Events in UCIS

Thursday, March 22 until Sunday, April 8

(All day) Festival
2018 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival
Carnegie Mellon University
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of The Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University
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The mission of the Carnegie Mellon International “Faces” Film Festival is to engage the Pittsburgh community with all-encompassing programming that promotes cultural exchange and expression, and through film, illuminates the local and global ethnic communities which seldom have opportunities to celebrate their artwork and culture on a large public scale. By collaborating with guest filmmakers, arts organizations, and local businesses, the festival creates a platform for these ethnic groups to expose the Pittsburgh community to their cultures, allows attendees to identify and relate to their own origins, and for cinematic artists to engage audiences with their films and dialogues.

Thursday, March 29 until Friday, March 30

10:00 am Symposium
John Beverley International Symposium
University of Pittsburgh: University Club
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Humanities Center, Cultural Studies, University Center for Int'l Studies (UCIS), Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Science, Bolivian Studies Journal and and Theatre Arts
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John Beverley: International Symposium
University of Pittsburgh – University Club

In recognition of Professor John Beverley’s retirement next year, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures is hosting an international symposium titled, "JOHN BEVERLEY AND THE URGENCY OF LATIN AMERICANISM IN TIMES OF CONFLICTING GLOBALIZATION". This international symposium is scheduled for March 29-30, 2018, at the University of Pittsburgh – University Club.

Thursday, March 29

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Poems, Politics and Litigation againts the U.S. Government
Barco Law Building, Room 113
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with University of Pittsburgh Law School and Center for International Legal Education
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Margaret Randall is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, photographer, and social activist. She lived in Latin America for 23 years (in Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua).

She has published more than 100 books of poetry, prose, and oral history, including numerous books on Cuban, Nicaraguan, and Vietnamese women, and recently Che on My Mind, a feminist reflection on the life and legacy of Che Guevara. Randall has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her writings.

In 1984, Randall returned to the United States, but faced deportation under the McCarran Walter Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 based on her writings, which the U.S. Government declared were, “against the good order and happiness of the United States.” After a five year legal battle, she won her case.

Randall will read her poetry and discuss her successful legal battle against deportation with University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor, Jules Lobel, who participated in her legal fight.

Sponsored by: Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh; Center for International Legal Education, University of Pittsburgh Law School; University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

2:00 pm Lecture
European Climate Politics and Activism from Local to Global
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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European climate and energy policies have been leading the world for several years, and climate activism has long been visible in many European cities and campuses. So what’s new in EU climate policy and activism? What’s next for EU climate politics in the age of the Trump Administration’s global gaslighting?

Funded through the ESC's Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grant, this lecture is part of the Center's Participation and Democracy 2017-18 Series.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Book Launch for Zouping Revisited
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of Political Science and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
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China has undergone dramatic change in its economic institutions in recent years, but surprisingly little change politically. Somehow, the political institutions seem capable of governing a vastly more complex market economy and a rapidly changing labor force. One possible explanation, examined in Zouping Revisited, is that within the old organizational molds there have been subtle but profound changes to the ways these governing bodies actually work. The authors take as a case study the local government of Zouping County and find that it has been able to evolve significantly through ad hoc bureaucratic adaptations and accommodations that drastically change the operation of government institutions.
Zouping has long served as a window into local-level Chinese politics, economy, and culture. In this volume, top scholars analyze the most important changes in the county over the last two decades. The picture that emerges is one of institutional agility and creativity as a new form of resilience within an authoritarian regime.

6:00 pm Lecture
A City of Consumption: The Woodblock Print Industry in Edo, Japan
Theater, Carnegie Museum of Art
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of Mitsubishi Electric Power Products and The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
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Dr. Brenda Jordan will detail the process for making ukiyo-e wood block prints and the publishing industry that gave rise to these works of art that were accessible to the public. After the lecture, the Hiroshima exhibit will be open to the attendees. This event will serve as a kickoff event for the Hiroshima exhibit, which will be open from March 24 to July 8. Join the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania for this free evening. Space is limited so please register today —

Dr. Jordan is the Director of the University of Pittsburgh National Coordinating Site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) and the Japan Studies Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas specializing in 19th Century Japanese art history.