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Monday, March 27 to Wednesday, March 29

Taking Refugee
Time:
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

Monday, March 27 - World Theatre Day

12PM - Presentation and Talk with Photo-journalist Maranie Rae and Human Refuge(e): a platform providing first-hand stories from refugees around the world.
602 Cathedral of Learning, lunch provided

6PM - Reading of the play Oh My Sweet Land by Amir Nizar Zuabi, performed by Lameece Issaq, Founding Director of Noor Theatre, dedicated to the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern decent. 602 Cathedral of Learning, evening reception

Tuesday, March 28

12PM - Screenings of "Mare Nostrum" and "Searching for the Translat or " - two short films by Syrian filmmakers Anas Khalaf and Rana Kazkaz, followed by Skype discussion with the artists. 602 Cathedral of Learning, lunch provided

6PM - Screening of Queens of Syria performing their adaptation of Euripides' Trojan Women, followed by discussion with Mohammed Bamyeh (Sociology). 1601 Cathedral of Learning, evening reception

Wednesday, March 29

12PM - Screening of documentary "Making of the Queens of Syria"
602 Cathedral of Learning, lunch provided

6pm - Reading of selections from Trojan Women by Euripides followed by community discussion facilitated by Cynthia Croot (Theatre Arts) and Jacques Bromberg (Classics).

Monday, March 27

Global Human Trafficking Today
A Workshop for Regional College Faculty and Students
Time:
1:00 pm
Location:
Community College of Beaver County, LRC 9103
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Community College of Beaver County
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
4126482290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

This workshop on global human trafficking for regional college faculty and students is presented by the international and area studies programs of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), University of Pittsburgh. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is part of an annual series of curriculum development workshops connected with the US Department of Education-sponsored Title VI National Resource Center project to internationalize 2-year and 4-year college campuses throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Pre-registration is required to attend this event. Please register by March 22 at https://goo.gl/forms/n7gWbKAK1zppYjmx1.

Afro-Atlantic Discourses in the Age of Revolution
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Michele Reid-Vasquez
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of History Department

Thursday, March 30 to Saturday, April 1

Faculty Research Workshop: Marriage Equality in Advanced Industrialized Democracies
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Helma de Vries-Jordan, University of Pittsburgh - Bradford (faculty organizer)
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost and European Union
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Phone:
624-5404
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

Students, faculty, and the public are welcome to attend the keynote address and the panels. View the Conference program (http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/esc/system/files/resources/documents/2017-jm-ma...) for information about the panel topics, times and locations.

Marriage equality movements in advanced industrialized democracies have been remarkably successful in achieving policy change. From 2001 to 2016, marriage equality has been achieved in nearly two dozen states. Since many of these victories occurred in Europe, North America, and Oceania, it is timely to organize a conference in which scholars and participants can explore how marriage equality is impacting the future of LGBTQ rights. The pathways to marriage equality have been incredibly varied, including legislation, litigation, and referendums. Moreover, marriage equality has been achieved across a broad range of institutional climates, from parliamentary to presidential systems and from federal to unitary states. The increasingly transnational networks of activists working to advance marriage equality may have contributed to the policy diffusion of marriage equality. Despite the extension of marriage equality, the LGBTQ community continues to experience discrimination and harassment, and in some states, legal protections regarding non-discrimination, parenting, or gender recognition are inadequate.

The faculty research workshop on marriage equality in advanced industrialized democracies will be held from March 30th to April 1st, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh. This international conference is organized by Professor Helma de Vries-Jordan, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Law, under the leadership of the European Studies Center and Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence. The workshop integrates social movements scholarship concerning marriage equality, other LGBTQ rights, and gender equality, placing them in comparative and international perspective. The conference will bring together some of the leading scholars in this field, presenting papers and engaging in dialogue about future directions for scholarship, with the goal of promoting collaborations between scholars and interactions amongst conference participants which will include faculty, students, and community members.

