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Wednesday, October 23

Polish Conversation Table and Tutoring
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Alex Kruszewski
Location:
Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Alex Kruszewski
Contact Email:
alex.a.kruszewski@gmail.com

Improve your Polish, meet other Polish students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Polish culture!

Friday, October 25

Samovar Tea Sale &Trivia
Time:
11:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

For just $1.00 a cup, sip on tea prepared using a traditional Samovar, and take a crack at some Russian trivia.

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub
International Careers in the U.S. Department of State: A Conversation with Nina Murray
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Are you interested in a career in diplomacy? Wondering what it takes to become a Foreign Service Officer (FSO)? Would you like to study abroad, develop your skills in a foreign language, and build connections with other cultures, governments, and institutions around the world? Join us in the Global Hub for a conversation with FSO, poet, and translator Nina Murray to learn about the Fulbright Program, the Critical Language Scholarship, and internships and careers at the U.S. Department of State. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Monday, October 28

Vampirism and How to Use It
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
J.D. Wright
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

The Slavic version of the vampire myth is especially rich and compelling. In this talk, Dr. J. D. Wright will explore the ways in which the Slavic world understood the vampire and also how the image or metaphor of vampirism has been put to use for a variety of different purposes, both political and personal.

Russian Tutoring & Language Table
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub
Hungarian Folk Music Concert
Time:
7:00 pm
Presenter:
Mark Fulep & Helga Scheibert
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Nationality Rooms
Contact:
Jonathan Naser
Contact Phone:
724-288-5857
Contact Email:
jn647@yahoo.com

Hungarian Folk Music Concert featuring flutest Mark Fulet and pianist Helga Scheibert. Event is free with a $10 suggested donation for Hungarian Room Study Abroad Scholarship.

Wednesday, October 30

Socialist Commission Shops and Used Clothing Retail
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Mateja Habinc, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Ljubljana
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with University of Ljubljana
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Based on Slovene/Yugoslav and Czechoslovak primary sources, Dr. Habinc will discuss socialist commission shops in comparison with other types of historically known second-hand retail channels. The lecture will examine the role such shops had in socialist consumption practices and in economies of shortage.

German Campus Week Lecture: German Reconstruction and Development since the Fall of the Wall
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Philipp Oswalt
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Department of German
Polish Conversation Table and Tutoring
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Alex Kruszewski
Location:
Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Alex Kruszewski
Contact Email:
alex.a.kruszewski@gmail.com

Improve your Polish, meet other Polish students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Polish culture!

Thursday, October 31

UCIS International Career Toolkit Series: StrengthsFinder 2.0 Workshop
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
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, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center

Seeking a career that you will enjoy? Want to leverage your talents to land that future job in international affairs, government, nonprofit, or business? Attend the StrengthsFinder 2.0 Workshop. Designed by the nationally known Gallup Company to help people capitalize on their greatest talents in the workplace and on teams.

Sign up to secure one of the 20 spots available.

https://signup.com/go/JWFjSmV

Visit Elaine Linn in Global Studies (4100 Posvar Hall) to receive a free access code. Take the test, print your 5 top strengths, and bring to the workshop on Oct. 31st at 4:30pm to incorporate these talents into future internships and careers.

Angela Illig, M.S., N.C.C., Gallup Certified StrengthsFinder Facilitator, will be conducting the workshop.

Location:

Posvar Hall, Rm 4130

4:30-6pm

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

Friday, November 1

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Monday, November 4

Russian Tutoring & Language Table
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub
1989 and All That: Transnational Political Upheaval and the Origins of Global Studies
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. William Brustein, West Virginia University
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

The year 1989 witnessed momentous changes in global politics: the end of the Cold War, the acceleration of global neoliberal capitalism, and the start of a long decade of internationalism and interventionism -- G.H.W Bush's famous "New World Order."

In this conversation with Dr. William Brustein, Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs and Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University and former Director of Pitt's University Center for International Studies, we explore how the events of 1989 and their aftermath contributed to the creation of Global Studies as a Field and as an academic enterprise.

Tracing Cultural Exchanges in World History through Primary Sources: Beyond what WE got from THEM
Time:
4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Susan Douglass, K-14 Education Outreach Coordinator Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University
Location:
4130 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 Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Cost:
Free and Open To K-14 Educators
Contact:
Maja Konitzer
Contact Email:
majab@pitt.edu

In this workshop, participants will gain access to resources on teaching about cultural interactions as a topic of study. Using examples from the arts, technology and trade, we will explore primary sources that illustrate how to teach about these interactions through documents, objects, and artworks that represent modes of interaction. They will explore the story of classical knowledge and its transfer to Europe, as well as material culture such as foods and fabrics that moved across the eras to become global consumer products. Finally, we will discuss frameworks for teaching about the world that put the "global" into world history.

Dinner, parking, and Act 48 credit are provided. Register at https://forms.gle/bcMEw8qbPMDTS5zi7

Wednesday, November 6

Polish Conversation Table and Tutoring
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Alex Kruszewski
Location:
Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Alex Kruszewski
Contact Email:
alex.a.kruszewski@gmail.com

Improve your Polish, meet other Polish students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Polish culture!

Thursday, November 7

Soviet and American Plans to Survive Nuclear Armageddon
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Ed Geist, Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office and European Studies Center along with Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Department of Communication, Department of History, Cultural Studies Program and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

The United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a decades-long nuclear race. Though the Cold War rivals achieved "Mutual assured destruction" in the 1960s, both powers made plans for their respective societies to survive nuclear holocaust. This live interview with Ed Geist will examine the American and Soviet political and cultural context that influenced their civil defense efforts to withstand the ultimate catastrophe.

