Events in UCIS

Thursday, November 9

9:00 am Workshop
Gender Equality in Public Institutions: Monitoring Global Progress
20th Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Ford Institute for Human Security, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and United Nations Development Programme
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Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the United Nationals Development Program, "Shining a Light on Decision-Making in Public Institutions: Reflections on SDG Data to Fuel Women's Empowerment in the Public Service" followed by a declaration of the goals of the workshops by Dr. Müge Finkel (Global Studies Center 2017-18 Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor, GSPIA), Dr. Melanie Hughes, (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh) and the United Nations Development Program's Pelle Lütken. This event kicks off the Gender Equality in Public Institutions Workshop hosted in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program and GSPIAS' Ford Institute for Human Security.

4:00 pm Lecture
The Function of Letters to the Editor in Reform-Era Cuba
3800 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Political Science
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On March 14, 2008, Granma started publication of a new section entitled Carta a la Dirrecion, which printed letters to the editor containing complaints, criticisms, and suggestions. The section rapidly grew in popularity and became the most closely read portion of the Friday paper. This talk focuses on three related questions that have theoretical relevance beyond the specific case of Cuba. First, why would the flagship newspaper in a communist regime solicit citizen letters? Second, why would some of these letters be printed? And third, why would news media seek out responses to the letters and comment on unsatisfactory responses? The talk argues that in Cuba, as in other communist regimes, published complaint letters have two functions: the simple printing of select letters facilitates the collective letting off of steam, whereas the publication of responses to the letters by the authorities that were responsible for the infractions outlined in the initial complaint allows the regime to demonstrate that it takes popular input seriously. Therefore, Cartas a la Direccion serves as a non-electoral mechanism of accountability. The talk is based on a detailed coding and analysis of all letters, responses to letters, and editorial postscripts (coletillas) published in Granma since 2008 and on interviews with journalists conducted in Havana.

5:15 pm Lecture
Roman Religion, Pisidian Practice: Votive 'Rock Art' in Southwest Anatolia
342 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of The Department of Classics and The Archaeological Institute of America
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The local Anatolian horseman, sometimes called Kakasbos, and the twin hero-gods, Castor and Pollux, are among the figures featured in Hellenistic and Roman rock-cut reliefs that have been discovered in archaeological work at Pisidia. Similar reliefs have been identified in northern Lycia. This paper presents the reliefs by type and location, and takes a fresh look at their cults and iconography. As permanent votive dedications, the relief carvings play both devotional and commemorative roles. Their function and iconography also express the importance of protection. It is arguable that the divinities themselves are neither fully Greco-Roman nor fully Anatolian, and that their conflation is a uniquely local Pisidian phenomenon. The art of rock-carving, as well as the use of votive niches and 'cup marks', also point to local practices.

Dr. Tyler Jo Smith is the Director of Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program and Associate Professor of Classical Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia. Her areas of specialization include Greek and Roman pottery, vase painting, and sculpture.