Events in UCIS

Wednesday, March 21 until Friday, March 23

10:00 am Conference
602 Cathedral of Learning--Humanities Center
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Humanities Center and University Honors College
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Co-sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Faculty Research Support Program of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Center and the University Honors College.

Alberto Manguel Director, National Library of Argentina
Daniel Balderston Director, Borges Center, University of Pittsburgh
Laura Rosato and Germán Álvarez Co-Directors, Centro Borges
de Documentación, National Library of Argentina
Mariela Blanco Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata-Conicet
Sylvia Saítta Universidad de Buenos Aires-Conicet
M aría Celeste Martín Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Nora Benedict • Alfredo Alonso Estenoz • María Julia Rossi
Leonardo Pitlevnik • Sebastián Urli • Martín Gaspar • David Mundie

A conference to celebrate the new formal agreement for cooperation between the Borges Center of the University of Pittsburgh and the Centro Borges de Documentación of the Biblioiteca Nacional Mariano Moreno, the National Library of Argentina Full information will be available on the websites of the Borges Center ( and the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures (

Events will be held at the Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, except
for several workshops on Thursday March 22nd in the Digital Commons of the Hillman Library.

Wednesday, March 21

12:00 pm Lecture
“Vanity, Laziness, and Skepticism Still Possess Me. But I Continue to Fight...”: Tolstoy’s Aesthetic Cure for Doubt
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
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From his earliest writing on art to his magisterial treatise What is Art? Tolstoy strenuously opposed the idea that aesthetic pleasure is merely sensuous pleasure, which might vary from person to person. He wanted to secure the objectivity and universality of aesthetic judgment, to identify not only what he or his milieu happened to consider true art, but what all people must consider true art. It was not enough for Tolstoy to say that the poems of the Decadents were not his cup of tea; he wished to say they were false and bad and anyone who liked them a corrupt, befuddled, opium-smoking fool—and to be justified in saying so. Why did Tolstoy object so strongly to the idea that our aesthetic response might be subjective? Why was he so zealous in his rejection of aesthetic subjectivism, when so many other artists, particularly in the later decades of the 19th century, accepted it? I will argue that resisting aesthetic subjectivism was not merely an artistic or political imperative for Tolstoy but an existential one. He saw objective aesthetic judgment as a bulwark against a kind of solipsism into which the very process of making art threatened to thrust him.

1:30 pm Lecture/Panel Discussion
The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development
Posvar 4130, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and Center for Industry Studies
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Book launch and panel discussion. To register, visit

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA

Reid Frazier
Allegheny Front, StateImpact Pennsylvania, Trump on Earth podcast

Amy Sisk
StateImpact Pennsylvania, 90.5 FM WESA

Book details:
President Trump has forged ahead with the America-First Energy Policy, expanding oil and gas extraction while slashing health and environmental regulations. Other countries e.g. Germany and France eschewed shale altogether. Why do countries make such different energy choices? How can we move forward in balancing the benefits and costs from shale? Join a discussion with Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, associate professor from the University of Pittsburgh and Reid Frazier and Amy Sisk, journalists from StateImpact Pennsylvania. We examine shale issues from across the globe and to our local communities that are hosting shale wells, pipelines, disposal wells, and cracker plants.