Events in UCIS

Wednesday, September 5

7:00 pm Lecture
Vanka Lecture
Location:
St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, PA
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Professor Michael Goodhart, Global Studies Director, will be giving the Vanka Lecture at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, PA. St. Nicholas Church is home to the amazing murals by Maxo Vanka. One of those murals, "Injustice," appears on the cover of Dr. Goodhart's new book Injustice: Political Theory for the Real World. The murals, created in two phases in 1937 and 1941, are outstanding examples of the social realist style popular at the time. They speak to themes of faith and family, the immigrant experience in America, social justice and injustice, and the horrors of war.

Friday, September 7

12:00 pm Career Counselling/Information Session/Reception
Study Abroad Alumni Welcome Home Bash
Location:
WPU Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office
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The Study Abroad Office is hosting a Welcome Home Bash for the recent study abroad alumni. This a great opportunity to reflect on your study abroad experience , share your stories with others, network with fellow alumni, and develop techniques to leverage your study abroad experience for professional advancement. The event will take place on Friday, September 7th, from 12-5pm. Lunch will be provided. Here is the link to sign up for the event: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b12BFMtiiYOfZcN

12:00 pm Exhibit
Study Abroad Fair
Location:
WPU Lower Lounge
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office
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Come and learn about study abroad, internship, service-learning, and research opportunities abroad.

12:00 pm Panel Discussion
New Voices from Japan
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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The Japan-US relationship is often described as the most important diplomatic and cultural relationship in the Asia Pacific region. One of the keys to the long alliance and friendship has been the development of frank and open discussions on a wide range of policy issues; those discussions presume well-informed experts on both sides who are familiar with the issues and assumptions of their partners. The New Voices from Japan (NVJ) program addresses a pressing need to develop a new generation who can actively participate in the dialogues.

SAYA KIBA
Associate Professor, Komatsu University
Japan's Engagement in Meeting Security Needs in Southeast Asia

TAKEMASA SEKINE
Associate Professor, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business
Japan's Leadership in International Trade Rule-Making

AKAI OHI
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Tokyo, Hosei University, and Showa Women's University
"The Politics of Reform" A Guide to Understanding Contemporary Japanese Political Confrontation

1:00 pm Information Session
Study Abroad Fair
Location:
William Pitt Union Lower Lounge
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Great opportunity to meet student workers and faculty members and get to know more funding opportunities and certificates information from Asian Studies Center!

3:00 pm Reception
ESC Opening Reception
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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The staff of the European Studies Center invite you to attend a reception to usher in the 2018-19 academic year. All interested faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the ESC community are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, September 11

6:30 pm Film
CLAS Cinema Series: The Future Perfect
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Spanish Film Club
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The Center for Latin American Studies presents the CLAS Cinema Series Fall 2018:
September 11 ... The Future Perfect
October 2 ... On the Roof
October 23 ... Eyes of the Journey
November 6 ... Spider Thieves
November 27 ... The Candidate
December 4 ... The Queen of Spain

Tuesdays at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
6:30 P.M. - Pizza
7:00 P.M. - Movie

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/
Free & Open to the Public!
English subtitles provided.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Pitt, CLAS CINEMA Series, and Spanish Film Club by Pragda

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/

Wednesday, September 12

4:00 pm Reception
Asian Studies Center Welcome Reception
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Cloisters
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Join the Asian Studies Center as we welcome the new academic year! This will be a chance to meet the Asian Studies Center staff, mingle with affiliated faculty and students, and learn about opportunities available in the coming year. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, September 13

12:00 pm Lecture
Party Discipline in the European Parliament: The Challenges of Accountability Beyond the State
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
4:00 pm Reception
REEES Opening Reception
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
4:00 pm Reception
GSC Welcome Back Reception
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Join the Global Studies Center for our annual welcome reception. Meet current and new students, faculty, and staff. Lean about GSC new initiatives and enjoy conversation and refreshments.

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Nicaragua: The April 19th Crisis
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join Panoramas in a discussion about the April 19th Crisis in Nicaragua.

