Events in UCIS

Thursday, March 1

(All day) Cultural Event
THE 7TH ANNUAL MODEL AFRICAN UNION SIMULATION
Location:
WILLIAM PITT UNION ASSEMBLY ROOM & BALLROOM
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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In 2011, a group of African Studies students at the University of Pittsburgh participated in the college level Model African Union at the Howard University in Washington DC. After their experience in the simulation, they felt the need to promote the study of Africa among high school students in the Pittsburgh and South-Western Pennsylvania region. With the assistance of The African Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, the Pitt High School Model African Union (MAU) was launched in 2012 as an experiential pedagogical method of teaching American students about Africa. The Pitt MAU serves as an educational simulation that provides opportunities for high school students to learn about Africa by studying the African Union and its inner workings. Students learn the role, structure, and performance of the African Union (AU) while searching for solutions to Africa’s key economic, social, and political problems. Agenda items and countries are assigned to the participating schools in advance, to allow for adequate preparations for the daylong conference. Under the guidance of their teachers, students study research issues facing the AU member states and prepare to hold debates and vote on resolutions that address these issues. This year, 2018, is the seventh year of the MAU hosted at the University of Pittsburgh.

3:00 pm Film
Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures; Film Studies Program
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Dusan Makavejev’s Love Affair provides us with an example of cinematic reflexivity, which can be defined as any technique that reminds the viewer that he or she is watching a film. Reflexivity foregrounds the fact that film meaning is a function of a set of codes with ideological implications rather than a transparent reflection of reality. Reflexivity can be achieved through intertextuality, exaggeration of cinematic conventions or conspicuous narration that reminds us of the author’s mark on the text. These techniques are all in evidence in Love Affair, whose textual heterogeneity calls into question the earnestness of cinematic (including socialist) realism as well as the official ideologies of state communism. As Thomas Elsaesser notes, Love Affair juxtaposes three sites of meaning: “the liberating intimacy of a sexual relationship…, the public world of abstract didacticism and cold rationality…, [and] the memory of the Russian Revolution and Tito’s national liberation war”. (Elsaesser, European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood, p. 322) Our understanding of Makavejev’s view of 1960s Yugoslavian society depends on our interpretation of the ironic and tragic relationship between these three sites of meaning. (Alex Lykidis, "Love Affair," Critical Commons)

The film will be introduced Dr. Ljiljana Duraskovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

4:45 pm Panel Discussion
1968: Perspectives from Eastern Europe
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures; Film Studies Program
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This round-table is a follow-up event to the screening of the Unbearable Lightness of Being (February 28, 2 p.m.) and of Early Works (March 1, 3 p.m.) and is part of the UCIS-wide anniversary series on 1968. The panel will explore (partly based on the films and the book) the question whether 1968 has a universal meaning across geographic space and time. The round-table's contribution to the UCIS-wide event will be to tease out some of the ways in which for 1968 a “kinship system” may exist (to use Wittgenstein’s analogy), but the implications are profoundly different (in the first and second worlds, or in a distribution system that is—essentially—domestic Serbian/film festival vs. US/box-office).

Moderator: Vladimir Padunov, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Discussants: Martin Votruba, Head of the Slovak Studies Program, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Ljiljana Duraskovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Randall Halle, Director, Film Studies Program

Friday, March 2

9:00 am Presentation
High School Japanese Speech Contest
Location:
Assembly Room, William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Japan America Society of Pennsylvania

Saturday, March 3

8:30 am Workshop/Teacher Training--Area Studies/Teacher Training--Language
French Immersion Institute Workshop
Location:
Posvar 4130, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Samedi 3 mars 2018:
La situation linguistique et culturelle en Bretagne, Dr. Sébastien Dubriel, Université de Carnegie-Mellon

Samedi 21 avril 2018:
Françoise Giroud & Simone Veil: deux écrivaines politiques pour la couse des femmes
Conférencière: Bénédicte Barlat, Directrice - Centre Francophone de Pittsburgh

Program runs from 9:00-13:30, with an 8:30 breakfast and 12:30 lunch included.

Registration deadlines: February 26th for March 3rd workshop; April 16th for April 21st workshop.
Enclose a $20.00 check for each program ($40.00 for both). Fee includes ACT 48 credit-4 -hours for each program, breakfast and lunch.) Send check payable to the University of Pittsburgh. To facilitate our records, please write on check memo: (French Immersion)

Bonnie Adair-Hauck: adairhauck@gmail.com

9:00 am Teacher Training
Global Interdisciplinary Working Group
Location:
varies
Sponsored by:
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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What does it mean for a course, module, or lesson to be “global’? In part, it means looking at a question from multiple lenses—whether political, economic, social, cultural, ecological, or other. What better way to approach global curriculum planning (and to model collaborative learning for our students!) than to partner with colleagues from other disciplines in the same school? The University Center for International Studies at Pitt is offering a new program that will provide teachers with the time, space, and material support to gather with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lesson. Science and French teachers might team up to offer a lesson on global warming in the francophone world; or Art, English, and Social Studies teachers might develop a unit on responses to the global refugee crisis in art and literature. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!

We are currently accepting applications from teams of 2-4 teachers. We will meet three Saturday mornings (3/3, 4/7, and 5/5) from 9-12noon, and new content must be taught in the 2018-2019 school year. At each meeting, you will work intensively with your teammates, receive feedback from other participants, and learn about strategies for interdisciplinary teaching. We welcome teams that include teachers, librarians, curriculum development specialists, and/or administrative personnel. Ideally, each member of the team should interact with the same group of students.

2:00 pm Film
Film Screening: Bridge
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Bengali Association of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, March 6

5:00 pm Teacher Training
Global Issues Through Literature: Authors Under Authoritarianism
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists offer stimulating presentations of the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. After a successful partnership with City of Asylum and their authors-in-residence in the fall, our series continues this spring with the theme of literature and authoritarianism. At this session, Prof. Jacques Bromberg (Classics) will lead a discussion of Sophocles' Antigone.

Wednesday, March 7

12:00 pm Workshop
Professional Development Webinars - Introducing the Herder Institute: Collections, Funding Opportunities, and Higher Education Partnerships
Location:
http://aseees.org/programs/webinars
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies and European Studies Center along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Herder Institute for Historical Research on East-Central Europe
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This webinar is the second in a professional development series co-sponsored by the American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the European Studies Center. It will use the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe as an example to explore non-university research institutions prevalent in Europe. First, participants will receive information about the Institute's collections and holdings (including 5 million newspaper clippings, close to 700,000 images, 40,000 historical maps, a library with half a million items etc.). Participants will learn about the fellowship and partnership programs available, in addition to the Institute’s profile in the field of Digital Humanities. Using the Herder Institute as an example, Peter Haslinger will also elaborate on networking strategies on the global level and the forms of cooperation in German academia to foster strategic partnerships between non-university institutions and universities.

To register, visit http://aseees.org/programs/webinars.

Speaker's Bio: Peter Haslinger is Professor of East-Central European History at the Justus Liebig University Giessen and Director of the Herder Institute in Marburg, a research institution affiliated with the Leibniz Association and specializing in the history, art history and digital humanities of East Central Europe. Dr. Haslinger is Principal Investigator at the Giessen Center for Eastern European Studies, the International Center for the Study of Culture, and the Center for Media and Interactivity, all located at the Justus Liebig University. He likewise functions as a spokesperson for the Herder Institute Research Academy, which aims to bridge the gap between scholarship in Eastern European Studies and the development of research infrastructures. His scholarly interest focuses on the history of the Habsburg Monarchy and successor states in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has published widely on Hungarian, Czech and Slovak history as well as on questions of nation, region and cultural diversity, on cartography and questions of security. Dr. Haslinger is the spokesperson for the project group that enhances the visibility of Eastern European Studies across disciplines within the Leibniz Association. He is likewise involved in activities for the enhancement of the Humanities and Social Sciences on the European level, among others as a member of the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Network board.

