Events in UCIS

Friday, December 1

3:00 pm Lecture
Seeking Cooks & Locating Kitchens across South Asia and Beyond
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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This paper considers the methodological challenges of writing histories of cooks and kitchens out of an archival context where both early texts that dwell on rituals, dietetics, or gourmandry and the printed sources that offer recipes seldom reveal the working lives and local structures that underlay their subject. The paper explores how one might creatively read such disparate texts and expand the meanings of kitchens and archives in order to locate South Asian foodways in terms of local and global histories of casted and classed labour and migrations, cultural circulation, colonial urban, commercial, and oceanic expansion, gendered innovation and interlocution.

Join us for the lecture and refreshments.

Sunday, December 3

12:00 pm Festival
26th Annual Holiday Open House
Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of
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Join us for this wonderful holiday tradition by sampling food, watching performances from our diverse ethnic communities, and enjoy all of the nationality rooms decorated in their holiday decor!

Free Admission!

Monday, December 4

1:00 pm Panel Discussion
Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Wednesday, December 6

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe - The European Nation-State at a Crossroads? Nationalism and Secessionism in Spain, Italy, and Beyond
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Catalonia declares independence from Spain. Northern Italian regions vote on increasing autonomy from Rome. And these are just the latest secessionist and independence movements making news in Europe. We’ve invited a panel of experts to learn more about nationalism and secessionism and potential implications for the European Union. Join our panel of experts to learn more. In-person or remote participation in this virtual roundtable is possible, and audience questions are encouraged.

Jae-Jae Spoon, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Gianluca Passarelli, Department of Political Science, Sapienza University, Roma
Simon Toubeau, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham
Sergi Pardos-Prado, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

8:00 pm Performance
Diamante Trio With Lilly Abreu Concert
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Diamante Trio formed in 2016 in order to bring both pop and classical music of South American to wide and diverse audiences. Countries represented include: Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and the U.S.A. The Diamante has been featured on WQED radio twice and has been the recipient of two University of Pittsburgh grants.

Friday, December 8

12:00 pm Colloquium
Pedagogical Technology Mini-Workshops: Anki
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Assigning study with Anki as homework: This presentation will describe how to hold students accountable for studying with Anki, a free flashcard program, outside of class. While the presentation will focus on using Anki to aid retention of newly learned characters (e.g., kanji), it is considered to be applicable to a wide variety of subjects.

Sunday, December 10

4:00 pm Cultural Event
Coro Latinoamericano 20th Anniversary Holiday Concert
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with First Unitarian Church and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
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Open to the public! Family friendly & handicap accessible. Donations accepted.

The Coro Latinoamericano – Pittsburgh, founded in 1997, is dedicated to building bridges to other peoples and cultures in Pittsburgh and beyond through choral music from the countries of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Coro Latinoamericano – Pittsburgh is committed to educational outreach and the cultural enrichment of the Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania region, and beyond.