Events in UCIS

Monday, November 6

1:00 pm Lecture
Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
3:30 pm Lecture
Social Media and Political Engagement: Conceptual and Empirical Challenges in the Study of Digitally-Enabled Participation
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Studies Association
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The conceptualization and measurement of political participation has been a contentious issue vibrantly debated for more than 50 years. The arrival of digital, and in particular social, media came to add important parameters to the debate about the continuous expansion of forms of participation, complicating matters further. While interest on the use of social media for political purposes is growing, the lack of a clear conceptualization of forms and modes of participation emerging from their use is inhibiting the measurement of this type of participation. The talk will focus on the challenges posed by digitally-enabled forms of political participation and on how they can be turned into an opportunity for better understanding the impact of social media on democracy.

Sponsored by the ESC's Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grant, this lecture is part of the Center's 2017-18 Participation and Democracy Series.

6:00 pm Lecture
Global Issues Through Literature 2017-2018
Location:
City of Asylum (40 W. North Ave)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Osama Alomar is a prominent Syrian writer of al-quisa al-quasira jiddan, or what has been called “flash fiction.” These extremely short stories (sometimes only one or two sentences) have the appeal of a fable. Currently an exiled writer-in-residence at City of Asylum in Pittsburgh, Alomar will be conducting this session himself at City of Asylum (40 W. North Ave). Participants are asked to watch a 45-minute long dialogue between Prof. Uma Satyavolu (English) and Lisa Bromberg (Global Studies Center) prior to attending, to glean interesting background information on Alomar's innovative form and ideas for classroom use. Books and Act 48 credit hours provided. Dinner TBA.

6:00 pm Lecture
Global Issues Through Literature: Authors Under Authoritarianism
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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This year's Global Issues Through Literature series, a reading group designed for K-12 educators to learn and use new texts in the classroom, will travel the world through the eyes of authors writing under authoritarianism to try to understand the role of literature as document, commentator, and critic of restrictive regimes.

Osama Alomar is a prominent Syrian writer of al-quisa al-quasira jiddan, or what has been called "flash fiction." These extremely short stories (sometimes only one or two sentences) have the appeal of a fable. Prof. Uma Satyavolu (English) will introduce the text at City of Asylum (40 W. North Ave) from 6-7pm, and then we will hear from Alomar, currently an exiled writer-in-residence at City of Asylum, from 7-8pm. Books and Act 48 credit hours provided. Dinner TBA. Register by October 1 here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7kOKi1yCXGZsbY1niJ8u6fGPbrGgw...