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
See Details

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."

Thursday, February 28 until Friday, March 1

(All day) Career Counselling
Career Toolkit Series: Student Career Networking Trip - Washington D.C.
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
See Details

Global Studies is partnering with the African Studies Program and the Center for Russian and East European Studies to host the fourth annual career networking trip to Washington, D.C. Students meet with experts and alumni from government, non-profit, and for profit sectors to learn about career opportunities and challenges. Meetings will be organized by three themes:
* Diplomacy and Security
* Global Health
* Human Rights and Human Security

Friday, March 1 until Saturday, March 2

(All day) Conference
Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia and GPSG
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The nations of the Eurasian landmass have been on both the receiving and giving ends of kinetic and non-kinetic coercion long before fear spread of Russian Twitter bots. Powers both great and small in Eurasia have for centuries attempted to exert control over their neighbors and lands further across the globe.The United States’ 2016 presidential election made information warfare and cyber-security the topics of conversation in academic, policy, and security circles. However, persuasion and coercion have taken many forms from multimedia propaganda campaigns, spy wars, military interventions, special operations raids, and even manipulation of the supply of critical resources such as fossil fuels. While we hear about these tactics being used abroad, the tactics of persuasion and coercion have also been employed domestically by Eurasian states.

Friday, March 1

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
North Korea in Transition Speaker Series Panel
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Year of Pitt Global and Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
See Details

The thaw in the US-North Korea relations last year, however uncertain, was certainly a welcome change from the previous year’s bellicose rhetoric, for both sides. Yet is change really around the corner? Doubts on Kim Jong Un’s sincerity persist. Many still believe he will never denuclearize and his gestures toward opening are just another ploy to buy time. Are we just seeing more of the same? Or do we have a historic opportunity to make real change on the peninsula? What are the issues at stake in 2019? “North Korea in Transition” in-vites distinguished experts in the fields of policymaking and international relations to probe those questions and put the current situation in a broader historical context. Reaching beyond politics, this speaker series also brings together scholars who have led academic and cultural engagements with North Korea to discuss how non-political exchanges can help improve North Korea’s relations with the rest of the world.

Moderator: Dr. James Cook, ASC, University of Pittsburgh
Panelists: Weston Konishi, Director of Partnerships & Development at US-Japan Council and Senior Fellow at Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation; William Brown, Professor at Georgetown University and Fellow at Korea Economic Institute of America; Lisa Collins, Fellow at Center for Strategic and International Studies

Saturday, March 2

8:30 am Workshop
Workshop on Human Rights and Genocide - Confronting Genocide: Never Again?
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Participants will be introduced to the Choices Program's Human Rights and Genocide unit and will seek to understand the causes of genocide and why it persists and how people have grappled with many questions in response to genocide throughout history and today.
The workshop is open to educators teaching humanities, geography, history, government, current issues, civics, and other social studies in grades 7-12. Each participant will receive two curriculum units, lunch, Act 48 credit, and parking.
Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3Ks5jCqVhzSaiiG2cL34Ca_Yvgj4E...

Monday, March 4

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Migrations Initiative Brown Bag Series: Migration and the health trajectories of immigrants and host country residents
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Brown Bag is a monthly seminar for faculty to learn about the research currently going on at Pitt in the area of migrations. Each month a faculty member will give a presentation about their ongoing research projects or an introduction to their research agendas. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

12:30 pm Lecture
Liability for Autonomous Systems: A European Perspective
Location:
Barco Law Building Room 109
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Center for International Legal Education and School of Law

Tuesday, March 5

7:30 am Lecture
Japan and The Rise of Asia
Location:
Rivers Club Allegheny Room, 301 Grant Street Suite 411, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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The US-Japan alliance has provided one of the foundations for decades of security and freedom in Asia. But, the neighborhood is changing: Japan is experiencing significant strategic and diplomatic challenges from China, faces increasingly aggressive North Korean weapons development and testing, and has an uncertain relationship with South Korea.
While the U.S. continues to be Japan’s main partner and ally, it has withdrawn from the major Pacific free trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after completing negotiations with Japan.
As uncertainty in the region abounds, Japan considers how to work effectively with the U.S. but also how to chart its course as a leader and a balancer in Asia. Prime Minister Abe’s vision includes pledges for deregulation and economic renewal, the development of Japan’s military capability, and policies to stimulate domestic social innovation. His landslide victory in the recent election indicates that the Japanese people support these new directions.
Join us for an engaging conversation with these experts on the evolving Japan-US alliance and its impact on security and trade in Asia.
Supported by a grant from NAJAS and the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Faculty Networking Opportunity: The Global Salon
Location:
William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge
Sponsored by:
Director's Office along with Year of Pitt Global
See Details

All University of Pittsburgh faculty, tenure stream and non-tenure stream, are invited to a special series of networking opportunities made possible by the Year of Pitt Global. This Global Salon series brings together faculty and researchers from across the University to build relationships and share proposed or ongoing research. The Salons are organized around the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in five themes: People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace, and Partnership.

Goals for the Global Salon:

1. Increase local networks, build new relationships, form working groups

2. Encourage open dialogue across disciplines and develop common research agendas

3. Highlight efforts Pitt faculty undertake to address global issues

Additionally, Global Salon participants may be eligible for seed grant funding to advance multi-disciplinary research projects.

The Global Salons are free of charge, and lunch is provided, but registration is required. Register here: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hZGlhwSyLx5DM1

Each Global Salon allows faculty to enjoy lunch while discussing their research informally through conversation groups. All faculty, regardless of full-time, part-time, or tenure status, are welcome to register.

Faculty Luncheon Series: The Global Salon

February 19 and 28, March 5 and 19, and April 9

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

PEOPLE
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies and technologies to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in healthy environments.

PROSPERITY
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies and technologies to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.

PLANET
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies and technologies to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change to support present and future generations.

PEACE
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence, and directed toward an understanding that no sustainable development can occur without peace and no peace can occur without sustainable development.

PARTNERSHIP
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies to mobilize and implement global partnerships for sustainable development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, and focused on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.

12:00 pm Lecture
Adventures in Global Health: My Journey to Find Meaningful Work in an Inter-Connected World
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 and Global Studies Center
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Ms. Patel will discuss US global health interventions through USAID and contributions through the Global Fund, WHO, and other aid organizations. She will also talk about her own career path, and how students interested in global health can prepare now to enter the field.

There will be a discussion group after the lecture for students interested in having a more in-depth career conversation with Ms. Patel. Lunch will be provided at this smaller session and seating is limited, so please rsvp to Thayjas Patil at tap97@pitt.edu.

3:00 pm Lecture
Careers in International Trade and Development
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Business Center along with MBA Office, GSPIA and Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi endowments at the University of Pittsburgh
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Ms. Iriyama will share insights from her current work with the Japan International Cooperation Agency as well as her international career path, which has taken her to the United States, Vietnam, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, France, Germany and beyond.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Gallery Conversation, Department of History of Art & Architecture
Location:
University Art Gallery
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
5:00 pm Lecture
Entrepreneurship in Japan
Location:
University Club, 3rd Floor, Conference Room A
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Business Center along with Katz MBA Office and Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi endowments at the University of Pittsburgh
See Details

Join us in a conversation about emerging trends in Japanese entrepreneurship and explore parallels with the Pittsburgh region.

Dr. Akie Iriyama, Associate Professor at Waseda University, Graduate School of Business and Finance, Tokyo, Japan, Katz Alumnus (PhD 2008)

Reception will follow the presentation. RSVP is not required, but appreciated.

5:00 pm Lecture
Entrepreneurship in Japan
Location:
Conference Room A, University Club (3rd Floor)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Business Center along with MBA Office at the Katz Graduate School of Business
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Join us in a conversation about emerging trends in Japanese entrepreneurship and explore parallels with the Pittsburgh region.

