Events in UCIS

Thursday, October 18

2:00 pm Lecture
Critical Research On Africa Series
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of History, Africana Studies Department, Department of English and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
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Nisi Shawl will present on themes that surround her recent novel "Everfair" which is set in an alternative future of the Congo. Technology is a recurring theme in her writings and she will discuss the role of technology in Africa from a historical perspective.

Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

isi Shawl is a writer, editor, and journalist. She is best known as an author of science fiction and fantasy short stories who writes and teaches about how fantastic fiction might reflect real-world diversity of gender, sexual orientation, race, colonialism, physical ability, age, and other sociocultural factors. Please join us for a very interesting conversation with her.

4:00 pm Film
Soviet Hippies, dir. Terje Toomistu
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
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A wild flower power ride on the footprints of the Soviet hippie movement take you into the psychedelic underground of 1970s.

6:00 pm Lecture
Katherine Boo featured author in first of Four Evenings of Conversation
Location:
Hillman Library 171B (Latin American Lecture Room)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Hillman Library, Pitt Arts and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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Book Discussion and Free Lecture Tickets!

The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center is partnering with Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ Ten Evenings lecture series, to host book discussions of the recent works of Ten Evenings authors prior to their public lectures at the Carnegie Music Hall. These discussions, led by local faculty, will focus on how authors’ works of fiction and non-fiction help us to understand global processes and the connections, disruptions, inequalities, and opportunities they create.

We will be giving out a limited number of FREE tickets to the lecture to those who attend the book discussion. Register here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPIOl_Dc-5bNPgU-u9avp2aGBVvokW...

Or to purchase ticket from Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures:
https://pittsburghlectures.org/lectures/katherine-boo/

6:00 pm Film
Italian Instructor's Film Favorites
Location:
G8 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Department of French and Italian
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Prof. James Coleman will present one of the best Italian films of the last decade, the Academy Award-winning La grande bellezza.

From Rotten Tomatoes:
Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

9:00 pm Symposium
Global Trivia Night
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Come join us for our 4th annual Global Trivia Night! Compete with groups of up to five undergraduate students, and test your knowledge in global categories like Global Current Affairs, World Culture, World History, Geography, and more. Great prizes plus free food and beverages!

Register your team by October 17th: https://goo.gl/forms/zT5kPvHa8E2pYnWX2

9:00 pm Cultural Event
Global Trivia
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, 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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Come join us for our 4th annual Global Trivia Night! Compete with groups of up to five undergraduate students, and test your knowledge in global categories like Global Current Affairs, World Culture, World History, Geography, and more. Prizes include Apple Watches, Beats headphones, and Chipotle gift cards. Free food and beverages will be provided! Registration will close on Wednesday, October 17th at 11:59 PM, or once capacity is reached.

To register your team: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqsn3oL2Hrg5eC09O7FTwY5DrSG_y8...

For more information on all things International Week: https://www.internationalweek.pitt.edu/