Events in UCIS

Friday, November 10

1:30 pm Information Session
Pitt Panther Program on Global Energy, May 2018
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, International Business Center and Study Abroad Office along with Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business; Graduate School of International and Public Affairs; Department of Political Science;
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This info session is for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students interested in study abroad opportunities to explore issues in global energy.

To be offered in May 2018, Competing Perspectives on Global Energy: From Western PA to Eastern Europe ( will introduce students to global business and policy questions related to natural gas and other energy resources through visits to 4 interconnected locations. Study sites for this 2-week course include Washington County, PA; Washinton, D.C.; Brussels, Belgium; and Kyiv, Ukraine. Participants will make site visits to think tanks, and various government and civic organizations and participate in lectures by local stakeholders and specialists. At the end of the course, participants will have a much broader understanding of the global impact of energy developments and more clearly understand how local activities such as those related to Marcellus Shale can have far-reaching consequences in different sectors and geographic locations.

Study Abroad Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

3:00 pm Lecture
Natural Resources and the Making of Modern Xinjiang, 1907-1962
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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This talk will focus on the central role that natural resources played in shaping Chinese state power and authority in China's far western province of Xinjiang. Based on my forthcoming book, my talk will highlight the often overlooked role played by an assortment of Chinese and Soviet state agents, as well as a wide variety of non-state actors, each of whom were seeking to stake their own claim to Xinjiang's lucrative natural resources. Their combined efforts to gain access to the region's gold, wool, petroleum, and rare minerals served to construct the foundations of Chinese state power and authority in this distant border region.

This lecture is open for public. Some refreshments will be served.