Dr. Akie Iriyama is an Associate Professor at Waseda University, Graduate School of Business and Finance in Tokyo, Japan and a Katz Alumnus (PhD 2008).

Reception will follow presentation. RSVP is not required, but appreciated. jsaslawski@katz.pitt.edu

Wednesday, March 6

12:00 pm Lecture
Fascism, Racial Policy, and Antisemitism in Italy (1922-1945)
Location:
1502 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of Religious Studies, Department of Jewish Studies, Department of History and Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
3:00 pm Lecture
What is Neoliberalism?
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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A presentation by Mlado Ivanovic. He received a PhD in Philosophy from Michigan State University in 2017, an MA in Philosophy from Belgrade in 2008. His areas of interest are Peace and Justice Studies, Decolonial Studies, and Environmental Studies. His dissertation is titled Holding Hands with Death; Ethical Promises and Political Failures of our Humanitarian Present. His long term research interests aim to explore the moral and political challenges of international development and globalization. The project investigates the intersection between global migration flows, international treaty agreements, conflict, poverty, climate change and global shifts in urbanization.

6:00 pm Performance
Zaffiro Trio: A Concert of Music of France, Italy, and Germany
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with undefined
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Featuring Tina Faigen, Piano, Mary Beth Malek, Clarinet, and Paula Tuttle, Cello
with Ellen-Maria Willis, violin, MaryBeth Schotting, violin, and Jennifer Gerhard, viola

Thursday, March 7

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Spies, Coups and National Liberation
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of History and Department of Political Science
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A live interview with Natalia Telepneva, University of Warwick

The Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact satellites were ideologically, materially, and geopolitically committed to aiding national liberation struggles in Africa during the Cold War. Communist states gave economic aid, provided weapons, and sent spies and military advisors. This live interview with Natalia Telepneva will explore the relationship between Soviet and Warsaw Pact policy and activities in African anti-colonial struggles, the role of espionage in the Cold War and the influence of Soviet and Warsaw Pact secret services on the development of state security in post-independent Africa.

12:00 pm Lecture
Present Humanitarian Practices and Refugee Children: Abuse of Human Rights or Humanitarian Negligence
Location:
3106 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Since the beginning of the recent migration crisis, we have witnessed an increase in the number of unaccompanied children who are trying to reach the safety of affluent Western societies. Countless young people are forced into displacement due to increasing poverty, violence, development projects, social instability, and/or increasing environmental degradation. Dr. Mlado Ivanovic approaches this phenomenon by taking violence, oppression and various forms of exclusion faced by children refugees to demonstrate the structural limits of the present institutionalized refugee and asylum system. The outdated and gendered nature of these political structures leaves refugee children with terrible choices: internal displacement, sexual violence, squalid refugee camps, enslavement, urban destitution, human trafficking or dangerous migration. Looking at these conditions, it becomes clear that it is necessary to rethink our humanitarian commitments and political practices in order to promote essential protections for the youngest and most vulnerable forcefully displaced people.

4:00 pm Reception
Global Studies Faculty Salon
Location:
4100 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
See Details

Join us for a happy hour in the Global Studies main office. We'll provide drinks and light refreshments; you provide the great company and conversation. Not only are these events fun, they also help us to build up the Global Studies program and community at Pitt by giving us a chance to learn more about your work and how we might support it. It's a great way to meet people with shared or complementary interests, and for us to hear your suggestions about what we might do to enrich and encourage exciting research, teaching, and programs on campus and beyond. This event is for faculty only.

6:00 pm Reading Group
Four Evenings: Valeria Luiselli, Tell Me How It Ends
Location:
Hillman Library 171B (Latin American Lecture Room)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with University Library System (ULS)
See Details

Valeria Luiselli, Tell Me How It Ends
March 7 | 6-7pm | Hillman Library 171B - Book Discussion
Discussion led by Roger Rouse, Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

March 11 | 7:30pm | Carnegie Music Hall - Lecture by Valeria Luiselli

Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, University Library System and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

In conjunctions with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, GSC is hosting "Four Evenings," pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in global perspective. Open to series subscribers and the Pitt Community, these evening discussion, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues. A limited number of tickets to the author's lectures are available.

Register for this event at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfA-ow2gnDRXkqQWoHPpJzg65CquWrc...

Friday, March 8 until Saturday, March 9

8:00 am Conference
Representations of Disaster Conference
Location:
Humanities Center
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies, Department of French & Italian, Humanities Center, Department of English, Office of the Associate Dean, Dept of Instruction and Learning, Cultural Studies, Department of History of Art and Architecture and Deaprtment of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
See Details

This conference aims to converse with disaster narratives and representations in French/Francophone and Italian literatures and media. This year, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Deborah Jenson of Duke University as the keynote speaker, as well as James Noël, a Haitian poet and writer who will be reading from his recently published and first novel, Belle merveille.

For questions, registration, and to send abstracts, contact pitt.frit.conference@gmail.com

Friday, March 8

10:30 am Reading Group
Emerging Latino Communities Reading and Publishing Group
Location:
1154 Public Health
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Center for Health Equity
See Details

Emerging Latino Communities Reading and Publishing Group

1154 Public Health
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

March 8  |  April 12

The Center for Health Equity, with the support of the Center for Latin American Studies, invites you to explore 1) the problems Latinos in small yet rapidly growing populations face, and 2) how to solve those problems. We will read articles and offer feedback to those who are writing manuscripts. We hope to get new writing and research collaborations going!

Open to all interested: students, faculty, staff, and practitioners from Pitt and beyond. We will meet over coffee and light snacks in a relaxed atmosphere. If you want to get extra network time, we will be there 30 before and after the meeting time.

For more information, visit healthequity.pitt.edu or e-mail Chantel Durrant cjd13@pitt.edu

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
North Korea in Transition Speaker Series Panel
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Year of Pitt Global and Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
See Details

The thaw in the US-North Korea relations last year, however uncertain, was certainly a welcome change from the previous year’s bellicose rhetoric, for both sides. Yet is change really around the corner? Doubts on Kim Jong Un’s sincerity persist. Many still believe he will never denuclearize and his gestures toward opening are just another ploy to buy time. Are we just seeing more of the same? Or do we have a historic opportunity to make real change on the peninsula? What are the issues at stake in 2019? “North Korea in Transition” in-vites distinguished experts in the fields of policymaking and international relations to probe those questions and put the current situation in a broader historical context. Reaching beyond politics, this speaker series also brings together scholars who have led academic and cultural engagements with North Korea to discuss how non-political exchanges can help improve North Korea’s relations with the rest of the world.

Panel II: North Korea Beyond Politics
Moderator: Dr. Seung-hwan Shin, EALL, University of Pittsburgh
Panelists: Baum Gong Muhn, Georgetown University; Immanuel Kim, Professor, George Washington University

Monday, March 11

6:15 pm Workshop
Russian Conversation Table
Location:
Hillman Library, Room 201D
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
See Details

Come to 201D Hillman and have an informal conversation in Russian with other Russian program students and the facilitator, Katya Kovaleva.

Tuesday, March 12

1:30 pm Workshop
Russian Tutoring with Katya Kovaleva
Location:
Hillman Library, Room 201D
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Meet with our Russian tutor Katya Kovaleva in 201D Hillman Library if you need help with your homework or want to prepare for your tests and exams.

5:00 pm Workshop
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Conversation Table
Location:
Hillman Library, Room 201A
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
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With Dijana Mujkanovic in 201A Hillman Library

Saturday, March 16

11:00 am Lecture
Tea and Talk
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Yugoslav Nationality Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Yugoslav Nationality Room, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Pitt Global
See Details

Come discuss two new books on immigration from former Yugoslavia, Melita Gardner's Girl Divided and Natasha Garrett's Motherlands. During the event, there will be tea and refreshments.

