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Saturday, September 10

[Through Harmony] We Move
Celebrate Japanese Culture
Time:
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
Location:
Mellon Park Shelter, 6499 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of The Japan America Society of Pennsylvania

Celebrate Japanese culture and the U.S. – Japan friendship with the Japanese community in Pittsburgh on September 10. Summer is a time of matsuri festivals in Japan, and we plan to celebrate with a festive picnic. Participants can experience Japanese cultural activities, learn more about Japan-related organizations in Pittsburgh, and try bon dancing and taiko drumming.

Wednesday, September 14

Let's Talk Africa
Paleo-biogeochemistry: Using chemical signals in mud to understand climate and environmental change in East Africa
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Josef Werne
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
412-648-1802
Contact Email:
kwm18@pitt.edu

The questions driving research in Quaternary climate, the period of geological time that includes the recent ice ages and interglacial climatic periods, and environmental change are important not only for our understanding of how the Earth System has changed in the past, but also because this time period represents the closest analog for what we will be seeing in the near future. My research focuses in part on understanding climate and environmental change in low latitude systems, such as in East Africa. At low latitudes, temperature changes are measureable, e.g. on glacial/interglacial timescales, but they are quite muted compared to high latitudes. In contrast, significant variability in the hydrological cycle is observed, often resulting in major shifts of arid zones associated with global climate change. Such changes in temperature and hydrology can have a significant impact on both terrestrial and aquatic biota – including humans. In Africa, my group has identified numerous significant changes in temperature over the past ~million years, including a warming of 3.5ºC from the Last Glacial Maximum to present, but also major changes just during the last 10,000 years, including a temperature shift of 2-4ºC that occurred at the end of the African Humid Period ~5,000 years ago – a time when temperatures of Lake Turkana were in fact warmer than they are today. Furthermore, we have identified a substantial increase in the temperature of Lake Malawi surface waters of ~2ºC over the past 100 years, most likely attributable to anthropogenic influences. These changes in temperature are associated with major shifts in rainfall as well. Ongoing research is exploring these climate shifts on longer timescales throughout East Africa, in an attempt to provide an environmental context for hominin development.

Dr. Josef Werne, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, received his PhD in Geological Sciences at Northwestern University in 2000 with an emphasis in Biogeochemistry. He was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research from 2000-2002 and on the faculty of the Large Lakes Observatory and Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (Assistant/Associate Professor) at the University of Minnesota Duluth before joining the Department in 2012. Dr. Werne spent a year in Perth, Australia as a Gledden Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Western Australia, as well as a visiting scientist in the Western Australia Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Centre at Curtin University (2009-2010).

Friday, September 16

European Studies Center Opening Reception
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Lizz Schellin
Contact Phone:
4126487405
Contact Email:
eds35@pitt.edu

The staff of the European Studies Center invites you to attend a reception to usher in the 2016-17 academic year. All interested faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the ESC community are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, September 17

Wednesday May 9
Silk Screen Film Festival
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization

This film is part of the Silk Screen Film Festival. Admission is free to Pitt students with an ID. Wednesday May 9 is an Iranian Film portrayed in three intertwining narratives. A peculiar philanthropist, Jalal, runs an unusual contest in a local newspaper offering to donate money to the most worthy applicant. Believing that his commitment to help Tehran’s poor community will ease the pain he feels over the loss of his 5-year-old son, Jalal finds that he might be in over his head. In what becomes a distressing exhibition of the plights and realities of Iranian society, we see the struggles of those Jalal intends to help.

Director: Vahid Jalilvand
Cast: Nikki Karimi, Kataneh Afshar Nejad, Amir Aghai

Tuesday, September 20

Conversations on Europe: Free Trade or Protectionism: Isolationism amidst Globalization
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

In this first installment of the 2016-17 series of the ESC's award-winning virtual roundtables, a panel of experts will discuss the current political and popular debates over free trade and trade agreements in the US and Europe. Why have NAFTA and TPP become such political hot potatoes in the current election cycle? What accounts for popular hostility to TTIP in Germany and other European nations? How did trade deals impact the Brexit vote and what impact will that vote have on on-going and future trade negotiations? The panel will be moderated by Allyson Delnore, Interim Director of the ESC. Panelists will include Alasdair Young (Georgia Tech University) and others TBA. Audience participation is encouraged. To join remotely, contact kal68@pitt.edu.

