Friday, September 5

Reception -- EUCE Fall Welcome Reception
(All day)
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence
Reception -- EUCE/ESC Fall Welcome Reception
3:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence

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.

Wednesday, September 10

Lecture -- Cricis and Criticism: The Predicament of Global Modernity
Arif Dirlik
5:00 pm
The Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Center
boundary 2, Cultural Studies Program, Humanities Center

Arif Dirlik is now an Independent Scholar living in Oregon. Arif Dirlik was Professor of History at Duke University from 1971 – 2001. He was then Knight Professor of History and Anthropology and Director of Center for Critical Theory and Transnational Studies at the University of Oregon. Dirlik is one of the leading experts on the political culture and party politics of the People’s Republic of China. He is the author of more than a dozen books on Chinese Communism, Revolution, Chinese Historiography, and historiography from such presses as Oxford, California, and Duke. He has taught and lectured in the world’s major universities and has been Visiting Professor at UCLA, Beijing, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. In recent years, Dirlik has expanded his range of research to problems of globalization, world history, and other dominant modes of current academic practice, linking them to developments in the real world of political economy.

Thursday, September 11

Panel Discussion -- Book Launch: Born Out of Place by Nicole Constable
Nicole Constable
4:00 pm
Humanities Center, Room 602, Cathedral of Learning
Asian Studies Center
Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, Humanities Center

Nicole Constable is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and the director of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her latest book, Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Migration was co-published by the University of California Press and Hong Kong University Press, and had its first official launch in Hong Kong in June. At this University of Pittsburgh book launch, Constable will speak on her work, and Shalini Puri (Department of English) and Lara Putnam (Department of History) will respond.

Based on research and interviews conducted in 2011 and 2012, the book tells the stories of Indonesian and Filipino migrant women, their South Asian, African, Chinese, and Western expatriate partners, and their Hong Kong–born babies. The main focus is on the often painful and poignant struggles of women as they consider abortion, adoption, keeping a child, remaining in Hong Kong as “illegal” overstayers, or returning home as single mothers. This ethnography provides insight into global problems of mobility, family, gender, and citizenship, and points to the consequences, creative responses, melodramas, inequalities, and tragedies of labor and migration policies.

Friday, September 12

Lecture -- Modernity's Diffusion and Studying the Japanese Empire
Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut
12:00 pm
3703 Posvar Hall
Asian Studies Center
World History Center
World History Center

From a global perspective, even using the term "empire" in relation to Japanese history is not just about the past but about modernity—colonial modernity—and its implications for the present. My talk will consider various recent trends in approaching the Japanese empire writ large. Particular focus rests on the enduring problem with many broader imperial studies' continued failure to examine and/or incorporate Japan's experience into their theoretical frameworks, which only perpetuates exceptionalist ideas about Japan as "different" from home pre-supposed norm.

Sunday, September 14

Cultural Event/Presentation -- Yiddish Art Songs and Poems
Alexei Belousov and Ruth Levin
(All day)
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence
Department of German, Department of Music, International Research Network City for the Cultures of..., Jewish Studies Program

Ruth Levin's concert is devoted to Yiddish art songs and poems written by Jewish poets from the Bukowina, Poland, Romania, and Russia. For the past ten years, Levin worked together with Alexei Belousov, a Russian-Jewish classical guitar concert artist in order to create a special program.

Tuesday, September 16

Lecture -- Title TBD
Laurent Sierro, Swiss Journalist
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence

Laurent Sierro is a journalist for the Swiss National News Agency (ATS), the Swiss national newswire, where he covers Swiss foreign policy and broader international news. He has covered several French presidential elections, and among other foreign assignments has reported from the Middle East, Africa, and Ukraine. He was previously a Swiss correspondent for the French Weekly Courrier International. He is a member of the Swiss Federation of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists.

Thursday, September 18

Reception -- ASC Welcome Reception
Asian Studies Center
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
Asian Studies Center
Rachel Jacobson

Welcome to a new academic year at Pitt! Join the Asian Studies Center for a welcome reception, where you can learn about the Asia-related programming we offer, including certificate programs, courses from many departments across the university, and lectures and conferences throughout the year. You can also connect with student-run clubs such as the Origami Club and the Chinese Student Association.

Thursday, September 25

Lecture -- Design Thinking: Japanese Style
Bob Tobin
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
4130 Posvar
Asian Studies Center, International Business Center
Jacqueline Saslawsku

What are the elements of Japanese aesthetics and design?
How is the Japanese approach to creativity different from the American approach? How can you apply these principles to your daily life?

Dr. Robert "Bob" Tobin, emeritus professor from the Faculty of Business and Commerce at Keio University in Japan, and former director of the Program on Creativity and Change will be speaking on the Japanese approach to creativity and design. Dr. Tobin has over 20 years of experience in organizational consulting and training with global business leaders. His presentation style is strongly focused on audience participation and designed to help participants change their world view and spark their creativity.

Dr. Tobin’s book "What Do You Want to Create Today - Build the Life You Want at Work" will be available for purchase and for signing.

Friday, October 31

Lecture -- Asia in the World Histories: Frontiers and Environments
Peter Perdue, Yale University
12:00 pm
The Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Asian Studies Center
World History Center
World History Center

Because of the dramatic growth of Asian economies, the salience of Asia among world historians has risen significantly in the past decades. We can see this prominence in the greater space devoted to Asia in world history textbooks, curricula, and to some extent in faculty positions. Yet because of the lingering influence of Eurocentrism and the constraints imposed by traditional Area Studies, gaps and discrepancies remain. To point towards ways of overcoming these limitations, I will comment on recent work in China in the early modern and modern period, from the perspective of frontiers and environmental history.

Friday, November 21

Lecture -- Making Mosques in America and Japan; or, How Islam Went Truly Global
Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles
12:00 pm
The Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Asian Studies Center
Humanities Center
World History Center

In the early 1920s and 30s, the first purpose-built mosques were established in the United States and Japan. Despite being on the far sides of the planet in Detroit and Kobe, their foundation reflected the ability of South Asian Muslim "religious entrepreneurs" to operate on what was by the 1920s a truly global scale. In tracing the commonalities between this first institutional emergence of Islam in two new world regions, the lecture identifies the global processes of religious competition and exchange and the reasons why Indian Muslims emerged at the forefront of them.

Thursday, April 2

Lecture -- Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers' Series: Peter Hessler
Peter Heslsler, 2014/15 William Block Sr. Award Winner
8:30 pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Asian Studies Center
Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, University Store on Fifth

Peter Hessler has received the 2008 National Magazine Award for Excellence in Reporting, a 2011 Macarthur Fellowship, and the 2001 Kiriyama Prize. He is the author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze; Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip; Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West; and Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. He is a contributing writer for National Geographic and a staff writer at The New Yorker, for which he has served as the Beijing, China correspondent from 2000 to 2007 and currently covers Egypt.