Monday, March 18

10:00 am Lecture
"You Can't Forget Our Roots Anyway": French College Students' Views on a Multicultural France
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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France has a long and complicated history with its Muslim population, rooted in its colonial history and currently tied to dominant French discourse surrounding French Republican ideals, including secularism or laïcité. Tabachnick's thesis explores how have French college students, who have grown up in a time of de-facto racial and religious pluralism, been shaped by contemporary French discourses and understandings of laïcité?

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Migrations Initiative Brown Bag Series
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
See Details

Dr. Yolanda Covington-Ward will present on Mobility, Displacement, and Black Privilege in the Experiences of Liberian Migrants, Refugees, and Returnees

Brown Bag is a monthly seminar for faculty to learn about the research currently going on at Pitt in the area of migrations. Each month a faculty member will give a presentation about their ongoing research projects or an introduction to their research agendas. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

4:00 pm Lecture
Islamophobia and Antisemitism: Perspectives From Europe and the US
Location:
William Pitt Union Room 630
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Religious Studies, Nordenberg Scholars and and the Jewish Studies Program
See Details

This event is an open conversation with Paul A. Silverstein,Professor of Anthropology at Reed College and Jeanette Jouili, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Silverstein's current research focuses on the laboring and political experience of post-war North African immigrant coalminers as a a story of the fate of Europe"s cosmopolitan identity. Dr. Jouili's research and teaching interests include Islam in Europe, secularism, pluralism, popular culture, moral and aesthetic practices, and gender.

5:00 pm Reception
From Africans to India: Sidi Music from the Indian Ocean Diaspora
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Year of Pitt Global
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Closing Reception for Africans in India: From Slaves to Rulers and Generals Exhibition
5:00-6:00 pm | University Art Gallery

Film Screening: From Africa to India: Sidi Music from the Indian Ocean Diaspora
and Q&A w/ director Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy
6:00-8:00 pm | 125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

5:00 pm Panel Discussion
Cities on the Global Edge
Location:
Provost Suite, 2500 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Studies Center
See Details

This special event led by Provost Cudd is a discussion about the many ways cities are being shaped by the forces of globalization.

This unique program will use Vice Provost Ariel Armony's new University of California Press book, The Global Edge: Miami in the Twenty-First Century, co-authored with Alejandro Portes, as a launching point to explore the social, economic, and cultural transformation of Miami and Pittsburgh – past and present.

Portes (Princeton University and University of Miami) will join in discussing issues of social justice, economic development, technology, migration, and the environment that arise from globalization as cities are built and rebuilt. The dialogue will allow for ample time for audience participation.

5:00 pm Program
6:15 Reception

6:15 pm Workshop
Russian Conversation Table
Location:
Hillman Library, Room 201D
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
See Details

Come to 201D Hillman and have an informal conversation in Russian with other Russian program students and the facilitator, Katya Kovaleva.

Tuesday, March 19

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Faculty Networking Opportunity: The Global Salon
Location:
William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge
Sponsored by:
Director's Office along with Year of Pitt Global
See Details

All University of Pittsburgh faculty, tenure stream and non-tenure stream, are invited to a special series of networking opportunities made possible by the Year of Pitt Global. This Global Salon series brings together faculty and researchers from across the University to build relationships and share proposed or ongoing research. The Salons are organized around the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in five themes: People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace, and Partnership.

Goals for the Global Salon:

1. Increase local networks, build new relationships, form working groups

2. Encourage open dialogue across disciplines and develop common research agendas

3. Highlight efforts Pitt faculty undertake to address global issues

Additionally, Global Salon participants may be eligible for seed grant funding to advance multi-disciplinary research projects.

The Global Salons are free of charge, and lunch is provided, but registration is required. Register here: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hZGlhwSyLx5DM1

Each Global Salon allows faculty to enjoy lunch while discussing their research informally through conversation groups. All faculty, regardless of full-time, part-time, or tenure status, are welcome to register.

Faculty Luncheon Series: The Global Salon

February 19 and 28, March 5 and 19, and April 9

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

PEOPLE
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies and technologies to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in healthy environments.

PROSPERITY
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies and technologies to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.

PLANET
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies and technologies to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change to support present and future generations.

PEACE
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence, and directed toward an understanding that no sustainable development can occur without peace and no peace can occur without sustainable development.

PARTNERSHIP
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Salon focus: Research on strategies to mobilize and implement global partnerships for sustainable development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, and focused on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.

12:30 pm Lecture
State owned enterprises in Latin America: old problems, new solutions
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Institute for Humane Studies
See Details

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
12:30 p.m., 4130 Posvar Hall
The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Institute for Humane Studies Pre-Conference Lecture: “State owned enterprises in Latin America: old problems, new solutions.”

Aldo Musacchio
Associate Professor of Business in the International Business School (IBS) at the Brandeis University; Chair of the Undergraduate Business Program; Program Director of the Master’s in International Economics and Finance; and Director of the Brazil and Latin America Initiatives.

Thi is a pre-conference lecture as part of the Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference 2019, which will take place from March 29th - 30th. This talk was made possible through a partnership between Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute for Humane Studies (www.theihs.org).

For more information about CLAS and the LASPP Conference, visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/laspp

1:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
How to Write Hidden Histories of Migration with Bande Dessinee
Location:
CL501
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with University Honors College, Dean Twyning, Humanities Center, Department of French & Italian, Department of Africana Studies, Cultural Studies, Dept of Instruction and Learning, The World History Center, Office of the Associate Dean and Department of History of Art and Architecture
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A part of the International Francophonie Day 2019!

1:30 pm Workshop
Russian Tutoring with Katya Kovaleva
Location:
Hillman Library, Room 201D
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Meet with our Russian tutor Katya Kovaleva in 201D Hillman Library if you need help with your homework or want to prepare for your tests and exams.

5:00 pm Film
Short Film & Book Launch
Location:
Presentation Room, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies and Carnegie Mellon Center for the Arts in Society
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The European Studies Center is pleased to invite all to attend a short film, Europe Endless, directed by Christopher Roth. It will be followed by a film discussion with Colin MacCabe, Jennifer Keating, and Richard Davies, moderated by Gayle Rogers. This event will also feature as the book launch for Patrick McCabe's Ireland: The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto and Winterwood.
Reserve your ticket at europeendless.eventbrite.com
The world premiere of Europe Endless will take place on Brexit Day, March 29th.

6:00 pm Lecture
Economic Human Rights: It's Time for a New Social Contract
Location:
Homewood Community Engagement Center, 622 N Homewood Ave
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pitt Human Rights Working Group; Year of Pitt Global; Center for Health Equity, Ford Institute on Human Security and Pittsburgh United
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The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative is advancing a nation-wide call for a “New Social Contract” in this country to defend our economy, democracy and climate from threats posed by extreme concentrations of wealth in a few hands and economic development that prioritizes economic growth over maintaining the infrastructure, goods and services that families and neighborhoods need to thrive. A New Social Contract flips the script on this abusive economy and advances comprehensive, transformative, community-led solutions that protect human rights, build equitable systems for everyone and deepen our democracy. Learn about this initiative and how it can connect with struggles for human rights, democracy, and racial and economic justice in our city!

Wednesday, March 20

11:30 am Panel Discussion/Reception
Our Place in Changing Cities:
Location:
University Club, Ballroom A
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and European Studies Center
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Join us for a special event featuring University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in conversation with the leader of Newcastle University (UK), Vice Chancellor Chris Day.

In a wide-ranging discussion moderated by Lina Dostilio, Pitt’s Assistant Vice Chancellor of Community Engagement, the two higher education leaders will discuss the role of their institutions in post-industrial cities as universities take on new responsibilities in the areas of social mobility, cultural wellbeing, innovation, and economic development.

