:
412-624-6564
Contact Email:
dpetter@pitt.edu, jrf16@pitt.edu

Mark Lynn Anderson is an associate professor of Film Studies in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. He is interested in the relations between media institutions and radical democracy, and has published essays on star scandals, media censorship, and early film education. His forthcoming book, Twilight of the Idols, examines the relations between early Hollywood stardom and the human sciences.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

International Career ToolKit Series: Working or Volunteering Abroad after Graduation
Hear first hand experiences and get contacts for working/volunteering abroad
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Recent Pitt Alumni and local Peace Corp representative
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
412 648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Many graduate programs want students to gain "real world" experience before enrolling in their respective programs. This session will help students plan out how and where to work or volunteer abroad. Recent Pitt alumni with experience working in India, El Salvador, Ecuador and Cape Verde will share their stories and how best connect with their organizations, and Pitt staff will have resources on hand to help you to secure overseas experience. Jonnett Maurer, the Peace Corp field based recruiter will also be there to answer questions. Next month (Feb 21, 2013) watch for Teaching English Abroad, as part of the International Career Toolkit Series.

Pulpit, Politics and Pathos: Protestant Rhetoric and the National Socialist Revolution
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Professor Angela Dienhart Hancock, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Location:
2628 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of The Religious Studies Department
Cost:
Free.
Contact Email:
relgst@pitt.edu

Professor Hancock’s research interests have been primarily focused on the intersections made between theology, politics, and rhetoric. In this Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium Series, she examines how the dominant political rhetoric at the end of the Weimar years infiltrates the language of the church, questioning what factors influenced the mix of gospel and Germanness.

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Tradition and Deconstruction
Part of the "Speaking in Tongues" Lecture and Seminar Series
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Philipp Rosemann
Location:
Duquesne University
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Humanities Center, Department of English, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Department of Classics, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, National Institute for Newman Studies and Duquesne University Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Cost:
Free.
Contact:
Jennifer Waldron
Contact Email:
jwaldron@pitt.edu

Dr. Rosemann will examine the relationship between the Christian intellectual tradition and the postmodern deconstructionist approach. Arguing that although tradition and deconstruction may appear inimical, he will present a case for why they imply and require each other. Dr. Rosemann's talk will take the form of a dialogue between texts by the Belgian Denis the Carthusian, the great 15th-century theologian who lived in Germany, and Martin Heidegger, the German philosopher whose reflections on Destruktion in Being and Time remain seminal for the deconstructionist method.

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Vernacularity and Alienation
Part of the "Speaking in Tongues" Lecture and Seminar Series
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Philipp Rosemann
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Humanities Center, Department of English, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Department of Classics, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Duquesne University Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and National Institute for Newman Studies
Contact:
Jennifer Waldron
Contact Email:
jwaldron@pitt.edu

A native German trained in Ireland and Belgium, and now working in the U.S., Professor Rosemann has written academic work in German, French, and English, and has reflected deeply on the linguistic and cultural impacts of colonialism while teaching in Uganda. During this presentation he will reflect on how the meaning of vernacular language and culture might change in the future under pressures of globalization. This lecture is designed particularly with an undergraduate audience in mind.

Seminar: Robert Grosseteste at Munich
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
PHILIPP ROSEMANN (Dallas)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning 126 (Polish Nationality Room)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of English, Humanities Center, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Department of Classics, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Duquesne University Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, National Institute for Newman Studies and Medieval Latin Reading Group

Medieval Latin Reading Group seminar on the reception of mystical theology in fifteenth-century Munich and the significance of “minor” texts for the development of intellectual traditions.

We will discuss a short portion from Robert Grosseteste at Munich, Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 14 (Louvain and Paris: Peeters, 2012). The reading, approximately two pages, will be circulated in advance in Latin and English translation. All are welcome, regardless of your prior involvement in the reading group. No Latin required.