Thursday, September 13th
4217 Posvar Hall
4:30 PM

Panoramas provides a web-based venue for thoughtful dialogue of Latin American and Caribbean issues. By enabling a voice for scholars, students, policy makers and others to engage in constructive commentary on relevant current and historical topics, the forum also serves as an academic resource to worldwide educational audiences. Housed at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and maintained by CLAS faculty, students and alumni, Panoramas strives to be at the forefront of scholarly analysis of affairs in the Latin American region.

For more information and to join the conversation, visit:
https://www.panoramas.pitt.edu/

Friday, September 14

10:30 am Panel Discussion
2018 IISE Symposium Series
Location:
4318 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Institute for International Studies in Education
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Research on Endowed Chairs in American Top Research Universities
Speaker: Humin Chen
IISE Visiting Scholar
Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of Education
Beijing Normal University, China

Private Tutoring impact On Junior High School Students' Performance In China: Fast Lane or Placebo Effect?
Speaker: Lunxuan Sun
IISE Visting Scholar
Lecturer
School of Educational Science
Tianjing Normal University, China

Saturday, September 15

11:00 am Festival
Euro Fest at the University of Pittsburgh
Location:
Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet Street
Sponsored by:
Director's Office, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for International Legal Education, Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Department of Hispanic Language and Literature, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Pittsburgh Chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce, Wyndham University Place and Allegheny County Airport/Pittsburgh International Airport
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Join us for our 3rd Annual EuroFest!

EuroFest is a family friendly festival featuring all things Europe in the ‘Burgh. Local artisans and vendors will create a dynamic marketplace and performances of song and dance will be presented on the main stage. Food booths featuring various European cuisines will be participating and artistic demonstrations and children’s activities will take place throughout the day.

Free and open to the public!

For more information visit https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/esc/events/eurofest

Monday, September 17

3:00 pm Career Counselling
Preparing Competitive Applications for Graduate School
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with UCIS International Career Toolkit Series
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This multidisciplinary panel will provide insight into crafting competitive applications for
graduate school. You will learn how to leverage your personal story,
GRE/GMAT scores, recommendation letters, and leadership experience
into successful applications. With these tips and tools, you will be one
step closer to an advanced degree. Make sure to add this important
event to your calendar!

6:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Digital Portfolio Information Sessions
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
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The portfolio is an integrated element of the certificate experience. Students should begin their portfolio soon after enrollment in the GSC program. GSC in collaboration with other UCIS centers will hold three workshop sessions to help with aligning expectations and offering specific tips on how to traverse Wordpress to create a tailored portfolio. Mark your calendar for the following dates:
9/17/18, 6 pm, 4130 WWPH
10/9/18, 6 pm, 4217 WWPH
11/7/18, 6 pm, 4217 WWPH

Tuesday, September 18

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe: 100 Years of Women's Suffrage: Women In Europe Today
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
4:30 pm Reception
English| Japanese Language Social Hour
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Wednesday, September 19

4:30 pm Panel Discussion
Human Rights in Pittsburgh and the World: Assessing Human Rights Impacts, Limitations, and Prospects at the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Sociology
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As the Trump administration flaunts international human rights standards in its treatment of immigrant families and in its recent withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, cities around the country—including Pittsburgh—have been stepping up to declare their commitments to global human rights by signing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and by joining a growing global “Human Rights Cities” movement. As we recognize the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this panel reflects on shifts in global human rights strategies that have been working to “bring human rights home” in cities around the world and to advance thinking about global human rights principles. Panelists will provide insights into global and local work for human rights and explore how community-based human rights initiatives might support work in our city and elsewhere to realize the vision of the UDHR authors. They will also identify some of the key obstacles and opportunities for achieving dignity and justice for all people.

Panel Moderated by: Michael Goodhart, Director, Global Studies Center and Professor of Political Science

Speakers:
Noble Maseru, Director, Pitt Center for Health Equity- Health as a Human Right
Carlos Torres, Director, City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
Dawn Plummer, Director, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
Leigh Patel, Associate Dean of Equity and Justice, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Thursday, September 20

12:00 pm Presentation
Communism, Youth, and Generation
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center along with World History Center, Department of Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
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“Youth” emerged as historical agents in the late 19th and early 20th century in response to the social, economic, and cultural upheaval of rapid modernization. As a new social category, young people became the objects of the state capture and surveillance and agents in political and cultural participation in youth specific organizations, institutions, and movements. Communist parties and states, in particular, played a pivotal role in shaping and mobilizing youth. This live interview with Matthias Neumann will discuss the history of “youth” as crucial players in the 20th century.