The conference will examine the factors that have influenced marriage equality movements and relevant LGBTQ rights policy-making, both in states with marriage equality and in states with ongoing campaigns. Causal factors that may be explored include dynamics in the political opportunity structure, identity-based versus strategic framing of issues, diffusion of norms regarding LGBTQ rights, and networking of activists. We will explore a number of central debates regarding the impact of marriage equality on the future of LGBTQ rights and regarding the transnational social movements working to advance gender and sexual equality. Questions will include: How has marriage equality impacted or been influenced by progress on other LGBTQ rights issues, or has marriage equality contributed to backlash or delays in achieving other rights? How have marriage equality movements’ level of inclusiveness regarding sexual and gender minorities impacted their advocacy and post-marriage equality policy outcomes? Finally, how portable are the strategies, frames, resources, and networks of activists across borders, and how has cooperation or conflict between activists across borders influenced these movements?

Thursday, March 30

Balancing the Wheel: Expectations of Graduates in Kenya
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
Kevlin Ogelo
Location:
3120 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program

Join ASP and our Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Kelvin Ogelo, as Kelvin shares on the dynamics of juggling between the social and personal expectations of a young graduate. The setting of his talk is in rural Kenya, and his focus is on a college graduates from less privileged backgrounds.

Distant Reading and Modern Japanese Literature
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Hoyt Long
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Saturday, April 1

Latin American and Caribbean Festival
Time:
12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location:
Galleria-1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with the support of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), Panoramas at the University of Pittsburgh, the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures (HLL) at the University of Pittsburgh, Ella Serrato—Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation and and the Latin American Cultural Union (LACU).
Cost:
free
Contact:
Diana Osma
Contact Phone:
412-648-7394
Contact Email:
dms180@pitt.edu

Monday, April 3

Natural and Unnatural Disasters
3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan's Modern World
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Brett Walker
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Tuesday, April 4

Latin American in Motion:
Pitt Latin American Films
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Public Health G23
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh and Spanish Film Club by Pragda
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Phone:
412-648-7391
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh
present
Latin America in Motion: Pitt Latin American Films

All Films will be screened at 7:00 p.m.
Public Health G23
130 De Soto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(corner of 5th ave, and De Soto St.)

Come and join us for a film and pizza!

Free and open to the public!

Films:

OPEN CAGE
(Mexico)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

THE SECOND MOTHER
(Brazil)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

THE CLUB
(Chile)
TUESDAY, MARCH 14

THE TRAVEL AGENT
(Cuba)
TUESDAY, MARCH 21

IXCANUL
(Guatemala)
TUESDAY, APRIL 4

All films are subtitled.

Wednesday, April 5

How to Asia: Chinese Papercutting
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Tiantian Maggie Lyu
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

As part of our series How to Asia, Tiantian Maggie Lyu will teach students the folk art of paper cutting. Its history dates back more than two thousand years. Participants will have a chance to create their own paper cuttings.

Tiantian Maggie Lyu is a graduate student in Foreign Language Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She started paper cutting when she was ten years old. She has taught Chinese paper cutting at the Carnegie Library and is eager to share this traditional art form with everyone.

Global Issues though Literature
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This reading group gathers globally-minded educators to discuss works of fiction that can be used in the classroom to teach global competency skills. Registration for the last two sessions of the year is open; previous attendance is not necessary. This program is supported by Pitt’s Year of Diversity. Contact Lisa Bromberg with questions.
April 5, 5-8pm, 4130 Posvar: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir by Margarita Engle, discussion led by Dr. Kenya Dworkin of CMU. Register at the website.

Thursday, April 6

Company Towns and Transformation in Society in The Gilded Age
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Volodymyr Kulikov
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
kmw152@pitt.edu

Historians have mostly considered company towns as places of exhausting labor, political oppression, and conflicts between business and labor communities over bettering work and living conditions. Though these features were indeed among the general characteristics of company towns, their conditions changed dramatically within the last few decades of the nineteenth century that is called the Gilded Age in the United States. Family houses replaced barracks, sewerage and indoor plumbing were installed, schools and theaters became available for the residents of many company towns on both sides of the Atlantic. White, pink, and skilled blue-collar workers had access to commodities and conditions that had previously been available only for aristocrats and the bourgeois elite.

This paper will look at the emergence of welfare capitalism in company towns in the Russian Empire and the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. I will argue that, connected to the labor movements, the necessity to attract and maintain a loyal workforce by the companies brought dramatic changes in the living standard of working communities. Since the company towns were especially dependent on the migrated workforce, they launched numerous urban welfare programs and therefore contributed to the emergence of a new middle working class.

Volodymyr Kulikov is Fulbright-Kennan Institute Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and research fellow at the Department of History, Karazin Kharkiv National University in Kharkiv, Ukraine. His publications cover history of industrialization, entrepreneurship, and big business in the Russian Empire as well as history of company towns in Ukraine.

HUMAN RIGHTS POLICIES IN CHILE The Unfinished Struggle for Truth and Justice
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
SILVIA BORZUTZKY, Professor of Political Science and Int’l Relations, CMU
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Phone:
4126487391
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

Borzutzky will provide an analysis of the “truth and justice” policies implemented in Chile between 1990 and 2014, by the Aylwin, Frei, Lagos, Bachelet and Piňera administrations. These policies have resulted in the creation of commissions to investigate death, political imprisonment and torture, the provision of reparations and apologies, and the construction of memorials and museums to honor the victims and teach about the abuses. The policies have also led to copious judicial activity, including the prosecution of over one thousand former military officers. However, while this policies have been applauded by some, they have been entirely unsatisfactory to others generating demands for new policies and actions.

Some of the key questions addressed in the talk are why some feel that these policies have only provided partial version of the truth and limited justice while others believe that the past needs to be put to rest. We will also discuss the difficulties involved in reaching reconciliation and using human rights policies to build a unified national memory.

She is the author of Human Rights Policies in Chile: The Unfinished Struggle for Truth and Justice (Palgrave, 2017), Vital Connections: Politics, Social Security and Inequality in Chile Notre Dame University Press,2002), co-author of Rent-Seeking in Pensions (Palgrave, 2016), and co-editor of After Pinochet: The Chilean Road to Capitalism and Democracy (University Press of Florida, 2006), and The Bachelet Government: Conflict and Consensus in Post-Pinochet Chile (University of Florida Press, 2010).

For more information: lavst12@pitt.edu

Friday, April 7

European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2017
Time:
(All day)
Location:
3610/5131/5604 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and International Business Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
4126482290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (formerly "Europe: East and West") is an annual event since 2002 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 are grouped into panels according to their research topics and will give 10- to 15-minute presentations to a panel of faculty and graduate students. Presentations are open to the public.

Diversity in Global Business
As part of the Year in Diversity
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
270 Mervis Hall (Colloquium Room)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with International Business Center
Contact:
Jacqueline Saslawski
Contact Email:
jsaslawski@katz.pitt.edu

What is Diversity in Global Business?
The International Business Center and the Global Studies Center are hosting a panel series for the Year of Diversity at Pitt. This series is supported by a grant from Pitt's Provost Office. This is the last of the three panels and will focus on “Diversity and Multiculturalism Beyond the US.”
This panel will feature student and alumni discussants who will share their experiences based on their diverse and "non-diverse" backgrounds, including their national, religious, and gender affiliations. The panelists will explore issues such as whether diverse teams perform better, what expectations and understanding international students hold concerning diversity in the U.S., as well as how studying and working with diverse students and colleagues enriches the "non-diverse" person.
Refreshments will be provided.

Indian Nationality Room
with the Architect
Time:
6:00 pm
Presenter:
Deepak Wadhwani
Location:
327 Cathedral
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Please join us for a special opportunity to tour the Indian Nationality Room with architect Deepak Wadwani. He developed the room's monastery courtyard design after a visit to the ancient Nalanda University in India. The Indian Nationality Room celebrates the country's educational heritage during the third through ninth centuries, known as India's Golden Age, which culminated at Nalanda. It features replicas of stone columns, brick floors, walls, pilasters, and sculptures still visible at the archeological site.