Prof. Rosemann is chair of the department of philosophy at the University of Dallas. Trained in the history of medieval philosophy and modern continental philosophy, he has written several books at the intersection of these areas: Omne ens est aliquid. Introduction à la lecture du "système" philosophique de saint Thomas d'Aquin (Peeters, 1996); Omne agens agit sibi simile: A "Repetition" of Scholastic Metaphysics (Leuven University Press, 1996); Understanding Scholastic Thought with Foucault (The New Middle Ages series; St. Martin’s, 1999). In recent years, he has combined manuscript and book history with historical theology and institutional history in his studies of Lombard’s Sentences, the foundational text of the medieval university: Peter Lombard (Oxford University Press, 2004); The Story of a Great Medieval Book: Peter Lombard's "Sentences," (University of Toronto Press, 2007); and Mediaeval Commentaries on the "Sentences" of Peter Lombard, vol. 2. (ed.) (Brill, 2010). He edits the series Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations, and is currently working on tradition and transgression.

EuroChallenge Orientation
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

"The Political Ecology of the Early Spanish Caribbean"
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Molly Warsh, Asst. Professor, Dept. of History
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of History European Colloquium
Cost:
Free

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Weimar Cinema Screenings (German Cinema 1919-1933)
Time:
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:
Lawrence Hall, Room 209
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randall Halle
Contact Phone:
412.648.2614
Contact Email:
randall.halle@gmail.com

All films will have subtitles accessible to non-German speaking audiences. All film screenings are open to the public. All films will be DVD projection. Many of these films are rare and hard to find. I would encourage you to bring friends so they can take advantage of the experience.

Tuesday September 11
Nerven [Nerves] (Robert Reiner 1919)
Die Austernprinzessin [The Oyster Princess] (Ernst Lubitsch 1919)

Tuesday September 18
Schloß Vogeloed [Castle Vogeloed] (F.W. Murnau 1921)
Nosferatu (F,W. Murnau 1922)

Tuesday September 25
Die freudlose Gasse [Joyless Streets] (Georg Wilhelm Pabst 1925)
Asphalt (Joe May 1929)

Tuesday October 2
Die Elf Teufel [The Eleven Devils] (Zoltan Korda 1927)
König der Mittelstürmer [The Champion of the Stadium] (Fritz Freisler 1927)

Tuesday October 9
Metropolis (Fritz Lang 1927)
Algol (Hans Werckmeister 1920)
Wunder der Schöpfung [Our Heavenly Bodies] (Hanns Walter Kornblum 1925)

Tuesday October 16
Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt [Berlin the Symphony of the Great City] (Walter Ruttmann 1927)
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed [The Adventures of Prince Achmed] (Lotte Reiniger, 1923-26)

Tuesday October 23
Büchse der Pandora [Pandora’s Box] (Georg Wilhelm Pabst 1929)
Der Letzte Mann [Last Laugh] (F. W. Murnau 1924)

Tuesday October 30
Der Blaue Engel [The Blue Angel] (Josef Von Sternberg 1930)

Tuesday November 6
Anders als die Andern [Different from the Others] (Richard Oswald 1919)
Mädchen in Uniform [Girls in Uniform] (Leontine Sagan 1931)

Tuesday November 13
Menschen am Sonntag [People on Sunday] (Robert Siodmak 1930)

Tuesday November 20
Die Dreigroschenoper [Three Penny Opera] (Georg Wlhelm Pabst 1931)

Tuesday November 27
Kuhle Wampe [To Whom Does the World Belong?] (Slatan Dudow 1932)

Tuesday December 4
Die Drei von der Tankstelle [Three Men and Lilian] (Wilhelm Thiele 1930)
Der Kongress Tanzt [The Congress Dances] (Erik Charell 1931)

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

High School Model EU Simulation
Time:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
WPU Lower Lounge
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Colloquium: Shakespeare and the Senses
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Jennifer Waldron (English)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center

The book project, “Shakespeare and the Senses,” charts Shakespeare’s diverse experiments with cross-modal sensory and linguistic effects in relation to recent developments in historical phenomenology and current research in cognitive neuroscience.

*With responses by Bruce McConachie (Theater), Marianne Novy (English).

