Events in UCIS

Wednesday, September 27

9:00 am Symposium
Roundtable Discussion on Capstone Experiences Topic: Water at the Center of Local Development
3911 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
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October 27, 2017

The roundtable discussion will be on capstone experiences working on local development with water management as the center of the discussion. GSPIA students working with Nine Mile Run Association on projects related to storm water management in Homewood are joined by students from Colombia and the mayor of the local municipality where their capstone projects took place discuss their experiences working at the local level on global related challenges. Lina Dostilio, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement will
also participate in this discussion. Water is a central element of local development. On the one hand, water is not only essential for human life, but is also necessary for social and economic development of society, as it is a basic requirement for food production and industrial activity. Access to water in quantity and quality is an indicator of social development.

On the other hand, even though there is a widespread recognition of the need to protect water sources and ecosystems illustrating the increased level of commitment in sustainable water management in the global development agenda (for example the SDGs) passage and implementation of effective policies for the protection of water systems is still missing in most countries. In this context, local actions face significant obstacles. With this in mind, the purpose of this round table is to have a conversation on the experiences that students
have had working at the local level on global related challenges, as well as to listen to the perspective from other actors working at the local level. The conversation will be guided by the following questions:

· Which actors are critical for the recognition of water as a central factor of local development?
· What is the level of recognition of water as important for development at the local level? How is this recognition
· What factors ease and what factors limit the acceptance of water as an essential factor of local development?
· What kind of evidence do you think would lead to the recognition of water as an essential local development factor?
· What are the main obstacles to working on water management at the local level?

12:00 pm Cultural Event
English | Japanese Language Social Hour
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with English Language Institute
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Join us for an afternoon of language and cultural exchange between Pitt students and visiting Japanese students. Participants of all language learning levels are encouraged to attend. Free pizza and drinks will be provided.

1:00 pm Lecture
Understanding Opposition and Support for Resource Extraction
4217 Wesley Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Political Science
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Using the results from public opinion surveys in Peru and South Africa, I examine the environmental, economic, political and sociological attitudes of those who support and oppose extractive activities. The research focuses on two extractive areas characterized by sustained challenges against extraction. The research seeks to explain the conditions under which environmental concerns related to water or land are outweighed by economic expectations related to job opportunities and improved welfare

5:00 pm Information Session
JET Program Information Session
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Pittsburgh JET Alumni Association
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Are you graduating soon? Wondering what your next adventure could be? Learn about the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program. It is a great opportunity for college graduates to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). Featuring a presentation by Pittsburgh JET Alumni Association President Smitah Prasadh and a Q&A session with a panel of JET alumni.

7:30 pm Film
Does Your Soul Have A Cold?
Cathedral of Learning G24
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Toshiba International Foundation and Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi Endowments
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Documentary, 2007. Director: Mike Mills

Starring Hiyaso Hayashiguchi, Michiko Ishikawa, Taketoshi Hayashiguchi.

Running time: 1 hr 22 min.

Part of the "From Madness to Medicine in Japanese Culture Conference." The academic conference is interested in contextualizing ideas about madness and mental health in the fields of literature and art as well as anthropology and medicine, particularly the history of medicine. Our goal is to more clearly articulate what the boundaries of “health” and “illness” are and how those definitions have fluctuated through Japan’s experience of modernity and post-modernity. For the full schedule, see