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Thursday, September 22

The Silence
Silk Screen Festival
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization

After she witnesses a shocking incident on a late night train ride, Chini is swept into a traumatic state of remembrance of her own past. The incident triggers flashbacks of Chini’s childhood in rural India. Destitute, and sent by her father to live with her uncle, life-changing events forever alter Chini’s perception of the world she lives in. Toggling between past and present, The Silence is a dynamic drama based on a true story that tackles taboos and courage within a pain-clouded atmosphere.

Director: Gajendra Ahire
Cast: Nagraj Manjule, Anjali Patil, Raghuvir Yadav
Language: Marathi, with English subtitles

Peace Corp Application Workshop
Time:
9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Presenter:
Nick Langston
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Nick Langston
Contact Email:
pcorps@pitt.edu

Come to this session where a recruiter will give you tips to make your resume work for you. Please bring 2-3 copies of your resume with you.

Friday, September 23 to Thursday, September 29

Kung Fu Cinema Film Festival
Time:
12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Presenter:
Row House Cinema
Location:
Row House Cinema 4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of Row House Cinema

The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville will be showing brand new restorations of some of the greatest Chinese martial arts films ever made.

Films:

A Touch of Zen (King Hu)
Dragon Inn (King Hu)
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Early Jackie Chan)
The Way of the Dragon (Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris)

Note: Times listed here are approximate. Tickets, pricing, and showtimes are available via Row House's website here:
http://www.rowhousecinema.com/

Friday, September 23

Song of Lahore
Silk Screen Festival
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization

This film is part of the Silk Screen Film Festival. Admission is free to Pitt students with an ID. Lahore used to be a mecca of Pakistani culture, a thriving center of art, music and poetry. When the Islamic government took over, strict rules were imposed that made art a punishable sin. The Sachel Studio Jazz Ensemble help show a side of Pakistan rarely seen by Western audiences: a lively, colorful place, with cultural heart. When the group’s rendition of "Take Five" achieved viral status on YouTube, they are invited to play in New York City with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

Directors: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schoken
Language: Urdu, English, Punjabi, with English subtitles

Saturday, September 24

Translating Race in Eurasia
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Various
Location:
Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington and University of California-Berkeley
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
412-648-2290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

This one-day conference aims to critically explore and theoretically engage with constructions of racial identity in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Race demands attention in the field of Slavic Studies (and related disciplines), both as an analytical tool and as a subject of study unto itself. Scholarly constructions of the Russian and Soviet empires present them as apparently “racially homogenous spaces,” or as territories characterized by other categories of identification, such as nationality or ethnicity. Yet race has been present here, both in the form of racialized identities produced in Russian imperial conquest and as the response of Russian and Soviet imperial culture to racial categories produced in the history of empire across the globe. To date, very little scholarly work has been devoted to the uneasy processes of translation connecting categories of identity in Eurasia with those prevalent in other histories of empire. This conference will bring together a group of scholars from across disciplines to do just this, contributing theoretically engaged analyses of race as it has been articulated, deployed and translated between the cultures of Eurasia and those of the larger global context.

Radio Dreams
Silk Screen Festival
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization

This film is part of the Silk Screen Film Festival. Admission is free to Pitt students with an ID. Mr. Royami, an eccentric radio producer attempts to schedule an on-air collaborative jam session between an Afghan rock band and the legendary Metallica. Believing that music can go a long way towards demonstrating the kind of compassion missing from global politics, Royami tries to will into reality his most idealistic dream: watching Metallica shred with Kabul Dreams, one of Afghanistan’s premier rock bands.

Director: Babak Jalali
Cast: Lars Ulrich, Larry Laverty, Bosha Dastournezhad
Language: Persian, English, Assyrian, Neo-Armanic, Dari, with English subtitles

Jasmine
Silk Screen Festival
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization

This film is part of the Silk Screen Film Festival. Admission is free to Pitt students with an ID. Since his wife was killed, Leonard To has lost his job, his friends and maintains only a tenuous hold on his sanity and stability. The police have suspended their investigation, but Leonard continues his obsessive search for his wife’s killer. Leonard is futilely trying to put his life back together when he encounters a stranger standing at his wife’s grave.

Director: Dax Phelan
Cast: Jason Tobin, Eugenia Yuan, Byron Mann
Language: English

Penn Masala Concert
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Bellefield Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Pitt Akshaya Patra

Pitt Akshaya Patra presents: Penn Masala and Dr. Srimix LIVE IN CONCERT at the University of Pittsburgh!

Penn Masala is a collegiate a capella team that fuses South Asian and Western music to create a new style. They have performed in front of the President, at National Awards Ceremonies, and even were featured in the Hollywood movie, Pitch Perfect 2.
Dr. Srimix is a DJ who has been all around the world DJing and showing the best of both worlds on the dance floor. Catch him at the afterparty as well!

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/penn-masala-concert-tickets-26870997878

Admission is free to Pitt students with an ID.

