Week of January 21, 2018 in UCIS

Monday, January 22

12:00 pm Lecture
Regionalism Resurgent: Political Machines and Labor Migration in Russia
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
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The centralization of political and economic power in Russia has been a theme of Vladimir Putin's reign, gaining control over regional governments through the Kremlin's party of power, United Russia. Against this trend of curtailing contests of federalism, migration policy has emerged as a policy arena in which we observe regions claiming authority against the federal government. Through a qualitative investigation of four regions, this research argues that migration policy will remain a conduit for regions to secure political power for the foreseeable future, as Russia maintains its position as host to the world's third-largest immigrant population.

Wednesday, January 24

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe - Wind, Water, Sun: Clean Energy in Europe
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Thursday, January 25

3:00 pm Information Session
Uganda Field Seminar & Internship- summer 2018
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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In Summer 2018, you can join this field-based seminar and internship opportunity counting towards your African Studies Program certificate and graduation! Applications are being accepted. Come to the info session on 1/25 at 3PM (grads and undergrads from any school/department). If you are interested in attending, email Kelsey at kew132@pitt.edu.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
EUSA Roundtable: “Will the EU Fall Apart?”
Location:
Posvar 4130, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association
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Speakers will include: Abe Newman, Frederic Merand, Matthias Matthijs, and Rachel Epstein

Free and open to the Public
-Advanced registration is requested via https://eusa_roundtable.eventbrite.com

Co-sponsored by the European Union Studies Association, European Horizons – Pitt Chapter, and the German American Chamber of Commerce

4:30 pm Lecture
Biopolitics, Mobility, and the Politics of Migrant Dispersal
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center
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Dr. Tazzioli is a Lecturer in the Geography Department at Swansea University and Visiting Lecturer in Forced Migration at City University of London. She is the author of Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings (2014), co-author with Glenda Garelli of Tunisia as a Revolutionized Space of Migration (2016), and co-editor of Foucault and the History of Our Present (2015). She is co-founder of the journal Materialifoucaultian. Her talk will focus on the Political aspects of Migrant Dispersal and the way biopolotics and mobility factor into migration today.

Friday, January 26

8:30 am Conference
Best Practices Showcasing Globalization Across the Curriculum
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia
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This conference will bring together Pennsylvania faculty with peers affiliated with the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia for a workshop on innovative ways to internationalize curricula at community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

To attend, please register by January 19, 2018 via https://tinyurl.com/yaf5hjod.

3:00 pm Lecture
Food fights at the WTO: political economy of India's focus on food security in international trade negotiations
Location:
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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India is both a major agricultural producer and exporter. Therefore, its steadfast focus on food security and defensive position at the agricultural negotiations surprises observers. In my work I analyze the socio-economic constraints and the political processes that have shaped this focus on food security since the beginning of the Doha Round of negotiations in 2001. Even though Indian agriculture has gone through notable changes since then, India faces substantial challenges in its attempt at structural transformation from an agrarian to a non-agrarian state. These domestic challenges shape India's position on agriculture at the multilateral trade negotiations.

This event is open for public and some Indian refreshments will be served.

6:00 pm Festival
ASO 6th Annual African King & Queen Pageant
Location:
O'Hara Ballroom
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of African Student Organization (ASO)
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The African students organization (ASO) is a student led organization on campus that is dedicated to spreading awareness about the different cultures within Africa and teaching the student body about the political and social issues that effect the continent and its diaspora. The organization does this by engaging students in biweekly general body meetings, monthly large scale events and other student gatherings. ASO also aims to engage students in community service around Pittsburgh through volunteering activities and is dedicated to giving back to the continent through Charity. Currently, ASO is partnered up with Duduzile Academy in Kenya in an effort to highlight the importance of education. Lastly, ASO wishes to create a strong community where students of African descent and any other students who are interested in learning more about African culture may come together.
We meet every other Tuesday starting January 16th in the William Pitt Union room 548 at 8:30 pm. All students interested are welcome to join ASO.

Saturday, January 27

2:00 pm Reception
Mithai Indian Sweets Tasting
Location:
Cloister, Frick Fine Arts Building
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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We will offer many different types of Indian sweets to taste and learn about sweets making and the significance of sweets in South Asia.