Events in UCIS

Monday, April 2

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!

Tuesday, April 3

4:00 pm Lecture
1968: The Year that Rocked Pittsburgh
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
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 along with University Honors College
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Presented by Emily Ruby or the Heinz History Center. Part of the Global Legacies of 1968 Series, sponsored by the University Honors College.

6:30 pm Film
Red Gringo (Chile)
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

Red Gringo (Miguel Angel Vidaurre & Will Roberts, Chile, 2016)
English subtitles
G-23 Public Health Building
6:30 p.m. Pizza
7:00 p.m. Movie
Free and open to the public!

The North American singer Dean Reed travels to Chile in 1962, with the hope of making the most of the fame gained with a couple of radio hits. Deeply shocked by the political and social issues of the country, he decides to travel through Latin America giving concerts, shooting films and making photo stories. In the meantime he suffers an ideological transformation that will lead him to excentric ways of political commitment. 'Gringo Rojo' is a pop memory exercise that gathers all the pieces of his life in Chile and the rest of the world.

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
After Spring
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, millions of people continue to be displaced. AFTER SPRING is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

Wednesday, April 4

12:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa Series: Hang Them! Popular Music and the Politics of Participation and Belonging in Homophobic Uganda
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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Hang Them! Popular Music and the Politics of Participation and Belonging in Homophobic Uganda

Wednesday April 4, 2018 - 12 – 1:30pm - 4130 WWPH

Dr. Charles Lwanga is a recent graduate of the School of Music He holds a Ph.D in Composition and Theory (2012) and a Ph.D in Ethnomusicology (2018) from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a visiting assistant professor of Music at Skidmore College in New York where he teaches theory and ethnomusicology. He will be sharing his research and work experience as a composer.

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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What is life like under authoritarian regimes, especially for writers, artists, and other creative thinkers whose aim is to loosen, bend, and even break the rules? Do harsh regulations constrict or condone innovative artistic practices? How can authors subvert authoritarianism through writing? What happens if they get caught? 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.

For this session we will read Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie and hear from Pitt Prof. Jeanette Jouili (Religious Studies).

Thursday, April 5

(All day) Deadline--Call for Papers/Symposium
XIV Undergraduate Research Symposium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with and the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), Hispanic Languages and Literature and Literarure, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and and the Honors Collegue
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April 5, 2018

Symposium

XVI Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Opportunity!
Call for Papers (Deadline for submissions: March 12, 2018)

Submit a 150-200 word abstract to the following address:
hllugrad@pitt.edu

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, April 6

1:30 pm Symposium
Documenting Diasporas: Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Latinos
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with University Center for Int'l Studies (UCIS), Africana Studies, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and and The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
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Documenting Diasporas: Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Latinos
Symposium 04/06
1:00-6:00 p.m.
4130 Posvar Hall

Features Panelists:
Dr. Sherwin Bryant, African American Studies, Northwestern University
Dr. Kia Lilly Caldwell, African American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
Dr. Jennifer A. Jones, Sociology, Notre Dame University
Dr. Solsiree Del Moral, American Studies, Amherst College

African-descended populations in Latin America total over 150 million and nearly one quarter of the 57 million Latinos in the U.S. identify as Afro-Latino. This symposium highlights the range of sources – archival, literary, oral, digital, and visual – that researchers engage to analyze historical and contemporary diasporic experiences of Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Latinos.

For more information, email: pittmrv@gmail.com or lavst12@pitt.edu

Saturday, April 7

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.

Tuesday, April 10

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, April 11

12:00 pm Workshop
Professional Development Webinars - Doing Research on Eastern Europe in the EU: Research Infrastructures, Grant Models, and Career Mobility
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 third in a professional development series co-sponsored by the American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the European Studies Center. This webinar will focus on career patterns in academia as well as in the field of infrastructure development in EU-countries. Participants will learn about the formats, chances and challenges for developing a strategy for one’s transnational career path. Against this backdrop and providing significant examples, Peter Haslinger will explain about bilateral and cross-European funding programs - this will also include some thoughts about advancing transatlantic exchange in the field of Eastern European Studies.

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.

Webinars scheduled for Fall 2018:

August
How to Work in Archives in Eastern Europe and Germany

September
Archival Skills

October
Strategies for Career Building and Publishing in the EU versus the US

Friday, April 13

(All day) Symposium
European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2018
Location:
527, 538, and 548 WPU
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and International Business Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
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The European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. Selected participants will give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

2:00 pm Lecture
Critical Research on Africa
Location:
3800 WWPH, Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
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Healing Communities: The Convergence of Environment, Slavery, and Spirituality in the African-Atlantic World

Friday April 13, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 4130 WWPH

Ras Michael Brown, PhD, Department of History, Southern Illinois University

Dr. Ras Michael Brown holds a joint appointment in History and Africana Studies and teaches courses on World History, the African Diaspora, the Atlantic World, and Religion. He researches the religious and environmental cultures of African-descended people throughout the African-Atlantic Diaspora with particular attention given to the cultures of West-Central Africans and their descendants in the United States South. His book, African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry (Cambridge University Press, 2012), examines perceptions of the natural world in the religious ideas and practices of African-descended communities in the Lowcountry from the colonial period into the twentieth century. African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry has been awarded the 2013 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions by the Journal of Africana Religions. Professor Brown's current projects include articles on the diverse kinds of encounters maintained by African-descended people with Catholic and Protestant Christianity, the contested and convergent meanings of the natural environment among enslaved people and enslavers in the South Carolina Lowcountry, and the special--though often overlooked--significance of nature spirits in African-Atlantic religious cultures. Additionally, his new book project explores the relationships between people and nature spirits in expanding the cultivation of "Atlantic" crops in Africa and the Diaspora and in developing ties to the spiritual landscapes of the Americas from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth century.

Saturday, April 14

(All day) Symposium
2018 Islamic Studies Research Symposium
Location:
Duquesne University
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) and Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue (CCMD) at Duquesne University
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CERIS is hosting a symposium to highlight faculty and student research and to celebrate 15 years since inception. The day will include both faculty and student panels along with a keynote speaker. Presentations will be organized along the following themes:
Social Change
Cultural & Artist Representation
Policies and International Politics
Theology, Doctrine, and Practice
Emerging Economies and Technologies

12:00 pm Festival
Latin American & Caribbean Festival
Location:
Wesley W. Posvar Hall: Galleria, First Floor
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Center for Latin American Studies: Latin American & Caribbean Festival

Latin American & Caribbean Festival (CLAS)
April 14, 2018
Noon-8 pm
Free and open to the public.

Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Galleria, First Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
University of Pittsburgh

http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/festival

Tuesday, April 17

4:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
1968: What Have We Learned
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
6:30 pm Film
Canal Stories (Panama)
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

HISTORIAS DEL CANAL (Panama, 2014)
English subtitles
G-23 Public Health Building
6:30 p.m. Pizza
7:00 p.m. Movie
Free and open to the public!

Five shorts spanning a century on lives impacted by the Panama Canal.

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.

Friday, April 20 until Saturday, April 21

9:00 am Workshop
Moot ICC
Location:
Pitt Law School
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for International Legal Education
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This competition introduces high school students to international law. Students read a case written by law students, write memorials, and argue before judges.

Saturday, April 21

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

Friday, April 27

3:00 pm Reception
UCIS Graduation Celebration
Location:
Ballroom, O'Hara Student Center
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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Students from all UCIS centers graduating in Spring and Summer 2018 are invited with their families to join this UCIS wide ceremony celebrating their completion of the certificate or BPHIL/IAS.