Mid Autumn Festival
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Chinese American Student Association
Foreign Letters
Silk Screen Festival
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization

This film is part of the Silk Screen Film Festival. Admission is free to Pitt students with an ID. An audience favorite from the 2013 Silk Screen Festival, Foreign Letters is a beautiful testimony of friendship and adolescence. Ellie escaped Israel with her family as a child and grew up in 1980s Connecticut. The film chronicles her early experiences in America, observations of wealth and excess and her crippling feelings of isolation from her peers. When Ellie meets a fellow immigrant, a Vietnamese refugee named Thuy, the girls bond over their shared experiences as foreigners to a frightening and exciting new culture.

Director: Ela Thier
Cast: Noa Rotstein, Dalena Le, Ela Thier
Language: English, Hebrew, Vietnamese with English subtitles

Twisted Justice
Silk Screen Festival
Time:
8:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization

This film is part of the Silk Screen Film Festival. Admission is free to Pitt students with an ID. One of the greatest scandals in Japanese police history, the Inaba Case, is the basis of this gritty, crime thriller. In 2002, Yoshiaki Inaba, a police inspector of Hokkaido Prefectural Police, was indicted on several counts involving weapons and narcotics.

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi
Cast: Go Ayano, Munetaka Aoki, Young Dais
Language: Japanese, with English subtitles

Sunday, September 25

Moh Maya Money
Silk Screen Festival
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization

This film is part of the Silk Screen Film Festival. Admission is free to Pitt students with an ID. Aman enjoys the finer things in life and has stopped at nothing to possess them, including embezzling from his real estate firm. When the opportunity to head up a large deal comes along, Aman puts his co-worker and fellow petty criminal, in charge, hoping that he will receive significant kickbacks when the job is finished. But, the deal goes awry, potentially ruining Aman. In a last-ditch attempt to right the sinking ship and save his wealth, he commits yet another white collar crime, this one ensnaring his wife and a few unsuspecting strangers.

Director: Munish Bhardwaj
Cast: Neha Dhupia, Ranvir Shorey, Dev Chauhan
Language: Hindi, with English subtitles

Women's International Club's Fall Scholarship Reception
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Cloister & Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
Cost:
Free (donations welcomed)
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

Join the Women's International Club in celebrating the return of the 2016 of the Women's International Club Scholarship awardees. The program will begin with a reception in the cloister before moving into the auditorium for a presentation by the three awardees. This year's awardees traveled to India, Tanzania and Argentina.

Monday, September 26

Holocaust Documentation in Public Archives: Ethics of Access
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Katharina Hering, Project Archivist, National Equity Justice Library, Georgetown Law Library, Washington DC
Location:
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of School of Information Sciences, Jewish Studies Program, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center
Contact:
Amy Herlich
Contact Email:
amy.herlich@pitt.edu

Following World War II, hundreds of thousands of Holocaust survivors filed reparation, restitution, and pension claims with West German state agencies. Hering will discuss the ethical challenges of accessing such records with regards to privacy law and preservation, the role of archives and archivists, and how the German government manages these challenges.

To read more, visit the event’s webpage: http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/colloquia/callery.php.

Co-hosted by: Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program, and Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Questions? Contact Amy Herlich at amy.herlich@pitt.edu.

Recent Excavation of the Ban La Shan Hongshan Platform
Department of Anthropology
Time:
3:30 pm
Presenter:
Xiong Zenglong
Location:
3106 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of Anthropology

Tuesday, September 27

Europe’s Schengen Area e-Border Dilemma
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Dusan Soltes, Faculty of Management, Comenius University, Slovakia
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and International Business Center

Professor Dusan Soltes will address one of the most controversial issues in the EU today: the protection of the EU’s external borders. On the one hand, it is difficult for new member states to become a part of the Schengen border protection system; it requires great effort and investments into the latest ICT technology, implementation of demanding Schengen legislation, and various other technical, organizational, and personnel requirements. But on the other hand, we are witnessing a crisis on the southern flank of the Schengen border as hundreds of thousands of migrants enter EU territory daily.

Wednesday, September 28

Global Issues through Literature: Multicultural Societies
Europe: Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Lisa Bromberg
Location:
Posvar 4130
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Phone:
412-624-3487
Contact Email:
lrb62@pitt.edu

In this first meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Global Issues through Literature teacher reading group will discuss French multiculturalism through a study of the young adult novel Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faiza Guene. Due to a high volume of interest, registration for this event is currently closed.

Thursday, September 29

ASP Welcome Back Reception
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
412-648-1802
Contact Email:
kwm18@pitt.edu

Please join the African Studies Program family for a welcome back celebration! All students, faculty, and staff are welcome at this event. There will be food, friends, and merriment.

Friday, September 30

UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Outreach
Time:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:
WPU-837
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

Please join us in our brainstorming sessions to help develop the UCIS Strategic Plan.

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Academics & Experiential Learning
Thursday, 9/15/2016 in WPU-837 from 11-12PM

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Outreach
Friday, 9/30/2016 in WPU-837 from 11-12PM

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Partnerships
Tuesday, 10/4/2016 in 4130 from 3-4PM

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Research & Global Impact
Wednesday, 10/12/2016 in 4130 from 3-4PM

Talking About Asia: John Traphagan
Edgework: Risk and Rural Entrepreneurs in Japan
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
John Traphagan
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Round Table Conversations with Experts from the Field:
Education, Health, and Medicine
Time:
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Medi Bugembe, Alison Karnes, Dr. Mark Karnes, Victoria Nalongo
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
4126481802
Contact Email:
kwm18@pitt.edu

These experts will share their entrepreneurial field experiences working with populations in East Africa to provide education, shelter, healthcare and other basic social services. Students will have the opportunity to meet with them, hear their stories, ask questions, and learn about opportunities to get involved.

