Events

 

The following events draw interdisciplinary audiences and help forge networks relating to our center's six concentrations: Changing Identities in a Global World; Communication, Technology and Society; Conflict and Conflict Resolution; Global Health; Global Economy and Global Governance; and Sustainable Development.

Tuesday, January 24

Statebuilding, Peacebuilding & Hybrid Governance in Somalia
Time:
10:00 am
Presenter:
Ken Menkhaus, Professor & Chair, Political Science Dept., Davidson College
Location:
3610 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
DRC51@pitt.edu

Somalia, often cast as the world's "most failed state," is starting to pull together a federal government. The challenges are daunting, and the hybrid forms of governance emerging there defy conventional statebuilding. Ken Menkhaus assesses the current conflict and governance trends, the role of corruption, and the changing security environment facing the next Somali administration.

Ken Menkhaus has taught political science as Davidson since 1991. His courses focus on international and comparative politics, as well as the non-profit sector. His regional specialization is on the politics of the Horn of Africa. He is a Senior Research Advisor and Fellow, ENOUGH project; Fellow, Rift Valley Institute Horn of Africa and Director of Studies for its Annual Course in Kenya; Lecturer, and an Editorial board member, Peacebuilding and Journal of Modern African Studies.

Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, January 25 to Tuesday, January 31

LinkIn and Networking Workshops
Time:
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union
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:
Tim An
Contact Email:
ysa@pitt.edu

Want to improve career placement skills in networking, communication, and resume writing? Come attend these events sponsored by the Career Development and Placement Assistance Office.

Tuesday, January 24, Government Resume Workshop presented by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1 p.m. in 224 WPU
Wednesday, January 25: Elevator Pitch Workshop at 11 a.m.-12p.m., in 224 WPU with snacks
Thursday, January 26: LinkedIn Profile Workshop at 10 a.m. in 224 WPU with Donuts
Thursday, January 26: LinkedIn Networking Workshop at 11 a.m. in 224 WPU with snack
Thursday, January 26: Practice networking from 4-6 p.m., Kurtzman Room, WPU, Hors d’oeuvres and Refreshments, prizes
Monday, January 30, Elevator Speech and LinkedIn, 2 pm 224, WPU
Tuesday, January 31, Networking Workshop (including Elevator Pitch) at noon in 224 WPU

Students attending the International Career Toolkit Series: 2017 Washington DC trip MUST attend and participate in two of the following workshops.

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.

Thursday, February 9

The Discussion of Peacekeeping in the Middle East
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Dennis Jett
Location:
4217 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Professor Jett, author of American Ambassadors, Why Peacekeeping Fails, and Why American Foreign Policy Fails, will describe the current status of four peacekeeping operations in the Middle East and why, despite their $700 million annual cost, they are actually accomplishing very little. He will also discuss why it is nonetheless impossible to shut them down and how peacekeeping will be unable to make any contribution to a possible peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians.

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 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.

Friday, February 17

Diversity in Global Business
As part of the Year in Diversity
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
270 Mervis Hall (Colloquium Room)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with International Business Center
Contact:
Jacqueline Saslawski
Contact Email:
jsaslawski@katz.pitt.edu

What is Diversity in Global Business?
The International Business Center and the Global Studies Center are hosting a panel series for the Year of Diversity at Pitt. This series is supported by a grant from Pitt's Provost Office. The second of three panels held on Jan. 20 will focus on “Managing Diversity in Global Business”
Experts in the field of international human resources and workplace mobility along with administrators that recruit or advise diverse student populations will discuss how to manage international cultures and different perspectives, genders, ages, and religions during the students' time at the University of Pittsburgh and in their future career.
Refreshments will be provided.

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 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

Model African Union
Time:
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location:
O'Hara Student Center and the University Club
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Student Participants are sponsored by the ASP
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
412-648-1802
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

We are proud to announce the 6th 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! This event is 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. Finally, We do not charge any fees for schools to participate.

With 13 schools and over 165 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 africanstudies@pitt.edu.

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 7

Diversity in Global Business
As part of the Year in Diversity
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
270 Mervis Hall (Colloquium Room)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with International Business Center
Contact:
Jacqueline Saslawski
Contact Email:
jsaslawski@katz.pitt.edu

What is Diversity in Global Business?
The International Business Center and the Global Studies Center are hosting a panel series for the Year of Diversity at Pitt. This series is supported by a grant from Pitt's Provost Office. The last of the three panels will focus on “Diversity and Multiculturalism Beyond the US”
This panel will feature student and alumni discussants who will share their experiences based on their diverse and "non-diverse" backgrounds, including their national, religious, and gender affiliations. The panelists will explore issues such as whether diverse teams perform better, what expectations and understanding international students hold concerning diversity in the U.S., as well as how studying and working with diverse students and colleagues enriches the "non-diverse" person.
Refreshments will be provided.

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.

Friday, April 28

UCIS Graduation Ceremony
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Ballroom A, University Club
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
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