Burkart Holzner, UCIS Director from 1980-2000
Holzner Remebered

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 >

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Visit by EU Ambassador to US

At a welcome meeting, European Union Ambassador to the United States, João Vale de Alemeida, met with students, faculty and staff to discuss Pitt's European Union Center of Excellence, March 6, 2014. The Ambassador is joined by Center director Professor Ron Linden.  Read 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 »
The University Center for International Studies is calling for nominations for its two Sheth International Achievement awards. From now through July 1, 2014, you may nominate candidates for the Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award and the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement.  Learn More »

UCIS This Week

Tuesday, September 16

Lecture -- Covering a Changing Europe: Reflections on the New Journalism
Laurent Sierro, Journalist with the Swiss National New Agency & Transatlantic Media Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Workshop -- Panoramas Latin American Roundtable: Current Immigrant Issues
12:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall

Wednesday, September 17

Presentation -- Topics in Human Security
Refugee and IDP camps in Africa, Child Soldiers, and Transitional Justice
Dr. Vera Achvarina
10:00 am - 11:30 am
3911 Posvar Hall
Lecture Series / Brown Bag -- Mapping Xenophobic Violence in the Russian Federation
Thomas Espy, GSPIA
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Presentation -- A Discussion about Refugee Camps
Dr. Vera Achvarina
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
3431 Posvar Hall
Lecture Series / Brown Bag -- Arguing about Jews in China: What are the Issues?
Talking About Asia
Dr. Steven Hochstadt, Professor of History, Illinois College
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Reception -- African Studies Program Welcome Reception
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4130 WWPH
Cultural Event/Lecture -- Jews in Modern China: The Significance of a Unique History
Opening lecture for Gallery Exhibition: Jewish Refugees in Shanghai
Dr. Steven Hochstadt, Professor of History, Illinois College
6:30 pm
The Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh

Thursday, September 18

Conference -- No Radical Art Actions Will Help Here…
A conference on Political Violence and Militant Aesthetics after Socialism, 18+
(All day)
St. Petersburg, Russia - The State Hermitage Museum
Lecture/Lecture Series / Brown Bag -- Let's Talk Africa- Megan Carson
Megan Carson
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
4217 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Reception -- ASC Welcome Reception
Asian Studies Center
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
Performance -- Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards Somme
Written by Mr. Frank McGuinness and directed by Mr. Matt Torney
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Stephen Foster Memorial (4301 Forbes Avenue)

Friday, September 19

Panel Discussion -- China's Entrepreneurs
Mr. Zhao Bin, Chairman, Xi'an Kitamura Machine Works Co. Ltd., and Ms. Megan Xi, Associate Chief Executive Officer, Optsensor Opto-electronic Technology Co. Ltd
1:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
Reception -- REES/Slavic Fall Welcoming Reception
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Film -- Orientalism and Hollywood: A Match Made in Heaven
Film Screening and Discussion
Dr. Luke Peterson
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4130 Posvar

Sunday, September 21

Cultural Event -- Kechera, the Award-Winning Folk Ensemble of Jakubany, Slovakia
5:00 pm
915 Dickson Street, Munhall, PA 15210

Tuesday, September 23

Alicia Henderson (University of Edinburgh), Guy Peters (University of Pittsburgh), and André Lecours (University of Ottawa)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Reception -- Global Studies Center Reception for Students, Faculty and Staff
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall

Wednesday, September 24

Lecture -- The evolution of Albanian foreign policy since the end of Communism and prospects for the future
Agata Biernat, PhD Student, University of Nicolaus Copernicus, Poland
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4217 Posvar Hall

Thursday, September 25

Conference -- Avoiding a Nuclear Sarajevo: Lessons from WW I for Crisis Management in the Twenty-First Century
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
University Club, Ballroom B.
Presentation -- Berlin Now: The City in the Years since 1989
Peter Schneider
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
3431 Posvar Hall
Lecture -- Design Thinking: Japanese Style
Bob Tobin
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
4130 Posvar
Lecture -- Film Festivals as a Venue for Dialog: Influences and Interactions
Sitora Alieva, Program Director, Kinotavr Film Festival
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
332 Cathedral of Learning

Friday, September 26

Seminar -- Aesthetic Practice in Recent Russian Short Films
Sitora Alieva, Program Director, Kinotavr Film Festival
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1218 Cathedral of Learning

Sunday, September 28

Sporting Event -- Run for India at the Pittsburgh Great Race
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Fifth Avenue and Atwood Street, Oakland, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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.