A reception will be held beginning at 11:30 am., in advance of the 12 – 1:00 p.m. special program. Both events are open to the public and the entire Pitt community. Students, faculty, administrators, and the public are invited to engage in a dialogue with the panelists following the discussion.

Registration is not required.

Seating is limited.

12:00 pm Lecture
Nazi Antisemitism: Racial Theory, Bystandership, and Genocide
Location:
1502 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Jewish Studies, Department of Religious Studies and Department of History
12:00 pm Lecture
Redefining the American Social Contract: From Social Exclusion to Equity and Rights
Location:
109 Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pitt Human Rights Working Group; Year of Pitt Global; Center for Health Equity and Pittsburgh United
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As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we face the realization that the human rights system is facing an existential crisis. Human rights are more important than ever and under great threat. But the human rights framework has historically avoided engaging with core economic and political systemic questions. Despite formal recognition of many human rights, hunger, housing instability, poor educational outcomes, lack of access to healthcare, abusive poverty jobs, state and private violence, and lack of access to clean water are all at epidemic proportions and dramatic racial disparities. Today it is core systemic questions—how capital and finance (and debt) are organized, what structural arrangements underlie our economy, our relationship to land and resources and more—that have become the focus of grassroots movements, especially those led by young people. These broader movements have embraced community driven solutions to our multiple crisis that arguably hold the key to deep systemic change. Can these solutions add up to a New Social Contract for America driven by human rights values? Will our movements usher in a new post-neoliberal era? And if so, what do human rights lessons of history have to say to guide us?

3:00 pm Film
The Silk Road on Screen: The Adopted Son
Location:
Hillman Library, First Floor - Latin American Lecture Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with University Library System (ULS) and Year of Pitt Global
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This film is an exquisitely composed and photographed child-to-man tale of a Kyrgyz villager. Beshkempir is just like any other kid- playing in the mud, getting into trouble, experiencing the first pangs of sexuality- until a fight with his best friend leads to the revelation that he was adopted.

Running Time: 81 minutes

Introduction by Ellina Sattarova, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Public Interview with Jessica Oublie and Marie-Ange Rousseau
Location:
WPU Dining Room A
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with University Honors College, Dean Twyning, Humanities Center, Department of French & Italian, Department of Africana Studies, Dept of Instruction and Learning, World History Center, Office of the Associate Dean and Department of History of Art and Architecture
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A part of the International Francophonie Day 2019!

Thursday, March 21 until Friday, March 22

(All day) Symposium
Eastern European, Balkan, and Middle Eastern Female Artists
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, Global Studies Center, Yugoslav Nationality Room, Pitt Global, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Humanities Center, Film Studies Program, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Gender, Gender Sexuality & Women's Studies Program, Turkish Nationality Room, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and Film and Media Studies
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Thursday, March 21

A temporary exhibit will be opened in the Cathedral Gallery, Alumni Hall

* 5:30-5:40pm: Opening remarks and an intro of the participants

* 5:40-6:10pm: A conversation with the three female artists and a poetry reading

* 6:10-7:50pm: A Belarusian film screening, Crystal Swan (2018)

* 8:00-9:00pm: Reception

Friday, March 22

* 9:30-10am: Breakfast

* 10:00-11:30am: A public roundtable on women artists in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East

* 11:30-11:40am: Closing remarks

Thursday, March 21

11:00 am Lecture
Laborer, Citizen and Neighbor: Comparing Subjectivity in Pittsburgh and Berlin
Location:
3307 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Fiona Eichinger (senior, Biological Sciences, BPHIL/IAS/global studies) will defend her thesis using comparative case studies of Bhutanese refugees in Pittsburgh and Syrian refugees in Berlin to illustrate how national responses to forced migration have differentially taken shape in light of global trends. This investigation prioritizes refugee voices to understand how national resettlement frameworks are structured to enforce expectations for a refugee's relation to the state (citizen figure), economy (laborer figure), and society (neighbor figure).

3:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Traveling for the State: Dunhuang Envoys on the Silk Road (850-1000)
Location:
Hillman Library, First Floor - Thornburgh Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with University Library System (ULS) and Year of Pitt Global
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Presented by Xin Wen, Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University.

This event is a part of the Guest Speaker Series of Silk Roads Rising: Globalization and Exchange from the 10th Century to the Present

4:30 pm Workshop
Global Issues Through Literature: Instant City
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions usually take place in 4130 Posvar Hall (unless otherwise noted) from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Books, Act 48 credit, dinner, and parking are provided.

7:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screen: Border
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Partners
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Tina is not an ordinary woman--both inside and out. With a bestial-looking face that provokes judgement from those around her and a mysterious scar on her tailbone, Tina has the ability to sense or smell how people feel. She is especially adept at detecting fear or unease, skills that make her an invaluable customs officer. When she catches a twitchy businessman carrying child pornography, law enforcement loops Tina and her unusual abilities into the investigation. On the job, she meets Vore, who shares her unusual physical traits and holds information that could alter Tina’s entire existence. Based on a short story by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN), the Academy Award nominated BORDER is an exciting, intelligent mix of romance, fantasy, Nordic noir, social realism, folk tales, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts gender and genre conventions. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/border.html.

Friday, March 22 until Saturday, March 23

(All day) Conference
Migrations of Culture
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of Modern Language Department
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Share your research with other undergraduate students! Get real feedback on a paper! Gain conference experience for work or graduate school! Interested? Then send an abstract to a biannual undergraduate research conference hosted by the Modern Languages Departments at the University of Pittsburgh on March 2223, 2019. Abstracts should be sent to mecchia@pitt.edu by January 5, 2019.

The papers should address the concept of cultural migrations in the broadest sense of the term, that is, immigrations and emigrations in real and virtual spaces linked to the movements of people(s), language(s) and culture(s). We are looking for multiple disciplinary, geographic, and historical perspectives on the conflicts and opportunities created by the shifting flows of populations, languages and cultural traditions throughout the ages and in the contemporary world.

The language of the conference is English but we welcome papers addressing Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian languages and cultures.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Katelyn Knox, Asst. Professor of French at the University of Central Arkansas, author of Race on Display in 20th and 21st Century France (University of Liverpool Press, 2016).

Topics could include:
▪ Multilingual societies and their conflicts ("language wars") and advantages
▪ Linguistic landscapes and their evolution
▪ Translation as a political tool ▪ Literatures of the diaspora
▪ Circulation of texts through multiple areas and in multiple languages
▪ Travel literature through the ages
▪ Exiles, migrants, and refugees
▪ Processes of acculturation
▪ The politics of cultural production
▪ Films and the problems of cultural translation

Papers should be twenty minutes long. Papers will be selected by a selection committee staffed by undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh. Students who submit abstracts will be notified about acceptance by January 20 2019. All inquiries can be directed to Prof. Giuseppina Mecchia, at mecchia@pitt.edu.

Limited travel subsidies will be available!

(All day) Symposium
International Symposium: Deexceptionalizing Displacement? Rethinking Citizenship and Mobility
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with the Office of the Provost; the University Center for International Studies (UCIS)
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How are the forms of displacement and dispossession experienced by less mobile people similar to, or different from, those of people displaced across national borders?