Next Webinar

April 11, 12 p.m. (EST)
Doing Research on Eastern Europe in the EU: Research Infrastructures, Grant Models, and Career Mobility

Saturday, March 10

8:30 am Conference
Intersections of Colonialism and Medicine in East Asia
Location:
Conference Room A, University Club
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with National Shimane University, Institute of Taiwan History and Academia Sinica

Sunday, March 11

8:30 am Conference
Intersections of Colonialism and Medicine in East Asia
Location:
Conference Room A, University Club
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with National Shimane University, Institute of Taiwan History and Academia Sinica

Monday, March 12

1:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Grab a coffee and join the Global Studies Center for the first of our monthly series where we host an informal discussion about a pressing issue of the day. Get global insight and bring your thoughts to share or questions to have addressed. Cookies served!

4:00 pm Film/Lecture
Film Screening: “Confrontation: Paris 1968”
Location:
Posvar 4130, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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Join us for a screening of “Confrontation: Paris 1968” and a conversation with one of the filmmakers, Pitt’s own Emeritus Professor of History, Seymour Drescher.

Tuesday, March 13

12:00 pm Lecture
The European Approach to Choice of Court Agreements
Location:
Barco Building, Alcoa Room
Announced by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence on behalf of Center for International Legal Education
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In her presentation, Professor Ragno will discuss the special characteristics of choice of court agreements in the EU, and will touch on the impact on these agreements of Brexit. Prof. Ragno graduated in Law (J.D.) with honors at the University of Bologna and obtained her PhD degree from the University of Verona. Her teaching and scholarship span Private International Law, European Law International Commercial Law and International Arbitration.

She is a Visiting Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Pittsburgh for spring 2018.

4:30 pm Workshop
Digital Portfolio Drop-In Sessions
Location:
3127 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Dr. Jared McCormick, Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues, will welcome students to drop by his office to discuss and share ideas on how to effectively create a digital portfolio required for all GSC undergraduate students, that adequately reflects their academic and co-curruicular experiences. Learn more about Dr. McCormick's experience with digital interface and methodologies: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/content/visiting-professor-contemporary-...

Wednesday, March 14

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe - May 1968 and the Legacies of Protest in France
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Part of the ESC Participation and Democracy 2017-18 Series and its series of Virtual Roundtables, Conversations on Europe.

Thursday, March 15

4:30 pm Lecture
Whose Golden Door? The Global Challenge of Migration
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center
4:30 pm Lecture
Whose Golden Door? The Global Challenge of Migration
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Michael White is the Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies at Brown University, where he is also Professor of Sociology and Director of the initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences. White's research covers a wide array of topics within the broad area of migration and population distribution: from urban residential segregation, to rural-urban migration in developing societies, to contemporary international migration and immigrant assimilation. White's publications reflect his combination of sociology, demography, and public policy interests.

The Global Studies Center's support of the Faculty Development Seminar, "Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human," now in its third year, in partnership with Pitt's Year of the Humanities initiative, will continue, with three more events scheduled through the spring. The popular and provocative lecture series which began in the fall examines the global and humanistic themes of Migration.

8:00 pm Film
8 Borders, 8 Days
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of The Ridgeway Center and Hello Neighbor
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A single mother shows us the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out. 8 Borders, 8 Days is her story; the intimate details of why a fiercely-determined mother is willing to risk her children’s lives for a better future and an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.

Friday, March 16

3:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Undergraduate Research Toolkit Series
Location:
5400 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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This is the last installment of a 4-part Global Studies Center series to equip students to pursue research within the framework of the multidisciplinary field of global studies. The series is designed for students at any stage of their academic career. It's a must for students considering pursing a BPHIL, an honor's thesis, or enrolling in a graduate program in the future. Dr. Michael Goodhart, GSC Director and Professor of Political Science, along with GSC faculty will provide insight based on their experience on conceiving research ideas, formulating research questions, identifying methods to consider to collect and analyze data, ethically gathering data working within university research guidelines and lastly presenting and disseminating data using traditional methods and new forms of digital media. Each session will include ample time for discussion so bring your ideas and questions!