Global Studies Welcome Reception
Time:
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Please join the Global Studies Center at the annual welcome reception! Meet current and new students, faculty, Global Studies fellows and staff. Learn about new Global Studies initiatives on campus. Refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, September 21

Asian Studies Center Welcome Reception
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Asian Studies Center
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Sunday, September 25

Women's International Club's Fall Scholarship Reception
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Cloister & Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
Cost:
Free (donations welcomed)
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

Join the Women's International Club in celebrating the return of the 2016 of the Women's International Club Scholarship awardees. The program will begin with a reception in the cloister before moving into the auditorium for a presentation by the three awardees. This year's awardees traveled to India, Tanzania and Argentina.

Tuesday, September 27

Europe’s Schengen Area e-Border Dilemma
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Dusan Soltes, Faculty of Management, Comenius University, Slovakia
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and International Business Center

Professor Dusan Soltes will address one of the most controversial issues in the EU today: the protection of the EU’s external borders. On the one hand, it is difficult for new member states to become a part of the Schengen border protection system; it requires great effort and investments into the latest ICT technology, implementation of demanding Schengen legislation, and various other technical, organizational, and personnel requirements. But on the other hand, we are witnessing a crisis on the southern flank of the Schengen border as hundreds of thousands of migrants enter EU territory daily.

Thursday, September 29

ASP Welcome Back Reception
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
412-648-1802
Contact Email:
kwm18@pitt.edu

Please join the African Studies Program family for a welcome back celebration! All students, faculty, and staff are welcome at this event. There will be food, friends, and merriment.

Monday, October 10

World Cafe
Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Time:
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Location:
WPU-Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

We are launching Pitt’s Global Plan with a series of World Café sessions during the month of October and want to invite your participation. The World Café is a proven method of engaging participants in dynamic and directed conversations on concrete topics.

The World Cafés aim to accomplish three objectives regarding Pitt’s Global Plan: (1) educate our community on Pitt’s goals for global engagement; (2) generate discussion on how units across campus can collaborate and contribute to the objectives of the plan; (3) identify promising action items for implementation of select initiatives.

You are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/globalinput to attend a session. Light refreshments will be served.

1. World Café: Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 9-10:30am, Assembly Room, WPU

2. World Café: Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 11:30am-1pm, Kurtzman Room, WPU

3. World Café: Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 9-10:30am, Kurtzman Room, WPU

4. World Café: Research through International Collaborations (Faculty)
Thursday, Oct 13th, 3-4:30pm, O’Hara Student Center Ballroom

Please join us as we engage in conversational leadership at Pitt!

Tuesday, October 11

World Cafe
Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Time:
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location:
WPU-Kurtzman Room
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

We are launching Pitt’s Global Plan with a series of World Café sessions during the month of October and want to invite your participation. The World Café is a proven method of engaging participants in dynamic and directed conversations on concrete topics.

The World Cafés aim to accomplish three objectives regarding Pitt’s Global Plan: (1) educate our community on Pitt’s goals for global engagement; (2) generate discussion on how units across campus can collaborate and contribute to the objectives of the plan; (3) identify promising action items for implementation of select initiatives.

You are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/globalinput to attend a session. Light refreshments will be served.

1. World Café: Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 9-10:30am, Assembly Room, WPU

2. World Café: Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 11:30am-1pm, Kurtzman Room, WPU

3. World Café: Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 9-10:30am, Kurtzman Room, WPU

4. World Café: Research through International Collaborations (Faculty)
Thursday, Oct 13th, 3-4:30pm, O’Hara Student Center Ballroom

Please join us as we engage in conversational leadership at Pitt!

Wednesday, October 12

World Cafe
Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Time:
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Location:
WPU-Kurtzman Room
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

We are launching Pitt’s Global Plan with a series of World Café sessions during the month of October and want to invite your participation. The World Café is a proven method of engaging participants in dynamic and directed conversations on concrete topics.