4:30 pm Reception
African Studies Program Welcome Back Reception
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Come and join the African Studies Program to welcome in the new academic year. Meet staff, affiliated faculty and fellow students and discuss the program, events for the year and opportunities for engagement!

Friday, September 21

9:00 am Festival
Pitt Park(ing) Day
Location:
BQ Lot, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Join the University Center for International Studies' (UCIS) outreach team at Pitt's Park(ing) Day event. In addition to UCIS participation, over 20 departments, centers, and organizations will transform the BQ parking spaces through creative energy and experimentation. Activities are free and open to all!

10:00 am Workshop
From Circular Economy to Circular Society
Location:
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Center for Sustainable Landscapes; 1 Schenley Drive, Special Events Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce
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Part of the POCACITO in the US initiative, this workshop aims to create opportunities for citizen-led and community-oriented innovation for a sustainable circular economy, looking at lessons and examples from Europe and Pittsburgh, then engaging in a group design process.

POCACITO in the US is an initiative of Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC, and funded in large part by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States’s Getting to Know Europe program. This event is co-hosted by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh

3:00 pm Lecture
'What if Batman was from Chennai' and other Stories: Language, Cultural Regions, and Digital Media Platforms
Location:
407 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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This paper explores the significance of linguistic and cultural regions for the global expansion and localization of digital media platforms. Bringing enduring concerns of cultural difference to bear on digital media in South Asia, I explore the industrial and cultural logics at work when platforms like YouTube recognize and value southern India's linguistic and cultural diversity. Focusing on Tamil internet culture, I explore how one specific YouTube channel (Put Chutney) leveraged algorithmic knowledge as well as industry lore about south Indian internet users to produce a series of videos that articulated three distinct and at times competing conceptions of the region - a peninsular region of south India, a linguistic region revolving around the Tamil language, and an urban region centered in Chennai, a powerful global media capital. More broadly, I argue that platform localization is the contingent outcome of the interaction of algorithmic and representational logics that structure the operations of digital platforms.

ASWIN PUNATHAMBEKAR
Aswin Punathambekar is an associate professor of media studies and founding director of the Global Media Studies Initiative at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His books and articles explore the impact that globalization and technological change have on the workings of media industries, audience and user practices, and cultural identity and politics. He is the author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (NYU Press, 2013) and co-editor of Global Bollywood (2008, NYU Press), Television at Large in South Asia (2013, Routledge), and Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press). He is currently working on his next book, provisionally titled The Digital Popular: Media, Culture, and Politics in Networked India. He is an editor of the peer-reviewed journal Media, Culture and Society and also co-edits the Critical Cultural Communication series for NYU Press.

Saturday, September 22

12:00 pm Festival
Johnstown Slavic Festival
Location:
pin Johnstown Area Heritage Association, 201 6th Ave, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15906
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of
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From 1880 until 1920, thousands of Slavic immigrants came to Johnstown, Pennsylvania to find employment in the area’s mills and mines. By 1920, 25 percent of Johnstown’s residents were of Slavic descent. They created a rich network of churches and social clubs to support their way of life and culture.

Johnstown went through tough economic times in the 1970s and 80s, and many people were forced to leave the community. Johnstown’s ethnic organizations suffered. Today, many young people want to know about their ethnic heritage, and the culture and history of their Slavic ancestors.

Come celebrate this heritage at the fourth annual Johnstown Slavic Festival, set for September 22, 2018! The festival is planned by a volunteer committee in cooperation with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA), and is held one of JAHA’s museums, the Heritage Discovery Center.

We plan a full day of:

Authentic Slavic music
Slavic folk dance performances
Homemade Slavic food, as well as Slavic beer
Educational speakers, exhibits, and workshops
Cooking demonstrations
Ethnic vendors
The presenting sponsor for the Johnstown Slavic Festival is the Best Windows & Door Company.