Saturday, March 17

10:30 am Cultural Event
Let's Explore Africa Quiz Competition!
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
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Let's Explore Africa Quiz Competition for 4th-7th grade students! 4th-7th grade @10:30am, 8th to 12th grade @11:30am!

Register at www.letsexploreafrica.net!

Purpose and Mission-
Let's Explore Africa is a quiz competition about Africa. Africa, the second largest continent in the world and home to over a billion people is perhaps the most misunderstood region on the planet. To some it is a country, to many it is an area plagued with diseases, and to a few it is just a safari. Dr. Sandra Frempong, an accountant and educator wrote books and created the quiz competition to help broaden people's knowledge about the continent. The quiz competition started in 2014. Contestants have thoroughly enjoyed playing the fun trivia and learn more about Africa as they navigate the continent from Cape Town to Casablanca. Players answer multiple choice questions at various difficulty levels. Questions highlights geography, entertainment, people, literature, symbols, resources, etc.

Eligibility- The competition is open to the general public, admission is free and the minimum age to compete is ten (10). There are tournaments for K-12 and college students. We strongly encourage and welcome schools to participate. Eligible k-12 students will compete at grade levels as follows
Level 1 = (4th - 6th graders)
Level 2 = (7th - 9th graders)
Level 3 = (10th - 12th graders)

Quiz Rules
1) The competition will be offered in two rounds.
2) Student can compete as a team or as individual for the preliminary round.
3) In Round 1 (first 20-30 trivia questions) student/s with the most correct answers will advance to Round 2 (final).
4) In the final round, the match-up will be team versus team or individual versus individual. Therefore, if only one team remains, the group members from that team shall select a delegate who will compete against other 'individual' students. However, should the reverse be the case, that one student will have the option to compete alone against the remaining teams.
5) Round Two (second 40-60 trivia questions): Student/s with the most correct answers is the winner.
6) If there is a tie, a tiebreaker question will be offered.

How much do YOU know about Africa? You are invited to join us in this fun, educational quiz competition. Come and test your knowledge. Be a contestant!
Let’s Explore Africa!

Monday, March 19

10:00 am Conference
Seminar on Cultures of the Lusosphere
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and European Studies Center along with University Center for Int'l Studies (UCIS), the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and The Brazilian Consulate in New York
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For more information on event, please visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/lusosphere-seminar

3:00 pm Lecture
Devouring South Asia: Appetites, Food and Health Speaker Series
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
4:00 pm Lecture
Critical Research on Africa
Location:
3703 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
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China-Africa Railway Crossings: Building the TAZARA Railway

Jamie Monson, PhD, Department of History, Michigan State University

Professor Jamie Monson became interested in Africa when she served as an agriculture volunteer for the Peace Corps in rural Kenya in 1980. She then completed her PhD in African History at UCLA, and took her first teaching position at Carleton College in 1991. In 2015, she accepted a position as a Professor of African History in the Department of History and Director of African Studies at Michigan State University. Monson’s early research focus was on agricultural and environmental history of southern Tanzania, and she has also worked on anti-colonial warfare in German East Africa. In the late 1990s, she began a new research project on the history of the TAZARA railway, built with Chinese development aid in Tanzania and Zambia in the 1960s and 1970s. Her book, Africa’s Freedom Railway, was published by Indiana University Press in 2011.

Most recently, Monson has been studying the history of China-Africa relations (and learning Chinese), and frequently performs research in China. Her new project is a study of technology transfer in the history of Chinese development assistance to Africa. A second project that she is also engaged in uses records of visits made by African women’s delegations to China during the Cultural Revolution to examine gendered aspects of civil diplomacy.

Tuesday, March 20

6:30 pm Film
La Tempestad (Mexico)
Location:
G-23 Public Health Building
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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CLAS-Latin American Cinema Series 2018/ CLAS- Serie de Cine Latinoamericano 2018

La Tempestad (Tatiana Huezo, Mexico, 2016)
English subtitles
G-23 Public Health Building
6:30 p.m. Pizza
7:00 p.m. Movie

The emotional journeys of two women victimized by corruption and injustice in Mexico and of the love, dignity and resistance that allowed them to survive.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPxXzolGr6Q

For more information, visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/list.
Sponsored by: The Center for Latin American Studies and the Spanish Film Club by Pragda.

