Events in UCIS

Thursday, October 26

12:00 pm Film
"Stalin's Daughter" Screening
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
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It is a sensation in the midst of the Cold War. Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva flees to the West. During her childhood in the center of power, she was Joseph Stalin's favorite child. But death and violence overshadow her life. Her mother and brother die, relatives are killed, Stalin has her lover abducted. The Iron Curtain prevents her dream of family. She, like no other, jumps from one system to the other and loses herself in doing so. Svetlana Alliluyeva's desire for freedom makes her a plaything of power between communism and capitalism. This documentary shows Interviews with friends and family, exclusive photos and documents and especially Svetlana Alliluyeva’s final and never-before broadcast interview introduce us to the witness of a century. Stalin's daughter – a documentary about a legendary and unusual woman.

4:30 pm Panel Discussion
Corporate Power, Surveillance, and the Future of Open Access
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with University Library System (ULS), History Department and Department of Sociology
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We live in an information economy, and the future of democracy and equity depend on everyone’s ability to access information. Yet, even as scholars and organizations work to make scholarly work openly available, the increased commercialization of information and technology, along with the enhanced capabilities for data collection and surveillance, threaten the ability for users to access that scholarly work. In addition, persistent racial, class, and gender divides exclude growing numbers of people from the internet and knowledge commons. Panelists will examine how the growing concentration of corporate control of internet service provision and content, including policies related to net neutrality, affect the ability of all people to have access to information. The broader implications of these developments for both democracy and inclusion and for the future of scientific inquiry will be discussed, and the panel will offer steps users can take to help protect internet freedom and the knowledge commons for all.

Part of a series of events for Open Access Week 2017 (Oct. 23-29)
Available online via webstream (http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/)