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Sculpting Matilda: The Sculptural Legacy of Bernini’s Monument of Countess Matilda in St. Peter’s in Rome
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Amy Cymbala (HAA)
Location:
Room 203, Frick Fine Arts
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of History of Art and Architecture

Matilda of Canossa - familiar to scholars of medieval papal history as a champion of Pope Gregory VII during the Investiture Controversy - is best known to seventeenth-century scholars through the controversy which erupted from the “holy robbery” of her body in 1633. Under the cloak of night and the pope’s command, Matilda of Canossa’s body was taken from its tomb at the Lombard monastery of San Benedetto Polirone, much to the public outcry of the local religious community who venerated the eleventh-century noblewoman’s remains as “holy relics.” Her body was brought to Rome, and placed within an elaborate tomb in a strategic spot on the second right pier on the right aisle of St. Peter’s – a location that situated her directly on route to the Porta Sancta, through which Juibilee pilgrims would have to pass to receive an Indulgence of the Holy Year.

Through text, painting, and sculpture commissions, the celebratory “cult” of the Guelph noblewoman and papal supporter was invigorated on a grand scale under the cultural patronage of Pope Urban VIII (1623-1644). The tomb monument to Matilda of Canossa (1637) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, remains one of the master sculptor’s least appreciated works; art historians quick to characterize the work as “expressionless,” “disappointing,” and “lifeless,” have dubbed the statue “Chilly Matilda.” However, such a critical reception belies the influential role that the monument played in seventeenth-century monument design. Seventeen years after the monument’s unveiling, Pope Alexander VII commissioned Bernini to complete an equestrian monument of Emperor Constantine, asking that the monument be made in the likeness of the monument to Matilda. Equally, when Pope Innocent XII commissioned the funerary monument for Queen Christine of Sweden he requested the work be similar to that of the Countess Matilda (“a somoglianza della quello Contessa Matilda”).

Using the lens of agency, Cymbala’s paper investigates why Matilda’s sculpted image became so central to papal commissions in the later half of the seventeenth century. Examining the sculptural interplay between the monuments to Matilda, Constantine, and Christine of Sweden, Cymbala will highlight the papal goals and political messages that such sculptural relationships espoused in the age of Catholic Reform in Rome.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Weimar Cinema Screenings (German Cinema 1919-1933)
Time:
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:
Lawrence Hall, Room 209
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randall Halle
Contact Phone:
412.648.2614
Contact Email:
randall.halle@gmail.com

All films will have subtitles accessible to non-German speaking audiences. All film screenings are open to the public. All films will be DVD projection. Many of these films are rare and hard to find. I would encourage you to bring friends so they can take advantage of the experience.

Tuesday September 11
Nerven [Nerves] (Robert Reiner 1919)
Die Austernprinzessin [The Oyster Princess] (Ernst Lubitsch 1919)

Tuesday September 18
Schloß Vogeloed [Castle Vogeloed] (F.W. Murnau 1921)
Nosferatu (F,W. Murnau 1922)

Tuesday September 25
Die freudlose Gasse [Joyless Streets] (Georg Wilhelm Pabst 1925)
Asphalt (Joe May 1929)

Tuesday October 2
Die Elf Teufel [The Eleven Devils] (Zoltan Korda 1927)
König der Mittelstürmer [The Champion of the Stadium] (Fritz Freisler 1927)

Tuesday October 9
Metropolis (Fritz Lang 1927)
Algol (Hans Werckmeister 1920)
Wunder der Schöpfung [Our Heavenly Bodies] (Hanns Walter Kornblum 1925)

Tuesday October 16
Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt [Berlin the Symphony of the Great City] (Walter Ruttmann 1927)
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed [The Adventures of Prince Achmed] (Lotte Reiniger, 1923-26)

Tuesday October 23
Büchse der Pandora [Pandora’s Box] (Georg Wilhelm Pabst 1929)
Der Letzte Mann [Last Laugh] (F. W. Murnau 1924)

Tuesday October 30
Der Blaue Engel [The Blue Angel] (Josef Von Sternberg 1930)

Tuesday November 6
Anders als die Andern [Different from the Others] (Richard Oswald 1919)
Mädchen in Uniform [Girls in Uniform] (Leontine Sagan 1931)

Tuesday November 13
Menschen am Sonntag [People on Sunday] (Robert Siodmak 1930)

Tuesday November 20
Die Dreigroschenoper [Three Penny Opera] (Georg Wlhelm Pabst 1931)

Tuesday November 27
Kuhle Wampe [To Whom Does the World Belong?] (Slatan Dudow 1932)