The rising number of people undertaking often-dangerous border crossings has been labelled by national governments, global media, and scholars alike a global migration "crisis." These characterizations frame the "refugee" or "migrant" as a state of exception, the antithesis to the “citizen.” Such notions of crisis also elide or erase modes of displacement and struggle that may be chronic, normalized, and perhaps even banal, and which may be shared by groups often seen to be distinct. Indeed, even those with legal membership (citizens and long-term residents) face forms of dispossession which may entail both material and existential forms of internal displacement through gentrification, incarceration, environmental changes, unemployment, development, extractive economies, and increasingly unstable futures.
In a period when neoliberalism and accompanying forms of precarity may have become an increasingly pervasive context of everyday life for people across the globe, new understandings of in-group/out-group formations are emerging among scholars and research interlocutors alike, which complicate terms such as “citizens,” “refugees,” and “migrants.” Some scholars and political organizers alike have thus recently emphasized sites of connection and shared struggle that transect such a priori classifications, focusing on issues such as access to housing, healthcare, food, childcare, the labor market, and other shared needs. Such a move seeks to deexceptionalize displacement, demanding a reconsideration of mobility and citizenship alike.
What does deexceptionalizing displacement allow us to see and do? What roads of analysis does it open up, and what are the limits of such an approach? To what extent is the precarity that may unite diverse populations itself a new experience, and to what extent is it historically deep? What is peculiar to the forms of displacement unfolding in this contemporary neoliberal moment, and what do they demand from scholarship and political engagement alike?

Public Keynote Addresses: 9:30-12 pm, Friday, March 22, 2019
Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol, U.K.
Rashad Shabazz, Arizona State University

Workshops will take place Friday afternoon, March 22, and all day Saturday, March 23. Papers will be pre-circulated and preregistration is encouraged. More information to follow.

9:30 am Symposium
De-exceptionalizing Displacement?
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies and Global Studies Center along with Office of the Provost and University Center for International Studies (UCIS)
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With increasing forms of precarity across the globe, there is a need to call attention to sites of struggle that bridge assumed divisions between ”migrants,” “refugees,” and “citizens.” These include access to housing, safety, thriving neighborhoods, healthcare, food, education, childcare, the labor market, and other shared needs. What would it mean to de-exceptionalize displacement, rethinking mobility and citizenship alike?

For more information please visit : https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/migrations, or contact sbv2@pitt.edu.

Friday, March 22

11:00 am Lecture
Almanac, Battledore, Chapbook: An ABC of Pre-Modern Popular Print for Children with M.O. Grenby
Location:
CL 501
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Children’s Literature Program
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Matthew Grenby is Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University, UK, and Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies in its School of English. His research interests are in pre-modern children's literature and culture, political participation in the eighteenth century, and children and heritage. His books include The Anti-Jacobin Novel, The Child Reader, Popular Children’s Literature in Britain, and The Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature.

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Maroon Queen, Mother of the Nation, & ‘Science Woman’: Using the Physical, Social and Metaphysical Sciences to Interrogate the History of Queen Nanny of the Jamaican Maroons
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies and Global Studies Center along with Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Center for Health Equity, Department of Human Genetics, Department of Sociology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Urban Studies Program, World History Center and Year of Pitt Global
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Dr. Harcourt Fuller is an Associate Professor at Georgia State University. His lecture is titled: Maroon Queen, Mother of the Nation, & “Science Woman”: Using the Physical, Social and Metaphysical Sciences to Interrogate the History of Queen Nanny of the Jamaican Maroons. In his lecture, Dr. Fuller will explore the history of resistance against slavery in the Caribbean. In addition, he will also discuss his research methods for investigating the ethnogenesis and lived experiences of the Jamaican Maroons, including that of the 18th century leader, Queen Nanny of the Jamaican Maroons.

The second part of his lecture will focus on the Maroon notion of Queen Nanny as “science woman,” “metaphysical scientist,” or “traditional environmental scientist,” as opposed to the negative, and misconstrued stereotypes promulgated by British planter-historians and colonial officials. He seeks to not only examine how scholars can use scientific methodologies in historical inquiry, but also to reevaluate the questions of what science and technology are, and how they have been used in the context of Maroon nations that survived and lived in their own worlds and on the periphery of European slave societies in the Americas.

Dr. Fuller is a Fulbright Global Scholar and Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University. Please join us for this lecture!

6:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: My Friend the Polish Girl
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL borrows from cinema verite and video bloggers to create a rare naturalism in style and performance. Katie, a young, rich American, decides to make a documentary film about Alicja, an impulsive Polish actress living in London. During the making of the film, the interference of Katie in the life of her character proves to have serious consequences, both in their relationship and the film’s narrative. Set in a post-Brexit-vote London, Katie’s colonizing, disruptive presence in Alicja’s life mirrors the treatment of migrants in the UK: Welcomed, used, then discarded. MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL is a raw, sexual, and visually brash film exploring the abusive power and control over someone’s intimacy. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/myfriendthepolishgirl.html.

Friday, March 22 until Sunday, March 24

5:00 pm Seminar
Transforming Cities: Global Cities Mini Course
Location:
100 Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Carnegie Mellon University Office of the Provost
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Due to economic development and globalization, cities continue to grow with predictions that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. This course, then, will view cities as hubs where patterns, connections, discussions, and the processes shape such issues as social justice, economic development, technology, migration, the environment among others. By examining cities as a lens, this sequence of weekend courses encourages students to examine cities as a system for discussing social processes being built and rebuilt. With an interdisciplinary focus, the course invites experts from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly. Course Topics: Global cities (Sp. 2019): This offering of the course will address the concept of global cities, including their distinctive cosmopolitan characteristics by exploring emergent edge cities, global cities of the past, and their relationship to other critical social issues. This offering will provide a broader overview by conceptualizing the issues of global cities, including questions of scale, the challenges of pluralism, and sustainability. It will offer a brief introduction to the future issues discussed in later iterations of the course. Smart cities and technology (Sp. 2020): This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the influence of multinational corporations on cities; the rise of privacy issues in relation to adoption of technology within cities and homes; the replacement of human labor and access to employment; the role of technology on urban planning, among others. Cities and social justice (Sp. 2021): This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the rapid growth of cities and their impact on fair housing, gentrification, and poverty; the role of human rights cities as models; the role of migration on cities; the role of governance addressing inequality; the need to have access to health care; among others. Cities and sustainability (Sp. 2022): This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the role cities can have on climate change, low-emission growth and clean energy; the importance of access to resources; the need for sustainable transportation; the practices of sustainable consumption; among others. For more information and to register: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/mini-course/transforming-cities

Saturday, March 23

(All day) Symposium
2019 Islamic Studies Research Symposium: Identity, Culture and Contact Across the Islamic World
Location:
Slippery Rock University
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) and Slippery Rock University
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Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to present their research or a project (visual or literary arts) related to the broad conference theme. The day will include both student presentations and a keynote speaker. Presentations will be clustered along themes that emerge from paper submissions. Student information is available at CERIS website.

5:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Sofia
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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In this caustic look at contemporary Moroccan society—where premarital sex and giving birth out of wedlock remains a crime—20-year-old Sofia suffers from pregnancy denial. When she secretly gives birth at a local hospital, they give her 24 hours to provide the father’s papers before informing the authorities. Director Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi uses the ensuing family drama to expose the hypocrisy intrinsic to Morocco’s patriarchal culture. SOFIA approaches #MeToo discussions from a more global perspective, adding layers to an already important and nuanced movement. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/sofia.html.

5:00 pm Lecture
Commemoration of Greek Independence Week
Location:
Alumni Hall 7th floor gallery and auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Lecture on Greek independence followed by traditional Greek dances.

7:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Another Day of Life
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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Based on renowned reporter Ryszard Kapuściński's book of the same name, ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE tells the gripping story of Kapuściński's three-month trip to civil war torn Angola in 1975. An idealist, Kapuściński is a friend to lost causes and revolutions. Although he has been to many front lines before, Angola changes him forever. Through both animation and live action footage, ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE blurs the line between action thriller, biopic, and documentary while vividly capturing the chaos and insanity of the war and Kapuściński's experiences. As he witnesses bloody horrors and questions the role of the war reporter, Kapuściński undergoes a deep change as a human being and is reborn - as a writer. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/Another_Day_of_Life.html.

