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Wednesday, March 4

The European Council – Crisis Manager
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Jean Monnet Chair, Department of Political Science and European Studies, University of Cologne (Germany)
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Lunch will be served to pre-registered attendees only, seating limited. To register for the lunch, please send an email to euce@pitt.edu.
Contact:
Eleni Valliant
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Dr. Wolfgang Wessels is a leader in European and European Union Studies in Europe. His Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Cologne is a key partner with the EUCE at the University of Pittsburgh in a multi-country researcher exchange funded by the European Union: EU-GLOBAL. As an expert on the institutions of the EU and a leading authority on the powers and competencies, Dr. Wessels will provide an analysis of the Council’s role as crisis manager during the economic crises that have plagued Europe and the Union since 2008.

Lunch will be served to pre-registered attendees only, seating limited.
To register for the lunch, please send an email to euce@pitt.edu.

International Women's Day
International Career Toolkit Series
Time:
1:30 pm
Presenter:
Representatives from: UN Women, Peace Corps, Hekima Place
Location:
3610 Posvar
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Business Center, Study Abroad Office and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter
Contact:
Sarah Angel Markwardt
Contact Email:
saa133@pitt.edu

Are you interested in global issues? Join representatives from UN Women, Peace Corps, and Hekima Place to discuss international women’s issues and learn how you can get involved with organizations working to address inequality throughout the world. 

Revolutionary Cycles and the Secessionist Conflict in Ukraine
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Serhiy Kudelia, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Baylor University
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies

The yearlong conflict in Donbas already claimed over five thousand lives and produced nearly two million refugees. The ceasefire agreements failed to hold, while the heavy fighting produced a humanitarian calamity in the region. This talk will discuss the effects of the revolutionary rupture on the breakdown of political order in Ukraine, the motives behind the counter-revolutionary insurrection in Donbas, the narratives and resources of insurgents, the limits of Ukraine’s counterinsurgency strategy and the alternative paths to a sustainable peace.

Serhiy Kudelia is assistant professor of political science at Baylor University. Earlier he held teaching and research positions at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, University of Toronto, University of Greifswald University (Germany) and National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine). He received PhD in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and MA in political science from Stanford. His articles appeared in various peer-reviewed journals including Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, East European Politics and Societies, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Demokratizatsiya and in an edited volume Orange Revolution and Aftermath: Mobilization, Apathy and the State in Ukraine (2010). He also co-authored a book The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin (2007) with Kiron Skinner, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Condoleezza Rice. Dr. Kudelia provided commentary on post-communist politics to a variety of media outlets including BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Voice of America, Al-Jazeera and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Thursday, March 5

How to Apply for USA Jobs
International Career Toolkit Series
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Tamara L. Ivosevic & George P. Buck
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, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Business Center and Study Abroad Office along with Hispanic Employment Program Committee
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sarah Angel Markwardt
Contact Email:
saa133@pitt.edu

How to Apply to USAJobs

Thursday, March 5th at noon in Posvar 4217

The US government provides some amazing job opportunities. But how can you make your application get noticed in such a competitive and daunting system? Two members of the HEPC (Federal Hispanic Employment Program Committee) will give a presentation to help students to better navigate the USAJobs website and application system and give tips on how to submit a more competitive application.

Friday, March 6

Japanese Conversation Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Room 316, Old Engineering Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Contact:
Stephen Luft (luft@pitt.edu)
Contact Email:
luft@pitt.edu

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures will be holding Japanese conversation tables at the dates listed below. We are looking for both native speakers and students of Japanese to attend. For native speakers, this is a great opportunity to get to know some American students. For students of Japanese, this is a great opportunity to practice your Japanese and meet some people from Japan! If you are looking for a language partner, this can be a good way to meet someone who is interested. If you have any questions about the Japanese conversation table, please contact Stephen Luft (luft@pitt.edu).

Tuesday, March 17

4th Annual Model African Union
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center along with World History Center, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and Department of Africana Studies
Contact:
Eric Swetts
Contact Email:
ems137@pitt.edu

The African Studies Program and the African Student Organization, with support from the Department of Africana Studies, Global Studies Center, World History Center, and Office for Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA), are proud to announce the 4th 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!

We do not charge any fees for schools to participate, and are 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.

With 9 schools and nearly 100 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 ems137@pitt.edu.

TTIP-Ping Point? The Present and the Future of the Transatlantic Trade Agreement
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Daniel Hamilton, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Elvire Fabry, Notre Europe, Jacques Delors Institute; Ben Beachy, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

The negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty, formally begun in 2013, have attracted a great deal of attention within the EU, individual member states and in the US. The subject—and the talks—are complex and involve trade and investment in both goods and services across the full spectrum of economic activity of the world’s two most active trading partners. Proponents argue that the treaty will strengthen economic ties and create jobs; domestic producers on both sides of the Atlantic focus on market penetration; and others worry about public access to key decisions. The panel will include Dan Hamilton of Johns Hopkins--SAIS, Elvire Fabry of the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris, and Dan Beachy of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch in Washington. Panelists will assess where negotiations stand now, how the treaty relates to politics within the US and EU and what the consequences might be for a completion, or failure to achieve, a final treaty.

Iran Refracted: Perspectives on Iranian Culture and Society
Time:
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Presenter:
Aahitha Firouz Radjy, Dr. Ali Masalehdan, Nazila Fathi, Dr. Luke Peterson
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with UCIS Endowed Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues and undefined

Iran boasts one of the globe's oldest civilizations. Persia is simultaneously a unique culture and the crossroads of many linguistic, confessional, and ethnic groups. American media view Iran almost exclusively through a political lens; how would be talk about Iran if we were not to focus on politics?
Panelists include:
Anahita Firouz Radjy, Writer and lecturer; former producer, National Iranian Television; author of In the Walled Garden.
Dr. Ali Masalehdan, CEO of Masimex, a Pittsburgh medical and laboratory equipment and supplies firm.
Nazila Fathi, New York Times reporter in Iran for nine years; author of The Lonely War.
Moderator: Dr. Luke Peterson, UCIS Visiting Professor in Contemporary International Issues

Wednesday, March 18 to Thursday, March 19

Managing Risks in the Shale Industry: A Comparison of Policies Worldwide
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Faculty Organizer: Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor, GSPIA and Department of Economics Pittsburgh Athletic Association
Location:
Pittsburgh Athletic Association
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Provost Funds for Sustainability, Center for Industry Studies, University Center for Social and Urban Research and University Center for International Studies
Cost:
Attendance at the conference is free, but please register. Meals are not provided.

The purpose of this conference is to exchange information on the public policies aimed at managing risks in the shale sector in the US and in other countries that are exploring shale development, including the UK, China, South Africa, Argentina and Poland. Presenters from France and Germany will also discuss the decisions of those countries to limit shale development and the consequences and opportunity costs of those decisions. Discussion among presenters and the audience will focus on the current evidence on risks and the effectiveness of mitigation strategies. We will also discuss the need to fill informational gaps in order to understand the risks and to innovate risk management strategies in the shale industry. Conference registration as well as a conference schedule can be found online: http://shanti1.weebly.com/conference-2015.html

Thursday, March 19

Panoramas Round Table: Presentation by Asha Williams
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Asha Williams (Social Protection Specialist, World Bank; CLAS and Pitt alumna and 2015 Recipient of the Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award)
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
Contact:
Luis Bravo or Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Email:
bravo@pitt.edu or lavst12@pitt.edu

For more information contact: Luis Bravo bravo@pitt.edu or Luz Amanda Hank lavst12@pitt.edu
Pizza provided.
For updates visit:
http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/panoramas_roundtable
Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Friday, March 20

From Common Courtesan to Designing Dowager: The Architectural Projects of Begum Samru, 1806-1836
Part of the Talking About Asia Lecture Series
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Mrinalini Rajagopalan
Location:
4127 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Contact:
Lynn Kawaratani
Contact Email:
lyk12@pitt.edu

Dr. Mrinalini Rajagopalan will introduce her new research on the remarkable rise of Begam Samru and her role as architectural patron in 19th century India. Despite her modest beginnings as a dancing girl in the Mughal courts, Begum Samru amassed considerable territory and power through her association with Walter Reinhardt—an Austrian soldier who managed a mercenary army in Northern India. Following his death in 1778, Begum Samru inherited his large estate in Delhi, his independent territory of Sardhana, and his standing army. By the time of her death in 1836 the begum had built three large mansions (one in Delhi and two in Sardhana); a lavish Catholic church; and a more modest Protestant church. These commissions illustrate how Begum Samru used architectural patronage to navigate a treacherous political milieu marked by the waning of the Mughal empire and the rise of European colonialism; to mark the transformation from her common and profane beginnings to her powerful and pious end; and most importantly to establish her female authority within an exceedingly patriarchal world.

International Health in East Asia
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Michael SY Liu
Location:
4127 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

East Asia is an important historical case for international health between the 1920s and the 1960s. Prior to WWII, various organizations like The Far Eastern Association of Tropical Medicine (FEATM, 1910-1938), The League of Nations Health Organization (LNHO, 1921/24-39), and International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation (1913-51) all tried to dominate the arena. The competition ended in the second-half of the 1940s when new forms of medical aid appeared and the World Health Organization (WHO) was created in 1948. The expansion of state-governed international institutions alongside America’s emergence as a global superpower transformed the state-foundation relationship in profound ways. Professor Liu’s research attempts to demonstrate the changing infrastructures of international health in East Asia during this period, and reveals the possible linkage of U.S. medical aid in post-war East Asia and former activities of colonial medicine in the region. He hopes to provoke a discussion about the nature of American medicine in Cold War East Asia, what constitutes an international relationship in medicine, and whether to consider transnational medical projects in the post-WWII period as a Cold War version of colonial medicine.

Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22

Muslims in a Global Context: Europe
PS 1903
Time:
5:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location:
Room 2200 Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Department of Political Science and Carnegie Mellon University

The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships with other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course and answer reflection prompts during the course. One- credit/ 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each mini-course.

This one credit mini-course is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series and course seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini course series seeks to have students gain understanding of the religious, cultural, economical and political influences of Muslims in a global context.

5pm Friday March 20, 2015 to 1pm Sunday, March 22, 2015 (Room 2200 Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh)

All course information, including the speakers, schedule, and readings, may be found on the Global Studies website: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/mini-course/europe

Saturday, March 21

35th Annual Latin American & Caribbean Festival
Time:
12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location:
1st Floor Posvar Hall--Galleria
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Med Health Services & Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute
Cost:
Free and open to the public!
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487394
Contact Email:
dms180@pitt.edu

The Festival will feature food and craft vendors as well as community organization tables and music and dance performances from Noon to 10:00 p.m.

http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/festival

Sunday, March 22

Brazil Nuts Festival
Time:
1:00 pm to 5:34 pm
Presenter:
The Brazil Nuts Pitt CLUB
Location:
William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Brazil Nuts
Contact Email:
brazil@pitt.edu

Wednesday, March 25

Recovering Nomadic Sensibility: History, Memory, and Landscape in Post-Soviet Tuva’s Throat-Singing (Xöömei) Scenes
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Robert O. Beahrs, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Music
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with Department of Music

This lecture, which flows from ten years of dissertation research, explores a theory of musical sensibility for interpreting traditional expressive culture and identity in Tuva, a republic in Russia’s south-central Siberian region. I show how Tuvan xöömeizhi (master throat-singers) express a revitalized nomadic sensibility through their xöömei (throat-singing) practices, which has come to operate both as an ideology and a disposition for Tuvan traditional music in the post-Soviet era. Drawing on a selective use of history, collective memory, and natural environments, post-Soviet xöömeizhi construct a nomadic sensibility that is embodied in music and sound-making activities, foregrounded in intercultural exchanges, and circulated globally as a social disposition.

Robert O. Beahrs is a sound artist, vocalist, and ethnomusicologist (Ph.D. 2014, U.C. Berkeley) currently working as a Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Beahrs’ research focuses on post-Soviet revitalization of traditional music and expressive sound-making practices in Turkic Siberia and Mongolia. His fieldwork in the Tuva Republic (Russia), Mongolia, Europe, and the United States has been supported by a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, an American Councils Title VIII Research Fellowship, an IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Research, and a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Robbie actively sings, composes music, performs live sound art for theater/dance, and gives workshops in Tuvan throat-singing and extended vocal techniques.

Thursday, March 26 to Friday, March 27

“De-Decolonization, Indigeneity and De-Patriarchalization: A Bolivian Debate”: I Symposium of Bolivianists—Organized by the LASA-Bolivia Section
Time:
(All day)
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature
Contact Email:
For more information: seccionbolivia@gmail.com

For more information: seccionbolivia@gmail.com

Thursday, March 26

Colorful Cuisine: Healthy Japanese Bento
Time:
5:30 pm
Presenter:
Ms. Debra Samuels
Location:
Wexford, PA
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of

Do you enjoy Japanese cuisine?

Do you want to learn how to make your favorite dishes at home?

Ms. Debra Samuels, food writer, cooking instructor, and best-selling author of My Japanese Table, will demonstrate the elements of a healthy and beautiful Japanese bento, including foods with the “Five Colors:” red, green, yellow, white, and black. She will also give attendees a primer on how to create a bento that will be a delight for your child – or you!

Join the JASP in welcoming Ms. Debra Samuels to Pittsburgh at a Wexford-area venue (to be announced) on March 26th. Please register by March 19th for a delicious and educational night!

Friday, March 27 to Saturday, March 28

Graduate Student Conference: Still United? The EU through Enlargement, Crisis, and Transformation
Time:
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

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.

Friday, March 27

Europe: East and West; Undergraduate Research Symposium
Time:
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
selected undergraduate students
Location:
William Pitt Union, Dining Rooms A & B and room 548
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and International Business Center
Contact:
Gina Pierce
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate Research Symposium 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. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

After the initial submission of papers, selected participants were grouped into panels according to their research topics. At the symposium, participants give a 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

Japanese Conversation Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Room 316, Old Engineering Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Contact:
Stephen Luft (luft@pitt.edu).
Contact Email:
luft@pitt.edu

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures will be holding Japanese conversation tables at the dates listed below. We are looking for both native speakers and students of Japanese to attend. For native speakers, this is a great opportunity to get to know some American students. For students of Japanese, this is a great opportunity to practice your Japanese and meet some people from Japan! If you are looking for a language partner, this can be a good way to meet someone who is interested. If you have any questions about the Japanese conversation table, please contact Stephen Luft (luft@pitt.edu).