Tuesday December 4
Die Drei von der Tankstelle [Three Men and Lilian] (Wilhelm Thiele 1930)
Der Kongress Tanzt [The Congress Dances] (Erik Charell 1931)

VIDEOCONFERENCE: Europe in Crisis? The Prospects for a Renewed EU-US Partnership
Time:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Martin Schultz, European Parliament President
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for Transaltantic Relations and Johns Hopkins University
Cost:
Free

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Weimar Cinema Screenings (German Cinema 1919-1933)
Time:
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:
Lawrence Hall, Room 209
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randall Halle
Contact Phone:
412.648.2614
Contact Email:
randall.halle@gmail.com

All films will have subtitles accessible to non-German speaking audiences. All film screenings are open to the public. All films will be DVD projection. Many of these films are rare and hard to find. I would encourage you to bring friends so they can take advantage of the experience.

Tuesday September 11
Nerven [Nerves] (Robert Reiner 1919)
Die Austernprinzessin [The Oyster Princess] (Ernst Lubitsch 1919)

Tuesday September 18
Schloß Vogeloed [Castle Vogeloed] (F.W. Murnau 1921)
Nosferatu (F,W. Murnau 1922)

Tuesday September 25
Die freudlose Gasse [Joyless Streets] (Georg Wilhelm Pabst 1925)
Asphalt (Joe May 1929)

Tuesday October 2
Die Elf Teufel [The Eleven Devils] (Zoltan Korda 1927)
König der Mittelstürmer [The Champion of the Stadium] (Fritz Freisler 1927)

Tuesday October 9
Metropolis (Fritz Lang 1927)
Algol (Hans Werckmeister 1920)
Wunder der Schöpfung [Our Heavenly Bodies] (Hanns Walter Kornblum 1925)

Tuesday October 16
Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt [Berlin the Symphony of the Great City] (Walter Ruttmann 1927)
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed [The Adventures of Prince Achmed] (Lotte Reiniger, 1923-26)

Tuesday October 23
Büchse der Pandora [Pandora’s Box] (Georg Wilhelm Pabst 1929)
Der Letzte Mann [Last Laugh] (F. W. Murnau 1924)

Tuesday October 30
Der Blaue Engel [The Blue Angel] (Josef Von Sternberg 1930)

Tuesday November 6
Anders als die Andern [Different from the Others] (Richard Oswald 1919)
Mädchen in Uniform [Girls in Uniform] (Leontine Sagan 1931)

Tuesday November 13
Menschen am Sonntag [People on Sunday] (Robert Siodmak 1930)

Tuesday November 20
Die Dreigroschenoper [Three Penny Opera] (Georg Wlhelm Pabst 1931)

Tuesday November 27
Kuhle Wampe [To Whom Does the World Belong?] (Slatan Dudow 1932)

Tuesday December 4
Die Drei von der Tankstelle [Three Men and Lilian] (Wilhelm Thiele 1930)
Der Kongress Tanzt [The Congress Dances] (Erik Charell 1931)

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Media Practice and Protest Politics
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
Alice Mattoni (Sociology)
Location:
2431 WW Posvar Hall
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of Sociology

How do precarious workers employed in call-centres, universities, the fashion industry and many other labour markets organise, struggle and communicate to become recognised, influential political subjects? “Media Practices and Protest Politics; How Precarious Workers Mobilise” reveals the process by which individuals at the margins of the labour market and excluded from the welfare state communicate and struggle outside the realm of institutional politics to gain recognition in the political sphere.

In this important and thought provoking work Alice Mattoni suggests an all-encompassing approach to understanding grassroots political communication in contemporary societies. Using original examples from precarious workers mobilizations in Italy she explores a range of activist media practices and compares different categories of media technologies, organizations and outlets from the printed press to web application and from mainstream to alternative media.

Explaining how activists perceive and understand the media environment in which they are embedded the book discusses how they must interact with a diverse range of media professionals and technologies and considers how mainstream, radical left-wing and alternative media represent protests. Media Practices and Protest Politics offers important insights for understanding mechanisms and patterns of visibility in struggles for recognition and redistribution in post-democratic societies and provides a valuable contribution to the field of political communication and social movement studies.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Stammtisch (German Conversation Table)
Time:
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location:
Caribou Coffee
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Week
Contact Email:
pittgermanclub@gmail.com

Come to the German Conversation Table at Caribou Coffee from 8-10 pm. Practice conversing with other German speakers or just learn a little more about the language.