Sunday, September 23

5:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Mori, The Artist's Habitat
Location:
Seventh Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2018 | Japan | 99 minutes | Drama
Director: Shuichi Okita

SYNOPSIS: Painter Mori and his wife Hideko live surrounded by gardens and pastures away from the hustle and bustle of city life for their 52 years of marriage. For the last 30 years, Mori has scarcely left his home, preferring to lay among the critters around his home, painting while Hideko attends to visitors. But when developers decide to build a condominium next door, the small paradise the couple have created is at risk, so Mori and Hideko decide to take action to protect the garden that they cherish. Taking place in the more affable social atmosphere of the 1970's, Mori, the Artist's Habitat humorously depicts a summer-day-in-the-life of an elderly couple you'll grow to love and root for.

5:30 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: The Return
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2018 | Denmark/South Korea | 85 Minutes | Drama/Hybrid
Director: Malene Choi

SYNOPSIS: Based on director Malene Choi's personal experience and on stories shared by adoptees Malene encountered in Seoul while shooting the film, The Return tells the story of two Danish-Korean adoptees returning for the first time to the country where they were born. Intrigued by the spirit of their motherland and confronted with the personal stories of the fellow adoptees they meet in Seoul, Karoline and Thomas are hurled into an emotionally disorienting journey that forces them both to question their own identity and destiny. Quirky, yet understated and touching, The Return asks us to consider the nature vs. nurture debate on a more personal level than ever before.

7:30 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Marlina the Murder in Four Acts
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Thailand | 93 minutes | Revenge Thriller
Director: Mouly Surya

SYNOPSIS: In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina, a young widow, is attacked and robbed of her cattle. To defend herself, she kills several men of the gang. Seeking justice, she goes on a journey of empowerment and redemption. But the road is long especially when the ghost of her headless victim begins to haunt her. This gripping revenge thriller shows Marlina in a personified feminist rage like no other that will audiences talking about it for years to come.

Monday, September 24

5:00 pm Panel Discussion
On-the-ground Perspectives of Cuba
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join us for a roundtable/panel discussion on Cuba. This event features Osborne Hart, Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez, and community members including Grace Nelson, a Pitt undergraduate student studying Political Science, and Daniel Kornosky, a Social Studies & Spanish PK-12 Teacher and participant in CLAS-Cuba for Educators 2018.

September 24
4130 Posvar Hall
5 PM

For more information: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/list

About the speakers:
Osborne Hart is a Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate and participated in May Day Brigade this past May.
Michele Reid-Vazquez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Daniel Kornosky is a Social Studies & Spanish PK-12 Teacher and participated in CLAS-Cuba for Educators during Summer 2018.
Grace Nelson is a Pitt undergraduate student studying Political Science. She participated in Dr. Reid-Vazquez's spring break trip to Cuba

Tuesday, September 25

12:00 pm Lecture
Did Prussia have an Atlantic History? The Partitions of Poland-Lithuania, French Guiana, and Climates in the Caribbean, 1760s-1790s
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall, History Department Lounge
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of History and Early Modern World Intiative
12:00 pm Lecture
Did Prussia have an Atlantic History? The Partitions of Poland-Lithuania, French Guiana, and Climates in the Caribbean, 1760s-1790s
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall (History Department Lounge)
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of
2:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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A presentation by Victoria Nalongo, Founder & CEO of Bright Kids Uganda Victoria will be discussing the war in northern Uganda and the impact the war has had on children and communities. Why has the war gone on for almost 20 years without any end in sight? Victoria will talk about the causes and contributing factor to the continuation of the war as well as identification of potential opportunities for bringing peace to the region.

Wednesday, September 26

9:30 am Career Counselling
Career Booster Germany
Location:
Alumni Hall & Wyndham (University Center)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with German Department and The Goethe Institute New York
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Find out how you can use German in your career, how to find the right university or a lab internship, or how to apply for a job in Germany; learn about German engineering programs and universities of applied sciences.

Talk to students and teachers of German, as well as representatives from the Goethe Institute, participating German universities and organizations, the German American Chamber of Commerce, from Pitt's European Studies Center, the Study Abroad Office, the Swanson School of Engineering, the College of Business Administration, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and others.

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Argentina in Turmoil
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join Panoramas in a discussion about current events in Argentina. This roundtable will be moderated by Ignacio Mamone, a PhD candidate in Political Science.