Sunday, March 24

3:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Rafiki
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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The first Kenyan film to screen at Cannes & banned in its home country, RAFIKI bursts onto the screen with fresh energy. “Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. A tender tale of forbidden first love told in an electric, colorful Afropop style, RAFIKI tells the story of the touching, but illegal romance between Kena, a skateboarding tomboy, and Ziki, the charismatic daughter of a conservative local politician. When rumors begin to swirl about the nature of their relationship, the young lovers find themselves in great jeopardy. Combined with the charming leads, Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is another highlight in esteemed director Wanuri Kahiu’s filmography. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/rafiki.html.

4:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: What is Democracy?
Location:
City of Asylum
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? reflects on a word we often take for granted. This philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government, to modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse, and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor. This urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means. WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? asks the right questions. More information and tickets can be at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/whatisdemocracy.html.

Monday, March 25

(All day) Information Session
Roadmap to Model African Union
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Final preparation and review of your country's position, policies and aspirations leading up to the MAU Conference.

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: Meditations on Historical Truth-Telling
Location:
330 (African Heritage Room) Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history.
Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

1:00 pm Lecture
Critical Research on Africa Series
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Dr. Mary B. Setrana is a lecturer at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. She was appointed the first female lecturer at the Centre for Migration Studies by the University of Ghana. Dr. Setrana applies her multidisciplinary background of sociology, political science, linguistics and migration in her teaching and research that uniquely distinguishes her output. Published both nationally and internationally, Dr. Setrana is the 2019 winner of the US Department of state Award to represent Ghana in Delaware on the “National Security & Policymaking” program.

5:00 pm Workshop
Peace Corps Application Workshop
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_20190325/

6:15 pm Workshop
Russian Conversation Table
Location:
Hillman Library, Room 201D
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Come to 201D Hillman and have an informal conversation in Russian with other Russian program students and the facilitator, Katya Kovaleva.

8:00 pm Lecture
Student BPHIL/IAS Global Studies Defense: An Exploration of System Justification in China: Public Opinion on Air Quality
Location:
4801 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Alyssa Martinec (senior, Political Science/BPHI/IAS/Global Studies) will defend her thesis on the global phenomenon of populations accepting environmental problems as an externality of economic development using case studies from Shanghai, China.

Tuesday, March 26

12:00 pm Lecture
After Suburbia: Research and Action in the Suburban Century
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Urbanization is at the core of the global economy today. Yet, the crucial aspect of 21st century urban development is suburbanization - defined as an increase in non-central city population and economic activity, as well as urban spatial expansion. It includes all manner of peripheral growth: from the wealthy gated communities of Southern California, to the high rise-dominated suburbs of Europe and Canada, the exploding outskirts of Indian and Chinese cities, and the slums and squatter settlements in Africa and Latin America.

Professor Roger Keil (York University), author of Suburban Planet, presents the current strands of global research on suburbanization, and discusses the consequences of the suburban century for scholars, activists, and citizens.

1:30 pm Workshop
Russian Tutoring with Katya Kovaleva
Location:
Hillman Library, Room 201D
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Meet with our Russian tutor Katya Kovaleva in 201D Hillman Library if you need help with your homework or want to prepare for your tests and exams.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Global Migration and Labor Activism: Perspectives from Asia and Latin America
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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This panel discussion will feature Eni Lestari, Chairperson of International Migrants Alliance, and Natividad Obeso, President of the Association of United Migrant and Refugee Women in Argentina. The speakers will discuss the work of their respective organizations and how the work of scholars and activists can most productively intersect around the issues that matter for migrant women workers.

Wednesday, March 27

12:00 pm Lecture
From Leo Frank to Tree of Life: A History of Antisemitic Violence in America
Location:
1502 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of Religious Studies, Department of Jewish Studies, Department of History and Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
1:00 pm Lecture
Student BPHIL/IAS Global Studies Defense: Oppression, Activism, and the Political Participation of Indigenous Peoples: Case Study in Yucatán, Mexico
Location:
4217 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Kristen Gugerli, (senior, Political Science, BPHIL/IAS/Global Studies) will defend her thesis exploring the history of indigenous peoples around the world, and how this has influenced the current rates of political participation by indigenous peoples with specific attention to state of Yucatán, Mexico.

4:30 pm Lecture
Cinema and Television in Europe and Beyond: A History of Censorship and Manipulation Through Translation
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Department of French & Italian, The Department of Classics, Humanities Center and Faculty Research and Scholarship Program
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A part of passages: translation & the mediation of time & space. Passages is a semester-long series of lectures, workshops, and conversations on translation and its impact.

6:30 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Obscuro Barroco
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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OBSCURO BARROCO tows the line between documentary and fiction as it tackles the dizzying heights of gender and metamorphosis. It is also a cinematographic homage to a land of extremes: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the path of iconic transgender figure Luana Muniz, the film explores different quests for the self through her own gender identity, Carnaval, and political struggle. A poetic film, OBSCURO BARROCO asks questions about one’s desire for transformation of the body, whether intimate or social, paired with beautifully vibrant, and mesmerizing footage of Rio de Janeiro’s colorful population and cityscapes. More Information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/obscurobarroco.html.

Thursday, March 28

12:00 pm Lecture
Exhibit Talk, Travelers Along the Silk Roads: 10th Century to the Present
Location:
Hillman Library, Ground Floor Lobby
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with University Library System (ULS) and Year of Pitt Global
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Join us for an Exhibit Talk on the current Hillman Library exhibit, Travelers Along the Silk Roads: 10th Century to the Present. This talk is part of a series of events including faculty and guest speakers and films. The Exhibit Talk will begin in the Ground Floor Lobby of Hillman Library then move to the Second Floor.

12:00 pm Career Counselling
Career Talk: Working at the World Bank and Other International Organizations
Location:
3610 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Dina Elnaggar is the World Bank communications lead for the Finance, Competitiveness Innovation (FCI) Global Practice. Dina has more than 20 years’ experience in advocacy, strategic communications, risk management, media CSO relations. She joined the World Bank Group in 2007 as Senior Communications Officer in the MNA and then moved to the Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) as its communications lead. Prior to joining the World Bank, Dina was a UNDP project manager responsible for the design and implementation of projects related to the environment and child rights. She also worked as a technical advisor to the Danida-funded environmental portfolio in Egypt and as a consultant for USAID, DFID and the World Bank in the environment, health and social protection sectors. Lunch will be provided and space is limited, so please RSVP by Monday, 3/25 in writing to Stephen Lund at slund@pitt.edu.

1:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa: Why Peacekeeping Fails: Experiences from Angola & Mozambique
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Dr. Dennis Jett will give a presentation on why peacekeeping succeeded in Mozambique at the same time it failed in Angola. He will go over perspectives on how conflict has evolved, how peacekeeping has changed as a result and why in most cases today peacekeeping is making no contribution to peace.

Dr. Jett served as the Ambassador to Mozambique, the Senior Director for African Affairs on the National Security Council, and the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires in Malawi and Liberia.

3:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
From Komsomol to NGO: Experts, Activists, and Changing Paradigms of Development in Central Asia and Beyond
Location:
Hillman Library, First Floor - Thornburgh Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with University Library System (ULS) and Year of Pitt Global
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Presented by Artemy Kalinovsky, Senior Lecturer, East European Studies, University of Amsterdam.

This event is a part of the Guest Speaker Series of Silk Roads Rising: Globalization and Exchange from the 10th Century to the Present

3:30 pm Reading Group
Women's History Month Faculty Book Discussion
Location:
Mount Aloysius College Library
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with CERIS
4:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Peering Under the Rug: Sources of Information about Russia
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Political Science and Department of History
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Mark Galeotti, Senior Associate Fellow at Royal United Services Institute

Maxim Trudolyubov, Vedomosti, Kennan Institute

Kevin Rothrock, Meduza

A popular meme about Russian politics is that it’s like “bulldogs fighting under a rug.” Namely, it’s opaque, shadowy, full of rumors, and driven by conspiracies. This image have become more common in the West over Putin’s long reign, and intensified since Russia’s interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. Where can we turn for clearer vision given the supposed murkiness of Russian politics? This moderated roundtable discussion with Mark Galeotti, Maxim Trudolubov, and Kevin Rothrock will explore media and human sources of information about contemporary Russia and its many promises and roadblocks.

