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Thursday, February 11

Property Rights: A Major Driver in EU/US Differences in Drilling for Shale Gas, and a Relatively Unexplored Factor Underlying Broader EU/US Environmental Policy
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Bernard Goldstein, Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Public Health
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Lunch reserved for pre-registered participants, to register please click on the website below.
Contact Email:
europeanstudies@pitt.edu

As a follow-up to research undertaken as a part of EU-GLOBAL, an EU-funded International Researcher and Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) Grant Pitt received along with four partners in the U.S. and Europe, Dr. Bernard Goldstein, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, will present his work on the method of shale gas extraction known as “fracking”.

Dr. Goldstein will present a manuscript summarizing studies performed while a visiting professor at the University of Cologne Department of Political Science and European Affairs. While initially focusing on the role of property rights in the differing rate of shale gas development, he found evidence of increasing and broadening concern among the US conservatives, but not the EU right wing, that environmental sustainability and related issues are an attack on US property rights, and that this emerging difference is likely to further heighten EU/US disparities on environmental issues. He will also present preliminary evidence that there are EU/US differences in the formation and role of boundary organizations, such as the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.

The paper is now available for download here: http://tinyurl.com/jlc89qm. Dr. John Keeler, Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, will offer remarks and moderate the question and answer session.

Lunch will be available for pre-registered attendees. Please register by noon February 10, 2016 at: http://tinyurl.com/z5bznaw.

The Bosnian Constitutional Dilemma - from the Dayton Peace Agreement to EU Membership
Time:
12:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Zlatan Meškić, CILE Visiting Professor
Location:
Barco Law Building, Room 113
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with Center for International Legal Education

Dr. Zlatan Meškić (Bosnia) is an associate professor of European Union law and vice dean for academic research in the law faculty of the University of Zenica. He is a visiting professor with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for Spring 2016, and has been a visiting professor in the law faculties of the University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), University of Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), University Džemal Bijedić in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), University of Tirana (Albania) and the Europa-Institute at the University of Saarbrücken (Germany).

Professor Meškić is the chief editor of the Journal Annals of the Law Faculty University of Zenica, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Journal "Nova Pravna Revija" ("Neue Juristische Umschau" (Sarajevo) and Evropsko pravo (European Law, Skopje, Macedonia). Professor Meškić received his doctorate from the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna in 2008.

- See more at: http://law.pitt.edu/events/new-event/cile-visiting-professor-dr-zlatan-m...

Friday, February 12

“Sacred Activism: Women’s Participation in Reformation of Islamic Family Law”
Time:
1:00 pm
Presenter:
Samaneh Oladi Ghadikolaei
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free

This talk will address whether women’s movements in the 21st century have impacted legal and ethical reform in Islamic family law. This talk will further explores the degree to which Muslim women, through religious activism, are bridging the gap between Islamic jurisprudence and gender justice in the realm of family law.

Samaneh Oladi Ghadikolaei is a candidate for the 2016-1017 Visiting Professor for Contemporary International Issues. She received her PhD in 2015 from the University of California Santa Barbara in Religious Studies and holds an M.A. degree in education from Tehran University in Iran.

Russia's Armed Forces Today
Time:
2:30 pm
Presenter:
Michael Kofman, Research Scientist at CNA Corporation, Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies

After a period of military reform and modernization, Russia's armed forces today are a far more capable instrument of national power then they have been since the collapse of the Soviet Union. How do we assess Russia's military today? What kind of wars and adversaries does it prepare to fight? What can we learn from recent combat operations in Syria and Ukraine?

Mr. Michael Kofman is a Research Scientist at CNA Corporation and a Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on security issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union, specializing in defense and military analysis. Previously he served at National Defense University as a Program Manager and subject matter expert, advising senior military and government officials on issues in Russia/Eurasia and Pakistan. He has represented the Department of Defense in track one and track two efforts, through military engagement programs and strategic exchanges with Russian officials, the Chinese and Pakistani military, along with trilateral dialogues. At NDU he oversaw military-to-military engagements, training programs, and interoperability exercises for senior officers from the US and other countries.