Tavola Italiana (Italian Conversation Table)
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
Crazy Mocha
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of

Come to the Italian Conversation Table from 5-6 pm at Crazy Mocha to practice speaking in Italian or to learn more about the language. Listen and speak with other Italian speakers as a way to improve your knowledge of the language.

International Career Toolkit Series: Internships & Volunteering in Pittsburgh & Abroad
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and Study Abroad Office along with Career Development and Placement Assistance Office
Contact:
Vera Sebulsky
Contact Email:
ved5@pitt.edu

All students with an interest in international studies are welcome to join us for a free workshop with the international studies certificate program advisors and Alyson Kavalukas, Pitt's Internship Coordinator, to learn about how to find international studies internships and volunteer opportunities both locally in Pittsburgh, in the United States, and overseas, through Pitt and on your own! We will discuss who can help find an internship that fits your goals, how to make use of your skills to build your resume or experiences, and you will meet with some current Pitt students who have had a variety of internship and volunteer experiences who will talk about what they did and answer your questions!

4:00-5:00 pm - Information session on internships, volunteering, networking, and where to start
5:00-6:00 pm - Student panel and open Q&A session

STUDENT PANELISTS:
Alexa Verink: Participant in the IIP in Madrid, Spain, majoring in Global Management and Marketing; certificate in Latin American Studies.

Laura Amster: Global Solutions Pittsburgh (GSP), majoring in Economics and minoring in French; certificate in Global Studies.

Cody Dickerson: Study abroad and volunteer experience in Beijing, China, majoring in Chinese; certificate in Asian Studies.

Jim Baraldi: Intern with Unite For Sight (Honduras), studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, and Wuhan, China, majoring in Chemistry and Neuroscience; certificate in Asian Studies.

Katarina Deshotel: Master's in International Development (Human Security), Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, interned at Amnesty International; graduate certificate in Asian Studies.

Hosted by the University Center for International Studies and the Office of Career Development & Placement Assistance

Angela Merkel's Germany? Angela Merkel's Europe?
Conversations on Europe
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Ronald Linden, University of Pittsburgh; Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin; Alexander Privitera, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies; Gregor Thum, University of Pittsburgh; Konrad Jarausch, University of North Carolina
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with German Department and Think Transatlantic
Cost:
Free.
Contact:
Karen Lautanen
Contact Phone:
1 (412) 648-8517
Contact Email:
kal70@pitt.edu

Experts on German politics and society will engage in an interactive multi-site discussion focusing on the German Chancellor, her politics and personality. How has she been represented in the press and popular culture throughout Europe? To what extent has Chancellor Merkel (her preferences, style, skills, background) shaped contemporary Europe? To what extent has she become a symbol of the current crises impacting Germany and other member states of the European Union?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Pause Cafe (French Conversation Table)
Time:
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Location:
Crazy Mocha
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Week

Come to Crazy Mocha on Oakland Ave. from 5:30-6:30 pm to participate in the French Conversation Table. Converse with other French speakers to improve your own language skills or simply to learn more about the language.

Global Issues Through Literature: Europe and Immigration
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Presenter:
Bernard Hagerty (Dept. of History)
Location:
4209 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

The first in a series of six workshops focusing on different global issues and how educators can use literature to further explore the topic. The first workshop will focus on Europe and the topic of immigration. Dr. Bernard Hagerty will discuss the novel Bruno, Chief of Police, by the journalist Martin Walker. It is a remarkable portrayal of the new, multicultural French countryside. North African immigrants are central to the plot and are portrayed in an evenhanded and nuanced way, and rural people themselves appear as a pressured minority. History matters, and the EU is omnipresent.
Participants will receive a copy of the novel 2 weeks prior to the workshop. Act 48 credit will be given at the end of the series.

Carriers or barriers to human mobility? Shipping companies and the rise of modern border controls at a local, national and global scale (1882-1930)
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Torsten Feys (Ghent University)
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with World History Center
Cost:
Free
Bate Papo (Portuguese Conversation Table)
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
527 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Week

Come to the Portuguese Conversation Table in room 527 of the William Pitt Union at 4 pm to practice speaking Portuguese or to learn more about the language. Meet other Portuguese speakers and make some new friends too!

The Methodology of Things and Literary Study
Time:
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Presenter:
Lynn Festa (Rutgers)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center and Department of French and Italian
Contact:
Chloe Hogg
Contact Email:
hoggca@pitt.edu

Lynn Festa will be leading a workshop seminar on her paper, "Things in Kid Gloves." Please contact Chloe Hogg at hoggca@pitt.edu for a copy of the paper, to be circulated in advance to workshop participants. This workshop seminar is open to interested faculty and graduate students.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

French Club Meeting/Conversation
Time:
8:00 pm
Location:
232 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
pittfrenchclub@gmail.com

The French Club is a student run organization at the University of Pittsburgh dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of French and francophone cultures around the world.

Weimar Cinema Screenings (German Cinema 1919-1933)
Time:
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:
Lawrence Hall, Room 209
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randall Halle
Contact Phone:
412.648.2614
Contact Email:
randall.halle@gmail.com

All films will have subtitles accessible to non-German speaking audiences. All film screenings are open to the public. All films will be DVD projection. Many of these films are rare and hard to find. I would encourage you to bring friends so they can take advantage of the experience.

Tuesday September 11
Nerven [Nerves] (Robert Reiner 1919)
Die Austernprinzessin [The Oyster Princess] (Ernst Lubitsch 1919)

Tuesday September 18
Schloß Vogeloed [Castle Vogeloed] (F.W. Murnau 1921)
Nosferatu (F,W. Murnau 1922)

Tuesday September 25
Die freudlose Gasse [Joyless Streets] (Georg Wilhelm Pabst 1925)
Asphalt (Joe May 1929)

Tuesday October 2
Die Elf Teufel [The Eleven Devils] (Zoltan Korda 1927)
König der Mittelstürmer [The Champion of the Stadium] (Fritz Freisler 1927)

Tuesday October 9
Metropolis (Fritz Lang 1927)
Algol (Hans Werckmeister 1920)
Wunder der Schöpfung [Our Heavenly Bodies] (Hanns Walter Kornblum 1925)

Tuesday October 16
Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt [Berlin the Symphony of the Great City] (Walter Ruttmann 1927)
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed [The Adventures of Prince Achmed] (Lotte Reiniger, 1923-26)

Tuesday October 23
Büchse der Pandora [Pandora’s Box] (Georg Wilhelm Pabst 1929)
Der Letzte Mann [Last Laugh] (F. W. Murnau 1924)

Tuesday October 30
Der Blaue Engel [The Blue Angel] (Josef Von Sternberg 1930)

Tuesday November 6
Anders als die Andern [Different from the Others] (Richard Oswald 1919)
Mädchen in Uniform [Girls in Uniform] (Leontine Sagan 1931)

Tuesday November 13
Menschen am Sonntag [People on Sunday] (Robert Siodmak 1930)

Tuesday November 20
Die Dreigroschenoper [Three Penny Opera] (Georg Wlhelm Pabst 1931)

Tuesday November 27
Kuhle Wampe [To Whom Does the World Belong?] (Slatan Dudow 1932)

Tuesday December 4
Die Drei von der Tankstelle [Three Men and Lilian] (Wilhelm Thiele 1930)
Der Kongress Tanzt [The Congress Dances] (Erik Charell 1931)

Tahiti and the Global Eighteenth Century
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Lynn Festa (Rutgers)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of English, World History Center, Humanities Center, Department of French and Italian and Eighteenth-Century Studies at Pitt

Lynn Festa is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers. Her publications include Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France (John Hopkins University Press, 2006) and, as co-editor, The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialisms and Postcolonial Theory (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Mock-Heroic before the Enlightenment
Time:
12:30 pm
Presenter:
MICHAEL WEST (English)
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 501G
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Humanities Center and Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
Contact:
Jennifer Waldron
Contact Email:
jwaldron@pitt.edu

*Part of the yearlong series, “Speaking in Tongues”

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