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Global Health
Global Health explores the risks and opportunities of globalization for the health of the world population, including the increased spread of diseases across borders and oceans, and the enhanced ability to alert populations and health organizations about epidemics. It also addresses international emergency response systems for health epidemics in different parts of the world.
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Global Economy
Global Economy explores the changing reach and nature of economic flows and political organization under conditions of globalization, raising issues such as international economic growth and crisis, global competition.
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Global Security
Global Security explores international, ethnic, and religious conflicts, and considers ways of preventing and resolving conflicts, including negotiation and fostering of deeper cross-cultural understanding. It raises issues such as the role of the United Nations, armed intervention, non-governmental organizations, humanitarian relief, terrorism, international law, and diplomacy.
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Global Society
Global Society explores how our understanding of who we are changes under globalization, exploring issues such as race, religion, nationality, history, and gender. It addresses the interchange of ideas between cultures, movements of people, international rights, and other factors impacting cultural development in different parts of the world.


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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 9

Global Studies Welcome Reception
Welcome Back Reception for Students, Staff and Faculty
4:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Please join the Global Studies Center for our annual welcome back reception. Meet current and new students, faculty, Global Studies fellows and staff, and learn about new Global Studies initiatives on campus.

Refreshments served....bring a friend or colleague too!

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Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13

Brazil Today
Economy, Technology, and People
5:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room 2400, Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with Department of Economics, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, the Swanson School of Engineering, International Business Center, College of Business Administration and Carnegie Mellon University
Veronica Dristas
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Brazil Today is a one-credit (Pitt)/ three-unit (CMU) mini course, consisting of 14 hours of classes over a weekend, with a major paper assignment to be completed for credit. This course is created for undergraduate and graduate students. However, K-12 educators, business and community members are welcome to attend all or sections of the course for free. The course will open with two keynote lectures on Friday evening on an overview of the issues. This will be followed by instructional lectures on Saturday on the various themes by experts in the fields. Sunday morning will be a discussion of two case studies and a panel discussion by the speakers on future challenges and some possible projections/ recommendations.

Thursday, September 24

Media, Citizenship, Democracy
(All day)
123 University Place
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies

A platform for ideas, questions, and concerns about today's most pressing political and social issues, domestic and international.

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Friday, October 30

GSC/CERIS Fall 2015 Book Discussion Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace
Book discussion for K-16 and librarians
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Robert Matson, Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA (or online)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies and Seton Hill University
Elaine LInn
Contact Phone:
412 648-2113
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Educators and librarians are invited to attend this book discussion to expand self knowledge and to integrate into curriculum when applicable. Participate in-person or via video conference

5:00 PM Dinner (Free), Dining Hall, Administration Building
6:30 PM Book Discussion, Online or in-person at Reeves Memorial Library,

Author Paul Moses captures the lives of St. Francis and Sultan al-Kamil and illuminates the political intrigue and religious fervor of their time. In the process, it reveals a startlingly timely story of interfaith conflict, war, and the search for peace. More than simply a dramatic adventure, though it does not lack for colorful saints and sinners, loyalty and betrayal, and thrilling Crusade narrative, The Saint and the Sultan brings to life an episode of deep relevance for all who seek to find peace between the West and the Islamic world. Winner of the 2010 Catholic Press Association Book Award for History.

Dr. Robert Matson, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown will facilitate the discussion.

To attend dinner and book discussion register at http://www.cerisnet.org/resource/faculty-readers-forum

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