Events


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Friday, February 28

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Spring 2020 Book Discussion for Educators
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
412.648.2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

You are invited to participate in the spring 2020 book discussion on "Jihad, Radicalism and the New Atheism" by Mohammad Hassan Khalil at the University of Pittsburgh. The discussion will be led by Associate Professor Jeanette S. Jouili of Department of Religious Studies. Dinner will be served at 5 PM.

A free book is available to the first 15 registrants, reach out to Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu to get your copy today.

Participants can register by copying and pasting the following link:
https://cerisnet.secure.pitt.edu/resource/faculty-readers-forum

Saturday, February 29

GOSECA Annual Conference
Borderlands
Time:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Barco Law Building, Alcoa Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Borders--whether political, cultural, linguistic, or otherwise--are artificial constructs, often fluid and rarely unanimously accepted. The spaces between and beyond the lines of demarcation--the "borderlands"--often manifest as multicultural, impermanent places of shifting identities and disparate perspectives. Many scholars have remarked on the global and cultural transformations that have taken place since 1989 and the accompanying emergence of new borderlands in Europe and Central Asia. The liminal spaces around these borders have become new points of contact and conflict for various cultures and ideologies, now brought together or divided by the turn of history. For its 17th annual conference, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites presentations that explore the concept of "borderlands," whether political, ideological, cultural, linguistic, or of another type altogether.

Mavra by Igor Stravinsky
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Global Hub and Nationality Rooms

Neighborhood Project presents... with Aria 412
"MAVRA" by Igor Stravinsky.
John McKeever, Conductor
Alyssa Weathersby, Director
By arrangement with Boosey and Hawkes, Inc., publisher & copyright owner.
a Pay What You Can Event

Monday, March 2

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Wednesday, March 4

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Thursday, March 5

Underground Entrepreneurs in the Soviet Union
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
James Heinzen
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Shortages, bottlenecks, and over-centralization in the Soviet economy made the distribution of goods uneven, limited, and, to some extent, non-existent. But it would be a mistake to see the Soviet economy as only a planned, top-down system. Interwoven within it were shadow economies with illegal schemes that the innovative and corrupt exploited. What do these shadow economies say about Soviet everyday life, informal networks, and corruption, and how did their proliferation reflect and shape the realities of Soviet socialism? This live interview with James Heinzen will explore these questions and more through the culture, practices and morays of underground entrepreneurs in the Soviet Union from the 1960s to the 1980s.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present and Future Pop-Up Course.

Friday, March 6

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Monday, March 16

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Wednesday, March 18

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Thursday, March 19

EUSA Roundtable: Discussion on the Issues Currently Impacting the EU
Time:
(All day)
Location:
WPU Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association

Spotlight: Researching the EU at Pitt

Featuring – Dan Pennell, University Library Services on the Barbara Sloan Collection and the Archive of European Integration

European Union Studies Association Roundtable on the State of the EU Today: “Bigger Fish to Fry? The EU after Brexit”

The ESC is pleased to welcome members of the EUSA Executive Committee for a roundtable discussion of migration and citizenship, democratic deficit and backsliding, security concerns, Euroskepticism and public opinion. Moderated by the Chair of EUSA, Matthias Matthijs, Johns Hopkins University.

Panelists:

Christina Schneider, University of California-San Diego

Stephanie Hofmann, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva)

Sara Goodman, University of California-Irvine

Catherine De Vries, Bocconi University

Milada Vachudova, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Book Launch: The European Union and Beyond: Multi-Level Governance, Institutions, and Policy-Making (ECPR Press, 2020). Co-edited by Jae-Jae Spoon and Nils Ringe.

Featuring: Jae-Jae Spoon, Co-Editor and Director of the European Studies Center at Pitt

This edited volume resulted from a November 2019 Symposium at Pitt in honor of the ESC’s founding director, Prof. Alberta Sbragia (retired) and features contributions from scholars at Pitt and from other parts of the world. Together, the chapters seek to examine current debates and issues in the study of regional integration, multilevel governance, and European Union studies.

