Week of April 8, 2018 in UCIS

Thursday, March 22 until Sunday, April 8

(All day) Festival
2018 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival
Carnegie Mellon University
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of The Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University
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The mission of the Carnegie Mellon International “Faces” Film Festival is to engage the Pittsburgh community with all-encompassing programming that promotes cultural exchange and expression, and through film, illuminates the local and global ethnic communities which seldom have opportunities to celebrate their artwork and culture on a large public scale. By collaborating with guest filmmakers, arts organizations, and local businesses, the festival creates a platform for these ethnic groups to expose the Pittsburgh community to their cultures, allows attendees to identify and relate to their own origins, and for cinematic artists to engage audiences with their films and dialogues.

Tuesday, April 10

4:30 pm Workshop
Digital Portfolio Drop-In Sessions
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
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:

How to Work in Archives in Eastern Europe and Germany

Archival Skills

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
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.

11:30 am Colloquium/Lecture Series / Brown Bag
European Colloquium Session
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
2:00 pm Lecture
Critical Research on Africa
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, 3800 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
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
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