6:00 pm Reading Group
Four Evenings: Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Location:
Hillman Library 171B (Latin American Lecture Room)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with National Consortium for Teaching About Asia - University of Pittsburgh, University Library System and Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures
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Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

March 28 | 6-7pm | Hillman Library 171B
Conversation with Seung-hwan Shin, Assistant Professor in East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

April 1 | 7:30pm | Carnegie Music Hall
Lecture by Min Jin Lee

In conjunctions with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, GSC is hosting "Four Evenings," pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in global perspective. Open to series subscribers and the Pitt Community, these evening discussion, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues. A limited number of tickets to the author's lectures are available.

Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center, National Consortium for Teaching About Asia - University of Pittsburgh, University Library System, and Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures

7:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Working Woman
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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Orna is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family she returns to the workplace, landing a job with a former army superior, Benny, who is now a successful real estate developer. While Orna embraces her new position and tries to balance its demands with her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss. WORKING WOMAN is a strikingly relevant and global tale in the midst of today’s #MeToo movement, all of which comes out through the empowering performance of Liron Ben Shlush and calculated direction of Michal Aviad. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/workingwoman.html.

Friday, March 29 until Saturday, March 30

(All day) Conference
Symposium | Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center along with Department of Anthropology and Pitt Global
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The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting. More information on the Soyuz Research Network can be found at http://soyuz.americananthro.org/symposium/.

(All day) Conference
Latin American Social and Public Policy Conference
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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23rd Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference
March 29 - 30, 2019

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes faculty and students to the 23rd Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference. At the conference, researchers can present their scholarly work related to social and public policy in Latin America.
Our team is focused on assuring a high-quality and open environment for the exchange of ideas and the improvement of works in progress. Following the multidisciplinary tradition of CLAS, we are interested in facilitating dialogue across disciplines, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies. In that spirit, we encourage the organization of panels around problems, rather than disciplines, and welcome submissions from the social sciences, arts, humanities, and cultural studies.

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Friday, March 29th, 2019
12:30 p.m., Location TBA
The Seventeenth Carmelo Mesa-Lago Distinguished Latin American Social and Public Policy Keynote Speaker for this year is:
Dr. Aníbal Pérez-Liñán (Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame; Editor-in-Chief, Latin American Research Review; and Co-editor, Kellogg Series in Democracy and Development)

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Saturday, March 30th, 2019
12:30 p.m., Location TBA
Special Roundtable: The Challenges of the Policy Cycle in Brazilian Politics
Carlos Pereira: Full Professor at the Brazilian Public and Business Administration School, Getulio Vargas Foundation
Barry Ames: Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Pittsburgh
B. Guy Peters: Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh

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Relevant dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: January 18, 2019 - click here to submit abstracts
Deadline for full paper submission: March 1, 2019
Conference: March 29 and 30, 2019

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For more information, visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/laspp

Friday, March 29

(All day) Workshop
Climate Change: Workshop on Cap & Trade Initiatives
Location:
Kimbo Conference Room, William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
12:00 pm Lecture
Upwardly Mobile Women in Urban China
Location:
2432 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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China's economic growth and urbanization have created new opportunities and roles for women, such as through education, migration, and employment. But with these changes, new challenges arise, especially as these impact on gender norms and relations. In this lecture, Dr. Arianne M. Gaetano, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Women's Studies Program at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama will consider women of different socioeconomic status in the metropolises of Beijing and Shanghai, particularly unmarried and newly married rural migrant workers and educated urban professionals in their 20s and 30s.

Dr. Arianne M. Gaetano is a cultural anthropologist, her research focuses on contemporary Chinese society.

3:00 pm Lecture
BPHIL/IAS Global Studies Defense: Rural-Urban Gendered Migration Pathways and Desires under Neoliberalism Socioeconomic Reform in Contemporary China
Location:
4217 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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SiLang Huang (senior, Politics and Philosophy, BPHIL/IAS Global Studies) will defend her thesis on changes that have taken place under China's neoliberal reform since the 1980s with regard to migratory opportunities, gender roles and social hierarchies, documenting a Chinese migrant family from rural Hunan Province.

5:00 pm Symposium
Keynote Speaker: Soyuz Symposium
Location:
5317 Sennot Square
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center along with Pitt Global and Department of Anthropology
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Keynote Address by Manduhai Buyandelger, Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT, Author of Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Gender and Memory in Contemporary Mongolia, "Self-Polishing and Electoral Selves: Elections and The New Economies of Democratization in Postsocialist Mongolia"

7:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Dogman
Location:
Regent Square Theater
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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Based on a true crime story that fascinated Italy in the 1980s, DOGMAN follows Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer. When Marcello is not devoting himself to his dogs or beloved daughter, he sells cocaine on the side. The money helps, but he fears his biggest customer, Simoncino, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. After a double-crossing, Marcello will be pushed to his limits and submit to an unexpected act of vengeance. Set in a seedy beachside wasteland, DOGMAN shines a light on the grimy reality of the Italian underworld through bleak directing from Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH), intimate cinematography, and an empathetic performance from Marcello Fonte. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/dogman.html.

Friday, March 29 until Saturday, April 13

7:00 pm Film
Italian Film Festival of Pittsburgh
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of

Saturday, March 30

1:00 pm Festival
Serbian Movie Festival: The Great War 1914-1918
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 232
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Yugoslav Nationality Room, Nationality Rooms, Pitt Global and Serb National Federation
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Book presented by Bishop Irinej and Krinka V. Petrov. Pizza and light refreshments will be served.

The book is dedicated to the Great War, an event that shook the world one hundred years ago. Within this vast historical frame-work, this book focuses on the relationship between two Allies—the Kingdom of Serbia and the United States of America, including the role of the Serbian American Diaspora. The chapters in this book deal with general issues regarding Serbia’s role in the Great War, beginning with the event that would trigger the war and put the small town of Sarajevo on the world map. This book offers a wealth of information as well as a fascinating narrative of the human urge to resist, survive, and be free to live and love.

1:00 pm Film
Serbian Movie Festival
Location:
Cathedral of Learning 232 and Cathedral of Learning 324
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with Center for Russian and East European Studies, Yugoslav Room Committee and Serb National Federation
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A film series promoting the rich cultural heritage of Serbia.
1:00 p.m.- The Great War 1914-1918
2:30 p.m.- The Long Road to War
4:45 p.m.- Twice Upon a Time
6:00 p.m.- Tesla Nation

2:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Liyana
Location:
Rangos Giant Cinema, Carnegie Science Center
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, a group of orphaned children in the Kingdom of Swaziland confront past trauma through the collaborative creation of their own fictional story depicted through vivid animation. Their young heroine, Liyana, must embark on a dangerous quest to save her brothers after their home is violently attacked and her siblings are stolen away. Confronting painful memories, profound insights are revealed as the children shape Liyana’s mythic journey and parallels are drawn between her fate and that of the young storytellers. Named one of the Best Family Movies of the Year by HuffPost, LIYANA is for storytellers of any age. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/liyana.html.

2:30 pm Festival
Serbian Movie Festival: The Long Road to War
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 232
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Yugoslav Nationality Room, Pitt Global, Nationality Rooms and Serb National Federation
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This film screening is part of the Serbian Film Festival. The Long Road to War directed by Milos Skundric. Pizza and light refreshments served.