Thursday, March 19 to Sunday, March 22

Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop
Time:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Varies
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Nationality Rooms along with Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Friday, March 20

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Monday, March 23

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Tuesday, March 24 to Wednesday, March 25

The Role of Universities in Sustainable, Just & Inclusive Cities
Time:
8:00 am to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
International Place-Based University Network
Location:
Various
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Office of the Provost; Office of the Chancellor, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and UK
Cost:
Free and open to the public
Contact:
John Stoner
Contact Phone:
+14126487360
Contact Email:
stonerjc@pitt.edu

An Initiative of the International Place-Based University Network
International Place-Based University Network: Academically Based, Globally Minded Community Engagement

Post-industrial cities are crucibles of reinvention and innovation. Those that have successfully navigated the sunsetting of industrial production have creatively reoriented to intellectual technology, advanced manufacturing, business services, and life science innovations. And yet, the challenges that followed industrial decline—loss of population, unemployment, and destructive urban redevelopment strategies—continue to reverberate.

As the founding members of the International Place-Based University Network, Newcastle University and the University of Pittsburgh are hosting this conference. The goal is to share best practices for community and civic engagement as well as to explore potential international collaborations for academically based community engagement.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
University Club | Ballroom A, First Floor | University of Pittsburgh

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Community Engagement Center of Homewood

For the agenda or to register, go to
pi.tt/InPlace2020

Wednesday, March 25

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Thursday, March 26

China's New Red Guards
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Jude Blanchette
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center

Ever since Deng Xiaoping effectively de-radicalized China in the 1980s, debates have swirled around which path China would follow. Would it democratize? Would it embrace capitalism? Would the Communist Party's rule be able to withstand globalization and the internet? One thing few seriously considered: Mao Zedong would make a political comeback. This live interview with Jude Blanchette will discuss the return of the populist enthusiasm for the Great Helmsman's policies, and what it means for the present and future of Chinese communism.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.

Hub Talks with Kathleen Manukyan and Sean Guillory
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
Kathleen Manukyan, Sean Guillory
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Hub Talks are a new programmatic series in which faculty can share their research and promote upcoming courses and receive interdisciplinary feedback in a casual setting.

Katie Manukyan has taught Russian language and literature in Pitt's Slavic department since 2011 and is the Managing Director of the Summer Language Institute (SLI). She maintains an active career in music as a soprano and a diction coach and collaborates with many opera companies and other performing arts organizations including Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. She is a leading expert in Russian lyric diction and a promoter of vocal performance in the Russian language and will be performing the role of Parasha in Stravinsky's "Mavra" at the Pitt Global Hub on March 28-29.

Manukyan's talk will cover the performance history of Stravinsky's one-act opera, "Mavra," and give an insider's perspective on producing this challenging work in Pittsburgh. "Mavra" will be staged on March 28-29 in the Pitt Global Hub by the Neighborhood Project with support from the Nationality Rooms Program, the Year of Creativity, and REEES.

Sean Guillory is the Digital Scholarship Curator in the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and host of the SRB Podcast (https://srbpodcast.org), a weekly podcast on Eurasian politis, culture, and history. He is currently producing a 12-part audio documentary on African Americans, communism and the Soviet Union told through Lovett Ford-Whiteman's life tentatively titled "The Reddest of the Blacks."

In Guillory's talk, he will tell Fort-Whiteman's little-known story as one of the first African Americans to join the American Communist Party and a key player in shaping its positions on race, racism, and African American equality in the 1920s and 30s. He was arrested in the Soviet Union during the Great Terror in 1938 and sentenced to five years in Sevvostlag in Kolyma, one of the harshest forced labor camps in Stalin's Russia, where he died six month later. Fort-Whiteman is the only known African American victim of Stalin's terror.

Friday, March 27

European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium
Time:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union, Floor 5
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate Research Symposium 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 Central Eurasia. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics. The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Saturday, March 28

Mavra by Igor Stravinsky
Time:
8:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Global Hub and Nationality Rooms

Neighborhood Project presents... with Aria 412
"MAVRA" by Igor Stravinsky.
John McKeever, Conductor
Alyssa Weathersby, Director
By arrangement with Boosey and Hawkes, Inc., publisher & copyright owner.
a Pay What You Can Event

Monday, March 30

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Wednesday, April 1

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Thursday, April 2

The Communist Horizon
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Presenter:
Jodi Dean
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

There has been a resurgence of the Left since the 2008 Great Recession. A class-based politics, dormant for so long, has finally returned to mainstream political discourse. But what is this Left? What are its goals, possibilities and limitations? How will it organize itself for the politics of the 21st century? This live interview with Jodi Dean will discuss her book trilogy that provokes us to rethink and even revisit the Left with a renewed vision of communism, a efficacy of the political party, and the ethics and spirit of comradeship.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.