Saturday, October 1

Confucius Institute Day
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Confucius Institute

Sunday, October 2

Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Celebration
"Be the Change:" Gandhi and the Next Generation
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center

Please join us for an afternoon of activities celebrating the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings. Enjoy tea and conversations with Pittsburgh organizations at 2:00 pm, followed by cultural performances, inter-faith presentations, and a panel discussion authors, scholars, and educators with the topic "Be the Change:" Gandhi and the Next Generation.

Tuesday, October 4

UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Partnerships
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
Posvar 4130
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

Please join us in our brainstorming sessions to help develop the UCIS Strategic Plan.

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Academics & Experiential Learning
Thursday, 9/15/2016 in WPU-837 from 11-12PM

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Outreach
Friday, 9/30/2016 in WPU-837 from 11-12PM

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Partnerships
Tuesday, 10/4/2016 in 4130 from 3-4PM

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Research & Global Impact
Wednesday, 10/12/2016 in 4130 from 3-4PM

Global Educators' Forum
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet Street
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Email:
lrb62@pitt.edu

The Global Educators' Forum meets twice a year to discuss developing and implementing Global Studies-related programming and curriculum in schools, classrooms, and departments. This open meeting is intended for all educators--including, for example, teachers, administrators, pre-service teachers, post-secondary instructors, and School of Education faculty. Please join us to share your experiences with Global Education programs, learn about available resources, and continue to brainstorm ways of incorporating international and global education components into the curriculum. Dinner, parking, and Act 48 hours are provided, and online access will also be available. Please use the link to register.

Wednesday, October 5

Finnish Education Symposium
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Xi Wang, Organizer
Location:
5604 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of School of Education
Contact:
Xi Wang, School of Education
Contact Phone:
+1 (412) 648 2245
Contact Email:
xiw84@pitt.edu

Registration located at 5604 WWPH (Fifth Floor Foyer).

10:00-12:00 p.m. Finnish Education Panel 1 5604 WWPH
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break where drinks and an assortment of Finnish foods, snacks, etc. will be served. Fifth Floor Foyer (outside of 5604 WWPH)

[12:00-1:30 p.m.] [Buffet lunch for invited guests only: organizers, speakers, and co-sponsor representatives.] University Club, Room TBD

2:00-4:00 p.m. Finnish Education Panel 2 5604 WWPH
6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner with speakers, keynote speakers, and representatives from all co-sponsoring organizations. Restaurant is to be determined.

Friday, October 7

Handa City Sashiko Program at the Society for Contemporary Craft
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman Street, PITTSBURGH, PA
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of The Japan America Society of Pennsylvania

Join the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and the Society for Contemporary Craft to learn about the Japanese textile art sashiko.

Sashiko is a decorative reinforcement stitch, similar to Western quilting, traditionally with white thread on an indigo background. The presentation will be given by Fumiyo Iwadachi and the hands-on making session will be facilitated by Itsuko Hotta.

Full details and links to registration are available here: http://www.japansocietypa.org/event-2293412

Hot Topics Over Coffee
With a focus on Global Health
Time:
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free

Come join us to meet and network with the Global Studies Center students, staff, and faculty. Coffee with be served, of course!

Monday, October 10

World Cafe
Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Time:
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Location:
WPU-Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

We are launching Pitt’s Global Plan with a series of World Café sessions during the month of October and want to invite your participation. The World Café is a proven method of engaging participants in dynamic and directed conversations on concrete topics.

The World Cafés aim to accomplish three objectives regarding Pitt’s Global Plan: (1) educate our community on Pitt’s goals for global engagement; (2) generate discussion on how units across campus can collaborate and contribute to the objectives of the plan; (3) identify promising action items for implementation of select initiatives.

You are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/globalinput to attend a session. Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us as we engage in conversational leadership at Pitt!

1. World Café: Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 9-10:30am, Assembly Room, WPU

2. World Café: Research through International Collaborations (Faculty & Administrators)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 12-1:30pm, Assembly Room, WPU

3. World Café: Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 11:30am-1pm, Kurtzman Room, WPU

4. World Café: Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 9-10:30am, Kurtzman Room, WPU

World Cafe
Research through International Collaborations (Faculty & Administrators)
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
WPU-Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

We are launching Pitt’s Global Plan with a series of World Café sessions during the month of October and want to invite your participation. The World Café is a proven method of engaging participants in dynamic and directed conversations on concrete topics.

The World Cafés aim to accomplish three objectives regarding Pitt’s Global Plan: (1) educate our community on Pitt’s goals for global engagement; (2) generate discussion on how units across campus can collaborate and contribute to the objectives of the plan; (3) identify promising action items for implementation of select initiatives.

You are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/globalinput to attend a session. Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us as we engage in conversational leadership at Pitt!

