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Health & Well-Being
Health & Well-Being explores the relationship between global health, social suffering, & the processes that connect & divide people around the world. We explore how globalization affects people’s susceptibility to physical & mental illnesses, their access to appropriate kinds of care &, more broadly, their well-being & capacity for “living well.”
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Politics & Economy
Politics & Economy focuses on the organization & workings of power. It highlights the production, distribution, & consumption of goods & services & how these processes produce global connections & divisions, & how states and other actors attempt to manage these processes. It explores capitalism, sustainable development, interactions among states, empires, social movements, & systems of inequality.
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Peace, Conflict & Security
Peace, Conflict & Security explores possibilities for peace & security in the world by examining how major conflicts & emergencies arise, are addressed, & are sometimes averted. We examine relationships between state sovereignty, international law, & armed intervention, human rights & security, terrorism & counterterrorism, processes of peace building, peace keeping, & reconciliation.
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Cultural Dynamics
Cultural Dynamics explores how people understand, evaluate, & feel about the world around them, & how these shape & reflect people’s involvement in new forms of social interaction related to globalization. It explores the processes producing cultural sameness & difference, identity formation & challenges of intercultural communication, & engagement with these processes through the arts.
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Ecology & Sustainability
Ecology & Sustainability focuses on the way in which humans relate to nature and how those relations shape and reflect our relations with one another. It explores the interplay of globalization and the environment, how to address planetary environmental challenges and injustices, as well as questions of environmental governance.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 25

Career Toolkit Series: Applying for Graduate Studies Abroad (for Students)
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
4209 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Joel Garceau
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
jdgarceau@pitt.edu

Have you considered graduate school abroad? Learn the pros and cons and the tips and tricks to successfully apply for graduate programs abroad. Discuss ways to tailor your applications with admissions councilors and members of admissions committees.

Thursday, October 26

Corporate Power, Surveillance, and the Future of Open Access
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with University Library System (ULS), History Department and Department of Sociology

We live in an information economy, and the future of democracy and equity depend on everyone’s ability to access information. Yet, even as scholars and organizations work to make scholarly work openly available, the increased commercialization of information and technology, along with the enhanced capabilities for data collection and surveillance, threaten the ability for users to access that scholarly work. In addition, persistent racial, class, and gender divides exclude growing numbers of people from the internet and knowledge commons. Panelists will examine how the growing concentration of corporate control of internet service provision and content, including policies related to net neutrality, affect the ability of all people to have access to information. The broader implications of these developments for both democracy and inclusion and for the future of scientific inquiry will be discussed, and the panel will offer steps users can take to help protect internet freedom and the knowledge commons for all.

Part of a series of events for Open Access Week 2017 (Oct. 23-29)
Available online via webstream (http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/)

Friday, October 27

Constructing the Terrorist Threat
Islamophobia, The Media & The War on Terror
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Deepa Kuman
Location:
332 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Cultural Studies, Department of Communication, Department of English, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Sociology and Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)

Deepa Kumar is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Rutgers University and President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union. She is a leading scholar in communication, prominent public intellectual, and champion of the humanities on the national stage. The title of her lecture, “Constructing the Terrorist Threat: Islamophobia, the Media, and the War on Terror,” stems from her 2017 Media Education Foundation video, designed to support pedagogical efforts to teach critically about media discourse on Muslims.

CERIS Book Discussion: EXIT WEST
Book Discussion for Faculty and Graduate Students
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Rachel Sternfeld, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Facilitator)
Location:
Greensburg Room, Administration Building, Seton Hill University
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) and Seton Hill University
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
412 648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Faculty, graduate students, K-16 educators and librarians are invited to attend the CERIS fall 2017 complimentary dinner and book discussion. The discussion will be facilitated by Rachel Sternfeld, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Participation via the Internet is also an option. Please register at https://cerisnet.secure.pitt.edu/resource/faculty-readers-forum. A limited number of free copies of the book are available. A dinner, hosted by Seton Hill University and CERIS will take place at 5:00 PM in the Greensburg Room of the Administration Building and the book discussion will follow in the Reeves Learning Commons to follow at 6:30 PM

Global Issues Through Literature: Authors Under Authoritarianism
Night Birds and Other Stories by Khet Mar
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Phone:
412-624-3487
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This year's Global Issues Through Literature series,a reading group designed for K-12 educators to learn and use new texts in the classroom, will travel the world through the eyes of authors writing under authoritarianism to try to understand the role of literature as document, commentator, and critic of restrictive regimes.

Khet Mar is a Burmese writer and political activist who was persecuted, tortured, and imprisoned in her home country. She is currently living at City of Asylum in Ithaca, NY as an exiled writer-in-residence. Her short novel about two oppressed teenagers speaking to each other through their apartment windows was, in her words, "a fictional way to express what happened to me in jail." Yet, the Burmese censors read the plot as metaphor and banned the novel. Khet Mar will lead the discussion herself, in person. Books, dinner, parking, and Act 48 hours provided. Register by September 25th here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegVl2JpCzbwCuHswd6FSbzwDP9QOxI...

Global Issues Through Literature 2017-2018
Night Birds and Other Short Stories (1993) by Khet Mar
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Khet Mar is a Burmese writer and political activist who was persecuted, tortured, and imprisoned in her home country. She is currently living at City of Asylum in Ithaca, NY as an exiled writer-in-residence. Her short novel about two oppressed teenagers speaking to each other through their apartment windows was, in her words, “a fictional way to express what happened to me in jail.” Yet, the Burmese censors read the plot as metaphor and banned the novel. Khet Mar will lead the discussion herself, in person. We will conclude with ideas for using the texts in the classroom. Books, dinner, parking and Act 48 hours provided.