His previous experience includes working as a researcher at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in anti-money laundering and terrorism financing at HSBC Bank, and on international science and technology cooperation programs at NASA. He has published articles on security issues in Eurasia, focusing on Russia and Ukraine, along with numerous analyses for the US government. He has also appeared in major television, online, and print media as a commentator and subject matter expert. Mr. Kofman holds a M.A. in International Security from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

Hot Topics Over Coffee: Where do U.S. Presidential candidates Stand on Global Issues?
Time:
3:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Dolly Prabhu
Contact Phone:
6107168381
Contact Email:
dop11@pitt.edu

- Meet and network with GSC students, staff and faculty
- Exchange views & ideas
- Also, learn about how to get involved in 2016 election on campus and in Pittsburgh
- Turkish coffee and snacks served!

Monday, February 15

Love in the Peace Corps
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter
Cost:
Free

Happy Valentines Day! Join us to hear stories of local returned Peace Corps volunteers who served with their partners or who met their partners in service.
All are welcome to attend.
Lunch will be served.

Tuesday, February 16

Conversations on Europe: Whose Legacy? Museums and National Heritage Debates
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

In this month’s virtual roundtable Conversation on Europe, our panel of experts will discuss the ethical and legal questions museums in the Europe and North America face in the on-going debates over art repatriation, conservation, and national vs. universal heritage. Please join us in person or remotely for what promises to be a wide-ranging examination of the topic from the various perspectives of museum curation, art history, anthropology, archeology, and law. Audience participation is encouraged. For more information or to participate remotely, contact kal68@pitt.edu.

Panelists:

Dr. Erin Peters, Joint Lecturer in Curatorial Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Neil Brodie, Senior Research Fellow at the Scottish Center for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow.

Dr. Susan R. Frankenberg, Program Coordinator, Museum Studies of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Sophie Vigneron, Senior Lecturer, Kent Law School, University of Kent

Dr. Allyson Delnore, Associate Director of the European Studies Center, will moderate this discussion.

Wednesday, February 17

International Career Toolkit Series
Drafting Your Elevator Speech Workshop
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
(412) 648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Students selected for the International Career Toolkit Series trip to Washington D.C. are required to attend a one-hour session on creating a 30-second elevator speech. This is an important skill to develop and will be utilized during the trip. There are two available sessions for the event:

Friday, 2/5/2016- 4217 Posvar Hall, 3:00 PM

Wednesday, 2/17/2016- 4130 Posvar Hall, 4:00 PM

To apply for International Career Toolkit Series trip to Washington D.C., please visit the following link:
http://goo.gl/forms/8cjOnVMeJO

Thursday, February 18 to Sunday, February 21

2016 National Model African Union Conference
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Howard University, Washington D.C.
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Cost:
Free

New for this Academic Year, the African Studies Program is sponsoring an 8-person team to compete in the Annual National Model African Union Conference in Washington, D.C. The Pitt Model African Union Club will represent Libya and Eritrea at the 4-day conference, during which students from universities around the nation will simulate the proceedings of the African Union. Students prepare for months leading up to the conference, and they are briefed at the embassies of the countries which they represent.

Interested in participating in next year's conference? Email africanstudies@pitt.edu for details on how to join!

Friday, February 19

China & Latin America: Elliott Young
Chinese Migration in Cuba, Mexico and Peru: From 19th Century Coolie Labor to 20th Century Nationalist Sinophobia
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Latin American Studies
CERIS 2016 Book Discussion
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

K-16 Educators and librarians are invited to participate in the bi-annual CERIS Faculty Readers' Forum.

NEXT MEETING: February 19 2016, University of Pittsburgh
Who is Allah? by Bruce B. Lawrence

Our Faculty Readers' Forum provides cross-disciplinary reading materials - including books, articles, and papers related to Islamic studies - and a venue for discussion and exchange of ideas. Our long term goal is to broaden current course curriculum at member institutions to include Islamic studies content in ongoing courses and/or the creation of new courses.

The February 19th meeting will take place the University of Pittsburgh.
Educators can participate via SKYPE or in person
We begin with a light dinner at 5:00 PM and the discussion follows, wrapping up around 8:00 PM. CERIS provides 15 free copies of the the book being discussed. Those who receive a free book should attend the discussion in person or via SKYPE.

Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21

Teaching for Global Competence and Global Citizenship Seminar
Time:
5:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Marzia Cozzolino DiCicco
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Phone:
412-624-2918
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

This seminar is designed to teach practitioners working in the K-12 environment to strategically plan for educational opportunities that will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become not only competitive and successful workers in the global marketplace, but also informed and responsible citizens able to address complex global issues. Specifically course participants will: *Learn about international and global education as a field of study and its current status in U.S. public education *Learn about online, local, and national resources to help them plan curriculum that is more global in content and orientation
*Learn about possibilities and challenges for schools that want to integrate international and global education into their educational offerings
*Develop lesson plans, programs or strategic plans to use in their own practice
*Have the opportunity to network and learn from colleagues in other districts

The course is open to and welcomes teachers at all levels and from all departments. It is also highly recommended for office administrators. Upon completion of the course requirements participants can earn a total of 25 ACT 48 credits.

Dr. Marzia Cozzolino DiCicco Global Studies Center Associate will lead the course. Registration is required. To register click here. Dinner (Friday), breakfast, lunch (Saturday), parking and materials will be provided.

To register click here. For more information contact Veronica Dristas, Global Studies Center Assistant Director of Outreach at dristas@pitt.edu

Monday, February 22

Infrastructural Democracy? Collective Imaginaries for the 21st Century
Time:
5:30 pm
Location:
Please note ROOM CHANGE to 4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The Humanities Center, the Provost's Year of the Humanitites Initiative, the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, Department of English, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Department of Studio Arts and Global Studies at Carnegie Mellon University

A dialogue between Deborah Cowen, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Toronto, and Brian Holmes, internationally known art critic and cultural theorist.

Deborah Cowen has written extensively on militarism, violence, and security, cities and social justice, and geographies of citizenship and labor. Her most recent book is The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade.

Brian Holmes is a key contributor to Southwest Corridor Northwest Passage, a project on supply chains by Midwest artists/activists, and in 2014 co-organized a series of events in Chicago under the title, Foreign Trade Zone: A People’s Consultancy. His books include Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society.

Tuesday, February 23

Throat-Singers from the Republic of Tuva
Concert and Reception
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
4400 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with Department of Music
Contact:
Robbie Beahrs
Contact Email:
robeahrs@pitt.edu

Free and open to the public!

Peace Corps Application Workshop
Time:
9:00 pm
Location:
Posvar 4130
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter
Cost:
Free

Learn how to strengthen your application. Bring your resume to receive personalized recommendations on how you can increase your competitiveness for your Peace Corps service.

Thursday, February 25 to Friday, February 26

International Career Toolkit Series- Washington D.C.
Time:
7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
(412) 648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

The Asian Studies Center, the African Studies Program, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Global Studies Center are partnering to provide an exciting career development opportunity for students enrolled in one of the four certificate programs and for students enrolled in the Global Studies Living Learning Community. Students will travel to Washington, D.C. February 25 – 26, 2016 to meet with experts and alumni in various fields in order to learn about different career tracks, network with alumni, and gain an insider’s perspective on the different organizations in Washington, D.C. Meetings will be arranged into four different content areas. Students must participate in one of the four tracks:

• Security/Energy/Governance/Finance
• Development/Education/Human Rights/ Migration
• Media/Professional Writing/Arts
• Health and Environment

Forty students will be selected to go with representation from all the centers. First preference will go to seniors. Students must apply by noon January 25, 2016.

***A refundable $50.00 deposit is due with the application and will be refunded at the beginning of the trip. Please drop cash or check to Eric Swetts in 4138 Posvar Hall, and make checks payable to the University of Pittsburgh. ***

Those selected will be notified on January 29. All students going on the trip are expected to attend all events. Student are expected to attend a one-hour workshop on creating a 30-second elevator speech about their studies and career goals. The workshops will be held on two dates and students must attend ONE of them: Friday, February 5 at 3pm in 4217 Posvar; and Wednesday, February 17 at 4pm in 4130 Posvar.

Proposed Schedule:
Thursday, February 25
7:00 AM Depart Pitt (1st Floor WWPH)
12:00 PM Arrive and check in HI Washington Hostel
2:30 PM Site visit
5:30 PM Alumni Meet & Greet
8:00 PM Dinner

Friday, February 26
7:30 AM Breakfast at HI Washington Hostel
9:00 AM Site Visit
11:00 AM Site Visit
1:00 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Site visit
4-7PM Free Time
7:00 PM Depart for Pittsburgh from HI Washington Hostel
11:00 PM Arrive in Pittsburgh

PLEASE CLICK THE FOLLOWING TO APPLY:
http://goo.gl/forms/w4X7AF634v

Friday, February 26 to Saturday, February 27

Eleventh Annual Graduate Student Conference On The European Union
The EU for Whom? Democracy and Demography in a Shifting Europe
Time:
12:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association
Contact Email:
europeanstudies@pitt.edu

The world is watching as a determined Europe strives to remain united and bridge the democratic deficit. Eurosceptic parties and secessionist referenda are gaining ground within and amongst the member states. As refugee talks become mired in discussion on infrastructure and resources, there lies a deep disagreement on European identity. Is this the same debate that member states have been having for years? Or is this the beginning of a new set of challenges? The Organizing Committee of the Eleventh 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 keynote address will be given by Dr. Mai'a Cross, Assistant Professor from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Undergraduate Model EU
Time:
6:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

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 are given to the most effective delegations and best individual position papers.

This year's competition will host universities from across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois and will take place at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg campus.

Monday, February 29

Coevality Series: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change
"Our Present Contemporaneity: Divisive Difference and the Emergent Commons"
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Terry Smith
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Lecture Theatre (HAA 125)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Office of the Provost's Year of the Humanitites Initiative, The Humanities Center and Department of History of Art and Architecture
Cost:
Free

Research focus: Does the Framework Convention on Climate Change, affirmed by 195 nations in Paris on December 12, 2015, signal a turning point in our ability to work in the common interests of all sentient beings and of the worlds in which we live? The negotiators acknowledged the inequalities evident between and within nations, the differences between cultures, individual and group diversity, and the uneven development of institutions, while at the same time presumed the equal value of all parties, places, and polities. How generalizable is this spirit in our closely connected yet highly differentiated, rapidly expanding yet deeply inequitable, global (dis)order? What does such coevality have to offer as a basis for a truly contemporary politics, sociality, economic exchange, or aesthetic creativity?

In his lecture, Terry Smith will introduce the 2016 Global Studies Faculty Fellowship Project: Coevality: Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change. This research project also takes the form of a graduate seminar and a series of public lectures and symposia to be offered this semester and this Fall (2016) by distinguished visitors, including T.J. Demos (Center for Creative Ecologies, Santa Cruz), literary theorists Amy J. Elias (U of Tennessee), Christian Moraru (U of N. Carolina), and philosopher Peter Singer (Princeton).

**

Terry Smith, FAHA, CIHA, is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory (History of Art and Architecture at Pitt) and Professor in the Division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Theory (European Graduate School). In 2010 he was named Australia Council Visual Arts Laureate (Government of Australia), and won the Mather Award (College Art Association, USA). In 2001-02 he was a Getty Scholar (Getty Research Institute); in 2007-08 the GlaxoSmithKlein Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Research Centre; and in 2014 Clark Fellow at the Clark Institute. See www.terryesmith.net/web.

Wednesday, March 2

Peace Corps Week: Service Panel
Time:
1:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter
Cost:
Free

Come to the Service Panel and listen to different experiences from various organizations of work done overseas.

Thursday, March 3

Global Issues Through Literature: Migration, Gentrification, and Displacement
Time:
(All day)
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

How do people deal with the challenges of moving across borders, seeing others move into the places where they live, and perhaps having to move elsewhere as a result? What is the relationship between these different kinds of moving and the ways that people experience them? And what factors are most significant in shaping such relationships and experiences?

