Events in UCIS

Monday, October 16 until Friday, October 20

(All day) Exhibit
Study Abroad Photo Contest
Location:
Kimbo Arts Gallery
Sponsored by:
International Week and Study Abroad Office
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From 300+ photos submitted by students who have recently studied abroad, 30 amazing shots in six categories have been selected for display in the Kimbo Art Gallery.

Come and vote for your favorite image!

(All day) Cultural Event
International Cuisine at Market Central
Location:
Market Central Cafeteria
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Join us each day during International Week for a celebration of international cuisine at Market Central cafeteria.

(All day) Information Session
Study Abroad and International Certificates Information Sessions for Freshman Studies Classes
Location:
837 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Each year during International Week, all Freshman Studies Program classes are invited to attend a 1-hour orientation to the many study abroad, certificate, and scholarship options available through the University Center for International Studies.

Monday, October 16 until Saturday, October 21

(All day) Cultural Event
International Week Service Project
Sponsored by:
International Week
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We will be collecting Panther Funds for the South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM). SHIM provides a variety of supplies to refugees in the greater Pittsburgh area. These funds will be collected all week in the Kimbo Gallery of the William Pitt Union, at the Food Trucks event, and at the weekly Thursday Farmer's Market outside the Union.

Wednesday, October 18

1:45 am Lecture
Microloans, Transitional Justice, and Reconciliation in Uganda
Location:
RM 3911 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
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Please join us for an informative presentation:
Microloans, Transitional Justice & Reconciliation in Uganda
By Victoria Nalongo Namusisi
On Wed. Oct. 18 @10:45am in 3911 Posvar Hall

Victoria Nalongo Namusisi has worked for 17 years to mend lives and social relations in Uganda after both political and personal violence.
Recently she has helped the community in Barlonyo in Northern Uganda reestablish itself after the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) ravaged that part of the country. Mentoring, training and providing microloans which are assisting residents to again call this town their home.
Ms. Namusisi also turned to microloans as a means to help survivors of acid attacks. Her involvement in founding the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence (CERESAV) in 2012 led her to encourage independence and confidence in the survivors she came to know. Microloans have successfully enabled new beginnings for these survivors.
Victoria Nalongo Namusisi is the Founder and Director of Bright Kids Uganda, a children’s home founded in 2000. Namusisi worked as a presidential and parliamentary reporter until 1991, when the president of Uganda appointed her Resident District Commissioner. She later became Head of Administration and Logistics for the President of Uganda’s Office. In 2008, she was distinguished as the Woman Achiever of the Year, awarded for her community work with vulnerable children and youth. Today, she continues serving as the director of Bright Kids Uganda.

Victoria Nalongo Namusisi is the Founder and Director of Bright Kids Uganda, a children’s home founded in 2000. Namusisi worked as a presidential and parliamentary reporter until 1991, when the president of Uganda appointed her Resident District Commissioner. She later became Head of Administration and Logistics for the President of Uganda’s Office. In 2008, she was distinguished as the Woman Achiever of the Year, awarded for her community work with vulnerable children and youth. Today, she continues serving as the director of Bright Kids Uganda.

Opportunity: Since 2012, over 20 GSPIA students have traveled to Uganda to serve as interns for a variety of projects at Bright Kids. If you are interested in a 2018 summer internship, please attend the information session on Friday, Oct. 20 at Noon in 4217 Posvar Hall, hosted by African Studies, with free pizza!

10:00 am Panel Discussion
Chutz-POW!: Stories of Survivors in Comics
Location:
918 WPU
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Jewish Studies Program
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In 2013 The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh launched an initiative to teach the Holocaust in a new way. Form this was bornn Chutz-POW!: Real Superheroes of the Holocaust, a comic book series telling the true life stories of survivors. Since that time two issues of the series have been released, featuring art and writing by Pittsburgh creators. The first issue focused on five survivors who settled in Pittsburgh while issue two told the stories of more internationally well-known figures. A third issue with the theme of Children of the Holocaust is currently in production. This panel will discuss the history of the project, its impact, as well as the artistic and educational goals envisioned.

