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Friday, February 17

Visualizing Chinese Media Ideologies
Biao Qing Bao and its Development in Chinese Internet Culture
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Yixin Lian, MA Candidate, East Asian Studies
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Contact:
Dr Mi-Hyun Kim
Contact Phone:
412-624-5562
Contact Email:
kimmh@pitt.edu

Yixin Liang's thesis addresses Biao Qing Bao, a new type of internet meme consisting of an image and a text caption, and development its development on the Chinese internet. In this presentation, Liang will use the concept of media ideology proposed by Illeana Gershon to explain how people's conception of mediated codes of communication shapes their practice and usage of technology and media. In this sense, Biao Qing Bao, as one of the semiotic codes created and circulated on the internet, is not only a type of visual entertainment that references Chinese pop culture, but also an indicator of fluid media ideologies and power dynamics in Chinese society. Liang will focus on two significant moments in the development of Biao Qing Bao: the internet censorship launched by the Chinese government and the Facebook campaign in 2016 to discuss how Biao Qing Bao was transformed from a visual weapon to confront hegemony to an icon of national identity.

Diversity in Global Business
As part of the Year in Diversity
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
270 Mervis Hall (Colloquium Room)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with International Business Center
Contact:
Jacqueline Saslawski
Contact Email:
jsaslawski@katz.pitt.edu

What is Diversity in Global Business?
The International Business Center and the Global Studies Center are hosting a panel series for the Year of Diversity at Pitt. This series is supported by a grant from Pitt's Provost Office. The second of three panels held on Jan. 20 will focus on “Managing Diversity in Global Business”
Experts in the field of international human resources and workplace mobility along with administrators that recruit or advise diverse student populations will discuss how to manage international cultures and different perspectives, genders, ages, and religions during the students' time at the University of Pittsburgh and in their future career.
Refreshments will be provided.

Unruly Futurities: Temporality, Scale, and Speculation in Modi's Statue of Unity
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Kajri Jain
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Unruly Futures: Temporality, Scale and Speculation in Modi’s Statue of Unity
as part of the 2017 South Asia Initiative Series
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

From about the 1990s onwards, in tandem with economic liberalization, the monumental iconic statue has become an increasingly prominent feature of the religious and now the political landscape. Focusing on the Statue of Unity– a figure of Sardar Patel intended to be the tallest statue in the world – and its multiple genealogies, this talk attends to what the novelty of this genre makes possible: the neoliberal scale-making project. The talk links locality at varying scales with the national and global, and the speculative sensibility at its heart.
KAJRI JAIN is Associate Professor of Indian Visual Culture and Contemporary Art in the Department of Visual Studies and the Graduate Departments of Art History and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Gods in the Bazaar: The Economies of Indian Calendar Art (Duke, 2007) as well as several articles. Her research focuses on images at the interface between religion, politics, and vernacular business cultures in India. Jain is currently completing a book on the emergence of monumental iconic sculptures in post-liberalization India.

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Concert
Time:
8:00 pm
Location:
Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
Contact:
Katie Manukyan
Contact Email:
kam262@pitt.edu

Undercroft Opera proudly presents Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's timeless opera, Eugene Onegin. The crown jewel of Russian literature and music, Eugene Onegin explores universal themes of passion, love, and friendship, set in the Russian countryside and imperial capital of St. Petersburg. The opera will be fully locally produced, semi-staged, sung in the original Russian, and accompanied by the Undercroft Orchestra. Baritone Ian Greenlaw sings the title role and soprano Katie Manukyan sings the role of Tatiana. $10 student ticket; $20 general admission.

