Events in UCIS

Monday, April 30 until Saturday, May 5

10:00 am Film
Russian Film Symposium
Location:
Daytime panels/screenings will be in Cathedral of Learning 332; Evening screenings at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
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SCHEDULE
Daytime panels/screenings will be in Cathedral of Learning 332
Evening screenings at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room

Monday 30 April
10 am: Aleksei Rybin: All Will Soon End (2016) 112 min
Response: Florence Helbing
2 pm: Iusup Razykov: Turkish Gambit (2017) 76 min
Introduction: Ol’ga Shervud
Response: Nikhil Thomas Titus

Tuesday 1 May
10 am: Lera Surkova: Pagans (2017) 92 min
Introduction: Elise Thorsen
Response: Olga Kim
2 pm: Sergei Mokritskii: Battle for Sevastopol (2015) 110 min
Introduction: Alena Solnsteva
Response: Tetyana Shlikhar

Wednesday 2 May
10 am: Andrei Kravchuk: Viking (2016) 133 min
Introduction: David Pettersen
Response: Chip Crane
2:30 pm: Roundtable 1
Nancy Condee and Alena Solnsteva
7:30 pm: Andrei Zviagintsev: Loveless (2017) 128 min
Introduction: Alena Solnsteva

Thursday 3 May
10 am: Iuliia Kolesnik: Lower Caledonia (2006) 97 min
Introduction: Anne Garrels
Response: Ellina Sattarova
7:30 pm: Pavel Chukhrai: Cold Tango (2017) 107 min
Introduction:

Friday 4 May
10 am: Kseniia Zueva: Nearest and Dearest (2017) 95 min
Introduction: Oxana Sarkisova
Response: Zhanna Budenkova
2 pm: Nikolai Lebedev: Air Crew (2016) 107 min
Introduction: John Lyon
Response: Kiun Hwang
7:30 pm: Kantemir Balagov: Closeness (2017) 118 min
Introduction: Oxana Sarkisova

Saturday 5 May
11 am: Roundtable 2
Vladimir Padunov and Ol’ga Shervud
7:30 pm: Aleksei Uchitel’: Matilda (2017) 109 min
Introduction: Ol’ga Shervud

Tuesday, May 1

12:00 pm Workshop
CCA International Marketing Competition
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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The Global Studies Center and the International Business Center work with high school language and social sciences teachers to introduce international business concepts to students through an international marketing competition. It culminates in an interscholastic competition hosted by the Global Studies Center and the IBC at Pitt, where students present their marketing plans in front of fellow competitors and a panel of judges from the academic and business communities, as well as answer audience questions. The teams that win first, second and third place in the final each receive awards recognizing their hard work.

3:00 pm Film
Screening: Itzhak
Location:
SouthSide Works Cinema
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers
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Pittsburgh Premiere
From Mozart to Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. This poignant documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

Audience Award-Best Documentary – Miami Jewish Film Festival
Best of Fest – Palm Springs International Film Festival

“A love story on many levels — Perlman’s love of music, of the violin, of life itself…” –Ray Rogers, Hollywood Reporter

To view the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/itzhak/.

7:00 pm Film
Screening: The Last Suit
Location:
Seton Hill Performing
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers
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Pittsburgh Premiere
An elderly tailor living in Buenos Aires realizes the time has come to make good on a promise he made nearly 70 years earlier in Poland. Without the approval of his controlling children and with ailing health, the sharply-dressed suit maker sets out on a journey that is fueled by a sense of duty and a quest for closure, despite the painful memories that arise as he travels toward his homeland. Imbued with delicate humor and colorful characters, this heartfelt tale conveys a moving message of the enduring importance of family, home, and honor.

Audience Award-Best Film – Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Best Spanish/Latin American film – Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Sponsored by National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University.

To watch the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/the-last-suit/

Thursday, May 3

7:30 pm Film
Screening: The Last Suit
Location:
SouthSide Works Cinema
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers
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Pittsburgh Premiere
An elderly tailor living in Buenos Aires realizes the time has come to make good on a promise he made nearly 70 years earlier in Poland. Without the approval of his controlling children and with ailing health, the sharply-dressed suit maker sets out on a journey that is fueled by a sense of duty and a quest for closure, despite the painful memories that arise as he travels toward his homeland. Imbued with delicate humor and colorful characters, this heartfelt tale conveys a moving message of the enduring importance of family, home, and honor.

Audience Award-Best Film – Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Best Spanish/Latin American film – Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Sponsored by National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University.

To watch the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/the-last-suit/

Saturday, May 5

9:00 am Teacher Training
Global Interdisciplinary Working Group
Location:
4130 Posvar
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.

9:00 am Curriculum Development/Teacher Training
Interdisciplinary Global Working Group for Educators
Location:
varies
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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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!

