Thursday, January 15

Lecture -- Korean Art after the Korean War
Joo-eun Lee
2:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Asian Studies Center

This lecture aims to investigate the direction of Korean art of the past half century, through observing the trends in modern Korean history. It will briefly cover the social and artistic background of Korea in the 1960s to 2010s. The core issue that is pursued by the art of today is ‘communication.’ The reason behind the popularity of artworks that carry the meaning of breaking barriers between artistic genres, overcoming prejudices among people, and destructing regional boundaries is all for the sake of smoothening out communication. By introducing some influential Korean artists of these days that turned to the everyday culture after experiencing epic changes on a national level, what the present era is trying to express, as well as the situation it is facing, is discussed.

Friday, January 16

Lecture -- Resilence governance by way of risk taking: the efforts and lesson of Taiwan
Tsung-Shiun Li, Visiting Scholar, GSPIA & Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Asian Studies Center
Center for Disaster management

Thursday, February 12

Lecture -- Let's Talk Africa!- Alejandro Trelles
Alejandro Trelles, PhD candidate in political science at the University of Pittsburgh
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4130 WWPH
African Studies Program
Eric Swetts

Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) regulate access to power in most countries by organizing and implementing elections. His research aims to answer the following questions: a) When do political elites decide to create formally and informally autonomous electoral institutions to regulate elections? And b) when (if ever) do autonomous electoral institutions aid in stabilizing or building democracy?

Friday, February 27

Conference -- 10th Annual Faculty Research Conference: 1989 and its Aftermath: Taking Stock of the Berlin Republic
Faculty Organizer: Prof. Georg Menz (Visiting Professor in Political Science)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence

Friday, March 27

Conference -- Graduate Student Conference: Still United? The EU through Enlargement, Crisis, and Transformation
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence

In 2005 Mark Leonard postulated, "Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century.” Ten years later, the EU has seen the rejection of European Treaty, stalled enlargement, the inability of European soft power to affect the Arab spring, a weak response to Russian dismantling of Georgia and Ukraine, and the Eurozone crisis. The rise of nationalist parties threatens the very integrity of the Union. In contrast, the ECB has responded to the crisis with concerted action, Croatia joined the Union as the 28th member, and the final institutional changes of the Lisbon Treaty are taking effect. After such a tumultuous decade, is there still cause for optimism regarding the European project? The Organizing Committee of the Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes submissions from all disciplines and topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, history, security studies, institutions and behavior studies, as well as policy, enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and foreign policy. Papers addressing the theme of the conference will receive special consideration.

The University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh houses one of the largest and most complete archives of primary and secondary documents on the European Union, dating back to the beginnings of the European Coal and Steel Community. Conference presenters are given access to the archive for research during their stay.

Wednesday, April 1

Cultural Event -- Placeholder INPAC Event
Rachel Jacobson
12:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
Indo-Pacific Council
Department of Music
Rachel Jacobson

This placeholder event is created to demonstrate how it would look to display only INPAC events on a page within the Asian Studies Center website.

Thursday, April 2

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

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

Thursday, April 9

Conference -- 15th Annual Policy Conference: Transatlantic Responses to Militant Islam: Countering Violent Extremism in the United States and the European Union
Faculty Organizer: Prof. Michael Kenney (GSPIA)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs