Tensions are heating up over North Korea's nuclear program, intensified by an exchange of insults between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Will the conflict between the two countries result in war? Why does North Korea want nuclear weapons? For aggression? Or for self-defense? Do South Koreans regard a nuclearized North as an existential threat or as something they can live with? How would a new Korean War end?
Week of February 18, 2018 in UCIS
Sunday, February 18
Monday, February 19
Professor Sunderland received his BA in Russian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and his masters and doctorate in history from Indiana University. Since joining the department in 1996, he has taught in the fields of Russia and the Soviet Union, modern Europe, and world history.
Sunderland's principal research interests are in the history of the Russian Empire in the modern period. In conducting his work, he has lived and traveled extensively in the Russian Federation and the other states of the former Soviet Union.
His most recent book, The Baron's Cloak: A History of the Russian Empire in War and Revolution, appeared with Cornell University Press in 2014 and has been recognized with publication awards from the Association for the Study of the Nationalities (ASN), the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), and the Ohio Academy of History.
Sunderland's current book-in-progress focuses on the history of Russia's encounters with Eurasia and the broader world in the 18th century.
In July 2015, he began a position as co-editor for the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.
Tuesday, February 20
The play, originally created in Tamil, is a collection of writing by and about Tamil speaking women who traveled across oceans from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka for work or were displaced by war. The script consists of poetry, traditional folk songs, excerpts from short stories and government documents. The stories date back to the early 19th Century to the present day. While translating the play in English, the Marapachchi team found that the play works on many registers. While the play is about Tamil-speaking women, the incidents and stories may resonate with other contexts and histories.
Karuppi is a production of Marapachchi Theatre, a feminist theatre collective based in Madras, India.
The play is mostly in English with some Tamil sections. Written translation of Tamil will be provided.
Ponni Arasu is a queer feminist researcher, historian, and activist from Tamilnadu, India. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto and holds a Masters in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, as well as a Bachelor degree in Law. Ponni has worked on issues related to sexuality, labour, law and caste in South Asia as an activist, researcher and legal practitioner. She has worked in multiple capacities as an activist and theatre practitioner in northern and eastern Sri Lanka for the past twelve years. Her last major project was to initiate the creation of an archive of oral history on women in social movements in different parts of India in the 1970s. This project was commissioned by the Indian Association of Women Studies and Zubaan Books. Her PhD research addresses the history of Tamil Nadu in Southern India (1950-70) studying the formation of publics from a gender perspective.
CLAS-Latin American Cinema Series 2018/ CLAS- Serie de Cine Latinoamericano 2018
El Amparo (Rober Calzadilla, Venezuela, 2016)
G-23 Public Health Building
6:30 p.m. Pizza
7:00 p.m. Movie
At the end of the 80's, by the creeks of the Arauca river, near the Colombian-Venezuelan border, two men survived the brutality of a shooting in which 14 of their mates were killed. They claimed to be mere fishermen, but the Venezuelan army accused them to be guerrilla fighters, intimidating them in every possible way and even attempting to remove them from the cell where they were guarded by a policeman. Their neighbors prevented their transfer, but the pressure they faced to give in and submit the official version was overwhelming.
For more information, please visit https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/list.
Sponsored by: The Center for Latin American Studies and the Spanish Film Club by Pragda.
Wednesday, February 21
Thursday, February 22 until Saturday, February 24
The inland rivers of Central Eurasia intersect vast regions, sustain diverse communities, and inform social identities. This symposium will explore how efforts to control and exploit the various potentials of these waterways reflect economic, political, and cultural histories that continue to shape local relationships of aquatic and anthropoid life. The speakers are part of a growing international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who focus on water and society in Central Eurasia and engage conversations of urgent concern and global relevance. Central Eurasia has become known for the ways in which multiple countries have for decades contested the natural resources of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya although these rivers feed hydroelectric power production and agriculture at the expense of ecology—tragically shrinking the Aral Sea. Symposium participants will consider cross-cutting issues that center on cases of navigation, flood control, channel management, irrigation, and dam construction. This emphasis will promote a broad discussion with our audience about water-society relationships within globalizing contexts of the modern world.
For more information, please see: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/rivers-symposium.
Thursday, February 22
Dr. Hoover is a lecturer in Political Theory in the School of Politics and International Politics at Queen Mary University of London. He has worked previously at City University London, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he also received his PhD. For the past several years he has focused on the use of human rights by diverse political movements in order to take the measure of both their limitations and their promise for a more radically democratic world. His latest research project rethinks questions of global justice by focusing on the injustices experienced in contemporary urban life to develop an argument in favor of more inclusive and democratic cities. Dr. Hoover's work on the human right to housing and the right to the city have led to collaborations with housing rights groups in the USA and the UK, including the FOCUS E15 campaign in East London. He is also the co-convener and chair of the BISA Ethics and World Politics Working Group.
Round Table Discussion
Gendered Language: Tradition or Barrier to Equality?
Thursday, February 22nd at 4:00 pm
Center for Latin American Studies
4200 Posvar Hall (inside the UCIS office)
The CLAS Round Table Discussions are monthly Panoramas-sponsored events meant to facilitate meaningful dialogues on current issues in Latin America.
Pizza will be provided!
The talk will discuss some examples of the very important but changing roles of rivers in history (the small Akerselva in Oslo, Norway, the Derwent in England, the Indus, and the Huang He in China). Based on these cases it will discuss modernization theories that dominated international discourse on development after World War II, theories that disregarded the role of water in historical developments.
For more information, please see: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/rivers-symposium.
Professor Dennis Jett is a distinguished diplomat and academic, having served as U.S. ambassador to Peru and Mozambique under the Clinton administration. His experience and expertise focus on international relations, foreign administration, and American foreign policy.
Jones will be joined by musicians Idris Ackamoor on tenor and alto sax and the bass and percussion groove of the Pyramids. The group will include excerpts of several of their significant performances, including the spoken word musical tone poem, "THE GRANDMA COLE STORY," a stinging indictment of the slave trade as told through the eyes of a ten year old African girl held captured aboard a slave ship. "CHINA LANE" tells the story through spoken word and music of a forbidden love affair between a Chinese laundry proprietor and a freed slave. "MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH" deals with the current immigration crisis in Europe and features a family of Albanian refugees escaping into Germany aboard a train in search for a better life. Additional excerpts will be performed.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Friday, February 23 until Sunday, February 25
With each emerging infectious disease, the interconnectedness of populations around the globe becomes more pronounced. Diseases not only affect the health of communities, but they have a profound impact on political, economic, and social stability within countries and regions. This course engages the interdisciplinary nature of global health by approaching the issue through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the United Nations. The SDGs range in focus from good health and well-being to gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. By engaging the ways that health has a stake in these goals, the course will bring the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and CMU to understand and address the issue surrounding global health from a myriad of perspectives and avenues. With a project-based focus, the course will assist students in engaging and impacting their local community though a global issue.
To register before January 26 (add/drop) PS 1903-1010 (10182). To register after January 26 please contact Veronica Dristas, Associate Director.
Friday, February 23
This talk is about the Andean conception about land, water, and the greater nature, from a realist approach and a fantastic realism based perspective.
The talk is in Spanish!
Lunch will be provided.
February 23, 1 – 2:30pm
Location A521 Crabtree Hall
We will discuss:
Variance in the Latino Voting Turnout: Education, Income, and Voting Restrictions
Dr. Scott Morgenstern, Political Science
This event is intended for all of us interested in Latino Studies to meet and start a conversation
Jointly presented by the Center for Health Equity and
the Center for Latin American Studies
Faculty are invited to participate in the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) spring 2018 faculty book discussion at the University of Pittsburgh on February 23, 2018. Dinner at 5:00 PM, Book Discussion at 6:00 PM.
Amir Syed, Visiting Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World at the University of Pittsburgh will facilitate the book discussion.
The author, Ousmane Kane is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Religion & Society at Harvard University.
“Beyond Timbuktu is part of the resurgent interest in African intellectual history. This book is an important contribution to the field, as it ties trends in Muslim West African thought to the development and role of Islamic education in precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial Muslim West African societies.” -Jennifer Lofkrantz, St. Mary’s College
Fri, 2/23: This is Africa: Gala!
Details: Join us at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the ASO, and ASP for ‘This is Africa: Gala’! " This is Africa" is a gala that aims to celebrate the achievements of people from the African diaspora as well as the people who have invested time in the continent and the people. This event also aims to bring together students, faculty and community members in a environment where they can network and get to know each other. This is a black tie/ traditional wear event so come looking nice, eat and enjoy great company, performances and music. Ballroom of the O’Hara Student Center, at 4042 O’Hara Street. Please RSVP and register your attendance tickets beforehand. Tickets limited for attendance...
Beyond Timbuktu: an Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa, by Ousmane Kane. Faculty are invited to participate in the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) spring 2018 faculty book discussion at UPitt. Discussion at 6:00 PM. Amir Syed, Visiting Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World-UPitt will facilitate the book discussion. Ousmane Kane is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Religion & Society at Harvard.
Saturday, February 24
Saturday, February 24, 2017, 9am-3:30pm
Join us at the University of Pittsburgh for the Teach Africa Workshop – Indigenous Wisdom and Culture on February 24, 2017. Learn how to use free multi-media curriculum units to Strengthen the teaching of African Studies in your classroom.
Breakout sessions will include discussions and demonstrations on integrating African Studies material into your classroom. Several examples are listed: #Me too: Connecting gender issues from Ethiopia to America, Through an African Lens: Positive Racial Identity Development, Best Practices for Integrating Languages Spoken in Africa, and even Incorporating Indigenous Ways of Knowing into STEAM Classrooms.
Speakers include experts from the Carnegie Museum of History, Fulbright Hays Educators who designed cutting edge multi-media Ethiopian curriculum units, and in the field language teachers.
All teachers and administrators are welcome whether you are an expert on teaching Africa or this is the first time you have even considered it.
Act 48 credits will be available to interested attendees with
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please register with Anna-Maria.
Contact Anna-Maria Karnes at 412-624-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The annual Pittsburgh Asia Consortium Undergraduate Research Conference is the largest undergraduate conference on Asian studies in Pennsylvania. Presentations come from many disciplines and on any part of geographical Asia, including the Middle East.
This is the culmination of a month of workshops with Pitt students exploring the creative process and utilizing autobiographical history as a vehicle for performance. Using movement, text, text-writing, vocalizations, theatre games, memory exercises, autobiographical musings, and storytelling, Rhodessa Jones will demonstrate her use of "art as social activism" to create social change.