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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.


A 5-part video dialogue series entitled "Sustainability" or Survival? Popular Responses to Global Climate Change" with international and local leaders of NGOs highlighting effective mobilization efforts to protect themselves from the effects of global warming and to promote climate justice.
Participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium! Abstracts due February 27, 2015

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 2

Race, Sex, and Human Evolution
Race and the Bio-politics of Human Ancestry
8:00 pm
Jonathan Marks, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center; University of Pittsburgh Honors College; Department of History and Philosophy of Science; Supported by the Department of Anthropology; Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and UPMC Health Services Division

A three-part lecture series that exposes biases that underlie the study of our evolutionary past. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Centuries before fossils were accepted as being extinct human relatives, the conception of human history was based on a Great Chain of Being that not only identified numerous human races, but arranged them and males and females within them hierarchically, from the “lowest” to the “highest”. The discovery in 1857 of the first Neanderthal was seen as providing evolutionary evidence of a racial and sexual hierarchy.

Indeed, in The Descent of Man (1871), Charles Darwin wrote at length about the evolution of “civilized” from “primitive, barbaric” humans, a notion that, in various incarnations, still informs interpretations of human evolution. This lecture series will challenge preconceived notions of race and sex from the perspectives of an artist who will discuss how, with an unbiased eye, extinct humans – male and female – would have looked, an historian of science who will deconstruct the traditional concepts of “female” and “male”, and an evolutionary biologist who will bring biology into the discussion of “race”.

Wednesday, March 4

International Women's Day
International Career Toolkit Series
1:30 pm
Representatives from: UN Women, Peace Corps, Hekima Place
3610 Posvar
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Business Center, Study Abroad Office and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter
Sarah Angel Markwardt
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Are you interested in global issues? Join representatives from UN Women, Peace Corps, and Hekima Place to discuss international women’s issues and learn how you can get involved with organizations working to address inequality throughout the world. 

Tuesday, March 17

4th Annual Model African Union
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center along with World History Center, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and Department of Africana Studies
Eric Swetts
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The African Studies Program and the African Student Organization, with support from the Department of Africana Studies, Global Studies Center, World History Center, and Office for Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA), are proud to announce the 4th Annual Model African Union for high school students! This unique experiences provides students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to research and represent a given African country's interest in Parliamentary-style proceedings!

We do not charge any fees for schools to participate, and are one of only a handful of high school African Union simulations in the country! Additionally, we provide a light breakfast and African lunch for all students. We also provide African entertainment during lunch.

With 9 schools and nearly 100 students having participated last year, this event continues to grow and evolve. Join us!

If you are a teacher and have interested students, or if you are a university student and are interested in volunteering, please email ems137@pitt.edu.

Wednesday, March 18 to Thursday, March 19

Managing Risks in the Shale Industry: A Comparison of Policies Worldwide
(All day)
Faculty Organizer: Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor, GSPIA and Department of Economics Pittsburgh Athletic Association
Pittsburgh Athletic Association
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Provost Funds for Sustainability, Center for Industry Studies, University Center for Social and Urban Research and University Center for International Studies
Attendance at the conference is free, but please register. Meals are not provided.

The purpose of this conference is to exchange information on the public policies aimed at managing risks in the shale sector in the US and in other countries that are exploring shale development, including the UK, China, South Africa, Argentina and Poland. Presenters from France and Germany will also discuss the decisions of those countries to limit shale development and the consequences and opportunity costs of those decisions. Discussion among presenters and the audience will focus on the current evidence on risks and the effectiveness of mitigation strategies. We will also discuss the need to fill informational gaps in order to understand the risks and to innovate risk management strategies in the shale industry. Conference registration as well as a conference schedule can be found ONLINE.

Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22

Muslims in a Global Context: Europe
PS 1903
5:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room 2200 Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Department of Political Science and Carnegie Mellon University

The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships with other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course and answer reflection prompts during the course. One- credit/ 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each mini-course.

This one credit mini-course is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series and course seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini course series seeks to have students gain understanding of the religious, cultural, economical and political influences of Muslims in a global context.

