Events in UCIS

Friday, November 17

(All day) Career Counselling
International Career Toolkit Series: Boston Career Forum 2017
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Join the Asian Studies Center at the largest career fair for Japanese-English bilinguals in Boston. Contact rookoepsel@pitt.edu for information.

12:00 pm Lecture
Migrants and Political Change in Latin America
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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This book reveals how migrants shape the politics of their countries of origin, drawing on research from the three largest diasporas in Latin America—Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador. Luis Jiménez discusses the political changes that result when migrants return to their native countries in person and also when they send back new ideas and funds—social and economic “remittances”—through transnational networks.

Using a combination of rich quantitative analysis and eye-opening interviews, Jiménez finds that migrants have influenced areas such as political participation, number of parties, electoral competitiveness, and presidential election results. Interviews with authorities in Mexico reveal that migrants have inspired a demand for increased government accountability. Surveys from Colombia show that neighborhoods that have seen high degrees of migration are more likely to participate in local politics and also vote for a wider range of parties at the national level. In Ecuador, he observes that migration is linked to more competitive local elections as well as less support for representatives whose policies censor the media. Jiménez also draws attention to government services that would not exist without the influence of migrants.

Looking at the demographics of these migrating populations along with the size and density of their social networks, Jiménez identifies the circumstances in which other diasporas—such as those of south Asian and African countries—have the most potential to impact the politics of their homelands.

12:00 pm Colloquium
Pedagogical Technology Mini-Workshops: VoiceThread and Quizlet
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Kyungok Joo, Assistant Instructor, Korean Language Program
Quizlet, Digital Flashcards for Vocabulary Learning. This presentation will demonstrate how to create digital flashcards to teach vocabulary to beginners in learning L2.
Vanessa Ju-Chun Wei, Acting Coordinator, Chinese Language Program
VoiceThreading 101: This presentation will cover basics on creating a VoiceThread and its pedagogical implications in a foreign language class.

2:30 pm Symposium
Cultures of Healing in Practice and the Archive: With the Participation of Chicana Playwright and Author Virginia Grise
Location:
Latin American Lecture Room - Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with University Library System (ULS)
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This symposium, workshop, and performance asks, how do we define healing? With student presentations and a performance manifesto by Chicana playwright and author Virginia Grise, we will open conversation about the relationship between healing practices from indigenous cultures across the Americas including Inuit, Navajo, and curanderismo traditions.

Virginia Grise’s recently published book Your Healing is Killing Me directly confronts the gap between modern and indigenous healing as well as between access. Grise is a recipient of the Yale Drama Award, Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing.