Events in UCIS

Friday, October 13

(All day) Symposium
Symposium: “Europe’s Muslim Question?”
Location:
Posvar 4130, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
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In this one-day symposium, invited scholars will discuss Europe’s contemporary “Muslim crisis” from a twofold approach: First, how successive public debates and the policies they have enabled have deployed specific languages of liberalism and secularism. Second, how have European Muslims responded to the discursive and conceptual terrain of Europe’s Islam debate and the political environment it creates. Do they defend their presence by employing some of the liberal languages Europe champions as its own or do they seek to employ alternative languages that refuse the discursive framework in which Islam has been placed? And in these different responses, what roles do creative forms of expression, such as cinema, music, or literature play? Faculty organizer: Jeanette Jouili, Department of Religious Studies. Attendance is free and open to the public, though advanced registration is required. Symposium sessions will also be live-streamed.

To register, go to https://escsymposium2018.eventbrite.com.

To view the conference program, visit http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/esc/content/europe-muslim-question .

Sponsored by the European Studies Center with additional thanks to the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
For more information, contact adelnore@pitt.edu.

10:00 am Lecture
The Russian Revolution as Utopian "Leap in the Open Air of History"
Location:
3911 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
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In the days before the centenary of the October Revolution, this lecture revisits the question of “utopianism” in the Russian revolution - conventionally a negative charge of fanciful desire, wishful illusion, or worse - from the perspective of the streets and diverse lives.

Mark Steinberg specializes on the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia and the Soviet Union in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His recent and current research focuses on urban history, revolutions, emotions, religion, violence, and utopias. From 2006 to 2013, he was editor of the interdisciplinary journal Slavic Review. He is currently completing the 9th edition of A History of Russia and beginning a new project on “the straight and the crooked” in urban spaces in Leningrad, Odessa, and Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. At the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, he recently concluded his term as coordinator of the Department of History’s Center for Historical Interpretation, which focused for three years on the them of on Global Utopias (http://globalutopias.weebly.com).

Mark Steinberg's newest book, The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Oxford University Press, 2017), will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

2:30 pm Information Session
Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Information Session
Location:
CL 304
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Information session outlining the eligibility and logistics of NRIEP Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.

3:00 pm Workshop
Hands-on Ichigenkin Workshop and Shakuhachi workshop
Location:
Bellefield Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh PA
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Experience ichigenkin and shakuhachi as they were originally played for spiritual enlightenment, heard directly under the player's ear.

4:30 pm Workshop
Voices from Japan: Arts in the Aftermath of Tragedy
Location:
Bellefield Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh PA
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Listening to Brown's composition Aki Meguri Kite and looking at Voices from Japan, a collection of tanka poetry written by survivors of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, this workshop examines the power and necessity of the arts in dealing with devastation.

6:30 pm Festival
Homecoming
Location:
Nationality Rooms
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Members of the Nationality Rooms Committees will be in their respective rooms to greet visitors during homecoming. They will be available to provide information about their rooms and discuss membership and events.

8:00 pm Cultural Event
Shakuhachi and Ichigenkin: Discovery in a Single Tone
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week
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With roots in the principles of Zen Buddhism and in spiritual practice, these traditional Japanese instruments share and underlying aesthetic concept: the discovery of the world that lies within one note, one sound. The program includes traditional music and new compositions by Japanese and American composers.

This program is supported through the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi endowments at the University of Pittsburgh.