The World Cafés aim to accomplish three objectives regarding Pitt’s Global Plan: (1) educate our community on Pitt’s goals for global engagement; (2) generate discussion on how units across campus can collaborate and contribute to the objectives of the plan; (3) identify promising action items for implementation of select initiatives.

You are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/globalinput to attend a session. Light refreshments will be served.

1. World Café: Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 9-10:30am, Assembly Room, WPU

2. World Café: Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 11:30am-1pm, Kurtzman Room, WPU

3. World Café: Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 9-10:30am, Kurtzman Room, WPU

4. World Café: Research through International Collaborations (Faculty)
Thursday, Oct 13th, 3-4:30pm, O’Hara Student Center Ballroom

Please join us as we engage in conversational leadership at Pitt!

Thursday, October 13

World Cafe
Research through International Collaborations (Faculty)
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Location:
O'Hara Student Center Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Director's Office

We are launching Pitt’s Global Plan with a series of World Café sessions during the month of October and want to invite your participation. The World Café is a proven method of engaging participants in dynamic and directed conversations on concrete topics.

The World Cafés aim to accomplish three objectives regarding Pitt’s Global Plan: (1) educate our community on Pitt’s goals for global engagement; (2) generate discussion on how units across campus can collaborate and contribute to the objectives of the plan; (3) identify promising action items for implementation of select initiatives.

You are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/globalinput to attend a session. Light refreshments will be served.

1. World Café: Global Partnerships (Faculty & Staff)
Monday, Oct. 10th, 9-10:30am, Assembly Room, WPU

2. World Café: Global Credential (Faculty & Advisors)
Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 11:30am-1pm, Kurtzman Room, WPU

3. World Café: Global Credential (Student Leaders)
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 9-10:30am, Kurtzman Room, WPU

4. World Café: Research through International Collaborations (Faculty)
Thursday, Oct 13th, 3-4:30pm, O’Hara Student Center Ballroom

Please join us as we engage in conversational leadership at Pitt!

Ethics for One World
As part of Coevality: Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change Speaker Series
Time:
7:00 pm
Presenter:
Peter Singer
Location:
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center, and the Year of the Humanities Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of History of Art and Architecture and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

The most important issues we face today are global rather than national: climate change, economic globalization, extreme poverty, immigration and the responsibility to protect people from genocide and crimes against humanity, whatever country they may be in. We need to challenge both the prudence and the ethics of those who put forward narrow nationalistic perspectives. In the long run we cannot be secure and prosperous, or claim to be acting justly, if we fail to play our part in overcoming the world’s problems. Professor Singer will discuss both the perils and the potentials inherent in globalization, and put forward an ethical approach to them.

Friday, October 14

Peter Singer & Terry Smith, Global Studies Faculty Fellow conversation
As part of Coevality: Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change Speaker Series
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Presenter:
Peter Singer and Terry Smith
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Lecture Theatre
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Humanities Center, and the Year of the Humanities Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

PETER SINGER & TERRY SMITH, Global Studies Faculty Fellow conversation: “Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change”

Reception to follow Friday’s conversation in Frick Fine Arts Cloister

Saturday, October 15

Japanese Nationality Room Luncheon & Silent Auction
Time:
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms along with Japanese Animation Club
Cost:
TBD
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

The Japanese Nationality Room Committee will host a luncheon and silent auction to benefit the Japanese Room Committee Scholarship, an award for Pitt students to study abroad in Japan over the summer. Donated items such as Kimonos, Yukatas, and other traditional items will be auctioned. Additional details forthcoming.

Sunday, October 16

Celtic Cultural Event
A celebration of the Welsh, Irish and Scottish traditions
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building Cloister & Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
Cost:
Free (donations welcomed)
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

The Welsh, Irish and Scottish Room Committees are joining together to celebrate their Celtic heritage. A reception in the Frick Fine Arts Cloister will proceed a program which includes music, singing, and inspiring words. Additional details forthcoming.

