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.

Thursday, October 19

10:00 am Panel Discussion
Language Access for Migrants and Refugees
Location:
302 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
International Week
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This panel/workshop session will discuss language access for migrants and refugees in the Western Pa region, with guests from the Mayor's office, the Greater Pgh Literacy Council (ESL), and other agencies working on these issues in an official capacity in the region.

10:00 am Career Counselling
Global Drop-In Hours
Location:
2nd Floor - William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week
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First-come, first serve 20-minute appointments with the designated career consultant for global careers. These drop-in hours are for students who want to learn how to live and work abroad, learn about gap year programs, find H1B employers [for international students], resources and more!

12:00 pm Panel Discussion
Children of Shangri-Lost: Bhutanese Teenage Refugees
Location:
UCIS 4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week
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A panel presentation of Bhutanese and Burmese young adults whose families were evicted from their countries. Most of the presenters have never seen their homelands, having been born in refugee camps after their parents' displacement. The presenters will speak briefly to the experience of living in refugee camp and also of the challenges of moving to the United States.

12:00 pm Information Session
Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Information Session
Location:
CL 501
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Information Session outlining eligibility and logistics of the Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.

12:30 pm Information Session
International Fellowship Opportunities for U.S. Students
Location:
G20 Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
International Week
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The CILE will invite specialists to discuss the Fulbright, Boren, PeaceCorp fellowship opportunities that are available to domestic U.S. students. The audience will be School of Law students.

1:00 pm Presentation
Jumpstart Your Cultural Competency at Pitt
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
International Week
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We will examine how international students adjust to life in the United States. Then, we will incorporate these lessons into a broader discussion about improving our cultural competence in a global society.

2:00 pm Panel Discussion
Crossing Borders: Environmental Cooperation in Israel and Palestine
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week
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This event is focused on Israeli-Palestinian dialogue taking place at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Hosted during Pitt’s International Week, this event would feature two alumni of the Arava Institute – one from an Israeli background and one from an Arab background – who came together to study trans-boundary environmental issues at the Arava Institute.

About The Dialogue Project:

Every semester, two alumni of the Arava Institute visit U.S. college campuses to share their stories of regional cooperation. By working with student organizations, faculty members, study abroad offices, and other departments within the university, this tour raises awareness of the important cross-border environmental work taking place at the Arava Institute and in the region.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Dialogue Project visited 30 distinct university campuses throughout the United States and was featured in multiple student publications including those at the University of Colorado and Binghamton University.

About the Arava Institute:

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is a leading environmental studies and research program in the Middle East. It houses academic programs in partnership with Ben Gurion University, research centers, and international cooperation initiatives focusing on a range of environmental concerns and challenges.

With a student body comprised of Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, and students from around the world, the Arava Institute offers students an exceptional opportunity to learn from leading professionals while forming friendships and developing skills that enable them to lead the region and the world in solving today’s most pressing environmental challenges.

3:00 pm Presentation
Osama Alomar Poetry Reading
Location:
Croghan-Schenley Room
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Osama Alomar is a Syrian author turned taxi driver who is now returning back to his roots in writing! Mr. Alomar moved to Chicago, Illinois from Syria in 2008, and upon arrival, his occupation changed from author to taxi driver. As a cab driver he had little to no time to write...Now he has moved to the city of Pittsburgh with the help of City of Asylum, where he focuses much of his time on writing again. From Syria to Chicago to Pittsburgh, Osama Alomar is now coming to the University of Pittsburgh to share some of his inspirational, world-renowned poetry with you!

Alomar will read excerpts from his latest book, "The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories."

This event is free.

3:00 pm Cultural Event
Osama Alomar Poetry Reading
Location:
156 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Osama Alomar is a Syrian author turned taxi driver who is now returning back to his roots in writing! Mr. Alomar moved to Chicago, Illinois from Syria in 2008, and upon arrival, his occupation changed from author to taxicab driver. As a cab driver he had little to no time to write… Now he has moved to the city of Pittsburgh with the help of City of Asylum, where he focuses much of his time on writing again! From Syria to Chicago to Pittsburgh, Osama Alomar is now coming to the University of Pittsburgh to share some of his inspirational, world-renowned poetry with you!

4:00 pm Lecture
Why Do Former First Ladies run for Office?
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas at Pitt
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Why do former first ladies run for political office? Seventeen former first ladies ran for the presidency, vice presidency or Congress between 1990 and 2016, but the scholarly literature has failed to systematically analyze this phenomenon. We argue that former first ladies run for office when they have political ambitions and when the sociopolitical context offers them an opportunity to be competitive candidates. We analyze the 88 former first ladies who were available to run for office in 133 elections in 18 Latin American countries from 1990-2016. To test our argument, we conduct discrete-time duration models. The findings demonstrate that political ambition is the main factor that explains why former first ladies run for office. We also show that politically ambitious first ladies behave strategically, taking advantage of the opportunities they have to become candidates.

5:00 pm Cultural Event
The Filipino Diaspora
Location:
630 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week
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The event's theme revolves around the Filipino diaspora. There will be students who will act as different people who have been affected by it. The background stories for the characters will come from "In the Country",novel by Filipina author Mia Alvar, and from Filipinos in the Pittsburgh community.

6:00 pm Lecture
Julissa Arce: The American DREAMer - From Undocumented to Wall Street Immigration Advocate
Location:
William Pitt Union Ballroom
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Julissa Arce is a writer, CNBC contributor, and advocate for immigrant rights and education. She is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students, regardless of their status, ethnicity, or national origin. Julissa is also a board member for the National Immigration Law Center and College Spring. She is the former Director of Public Affairs at Define American, a media organization that uses the power of story to change the narrative surrounding immigration and citizenship. Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street working for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and had seemingly achieved the American Dream—yet she still did not feel like a true American.

9:00 pm Symposium
Global Trivia Night
Location:
University Club, Ballroom B
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and International Week
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Come join us for our 3rd annual Global Trivia Night! Compete with groups of up to five undergraduate students, and test your knowledge in global categories like Global Current Affairs, World Culture, World History, Geography, and more. Prizes include Apple Watches, Beats headphones, and Chipotle gift cards. Free food and beverages will be provided! Registration will close on Tuesday, October 17th at 11:59 PM, or once capacity is reached. Teams can register at https://goo.gl/forms/5FRcQYsInhiHEeBl1.