Wednesday, September 26th
4217 Posvar Hall
12 PM

Panoramas provides a web-based venue for thoughtful dialogue of Latin American and Caribbean issues. By enabling a voice for scholars, students, policy makers and others to engage in constructive commentary on relevant current and historical topics, the forum also serves as an academic resource to worldwide educational audiences. Housed at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and maintained by CLAS faculty, students and alumni, Panoramas strives to be at the forefront of scholarly analysis of affairs in the Latin American region.

For more information and to join the conversation, visit:
https://www.panoramas.pitt.edu/

For other events sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/list

12:00 pm Lecture
Perspectives on basic income: automation and social justice
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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There has been a surge of interest in basic income (BI: the payment of a guaranteed income to all citizens/residents) related to fears about automation and the future of work. this contrasts with a longer tradition of thinking about BI as a matter of social justice. In this talk, Jamie Cooke, Director of RSA Scotland, argues that automation is an issue of social justice, particularly for communities like Pittsburgh and Glasgow, which have already suffered in previous eras economic/technological change.

4:30 pm Panel Discussion
Hot Topics/Global Perspectives
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Grab a coffee and join GSC for the first of our monthly series where we host an informal discussion about a pressing issue of the day. Get global insight and bring your thoughts to share or questions to have addressed. Cookies served!

4:36 pm Lecture
Food, Gender, and Media in Italy
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Year of Pitt Global, Gender Sexuality & Women's Studies Program and Chatham University Food Studies Program
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Food, if interpreted just as an expression of biological needs, may come across as natural and apolitical. It does not take much to realize that food is actually profoundly entangled with power dynamics and social structures that assume immediate, tangible meanings. In its cultural and media representations, food reflects, supports, and reinforces values and practices that contribute to constructing identity, including gender.
In this talk, an analysis of media development in Italy since fascism, when Mussolini launched means of mass communication as propaganda tools, will show how producing and eating contribute to the experience of gender in Italy. These phenomena are particularly visible in Italian culture, where food plays a central role in defining individuals and communities.

Thursday, September 27

11:00 am Workshop
WAKE UP!
Location:
538 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with German Department, Year of Pitt Global and Office of the Associate Dean
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DJ Ipek – a German-Turkish music artist, and political
activist – will host a workshop on the art of DJing as
well as on issues of race, and gender in Germany and
Turkey. The workshop will be held in English and open
to all students and members of the Pitt community.
Both participants and observers are welcome.

12:00 pm Lecture
Communist Neverland: New Research on a Russian International Children's Home, 1933-1991
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center along with World History Center, Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
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From 1933 to 1991, Communist Party leaders from all over the world -- including Mao Zedong, Eugene Dennis, Josip Broz Tito, and many more from Latin America to Africa to the Middle East to the Far East -- sent their children to be educated in a single boarding school in Ivanovo, Russia. They were raised linguistically and culturally as Russians, often forgetting their native tongue. Many continue to feel enormous affection and nostalgia for the place they consider their true home, and travel across continents to attend reunions every five years. Based on archival documents, the school's own private archive, and dozens of interviews with alumni across the world, Communist Neverland is the tale of this remarkable school, which tells a new story about the people who dedicated their lives to world revolution.

1:00 pm Panel Discussion
Let's Talk Africa
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Join us for a round table discussion with Victoria Namusisi Nalongo, Founder & CEO of Bright Kids Uganda and Justin Forzano, Founder & CEO of Cameroon Football Development Program (FDP). Both speakers are professionals in the field of international development who will be talking about internships and volunteer opportunities for students in Africa.

4:30 pm Lecture
Transnational Social Movements amid Global Crisis and Change
Location:
O'Hara Student Center Dining Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with the Year of Pitt Global, Office of Research Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, World History Center and Department of Sociology
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On September 27-29 Professors Jackie Smith and Melanie Hughes, along with their collaborators, will host a workshop with more than a dozen researchers from seven different countries where we will analyze new datasets they have compiled on transnational social movement organizations and networks. International scholars, including many junior researchers, will examine how social movements are responding to a variety of changes in the global system, including the end of the Cold War, climate change, and growing incidence of protests in locations around the world. The workshop will generate an edited volume and support ongoing international research collaboration.