Friday, April 3

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Saturday, April 4

CERIS Research Symposium -- Muslims in the Global: Past and Present
For Undergraduates and Graduates
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies
Location:
Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Papers are welcome from students - both undergraduate and graduate – from all disciplines on topics including (but not limited to) politics, culture, society, policy, religion, and their impact on the lived experience of Muslims and their multifaceted interactions. This symposium looks to shed light on various expressions of Islamic and Muslim narratives and experiences in a global, historical or contemporary context.

Monday, April 6

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Wednesday, April 8

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Thursday, April 9

Socialism for Realists
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Presenter:
Sam Gindin
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Forty years ago, Margaret Thatcher declared that “there is no alternative.” State socialism was dying and capitalism, restructured as neoliberalism, was ascendant. The collapse of state socialism in 1991 seemed to hammer the last nail into socialism’s coffin and vindicate Thatcher’s prophecy. Fast forward to today—socialism is back. However, the road to socialism is not easy. Today’s socialists cannot simply be dreamers. They must also be realists. This live interview with Sam Gindin will discuss the need for socialists to establish popular confidence in the feasibility of a socialist society and the pragmatic steps we can take to get there.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up course.

Friday, April 10

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Monday, April 13

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Wednesday, April 15

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Thursday, April 16

Everday Maoism in Revolutionary China
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Aminda Smith
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Communist revolution in the 20th century was reliant on a profound change in individual consciousness. It is not surprising that communist ideology spoke forcefully and often about creating “new people.” Revolutionary China was no different. But how did Chinese communists at various levels, from Mao Zedong to village cadres, understand their work to transform individual consciousness? What did “Maoism” mean in the everyday? This live interview with Aminda Smith will explore the profound and personal changes in individual’s consciousness through multiple points of contact between individuals, the state, the Party, and its propaganda apparatuses.

This event is part of the UCIS pop-up course.

Friday, April 17

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Monday, April 20

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Tuesday, May 12 to Wednesday, May 13

Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance
2020 Infrastructural Regionalism Workshop
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Varies
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Urban Studies Program, Center for Metropolitan Studies, the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, Regional Studies Association and United Kingdom

Urban infrastructure is a vital topic for interdisciplinary research because it is fundamental to the economic development prospects of regions. The Urban Studies Program in collaboration with the Regional Studies Association (UK), the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, and GSPIA’s Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS) as well as support from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the European Studies Center, and the Global Studies Center will hold an international, inter-disciplinary event entitled Infrastructural Regionalism: Workshop on Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance on Tuesday, May 12th and Wednesday, May 13th, 2020. This workshop will leverage the Regional Studies Association’s Network on Infrastructural Regionalisms (NOIR) to bring global experts together with locally based researchers and practitioners on pressing issues related to regional water governance.
The two-day workshop will include site visits, networking opportunities, one public keynote, and paper sessions, and will feature opportunities for engagement with local faculty, graduate students, and the public.

Thursday, November 5 to Saturday, November 7

Food Security and the Longue Durée in Eurasia: Regional Case Studies and Global Perspectives
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Varies
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Access to sufficient, nutritious, culturally appropriate food is a concern for groups across the globe. Current approaches to food security tend to focus on technological solutions to increase production. As such, much of the related research is targeted at reacting to current or near future circumstances. However, development of sustainable foodways cannot be organized around a reactive framework. Policies need to be informed by the underlying causes of food security. The foundations of food insecurity are diverse in nature, and include environmental, cultural, and political dimensions. An interdisciplinary approach that looks at long term social and climatic trajectories is well suited for investigations of food security. Understanding these complex systems in the past and current world is crucial in developing sustainable approaches to foodways.

This interdisciplinary symposium takes a Longue Durée perspective on food security to explore the long term social, environmental, and political trends that shape foodways in Eurasia. Currently, Eurasia is facing dramatic problems of food security: droughts on the Mongolian steppe, floods in South Asia, internment of populations in Western China. Eurasia is also a focus of significant global development projects for China, Russia, and the United States, exemplified in China’s efforts along the New Silk Road. This region is also an important producer of food for populations; Russia exports more wheat than any other country in the world. How do we understand the regional and global implications of these trends? And can we draw on lessons from the past to work toward a more sustainable system of foodways as we go forward in Eurasia and across the world?