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.

Thursday, February 23

Year of Diversity: Rethinking Postcolonial Studies though a Cold War Lens
Time:
12:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Monica Popescu
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Department of English, Humanities Center and the Year for Diversity
Year of Diversity: Literary Battlegrounds: African Literature and the Cold War
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Monica Popescu
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center on behalf of Department of English, Humanities Center, Africana Studies, Cultural Studies Program and and the Year of Diversity

Friday, February 24

Video Conference with UNICEF Employee
Time:
1:00 pm
Presenter:
Jennifer Sparks
Location:
512 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of Department of English
Contact:
Matthew Overstreet.
Contact Email:
mwo2@pitt.edu

The Pitt Department of English is hosting Jennifer Sparks, communications consultant with the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF), for a video conference. She has worked across the Middle East and North Africa, including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. She is currently in Erbil, Northern Iraq, assisting refugees affected by the Islamic State group. Among other topics, Ms. Sparks will discuss life under the Islamic State, the current state of the relief effort in Iraq, career opportunities in international aid, and the effects of President Trump’s proposed refugee ban on aid efforts. All are welcome.

Futurities at the Boarder
as part of the 2017 South Asia Initiative Series
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Professor Sarkar, on the seventieth anniversary of the independence/partition of 1947, will return to the ever-contested borders of South Asia to speculate on the region’s fissured futures, and to think about the constitutive relation between borders and futurities. His lecture will draw on two instances of life and creativity in the borderlands of India: the resolute aspirations and precarious agencies wrought by frontier communities in the face of insurmountable adversities.
BHASKAR SARKAR Associate Professor of Film and Media, UC Santa Barbara, is the author of Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition (Duke University Press, 2009) and a wide range of articles published in collections and journals. He is also the co-editor of Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering (Routledge, 2009), Asian Video Cultures (forthcoming, 2017), The Routledge Handbook of Media and Risk (forthcoming, 2018) and two journal special issues, “The Subaltern and the Popular,” Journal of Postcolonial Studies (2005) and “Indian Documentary Studies,” BioScope (2012). He is currently working on two monographs--on the plasticity of contemporary cultural nationalisms, and on media piracy.

Monday, February 27

Try Out a New Language!
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union, ground floor
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of
Contact Email:
lctl@pitt.edu

Students will have the opportunity to try out several 15-minute language lessons in a variety of LCTL languages.
Our instructors are excited to offer students this opportunity to sample their language and consider whether they might like to study with us in the fall.
For more information, email or stop by G-47 in the Cathedral of Learning.

Thursday, March 2

Global Issues Through Literature: Multicultural Societies
The Day of the Pelican
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Karen Gaul
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This reading group gathers globally-minded educators to discuss works of fiction that can be used in the classroom to teach global competency skills. Registration for the last two sessions of the year is open; previous attendance is not necessary. This program is supported by Pitt’s Year of Diversity. Contact Lisa Bromberg with questions.
The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson, discussion led by Mrs. Karen Gaul of Winchester-Thurston School. Register at the website.

Saturday, March 18

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Teaching the Stories Behind the Statistics
Time:
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Presenter:
Mina Hogsett and Ashley Davis
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

The Syrian refugee crisis is provoking timely discussions on human rights, immigration, and national security. How do we broach these issues in the classroom, make them accessible to our students, and offer impactful, yet sensitive, lessons? In this workshop, Mina Hogsett, a third-year doctoral student in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education at the University of Pittsburgh, and Ashley Davis, MEd and Manager of Educational Services at Snapology, will take a global perspective on the crisis and discuss pedagogical approaches for cultural competency. Please register at the event website. This workshop will precede a 3-day symposium (3/27-3/29) entitled Taking Refuge, organized by Theater Arts, GSC, CERIS, Classics, and the Humanities Center. Taking Refuge features lunch and evening play readings, film screenings, and faculty speakers on the impossible choices faced by Syrian citizens. For more information, contact Lisa Bromberg.

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.

Wednesday, March 22

Taking Refugee
Time:
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
601 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This symposium brings the personal voices and testimonies of Syrian refugees to the University of Pittsburgh campus. Through script readings of contemporary and ancient dramas, film screenings, and guest speakers,Taking Refuge explores the impossible choices faced by Syrian citizens. Events will take place in the Humanities Center each day at noon and 6pm. Featured events include Lameece Issaq of the Noor Theater Company reading “Oh My Sweet Land” by Amir Nizar Zuabi, and a film screening of the play Queens of Syria, a re-telling of Euripides’ Trojan Women by 13 Syrian women.
In addition, throughout the event we will hear from journalists, faculty speakers, and community members. All events are free and open to the public. For full schedule and details, please consult the website. The University of Pittsburgh program is a joint effort of the GSC, CERIS, Theater Arts, Classics, and the Humanities Center. To mark International Theatre Day (March 27), our institutional partners are also curating related events at Colgate University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Worchester College, Louisiana State, and Roehampton University in London, UK.

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.

Monday, March 27 to Wednesday, March 29

Taking Refugee
Time:
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
601 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This symposium brings the personal voices and testimonies of Syrian refugees to the University of Pittsburgh campus. Through script readings of contemporary and ancient dramas, film screenings, and guest speakers,Taking Refuge explores the impossible choices faced by Syrian citizens. Events will take place in the Humanities Center each day at noon and 6pm. Featured events include Lameece Issaq of the Noor Theater Company reading “Oh My Sweet Land” by Amir Nizar Zuabi, and a film screening of the play Queens of Syria, a re-telling of Euripides’ Trojan Women by 13 Syrian women.
In addition, throughout the event we will hear from journalists, faculty speakers, and community members. All events are free and open to the public. For full schedule and details, please consult the website. The University of Pittsburgh program is a joint effort of the GSC, CERIS, Theater Arts, Classics, and the Humanities Center. To mark International Theatre Day (March 27), our institutional partners are also curating related events at Colgate University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Worchester College, Louisiana State, and Roehampton University in London, UK.

Wednesday, April 5

Global Issues though Literature
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This reading group gathers globally-minded educators to discuss works of fiction that can be used in the classroom to teach global competency skills. Registration for the last two sessions of the year is open; previous attendance is not necessary. This program is supported by Pitt’s Year of Diversity. Contact Lisa Bromberg with questions.
April 5, 5-8pm, 4130 Posvar: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir by Margarita Engle, discussion led by Dr. Kenya Dworkin of CMU. Register at the website.

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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