Participants will include:
Lauren Bairnsfather, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Holocaust Center.
Zachary Zafris, Editor and Project Manager of issues 1 and 2.
Marcel Walker, Lead Artist, Editor, and Project Manager of issue 3.
Wayne Wise, Comics Scholar and Lead Writer.

11:00 am Cultural Event
International Food Trucks
Location:
William Pitt Union Driveway
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Back by popular demand, the International Week Committee has invited several of the most popular food trucks in the city to share their innovative and delicious cuisines with you. They will be outside of the Union during the lunch hour on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Cultures from all over the world will be represented by several of the most popular food trucks in the city. Recipes and cuisine are one of the many things that migrant peoples can take with them and can serve as a reminder of that which has been left behind. Students can learn about the problems facing these communities while sampling their innovative and delicious cuisines.

11:00 am Panel Discussion
Displacement in the Global Business Environment
Location:
270 Mervis Hall (Colloquium Room)
Sponsored by:
International Week
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This interactive panel will discuss how displacement has affected employees and industries locally and globally. It will cover reasons for displacement and how different industries, regions, or countries tackle these issues.

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Artful Wednesday
Location:
Nordy's - William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Ricardo & Jose Guitar Duo Ole! Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Marlow and Flamenco singer and guitarist Jose Oretea will have you clapping and stomping. Celebrate the beauty and diversity of the performing arts happening in our city at Artful Wednesdays! All Pitt students, faculty and staff are welcome to enjoy a free noontime performance luncheon in Nordy’s Place, William Pitt Union Lower Level. Valid Pitt ID required.

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe - Religion in Europe: 500 Years Since the Protestant Reformation
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
1:00 pm Panel Discussion
Confronting & Overcoming Hate
Location:
540 WPU
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Jewish Studies Program
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Join Dr. Steven Luckert, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Historian and Curator and Louise Lawrence-Israels, Holocaust Survivor and Museum Volunteer, in a conversation about the power of hate speech during the Holocaust and its legacy in today's wired world.

Dr. Steven Luckert
Steven Luckert is Curator of the Permanent Exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Luckert joined the Museum as a historian in the Wexner Learning Center in 1994. The following year he became the Curator of the Permanent Exhibition. In this capacity, he is responsible for selection and incorporation of artifacts, researching and writing exhibition text, and handling all issues and inquiries pertaining to the exhibition.

In addition to these duties, Dr. Luckert has curated other Museum exhibitions, such as Father Jacques, which dealt with a Catholic rescuer in France, and Kristallnacht: the November 1938 Pogroms. In 1999, he co-curated Voyage of the St. Louis and Life Reborn: Jewish Displaced Persons, 1945-1951 with Susan Goldstein Snyder. In 2002, Dr. Luckert co-curated The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk. Most recently, he and Susan Snyder curated Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust, which opened at the Museum in September 2003, and traveled to the Spertus Museum in Chicago, the Art Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, and the Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis. He curated the Museum’s latest exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, which opened on January 30, 2009.

Prior to coming to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dr. Luckert taught European history at several campuses of the State University of New York and at George Mason University. He wrote the companion volume to the exhibition, The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk, and co-authored with Susan Bachrach, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. In 1993, he received his Ph.D. in modern European history from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Louise Lawrence-Israels
Louise was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1942. German forces had invaded the Netherlands in May 1940 and set up a German administration. The Nazi’s also confiscated the family business. By the time Louise was born antisemitic laws were enacted and Jews were forced to wear a yellow star. By July of 1942 deportations of Jews from the Netherlands to the extermination camps of Auschwitz and Sobibor had begun.
In January 1943 Louise and her family were ordered to move to Amsterdam, and shortly thereafter went into hiding to escape deportation. Louise’s father managed to rent a top floor apartment and acquired false identification papers for the family. Louise’s father had to leave the apartment after curfew to get food and medicine for the family; sometimes he brought home news about the war.