Saturday, February 18

Dhirana: Indian Classical Dance Competition
Time:
5:30 pm
Location:
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of

Dhirana is the University of Pittsburgh's annual Indian classical dance competition. It is a nonprofit organization and all proceeds of the competition go to the Birmingham Free Clinic of Pittsburgh, which provides free medical care for Pittsburgh's under-served population. Pitt began the tradition of hosting a national, intercollegiate competition when Pitt Nrityamala placed first in Laasya 2011. As champions, the team won the honor of hosting Laasya 2012 on their campus. With strong support and attendance from the Pittsburgh community and enthusiastic involvement from Pitt students, Laasya 2012 was a resounding success. Unhappy to see the traveling competition leave its city, Pitt Nrityamala and University of Pittsburgh created Dhirana to foster Indian classical dance interest in their community. This competition provides collegiate classical dance teams with a platform to showcase their talents during an unforgettable weekend experience. Pitt welcomes you to its fifth annual Indian classical dance competition, Dhirana 2017!

The show starts at 5:30pm at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and student tickets cost $10. More details can be found here:
http://dhirana.com/

Monday, February 20

NEW ERA FOR GUYANA: OIL, BORDERS AND RELATIONS WITH THE USA
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
AMBASSADOR RIYAD INSANALLY
Location:
531 Alumni Hall and Reception in 1309 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Contact:
Lucy DiStazio
Contact Phone:
8-7391
Contact Email:
lud3@pitt.edu

It is not often that Guyana (population: 800,000; area: 83,000 square miles), the small English-speaking country perched on the South American continent, makes the pages of the Washington Post, but with the recent appointment of Rex Tillerson as the new US Secretary of State, there has been some specula-tion in the Post regarding his links to his former company, ExxonMobil, the company’s oil exploration in Guyanese waters, and his attitude to Venezuela.

In his presentation, Dr. Riyad Insanally, Ambassador of Guyana to the USA, will seek to address a few misconceptions arising in the media and put in per-spective the quest for oil and the prospects for economic transformation in Guyana, against the backdrop of the existential threats posed by Venezuela’s spurious claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s land territory and most of Guyana’s maritime space.

Surrogate Settlers:
Africans as Colonists in the Sixteenth-Century Iberian Atlantic World
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. David Wheat
Location:
3702 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of History Department

Tuesday, February 21

Conversations on Europe: Transgender Europe
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Ashley DiGregorio
Contact Email:
aad87@pitt.edu

Wednesday, February 22

Dinámicas de la narración factual y ficcional en las letras coloniales: Naufragios [1542] de Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca e Infortunios de Alonso Ramírez [1690] de Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora
Time:
3:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Luis Hachim Lara
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Phone:
8-7391
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

Este trabajo se constituye a partir de una proposición literariamente admisible: la presencia de narrativas en el periodo Colonial frente a la común e intemperante pregunta: ¿Por qué no se produjo novela durante los trescientos años de la colonia? Con la afirmación de estas narrativas, trataremos un conjunto de obras que se producen en la etapa de formación colonial. Este contexto marcado por el proceso de constitución de la conciencia criolla, es coherente con toda narración inscrita en Libros de viajes, Relaciones, Crónicas, conformando —en el periodo Colonial— la hegemonía del discurso factual sobre el discurso ficcional, en textos que representan no solo las transformaciones del sujeto español indiano, sino también la emergente subjetividad criolla que caracteriza la nueva cultura y su relación con el mundo indígena. Para efectos del corpus narrativo, este trabajo propone esta primera etapa Colonial, incorporando dos obras desafectadas de la preocupación de los estudios literarios e historiográficos: 1) Naufragios [1542] de Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. 2) Infortunios de Alonso Ramírez [1690] de Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora. Estas narrativas factuales enmascararon las estrategias ficcionales, que después se incorporarán con toda propiedad, a las prácticas y técnicas que caracterizarán las Literaturas de América.

LUIS HACHIM LARA
Doctor en Literatura chilena e hispanoamericana. Investigador y Profesor en Universidades de América Latina y Europa.
Director del Post grado en Literatura Latinoamericana y chilena de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile.
Entre sus publicaciones, se encuentran los siguientes títulos: Summa de libros y autores del periodo colonial: La Biblioteca Hispano Americana de José Mariano Beristaín de Souza. Puntángeles. Ensayo: Carlos Pezoa Véliz: Alma chilena de la poesía. Valparaíso: Ediciones Universitarias y Tres estudios sobre el pensamiento crítico de la Ilustración americana. Universidad de Alicante (España). Igualmente ha publicado cuentos: Sobre homúnculos y humanoides. Santiago: librosdementira (2012) y narrativa breve en proceso de publicación.

