Excrement was a hot commodity in the cities of nineteenth-century Japan. The widespread use of night soil as an organic fertilizer meant that residents of big cities such as Edo (Tokyo) and Osaka could sell their waste rather than dispose of it themselves. Thanks to this trade, early modern Japanese cities enjoy a reputation as remarkably green spaces, in which residents lived in salubrious harmony with nature. Let us put poop into the modernizing city. Night soil remained an important fertilizer until after World War II, but poop’s place in the urban landscape changed a great deal in the decades after the Meiji Restoration of 1868. City officials worried that night soil haulers might offend the sensibilities of Western visitors to the city. They also feared cholera, a disease new to Japan. By 1920, the rapid growth of Tokyo had completely disrupted the market for night soil and other organic refuse.
Monday, December 1
What is ISIS and what is the impact of this radical Sunni insurgent group in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria? Can continued US involvement in the region bring sustained peace or will it propel continued inter-sectarian bloodshed?
Three experts will share their opinions along with time for Q&A.
Lunch is provided.
Expert Panel includes:
Ross Harrison is on the faculty of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he teaches strategy. He also teaches Middle East Politics at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a frequent contributor of articles on strategic issues facing the Middle East. He is the author of Strategic Thinking in 3D: A Guide for National Security, Foreign Policy and Business Professionals (Potomac Books, 2013), which is a required text at the U.S. National War College.
Dr. Luke Peterson is the AY2014-15 Visiting Professor in Contemporary International Issues. Broadly, Dr. Peterson’s work has focused on contemporary representations of Palestine-Israel in print media in Great Britain and the United States. He is the author of Palestine-Israel in the Print News Media (Rutledge Press, 2014). Dr. Peterson’s research interests are reflected in the courses he is teaching at Pitt including “The US in the Middle East,” both as an undergraduate history course and as a graduate course in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His spring 2015 course offerings are expected to include a history course on “The History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict” and a graduate seminar focusing on Modern Iran.
Dan Simpson is a retired, 35-year, career diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His Middle East assignments included Lebanon and Libya. He is currently Associate Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, writing daily editorials and a weekly column on international affairs.
Tuesday, December 2
The EUCE/ESC will be hosting the 2014 High School Model EU, which allows students the opportunity to participate in a simulation of a recent European Council meeting. For more information, please contact EUCE/ESC Assistant Director for External Affairs, Kate Bowersox, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center Associate Dr. Gabriella Saputelli will explore the characteristics and the evolution of EU citizenship 20+ years after the Maastricht Treaty. She will consider EU citizenship in light of the finding by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that it “…is intended to be the fundamental status of nationals of the Member States”. In fact, the way in which EU citizenship and ECJ case law function raises questions about its future development. In a multilevel system, the federalizing process influences aspects of citizenship, and a comparison with the US experience might allow us to better understand the special path of EU citizenship construction. Lunch will be served. To register, please email email@example.com.
Discussant: Meiyi Song, Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education, University of Pittsburgh
Description: In this workshop, you will be introduced to a variety of Web
2.0 tools, such as VoiceThread, EduCanon, Twitter, Diigo, for creating interpretative, presentational, and communicative assignments for language classes.
Sunday, December 7
The Annual Nationality Rooms Open House will occur on December 7th, 2014 and it will feature Nationality Rooms Committees selling food and cultural objects to benefit the Nationality Rooms Scholarship Program. The Rooms will be open and costumed Quo Vadis guides will continuously present in each Room information pertinent to the Room and its wintertime holiday traditions. Musical and dance performances will occur every fifteen minutes.
The performers scheduled to attend are:
Pittsburgh Taiko Drummers
Slippery Rock Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble
Ljeljo Folk Ensemble
Shona Sharif African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Poltava Ukrainian Dance Company
Amun Raqs Band
Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band
Sanskruti School of Dance
In addition to the performances and Committee vendors, Quo Vadis guides will be selling beverages to benefit their club's activity fund and the Nationality Rooms Information and Gift Center will be open for sales of fine souvenirs and publications.
Tuesday, December 9
Featuring the companies TiE-Pittsburgh met with and mentored through its Business Mentoring Roundtable program over the last year.
Apply for the TiE Pgh 10K award by visiting the event website.
Register for the event by visiting the event website.
Thursday, February 12
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, March 27
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.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: November 21, 2014
Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length. Preference will be given to abstracts that clearly specify the research design of the paper, including its theoretical approach and methods. Abstracts must be submitted on-line at http://www.eustudies.org/. Please also upload a current CV with your submission. Participation is limited to authors enrolled in degree-granting graduate or professional programs at the time of the conference. Housing is provided for accepted conference participants
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
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Thursday, April 2
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.