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Sunday, September 6

The History of the Japanese Nationality Room
Time:
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
Mr. Arimoto, Dr. Maeshiro, and Dr. Motoyama
Location:
Japanese Room, Cathedral of Learning Room 317
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Nationality Rooms
Contact:
Sono Takano Hayes
Contact Email:
sonohayes@gmail.com

Leading the talk will be three longstanding members of the JNR Committee, each with more than 20 years of involvement from the room's founding until the present day: Woodworker Mr. Arimoto and the two Emeritus Members of the JNR Committee, Dr. Maeshiro and Dr. Motoyama.

The JNR Committee is responsible for maintaining the room and for providing student scholarships designed to foster cultural exchange and better understanding between the United States and Japan. Also, the seasonal display that represent the Japanese culture for the visitors of the room is conducted by the Display Committee.

This talk on why and how of the Japanese room’s history is intended to raise awareness of the Japanese Nationality Room among new residents in the area and welcome anyone who might be interested the room’s current and future activities.

The Japanese Room was established in 1999 and is one of 30 Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh. For the last five years, Pitt's Nationality Rooms were ranked among the top 10 tourist sights in Pittsburgh.

Thursday, September 10

Asian Studies Center Welcome Reception
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Alcoa Room, Law School
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Friday, September 11

EUCE/ESC Fall Welcome Reception
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Mark your calendars! The EUCE/ESC invites students, faculty, and friends of the Center to join us at our opening reception in 4130 Posvar Hall. Learn about this year’s full schedule of events, new courses, faculty and students, and meet this year’s visitors while enjoying some light refreshments.

Tuesday, September 15

From Underground to Independent: Social and Political Dimensions of Filmmaking in Today’s China
Asia On Screen series
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Paul Pickowicz, Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies, University of California, San Diego
Location:
129 Victoria Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Wednesday, September 16

Consequences of Secrecy: Shin Buddhism in Japan
Talking About Asia Book Series
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Clark Chilson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Welcome Back Reception
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

The African Studies Program invites students, faculty and staff to join us for our
welcome back reception. Reconnect, meet new people, celebrate the beginning of a new academic year, and learn about the exciting activities and resources available to
advance your African Studies interests at Pitt. 

*Please RSVP by Friday, September 11, 2015 to AfricanStudies@pitt.edu

Thursday, September 17

Japanese Language Testing Overview
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania

Friday, September 18

East Asian Music
Time:
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Marie Abe
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of Music

Tuesday, September 22

EU and the Aegean: Turkish-Greek-EU Relations in a Time of Crises Roundtable
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Panayotis Tsakonas, Onassis Foundation Fellow, University of the Aegean; and Professor Ozgehan Senyuva, Middle East Technical University
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Onassis Foundation
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Dr. Panayotis Tsakonas, an Onassis Foundation Fellow and Professor Ozgehan Senyuva, visiting from Middle Eastern Technical University as part of Pitt's EU-GLOBAL partnership, will present a roundtable discussion of the current state of Turkish-Greek-EU relations. Given recent elections in Turkey, recent economic turmoil in Greece, and on-going negotiations between both parties over Cyprus, there will be no shortage of interesting topics to discuss.

JET Information Session
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania

Thursday, September 24

Media, Citizenship, Democracy
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
TBA
Location:
123 University Place
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies

A platform for ideas, questions, and concerns about today's most pressing political and social issues, domestic and international.

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[More details and website to come]

Saturday, September 26

Confucius Institute Day
Time:
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Confucius Institute

Monday, September 28

Conversations on Europe: “Language and Identity in the Francophone World”
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of French and Italian and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Join the EUCE/ESC for a Conversation on Europe in French. Presenters will be discussing how they use language to navigate between national identities, gender, and sexuality. Conversations on Europe are "virtual roundtable" discussions that allow for audience participation.

