Abishev's film is a social drama about corruption and bribery in contemporary Kazakhstan. Serik Abishev is a director, producer, and one of the leaders of the Partisan film movement in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He is currently writing his dissertation on Kazakh independent cinema at The Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T.K. Zhurgenov.
Thursday, December 1
Author Harriet Millan will discuss her novel How Fast Can You Run, which is based on the inspiring true story of Michael Majok Kuch, a South Sudanese refugee who fled his burning village at the age of five and was eventually granted political asylum in the United States. Michael, who will also be appearing, will talk about his life and the book project. Michael and Harriet became friends when One Book One Philadelphia asked her to select ten of her Drexel University creative writing students to interview ten Sudanese immigrants to be serialized in Philadelphia’s City Paper. Together they created a fund that reunited several Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan with their mothers.
Harriet Levin Millan is a prize winning poet and writer. She received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and teaches creative writing and directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University. Eavan Boland chose her first book of poetry, The Christmas Show, for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. It also won the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Her second book of poetry, Girl in Cap and Gown, was a PEW Fellowship in the Arts Discipline Winner and National Poetry Series finalist. CavanKerry will release a third book of poetry, Her Oceanography, in 2018.
Michael Majok Kuch returned to his homeland of South Sudan in 2010 after attending high school, college and graduate school in Philadelphia. During his college years he worked as an East African expert for the NGO Global Education Motivators, speaking at the United Nations on human rights, where he shared the stage with Olara Otunnu and Elie Wiesel. He currently works for the government of the Republic of South Sudan, where he is an advisor in Research and Policy in the Office of the President.
Friday, December 2
The Legacy of Fidel and the Future of Cuba
Ariel Armony, Senior Director of International Programs and Director of UCIS
Scott Morgenstern, Director, Center for Latin American Studies
and Assoc. Professor, Political Science
Tania Pérez-Cano, Lecturer, Hispanic Languages and Literature
Amaury Yasmani Perez, PhD Student, Political Science
Lunch will be provided.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the International Toolkit Series, come to hear about government and intelligence work in the Navy. The Navy provides an opportunity to get first hand work in government agencies and intelligence work directly out of college. Through the Navy, students would be able to get on the job, valuable experience with national security within months of graduation. The session will include panelist NC1 Kittell, an officer recruiter at the Oakland office with extensive knowledge of the process of applying to officer candidate school and ENS Bruskin, a cryptologic warfare office with extensive knowledge on the intelligence community.
Participants: Jonathan Arac (English), Marco Cucculelli (Political Economy, Fulbright Scholar), John Lyon (German), Jonathan Platt (Slavic), Ron Zboray (Communication).
Sunday, December 4
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!
Monday, December 5
Save the date for the EU Development Symposium, to be held on the afternoon of Monday, December 5th!
Renate Hahlen, the Minister Counselor of Development at the Delegation of the European Union to the US
To be accompanied on the following panels by:
EU Development Policy & Latin America and the Caribbean
Scott Morgenstern, Director Center for Latin American Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
EU Development Policy & Africa
Louis Picard, Director International Development Program and Professor of Public and International Affairs and African Studies
Müge Finkel, Assistant Professor, GSPIA
Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of American Government
EU Development Policy & Sustainable Development Goals
and the Paris climate agreement
Paul Nelson, Associate Dean, GSPIA
Michaël Aklin, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Additional participants and final times to be announced. For more information, contact Stephen Lund at email@example.com.
Tuesday, December 6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 7
“Designing MOOCs in a Chinese Social Network Environment” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Dr. Xiufang Ma
Xiufang Ma is an Associate Professor of South China Normal University and has teaching experiences and research experiences in the areas of educational technology research methods, MOOCs, blended learning, online course, personal learning environment, flipped classroom, and electronic training course. She has written some papers on MOOCs, personal learning environment and interaction analysis between teachers and students, and has led two teams of graduate researchers from the South China Normal University (China) on similar research studies.
“A Reverse Mentoring Program in Elementary Levels during the Practicum in Monteria, Colombia” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Luis Mario Viaña Patrón
Luis Mario Viaña Patrón is a short-term visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE). He is an undergraduate student from the English Language Teaching program at the Universidad de Cordoba in Colombia. Over the past two years, he has been working on research in the area of professional development, mainly in the field of reverse mentoring in education. He’s currently working on a reverse mentoring program with Professor Richard Donato.
“A Study on Cultivating Pragmatic Competence of Chinese EFL Learners” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Xiaoyan Xu
Xiaoyan Xu got her master’s degree in English Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in 2003 and has been an English teacher for more than ten years at the School of International Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has worked in the field of English pragmatic competence development of Chinese EFL learners. In addition, several papers have been published on language learning in peer-reviewed journals. Ms. Xu’s study in the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) at the University of Pittsburgh is to work under the guidance of Dr. Feifei Ye to develop a method to assess Chinese EFL learners’ pragmatic competence.
