Events


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Friday, April 27

UCIS Graduation Celebration
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Ballroom, O'Hara Student Center
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

Students from all UCIS centers graduating in Spring and Summer 2018 are invited with their families to join this UCIS wide ceremony celebrating their completion of the certificate or BPHIL/IAS.

Saturday, April 28

Screening: Itzhak
Time:
3:30 pm
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of

Pittsburgh Premiere
From Mozart to Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. This poignant documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

Audience Award-Best Documentary – Miami Jewish Film Festival
Best of Fest – Palm Springs International Film Festival

“A love story on many levels — Perlman’s love of music, of the violin, of life itself…” –Ray Rogers, Hollywood Reporter

To view the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/itzhak/

Sunday, April 29

Screening: A Bag of Marbles
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
SouthSide Works Cinema
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Premiere
Two young Jewish brothers, forced to escape Nazi-occupied Paris, must separate from their family and find their way to safety, relying only on their courage and cunning, a bit of luck, and the occasional kindness of strangers. A suspenseful family-friendly adaptation of the acclaimed memoir of Joseph Joffo, A Bag of Marbles is filled with stunning scenery, remarkable characters, and a captivating story that audiences will find hard to forget. (Adult content: language, violence)

Audience Award-Best Narrative – Boston, Miami, and San Diego Jewish Film Festivals

“…one of the best movies told about the Holocaust from a child’s point of view in a long time.” –Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post

To view the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/a-bag-of-marbles/.

Monday, April 30 to Saturday, May 5

Russian Film Symposium
A SPECTER IS HAUNTING RUSSIA: HISTORY AND CINEMA
Time:
10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location:
Daytime panels/screenings will be in Cathedral of Learning 332; Evening screenings at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
Contact:
Vladimir Padunov
Contact Email:
padunov@pitt.edu

SCHEDULE
Daytime panels/screenings will be in Cathedral of Learning 332
Evening screenings at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room

Monday 30 April
10 am: Aleksei Rybin: All Will Soon End (2016) 112 min
Response: Florence Helbing
2 pm: Iusup Razykov: Turkish Gambit (2017) 76 min
Introduction: Ol’ga Shervud
Response: Nikhil Thomas Titus

Tuesday 1 May
10 am: Lera Surkova: Pagans (2017) 92 min
Introduction: Elise Thorsen
Response: Olga Kim
2 pm: Sergei Mokritskii: Battle for Sevastopol (2015) 110 min
Introduction: Alena Solnsteva
Response: Tetyana Shlikhar

Wednesday 2 May
10 am: Andrei Kravchuk: Viking (2016) 133 min
Introduction: David Pettersen
Response: Chip Crane
2:30 pm: Roundtable 1
Nancy Condee and Alena Solnsteva
7:30 pm: Andrei Zviagintsev: Loveless (2017) 128 min
Introduction: Alena Solnsteva

Thursday 3 May
10 am: Iuliia Kolesnik: Lower Caledonia (2006) 97 min
Introduction: Anne Garrels
Response: Ellina Sattarova
7:30 pm: Pavel Chukhrai: Cold Tango (2017) 107 min
Introduction:

Friday 4 May
10 am: Kseniia Zueva: Nearest and Dearest (2017) 95 min
Introduction: Oxana Sarkisova
Response: Zhanna Budenkova
2 pm: Nikolai Lebedev: Air Crew (2016) 107 min
Introduction: John Lyon
Response: Kiun Hwang
7:30 pm: Kantemir Balagov: Closeness (2017) 118 min
Introduction: Oxana Sarkisova

Saturday 5 May
11 am: Roundtable 2
Vladimir Padunov and Ol’ga Shervud
7:30 pm: Aleksei Uchitel’: Matilda (2017) 109 min
Introduction: Ol’ga Shervud

Monday, April 30

Screening: In a Dark Wood
Time:
7:30 pm
Location:
SouthSide Works Cinema
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers

World Premiere
In a Dark Wood charts the path of composer Mathew Rosenblum’s “Lament/Witches’ Sabbath,” a highly personal concerto written for world famous clarinetist/composer David Krakauer. Filmed in Pittsburgh, New York City, and Boston, the film reminisces on the friendship of Rosenblum and Krakauer while exploring Rosenblum’s remembrance of his grandmother, who fled Proskurov, Ukraine in 1919, ahead of a massacre. This moving documentary tells a story of the endurance of family, the winding path of friendship, and the craft of composing music.

