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Wednesday, April 29

CILE’s 22nd Annual McLean Lecture in International Law & Reception: “The Genesis and Development of the Vis Moot: A Platform for Global Legal Education and the Rule of Law”
5:30 pm
Professor Eric Bergsten, Former Senior Legal Officer and Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, Barco Law Building
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence on behalf of
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Professor Bergsten developed and for 20 years administered the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which has been held annually for the past 22 years in Vienna, Austria. Nearly 300 law schools from approximately 70 countries participate in the Vis Moot each year. During his lecture, he will discuss the genesis of the Vis Moot and how it serves as a platform for legal education. Following his lecture, Ronald A. Brand, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and director of Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE), will explain how Pitt Law and CILE have expanded the use of the Vis Moot platform to develop the international commercial law and arbitration curricula in nearly 20 countries. The program will end with a screening of the 2015 documentary film, Afghan Dreams, which follows four young Afghan women as they prepare for and participate in the Vis Moot – with CILE assistance -- as the first Afghan team. A reception will follow the event.

Saturday, May 9

SIMULATION WORKSHOP: “Acid Rain in the European Environment"
9:00 am
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Kathy Ayers, EUCE/ESC Outreach Coordinator
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The EUCE/ESC is looking for high school science and social studies teachers, curriculum coordinators, and administrators along with Pitt's School of Education faculty to participate in a simulation and to provide feedback that will be used in adapting the game for high school curricula. During the Acid Rain workshop, you’ll participate in a hands-on simulation created by Reacting to the Past contributors Dr. David E. Henderson and Dr. Susan K. Henderson; then, you will share your expertise on how this game can be adapted for a high school audience. Two weeks prior to the workshop, all participants will receive the simulation materials for review. Participants will also receive a $50 honorarium for taking part in the simulation. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information on registration contact our Outreach Coordinator, Kathy Ayers.

Thursday, May 14

Cultures Day at Harrold Middle School
(All day)
African Studies Program
Harrold Middle School
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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Are you interested in teaching 7-8 grade students about Africa? Please join us for our annual visit to Harrold Middle School as part of Cultures Day! This is an excellent volunteer opportunity and a great way to use your knowledge of Africa in a uniquely enriching way! The date is still TBD and will be updated when it is announced. Interested participants should email

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Monday, June 15 to Friday, July 3

Summer Seminar on Global Issues
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

We live in an interdependent world. No matter the career you’re considering, our changing world means that you will need to be globally fluent in order to compete and collaborate successfully in the future.

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Created for students entering their junior or senior year in high school, this three-week college preparatory summer learning opportunity focuses on both contemporary global issues and critical language skills. Through a mix of classroom instruction, experiential learning activities, and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them. Students will acquire greater global competence, cross-cultural understanding, and language proficiency—key skills needed to succeed in a global knowledge economy.

The Summer Seminar will be held June 15 - July 2, 2015 (Monday-Friday) at the University of Pittsburgh. Each day will run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. The program is sponsored by the World Affairs Council, and the Global Studies Center and the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Who can participate?
Rising high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for this program.

How much does it cost?
The Summer Seminar is being offered at a subsidized rate of $750 per person for students in the Pittsburgh region.
Full and partial needs-based financial aid scholarships will be available.

Please note: Participants must bring a bag lunch each day. Students must also arrange for their own transportation.

What Can Participants Expect?
•Learn about a range of interdisciplinary global issues such as culture, diplomacy, the economy, the environment, human rights, and security.
•Acquire introductory skills in a critical world language (Arabic or Mandarin Chinese).
•Work with nationally and internationally ranked experts representing the academic, think tank, business, nonprofit, and government sectors on a range of global and regional issues.
•Develop 21st century skills including problem solving, analysis, and critical thinking.
•Participate in real-world scenarios and simulations.
•Work with fellow students to create an awareness project meant to share knowledge of global issues with others through a range of multimedia platforms.

Sample schedule
•9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Critical Language Study
•10:30 a.m. - Noon: Global Issues Course
•Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
•1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Experiential learning activities*

*A variety of supplemental activities will be incorporated into the Global Issues course instruction, and may include simulation exercises, discussions with expert speakers, and field trips.

How Can Students Apply?
To be considered for admission to the Summer Seminar on Global Issues, a student must submit an application and reference. For financial aid scholarships, a student must also complete a separate scholarship application form. Applications and reference forms must be submitted online or by mail.

Students can apply here:
References can be completed here:
Application for Financial Assistance: download here

The application deadline is April 1, 2015.