“So Long Asleep” chronicles the decades-long project of exhuming, memorializing, and finally repatriating the remains of 115 forced laborers from the Korean peninsula who died constructing the Uryu dam in Hokkaido, Japan. A project begun by Jodo Shinshu priest Yoshihiko Tonohira in the 1990s, it grew into a collaboration with Hanyang University anthropologist, social activist Byung-ho Chung, and Ritsumeikan University physical anthropologist Kichan Song into an ongoing excavation and workshop that brought students from Japan and South Korea together in an effort to excavate not only remains, but histories, and in so doing create a community of awareness and mutual respect among the participants in the workshops. The film is a lyrical and haunting meditation on the ideas of return and closure, one that sensitively and thoughtfully addresses war memory, restitution, and the creation of communities not only to preserve memories but also to learn from them.
Filmmaker David Plath, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has taught at the university for 35 years, published six books and more than 60 articles in anthropology and Japanese studies, and is perhaps best Anthropology established the David Plath Media Award, given biennially for the best new educational media project on Asian societies and cultures. In 2013, Prof. Plath received the Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies award from the Association for Asian Studies for his long engagement and many contributions to teaching about Japan at all levels and through many media.
Friday, December 9
Do you want to share your ideas with other undergraduate students? Or get feedback on a paper? Maybe you are considering graduate school in one of the modern languages and want to get some conference experience and practice your presentation skills? Then consider sending an abstract to the exciting conference we are planning at the University of Pittsburgh. Abstracts should be sent to Professor Mecchia by Dec. 9, 2016.
The conference papers should address the concept of cultural migrations in the broadest sense of the term, that is, immigrations and emigrations in real and virtual space linked to the movements of people(s), language(s) and culture(s). We are looking for multiple disciplinary, geographic, and historical perspectives reflecting the conflicts and the opportunities created by the shifting flows of populations, languages and cultural traditions, throughout the ages and in the contemporary world. The language of the conference will be English but we welcome papers addressing Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish languages and cultures.
Papers should be twenty minutes long. Papers will be selected by a selection committee that includes undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh. Students who submit abstracts will be notified by January 15. Limited travel funds will be available! Please contact Prof. Giuseppina Mecchia at the University of Pittsburgh for all additional information
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.
SONES Y CANCIONES NAVIDEÑAS DE ESPAÑA Y LAS AMERICAS
Wednesday, December 14
This is the public reception for Xyza Cruz Bacani: Modern Slavery. It will take place on December 14th from 6 - 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Xyza Cruz Bacani was born in the Philippines. As a domestic worker in Hong Kong, Xyza began taking photographs in her spare time. It became her passion both for the therapeutic effect it had on her and because it awakened an innate drive for self expression.
Through social media, Xyza’s work began to catch the eye of the international photography community. In 2015 Xyza was one of seven Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellows. In the same year, she was named one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the World and she’s currently an ambassador for Fujifilm.
Thursday, January 12
Georgetown University professor, Dr. James Millward, discusses the ancestors of the guitar, viola, mandolin and other members of the stringed instrument family that hail from Central Eurasia and traveled both east and west along what we call the “Silk Road.” Silk Road interactions involved more than the conveyance of a thing from point A to point B; these conversations laid the shared substratum of old world civilization and continue to resonate today.
Tuesday, January 17 to Wednesday, January 18
Get your new US Passport at Pitt. Book an appointment online at www.ucis.pitt.edu/get-a-passport.
Friday, January 20
Thursday, January 26
Frederick Cooper is a Professor of History at NYU. His interests include slavery and labor in the 19th- and 20-th century East Africa, the shifting nature of colonial thinking and practices, and the relationship of social change and conflict to decolonization in French and British Africa. His work seeks to counter both the national and the modern bars of most historical studies through the study of empires.
Friday, January 27
Friday, February 3
Friday, February 10
Morgan Liu is a cultural anthropologist studying Islamic knowledge and practice in post-Soviet Central Asia, focusing on Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. He is interested in ethnographic approaches to the state, postsocialism, space, and agency. Liu takes a comparative look at notions of just society across the Middle East, Russia, and Asia.
Thursday, February 16
Sumatra Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University. She is a cultural historian of South Asia and the British Empire and her research over the last few years has been largely in the areas of visual studies, the history of cartography, and gender. She is also pursing new research on the cultures of learning in colonial and postcolonial India.
Friday, February 17
Friday, February 24
Friday, February 24 to Saturday, February 25
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.
Thursday, March 2
Wednesday, March 8
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
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).
Tuesday, March 21
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.
Thursday, March 23
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
Thursday, March 30 to Saturday, April 1
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
Monday, April 3
Friday, April 7
Friday, April 14
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.