Events in UCIS

Tuesday, November 7

8:59 am Teacher Training--Language
Pittsburgh's World Language Connections Day
Location:
Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Fox Chapel Area High School is proud to announce this year's Pittsburgh World Language Connection Day, with Keynote speaker Professor Richard Donato. This is a great opportunity for world language teachers to learn about new pedagogies. Bring along your principals, curriculum directors, and administrators to learn about how to enhance your school's international programs through meaningful and fun community connections.

12:00 pm Lecture
The Ford Foundation and Brazilian Economics
Location:
4217 Wesley Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The presentation will cover several aspects of an ongoing research project on the origins and development of economics as an academic discipline in Brazil. The institutional structure that presently characterizes research and graduate training in the field was built during the 1960s and 1970s, as part of a larger educational reform bolstered by US-Brazil cooperation agreements. The Ford Foundation was one of the cornerstones of this process, providing funds and expertise for the graduate programs created at the time. Such initiatives were ostensibly guided by the goal of ‘modernizing’ Brazilian economics, thus making it more attuned to the standards currently prevailing in the US. Working within the context of an authoritarian regime after 1964, however, the Foundation held a delicate position given how close the activities it sponsored were to policymaking, hence to the military government itself. One significant consequence was the emergence, among Ford personnel in Brazil, of a sensibility towards scholarly tolerance and openness that led the way to the strengthening of a pluralistic academic environment – a characteristic feature of Brazilian economics to this day. The presentation will discuss the origins and early development of the Brazilian graduate programs, the relationship between the Ford Foundation and the military regime, and the shift towards pluralism during the 1970s, trying to contrast the perspectives held by US and Brazilian agents involved in the process.

12:00 pm Lecture
The War in Syria: What Does it Mean for Assad to Win?
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Ford Institute for Human Security
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Since foreign of foreign-backed forces still occupy significant parts of the country, what does the dispersed battlefield mean for Syria's territorial integrity? What are Assad's political calculus and the prospects for reform in the reconstituted state? What are the tradeoffs, for the United States and others, of providing (or authorizing multilateral) reconstructive assistance? Join GSPIA, the Ford Institute for Human Security, and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for this talk featuring Dr. Alexander Bick.

After completing a PhD in history at Princeton University, Dr. Bick joined the Obama administration. From 2012-14, he served on the Policy Planning Staff at the United States Department of State, advising Secretaries Clinton and Kerry on political transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. From 2014-16, he served as Director for Syria at the National Security Council, where he was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy and assistance programs in Syria and developing the strategy to defeat the Islamic State. In his new role as associate director and fellow for the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Dr. Bick is helping to establish a center that aims to resurrect the study of history as a core component of preparation for public service in international affairs.

5:00 pm Lecture
Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
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The longtime home of the Soviet nuclear program, the Chelyabinsk region contains beautiful lakes, shuttered factories, mysterious closed cities, and some of the most polluted places on earth. Based on her recent book Putin Country (Farrar, Straus&Giroux, 2016), Garrels charts the aftershocks of the U.S.S.R.’s collapse. Having returned again and again to Chelyabinsk, Garrels argues that the area’s new freedoms and opportunities were exciting but also traumatic. As the economic collapse of the early 1990s abated, the city of Chelyabinsk became richer and more cosmopolitan, even as official corruption and intolerance for minorities grew more entrenched. Today, as Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on power and Western sanctions continue to lower the standard of living, the local population mingles belligerent nationalism with a deep ambivalence about their country’s direction. Through it all, Garrels sympathetically charts an ongoing identity crisis. In the aftermath of the Soviet Union, what is Russia? What kind of pride and cohesion can it offer? And why does Putin command the loyalty of so many Russians, even those who decry the abuses of power they regularly encounter?

Anne Garrels has been honored with numerous journalism awards, including the Peabody and the Polk. Garrels is on the board of Oxfam America and the Committee to Protect Journalists. For almost 25 years Anne Garrels was the senior foreign correspondent for NPR, reporting from Russia and the other former Soviet republics, the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East, China, Mongolia, and Iraq. She arrived in Baghdad six months before the 2003 U.S. invasion, stayed during the U.S. bombing campaign and continued to cover Iraq for the next six years. Before joining NPR in 1986 she was chief correspondent in Moscow and Central America for ABC, and the State Department correspondent for NBC.

Putin Country (Farrar, Straus&Giroux, 2016) will be available for purchase and signing.