For more information: lavst12@pitt.edu
www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas

Thursday, February 23 to Sunday, February 26

2017 National Model African Union Conference
Time:
7:00 am to 8:00 pm
Location:
Howard University
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program

Howard University in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Washington, D.C. and Member State Embassies sponsors an annual simulation of the African Union, the regional organization of African states, in the form of a Model African Union Conference. Celebrating thirty-seven years of simulation of the OAU and now AU, the 15th Annual National Model African Union Conference is scheduled for February 23-26, 2017.

Thursday, February 23

Year of Diversity: Rethinking Postcolonial Studies though a Cold War Lens
Time:
12:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Monica Popescu
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Department of English, Humanities Center and the Year for Diversity
Year of Diversity: Literary Battlegrounds: African Literature and the Cold War
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Monica Popescu
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center on behalf of Department of English, Humanities Center, Africana Studies, Cultural Studies Program and and the Year of Diversity

Friday, February 24

Year of Diversity: Sharing Food and Words: The African and Africana Research Experience
Time:
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Cup n Chaucer, Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Year of Diversity, University Library System (ULS) and Africana Studies Department

This event will provide a forum for discussion on doing research and writing about Africa and the African Diaspora. It is a great opportunity for students already doing research or wishing to begin doing research on Africa and the African Diaspora to learn about various approaches, and resources available at Pitt. Faculty and student presenters will lead the discussions based on their own research experiences from diverse disciplines and viewpoints. They will focus on the opportunities and challenges of doing research related to Africa and the African Diaspora, while also discussing the importance of diversity in research to allow for traditionally underrepresented groups to become active participants in doing research and getting their work published. The goal is to encourage Africanist faculty and students interested in doing research to engage in conversations that involve different viewpoints, and help them develop a wide range of research methods and skills while also learning about optional resources available to them. The conversations will happen over sharing food from Africa (Ethiopia, Congo and northern Africa).

Futurities at the Border
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Bhaskar Sarkar
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Futurities at the Boarder
as part of the 2017 South Asia Initiative Series
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Professor Sarkar, on the seventieth anniversary of the independence/partition of 1947, will return to the ever-contested borders of South Asia to speculate on the region’s fissured futures, and to think about the constitutive relation between borders and futurities. His lecture will draw on two instances of life and creativity in the borderlands of India: the resolute aspirations and precarious agencies wrought by frontier communities in the face of insurmountable adversities.
BHASKAR SARKAR Associate Professor of Film and Media, UC Santa Barbara, is the author of Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition (Duke University Press, 2009) and a wide range of articles published in collections and journals. He is also the co-editor of Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering (Routledge, 2009), Asian Video Cultures (forthcoming, 2017), The Routledge Handbook of Media and Risk (forthcoming, 2018) and two journal special issues, “The Subaltern and the Popular,” Journal of Postcolonial Studies (2005) and “Indian Documentary Studies,” BioScope (2012). He is currently working on two monographs--on the plasticity of contemporary cultural nationalisms, and on media piracy.

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.

Monday, February 27

Afro-Latin America:
Black Lives, 1600-2000
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Reid Andrews
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of History Department
Try Out a New Language!
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union, ground floor
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of
Contact Email:
lctl@pitt.edu

Students will have the opportunity to try out several 15-minute language lessons in a variety of LCTL languages.
Our instructors are excited to offer students this opportunity to sample their language and consider whether they might like to study with us in the fall.
For more information, email or stop by G-47 in the Cathedral of Learning.

Tuesday, February 28

El Negro Raúl: Lives and Afterlives of an Afro-Argentine Celebrity (1886-Present)
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Paulina Alberto
Location:
History Department Lounge--3703 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of History
Contact:
kag36@pitt.edu
Contact Email:
kag36@pitt.edu

Abstract
Ideas about race are always a set of narratives about who people are and are not. Sometimes these narratives take the form of classic stories with fixed characters, plots, and morals, and are passed on across generations and in multiple genres. The stories surrounding “el Negro Raúl,” an Afro-Argentine man who rose to fame in early twentieth-century Buenos Aires, illuminate the special power of narrative to shape racial attitudes. Raúl’s life and semi-fictional afterlives, which commentators construed as oddities in a homogeneously white nation, also shed light on the construction and meanings of dominant racial ideologies in Argentina since the early 1900s.