In our workshop, we will explore these questions and others that they generate while reading the following novels: Hopes and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Enrique's Journey, Americanah, and Them. Books will be provided for free.

The Politics of Shale Gas and Anti-fracking Movements in France and the United Kingdom
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. John Keeler, Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence along with GSPIA Shale Gas Governance Center
Contact Email:
europeanstudies@pitt.edu

Dr. Keeler will be presenting his research on shale gas and the issue of “fracking” in France and Britain. This event will be co-sponsored by the GSPIA Shale Gas Governance Center. Lunch will be served for pre-registered participants. To RSVP, go to: http://tinyurl.com/zucnh6b.

Peace Corps Week: Tour the World with the Peace Corps
Time:
1:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter
Cost:
Free

Learn about different cultures from a variety of countries around the globe.

Saturday, March 5

French Immersion Workshop
Time:
8:30 am
Presenter:
Bonnie Adair-Hauck
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

This Institute offers area secondary school French teachers an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop deeper understanding of French culture and its global influence, and to share relevant teaching strategies. The French Immersion Institute hosts three Saturday workshops through the year and an intensive, weeklong workshop beginning in the summer of 2016.

Thursday, March 10

Euro Challenge 2016
Time:
9:00 am
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The Euro Challenge is a national competition for 9th and 10th grade high school students to test their knowledge and understanding of the European economy and the euro, the currency shared by many of the 28 European Union member nations. Teams of up to five students take on the role of international policymakers to explore real world economic issues and possible solutions and recommendations to those issues.

Students who win the regional competition at the University of Pittsburgh have the opportunity to advance to the national competition in New York City where the tops teams are awarded cash prizes.

Tuesday, March 15

5th Annual Model African Union
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Student Participants are sponsored by the ASP
Contact Phone:
(412) 648-1802
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

We are proud to announce the 5th 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! This event is 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. Finally, We do not charge any fees for schools to participate.

This year's event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Raymond Atuguba, Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, who will set the tone for the day's activities.

With 13 schools and over 130 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 africanstudies@pitt.edu.

Wednesday, March 16

Talking About Asia: Jennifer Turner
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20

Muslims in a Global Context Mini-Course
Muslims in America
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Room 2400, Sennot Square, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Political Science and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs

Friday, March 18 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday, March 19 9:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday, March 20, 9:00am - 12:00pm

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 seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world, and this course focuses on the Musilm communities in America. 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.

This is a great way to learn more about a fascinating topic without over-stressing your course load!
This mini-course is FREE to all students but registration is required.

For more information and to register:
http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/mini-course/america

Insiders and Outsiders: Belonging and Identity in Eastern Europe
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with The Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
Contact Email:
info.goseca@gmail.com

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. Florian Bieber, Professor of South East European Studies & Director of the Center for South East European Studies at the University of Graz

The recent influx of refugees to Eastern and Central Europe created a political and humanitarian crisis that has sparked intense international debate. The varied national responses both within and outside the European Union raise practical questions about asylum definitions and integration efforts, but they also point to larger theoretical questions about inclusion and exclusion, belonging and identity. How do democratic societies deal with cultural difference? What role do religion, gender and ethnicity play in national cohesion? What role should international conventions play in governing the specific actions of states? What are the financial and moral responsibilities of states and national populations? Moreover, how do recent events compare to diaspora and refugee crises of the past? Specifically, how have historical relationships between countries and peoples impacted contemporary responses to political events or shaped narratives and structures related to belonging and exclusion? These questions speak to the intersections of international relations, historical inquiry, cultural politics, and state and international public policy in Eastern Europe and Central Eurasia.

This year's conference theme encourages participants to think critically about the impact that fluid, adaptable conceptions of belonging and exclusion in the realms – past and present – of domestic and international politics, economics, cultural production, social relations, the law, and demography, among others, have had on their specific field of study.

Wednesday, March 23

Conversations on Teaching Europe
Teaching European History and Culture Through Art
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

For the European Studies Center's second installment of Conversations on Teaching Europe, we will connect experts and local K-12 teachers via videoconference to discuss strategies and techniques that infuse information about European cultures, people and history as well as contemporary issues into curricula. For this particular webinar, we will discuss the use of European art and architecture in classroom lessons with a faculty expert and two local K-12 teachers.

