Events

DATE:
Tuesday, September 25
TIME:
12:00 pm
LOCATION:
3703 Posvar Hall (History Department Lounge)
PRESENTER:
Bernhard Struck, University of St. Andrews
DATE:
Thursday, September 27
TIME:
12:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Elizabeth McGuire, California State East Bay

From 1933 to 1991, Communist Party leaders from all over the world -- including Mao Zedong, Eugene Dennis, Josip Broz Tito, and many more from Latin America to Africa to the Middle East to the Far East -- sent their children to be educated in a single boarding school in...

DATE:
Monday, October 1
TIME:
4:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Katja Wezel, Reseach Associate, University of Gottingen, Germany

In 2009, the Estonian political scientists Pirat Shin and Wiki Berg argued that "the permafrost in Baltic-Russian relations shows no signs of melting." This talk will analyze why post-Soviet Baltic-Russian relations have been so difficult and how different...

DATE:
Thursday, October 4
TIME:
12:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Sean Guillory and Margaret Peacock

In the 1950s and 1960s, images of children appeared everywhere, from movies to milk cartons, their smiling faces used to sell everything, including war. Soviet and American leaders too used emotionally charged images of children to create popular support for their...

DATE:
Wednesday, October 10
TIME:
12:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Diana Georgescu, University College London

The talk examines the widespread practice of youth exchanges during the late Cold War through two seemingly peripheral actors: the Romanian Pioneers, the children’s organization of the Romanian Communist Party, and one of its most active partners in the west, the...

DATE:
Wednesday, October 10
TIME:
4:30 pm
LOCATION:
6142 Scott Hall, Carnegie Mellon University
PRESENTER:
Susan Grunewald, CMU, Doctoral Student in History

The paper examines German prisoner of war (POW) camps in the Soviet Union from 1941-1956. The Germans were the largest and longest held group of POWs of any of the victor nations of the Second World War. The key research question is why were they held for so long? The...

DATE:
Saturday, October 13
TIME:
1:00 pm
LOCATION:
Cathedral of Learning 1st Floor Commons
PRESENTER:
UCIS

In 1968, the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) was created as the University of Pittsburgh’s encompassing framework for all its multidisciplinary international programs. To commemorate our 50th anniversary, we will be holding a celebration open to both...

DATE:
Thursday, October 18
TIME:
4:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:

A wild flower power ride on the footprints of the Soviet hippie movement take you into the psychedelic underground of 1970s.

DATE:
Thursday, October 18
TIME:
9:00 pm
LOCATION:
WPU Assembly Room
PRESENTER:
International Week

Come join us for our 4th annual Global Trivia Night! Compete with groups of up to five undergraduate students, and test your knowledge in global categories like Global Current Affairs, World Culture, World History, Geography, and more. Prizes include Apple Watches, Beats...

DATE:
Thursday, October 25
TIME:
(All day)
LOCATION:
PRESENTER:
DATE:
Friday, October 26
TIME:
4:30 pm
LOCATION:
David Lawrence Hall 121
PRESENTER:
Dr. Orzala Nemat

Conference registration required.

Dr. Orzala Nemat is an internationally known Afghan scholar and a life time activist recognized for being an expert in political ethnography. Her research focuses on the political economy of governance interventions in conflict...

DATE:
Saturday, October 27
TIME:
12:45 pm
LOCATION:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
PRESENTER:

The Majlis Podcast is Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's in-depth weekly current affairs talk show focusing on Central Asia.

Hosted and produced by Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL's Media Relations Manager, every week the podcast...

DATE:
Saturday, October 27
TIME:
5:30 pm
LOCATION:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
PRESENTER:

The conflict in the North Caucasus has echoed throughout the Middle East, Europe, and even in the USA (Boston bombing). The Russians claim it is just another page of the war on terror.

The general consensus is that the conflict has its origins in Muslim resistance...

DATE:
Saturday, October 27
TIME:
7:30 pm
LOCATION:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
PRESENTER:
Multiple

An initiative of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Not in Our Name is the first documentary project ever produced on counter-extremism in Central Asia. With the goal of empowering communities to stand up to violent extremist recruiters who claim to...

DATE:
Thursday, November 1
TIME:
12:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:

In response to Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s 2013 outlawing of “gay propaganda,” activist Elena Klimova created Children 404, an online forum for Russian-speaking LGBTQ teens.

DATE:
Monday, November 5
TIME:
4:30 pm
LOCATION:
3703 Posvar Hall (History Department Lounge)
PRESENTER:
Jan Musekamp, DAAD Visiting Associate Professor
DATE:
Tuesday, November 6
TIME:
3:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:

The world's first documentary about Siberia's punk rock scene in the 1980s. It was a phenomenon of those times that this music existed thousands of miles away from the movement's epicenters in New York and London.

DATE:
Wednesday, November 14
TIME:
12:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Jennifer Wilson, Ohio State University

In “Oktyabr (October)” (1993) and “Rostov-Luanda” (1998), the Mauritanian film director Abderrahmane Sissako shines a light on the experiences of African students in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Sissako, like many young Africans at the time, studied in the...

DATE:
Tuesday, November 27
TIME:
3:00 pm
LOCATION:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
PRESENTER:
Sean Guillory and Olena Nikolayenko

At the turn of the twenty-first century, a tide of nonviolent youth movements swept across Eastern Europe demanding political change in repressive political regimes in Serbia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine that emerged since the collapse of communism. This...

DATE:
Friday, March 22
TIME:
(All day)
LOCATION:
Varies
PRESENTER:
Varies

The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America....

DATE:
Thursday, April 4
TIME:
7:00 pm
LOCATION:
Varies
PRESENTER: