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Upcoming Events

Monday, December 5

EU Development Symposium
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Renate Hahlen, the Minister Counselor of Development at the Delegation of the European Union to the US
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Stephen Lund
Contact Email:
slund@pitt.edu

Save the date for the EU Development Symposium, to be held on the afternoon of Monday, December 5th!

Primary Guest:
Renate Hahlen, the Minister Counselor of Development at the Delegation of the European Union to the US

To be accompanied on the following panels by:

EU Development Policy & Latin America and the Caribbean
Scott Morgenstern, Director Center for Latin American Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

EU Development Policy & Africa
Louis Picard, Director International Development Program and Professor of Public and International Affairs and African Studies
Müge Finkel, Assistant Professor, GSPIA
Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of American Government

EU Development Policy & Sustainable Development Goals
and the Paris climate agreement
Paul Nelson, Associate Dean, GSPIA
Michaël Aklin, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Additional participants and final times to be announced. For more information, contact Stephen Lund at slund@pitt.edu.

Wednesday, December 7

Innovative Online & EFL Education Examples from China & Colombia
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
5604 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with Institute for International Studies in Education

“Designing MOOCs in a Chinese Social Network Environment” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Dr. Xiufang Ma

Xiufang Ma is an Associate Professor of South China Normal University and has teaching experiences and research experiences in the areas of educational technology research methods, MOOCs, blended learning, online course, personal learning environment, flipped classroom, and electronic training course. She has written some papers on MOOCs, personal learning environment and interaction analysis between teachers and students, and has led two teams of graduate researchers from the South China Normal University (China) on similar research studies.

“A Reverse Mentoring Program in Elementary Levels during the Practicum in Monteria, Colombia” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Luis Mario Viaña Patrón

Luis Mario Viaña Patrón is a short-term visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE). He is an undergraduate student from the English Language Teaching program at the Universidad de Cordoba in Colombia. Over the past two years, he has been working on research in the area of professional development, mainly in the field of reverse mentoring in education. He’s currently working on a reverse mentoring program with Professor Richard Donato.

“A Study on Cultivating Pragmatic Competence of Chinese EFL Learners” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Xiaoyan Xu

Xiaoyan Xu got her master’s degree in English Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in 2003 and has been an English teacher for more than ten years at the School of International Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has worked in the field of English pragmatic competence development of Chinese EFL learners. In addition, several papers have been published on language learning in peer-reviewed journals. Ms. Xu’s study in the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) at the University of Pittsburgh is to work under the guidance of Dr. Feifei Ye to develop a method to assess Chinese EFL learners’ pragmatic competence.

Friday, December 9

Call for Papers: Migration of Culture Conference
An Undergradaute Conference in the Modern Languages (March 30-31, 2017)
Time:
(All day)
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of
Contact:
Professor Giuseppina Mecchia
Contact Email:
mecchia@pitt.edu

Do you want to share your ideas with other undergraduate students? Or get feedback on a paper? Maybe you are considering graduate school in one of the modern languages and want to get some conference experience and practice your presentation skills? Then consider sending an abstract to the exciting conference we are planning at the University of Pittsburgh. Abstracts should be sent to Professor Mecchia by Dec. 9, 2016.
The conference papers should address the concept of cultural migrations in the broadest sense of the term, that is, immigrations and emigrations in real and virtual space linked to the movements of people(s), language(s) and culture(s). We are looking for multiple disciplinary, geographic, and historical perspectives reflecting the conflicts and the opportunities created by the shifting flows of populations, languages and cultural traditions, throughout the ages and in the contemporary world. The language of the conference will be English but we welcome papers addressing Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish languages and cultures.
Papers should be twenty minutes long. Papers will be selected by a selection committee that includes undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh. Students who submit abstracts will be notified by January 15. Limited travel funds will be available! Please contact Prof. Giuseppina Mecchia at the University of Pittsburgh for all additional information

Thursday, January 12

“Silk Road Journeys of the Eurasian Lute”
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. James Millward, Georgetown University professor
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Georgetown University professor, Dr. James Millward, discusses the ancestors of the guitar, viola, mandolin and other members of the stringed instrument family that hail from Central Eurasia and traveled both east and west along what we call the “Silk Road.” Silk Road interactions involved more than the conveyance of a thing from point A to point B; these conversations laid the shared substratum of old world civilization and continue to resonate today.

Thursday, January 26

Political Rights, Social Rights, and the Decolonization of Africa
As part of the Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human Lecture Series
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Frederick Cooper
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The Humanities Center

Frederick Cooper is a Professor of History at NYU. His interests include slavery and labor in the 19th- and 20-th century East Africa, the shifting nature of colonial thinking and practices, and the relationship of social change and conflict to decolonization in French and British Africa. His work seeks to counter both the national and the modern bars of most historical studies through the study of empires.

Friday, February 10

How to Misunderstand Central Asian Islam (and How to Do Better)
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Morgan Liu, Ohio State University professor
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Morgan Liu is a cultural anthropologist studying Islamic knowledge and practice in post-Soviet Central Asia, focusing on Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. He is interested in ethnographic approaches to the state, postsocialism, space, and agency. Liu takes a comparative look at notions of just society across the Middle East, Russia, and Asia.

Thursday, February 16

Salt Assault: Towards an Aesthetic of the Ambulatory
As part of the Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human Lecture Series
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Sumathi Ramaswamy
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The Humanities Center

Sumatra Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University. She is a cultural historian of South Asia and the British Empire and her research over the last few years has been largely in the areas of visual studies, the history of cartography, and gender. She is also pursing new research on the cultures of learning in colonial and postcolonial India.

Tuesday, March 21

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
kmw152@pitt.edu

Blending performance footage, personal interviews, and archival film, director Morgan Neville, and producer, Caitrin Rogers, focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent, and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.

Thursday, March 23

Reframing Political Subjectivity:Inter-Imperial World, Interdisciplinary Method
As part of the Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human Lecture Series
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Laura Doyla
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The Humanities Center

Laura Doyla is Professor of English at UMass Amherst. Her research explores the dynamic intercultural formation of literary texts: the ways that they are written and read within an uneven, volatile, geopolitical field of relations; the ways that literary genres and traditions often intimate the long history of these writing conditions; and the ways authors and readers imagine positions at odds with the geopolitical field.

Friday, April 14

The Islamic Practices that Shape Uyghur Nationalism
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Rian Thum, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Rian Thum’s research and teaching are generally concerned with the overlap of China and the Muslim World. He argues that the Uyghurs - and their place in China today - can only be understood in the light of longstanding traditions of local pilgrimage and manuscript culture.

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