Tuesday, October 31

Peace Corps Story Slam
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Peace Corps
Location:
4131 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Peace Corps

Join us for the RPCV Story Slam! Hear stories about the challenging, rewarding, and inspirational moments from returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Ask questions about service through a mix and mingle after the event.

For questions about this event, contact Kaitlin Powers at pcorps@pitt.edu.

Thursday, November 2 to Saturday, November 4

International Career Toolkit Series: Trans-Atlantic University Trip
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Steve Lund
Contact Email:
slund@pitt.edu

Join the European Studies Center to UNC to learn about graduate studies abroad at Trans-Atlantic University. Contact slund@pitt.edu for more information.

Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5

Muslims and Migration Mini Course
Time:
5:40 pm to 8:41 pm
Location:
GSC
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Friday 5-8 P.M.
Saturday 8-5 P.M.
Sunday 8-12 P.M.

Monday, November 6

Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu
Global Issues Through Literature: Authors Under Authoritarianism
Teeth of the Comb by Osama Alomar
Time:
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Phone:
412-624-3487
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This year's Global Issues Through Literature series, a reading group designed for K-12 educators to learn and use new texts in the classroom, will travel the world through the eyes of authors writing under authoritarianism to try to understand the role of literature as document, commentator, and critic of restrictive regimes.

Osama Alomar is a prominent Syrian writer of al-quisa al-quasira jiddan, or what has been called "flash fiction." These extremely short stories (sometimes only one or two sentences) have the appeal of a fable. Prof. Uma Satyavolu (English) will introduce the text at City of Asylum (40 W. North Ave) from 6-7pm, and then we will hear from Alomar, currently an exiled writer-in-residence at City of Asylum, from 7-8pm. Books and Act 48 credit hours provided. Dinner TBA. Register by October 1 here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7kOKi1yCXGZsbY1niJ8u6fGPbrGgw...

Global Issues Through Literature 2017-2018
The Teeth of the Comb (2017) by Osama Alomar
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
City of Asylum (40 W. North Ave)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Osama Alomar is a prominent Syrian writer of al-quisa al-quasira jiddan, or what has been called “flash fiction.” These extremely short stories (sometimes only one or two sentences) have the appeal of a fable. Currently an exiled writer-in-residence at City of Asylum in Pittsburgh, Alomar will be conducting this session himself at City of Asylum (40 W. North Ave). Participants are asked to watch a 45-minute long dialogue between Prof. Uma Satyavolu (English) and Lisa Bromberg (Global Studies Center) prior to attending, to glean interesting background information on Alomar's innovative form and ideas for classroom use. Books and Act 48 credit hours provided. Dinner TBA.

Tuesday, November 7

Pittsburgh's World Language Connections Day
Time:
8:59 am to 2:00 pm
Location:
Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Fox Chapel Area High School is proud to announce this year's Pittsburgh World Language Connection Day, with Keynote speaker Professor Richard Donato. This is a great opportunity for world language teachers to learn about new pedagogies. Bring along your principals, curriculum directors, and administrators to learn about how to enhance your school's international programs through meaningful and fun community connections.

Thursday, November 9

Career Toolkit Series: UCIS Alumni Networking Reception (for Students)
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Joel Garceau
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
jdgarceau@pitt.edu

Friday, November 10

Career Toolkit Series: UCIS Alumni Panels
Time:
(All day)
Location:
GSC
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Joel Garceau
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
jdgarceau@pitt.edu

Career path discussions, insights on working overseas, & more!

Thursday, November 16

Daniel Beaty Visit
Time:
1:00 pm
Location:
O'Hara Student Center Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Actor, singer, writer, activist, and advocate of arts-based social justice education, Daniel Beaty is best known for his performance of “Knock Knock,” which has received over 17 million views on YouTube. His other work includes the one-man play Emergency (in which he performs over 40 characters), a film about Beaty’s relationship with his incarcerated father, and a collaborative project involving people affected by gangs. Exploring criminal justice reform, the struggles of incarcerated people and their families, of African-Americans across the country, and more broadly of all those affected by trauma, Beaty’s work has been acclaimed for its richness of characterization, voice, and range of emotion.
He has performed at venues from the Lincoln Center to the White House; has received several NAACP awards as well as an Obie award for writing and performance. His performances and workshops use the tools of the arts, storytelling, and trauma recovery to inspire reflection, agency, and healing. The performance is open to the public.

Following his performance, we invite faculty and other educators to join us for a workshop and discussion with the launch of a new GSC initiative, Creative Pedagogies for Global Studies. Advance registration for the discussion is required; please email Lisa Bromberg at lisarbromberg@pitt.edu to register.

Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human: Migration
Sergio Delgado: The Labors in Landscape, or the False Protagonism of Globalization
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
601 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Sergio Delgado, Harvard University, Romance Language & Literature

Friday, November 17

International Career Toolkit Series: Boston Career Forum 2017
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
Contact Email:
rookoepsel@pitt.edu

Join the Asian Studies Center at the largest career fair for Japanese-English bilinguals in Boston. Contact rookoepsel@pitt.edu for information.

Monday, December 4

Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Thursday, February 8

Legacies of 1968 (tentative)
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Todd Gitlin, Columbia University
Location:
Location to be announced
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 and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and open to the public

Tuesday, May 1

CCA International Marketing Competition
Time:
12:00 pm
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

The Global Studies Center and the International Business Center work with high school language and social sciences teachers to introduce international business concepts to students through an international marketing competition. It culminates in an interscholastic competition hosted by the Global Studies Center and the IBC at Pitt, where students present their marketing plans in front of fellow competitors and a panel of judges from the academic and business communities, as well as answer audience questions. The teams that win first, second and third place in the final each receive awards recognizing their hard work.

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