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.
Week of April 8, 2018 in UCIS
Thursday, March 22 until Sunday, April 8
Sunday, April 8
Human Flow is an epic portrait of mass migration that understands how a lack of empathy often stems from a failure of imagination.”
- David Ehrlich, Indiewire
Artist, activist, and director Ai Weiwei captures the worldwide refugee crisis in this breathtakingly epic journey. In this global point of view, Weiwei visits 23 different countries to follow refugees’ quest for things every human needs: safety, shelter, peace, and the opportunity to be who we are.
Ai Weiwei is a renowned artist born in Beijing and currently works in both Beijing and Berlin. Ai is known for working in a variety of mediums, from architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, to express new ways to examine global society and its values. Recent exhibitions include: Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., translocation - transformation at 21er Haus in Vienna, and #SafePassage at Foam in Amsterdam. He currently serves as the Einstein Visiting Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. Ai has made numerous award-winning documentaries about social and political issues, including Disturbing the Peace (2009), So Sorry (2012), and Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥15,220,910.50 (2014).
Once a month, Spectacles invites religious studies, cultural studies, and film studies enthusiasts to join together and watch a movie with religious themes. Afterwards, religious studies majors will lead an open discussion about the movie. And of course, there will be snacks! This month, we will be showing our final movie of the semester.
Introduced by Kuhu Tanvir, PhD student in Film and Media Studies.
Satyajit Ray’s 1955 debut of Pather Panchali introduced an eloquent and important new cinematic voice that made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali, which won an award for Best Human Document at Cannes, is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power. Satyajit Ray, India, 1955, 2h 5min
This film is part of the Classic Asian Film Series held weekly at Regent Square.
Tuesday, April 10
This event is free and open to public. Two presentations will be given on that day:
Challenging Car Culture: Shifting Bikes into the US Cultural Norm-- by SCAE Ph.D. student, Christopher Chirdon
A Qualitative Study on the Knowledge Structure of Front-Line Workers in Service Occupations-- by IISE Visiting Scholar, Zheng Li
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
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
Strategies for Career Building and Publishing in the EU versus the US
Gianni Clementi is a prolific Italian playwright who has written a number of plays that deconstruct common stereotypes about immigration and look critically at notions of both Italianess and otherness. Drawing on postcolonial theory and migration studies, this paper considers how Clementi's plays, "Ben Hur", "Finis Terrae" and "Clandestini" challenge the otherness with which immigrants are often charged in Italy's media and politics and focuses on the notion of mare nostrum as a hybrid site where individuals of different races and ethnicities negotiate their respective differences.
In order to challenge the homogenizing rhetoric of national identity, Clementi interweaves African legends, Judeo-Christian narratives, and various languages and dialects. The playwright successfully confounds the temporal frames of his plays so that the current migration in the Mediterranean becomes reminiscent of both the Atlantic Middle Passage of African slaves and the 19th and 20th-century Italian emigration. These dramaturgical strategies create meaningful frames of reference through which spectators can experience the limitations of geopolitics, engage with a postcolonial critique of Italian history, and reflect on the possibility of peaceful cohabitation.
Thursday, April 12
This three-day symposium offers a synthetic analysis of race and racism around the themes of embodied practices and habits. The symposium will involve both working papers and three public plenary talks. While implicit bias is regularly defined as an unconscious or involuntary behavior, some researchers are utilizing the language of "habit" in order to explain the development and practice of automatic racist stereotyping and discriminatory actions. This turn to the importance of habit and embodiment has recently garnered broad support from both qualitative and quantitative methods of research. For more information about the symposium, contact Dr. Brock Bahler (email@example.com).
Thursday, April 12 until Monday, April 23
Thursday April 5th - 7pm FINCHE' C'E' PROSECCO (The Last Prosecco) @ Alumni Hall
Friday April 6th - 7pm EARS - ORECCHIE (Ears) @ Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Saturday April 7th - 7pm L'ORDINE DELLE COSE (The Order of Things) @ Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Wednesday April 18th - 7pm FUNNE, LE RAGAZZE CHE SOGNAVANO IL MARE (Funne, Sea Dreaming Girls) @ Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Thursday April 19th - 7pm EASY @ Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Friday April 20th - 7pm TUTTO QUELLO CHE VUOI (Friends By Chance) @ Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Saturday April 21st - 7pm IN GUERRA PER AMORE (At War for Love) @ Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Questions about the festival? Contact Pittsburgh's Spotlight Sponsor of the Festival, Istituto Mondo Italiano, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 13
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.
