Events in UCIS

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:
African Studies Program
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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.