What was a real cause and trigger of World War I? World War I began a month after the Sarajevoassassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in 1914. But this stake had been prepared decades before. The Long Road to War is a feature-length cinema documentary about the origins of WWI. Leading European intellectuals from Oxford, Cambridge, Sorbonne, and other universities present their views about the causes and trigger of World War I. The movie leads the public through the political games behind the scenes and presents details when the decision was made about the future of Europe. The documentary utilizes film and photographs from some fifteen archival houses
around the world, so it is “more action – less talking heads on screen.” Milos Skundric, Director, says that he was shocked to learn how little he and his generation knew about the reason behind this “seminal catastrophe of the 20th century.”

4:45 pm Film
Serbian Movie Festival: Twice Upon a Time
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 232
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Yugoslav Nationality Room, Pitt Global, Nationality Rooms and Serb National Federation
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This event is part of the Serbian Movie Festival. Pizza and light refreshments will be served.

Twice Upon a Time, directed by Vojin Vasovic.
All children for the cartoon will receive a gift from the SNF.
This is an amusing and educational cartoon for children and adults. Once upon a time, in some distant world lived two kings: King of Warrior and King of Poet. In fact, it is about the dual nature and split personality of one king. One half of his personality represents a Nordic barbaric king from the early Middle Ages, a crude but fearless warrior. The other half is from late Baroque, a man of graceful poise and manners. They share their conscience, but have opposing wishes and desperately want to get rid of each other. This story brings us a noble message which can enrich our lives. The cartoon was screened at 60 international movie festivals and won more than 20 international awards.

6:00 pm Festival
Serbian Movie Festival: Tesla Nation
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 232
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Yugoslav Nationality Room, Pitt Global, Nationality Rooms and Serb National Federation
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This film screening is a part of the Serbian Film Festival. Pizza and light refreshments will be served. Tesla Nation directed by Zeljko Mirkovic.

This marvelous documentary leads us through the Serbian-American history which spans more than 200 years. Serbian-American history began in a symbolic way with Djordje Sagic aka George Fisher who arrived through the port of Philadelphia at the beginning of the ninetieth century. After him, Serbian immigrants came in several waves and helped shape American history. The movie describes Serbian-American contributions
in building the United States and the world and the importance of preserving the Serbian heritage. Zeljko Jack Dimich, the Serbian-American Actor from New York, plays Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American Scientist and Inventor, and is the narrator of the movie. The movie was sponsored by the Serb National Federation among others, and produced by Optimistic Film and Radio Television of Serbia.

7:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Blindspotting
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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BLINDSPOTTING is a landmark film that blends poetry, rap, buddy comedy, and social commentary to depict life in the increasingly “hip” Oakland. Collin, played by Hamilton star Daveed Diggs, faces his final three days of probation and needs to stay clear of trouble. Miles, his troublemaking childhood best friend, can’t stay out of it. When Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity, racism, and changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in. This bold and thought-provoking film bursts with energy, style, and humor while also providing a relevant examination of Black America through the use of hip/hop and rap poetically performed by the two likeable leads. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/Blindspotting.html.

8:00 pm Performance
Afropop Ensemble: Spring Concert
Location:
Bellefield Hall
Announced by:
Center for African Studies on behalf of
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In 1988, a radio series called Public Radio International (PRI) coined the term “Afropop” to refer to a cross section of traditional and urban music styles that originated or had roots in Africa. At their recital On 30 March 2019, the Pitt Afropop Ensemble will perform Afropop music that has either been influenced or has influenced other music styles from the Americas and Europe. The performance on March 30 will have the Pitt Afropop ensemble students expose Afro-reggae, highlife, Afrobeat and Afro-jazz, genres that have resulted from the fusion of African and Western musics. The performance will specifically focus on exposing what I refer to as sonic migrations between Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean. “Sonic Migrations” is an exploration of how sound has traveled from Africa to other locations of the world and back to Africa. The event will expose connections between rumba of Cuba and soukous from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Jamaican reggae and Afro-reggae.

Dr. David Aarons, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, will give a talk on the connections between Jamaican reggae and Afro-reggae. Dr. Aarons has studied the migrations of Jamaican people and their music to Ethiopia. He joined the faculty at UNCG in 2018 and currently teaches such courses as “American Music” and “Music of World Cultures”.

Admission:
Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $8.50; non-Pitt students and seniors are $5. At the door: general admission is $12; non-Pitt students and seniors are $8. Pitt students: free with valid ID.

Sunday, March 31

2:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Fugue
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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Alicja has no memory and no knowledge about how she lost it. In two years, she manages to build a new, independent self, away from home. She doesn't want to remember the past. When her family finds her, Alicja is forced to fit into the role of mother, daughter and wife, surrounded by what seem to be complete strangers. But Alicja sees them as strangers, and whatever ordeals she experienced while she was missing has eradicated the cheerful, compliant personality they remember. As Alicja learns more about the woman she supposedly was, the more fractured her precarious sense of self becomes. FUGUE is a psychological journey of self-realization through the darkest parts of humanity, accomplished with unsettling cinematography and truly striking direction from Agnieszka Smoczynska. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/fugue.html.

4:00 pm Film
FACES OF WO/MEN Film Screening: Girls Always Happy
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Jewish Studies Program, Pitt Film and Media Studies, Pitt Film Talk, Pitt's German Film Fund, Department of English, Student Office of Sustainability and Several Community Sponsors
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Wu is in her mid-twenties and lives with her mother in a traditional one-story house in one of Beijing’s hutongs. Both consider themselves to be writers, but success has so far eluded them. Their unhealthily close relationship is characterised by reproaches and quibbling; only during meals do they appear to lay down their verbal weapons. The situation escalates when both Wu and her mother hit an emotional low. Often compared to the fellow mother-daughter film, LADYBIRD, GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY is both a funny and dramatic depiction of a complicated parent-child relationship, elevated by the charming performances of the two leads: An Nai and director Yang Mingming herself. More information and tickets can be found at https://www.cmu.edu/faces/2019/girlsalwayshappy.html.

4:00 pm Presentation
African and Greek American Women Visionaries of the Civil Rights Struggle
Location:
Rodman Stree Missionary Baptist Church 6111 Rodman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church/The American Hellenic Foundation of Western PA
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The African-American and Greek communities are coming together with the Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church in poetry, song, and historical inspiration to celebrate the unsung heroes. women in the African-American and Greek-American communities, who challenged and responded to the hate and intolerance at the turn of last century leading to the historic events in Selma in 1965, Through unique and shared experiences, these everyday women heroes inspired their communities in different ways to "Serve One Another, Serve the People, Serve America, and Serve Humanity."

4:00 pm Film
Movie: Girls Always Happy (Rou Qing Shi)
Location:
McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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"Girls Always Happy is unflinching in its exploration of a difficult parent-child dynamic, benefitting from intricate performances from the two leads." -Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

Wu is in her mid-twenties and lives with her mother in a traditional one-story house in one of Beijing's hutongs. Both consider themselves to be writers, but success has so far eluded them. Their unhealthily close relationship is characterized by reproaches and quibbling; only during meals do they appear to lay down their verbal weapons. The situation escalates when both Wu and her mother hit an emotional low. Often compared to the fellow mother-daughter film, LADYBIRD, GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY is both a funny and dramatic depiction of a complicated parent-child relationship, elevated by the charming performances of the two leads: An Naiver and director Yang Mingming herself.

Awards:
Chinese Young Generation Film Forum, 2018, Best New Screenwriter
Five Flavors Asian Film Festival, 2018, Special Mention
Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2018, FIPRESCI Prize, Golden Firebird Award in Young Cinema
International Women's Film Festival Seoul, 2018, Best Director
Seattle International Film Festival, 2018, China Stars Award
Shanghai International Film Festival, 2018, Media Choice Award for Filmmaker