Paula Alberto is the author of Terms of Inclusion: Black Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Brazil (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and co-editor, with Eduardo Elena, of Rethinking Race in Modern Argentina (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

For more information contact: kag36@pitt.edu

 
 

“The Netherlands, the EU and the US: in Uncertain Times”
Time:
2:45 pm
Presenter:
Netherlands Consul General Dolph Hogewoning and Economics Minister Remco Zeeu
Location:
Posvar 4217
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Come here two senior Netherlands Government officials explain the extensive Netherlands partnerships in the US, the post-Brexit EU, and the possible impacts of the upcoming Dutch parliamentary elections. After a brief introduction, Netherlands Consul General Dolph Hogewoning and Economics Minister Remco Zeeuw will field questions and a discussion with Pitt students and faculty.

Latin American in Motion:
Pitt Latin American Films
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Public Health G23
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Deaprtment of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, the Year of DIVERSITY at the University of Pittsburgh and Spanish Film Club
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Phone:
412-648-7391
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh
present
Latin America in Motion: Pitt Latin American Films

All Films will be screened at 7:00 p.m.
Public Health G23
130 De Soto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(corner of 5th ave, and De Soto St.)

Come and join us for a film and pizza!

Free and open to the public!

Films:

OPEN CAGE
(Mexico)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

THE SECOND MOTHER
(Brazil)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

THE CLUB
(Chile)
TUESDAY, MARCH 14

THE TRAVEL AGENT
(Cuba)
TUESDAY, MARCH 21

IXCANUL
(Guatemala)
TUESDAY, APRIL 4

All films are subtitled.

Thursday, March 2

The Politics of Imagining Asia in the Americas
The Global Contours of Orientalism and Yellow Peril in Early 20th Century Peru
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Ana Candela
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Global Issues Through Literature: Multicultural Societies
The Day of the Pelican
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Karen Gaul
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This reading group gathers globally-minded educators to discuss works of fiction that can be used in the classroom to teach global competency skills. Registration for the last two sessions of the year is open; previous attendance is not necessary. This program is supported by Pitt’s Year of Diversity. Contact Lisa Bromberg with questions.
The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson, discussion led by Mrs. Karen Gaul of Winchester-Thurston School. Register at the website.

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.

Monday, March 13

Buying Time:
Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Thomas McDow
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of History Department

Tuesday, March 14

Latin American in Motion:
Pitt Latin American Films
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Public Health G23
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Deaprtment of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, and the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh and Spanish Film Club by Pragda
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Phone:
412-648-7391
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh
present
Latin America in Motion: Pitt Latin American Films

All Films will be screened at 7:00 p.m.
Public Health G23
130 De Soto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(corner of 5th ave, and De Soto St.)

Come and join us for a film and pizza!

Free and open to the public!

Films:

OPEN CAGE
(Mexico)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

THE SECOND MOTHER
(Brazil)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

THE CLUB
(Chile)
TUESDAY, MARCH 14

THE TRAVEL AGENT
(Cuba)
TUESDAY, MARCH 21

IXCANUL
(Guatemala)
TUESDAY, APRIL 4

All films are subtitled.