Thursday, October 20

Conversations on Europe: View of the US Elections from Europe
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

Professor Jae-Jae Spoon (Political Science) will moderate this virtual roundtable looking at how the U.S. Presidential Elections are perceived by Europeans. The 2016 elections have been fraught with controversy. Yet few countries' presidential elections generate such global interest as those in the U.S. What is the view of the Trump and Clinton campaigns from across the Atlantic? How are European leaders preparing for a possible Trump or Clinton presidency? What is at stake in the transatlantic relationship? Join our panel of experts for a lively conversation on these topics and more. Audience participation is encouraged. To join remotely, contact kal68@pitt.edu.

Saturday, October 22

French Immersion Workshop
Time:
8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Bonnie Adair-Hauck
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
$20.00
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

French Immersion workshops offer area secondary school French teachers an opportunity to maintain or improve their language skills, to develop a deeper understanding of French culture and its global influence, and to share relevant teaching strategies. Act 48 credit is available.

Friday, October 28

Making Climate Policy: A Historical Simulation
Time:
11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Allyson Delnore, Veronica Dristas, Michaël Aklin
Location:
233 David E Lawrence
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Freshman Programs and Reacting Consortium
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

As part of Pitt's International Week, the European Studies Center and Global Studies Center have partnered to offer students a chance to participate in a simulation of an important period in the history of international climate policy negotiations. The effects of un-checked industrial pollution in Europe were seen in the increase in acid rain and a stark die off of forested regions in northern and eastern Europe. In response, representatives from Europe's nations came together in a series of negotiations to determine what - if anything - could or even should be done. During this half-day event, students will immerse themselves into a role (representative from Poland, British diplomat, climate scientist) and participate in active negotiations. How did climate science impact policy negotiations? To what extent did national interests trump environmental concerns? And how did large industrial countries respond to complaints from smaller, down-wind countries? The negotiations take place between 1979 and 1989 against the backdrop of the end of the Cold War and the creation of the European Union. Here's your chance to participate in the making of history and the saving of the environment.

Wednesday, November 9 to Sunday, November 13

Human Rights, Affordable Housing & Urban Development Strategies
As part of Housing Summit 2016
Time:
(All day)
Location:
TBA (various Community and University venues)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Housing Summit
Contact Email:
housing@pitt.edu

Pittsburgh’s economic re-development has earned it the reputation as a “most livable city.” But growing numbers of residents ask, “livable for whom?” It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the reality of a growing divide between two Pittsburghs—one affluent, professional, and largely white, and the other low-income people with long-term roots in the region, largely people of color.

The University-Community Housing Summit will provide a space for residents to come together with organizers and experts from around the world to learn about and discuss the global and local forces affecting people’s access to affordable housing and the efforts to address them. A series of public lectures, panels, workshops, and cultural events will facilitate learning and networking aimed at highlighting this issue on the public and policy agenda while advancing new thinking and community organization that can help Pittsburgh residents realize their human right to housing.

Keynote speakers, leaders in community activism, public policy, and scholarship, will contribute to discussions about the relationships between affordable housing, urban social movements, and globalization. Participatory workshops are designed to help participants learn skills to help them end discrimination and displacement while building a movement for housing justice and human rights.

Wednesday, November 9

Opening Keynote Address
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
housingp@pitt.edu

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. Dr. Fullilove's research has focused on the health problems caused by inequity. She is the author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, which profiles stories from Pittsburgh’s Hill District residents. She is currently leading a study of Main Streets in New Jersey. Many of the state’s more than 500 municipalities have a functioning Main Street. What are these streets like? What is their function in today's city? This project is examining these questions and others. For more information, visit www.mainstreetnj.blogspot.com

Friday, November 11

Plenary Panel
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
housingp@pitt.edu

Saturday, November 12

Speaker schedule TBA
Time:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
housingp@pitt.edu

Speaker schedule TBA

Speaker Biographies

Desiree Fields is an urban geographer at the University of Sheffield (UK). Her research theorizes the rise of financial markets, actors and imperatives as a contemporary process of global urban change. With a particular focus on housing, Fields is interested in how the link between real estate and finance is being reconstructed since the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, how residents experience this process, and its implications for housing policy and advocacy. She was trained as an environmental psychologist and urbanist at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. (link)

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. Dr. Fullilove's research has focused on the health problems caused by inequity. She is the author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, which profiles stories from Pittsburgh’s Hill District residents. She is currently leading a study of Main Streets in New Jersey. Many of the state’s more than 500 municipalities have a functioning Main Street. What are these streets like? What is their function in today's city? This project is examining these questions and others. For more information, visit www.mainstreetnj.blogspot.com.