5:00 pm Reception
CLAS Welcome Back Reception
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) invites you to celebrate another year with us...
Meet the Center for Latin American Studies staff, affiliated faculty members, interns, and other students. This is a chance to learn about all that the Center offers, including opportunities available in the upcoming year.

CLAS Welcome Back Reception
September 27, 2018
5 PM
4130 Posvar Hall

For more information:
ket82@pitt.edu
https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/

6:00 pm Film
Japan Documentary Film Award - Sennan Asbestos Disaster
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Japan Council and Silk Screen Film Festival
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The Japan Council of the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the winner of the first biennial University of Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Film Award: Sennan Asbestos Disaster, directed by award-winning veteran filmmaker Kazuo Hara. More than ten years in the making, Sennan Asbestos Disaster follows a dwindling group of dying former asbestos workers as they seek justice and recognition from an indifferent Japanese government As Mr. Hara follows these plaintiffs through their successes and failures, his film also examines the power of the Japanese state and its continued responsibilities to its citizens. In praising the film for its profound effect, Mr. Soda notes that Sennan Asbestos Disaster “shows the painstaking process of the eight years of lawsuits. I was able to physically experience what it's like to fight against the Japanese government.” Mr. Hara, whose previous works include the The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987), is known for provocative and engaging stories that give voice to people on the margins of conventional society. Sennan Asbestos Disaster has already received the 2017 Audience Award at the Tokyo Filmex International Film Festival and the 2017 BIFF Mecenat Award at the Busan International Film Festival.

8:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Scaffolding
Location:
Alumni Hall Auditorium, 7th Floor
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Film Festival
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Scaffolding depicts the coming of age of impulsive troublemaker Asher in his junior year of high school. Essentially sweet and charming, but mostly controlled by his own inner rage, Asher feels pressure from both his strict father who sees him as the natural successor to the family’s scaffolding business and his gentle literature teacher Rami, the only person in his life who makes him believe he is capable of more than a laborer. Torn between this old school and new age masculinity, Asher has to take the ultimate test of maturity when sudden tragedy occurs.

Friday, September 28

1:00 pm Lecture
Transnational Social Movements amid Global Crisis and Change
Location:
William Pitt Union Room 548
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with Department of Sociology, World History Center, Office of Research-Research Diversity Initiative and the Year of Pitt Global
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On September 27-29 Professors Jackie Smith and Melanie Hughes, along with their collaborators will host a workshop with more than a dozen researchers from seven different countries where we will analyze new datasets they have compiled on transnational social movement organizations and networks. International scholars, including many junior researchers, will examine how social movements are responding to a variety of changes in the global system, including the end of the Cold War, climate change, and growing incidence of protests in locations around the world. The workshop will generate an edited volume and support ongoing international research collaboration.

6:30 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Missing Johnny
Location:
Seventh Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | Taiwan | 104 Minutes | Drama
Director: Huang Xi

SYNOPSIS: Following Hsu's move to Taipei by herself, she starts receiving a series of wrong-number calls for the mysterious Johnny. As her emotions stir, Hsu attempts to put Johnny's life together piece by piece. Lee, her landlord's son, becomes increasingly obsessed with Hsu and her new bird. Feng is a wandering foreman hired by Lee's mother to start a renovation site nearby their apartment, who becomes overcome with paranoia when his car breaks down on the way to Lee's. The three Taipei residents' lives merge and intertwine due to Hsu's lost bird, and the transient beauty from the exchange blooms into serendipity and awe.

6:30 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival : Indian Shorts
Location:
Seventh Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
8:30 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Alifu Prince/ss
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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Alifu is a Taiwanese-indigenous, twenty-something man who works at a salon in the city. He has a dream—to fully transition into a woman. However, as an only "son" he is under pressure to succeed his father as chief of the tribe. Peizhan, a lesbian and Alifu's roommate and colleague, is always on his side. However, she gradually finds out her feelings toward Alifu are not so platonic after all.

Alice the Prince/ss treats our heroes as human beings yet still captures the struggles of the LGBT community with eloquence and poise.

9:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Daha
Location:
Seventh Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | Turkey | 115 minutes | Drama

In Onur Saylak's debut feature, fourteen-year-old Gaza helps his domineering father smuggle refugees from war-torn countries to Europe, giving them temporary lodgings and scant food until they attempt the crossing. Gaza dreams of escaping this life, but can't help being drawn into a dark world of immorality, exploitation, and human suffering. Gritty and disturbing, Daha asks the question: can you avoid becoming a monster when you've been raised by one?

Saturday, September 29

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Latino Gathering
Location:
Schenley Park (1 Overlook Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Casa San Jose, Latin American Cultural Union, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Pittsburgh Stands with Puerto Rico, Latino Community Center and Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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Latino Picnic
September 29th, 2018
2 - 7 pm

SHENLEY PARK
(Shenley Oval)
1 Overlook Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bring your family and friends to enjoy food, music, games, raffles, and more. As always, bring something to share!

For more information: www.facebook.com/events/463818044133615/
www.lacunet.org

3:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Mori, The Artist's Habitat
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2018 | Japan | 99 minutes | Drama
Director: Shuichi Okita

SYNOPSIS: Painter Mori and his wife Hideko live surrounded by gardens and pastures away from the hustle and bustle of city life for their 52 years of marriage. For the last 30 years, Mori has scarcely left his home, preferring to lay among the critters around his home, painting while Hideko attends to visitors. But when developers decide to build a condominium next door, the small paradise the couple have created is at risk, so Mori and Hideko decide to take action to protect the garden that they cherish. Taking place in the more affable social atmosphere of the 1970's, Mori, the Artist's Habitat humorously depicts a summer-day-in-the-life of an elderly couple you'll grow to love and root for.

5:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Mayurakshi
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | India | 100 Minutes | Drama
Director: Atanu Ghosh

SYNOPSIS: Mayurakshi follows Aryanil, who has traveled from Chicago to Kolkata to meet with and care for his aging father, Sushobhan, who is in poor health. With dementia phasing out his immediate past, Sushobhan tends to be silent, irritable, and fretful. The son, with his failed marriages behind him, faces life numbly and without hope. When Sushobhan starts asking for the mysterious Mayurakshi, Aryanil realizes he has more on his plate than he originally anticipated.

7:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Ava
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | Canada and Iran | 103 Minutes | Drama/Thriller

SYNOPSIS: Sadaf Foroughi's semi-autobiographical film debut focuses on teenager Ava's coming of age in a strict, traditional society and an even more strict, traditional household. After committing an act of rebellion, Ava must navigate her relationship with her parents, peers and teachers as her rage grows against both the people in her life and social restrictions in Iran. Dark and riveting, Ava explores the youths' need to be heard and understood.

9:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Dynamite Graffiti
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2018 | Japan | 138 Minutes | Drama
Directed by: Masanori Tomonaga

SYNOPSIS: In the 1980's, Akira Suei achieved fame as the chief editor for several pornography magazines, although his reputation as a trendsetter was under constant scrutiny due to the magazines' taboo material. The film follows Suei from a traumatic event in his youth (involving his mother, the next door neighbor, and a bundle of dynamite) to Tokyo, where he climbed the ladder from lowly graphic designer to the chief editor of his own magazine due to his aggressive, raw style which attracted a variety of talented people who helped bring about a revolution in the Japanese magazine industry.

Sunday, September 30

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Gandhi Day: International Day of Nonviolence
Location:
Cloister and Auditorium, Frick Fine Arts Building
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with AHINSA
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Join us for tea and conversation from 2-3 pm in the Cloister. Visit the information and activity tables from Pitt and local community groups. The program will start at 3 pm and include interfaith prayers, a keynote speech, and cultural performances in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

Chief Guest: Ambassador Richard Verma who is Vice Chairman and Partner at the Asia Group where he leads the firm's growth in South Asia. He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to India from 2014-2017, where he is credited for the historic deepening of bilateral ties. A leading expert on trade and diplomacy in Asia, Ambassador Verma has 25 years of experience across the senior levels of business, law, diplomacy, and the military.

3:00 pm Cultural Event
Chuseok Korean Thanksgiving Day
Location:
Kurtzman Room & Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Looking for an opportunity to learn more Korean culture and taste delicious food? Come and join us celebrating Korean Thanksgiving Day!!! Free food, activity booths and lots of games!!!!!