Free parking, Act 48 credit hours, $300 stipend, and a mini-grant (up to $200 for your team) for curricular materials of your choosing.

Sunday, May 6

1:00 pm Film
Screening: A Bag of Marbles
Location:
Hollywood Theater
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers
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Pittsburgh Premiere
Two young Jewish brothers, forced to escape Nazi-occupied Paris, must separate from their family and find their way to safety, relying only on their courage and cunning, a bit of luck, and the occasional kindness of strangers. A suspenseful family-friendly adaptation of the acclaimed memoir of Joseph Joffo, A Bag of Marbles is filled with stunning scenery, remarkable characters, and a captivating story that audiences will find hard to forget. (Adult content: language, violence)

Audience Award-Best Narrative – Boston, Miami, and San Diego Jewish Film Festivals

“…one of the best movies told about the Holocaust from a child’s point of view in a long time.” –Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post

To view the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/a-bag-of-marbles/.

Thursday, May 10

7:30 pm Film
Barefoot
Location:
1500 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee and Embassy of the Czech Republic
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Set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation, a young boy opens up a world of trouble when he inadvertently reveals that his father has been listening to resistance broadcasts from London. Director Jan Svěrák received the 2018 Czech Lion Film Fan Award for this film.

Saturday, May 12

7:30 pm Film
Masaryk
Location:
1500 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee and Embassy of the Czech Republic
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Directed by Julius Ševčík, 2016. Based on the true story of Czech diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, the son of Czechoslovakia’s founding father Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and set just before WWII. Jan desperately tries to save his homeland from Nazi occupation. This film was nominated for over 20 awards, including 12 prestigious Czech Lion Awards.

Wednesday, May 16

9:30 am Workshop/Teacher Training
Internationalizing and Globalizing the Curriculum
Location:
Community College of Beaver County
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with CCBC
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This half-day workshop will interest CCBC staff and faculty in thinking about how to internationalize and globalize their programs and curricula. Full schedule below:

9:30-10:00 Overview of UCIS Programs and Opportunities for Partnership
Maja Konitzer (Pitt, Global Studies Center) and Zsuzsánna Magdó (Pitt, Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies)

10:00-10:45 Parallel Sessions:
1. Globalizing the Curriculum--for Faculty
Roger Rouse, (Pitt, Global Studies)
2. Globalizing Student Programs--for Staff
Brice Lynn (Pitt, Study Abroad Office)

10:45-11:00 Faculty-Staff Collaborations for Internationalizing the Honors College
Brice Lynn

11:15-12:30 Workshops:
1. Introducing global concepts and content in the Humanities syllabus
Facilitated by Roger Rouse (Pitt, Global Studies)
2. Introducing global concepts and content in the STEM syllabus
Facilitated by Jessica Pickett (Pitt, Global Studies)
3. Developing student programs
Facilitated by Brice Lynn, Maja Konitzer, and Zsuzsánna Magdó (Pitt, UCIS)

12:30 Dismissal

Thursday, May 17

5:30 pm Lecture
Life of Tomas G. Masaryk
Location:
324 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee
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Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (1850 - 1937) was a Czech statesman, sociologist and philosopher. He succeeded in gaining Czechoslovak independence as a republic after World War I. He was the first President of Czechoslovakia and is called the "President Liberator."

Sunday, May 20

7:30 pm Film
Family Friend
Location:
1500 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee and Embassy of the Czech Republic
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Directed by Jan Hřebejk, 2017. This story takes place in the early 40s during German occupation when three young women and two children await the return of the imprisoned husbands and fathers from Nazi concentration camps. A family friend and doctor watches over the women forced into a family union by the war.

Friday, May 25

7:30 pm Cultural Event
Spring Concert _ Canto a la primavera
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Coro Latinoamericano
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Spring Concert: "Canto a la primavera"

Free and open to the public

Thursday, May 31

1:30 pm Symposium
The Historical Background of The Pittsburgh Agreement of 1918
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with American Friends of the Czech Republic; Friends of Slovakia
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The signing of the Pittsburgh Agreement on May 31, 1918, was a milestone leading to the establishment of an independent Czechoslovak state after World War I. The catalyst for the event was the visit to Pittsburgh of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937), who led the Slovak and Czech independence movement and later became the first President of Czechoslovakia. By the agreement, Czechs and Slovaks in the United States, acting on behalf of their compatriots in Europe, sanctioned the endeavor to bring about a union of the Czechs and Slovaks in an independent state.

Panelists discussing the historical setting of the Pittsburgh Agreement will be:
• Dr. Hugh Agnew - Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington
• Dr. Matej Hanula - Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
• Dr. Milada Polišenská - Anglo-American University, Prague

Admission free and open to the public