Ernesto López-Morales is Associate Professor in the University of Chile and PhD in Urban Planning from the DPU, University College London. He is also associate researcher at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) where he focuses on land economic, gentrification, neoliberal urbanism and housing in Chile and Latin American cities. He is author of Urbanismo proempresarial y destrucción creativa (Redalyc, 2013), and co-author of: Planetary Globalization (Polity Press, 2016). He co-edited Global gentrifications: Uneven development and displacement (Policy Press, 2015). His other published research assesses exclusionary displacement through rent gap analysis in the urban redevelopment of inner Santiago, Chile. In addition to his academic work, López-Morales works in cooperation with activist organizations including the Movimiento de Pobladores Ukamau in Chile and the 06600 Plataforma Vecinal y Observatorio de la Colonia Juarez in Mexico .

Max Rameau is a Haitian born Pan-African theorist, campaign strategist, organizer and author. After moving to Miami, Florida in 1991, Max began organizing around a broad range of human rights issues impacting low-income Black communities, including Immigrant rights (particularly Haitian immigrants), economic justice, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, particularly for ex-felons and police abuse, among others. As a result of the devastating impacts of gentrification taking root during the housing "boom," in the summer of 2006 Max helped found the organization which eventually became known as Take Back the Land, to address 'Land' issues in the Black community. In October 2006, Take Back the Land seized control of a vacant lot in the Liberty City section of Miami and built the Umoja Village, a full urban shantytown, addressing the issues of land, self-determination and homelessness in the Black community. (Read more)

Rob Robinson, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, Special Adviser to the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights. He is co-founder of the Take Back the Land National Movement and a member of the US Human Rights Network. Rob spent two and a half years, homeless in Miami and ten months in a New York City homeless shelter. He eventually escaped his cycle of homelessness and has been in the housing movement in New York City since 2007. In the fall of 2009, Rob was chosen to be chairperson for the first ever official visit of a UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. He is connected with housing movements in South Africa, Brazil, and other countries around the world. He is a member of a social justice media collective which produces and airs a monthly radio show over WBAI in New York City called Global Movements Urban Struggles

Sunday, November 13

PolishFest 2016
A celebration of the Polish tradition
Time:
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
Cost:
Free
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

The Polish Nationality Room will host PolishFest, now in its 31st year. The celebration of Polish culture and heritage will include music, dance performances, food vendors, arts & crafts and organization tables. Additional details forthcoming.

Tuesday, November 15

Conversations on Europe: Black Lives Matter: The Movement in Europe
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

In Europe, the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. has struck a chord with some. Issues of procedural inequalities and police violence have been made more public in Black Lives Matter marches in cities throughout Europe. How does the movement in Europe differ from its American inspiration? How do issues of ethnicity and religion inform understandings of race in Europe? And what has been the response of authorities? Join our panel of experts for an in-depth exploration of this timely topic. Audience participation is encouraged. To join remotely, contact kal68@pitt.edu.

Sunday, December 4

Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House
Time:
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
Cost:
Free
Contact:
David Downey
Contact Phone:
412-624-6150
Contact Email:
DavidDowney@pitt.edu

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!

Tuesday, December 6

Conversations on Europe: Migrant Experience in Germany (auf deutsch)
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

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 kal68@pitt.edu.

Friday, December 9

2016 High School Model EU
Time:
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location:
Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

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.

Friday, February 24 to Saturday, February 25

2017 Undergraduate Model EU
Time:
6:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Duquesne University
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and 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 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.

Wednesday, March 8

2017 Euro Challenge Competition
Time:
8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kathy Ayers
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
kma69@pitt.edu

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

A Diversity of (European) Identities: From the Subnational to the Supranational
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
4126487405
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

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).