Friday, November 8

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Monday, November 11

Russian Tutoring and Conversation Table
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Katya Kovaleva
Location:
415 Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Improve your Russian, meet other Russian students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Russian culture!

Russian Tutoring & Language Table
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Wednesday, November 13

Polish Conversation Table and Tutoring
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Alex Kruszewski
Location:
Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Alex Kruszewski
Contact Email:
alex.a.kruszewski@gmail.com

Improve your Polish, meet other Polish students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Polish culture!

Thursday, November 14

Women of the Gulag: Film Screening & Discussion with the Director
Time:
5:30 pm
Presenter:
Marianna Yarovskaya, Director
Location:
Auditorium 125, Frick Fine Arts
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon Department of History and Carnegie Mellon Department of Modern Languages
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Women of the Gulag tells the compelling and tragic stories of six women as last survivors of the Gulag. Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago largely tells of the men caught in Stalin's camps and special settlements for "crimes against the state." Women of the Gulag, features six women in their eighties and nineties as they tell their stories while going about their daily lives in remote Urals villages, in break-away Sukhumi, or in Moscow suburbs. Their only hesitancy to speak out relates to sexual violence, about which they would only hint. Sadly, three died shortly after their interviews.

Friday, November 15

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Monday, November 18

Russian Tutoring and Conversation Table
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Katya Kovaleva
Location:
415 Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Improve your Russian, meet other Russian students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Russian culture!

Russian Tutoring & Language Table
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Wednesday, November 20

Exceptionalism and the New Mainstream: Explaining Orbán's Illiberal Regime in Hungary
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Stefano Bottoni, University of Florence, Italy
Location:
Simmons A, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Hub along with Carnegie Mellon University Department of English and Carnegie Mellon University Department of History

Thirty years after the democratic transition in 1989, hybrid political cultures and peculiar, neither Western nor fully Eastern power practices seem to have taken root in the European semi-peripheries. Regional experts speak of de-globalization as the outcome of the emergence of populist and nationalist movements in both Western and Eastern Europe, and warn against the peculiar role the latter area might play—as it already did in the interwar period and during the Cold War—as a laboratory of authoritarian politics. This talk analyzes how, under prime minister Viktor Orbán, the former "model pupil" Hungary became the most visible and conceptually refined example of the rejection of liberal democracy, and provides some regional perspectives for how to tackle this challenge.

Dr. Stefano Bottoni received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Bologna in 2005. Currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Florence, he was previously Senior Fellow at the Institute of History in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2009-2019). His main fields of interest include the political and social history of Eastern Europe under the socialist regimes. His publications include The Long Awaited West. Eastern Europe since 1944 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, October 2017), and Stalin’s Legacy in Romania. The Hungarian Autonomous Region, 1952-1960 (Langham: Lexington Books, Harvard Cold War Series Book Series, 2018).

Polish Conversation Table and Tutoring
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Alex Kruszewski
Location:
Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Alex Kruszewski
Contact Email:
alex.a.kruszewski@gmail.com

Improve your Polish, meet other Polish students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Polish culture!

Friday, November 22

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Friday, November 29

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Monday, December 2

Russian Tutoring and Conversation Table
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Katya Kovaleva
Location:
415 Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Improve your Russian, meet other Russian students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Russian culture!

Russian Tutoring & Language Table
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Wednesday, December 4

Polish Conversation Table and Tutoring
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Alex Kruszewski
Location:
Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Alex Kruszewski
Contact Email:
alex.a.kruszewski@gmail.com

Improve your Polish, meet other Polish students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Polish culture!

Thursday, December 5

Eyewitnesses to History Panel: Remembering 1989 Roundtable
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
540 William Pitt Union (WPU)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center

Friday, December 6

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Monday, December 9

Russian Tutoring & Language Table
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Tuesday, December 10

1989 for Young Learners
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Gregor Thum, PhD
Location:
Posvar 4217
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Samantha Moik
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
smm302@pitt.edu

Anne Nesbet's novel, Cloud and Wallfish, invites middle-school readers into Berlin in 1989. A limited number of books will be available free of charge to the first registrants for this book discussion.

While the book target grades 5-9, all K-12 teachers are welcome!

Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyIEJS3DMbzcr-LJxa0wUN3timKJ5V....

Friday, December 13

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Monday, December 16

Russian Tutoring & Language Table
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Thursday, January 30

Exposing Chernobyl
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Kate Brown, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office and European Studies Center along with Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Department of Communication, Department of History, Cultural Studies Program and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Phone:
4126487407
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

The hit HBO miniseries Chernobyl thrust the nuclear disaster back into public consciousness. What are its legacies in and around the "Exclusion zone"? This live interview with award-winning historian Kate Brown will discuss her book Chernobyl: A Manual for Survival and the role of international agencies in actively suppressing the magnitude of this human and ecological catastrophe.

This event is part of the REEES Fall Speaker Series, Nuclear Fallout: Science and Society in Eurasia.

Thursday, February 6

Herman: the Man Behind the Terror
Screening and Discussion with Director Victoria Baltag
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Film Studies

The life story of Herman, a promising young man who under extreme circumstances changed into Romania's most effective torture machine in the infamous Pitesti Experiment during the Communist Regime.

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