Thursday, March 24

Coevality Series: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change
"Global Climate Justice and World Art"
Time:
4:15 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Terry Smith and T.J. Demos
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Lecture Theatre
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Office of the Provost's Year of the Humanitites Initiative, The Humanities Center and Department of History of Art and Architecture
Cost:
Free

Symposium 1: Global Climate Justice and World Art

* Session 1: Global Studies Faculty Fellowship Lecture 2:

Terry Smith, “World Picturing by Contemporary Artists.”

* Session 2: Visiting Lecture:

T.J. Demos, “The Post-Natural Condition: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology.”

* Session 3: Panel (Smith and Demos)

Reception in HAA Cloister

**

T.J. Demos is Professor of Art and Visual culture at University of California Santa Cruz, where he is Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies. His most recent books include The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis (Duke, 2013, winner of the 2014 College Art Association Mather Award), which explores the relation of contemporary art to the experience of social dislocation, political crisis, and economic inequality; and Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg, 2013), which addresses the recent returns of artists to former colonial states in Sub-Saharan Africa. He edited a special issue of Third Text on “Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology” (120: Jan. 2013), and is currently at work on The Post-Natural Condition: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Sternberg, forthcoming).

Friday, April 1

Europe: East and West
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Time:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Selected undergraduate students
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence and International Business Center
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
412-648-2290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Europe: East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event 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. Selected participants give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to panels of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

Coevality: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change
"Planetarity: Reframing Global Coevalness"
Time:
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Amy J. Elias and Christian Moraru,
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Office of the Provost's Year of the Humanitites Initiative
Cost:
Free

The session schedule is as followed:

session one (Elias and Moraru) on "The Planetary Turn;"
session two (Elias) on “The Temporality of Dialogue”;
and session three (Moraru) on "Coevalness and Critical Chronography."

This symposium is part of the Coevality: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change series.

Does the Framework Convention on Climate Change, formally affirmed by 195 nations in Paris on December 12, 2015, signal a turning point in our ability to work in the common interests of all sentient beings and of the worlds in which we live? The negotiators acknowledged the inequalities evident between and within nations, the differences between cultures, individual and group diversity, and the uneven development of institutions, while at the same time presumed the equal value of all parties, places, and polities. The Convention creates a framework for a process for addressing the global problem of climate change that, if followed closely, will be pursued in the same spirit in which it was conceived--one that affirmed, rather than denied, coevalness in all relationships.

How generalizable is this spirit in our closely connected yet highly differentiated, rapidly expanding yet deeply inequitable, global (dis)order? What does coevality have to offer as a basis for a truly contemporary politics, sociality, economic exchange, or aesthetic creativity? Coevality: Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change is a research project, a graduate seminar, and a series of public lectures and symposia offered by University of Pittsburgh faculty, students, and a number of distinguished visitors. We will pursue a carefully focused reconceptualization of the concept of coevality, and of the host of ideas with which it is associated, situating them within a realistic read of the settings--social, economic, political, artistic--in which coevalness must operate today.

The event will be led by the inaugural Global Studies Faculty Fellow, Terry Smith, who is Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory. They are presented in cooperation with relevant departments, and will be offered as contributions to the Year of the Humanities in the University.

Tuesday, April 5

"Remembering Nokutela" Screening
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of Africana Studies
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

This is part one of a two-part event examining the role of women in dismantling oppression. For this portion, we will screen the film " Remembering Nokutela," which discusses Nokutela Mdima Dube, the wife of John Dube, who founded the political party that would eventually overthrow apartheid in South Africa.

In part two of the event, the director of the film, Dr. Cherif Keita's, will discuss Nokutela's contributions within the larger context of women's liberation. Refreshments will be provided.

