Dr. Stephen Hanson, College of William and Mary
UCIS Faculty Forum

Keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Hanson, from the College of William and Mary, kicked off the UCIS Faculty Forum series, October 14, 2014. Pitt faculty heard about the future of international and area studies and the implications for research funding.  

Burkart Holzner, UCIS Director from 1980-2000
Holzner Remembered

Dr. Burkart Holzner, former director of UCIS, passed away on August 26, 2014. During his 20-year tenure as Center's director, his foresight, energy, and innumerable contributions propelled Pitt's international agenda. Learn More >

Steve Inskeep at Pitt's Summer Seminar in Global Issues
Keeping up with NPR's Steve Inskeep

Students at the Summer Seminar in Global Issues learn about urbanization through the lens of Steve Inskeep's book Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, and hear from the author himself. Learn More >

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China Groundbreaking

Provost Patricia Beeson was joined by leaders from Pitt and Sichuan University for the groundbreaking ceremony, July 2, 2014, for the Sichuan University Pittsburgh Institute, a new undergraduate engineering school. Read more >

Nicole Constable poses with her book, "Born Out of Place"
Hong Kong Book Launch

Asian Studies Center director Nicole Constable spoke at Hong Kong University and at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club during a book tour for Born Out of Place, her new book that details the lives of female migrant workers. Learn More >


The University’s centers for European Studies, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian & East European Studies were recognized as National Resource Centers (NRC) by the U.S. Department of Education on September 29, 2014. The NRC distinction includes funding for four years under the federal Title VI program for the development of critical language skills and area expertise.  Learn More »
Ariel C. Armony will be the University of Pittsburgh’s new senior director of international programs and director of the University Center for International Studies, Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson announced on July 18. Dr. Armony will succeed Lawrence Feick, who will step down as the director of UCIS on February 28, 2015. Learn More »
Pitt sweeps both awards in national EU studies competition. The European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center’s virtual roundtable series, Conversations on Europe, was awarded the 2014 EUCE Outstanding Outreach Activity Award in May 2014. In March, Prof. Carolyn Ban, a Center faculty affiliate, won the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship for her book. Learn More »

UCIS This Week

Thursday, October 23

Lecture -- Let's Talk Africa!- Emily Kinkead
Emily Kinkead, Second year law student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4130 WWPH

Friday, October 24

Lecture -- Sustainability Policies in the US and Europe: A Comparison of Sources and Outcomes
Professor Michaël Aklin, Assistant Professor of Political Science
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Cultural Event -- JASP's Halloween Mixer
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Point Park University, Lawrence Hall 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room

Monday, October 27

Information Session -- ACTR/American Councils Study Abroad Programs
Graham Hettlinger, Director of Higher Education Programs at the American Councils for International Education (ACTR)
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
1401 Cathedral of Learning
Lecture -- Political Order and Political Decay
Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd. 15213

Tuesday, October 28

Lecture -- Trotsky, Bureaucracy, and Capitalist Restoration
Thomas Twiss
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Presentation -- Paraguay y la Integración Asimétrica Latinoamericana
Luis A. Fretes
12:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
Lecture -- The Triumph of Morality: A Tribute to the Righteous of Greece
Dr. Yolanda Avram-Willis with special guest, Dr. Michael Naragon
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McConomy Auditorium | University Center, Carnegie Mellon University Campus

Wednesday, October 29

Presentation -- Tag Text
Dr. Debra A. Castillo
12:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
Panel Discussion -- Risk vs. Resilience in Northeast Asia
Ronni Alexander, Haibo Zhang, Hongyun Zhou, Fuli Ai
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room 3800 Posvar Hall

Thursday, October 30

Lecture -- Political Competence & Voting Behavior in Elections to the European Parliament
Professor Nick Clark, Susquehanna University
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
Lecture -- Afropean: Narratives of the 21st Century
Alain Mabanckou (UCLA) and Dominic Thomas (UCLA)
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
602 Cathedral of Learning

Friday, October 31

Lecture -- Asia in the World Histories: Frontiers and Environments
World History Center Speaker Series: East Asia, Eurasia, and the World
Peter Perdue, Yale University
12:00 pm
The Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Film -- The Memory Project and New Voices in Chinese Documentary
Screening and Q&A with Filmmakers
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Langley Hall A224

Saturday, November 1

Film -- The Memory Project and New Voices in Chinese Documentary
Knocking on Memory’s Door with a Video Camera
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Langley Hall A224

Sunday, November 2

Cultural Event -- Slovak Heritage Festival
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room

ucis by the Numbers


The University of Pittsburgh is home to four federally funded international studies centers under Title VI of the Department of Education. 


Pitt Students participated in a study abroad experience in 2013-14. 


Students received international studies certificates in 2013-14.