Louise’s parents tried to give the children a “normal” childhood in hiding; playing and learning colors, letters, and songs. It was in this apartment that Louise learned to walk. When air raid alarms sounded, the family took refuge on the steep staircase, the strongest and safest part of an Amsterdam row house. Louise’s mother had an emergency basket ready to take with them during air raids.

On May 5, 1945, Canadian forces liberated Amsterdam. Louise was three years old. Louise initially had difficulty adjusting to a world without walls, having never been outside for the duration of the hiding. After the war, the family did not talk about their life in hiding. Shortly thereafter Louise’s father found work in Stockholm, Sweden; Louise, her mother, brother and baby sister joined him during the winter of 1946. The Israels family moved back to the Netherlands in 1948. Louise earned a degree in physical therapy in the Netherlands, and in 1965 she married Sidney Z. Lawrence, an American medical student in Amsterdam. They moved to the US in 1967. After Sidney retired from the U.S. military in 1994, they settled in Bethesda, Maryland. Louise volunteers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

3:00 pm Lecture
Hidden Children of the Holocaust
Location:
O'Hara Ballroom
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Jewish Studies Program
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Renée L. Sachs was part of the only 5% of Jewish children in Europe who survived the Holocaust. Her legacy is one of educating future generations against the mistakes of the past. Today, her husband and Pitt alum Keith Sachs continues this legacy by telling Renée's story.

3:30 pm Career Counselling
Serving Abroad: Building Experiences and Careers in an Ethical and Meaningful Way
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Passionate about helping others? Want to take that passion and help others on a global level? Then you’ll want to come to this exciting global service learning workshop co-sponsored by CDPA and PittServes where we’ll feature panelists and discuss “purposeful” travel abroad.

This session is part of the Global Careers Week during Pitt's International Education Week!

4:00 pm Film/Panel Discussion
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Living and Working Together
Location:
G17 (Robert Henderson Language Media Center) Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Diversity may mean different things to different people. In this documentary, we have interviewed several people at Pitt about: (1) what diversity means to them, (2) the value of diversity in their life and work, and (3) their opinion about the most effective way to support diversity. This documentary was produced as part of the "Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Conference: Living and Working Together" which was held at the University of Pittsburgh in celebration of the Provost’s Year of Diversity initiative.
Light refreshments served.

5:00 pm Exhibit
Global Engagement Fair
Location:
Ballroom - William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Perhaps you were not able to study abroad during your time at the University. Or perhaps you did and are craving a connection to the global landscape within Pittsburgh. The Global Engagement Fair is a one-stop shop for a multitude of opportunities to interact with the world beyond Pittsburgh while still in Pittsburgh. Representatives will be present from student organizations, academic units, non-profit organizations, scholarship programs, and many more. Come and learn about the wonderful opportunities that Pitt and Pittsburgh have to offer to make the global local.

5:00 pm Cultural Event
International Fashion Showcase
Location:
Lower Lounge - William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week
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This year during Pitt’s International Week, a Fashion Showcase will be featured to encourage exploration of culture through clothing. Everyone will have an opportunity to do a “walk-through” of native, cultural attire, while learning about the cultures of other countries! This event that’s not only going to be colorful but also educational!

7:00 pm Information Session
Pittsburgh Perspectives on Displacement
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and International Week
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Join Pittsburgh professionals who work with refugees and immigrants to learn about refugee resettlement services, adapting to Pittsburgh, daily life, and ways to help. We will hear from representatives of Jewish Family and Children's Services, the Somali-Bantu Community Association, PRYSE Academy, and Northern Area Multi-Service Center, as well as from Syrian teens recently arrived in Pittsburgh. This is also part of the GSC Career Toolkit Series.

7:00 pm Information Session
The Asian American Immigrant and Refugee Experience
Location:
548 WPU
Sponsored by:
International Week
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The topic will focus on the Asian American immigrant and refugee experience. ASA wants to highlight some of the regions where refugee and IDPs crises are happening but less known through a visual presentation. We will also explain the differences between refugees and IDPs and provide examples.