Saturday, April 8

EuroFest
Time:
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Posvar Hall Galleria
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Kate Bowersox
Contact Phone:
412-648-8517
Contact Email:
kal68@pitt.edu

A family friendly festival featuring all things Europe in the ‘Burgh. Local artisans and vendors will create a dynamic marketplace and performances of song and dance will be presented on the main stage. Food booths featuring various European cuisines will be participating and artistic demonstrations and children’s activities will take place throughout the day.

Monday, April 10

2017 Symposium Series
Exploring Educational Diversity: Race & Ethnic Issues in China & the United States
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
5604 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Center for International Studies and Center for Urban Education

Exploring Educators Preparedness to Discus Topics of Race in the Classroom
Presenter: Adam J. Alvarez
A Comparative Study of Ethnic Minority-Serving Higher Education Institutions in China & the United States
Presenter: Weiyan Xiong

Tuesday, April 11

Conversations on Europe- Portuguese Identity: Iberia, Europe, and the World (In Portuguese)
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Various
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Ashley DiGregorio
Contact Email:
aad87@pitt.edu
Matsuri
Japanese Spring Festival
Time:
3:30 pm
Location:
CMU University Center, Merson Courtyard
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of CMU Japanese Student Association and J@CMU
Latin American in Motion:
Pitt Latin American Films
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Public Health G23
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Deaprtment of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, and the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh and Spanish Film Club by Pragda
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Phone:
412-648-7391
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh
present
Latin America in Motion: Pitt Latin American Films

All Films will be screened at 7:00 p.m.
Public Health G23
130 De Soto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(corner of 5th ave, and De Soto St.)

Come and join us for a film and pizza!

Free and open to the public!

Films:

OPEN CAGE
(Mexico)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

THE SECOND MOTHER
(Brazil)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

THE CLUB
(Chile)
TUESDAY, MARCH 14

THE TRAVEL AGENT
(Cuba)
TUESDAY, MARCH 21

IXCANUL
(Guatemala)
TUESDAY, APRIL 4

All films are subtitled.

Friday, April 14

The Islamic Practices that Shape Uyghur Nationalism
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Rian Thum, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Rian Thum’s research and teaching are generally concerned with the overlap of China and the Muslim World. He argues that the Uyghurs - and their place in China today - can only be understood in the light of longstanding traditions of local pilgrimage and manuscript culture.

Friday, April 28

UCIS Graduation Ceremony
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
Ballroom A, University Club
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center

Wednesday, May 3

Conversations on Europe: Transatlantic Relations After the First 100 Days
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Saturday, May 6

Nashi Predky — Our Ancestors
Ukrainian Genealogy Workshop
Time:
8:00 am
Location:
Ukrainian American Citizens’ Club
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Nashi Predky - Our Ancestors Family History Group
Cost:
$55 ($45 if you register by March 31st)
Contact Phone:
732-356-0132
Contact Email:
genealogy@UkrHEC.org

The Nashi Predky - Our Ancestors Family History Group takes the show on the road for its first-ever event in the Pittsburgh metro area! Join fellow genealogists from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and surrounding areas for informative talks and networking opportunities.

Speakers will include Justin Houser, Michael Buryk, Rich Venezia, and Michelle Chubenko, and will feature talks on:
The Basics of Ukrainian Genealogy
Finding and Using Ukrainian Church Records
The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
History of Lemkos, Boykos, and Hutsuls
Using Gazetteers, Directories & Schematisms for Eastern European Research

The speakers will help you answer your questions, you'll have time to network with fellow genealogists (who may have family from the same region or village as you), and have breakfast and lunch provided, all for only $55! ($45 if you register by March 31st.)

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

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

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

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