Wednesday, March 15

Encounters with the Amazon's Sacred Vine
Time:
6:30 pm
Presenter:
Luis Eduardo Luna
Location:
304 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Language and Literature and John Beverley and the Year of Diversity at the university of Pittsburgh
Contact:
Lucy DiStazio
Contact Email:
lud3@pitt.edu

Professor Luna will offer a talk and book presentation of the second edition of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine, co-edited with Steven F. White. This anthology is an English language publication that compiles texts from global authorities in ayahuasca studies. Dr. Luna’s talk will be in English.
Luis Eduardo Luna (PhD in Anthropology, 1989, Stockholm University, Sweden), is a foremost authority on mestizo shamanism and visionary art. Dr. Luna is a former Senior Lecturer at the Swedish School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, from where he retired, and a former Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (1994-1998). He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. At present, Dr. Luna is the director of the Wasiwaska Research Centre for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary and Art Consciousness in Florianópolis, Brazil. Ayahuasca commands the attention of a wide range of disciplines, from anthropology, ethnobotany, pharmacology, therapeutics, sociology, philosophy and the study of religion, to literature and the arts.
Sponsors:

John Beverley
Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)

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 brings together scholars from across sub-fields to discuss identity in the European context. It 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 address these themes as they relate to these three identities. As an interdisiciplinary conference, participants are drawn from across the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields and come from across the disciplines at Pitt, other universities in the region, universities in the US and in Europe. As Europe is currently beset by a number of crises – economic, social, political – the question of identity is central to understanding how individual Europeans perceive and are impacted by these crises. We hope to address many of these issues at this multidisciplinary conference.

Friday, March 17 to Saturday, March 18

Serbian Movie Fesitval
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Location:
232 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with Serb National Federation
Contact:
Serb National Federation
Contact Phone:
412-458-5227
Contact Email:
snf@snflife.org

FRIDAY, MARCH 17
6pm: Enclave
Directed by: Goran Radovanovic

8pm: Where the Yellow Lemon Blossoms
Directed by: Zdravko Sotra

SATURDAY, MARCH 18
12pm: We Will Be the World Champions
Directed by: Darko Bajic

2:30pm: See You in Montevideo
Directed by: Dragan Bjelogrlic

6:30pm: The Man Who Defended Gavrilo Princip
Directed by: Srdjan Koljevic

*All movies will be shown with English subtitles

Saturday, March 18

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Teaching the Stories Behind the Statistics
Time:
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Presenter:
Mina Hogsett and Ashley Davis
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

The Syrian refugee crisis is provoking timely discussions on human rights, immigration, and national security. How do we broach these issues in the classroom, make them accessible to our students, and offer impactful, yet sensitive, lessons? In this workshop, Mina Hogsett, a third-year doctoral student in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education at the University of Pittsburgh, and Ashley Davis, MEd and Manager of Educational Services at Snapology, will take a global perspective on the crisis and discuss pedagogical approaches for cultural competency. Please register at the event website. This workshop will precede a 3-day symposium (3/27-3/29) entitled Taking Refuge, organized by Theater Arts, GSC, CERIS, Classics, and the Humanities Center. Taking Refuge features lunch and evening play readings, film screenings, and faculty speakers on the impossible choices faced by Syrian citizens. For more information, contact Lisa Bromberg.

Tuesday, March 21

Conversations on Europe- The Dutch Bellweather: What is the Forecast for a "Nexit" or "Frexit"?
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Ashley DiGregorio
Contact Email:
aad87@pitt.edu
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
kmw152@pitt.edu

Blending performance footage, personal interviews, and archival film, director Morgan Neville, and producer, Caitrin Rogers, focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent, and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.

Latin American in Motion:
Pitt Latin American Films
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Public Health G23
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, and the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh and Spanish Film Club by Pragda
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Phone:
412-648-7391
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh
present
Latin America in Motion: Pitt Latin American Films

All Films will be screened at 7:00 p.m.
Public Health G23
130 De Soto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(corner of 5th ave, and De Soto St.)

Come and join us for a film and pizza!

Free and open to the public!

Films:

OPEN CAGE
(Mexico)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

THE SECOND MOTHER
(Brazil)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

THE CLUB
(Chile)
TUESDAY, MARCH 14

THE TRAVEL AGENT
(Cuba)
TUESDAY, MARCH 21

IXCANUL
(Guatemala)
TUESDAY, APRIL 4

All films are subtitled.