Dr. Keota Fields [UMass, Dartmouth], “Implicit Biases as Perceptual Skills: Is Anyone to Blame?”
Dr. Katherine Tullmann [Grand Valley State University], “Implicit Bias and Racialized Seeing: Development, Harm, and Moral Responsibility”
Dr. Dan Flory [Montana State University], “Three Kinds of Racialized Disgust in Film”
Dr. Janine Jones [UNC Greensboro], “Perceiving Anti-Black Space: Where’s the Glitch?”
Lacey Davidson [PhD candidate, Purdue University] & Dr. Daniel Kelly [Purdue], “Minding the Gap: Individual Biases, Soft Structures, and the Psychology of Social Norms”
Dr. Terrance MacMullan [Eastern Washington University], “The American Redoubt and the Coyolxauqui Imperative”
What does it mean to solve a city through bodies? This paper draws from ongoing ethnographic research in a municipal public hospital trauma ward in Mumbai. The talk centers on a key figure in this context, the “Unknown” patient — this is the term for a patient who arrives to the ward without clear identity. Unknown patients underscore the challenge of trying to survive without kin. As mysteries of personhood get worked out alongside resuscitation, surgery, and intensive care, the ward's ethics and actions cut through different genres of sociality, including state bureaucracy, hospital emergency drama, detective mystery, and pulp crime. Problems of the city become problems for medicine and law to solve together. Knowing and feeling noir urbanism meshes with knowing and feeling bodily injury and repair. Ultimately, this raises broader questions about how to understand bodies and cities in tandem.
This three-day symposium offers a synthetic analysis of race and racism around the themes of embodied practices and habits. The symposium will involve both working papers and three public plenary talks. While implicit bias is regularly defined as an unconscious or involuntary behavior, some researchers are utilizing the language of "habit" in order to explain the development and practice of automatic racist stereotyping and discriminatory actions. This turn to the importance of habit and embodiment has recently garnered broad support from both qualitative and quantitative methods of research.
Saturday, April 14
The public is invited to attend the 2018 Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) Symposium. The day will highlight the work of our faculty and students at our 30 member institutions. It will also serve as a celebration of the first fifteen years of CERIS’s accomplishments. This conference will take place on Saturday starting at 8:45 AM in 719 Fisher Hall with welcoming remarks. Studenst from 9 institutions will present their work from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, poetry reading by University of Pittsburgh student Emilio Rodriguez "Love, Worship, War, Life", our keynote address by Amir Hussian "Researching and Teaching about American Muslims" is at 11:00 AM, lunch at 12 Noon. Faculty from 8 institutions will present their research on simultaneous panels from 1 PM - 2:30 PM, and CERIS reflections will conclude the day. For complete program go to http://www.cerisnet.org/resource/2018-ceris-research-symposium.
Dr. Hanan al-Khalaf [Kuwait University], “The Structure of Embodied Oppression: A Merleau-Pontyan Approach to Iris Young”
Dr. Erin Beeghly [University of Utah], “Embodiment & Oppression: Reflections on Haslanger”
Will Penman [ABD, CMU], “Rhetorical Debriefing as a Strategy for Rewriting Racial Logics”
Dr. Brock Bahler [University of Pittsburgh], “The Embodied Practices of Whiteness: Child Development, Extended Mind, and Habitus”
The Center for Latin American Studies: Latin American & Caribbean Festival
Latin American & Caribbean Festival (CLAS)
April 14, 2018
Free and open to the public.
Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Galleria, First Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
University of Pittsburgh
This three-day symposium offers a synthetic analysis of race and racism around the themes of
embodied practices and habits. The symposium will involve both working papers and three public
plenary talks. While implicit bias is regularly defined as an unconscious or involuntary behavior, some
researchers are utilizing the language of "habit" in order to explain the development and practice
of automatic racist stereotyping and discriminatory actions. This turn to the importance of habit and
embodiment has recently garnered broad support from both qualitative and quantitative methods of
Dr. Celine Leboeuf [Florida International University], “Reforming Racializing Bodily Habits: Mindfulness Meditation as an Intervention”
Dr. David Mills [Champlain College], “You Must Change Your Life: Sloterdijk, Religion, and Race”
For 20 years, the University Gamelan has given audiences the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich sounds of Indonesian Gamelan. Come celebrate with Pitt students, faculty, and special guest artists.
Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $8.50; non-Pitt students and seniors are $5. At the door: general admission is $12; non-Pitt students and seniors are $8. Pitt students: free with valid ID.