8:00 pm Film
Salam Neighbor
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building, Room 125
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The Ridgeway Center and Hello Neighbor
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In an effort to better understand refugee life, [the filmmakers] spent one month living alongside displaced families in the Za’atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers ever allowed by the United Nations to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp, [they] were able to get a never before seen look into the world’s most pressing crisis. [Their] experience uncovered overwhelming trauma but also the untapped potential our uprooted neighbors posses. With the right programs we can support healing, ease the burden on host countries and even empower the disenfranchised by unleashing people’s creativity.

Wednesday, March 21 until Friday, March 23

10:00 am Conference
THE FUTURE OF BORGES STUDIES
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning--Humanities Center
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Humanities Center and and Honors College
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Co-sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Faculty Research Support Program of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Center and the University Honors College.

Alberto Manguel Director, National Library of Argentina
Daniel Balderston Director, Borges Center, University of Pittsburgh
Laura Rosato and Germán Álvarez Co-Directors, Centro Borges
de Documentación, National Library of Argentina
Mariela Blanco Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata-Conicet
Sylvia Saítta Universidad de Buenos Aires-Conicet
M aría Celeste Martín Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Nora Benedict • Alfredo Alonso Estenoz • María Julia Rossi
Leonardo Pitlevnik • Sebastián Urli • Martín Gaspar • David Mundie

A conference to celebrate the new formal agreement for cooperation between the Borges Center of the University of Pittsburgh and the Centro Borges de Documentación of the Biblioiteca Nacional Mariano Moreno, the National Library of Argentina Full information will be available on the websites of the Borges Center (borges.pitt.edu) and the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures (hispanic.pitt.edu).

Events will be held at the Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, except
for several workshops on Thursday March 22nd in the Digital Commons of the Hillman Library.

Wednesday, March 21

12:00 pm Lecture
“Vanity, Laziness, and Skepticism Still Possess Me. But I Continue to Fight...”: Tolstoy’s Aesthetic Cure for Doubt
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
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From his earliest writing on art to his magisterial treatise What is Art? Tolstoy strenuously opposed the idea that aesthetic pleasure is merely sensuous pleasure, which might vary from person to person. He wanted to secure the objectivity and universality of aesthetic judgment, to identify not only what he or his milieu happened to consider true art, but what all people must consider true art. It was not enough for Tolstoy to say that the poems of the Decadents were not his cup of tea; he wished to say they were false and bad and anyone who liked them a corrupt, befuddled, opium-smoking fool—and to be justified in saying so. Why did Tolstoy object so strongly to the idea that our aesthetic response might be subjective? Why was he so zealous in his rejection of aesthetic subjectivism, when so many other artists, particularly in the later decades of the 19th century, accepted it? I will argue that resisting aesthetic subjectivism was not merely an artistic or political imperative for Tolstoy but an existential one. He saw objective aesthetic judgment as a bulwark against a kind of solipsism into which the very process of making art threatened to thrust him.

Thursday, March 22

12:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa Series: Triumph through Adversity: The Tenacious Ethiopian Woman and Her Rise to Educational Success
Location:
Room 4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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Education in Ethiopia: Challenges Women Face in the Pursuit of Higher Education