Wednesday, March 22

Taking Refugee
Time:
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
601 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This symposium brings the personal voices and testimonies of Syrian refugees to the University of Pittsburgh campus. Through script readings of contemporary and ancient dramas, film screenings, and guest speakers,Taking Refuge explores the impossible choices faced by Syrian citizens. Events will take place in the Humanities Center each day at noon and 6pm. Featured events include Lameece Issaq of the Noor Theater Company reading “Oh My Sweet Land” by Amir Nizar Zuabi, and a film screening of the play Queens of Syria, a re-telling of Euripides’ Trojan Women by 13 Syrian women.
In addition, throughout the event we will hear from journalists, faculty speakers, and community members. All events are free and open to the public. For full schedule and details, please consult the website. The University of Pittsburgh program is a joint effort of the GSC, CERIS, Theater Arts, Classics, and the Humanities Center. To mark International Theatre Day (March 27), our institutional partners are also curating related events at Colgate University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Worchester College, Louisiana State, and Roehampton University in London, UK.

Thursday, March 23

Model African Union
Time:
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location:
O'Hara Student Center and the University Club
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Student Participants are sponsored by the ASP
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
412-648-1802
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

We are proud to announce the 6th Annual Model African Union for high school students! This unique experiences provides students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to research and represent a given African country's interest in Parliamentary-style proceedings! This event is one of only a handful of high school African Union simulations in the country! Additionally, we provide a light breakfast and African lunch for all students. We also provide African entertainment during lunch. Finally, We do not charge any fees for schools to participate.

With 13 schools and over 165 students having participated last year, this event continues to grow and evolve. Join us!

If you are a teacher and have interested students, or if you are a university student and are interested in volunteering, please email africanstudies@pitt.edu.

Reframing Political Subjectivity:Inter-Imperial World, Interdisciplinary Method
As part of the Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human Lecture Series
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Laura Doyla
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The Humanities Center

Laura Doyla is Professor of English at UMass Amherst. Her research explores the dynamic intercultural formation of literary texts: the ways that they are written and read within an uneven, volatile, geopolitical field of relations; the ways that literary genres and traditions often intimate the long history of these writing conditions; and the ways authors and readers imagine positions at odds with the geopolitical field.

Friday, March 24

The "other Great Game
The Opening of Korea and The Birth of the Modern East Asia
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Sheila Miyoshi Jager
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Monday, March 27 to Wednesday, March 29

Taking Refugee
Time:
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
601 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This symposium brings the personal voices and testimonies of Syrian refugees to the University of Pittsburgh campus. Through script readings of contemporary and ancient dramas, film screenings, and guest speakers,Taking Refuge explores the impossible choices faced by Syrian citizens. Events will take place in the Humanities Center each day at noon and 6pm. Featured events include Lameece Issaq of the Noor Theater Company reading “Oh My Sweet Land” by Amir Nizar Zuabi, and a film screening of the play Queens of Syria, a re-telling of Euripides’ Trojan Women by 13 Syrian women.
In addition, throughout the event we will hear from journalists, faculty speakers, and community members. All events are free and open to the public. For full schedule and details, please consult the website. The University of Pittsburgh program is a joint effort of the GSC, CERIS, Theater Arts, Classics, and the Humanities Center. To mark International Theatre Day (March 27), our institutional partners are also curating related events at Colgate University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Worchester College, Louisiana State, and Roehampton University in London, UK.

Monday, March 27

Afro-Atlantic Discourses in the Age of Revolution
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Michele Reid-Vasquez
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of History Department

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?

Thursday, March 30

Distant Reading and Modern Japanese Literature
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Hoyt Long
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Monday, April 3

Natural and Unnatural Disasters
3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan's Modern World
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Brett Walker
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Tuesday, April 4

Latin American in Motion:
Pitt Latin American Films
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Public Health G23
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh and Spanish Film Club by Pragda
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Phone:
412-648-7391
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh
present
Latin America in Motion: Pitt Latin American Films

All Films will be screened at 7:00 p.m.
Public Health G23
130 De Soto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(corner of 5th ave, and De Soto St.)

Come and join us for a film and pizza!

Free and open to the public!