1. World Café: Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 9-10:30am, Assembly Room, WPU

2. World Café: Research through International Collaborations (Faculty & Administrators)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 12-1:30pm, Assembly Room, WPU

3. World Café: Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 11:30am-1pm, Kurtzman Room, WPU

4. World Café: Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 9-10:30am, Kurtzman Room, WPU

Tuesday, October 11

World Cafe
Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Time:
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location:
WPU-Kurtzman Room
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

We are launching Pitt’s Global Plan with a series of World Café sessions during the month of October and want to invite your participation. The World Café is a proven method of engaging participants in dynamic and directed conversations on concrete topics.

The World Cafés aim to accomplish three objectives regarding Pitt’s Global Plan: (1) educate our community on Pitt’s goals for global engagement; (2) generate discussion on how units across campus can collaborate and contribute to the objectives of the plan; (3) identify promising action items for implementation of select initiatives.

You are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/globalinput to attend a session. Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us as we engage in conversational leadership at Pitt!

1. World Café: Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 9-10:30am, Assembly Room, WPU

2. World Café: Research through International Collaborations (Faculty & Administrators)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 12-1:30pm, Assembly Room, WPU

3. World Café: Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 11:30am-1pm, Kurtzman Room, WPU

4. World Café: Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 9-10:30am, Kurtzman Room, WPU

Wednesday, October 12

World Cafe
Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Time:
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Location:
WPU-Kurtzman Room
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

We are launching Pitt’s Global Plan with a series of World Café sessions during the month of October and want to invite your participation. The World Café is a proven method of engaging participants in dynamic and directed conversations on concrete topics.

The World Cafés aim to accomplish three objectives regarding Pitt’s Global Plan: (1) educate our community on Pitt’s goals for global engagement; (2) generate discussion on how units across campus can collaborate and contribute to the objectives of the plan; (3) identify promising action items for implementation of select initiatives.

You are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/globalinput to attend a session. Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us as we engage in conversational leadership at Pitt!

1. World Café: Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 9-10:30am, Assembly Room, WPU

2. World Café: Research through International Collaborations (Faculty & Administrators)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 12-1:30pm, Assembly Room, WPU

3. World Café: Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 11:30am-1pm, Kurtzman Room, WPU

4. World Café: Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 9-10:30am, Kurtzman Room, WPU

UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Research & Global Impact
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
Posvar 4130
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

Please join us in our brainstorming sessions to help develop the UCIS Strategic Plan.

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Academics & Experiential Learning
Thursday, 9/15/2016 in WPU-837 from 11-12PM

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Outreach
Friday, 9/30/2016 in WPU-837 from 11-12PM

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Partnerships
Tuesday, 10/4/2016 in 4130 from 3-4PM

• UCIS Plan Brainstorm: Research & Global Impact
Wednesday, 10/12/2016 in 4130 from 3-4PM

Your Future in Asia JET Informational Session
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of JET Program Office

Ever wanted to live in Japan for a year or maybe more with a full time job? Teaching English in Japan may be for you. There will be an informational seminar on The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) on Wednesday October 12 in 4217 Posvar Hall, giving out all the details you'll need to know.

Thursday, October 13

Health Inequalities In Europe, with Dr. Julia Lynch
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Allyson Delnore, European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, orgranizer; Julia Lynch, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, presenter
Location:
3610 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
412-624-5404
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu
Ethics for One World
As part of Coevality: Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change Speaker Series
Time:
7:00 pm
Presenter:
Peter Singer
Location:
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center, and the Year of the Humanities Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of History of Art and Architecture and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

The most important issues we face today are global rather than national: climate change, economic globalization, extreme poverty, immigration and the responsibility to protect people from genocide and crimes against humanity, whatever country they may be in. We need to challenge both the prudence and the ethics of those who put forward narrow nationalistic perspectives. In the long run we cannot be secure and prosperous, or claim to be acting justly, if we fail to play our part in overcoming the world’s problems. Professor Singer will discuss both the perils and the potentials inherent in globalization, and put forward an ethical approach to them.

Takao Kawaguchi's About Kazuo Ohno
Time:
8:00 pm
Presenter:
Takao Kawaguchi
Location:
The Warhol Theatre, Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of The Japan America Society of Pennsylvania

The Warhol partners with The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and The Asian Studies Center of the University of Pittsburgh to welcome experimental theater artist and dancer Takao Kawaguchi with his solo performance tribute to legendary Japanese butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, who passed away in 2010 at age 103. Kawaguchi mirrors and re-constructs Ohno’s movements based on video recordings of performances of early masterpieces including Admiring La Argentina (1977), My Mother (1981), and Dead Sea, Ghost, Wienerwaltz (1985). Kawaguchi is also a former member of the Japanese performance collective, Dumb Type, and is former director the Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Full details and where to purchase tickets are available here: http://www.japansocietypa.org/event-2298524

Friday, October 14 to Thursday, October 20

Anime Film Festival
Time:
12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Presenter:
Row House Cinema
Location:
Row House Cinema 4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of

The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville will be holding a film series dedicated to some of the most acclaimed anime movies of all time.