Thursday March 22nd, 2018 - 12 – 1:30 pm Room 4217 WWPH

Triumph through Adversity: The Tenacious Ethiopian Woman and Her Rise to Educational Success
Some women will do anything to get an education. Embark on a journey of stories that will take you into the heart of a rural Ethiopian women who strives for an education. Stories that will make you laugh, cry, and be thankful for your own educational journey and appreciate the paths some women must create.Anna-Maria Karnes will share her research work in Ethiopia exploring the challenges women face in Higher Education. The numbers of women enrolled at the higher education level are very low compared to men. For example, in 2011, only 27% of all students enrolled in a university were women (Ministry of Education, 2011). In an attempt to increase access to higher education for women affirmative action provisions are being made to ensure equal rights in these universities. The government has also declared financial help to women who wish to pursue education (Prime Minister Office/women’s Affairs Sub Sector, 2004). Despite support from the UN and the Ethiopian government, women continue to face challenges of staying in school. According to Ethiopian academics. Anna-Maria will discuss her findings during her research tenure visiting Ethiopia and teaching in the university in the summer of 2016.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
1968: Framing Radical Politics in Time and Space
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Part of the UCIS series exploring the effects of the hallmark year 1968. More Information TBA.

6:00 pm Lecture
Two Evenings at Pitt
Location:
171B Hillman
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures
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As part of the Pittsburgh A&L "Ten Evenings" series, Mohsin Hamid (author of Exit West) and Viet Thanh Nguyen (author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer and, more recently, The Refugees) will be talking about their recent works and creative processes. Prior to their public lectures at the Carnegie Music Hall, the GSC is sponsoring more intimate gatherings with Pitt faculty and students to learn about and discuss how these works of fiction help us to understand global processes and the connections, disruptions, inequalities, and opportunities they create. We will be giving out a limited number of FREE tickets to the lecture to those who attend. Please save the dates and join us on campus Thursday evening before the lecture, and Monday at the music hall!

Friday, March 23 until Saturday, March 24

10:00 am Conference
Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference

For more information about the conference and call for papers, visit: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/laspp

Call for papers: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/laspp/call-for-papers

Friday, March 23

11:30 am Lecture
Keynote Speaker
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Dr. Carlos E. Ponce is the director for Latin America programs at Freedom House. Ponce previously worked as the General Coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy, and has been a consultant for a variety of organizations focused on strengthening civil society, developing mechanisms to protect human rights defenders, and solidifying democratic institutions in the region.

Ponce is also a member of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy, the ISC of the Community of Democracies, and is the General Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy. He received a Ph.D in Law and Policy from Northeastern University, and also holds Master’s degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, a Master of Arts degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, a JD from the Andres Bello Catholic University.

www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas

Saturday, March 24

(All day) Conference
Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes African Studies Conference
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and U.S. Department of Education
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The African Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its inaugural, regional one-day conference on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes African Studies Conference creates a space for the sharing of ideas and broader intellectual engagement for Africanist faculty, researchers, and graduate students from across the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions. Seeing the need for opportunities for scholarly development and networking among educators and researchers in African Studies outside of the annual meeting of the African Studies Association, we invite Africanists from universities, community colleges, HBCUs, and other academic institutions in the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, and New York to participate in the conference. The larger goal is to stimulate a regional intellectual community for Africanist scholars and researchers across a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds and institutions.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Moses Ochonu, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of History in the Department of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of three books (including Colonialism by Proxy: Hausa Imperial Agents and Middle Belt Consciousness in Nigeria, which was a finalist for the 2015 Herskovits prize), numerous articles, and is a frequent public commentator on history and politics in Nigeria and the larger African continent. Co-sponsors for this conference also include the Department of Africana Studies, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Education.

The conference organizers have limited travel funds available to support conference participants who are more than three hours away from the University of Pittsburgh. If you are interested, please contact Yolanda Covington-Ward at ydc1@pitt.edu to request an application for travel funds.

Registration for the conference is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided. The deadline for conference abstracts is March 1, 2018. To present at the conference, please submit an abstract of 150 to 200 words through the online registration form. Participants will be notified of their acceptance within one week of the abstract deadline. A conference website with the full agenda will also be posted before the conference takes place.

Register and Submit Abstracts here: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8DrDS8WEoTbhm4d

You may also register on the website of the University of Pittsburgh African Studies program: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/africa/

Please direct any questions or concerns to Yolanda Covington-Ward at ydc1@pitt.edu.

