Events in UCIS

Thursday, November 16

12:00 pm Lecture
Full Democracy and Political Elites in Latin America
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Democracy is a too complex concept to be summarized in a single number that captures only electoral and/or liberal aspects. Elections and checks and balances are not enough to define a consolidated democratic regime; as a consequence, the causes of democratic strength literature has traditionally highlighted are biased towards these aspects.

This paper aims to analyze the different paths towards a full democracy, a regime that has strong liberal and electoral, but also deliberative, participatory and egalitarian components; if one of these democratic elements lacks, it's not a full democracy. Hence, I focus on institutional, socioeconomic, historical and political culture factors, and especially on the role of political elites’ attitudes, radicalism and support for democracy, to get to explain what contributes to full democracy in Latin America.

12:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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For decades, Kenya had been considered the hope of Africa’s democracy. Unfortunately, Kenya’s democratization seems to be accompanied by what are clearly anti-democratic features. Violence, manipulation and rigging of elections, political exclusion, intolerance and blatant attempts to close political spaces for some groups, have been on the increase. Despite the over three decades of democratization, the transition does not seem to have yielded significant changes in the institutional composition of the country, even after the promulgation of a new Constitution, which enjoyed widespread popular support. The violence that has characterized Kenya’s elections since 2007 and the opposition’s boycott of the repeat 2017 general elections, point to a democracy that is in serious trouble. Please join us as Prof. Joshua M. Kivuva, a Visiting Scholar from the University of Nairobi’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration, leads a discussion on this topic as part of the African Studies Program's Let's Talk Africa Series.

1:00 pm Performance
Daniel Beaty Live!!
Location:
O'Hara Student Center Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with College of General Studies, Humanities Center, Department of English, Department of Africana Studies, Pitt Arts, Department of Political Science, Department of Theatre Arts, Department of History, Deparment of Sociology, Crow Fund and boundary 2
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Actor, singer, writer, activist, and advocate of arts-based social justice education, Daniel Beaty is best known for his performance of “Knock Knock,” which has received over 17 million views on YouTube. His other work includes the one-man play Emergency (in which he performs over 40 characters), a film about Beaty’s relationship with his incarcerated father, and a collaborative project involving people affected by gangs. Exploring criminal justice reform, the struggles of incarcerated people and their families, of African-Americans across the country, and more broadly of all those affected by trauma, Beaty’s work has been acclaimed for its richness of characterization, voice, and range of emotion.
He has performed at venues from the Lincoln Center to the White House; has received several NAACP awards as well as an Obie award for writing and performance. His performances and workshops use the tools of the arts, storytelling, and trauma recovery to inspire reflection, agency, and healing. The performance is open to the public.

Following his performance, we invite faculty and other educators to join us for a workshop and discussion with the launch of a new GSC initiative, Creative Pedagogies for Global Studies. Advance registration for the discussion is required; please email Lisa Bromberg at lisarbromberg@pitt.edu to register.

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human: Migration
Location:
601 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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This talk, prresented by Dr. Sergio Delgado Moya of Harvard University, Romance Language & Literature Department, grapples with borders as both landscapes and stages, as backgrounds against which our symbolic knowledge of migrants and migration take shape. It focuses on a long tradition in Latin American and Latinx artists and writers who subvert picturesque notions of landscape in favor of more nuanced, historically informed, politically incisive renditions of the environment.

7:00 pm Presentation
African Heritage Room Scholarship Presentation
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Come hear the 2017 African Heritage Room Committee Scholarship Winners discuss their experiences abroad!