Events

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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
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Nashi Predky - Our Ancestors Family History Group
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.)

Modern Japanese Gardens in a Transnational Context
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
Toshio Watanabe, Professor of History of Art and Design, Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London
Location:
Phipps Conservatory
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Japanese garden is often regarded as the quintessential symbol of traditional culture in Japan, representing the purest form of Japaneseness. However, once we start to examine its history in detail, it becomes clear that in many cases the Japanese garden assumes a clearly transnational character. We will focus on the development of modern Japanese garden from mid-19th to mid-20th century in their transnational context and explore what all this means. Examples will range from an exquisite private garden in Kyoto, a colonial Japanese public park in Hong Kong, remains of gardens created at a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II in California to a garden expressing post-war democracy in Takamatsu, Japan and a range of East European Japanese gardens mostly created more recently.

Lecture at 2 p.m.
Q&A at 3 p.m.

SPONSORED BY THE PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH’S NATIONAL CONSORTIUM FOR TEACHING ABOUT ASIA, ASIAN STUDIES CENTER, AND GLOBAL STUDIES CENTER

Sunday, October 15

Allegiance Musical
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Carnegie Museum of Art
Sponsored by:
International Week

Inspired by the true life experience of its star, George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes), Allegiance follows one family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves. Legendary performer George Takei — (Star Trek, “Heroes”), who was himself an internee as a child, stars alongside Tony® winner Lea Salonga – (Miss Saigon, Mulan) in this enthralling and epic new musical.

Monday, October 16 to Friday, October 20

Study Abroad Photo Contest
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Kimbo Arts Gallery
Sponsored by:
International Week and Study Abroad Office
Contact:
Nazir Noori
Contact Email:
nazir.noori@pitt.edu

From 300+ photos submitted by students who have recently studied abroad, 30 amazing shots in five categories have been selected for display in the Kimbo Art Gallery.

Come and vote for your favorite image! And open your mind to new perspectives of the world.

Monday, October 16

Speedfriending Event
Time:
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:
Kurtzman
Sponsored by:
International Week

Whether you’re an international student looking to make American friends in Pittsburgh or a native speaker of English interested in meeting people from different cultures, this FREE event is perfect for you! If you’ve ever heard of “Speed Dating,” this is similar. The only difference is that the objective here is to make friends. There will be structured time for short conversations, as well as time for mingling and to enjoy refreshments. Join us for an evening of lively conversation, celebrating diversity, and the start of new friendships!

Brain Candy Podcast
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Assembly Room - WPU
Sponsored by:
International Week

A Sugar Rush for your intellectual side, the ladies from Brain Candy, Sarah Rice and Susie Meister muse about their experiences with reality television, travel abroad, and everything in-between. Susie hails from Pittsburgh, and completed a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, using all of her reality television winnings to pay for her education. She is now a diversity trainer to help combat prejudice.

Tuesday, October 17

The Plight of the Potato
Time:
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Assembly Room - WPU
Sponsored by:
International Week

The potato has been a starchy staple of South American cuisine since the time of the Inkan Empire, but the story of its migration around the world is one of conquest, exploitation, famine, intrigue, defamation, delicious dishes, and semantic confusion! Follow the path of the peripatetic potato through history and get a firsthand taste of its impact on global cuisine, language, and culture.

George Takei Event
Time:
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location:
Soldiers and Sailors Hall
Sponsored by:
International Week

The keynote speaker for this year’s International Week, George Takei, was interred in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. This experience became a touchstone for his life and work. Takei rose to preeminence in the television series Star Trek and its first six feature films. However, that only scratches the surface of his storied career as an actor, author, and social media pioneer. Come hear him speak about his experience as an internally displace person during World War II, his life as an actor, and the work for which he is now arguably best known, his social media presence.

Wednesday, October 18

International Food Trucks
Time:
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location:
WPU Driveway
Sponsored by:
International Week

Back by popular demand, the International Week Committee has invited several of the most popular food trucks in the city to share their innovative and delicious cuisines with you. They will be outside of the Union during the lunch hour on Wednesday.

Alumni Panel
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
International Week

Come and get a chance to hear from several Pitt alumni living all over the world. Hear about their experiences at Pitt, during study abroad and the course of their careers. The alumni panelists will not only share their insights, but the session will also be interactive with the audience. Come and get a chance to learn about and meet new friends.

Global Engagement Fair
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
Ballroom - WPU
Sponsored by:
International Week

Perhaps you were not able to study abroad during your time at the University. Or perhaps you did and are craving a connection to the global landscape within Pittsburgh. The Global Engagement Fair is a one-stop shop for a multitude of opportunities to interact with the world beyond Pittsburgh while still in Pittsburgh. Representatives will be present from student organizations, academic units, non-profit organizations, scholarship programs, and many more. Come and learn about the wonderful opportunities that Pitt and Pittsburgh have to offer to make the global local.

Thursday, October 19

Julissa Arce
Time:
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
International Week

probably too long but should be enough to get something going: Julissa Arce is a writer, CNBC contributor, and advocate for immigrant rights and education. She is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students, regardless of their status, ethnicity, or national origin. Julissa is also a board member for the National Immigration Law Center and College Spring. She is the former Director of Public Affairs at Define American, a media organization that uses the power of story to change the narrative surrounding immigration and citizenship. Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street working for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and had seemingly achieved the American Dream—yet she still did not feel like a true American.

Global Studies Trivia Night
Time:
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location:
Lower Lounge - WPU
Sponsored by:
International Week

Coming soon...

Friday, October 20

Opening Reception for the Film Series
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
Cloisters - Frick Fine Arts
Sponsored by:
International Week
International Week Film Series
Time:
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts
Sponsored by:
International Week

Centering on the overarching theme for the week, displacement, the University Center for International Studies is pleased to present a carefully curated series of films. The films will focus on displacement from a variety of different angles and will include commentary, a lecturette, and/or question and answer session immediately following the screening. The film series will take place Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday in the Frick Fine Arts Theater.

Saturday, October 21

International Week Film Series
Time:
10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts
Sponsored by:
International Week

Centering on the overarching theme for the week, displacement, the University Center for International Studies is pleased to present a carefully curated series of films. The films will focus on displacement from a variety of different angles and will include commentary, a lecturette, and/or question and answer session immediately following the screening. The film series will take place Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday in the Frick Fine Arts Theater.