Events in UCIS

Thursday, September 21

12:00 pm Information Session
Diplomacy Lab
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Director's Office
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Launched by Secretary Kerry in 2013, the Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. At Pitt, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for International Studies have nurtured this partnership.

If you are a faculty member teaching a graduate course next semester and are interested in working with students on "real-world" problems in Spring 2018, join us for this information session or contact the UCIS Diplomacy Lab Coordinator.

4:00 pm Reception
Welcome Back Reception
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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We invite you to Join our ASP family for a welcome back reception and celebration of the new academic year. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to celebrate with us, reconnect with old friends and colleagues or make new connections and friends.

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Monkey Business
Location:
CL 0324
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Humanities Center and Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
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Pittsburgh is excited to be part of the launch of the latest volume of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan. Now in its seventh year, Monkey Business specializes in high-quality translations from Japanese into English and always includes a few contributions from American writers. The journal’s founder is Motoyuki Shibata, a Tokyo University professor and prolific author and translator in his own right; he is arguably the best-known translator in Japan of American literature (Paul Auster, Kelly Link, Thomas Pynchon and others). Ted Goossen, the other founding editor, is a professor of Japanese literature and film at York University in Toronto. Dr. Goossen is the editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and a translator of contemporary Japanese literature, most notably the recent story collection by Haruki Murakami (Men Without Women, published by Knopf, 2017). The two will be accompanied by Japanese authors Aoko Matsuda, who has published four collections of short stories in Japan and whose work has appeared in Granta, and Satoshi Kitamura, a well-known author of graphic fiction and children’s books. Ms. Matsuda is also the translator for the American author Karen Russell; she has translated Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Anyone interested in translation studies or contemporary literature is invited to attend.

6:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival : Kupal
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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An eccentric hunter and taxidermist accidentally traps himself in his basement. With little food and no water, Dr. Ahmad Kupal must survive using creative and desperate means. With the tag line, “You can’t be alone in this world!”, Kupal is a film that looks at the measures people will take in a crisis and the importance of companionship.

8:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival : Harmonium
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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A family hires a stranger to work in their business, but he begins to meddle in their family life. A drama, thriller, and crime film all in one, Harmonium explores how families interact with each other and how those relationships change when under extreme stress. Themes of karma and redemption are present with an engaging emotional buildup and release.