5pm Friday March 20, 2015 to 1pm Sunday, March 22, 2015 (Room 2200 Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh)

All course information, including the speakers, schedule, and readings, may be found on the Global Studies website: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/mini-course/europe

Thursday, April 9 to Friday, April 10

15th Annual Policy Conference: Transatlantic Responses to Militant Islam: Countering Violent Extremism in the United States and the European Union
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Faculty Organizer: Prof. Michael Kenney (GSPIA)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
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Monday, April 13

2015 Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium
Global Eyes: Critical Perspectives of an Interconnected World
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Rooms TBA
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter along with Global Studies at Penn State
Elaine Linn, Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
Contact Phone:
412 648-2113
Contact Email:

The symposium will highlight student research on the complex array of social forces that characterize our increasingly interconnected world and will provide networking for students and faculty who are shaping how we approach these important topics and/or will provide leadership in the study of global issues in the future.

We encourage a wide variety of research topics on diverse areas including (but not limited to) the economy, gender, health, education, politics, media, nationalism, ethnicity, spirituality, and community. We invite papers from various disciplines within humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional schools that address the theme of interconnectedness. Submissions that employ diverse theories, genres, and methodologies of research in a plurality of historical and geographical contexts are encouraged.

Pitt’s Global Studies Center and the Global Studies Center at Penn State will host the event April 13, 2015. The symposium will include a keynote lecture, student presentations and student networking. Meals and round-trip transportation expenses from Penn State campuses are covered.

Once abstracts are submitted and approved, papers will be clustered according to general themes that emerge. While we are not giving our awards, notable papers from each cluster will be highlighted on the Global Studies Center’s website. Abstracts are due by February 27, 2015.

For more information on how to apply to the symposium, please visit: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/undergraduate-research-symposium

Monday, June 15 to Friday, July 3

Summer Seminar on Global Issues
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

We live in an interdependent world. No matter the career you’re considering, our changing world means that you will need to be globally fluent in order to compete and collaborate successfully in the future.

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Created for students entering their junior or senior year in high school, this three-week college preparatory summer learning opportunity focuses on both contemporary global issues and critical language skills. Through a mix of classroom instruction, experiential learning activities, and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them. Students will acquire greater global competence, cross-cultural understanding, and language proficiency—key skills needed to succeed in a global knowledge economy.

The Summer Seminar will be held June 15 - July 2, 2015 (Monday-Friday) at the University of Pittsburgh. Each day will run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. The program is sponsored by the World Affairs Council, and the Global Studies Center and the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Who can participate?
Rising high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for this program.

How much does it cost?
The Summer Seminar is being offered at a subsidized rate of $750 per person for students in the Pittsburgh region.
Full and partial needs-based financial aid scholarships will be available.

Please note: Participants must bring a bag lunch each day. Students must also arrange for their own transportation.

What Can Participants Expect?
•Learn about a range of interdisciplinary global issues such as culture, diplomacy, the economy, the environment, human rights, and security.
•Acquire introductory skills in a critical world language (Arabic or Mandarin Chinese).
•Work with nationally and internationally ranked experts representing the academic, think tank, business, nonprofit, and government sectors on a range of global and regional issues.
•Develop 21st century skills including problem solving, analysis, and critical thinking.
•Participate in real-world scenarios and simulations.
•Work with fellow students to create an awareness project meant to share knowledge of global issues with others through a range of multimedia platforms.

Sample schedule
•9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Critical Language Study
•10:30 a.m. - Noon: Global Issues Course
•Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
•1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Experiential learning activities*

*A variety of supplemental activities will be incorporated into the Global Issues course instruction, and may include simulation exercises, discussions with expert speakers, and field trips.

How Can Students Apply?
To be considered for admission to the Summer Seminar on Global Issues, a student must submit an application and reference. For financial aid scholarships, a student must also complete a separate scholarship application form. Applications and reference forms must be submitted online or by mail.

Students can apply here: www.tinyurl.com/ssgi-2015
References can be completed here: www.tinyurl.com/2015-ssgi-reference
Application for Financial Assistance: download here

The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

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