Description of the Film: "For ninety-five years the remains of Nokutela Mdima Dube lay ignored in the Brixton Cemetery in Johannesburg. Similarly ignored were her contributions to the founding and development of a critical set of institutions – the Ohlange Institute, the Inanda Seminary, the Ilange lase Natal newspaper, and the African National Congress – and cultural practices – Zulu chorale music, the valuation of the education of women."
Dr. Cherif Keita’s film chronicles his quest to uncover and properly memorialize Nokutela’s contributions."

Thursday, April 7

Global Issues Through Literature: Migration, Gentrification, and Displacement
Time:
(All day)
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

How do people deal with the challenges of moving across borders, seeing others move into the places where they live, and perhaps having to move elsewhere as a result? What is the relationship between these different kinds of moving and the ways that people experience them? And what factors are most significant in shaping such relationships and experiences?

In our workshop, we will explore these questions and others that they generate while reading the following novels: Hopes and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Enrique's Journey, Americanah, and Them. Books will be provided for free.

Friday, April 8 to Saturday, April 9

MOVING: Gendered Experiences of Migration, Gentrification, and Displacement
Time:
9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Join us for a two-day workshop co-sponsored by the Kabak Endowment Fund and the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh that focuses on gendered experiences of moving, especially the changes, challenges, and conflicts that women encounter and the ways that they address them. Bringing together scholars from out of town with local academics and activists, the event will go beyond the tendency to treat cross-border migration and refugee resettlement in relative isolation from gentrification and displacement and will relate developments in North America and the wider world to the particular ways people in Pittsburgh are experiencing these varied kinds of moving and the relationships among them.

Saturday, April 9

Insight and Perspectives of Muslims Societies and Communities
Undergraduate Research Symposium 2016
Time:
(All day)
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) and Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue (CCMD) at Duquesne University
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

ABSTRACT DUE MARCH 23, 2016

The Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) will hold their annual student focused research symposium on April 9, 2016 in collaboration with the Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue (CCMD) at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. This annual event encourages undergraduate university students and high school students to advance their research experience and to develop presentation skills. It also fosters networking with faculty and students with interest in historical and/or contemporary issues related to Muslims or the Islamic world.
Students are invited to submit papers they have written for a course that may cover the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences or professional disciplines and can relate to people, politics, policy, religion, theology, philosophy, culture and society....in historical or contemporary contexts.
Students give a 15 minute presentation and receive constructive feedback on their papers from faculty discussants. Also, there is a keynote address and lunch is served. The presentations are open to the public

Teacher Forum on Internationalizing the K-12 Classroom
Enter your project or lesson(s) and show us how you engage students in global awareness, inspire cross-cultural competence, and prepare students for the 21st century.
Time:
8:30 am
Location:
William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and International Business Center along with The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

The University Center for International Studies will host a Teacher Forum on Internationalizing the K-12 Classroom on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus.

The forum will provide educators, either as an individual participant or as a team of two, with the opportunity to present a project or lesson with a regional or global focus that they have used in the classroom. The project or lesson should focus on one or more of the following items: build understanding and awareness of other cultures, analyze multiple perspectives, communicate effectively across diverse groups, or take action on an international or global issue. Teams consisting of an in-service and a pre-service teacher are particularly encouraged to attend.

Educators will participate in a carousel poster presentation competition in the morning session. During this time educators will have the opportunity to learn from one another’s lessons, while also engaging in a judged competition. Each team will be allowed two to three minutes to present their lesson to a set of judges.

Following the morning presentations, educators will participate in a number of workshops that focus on internationalizing the K-12 classroom led by University of Pittsburgh faculty as well as highly qualified teachers from the region.

At the end of the day, all participants will gather together for the awards ceremony. One winner will be selected from each division – elementary, middle, and high school. Each winner will be awarded $500.00.

Saturday, April 9 to Sunday, April 10

MOVING: Gendered Experiences of Migration, Gentrification, and Displacement
Time:
9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Join us for a two-day workshop co-sponsored by the Kabak Endowment Fund and the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh that focuses on gendered experiences of moving, especially the changes, challenges, and conflicts that women encounter and the ways that they address them. Bringing together scholars from out of town with local academics and activists, the event will go beyond the tendency to treat cross-border migration and refugee resettlement in relative isolation from gentrification and displacement and will relate developments in North America and the wider world to the particular ways people in Pittsburgh are experiencing these varied kinds of moving and the relationships among them.

Tuesday, April 12

Nokutela Mdima Dube and the Role of Women in Liberation Movements
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of Africana Studies
Contact Email:
africanstudies@pitt.edu

This is the second in a two-part event examining the role of women in dismantling oppression. The director of the film " Remembering Nokutela", Dr. Cherif Keita will discuss Nokutela's contributions within a larger discussion of the role of women in liberation movements. Refreshments will be provided.

More details forthcoming

Friday, April 22 to Saturday, April 23

Moot International Criminal Court (ICC) Competition
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
Barco Law School
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for International Legal Education and University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

The High School Moot International Criminal Court (ICC) Competition is designed to introduce high school students to the work of the ICC and how important international human rights issues are dealt with in an international criminal justice context. The Moot ICC is a simulation of case presented to the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court. This is different than what is common in mock trial, in which the penalty phase of a trial is commonly simulated. For Moot ICC participants will be focused exclusively on the legal issues raised by the case.

Saturday, April 23

French Immersion Workshop
Time:
8:30 am
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

This Institute offers area secondary school French teachers an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop deeper understanding of French culture and its global influence, and to share relevant teaching strategies. The French Immersion Institute hosts three Saturday workshops through the year and an intensive, weeklong workshop beginning in the summer of 2016.

Friday, May 6 to Saturday, May 7

Globalizing Human(ities)
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Mark Juergensmeyer
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Religious Studies and American Academy of Religion
Contact Email:
EIRAAR16@PITT.EDU

American Academy of Religion Eastern International Region's Annual Meeting.

Submissions due by February 15, 2016.

Thursday, May 19 to Saturday, May 21

Leading from the South: Politics of Gender, Sex and Sexualities
2016 SNX: The South-North Exchange on Theory, Culture and Law Latino and Latina Critical Legal Theory (LatCrit)
Time:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Santo Domingo, República Dominicana-Universidad Iberoamericana
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with University of Pittsburgh School of Law, University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies, Office of the Provost of the University of Pittsburgh, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences of the University of Pittsburgh, U.S. Department of Education, University of Miami School of Law and Facultad de Derecho Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE).
Contact:
Sheila I. Vélez Martínez
Contact Email:
siv7@pitt.edu

Join us to discuss how the global South has been leading current shifts in the politics of gender, sex and sexualities. We seek to engage participants in conversations on South-North relations or North-South polarities regarding: marriage, families, adoption, labor, child rearing, children’s rights, reproductive rights, poverty, migration, sex and gender discrimination, transsexual communities and sexual identities as well as other related themes.

Sponsored by: Latina & Latino Critical Theory (LatCrit), University of Pittsburgh School of Law, University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies, Office of the Provost of the University of Pittsburgh, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences of the University of Pittsburgh, U.S. Department of Education, University of Miami School of Law, Facultad de Derecho Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE).

Saturday, May 21

Acid Rain in the European Environment: A Classroom Simulation
Blending the Humanities and STEM Education: A Curriculum Development Workshop for Secondary Teachers
Time:
9:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence along with Reacting to the Past - Barnard College
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

Saturday, June 18 to Saturday, June 25

Brussels Study Tour
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
Brussels, Belgium
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence along with University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Miami/Florida International University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Washington and University of Denver
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

What is the Brussels Study Tour?
Each summer the University of Pittsburgh's European Studies Center (ESC) plans a five-day trip to Brussels, Belgium to learn about the European Union in collaboration with university partners from across the nation. ESC is pleased to offer grants for teachers to learn more about the European Union – how it is organized, what it does, and how non-EU institutions work with the EU.

Who can apply for a travel grant?
The European Studies Center is coordinating both a regional and national search for K-12 applicants. Therefore, K-12 teachers from the Western Pennsylvania region or from across the nation can apply for a travel grant to participate in the Brussels Study Tour.

How do I apply?
For more information on the five-day Brussels Study Tour, please visit our Center's website.