Films:
Belladonna Of Sadness (New restoration)
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Grave Of The Fireflies
Millennium Actress
Paprika

Note: Times listed here are approximate. Tickets, pricing, and showtimes are available via Row House's website here:
http://www.rowhousecinema.com/

Friday, October 14

Peter Singer & Terry Smith, Global Studies Faculty Fellow conversation
As part of Coevality: Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change Speaker Series
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Presenter:
Peter Singer and Terry Smith
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Lecture Theatre
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Humanities Center, and the Year of the Humanities Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

PETER SINGER & TERRY SMITH, Global Studies Faculty Fellow conversation: “Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change”

Reception to follow Friday’s conversation in Frick Fine Arts Cloister

Saturday, October 15

Japanese Nationality Room Luncheon & Silent Auction
Time:
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms along with Japanese Animation Club
Cost:
TBD
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

The Japanese Nationality Room Committee will host a luncheon and silent auction to benefit the Japanese Room Committee Scholarship, an award for Pitt students to study abroad in Japan over the summer. Donated items such as Kimonos, Yukatas, and other traditional items will be auctioned. Additional details forthcoming.

Sunday, October 16

Celtic Cultural Event
A celebration of the Welsh, Irish and Scottish traditions
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Cloister & Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
Cost:
Free (donations welcomed)
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

The Welsh, Irish and Scottish Room Committees are joining together to celebrate their Celtic heritage. A reception in the Frick Fine Arts Cloister will proceed a program which includes music, singing, and inspiring words. Additional details forthcoming.

Wednesday, October 19

Eckhard Schroeter Lecture
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Eckhard Schroeter, Zeppelin University
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Towards Inclusiveness in the Civil Service? European Perspectives on Representative Bureaucracy
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Eckhard Schröter, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
412-624-5404
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

European societies have grown increasingly multi-cultural and ethnically diverse. And yet, most civil service systems on the European continent have tended to be rather mono-cultural ‘closed shops’ if it comes to the representation of minority groups in society. It flows from this that the theory and practice of representative bureaucracy has become more significant as issues of ethnicity, gender and social equity have moved center stage in current political debates. This challenge gives rise to a number of questions central to relationship between societal trends, political authority and civil service reform: To what extent can public bureaucracies serve as representative in-stitutions? How does the composition of the public sector workforce impact on admin-istrative performance? What contextual factors shape trajectories of national civil service systems to become more inclusive, diverse and representative of the socie-ties they are supposed to serve? While the concern with representativeness within the public sector is a more general phenomenon, it is likely to be interpreted and imple-mented differently in different national and organizational settings. Drawing from em-pirical evidence from European countries – representing relevant types of administra-tive cultures and state traditions –, this presentation will eventually refer to the Ger-man experience to illustrate how issues of diversity and inclusion in the public sector play out when concerns with representativeness meet with traditions of a deeply-entrenched Weberian meritocratic bureaucracy.

Let's Talk Africa
Service Learning in Africa: Green Hope
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Presenter:
Sean McCarthy
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
4126481802
Contact Email:
kwm18@pitt.edu

Come learn about what service learning is, what you can get out of a service learning experience abroad in Africa, and how you can apply! Sean McCarthy, a senior at Pitt, will be recounting his own experiences in Tanzania over the past few years. He will also explain what Green Hope is and how students can get involved at Pitt. The Green Hope Orphanage, Inc. provides financial, administrative, and academic support to educational institutions in underserved, low-income communities in rural Tanzania.

"This past summer I went to relocate the school from Olgilai to Elboro. Some of what I did:
- Negotiate a rental contract with a land owner.
- Build a relationship with the Elboro village government & leaders.
- Work with a lawyer to construct a Tanzanian legal entity (NGO) to operate under in the future.
- Strengthen our Non-profit, Business, and Government contacts in Tanzania.
- Search for long term land and building solutions for Green Hope's future expansion."

For more information about Green Hope, please visit their website: http://www.greenhope.us/index

New Perspectives on Kongo in Revolutionary Haiti
Part of 2016-2017 Atlantic History Seminar: Africa and the Atlantic World
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
James Sweet, University of Wisconsin
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of History
Contact:
Pernille Roge
Contact Email:
per20pitt.edu

Thursday, October 20

Conversations on Europe: View of the US Elections from Europe
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

Professor Jae-Jae Spoon (Political Science) will moderate this virtual roundtable looking at how the U.S. Presidential Elections are perceived by Europeans. The 2016 elections have been fraught with controversy. Yet few countries' presidential elections generate such global interest as those in the U.S. What is the view of the Trump and Clinton campaigns from across the Atlantic? How are European leaders preparing for a possible Trump or Clinton presidency? What is at stake in the transatlantic relationship? Join our panel of experts for a lively conversation on these topics and more. Audience participation is encouraged. To join remotely, contact kal68@pitt.edu.

Friday, October 21

Talking About Asia: Seung-hwan Shin
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Seung-hwan Shin
Location:
41
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Between Nation and Market: European Literature in the 19th Century
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Gabriella Romani, Seton Hall University
Location:
The Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, The Humanities Center, The World History Center, the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, The Department of English and The Department of French and Italian

Gabriella Romani, Seton Hall University: "The Nationalization of the Postal Service and the Print Media in post-unification Italy"

Saturday, October 22

French Immersion Workshop
Time:
8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Bonnie Adair-Hauck
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
$20.00
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

French Immersion workshops offer area secondary school French teachers an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop a deeper understanding of French culture and its global influence, and to share relevant teaching strategies. Act 48 credit is available.