2:00 pm Film
Serbian Film Festival
Location:
232 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Serb National Federation
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2:00 PM: THE PROMISE
Release Year: 2016
Runtime: 74 minutes
Directed By: Zeljko Mirkovic

In a remote village in the southeast of Serbia something unexpected has happened. All of a sudden, a French family has moved to a poor place deserted by the young. They believe they have found a promised land for growing grapes and winemaking. But they have found only old people in the village, distrusting people with old habits. A new challenge awaited them back home in France – how to persuade sommeliers that superior wine can be made in an unknown region? Can they awake hope and breathe a new life into the old village? This marvelous documentary about winemaking in Serbia won nine international awards so far.

3:30 PM: SERBS ON CORFU
Release Year: 2016
Runtime: 99 minutes
Author: Sladjana Zaric

A documentary by Radio Television of Serbia describing one of the most tragic events faced by the Serbian people – the exile of the entire nation, army, and government of Serbia to the island Corfu, Greece during World War I. In order to avoid a capitulation of their country to the Austro-Hungary Empire, the Serbian Government and army (including the civilian population) decide to leave their own country and cross Albania during the dead of winter to reach the Allies at the Adriatic Sea. This was a unique case in world history that an entire nation immigrated to save their lives.

6:00 PM: SANTA MARIA della SALUTE
Release Year: 2016
Runtime: 117 minutes
Directed By: Zdravko Sotra

An enjoyable biographical story about the love between one of the most famous Serbian poets, Laza Kostic, renowned for his sublime poems, and an attractive, educated, charming, and rich young girl, Lenka Dundjerski. Lenka was the daughter of Kostic’s friend, Lazar Dundjerski. She had read Kostic’s poetry before she met him, and he was thirty years older than her. The love affair inspired one of the most beautiful love poems of Serbian and European poetry, Santa Maria della Salute. The movie was one of most popular movies in Serbia in 2016 and 2017.

Tuesday, March 27

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag/Panel Discussion
Conversations on Europe - Elections in Italy: A Next Wave for Populism?
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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In-person or remote participation in this virtual roundtable is possible, and audience questions are encouraged.

For information, contact adelnore@pitt.edu.

4:00 pm Lecture
Connected Seas: the Baltic Sea in a wider Oceanic World
Location:
232 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of History

Wednesday, March 28

9:00 am Workshop
Rethinking South-South Cooperation: India and Brazil in the 21st Century
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Latin American Studies
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The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to host the workshop "Rethinking South-South Cooperation: India and Brazil in the 21st Century" on March 28, 2018. Organized as a partnership between the Center for Latin American Studies and the Asian Studies Center, the workshop links with the successful international conference at Renmin University (China) that focused on the trilateral relationships between China, the United States, and Latin America. The "Rethinking South-South Cooperation" workshop will analyze the growing relationship between India and Brazil from a multidisciplinary perspective. More specifically, we are excited to focus on the issues of governance and population management, with specific sessions dedicated to South-South Governance, Mega-Events and Global Repercussions, Urbanization and Megacities, and Policing and Politics. Using India and Brazil as a model, the workshop hopes to consider how comparative politics along a south-south axis can elicit different concerns and tactics than a more traditional global or north/south, colonial comparative model.

Thursday, March 29 until Friday, March 30

10:00 am Symposium
John Beverley International Symposium
Location:
University of Pittsburgh: University Club
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
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John Beverley: International Symposium
University of Pittsburgh – University Club

In recognition of Professor John Beverley’s retirement next year, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures is hosting an international symposium titled, "JOHN BEVERLEY AND THE URGENCY OF LATIN AMERICANISM IN TIMES OF CONFLICTING GLOBALIZATION". This international symposium is scheduled for March 29-30, 2018, at the University of Pittsburgh – University Club.
http://www.hispanic.pitt.edu/news-story/john-beverley-international-symp...

Thursday, March 29

2:00 pm Lecture
European Climate Politics and Activism from Local to Global
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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European climate and energy policies have been leading the world for several years, and climate activism has long been visible in many European cities and campuses. So what’s new in EU climate policy and activism? What’s next for EU climate politics in the age of the Trump Administration’s global gaslighting?

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