Wednesday, April 1

Placeholder INPAC Event
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Rachel Jacobson
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Indo-Pacific Council along with Department of Music
Contact:
Rachel Jacobson
Contact Phone:
412-648-7370
Contact Email:
rej16@pitt.edu

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

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers' Series: Peter Hessler
Time:
8:30 pm
Presenter:
Peter Heslsler, 2014/15 William Block Sr. Award Winner
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series and University Store on Fifth
Contact Phone:
412-624-6508

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.

Friday, April 3

XI Undergraduate Research Symposium on Latin America and the Caribbean
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Slippery Rock University
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Language and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. and Department of Modern Languages & Cultures at Slippery Rock University
Contact:
Dr. Ana María Caula
Contact Email:
latinundergrad@sru.edu

Present your research with other undergraduate students on any topic related to Latin American Studies in literature, linguistics, art, or professional academic disciplines.
Submit a 150-200 word abstract to the following e-mail address: (latinundergrad@sru.edu) Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 6, 2015.

Presentations will be made in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

When the Rainbow is not Enuf
Activism & the Everyday in London's Black Gay and Lesbian Activist Ephemera
Time:
10:00 am
Presenter:
Dominique Johnson
Location:
402 Cathedral of learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence on behalf of

Thursday, April 9 to Friday, April 10

15th Annual Policy Conference: Transatlantic Responses to Militant Islam: Countering Violent Extremism in the United States and the European Union
Time:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Faculty Organizer: Prof. Michael Kenney (GSPIA)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

Saturday, April 11

2015 Annual CERIS Undergraduate Research Symposium
Insight & Perspectives of Muslim Societies and Communities
Time:
(All day)
Location:
City View Cafe, Duquesne Union 6th Floor, Duquesne University
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies and Duquesne University's Christian-Muslim Dialogue Committee

Call for papers and projects: www.cerisnet.org gives details on submissions of papers and abstracts.
We welcome projects on the five themes:
- Politics, policies, and social change
- Cultural and artistic representations
- Emerging economies and innovative technologies
- Theology, doctrine, and practice
- Muslims' relations with others of Abrahamic religions

Monday, April 13

2015 Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium
Global Eyes: Critical Perspectives of an Interconnected World
Time:
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location:
University of Pittsburgh, Rooms TBA
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter along with Global Studies at Penn State
Contact:
Elaine Linn, Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
Contact Phone:
412 648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

The symposium will highlight student research on the complex array of social forces that characterize our increasingly interconnected world and will provide networking for students and faculty who are shaping how we approach these important topics and/or will provide leadership in the study of global issues in the future.

We encourage a wide variety of research topics on diverse areas including (but not limited to) the economy, gender, health, education, politics, media, nationalism, ethnicity, spirituality, and community. We invite papers from various disciplines within humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional schools that address the theme of interconnectedness. Submissions that employ diverse theories, genres, and methodologies of research in a plurality of historical and geographical contexts are encouraged.

Pitt’s Global Studies Center and the Global Studies Center at Penn State will host the event April 13, 2015. The symposium will include a keynote lecture, student presentations and student networking. Meals and round-trip transportation expenses from Penn State campuses are covered.

Once abstracts are submitted and approved, papers will be clustered according to general themes that emerge. While we are not giving our awards, notable papers from each cluster will be highlighted on the Global Studies Center’s website. Abstracts are due by February 27, 2015.

For more information on how to apply to the symposium, please visit: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/undergraduate-research-symposium

Friday, April 17

Japanese Conversation Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Room 316, Old Engineering Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Contact:
Stephen Luft
Contact Email:
luft@pitt.edu

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures will be holding Japanese conversation tables at the dates listed below. We are looking for both native speakers and students of Japanese to attend. For native speakers, this is a great opportunity to get to know some American students. For students of Japanese, this is a great opportunity to practice your Japanese and meet some people from Japan! If you are looking for a language partner, this can be a good way to meet someone who is interested. If you have any questions about the Japanese conversation table, please contact Stephen Luft (luft@pitt.edu).

Thursday, May 14

Cultures Day at Harrold Elementary School
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
African Studies Program
Location:
Harrold Middle School
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact Email:
AfricanStudies@pitt.edu

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

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Monday, June 15 to Friday, July 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students can apply here: www.tinyurl.com/ssgi-2015
References can be completed here: www.tinyurl.com/2015-ssgi-reference
Application for Financial Assistance: download here

The application deadline is April 1, 2015.