Friday, October 28

Making Climate Policy: A Historical Simulation
Time:
11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Allyson Delnore, Veronica Dristas, Michaël Aklin
Location:
233 David E Lawrence
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Freshman Programs and Reacting Consortium
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

As part of Pitt's International Week, the European Studies Center and Global Studies Center have partnered to offer students a chance to participate in a simulation of an important period in the history of international climate policy negotiations. The effects of un-checked industrial pollution in Europe were seen in the increase in acid rain and a stark die off of forested regions in northern and eastern Europe. In response, representatives from Europe's nations came together in a series of negotiations to determine what - if anything - could or even should be done. During this half-day event, students will immerse themselves into a role (representative from Poland, British diplomat, climate scientist) and participate in active negotiations. How did climate science impact policy negotiations? To what extent did national interests trump environmental concerns? And how did large industrial countries respond to complaints from smaller, down-wind countries? The negotiations take place between 1979 and 1989 against the backdrop of the end of the Cold War and the creation of the European Union. Here's your chance to participate in the making of history and the saving of the environment.

Talking About Asia: Patricia Maclachlan
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Patricia Maclachlan
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Wednesday, November 2

Global Issues Through Literature: Multicultural Societies
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Lisa Bromberg
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of English
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Email:
lrb62@pitt.edu

This debut novel by Dinaw Mengestu tells the story of an Ethiopian refugee living in Washington, D.C., and explores issues of racial, cultural, and national identities. Our discussion will be led by Professor Gayle Rogers of Pitt’s English department. Books and dinner are provided, as well as parking on Pitt’s campus and Act 48 hours. Please use the link to register.

Friday, November 4

Internationalizing Our Curriculum: A Colleagues in Connection Event
Time:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Various
Location:
Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with Community College of Beaver County
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
4126482290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

Through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the US Department of Education, the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh has partnered with community colleges to help faculty internationalize curricula. Pitt’s Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) would like to invite interested faculty and staff from any of the universities and colleges in our area to learn more about the process, including program and curriculum development, institutional partnerships and grant writing. CCBC faculty members will showcase internationally focused course modules that they developed through the NEH-funded “Bridging Cultures” partnership with Pitt. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Please contact REES Assistant Director Gina Peirce at gbpeirce@pitt.edu to register by October 24.

Wednesday, November 9 to Sunday, November 13

Human Rights, Affordable Housing & Urban Development Strategies
As part of Housing Summit 2016
Time:
(All day)
Location:
TBA (various Community and University venues)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Housing Summit
Contact Email:
housing@pitt.edu

Pittsburgh’s economic re-development has earned it the reputation as a “most livable city.” But growing numbers of residents ask, “livable for whom?” It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the reality of a growing divide between two Pittsburghs—one affluent, professional, and largely white, and the other low-income people with long-term roots in the region, largely people of color.

The University-Community Housing Summit will provide a space for residents to come together with organizers and experts from around the world to learn about and discuss the global and local forces affecting people’s access to affordable housing and the efforts to address them. A series of public lectures, panels, workshops, and cultural events will facilitate learning and networking aimed at highlighting this issue on the public and policy agenda while advancing new thinking and community organization that can help Pittsburgh residents realize their human right to housing.

Keynote speakers, leaders in community activism, public policy, and scholarship, will contribute to discussions about the relationships between affordable housing, urban social movements, and globalization. Participatory workshops are designed to help participants learn skills to help them end discrimination and displacement while building a movement for housing justice and human rights.

Wednesday, November 9

Book Launch and Signing
Time:
6:00 pm
Presenter:
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD
Location:
Kaufmann Center, Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium, 1825 Centre Avenue
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
housingp@pitt.edu

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. Dr. Fullilove's research has focused on the health problems caused by inequity. She is the author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, which profiles stories from Pittsburgh’s Hill District residents. She is currently leading a study of Main Streets in New Jersey. Many of the state’s more than 500 municipalities have a functioning Main Street. What are these streets like? What is their function in today's city? This project is examining these questions and others. For more information, visit www.mainstreetnj.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 10

Book Panel & Discussion with Dr. Mindy Fullilove
As part of Housing Summit 2016
Time:
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location:
2017 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with School of Social Work

Panel discussing Dr. Fullilove's book, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It. Panelists TBA and lunch provided.
Hosted by Pitt's School of Social Work

Keynote Address
"Where is home? How housing instability affects us all"
Time:
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Mindy Fullilove
Location:
120 David Lawrence Hall, University of Pittsburgh (3942 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, professor of urban policy and health, The New School. Fullilove has been studying epidemics in poor communities, with a focus on the relationship between urban form and mental well-being. In 2009, she launched a Main Street NJ, a study of the role in Main Streets as social and commercial centers. This study takes her to 100 Main Streets in the US, France, the Netherlands and Japan. She has authored/edited 5 books, including Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It.

Friday, November 11

China and Latin America Relations
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Julie Linger
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Plenary Panel
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
housingp@pitt.edu

Saturday, November 12

Speaker schedule TBA
Time:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
housingp@pitt.edu

Speaker schedule TBA

Speaker Biographies

Desiree Fields is an urban geographer at the University of Sheffield (UK). Her research theorizes the rise of financial markets, actors and imperatives as a contemporary process of global urban change. With a particular focus on housing, Fields is interested in how the link between real estate and finance is being reconstructed since the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, how residents experience this process, and its implications for housing policy and advocacy. She was trained as an environmental psychologist and urbanist at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. (link)

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. Dr. Fullilove's research has focused on the health problems caused by inequity. She is the author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, which profiles stories from Pittsburgh’s Hill District residents. She is currently leading a study of Main Streets in New Jersey. Many of the state’s more than 500 municipalities have a functioning Main Street. What are these streets like? What is their function in today's city? This project is examining these questions and others. For more information, visit www.mainstreetnj.blogspot.com.

Ernesto López-Morales is Associate Professor in the University of Chile and PhD in Urban Planning from the DPU, University College London. He is also associate researcher at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) where he focuses on land economic, gentrification, neoliberal urbanism and housing in Chile and Latin American cities. He is author of Urbanismo proempresarial y destrucción creativa (Redalyc, 2013), and co-author of: Planetary Globalization (Polity Press, 2016). He co-edited Global gentrifications: Uneven development and displacement (Policy Press, 2015). His other published research assesses exclusionary displacement through rent gap analysis in the urban redevelopment of inner Santiago, Chile. In addition to his academic work, López-Morales works in cooperation with activist organizations including the Movimiento de Pobladores Ukamau in Chile and the 06600 Plataforma Vecinal y Observatorio de la Colonia Juarez in Mexico .

Max Rameau is a Haitian born Pan-African theorist, campaign strategist, organizer and author. After moving to Miami, Florida in 1991, Max began organizing around a broad range of human rights issues impacting low-income Black communities, including Immigrant rights (particularly Haitian immigrants), economic justice, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, particularly for ex-felons and police abuse, among others. As a result of the devastating impacts of gentrification taking root during the housing "boom," in the summer of 2006 Max helped found the organization which eventually became known as Take Back the Land, to address 'Land' issues in the Black community. In October 2006, Take Back the Land seized control of a vacant lot in the Liberty City section of Miami and built the Umoja Village, a full urban shantytown, addressing the issues of land, self-determination and homelessness in the Black community. (Read more)

Rob Robinson, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, Special Adviser to the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights. He is co-founder of the Take Back the Land National Movement and a member of the US Human Rights Network. Rob spent two and a half years, homeless in Miami and ten months in a New York City homeless shelter. He eventually escaped his cycle of homelessness and has been in the housing movement in New York City since 2007. In the fall of 2009, Rob was chosen to be chairperson for the first ever official visit of a UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. He is connected with housing movements in South Africa, Brazil, and other countries around the world. He is a member of a social justice media collective which produces and airs a monthly radio show over WBAI in New York City called Global Movements Urban Struggles

Sunday, November 13

PolishFest 2016
A celebration of the Polish tradition
Time:
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
Cost:
Free
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

The Polish Nationality Room will host PolishFest, now in its 31st year. The celebration of Polish culture and heritage will include music, dance performances, food vendors, arts & crafts and organization tables. Additional details forthcoming.

Tuesday, November 15

Conversations on Europe: Black Lives Matter: The Movement in Europe
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

In Europe, the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. has struck a chord with some. Issues of procedural inequalities and police violence have been made more public in Black Lives Matter marches in cities throughout Europe. How does the movement in Europe differ from its American inspiration? How do issues of ethnicity and religion inform understandings of race in Europe? And what has been the response of authorities? Join our panel of experts for an in-depth exploration of this timely topic. Audience participation is encouraged. To join remotely, contact kal68@pitt.edu.

Wednesday, November 16

"From Anti-Fascism to Anti-Totalitarianism: Remigration of Jewish Writers to Post-War Germany."
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Helmut Peitsch
Location:
Humanities Center
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Friday, November 18 to Saturday, November 19

North Korean Film Festival
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Steven Chung
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Monday, November 28

Talking About Asia:
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
John Skultin
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Friday, December 2

Between Nation and Market: European Literature in the 19th Center - A Roundtable Discussion
Time:
4:30 pm
Location:
The University Club, Ballroom A
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, The Humanities Center, The World History Center, the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, The Department of English and The Department of French and Italian

Participants: Jonathan Arac (English), Marco Cucculelli (Political Economy, Fulbright Scholar), John Lyon (German), Jonathan Platt (Slavic), Ron Zboray (Communication).

Sunday, December 4

Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House
Time:
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
Cost:
Free
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs will host its annual Holiday Open House, continuing the tradition of a multi-cultural holiday celebration. The 30 Nationality Rooms will be open to the public. Each Nationality Room will feature a Quo Vadis Student Tour Guide in a traditional outfit to share knowledge about the holiday traditions of each respective culture. Dance and music performances will be performed in the center of the Commons Room. Vendors will offer food, clothing and crafts from around the world. This family-friendly event welcomes all to come and celebrate!

Tuesday, December 6

Conversations on Europe: Migrant Experience in Germany (auf deutsch)
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

What has been described in the media as a migration crisis in Europe is being characterized by many aid workers as a reception crisis. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has taken the lead among European heads of state in advocating for a safe and effective process of resettling migrants. Taking Germany as an example, our panel of experts will discuss the migrant experience in that country. What are the legal processes for applying for asylum or settling as an economic migrant? What is the pathway to citizenship? What has been the public response? How does Germany's experience compare with other European countries? Randall Halle, Chair of the German Department, will moderate the discussion which will be conducted entirely in German by native-level speakers. Audience participation is welcome. To join remotely, contact kal68@pitt.edu.

Friday, December 9

2016 High School Model EU
Time:
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location:
Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The High School Model European Union is an annual event for area high school students. The goal of the Model EU is to give high school students a chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation. Playing the roles of presidents and prime ministers, students spend a day engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting issue about the EU. The objective is to simulate a specific European Council meeting that focuses on recent current events impacting the EU. Model EU enhances students’ understanding of classroom learning and gives them a real sense of the challenges involved in the decision-making process of the European Union.

To register your school now go to: http://tinyurl.com/2016-HSMEU.

Friday, February 24 to Saturday, February 25

2017 Undergraduate Model EU
Time:
6:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Duquesne University
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate 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 two-day simulation. Model EU enhances students’ understanding of the issues and challenges facing the 28 member nations of the EU. Awards will be given to the most effective delegations and best individual position papers.

This year's competition will host universities from across the region and will take place on Duquesne University’s campus.

To register your school now to go: http://tinyurl.com/2017-UMEU.

Wednesday, March 8

2017 Euro Challenge Competition
Time:
8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The Euro Challenge is a national competition for cash prizes where 9th and 10th grade high school students test their knowledge and understanding of the European economy and the Euro, the currency shared by many of the 28 countries of the European Union.

Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, March 18

A Diversity of (European) Identities: From the Subnational to the Supranational
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
4126487405
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

This two-day conference will bring together scholars from across sub-fields to discuss identity in the European context. We will focus on the development, transformation, transmission, expression, and politicization of three types of identity – subnational, national, and European – and how these identities overlap with each other. Panels will be organized around these three identities and focus on one of the thematic areas. As an interdisiciplinary conference, participants will be drawn from across the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields. Participants will come from across the disciplines at Pitt, other universities in the region, universities in the US and in Europe. Confirmed keynote speakers include Monserrat Guibernau (Sociology, University of Cambridge) and Matthew Goodwin (Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK).

Thursday, March 30 to Saturday, April 1

Faculty Research Workshop: Marriage Equality in Advanced Industrialized Democracies
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Helma de Vries-Jordan, University of Pittsburgh - Bradford (faculty organizer)
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost and European Union
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
624-5404
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

Marriage equality movements in advanced industrialized democracies have been remarkably successful in achieving policy change. From 2001 to 2016, marriage equality has been achieved in nearly two dozen states. Since many of these victories occurred in Europe, North America, and Oceania, it is timely to organize a conference in which scholars and participants can explore how marriage equality is impacting the future of LGBTQ rights. The pathways to marriage equality have been incredibly varied, including legislation, litigation, and referendums. Moreover, marriage equality has been achieved across a broad range of institutional climates, from parliamentary to presidential systems and from federal to unitary states. The increasingly transnational networks of activists working to advance marriage equality may have contributed to the policy diffusion of marriage equality. Despite the extension of marriage equality, the LGBTQ community continues to experience discrimination and harassment, and in some states, legal protections regarding non-discrimination, parenting, or gender recognition are inadequate.

The faculty research workshop on marriage equality in advanced industrialized democracies will be held from March 30th to April 1st, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh. This international conference is organized by Professor Helma de Vries-Jordan, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Law, under the leadership of the European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence. The workshop integrates social movements scholarship concerning marriage equality, other LGBTQ rights, and gender equality, placing them in comparative and international perspective. The conference will bring together some of the leading scholars in this field, presenting papers and engaging in dialogue about future directions for scholarship, with the goal of promoting collaborations between scholars and interactions amongst conference participants which will include faculty, students, and community members.

The conference will examine the factors that have influenced marriage equality movements and relevant LGBTQ rights policy-making, both in states with marriage equality and in states with ongoing campaigns. Causal factors that may be explored include dynamics in the political opportunity structure, identity-based versus strategic framing of issues, diffusion of norms regarding LGBTQ rights, and networking of activists. We will explore a number of central debates regarding the impact of marriage equality on the future of LGBTQ rights and regarding the transnational social movements working to advance gender and sexual equality. Questions will include: How has marriage equality impacted or been influenced by progress on other LGBTQ rights issues, or has marriage equality contributed to backlash or delays in achieving other rights? How have marriage equality movements’ level of inclusiveness regarding sexual and gender minorities impacted their advocacy and post-marriage equality policy outcomes? Finally, how portable are the strategies, frames, resources, and networks of activists across borders, and how has cooperation or conflict between activists across borders influenced these movements?