Events in UCIS

Thursday, October 25 until Wednesday, May 1

8:30 am Exhibit
Travelers Along the Silk Roads: 10th Century to the Present
Location:
Ground and Second Floors, Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Year of PittGlobal and Hillman Library
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Free and Open to the Public during Hillman Library Hours

The term Silk Road, coined by 19th century German explorer Ferdinand von Richthofen, refers to a loose network of overland trade routes stretching from the Mediterranean to East Asia. Textiles, gems, spices, animals and even religions were all exchanged along this vast expanse, starting around 1,000 B.C. and continuing for millennia. For much of this time, most Silk Road traders coming from western Eurasia were Muslim, and they brought their beliefs and rich culture to millions of people.

A Crossroads of Ideas

While the Silk Road was a two-way route, most of its movement was eastward, carrying Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and later, Islam.

By the 8th century, Muslims stopped thinking of religion geographically and began seeking converts along the Silk Road. The benefits of conversion to such a widespread religion were many, as Muslims preferred trading with other Muslims.

Islamic scientific and medical advancements also had significant impact on Silk Road travelers. Chinese Buddhist traders adopted Islamic medical knowledge in wound healing and urinalysis. Muslims brought India their insights on astronomy, including a skepticism of the geocentric universe.

Cultural Exchange Along the Route

Influences from Buddhist China and other regions also affected radical changes in Islam. In the 12th century, abstract Islamic art suddenly started depicting human figures, long considered forbidden in Islam. Murals showing Buddhist statues and Indian narrative artwork started appearing in mosques, and Islamic art exploded with new techniques and figures. Chinese technologies, such as paper production and gunpowder, were transmitted to the West. Iran’s art in the Mongol period (13th and 14th centuries) is dramatically influenced by Chinese artistic traditions.

The Exhibit Design

The ground floor cases in Hillman Library feature a map of the Silk Road from its Eastern terminus in the Chinese city of Xian to its western terminus in Constantinople. They also display the late-14th century Catalan Atlas, the most detailed world map of its time, showing key places along and major figures who traveled the overland route of the Silk Road. The exhibit continues on the second floor of Hillman Library in five thematic display cases:

*Horses and Dynasties: Cartography and Painting in China, 10th-14th Centuries,
*Alexander the Great, Kublai Khan, and Marco Polo: Confluences of Power and Exchange in Assia,
*Musical Encounters in the Deserts and Mountains of Central Asia,
*Explorations in Turkestan: Aurel Stein and Bamiyan, and
*New World Exploitation and the China Trade with Europe.

Friday, February 15 until Thursday, March 21

(All day) Exhibit
Africans in India Exhibition
Location:
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building
Announced by:
Director's Office on behalf of the Year of Pitt Global
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Over the centuries, East Africans have greatly distinguished themselves in India as generals, commanders, admirals, architects, prime ministers, and rulers. They have written a story unparalleled in the rest of the world: that of enslaved Africans attaining the pinnacle of military and political authority.

Known as Habshis (Abyssinians) and Sidis, they have left an impressive historical and architectural legacy that attest to their determination, skills, and intellectual, cultural, military and political savvy.

This exhibition retraces—in over 100 photographic reproductions of paintings and contemporary photographs—the lives and achievements of a few of the many talented and prominent Sidis of yesterday.

The gallery at Frick Fine Arts is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays up to 7 p.m. It is closed on weekends.

Monday, February 25 until Sunday, March 10

(All day) Exhibit
Names instead of Numbers: Remembrance Book for the Prisoners of Dachau Concentration Camp
Location:
Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with German Department
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This international traveling exhibit comes to the University of Pittsburgh for a limited time.
This world renowned exhibit features biographies of twenty-two former inmates of the camp in an attempt to "remember the people hidden behind the prisoner uniforms and victim statistics."

Wednesday, February 27

12:00 pm Lecture
Pogroms, Blood Libels, and Other Forms of Antisemitism in Eastern and Central Europe
Location:
1502 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies and Department of Jewish Studies
3:00 pm Lecture
What is Neoliberalism
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Andrea Micu received a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in June 2018, MA in Performance Studies from Texas A&M, 2012 and BA in Communication Studies and Journalism from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2008. Her teaching interests are in Urban Studies: urban anthropology, neoliberalism and urban geography; squatting and countercultural urban movements; arts development, Critical/cultural Studies; Aesthetics and politics, new materialisms; and Performance Studies: critical ethnography, performance and activism; political economies of performance. Her book project The Performance Commons: Squatting and Aesthetics in the Austere City theorizes the role of performance in contemporary housing activist movements in the South of Europe.

4:00 pm Information Session
MyPittGlobal How-To Session
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
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Have you been procrastinating about filling out your entry or exit surveys? Have you got questions about e-portfolios? Have you forgotten how to enter your coursework into MyPittGlobal?

If so, we can answer these and other questions about the MyPittGlobal platform at this event. Come meet UCIS advisors, student ambassadors, and others who will provide hands-on assistance to jumpstart your MyPittGlobal experience. Completing levels makes you eligible for potential study abroad scholarships, VIP access to mentorship and academic visitors. There will be a raffle for attendees--the more stations you visit, the more entries you get!

Pizza, cookies, and soft drinks will be provided.

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter
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Discover the benefits of Peace Corps service from returned Volunteers. Join us to learn about the challenging, rewarding and inspirational moments from a panel of returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Ask questions about service and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

Register to Attend: https://www.peacecorps.gov/events/19_vrs_peacecorpsweekpanel_pitt_20190227/

6:00 pm Workshop
Peace Corps Application Workshop
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and University of Pittsburgh Peace Corps Recruiter
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Make your application stand out from the rest. Attend this workshop to learn how to browse Volunteer openings, find the right program, and strengthen your application. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about service, learn steps you can take to improve your chances, and gain valuable tips to guide you through the application process.

Register to Attend: https://www.peacecorps.gov/events/19_vrs_app_pitt_20190228/

8:00 pm Workshop
Ferguson Voices: Community Perspectives on Criminal Justice
Location:
Posvar Hall 4130
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Africana Studies; Department of English; Department of Political Science; Department of Sociology; University Library System; Student Government Board
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The Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame exhibit in Hillman Library brought individual testimony and portraits from Ferguson in 2016 to deepen conversations and understandings of criminal justice and activism. A guiding principle of the exhibit is to highlight stories of extraordinary actions by ordinary citizens in moments of crisis.

The Global Studies Center hopes to continue this community-based emphasis with an event for participants to discuss their individual perspectives, thoughts, emotions and reactions to criminal justice and policing in America.

This event will be based around three discussion circles led by moderators with different perspectives on criminal justice – Dr. Leah Jacobs of the School of Social Work, Commander Jason Lando of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and Terrell Thomas of the ACLU. While the moderators are some of Pittsburgh’s leading experts on criminal justice, this event is about you – the participant – and the community-based discussions we hope to foster through this event.

Each group of participants will rotate through all three discussion circles so attendees can talk about each perspective before a final short discussion to unpack what everyone has learned and experienced together.

This event is open to all Pitt students and faculty but please come prepared to have civil and respectful dialogue about lived experiences and real consequences of the criminal justice system. While some discussions may be contentious, we must be respectful of one another to learn and discuss together.