Films:

OPEN CAGE
(Mexico)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

THE SECOND MOTHER
(Brazil)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

THE CLUB
(Chile)
TUESDAY, MARCH 14

THE TRAVEL AGENT
(Cuba)
TUESDAY, MARCH 21

IXCANUL
(Guatemala)
TUESDAY, APRIL 4

All films are subtitled.

Wednesday, April 5

Global Issues though Literature
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This reading group gathers globally-minded educators to discuss works of fiction that can be used in the classroom to teach global competency skills. Registration for the last two sessions of the year is open; previous attendance is not necessary. This program is supported by Pitt’s Year of Diversity. Contact Lisa Bromberg with questions.
April 5, 5-8pm, 4130 Posvar: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir by Margarita Engle, discussion led by Dr. Kenya Dworkin of CMU. Register at the website.

Friday, April 7

European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2017
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and International Business Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
4126482290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (formerly "Europe: East and West") is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or other countries of the former Soviet Union. Selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics and will give 10- to 15-minute presentations to a panel of faculty and graduate students. Presentations are open to the public.

Diversity in Global Business
As part of the Year in Diversity
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
270 Mervis Hall (Colloquium Room)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with International Business Center
Contact:
Jacqueline Saslawski
Contact Email:
jsaslawski@katz.pitt.edu

What is Diversity in Global Business?
The International Business Center and the Global Studies Center are hosting a panel series for the Year of Diversity at Pitt. This series is supported by a grant from Pitt's Provost Office. The last of the three panels will focus on “Diversity and Multiculturalism Beyond the US”
This panel will feature student and alumni discussants who will share their experiences based on their diverse and "non-diverse" backgrounds, including their national, religious, and gender affiliations. The panelists will explore issues such as whether diverse teams perform better, what expectations and understanding international students hold concerning diversity in the U.S., as well as how studying and working with diverse students and colleagues enriches the "non-diverse" person.
Refreshments will be provided.

Imagining the Future in India at 70
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Akhil Gupta
Location:
232 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Saturday, April 8

EuroFest
Time:
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Posvar Hall Galleria
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Phone:
412-648-8517
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

A family friendly festival featuring all things Europe in the ‘Burgh. Local artisans and vendors will create a dynamic marketplace and performances of song and dance will be presented on the main stage. Food booths featuring various European cuisines will be participating and artistic demonstrations and children’s activities will take place throughout the day.

Tuesday, April 11

Conversations on Europe- Portuguese Identity: Iberia, Europe, and the World (In Portuguese)
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Ashley DiGregorio
Contact Email:
aad87@pitt.edu

Friday, April 14

The Islamic Practices that Shape Uyghur Nationalism
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Rian Thum, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Rian Thum’s research and teaching are generally concerned with the overlap of China and the Muslim World. He argues that the Uyghurs - and their place in China today - can only be understood in the light of longstanding traditions of local pilgrimage and manuscript culture.

Friday, April 28

UCIS Graduation Ceremony
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Ballroom A, University Club
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

Wednesday, May 3

Conversations on Europe: Transatlantic Relations After the First 100 Days
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Saturday, May 6

Nashi Predky— Our Ancestors
Ukrainian Genealogy Workshop
Time:
8:00 am
Location:
Ukrainian American Citizens’ Club
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
Cost:
$55 ($45 if you register by March 31st)
Contact Phone:
732-356-0132
Contact Email:
genealogy@UkrHEC.org

The Nashi Predky - Our Ancestors Family History Group takes the show on the road for its first-ever event in the Pittsburgh metro area! Join fellow genealogists from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and surrounding areas for informative talks and networking opportunities.

Speakers will include Justin Houser, Michael Buryk, Rich Venezia, and Michelle Chubenko, and will feature talks on:
The Basics of Ukrainian Genealogy
Finding and Using Ukrainian Church Records
The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
History of Lemkos, Boykos, and Hutsuls
Using Gazetteers, Directories & Schematisms for Eastern European Research

The speakers will help you answer your questions, you'll have time to network with fellow genealogists (who may have family from the same region or village as you), and have breakfast and lunch provided, all for only $55! ($45 if you register by March 31st.)