Followed by a Q&A with director David Bernabo and composer Mathew Rosenblum.

To watch the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/in-a-dark-wood/.

Tuesday, May 1

Screening: Itzhak
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
SouthSide Works Cinema
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Premiere
From Mozart to Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. This poignant documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

Audience Award-Best Documentary – Miami Jewish Film Festival
Best of Fest – Palm Springs International Film Festival

“A love story on many levels — Perlman’s love of music, of the violin, of life itself…” –Ray Rogers, Hollywood Reporter

To view the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/itzhak/.

Screening: The Last Suit
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Seton Hill Performing
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Premiere
An elderly tailor living in Buenos Aires realizes the time has come to make good on a promise he made nearly 70 years earlier in Poland. Without the approval of his controlling children and with ailing health, the sharply-dressed suit maker sets out on a journey that is fueled by a sense of duty and a quest for closure, despite the painful memories that arise as he travels toward his homeland. Imbued with delicate humor and colorful characters, this heartfelt tale conveys a moving message of the enduring importance of family, home, and honor.

Audience Award-Best Film – Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Best Spanish/Latin American film – Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Sponsored by National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University.

To watch the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/the-last-suit/

Thursday, May 3

Screening: The Last Suit
Time:
7:30 pm
Location:
SouthSide Works Cinema
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Premiere
An elderly tailor living in Buenos Aires realizes the time has come to make good on a promise he made nearly 70 years earlier in Poland. Without the approval of his controlling children and with ailing health, the sharply-dressed suit maker sets out on a journey that is fueled by a sense of duty and a quest for closure, despite the painful memories that arise as he travels toward his homeland. Imbued with delicate humor and colorful characters, this heartfelt tale conveys a moving message of the enduring importance of family, home, and honor.

Audience Award-Best Film – Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Best Spanish/Latin American film – Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Sponsored by National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University.

To watch the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/the-last-suit/

Saturday, May 5

Interdisciplinary Global Working Group for Educators
Time:
9:00 am
Presenter:
varies
Location:
varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center

What does it mean for a course, module, or lesson to be “global’? In part, it means looking at a question from multiple lenses—whether political, economic, social, cultural, ecological, or other. What better way to approach global curriculum planning (and to model collaborative learning for our students!) than to partner with colleagues from other disciplines in the same school? The University Center for International Studies at Pitt is offering a new program that will provide teachers with the time, space, and material support to gather with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lesson. Science and French teachers might team up to offer a lesson on global warming in the francophone world; or Art, English, and Social Studies teachers might develop a unit on responses to the global refugee crisis in art and literature. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!

Free parking, Act 48 credit hours, $300 stipend, and a mini-grant (up to $200 for your team) for curricular materials of your choosing.

Global Interdisciplinary Working Group
Time:
9:00 am
Presenter:
varies
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg

What does it mean for a course, module, or lesson to be “global’? In part, it means looking at a question from multiple lenses—whether political, economic, social, cultural, ecological, or other. What better way to approach global curriculum planning (and to model collaborative learning for our students!) than to partner with colleagues from other disciplines in the same school? The University Center for International Studies at Pitt is offering a new program that will provide teachers with the time, space, and material support to gather with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lesson. Science and French teachers might team up to offer a lesson on global warming in the francophone world; or Art, English, and Social Studies teachers might develop a unit on responses to the global refugee crisis in art and literature. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!

