Events

DATE:
Tuesday, October 15
TIME:
12:30 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Maria Todorova, University of Illinois

As part of our Year of Memory and Politics and 1989 Series, the ESC, in cooperation with REEES, is pleased to welcome Maria Todorova as a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence speaker. Based on her forthcoming book on the perceived “golden age” of the socialist idea, Dr....

DATE:
Wednesday, October 16
TIME:
6:00 pm
LOCATION:
Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Alex Kruszewski

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

DATE:
Thursday, October 17
TIME:
4:00 pm
LOCATION:
5405 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Anindita Banerjee, Department of Comparative Literature, Cornell University

Since the mid-20th century, science fiction has shaped our view of the nuclear. The possibilities and horrors of the nuclear has had a comparable impact on utopian and dystopian science fiction. American science fiction fans are well versed in the tropes. What was the...

DATE:
Friday, October 18
TIME:
5:30 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:

Could this happen again? The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history, so deadly that some countries ran out of coffins. The symptoms were horrible, giving it the name of “black flu.” Although there is no universal consensus regarding where...

DATE:
Tuesday, October 22
TIME:
2:00 pm
LOCATION:
Global Hub, Posvar Hall, First Floor
PRESENTER:
See description

Environmental defenders are under increasing attack throughout the world, including in the Unites States and in the former Soviet Union. Administrative and criminal legal charges, bureaucratic obstacles, and physical threats are just some of the risks environmental...

DATE:
Wednesday, October 23
TIME:
2:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
John Stoner, Department of History and University Center for International Studies
DATE:
Wednesday, October 23
TIME:
5:00 pm
LOCATION:
Posvar 4130
PRESENTER:
Gregor Thum, PhD

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...

DATE:
Wednesday, October 23
TIME:
6:00 pm
LOCATION:
Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Alex Kruszewski

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

DATE:
Monday, October 28
TIME:
2:00 pm
LOCATION:
Pitt Global Hub
PRESENTER:
J.D. Wright

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...

DATE:
Wednesday, October 30
TIME:
4:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Dr. Mateja Habinc, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Ljubljana

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...

DATE:
Wednesday, October 30
TIME:
4:00 pm
LOCATION:
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
PRESENTER:
Philipp Oswalt
DATE:
Wednesday, October 30
TIME:
6:00 pm
LOCATION:
Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Alex Kruszewski

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

DATE:
Thursday, October 31
TIME:
4:30 pm
LOCATION:
Posvar Hall Rm 4130
PRESENTER:
Trained Facilitator Angela Illig

Students, are you seeking a career beyond college that you will love? Want to leverage your talents to land that future job overseas, in international affairs, govt, nonprofit, or business? Then attend the StrengthsFinder 2.0 Workshop. Designed by the nationally-known...

DATE:
Monday, November 4
TIME:
4:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Dr. William Brustein, West Virginia University
DATE:
Wednesday, November 6
TIME:
6:00 pm
LOCATION:
Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Alex Kruszewski

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

DATE:
Thursday, November 7
TIME:
4:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Ed Geist, Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

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...

DATE:
Monday, November 11
TIME:
3:00 pm
LOCATION:
415 Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Katya Kovaleva

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

DATE:
Wednesday, November 13
TIME:
6:00 pm
LOCATION:
Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Alex Kruszewski

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

DATE:
Thursday, November 14
TIME:
5:30 pm
LOCATION:
Auditorium 125, Frick Fine Arts
PRESENTER:
Marianna Yarovskaya, Director

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,...

DATE:
Monday, November 18
TIME:
3:00 pm
LOCATION:
415 Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Katya Kovaleva

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

DATE:
Wednesday, November 20
TIME:
4:30 pm
LOCATION:
Simmons A, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
PRESENTER:
Dr. Stefano Bottoni, University of Florence, Italy

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...

DATE:
Wednesday, November 20
TIME:
6:00 pm
LOCATION:
Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Alex Kruszewski

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

DATE:
Monday, December 2
TIME:
3:00 pm
LOCATION:
415 Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Katya Kovaleva

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

DATE:
Wednesday, December 4
TIME:
6:00 pm
LOCATION:
Hillman Library
PRESENTER:
Alex Kruszewski

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

DATE:
Thursday, December 5
TIME:
3:00 pm
LOCATION:
540 William Pitt Union (WPU)
PRESENTER:
DATE:
Friday, December 13
TIME:
2:00 pm
LOCATION:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
PRESENTER:
DATE:
Monday, December 16
TIME:
3:00 pm
LOCATION:
Pitt Global Hub
PRESENTER:
DATE:
Friday, December 20
TIME:
2:00 pm
LOCATION:
Pitt Global Hub, Nook B
PRESENTER:

Practice your BSC with other language learners!

DATE:
Thursday, January 30
TIME:
4:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Kate Brown, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, MIT

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...

DATE:
Thursday, February 6
TIME:
4:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:

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.

DATE:
Thursday, March 19
TIME:
9:00 am
LOCATION:
TBD
PRESENTER:
Varies