Tuesday, October 13

Conversations on Teaching Europe
Teaching the Migrant Crisis in Europe Through Primary & Secondary Sources or Personal Narratives
Time:
3:30 pm
Location:
Posvar Hall 4217
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers, EUCE/ESC Outreach Coordinator
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

Friday, October 16 to Sunday, October 18

Musical Fusions: Chinese, Japanese, and American Intersections
Time:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Friday, October 16

25 Years of German Unification: Impact German Unification had on the Afro-German Community
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Priscilla Layne-Kopf
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Saturday, October 24

French Immersion Institute
Time:
8:30 am
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with American Association of Teachers of French and Western PA; Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Cost:
$20.00
Contact:
Kathleen Ayers, ESC Outreach Coordinator
Contact Phone:
(412) 624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The French Immersion Institute offers area secondary school French teachers an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop deeper understanding of French culture and its global influence, and to share relevant teaching strategies. The French Immersion Institute hosts three Saturday workshops through the year and an intensive, weeklong workshop beginning in the summer of 2016.

Thursday, October 29

Commemoration
Time:
9:00 am
Announced by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence on behalf of
Contact Email:
frit50@pitt.edu

French and Italian Languages and Literatures is celebrating its 50th anniversary during calendar year 2015. As important figures in the department’s past, present, and future, they invite you to join the celebration!
On this occasion they will welcome an exciting slate of scholars to campus to reflect on the dates, places, discourses, and mechanisms of commemoration in the French, Francophone, and Italian cultures.

Friday, October 30

GSC/CERIS Fall 2015 Book Discussion Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace
Book discussion for K-16 and librarians
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Robert Matson, Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
Location:
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA (or online)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies and Seton Hill University
Contact:
Elaine LInn
Contact Phone:
412 648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Educators and librarians are invited to attend this book discussion to expand self knowledge and to integrate into curriculum when applicable. Participate in-person or via video conference

5:00 PM Dinner (Free), Dining Hall, Administration Building
6:30 PM Book Discussion, Online or in-person at Reeves Memorial Library,

Author Paul Moses captures the lives of St. Francis and Sultan al-Kamil and illuminates the political intrigue and religious fervor of their time. In the process, it reveals a startlingly timely story of interfaith conflict, war, and the search for peace. More than simply a dramatic adventure, though it does not lack for colorful saints and sinners, loyalty and betrayal, and thrilling Crusade narrative, The Saint and the Sultan brings to life an episode of deep relevance for all who seek to find peace between the West and the Islamic world. Winner of the 2010 Catholic Press Association Book Award for History.

Dr. Robert Matson, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown will facilitate the discussion.

To attend dinner and book discussion register at http://www.cerisnet.org/resource/faculty-readers-forum

Event Flyer (PDF)

Department of French and Italian's 50th Anniversary Social Reception
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
University Club
Announced by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence on behalf of Department of French and Italian
Cost:
RSVP to frit50@pitt.edu by September 30, 2015, with your name, graduation year, and current address.
Contact Email:
frit50@pitt.edu

French and Italian Languages and Literatures is celebrating its 50th anniversary during calendar year 2015. As important figures in the department’s past, present, and future, they invite you to join the celebration!
Join the Department at the 50th anniversary social reception in the University Club Ballroom to reconnect with classmates and faculty. RSVP to frit50@pitt.edu by September 30, 2015, with your name, graduation year, and current address.

Wednesday, November 18

Talking About Asia Book Series: Akiko Hashimoto
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Akiko Hashimoto, Professor Emerita of Sociology
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Wednesday, December 2

High School Model European Union
Time:
8:30 am
Location:
Twentieth Century Club
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
Contact:
Kathleen Ayers, ESC Outreach Coordinator
Contact Phone:
(412) 624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The high school Model European Union is an annual event that gives students a chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through preparation for and participation in a hands-on daylong simulation. Playing the roles of presidents and prime ministers, students spend a day engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting issues about the EU. Model EU enhances students’ understanding of the issues and challenges facing the 28 member nations of the EU. Awards are given to the most effective delegations and best individual position papers.

Wednesday, December 9

Talking About Asia Book Series: Evelyn Rawski
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Evelyn Rawski, Professor Emerita of History
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center