We are currently accepting applications from teams of 2-4 teachers. We will meet three Saturday mornings (3/3, 4/7, and 5/5) from 9-12noon, and new content must be taught in the 2018-2019 school year. At each meeting, you will work intensively with your teammates, receive feedback from other participants, and learn about strategies for interdisciplinary teaching. We welcome teams that include teachers, librarians, curriculum development specialists, and/or administrative personnel. Ideally, each member of the team should interact with the same group of students.

Sunday, May 6

Screening: A Bag of Marbles
Time:
1:00 pm
Location:
Hollywood Theater
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Pittsburgh Premiere
Two young Jewish brothers, forced to escape Nazi-occupied Paris, must separate from their family and find their way to safety, relying only on their courage and cunning, a bit of luck, and the occasional kindness of strangers. A suspenseful family-friendly adaptation of the acclaimed memoir of Joseph Joffo, A Bag of Marbles is filled with stunning scenery, remarkable characters, and a captivating story that audiences will find hard to forget. (Adult content: language, violence)

Audience Award-Best Narrative – Boston, Miami, and San Diego Jewish Film Festivals

“…one of the best movies told about the Holocaust from a child’s point of view in a long time.” –Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post

To view the trailer and buy tickets, visit http://filmpittsburgh.org/film/a-bag-of-marbles/.

Thursday, May 31

The Historical Background of The Pittsburgh Agreement of 1918
Time:
1:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies along with American Friends of the Czech Republic; Friends of Slovakia

The signing of the Pittsburgh Agreement on May 31, 1918, was a milestone leading to the establishment of an independent Czechoslovak state after World War I. The catalyst for the event was the visit to Pittsburgh of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937), who led the Slovak and Czech independence movement and later became the first President of Czechoslovakia. By the agreement, Czechs and Slovaks in the United States, acting on behalf of their compatriots in Europe, sanctioned the endeavor to bring about a union of the Czechs and Slovaks in an independent state.

Panelists discussing the historical setting of the Pittsburgh Agreement will be:
• Dr. Hugh Agnew - Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington
• Dr. Matej Hanula - Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
• Dr. Milada Polišenská - Anglo-American University, Prague

Admission free and open to the public

Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29

2018 Summer Institute for Pennsylvania Teachers
Time:
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Business Center
Contact:
Zsuzsanna Magdo
Contact Phone:
4176487423
Contact Email:
zsuzsannamagdo@pitt.edu

Make college more affordable for your high school students—and help them grow as global citizens and 21st century professional—while earning ACT 48 professional development credits.

The College in High School program and the University Center for International Studies will host a summer institute for secondary educators interested in teaching globally focused courses that offer transferable college credit to students at their high school. Courses in which you can obtain certification and training may include:

Intermediate French I-II
Intermediate German I-II
Intermediate Spanish I-II
Latin Intermediate Prose and Verse
Western Civilization II
World Politics
Imperial Russia

Courses will be aligned with Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards (for social studies) or ACTFL performance standards (for world languages).

The 2018 Summer Institute for Pennsylvania Teachers is funded through generous support from the Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding (https://longviewfdn.org/).

For more information and to apply, visit chs.pitt.edu/sipt.

Monday, November 5

Pitt Model UN
Time:
(All day)
Location:
William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Business Center
Contact Email:
PittModelUN@gmail.com

Pitt's Model UN Student Club will host the 22nd Annual University of Pittsburgh Model United Nations Conference on Monday, November 5th, 2018!

Model United Nations provides students the opportunity to learn about and discuss today's most relevant issues of international diplomacy through participation in an academic simulation. Pitt Model United Nations is a long-standing club at the University of Pittsburgh. The club prepares and competes in Model United Nations conferences throughout the year. Through the conferences, our club members have the opportunity to gain knowledge on current events, international relations, and countries' diplomacy.

Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6

American Hungarian Educators Association - 44th Annual Conference
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies