Events in UCIS

Thursday, October 25 until Wednesday, May 1

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

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

A Crossroads of Ideas

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

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

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

Cultural Exchange Along the Route

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

The Exhibit Design

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

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

Friday, 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

Thursday, April 11 until Saturday, April 13

4:30 pm Conference
Representations of Afrolatinidad
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Office of the Chancellor, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Year of Pitt Global, Humanities Center and Department of Africana Studies
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Representations of Afrolatinidad
University of Pittsburgh
April 11-13, 2019
Conference Convened by the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative

About the Conference:
The intersections of race, ethnicity, and representation have shaped historical and contemporary articulations of Afrolatinidad. As an expression of multivalent identity, both shared and unique, Afrolatinidad informs the experiences of over 150 million Afro-Latin Americans and millions more within diasporic communities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond. The conference seeks to foster an international dialogue that addresses regional, national, and transnational links among the ways Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Latinxs create, sustain, and transform meanings surrounding blackness in political, social, and cultural contexts.

This two-day symposium aims to engage multiple depictions of Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Latinxs – whether self-fashioned or imposed. The varied portrayals in the past and present reflect the ongoing global realities, struggles, vibrancy, and resiliency of Afro-Latin diasporas throughout the Americas and elsewhere. The symposium will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science at Brown University, and Dr. Nancy Mirabal, Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland-College Park. Their work on Afro-descendant politics in Latin America and Afro-Latinx discourses of race, gender, and territoriality, respectively, will spark broader exchanges around Afrolatinidad and representation among presenters and attendees.

Co-Sponsors: University of Pittsburgh Office of the Chancellor, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Year of Pitt Global, Humanities Center, Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of Africana Studies

For questions or additional information, contact Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh, mbr31@pitt.edu

Friday, April 12

(All day) Symposium
European & Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019
Location:
William Pitt Union 527, 538, & 548
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and International Business Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and GOSECA
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The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus. After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics. The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

9:30 am Workshop
Global Health Inequities and Infectious Diseases Workshop
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies and Global Studies Center along with Year of Pitt Global, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Center for Global Health, Center for International Legal Education, Ford Institute for Human Security, Center for Bioethics and Health Law and School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh
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The workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary group of scholars at the University of Pittsburgh and beyond to examine global health inequities in the distribution of infectious diseases. Highly infectious diseases reflect global inequities worldwide, making up five of the top ten leading causes of death in low-income countries while constituting only one of the top ten causes of death in high-income countries.
The workshop will be composed of keynotes, panel sessions and one plenary session. The sessions will consist of panelists invited to present a work-in progress that reflects the workshop theme. The workshop will conclude with a plenary session to discuss the potential for future collaboration and next steps. There is no fee to attend the conference, but registration is required and canbe found at https://www.law.pitt.edu/globalhealth, where a complete schedule and more information can also be found.

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
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Emerging Latino Communities Reading and Publishing Group

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

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

12:15 pm Workshop
Careers Abroad: Intercultural Development Workshop
Location:
3610 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Christa Uehlinger, Ph. D., Rooney Scholar from Robert Morris University (RMU), will be hosting a workshop with University of Pittsburgh students on developing intercultural competence overseas. This can be a workshop for students who have studied abroad or who will study, live or work abroad, or just want to get some understanding of how to recognize that everyone is a product of their own culture and how to work inter-culturally!

Dr. Uehlinger is an experienced intercultural professional and a lecturer in intercultural communication in the department of Business Administration at FHS St. Gallen, Switzerland, RMU’s international partner. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degree in law from the University of Zurich and holds further certificates in intercultural communication from ICI/Portland, OR, in PR from NYU and Psychosynthesis. Her primary research subject is developing intercultural competence, using a comprehensive approach. She has written books and several articles on this topic, as well as developed a game,“ Puzzling Intercultural Stories.” Dr. Uehlinger has lived, worked, and traveled in Europe, Canada, the US, Australia, and Asia.

Lunch will be served and spots are limited so your RSVP is required at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-snwmlqKUWSoEDGdOhqtp-TmZ_KL4.... Please contact Jacob Garcia with any questions at jag292@pitt.edu.

1:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
The Echos of Immigration
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
3:00 pm Presentation
African Studies Program - Graduation Presentation
Location:
4318 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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The graduation presentation is an opportunity for students receiving the Certificate in African Studies to reflect on their experience studying about Africa. Students will showcase their African Studies learning experiences including study abroad in an African country, research, and internships. The presentations provides a great opportunity also for ASP to evaluate the certificate program to see if students demonstrate achievement of enhanced knowledge of the cultures, history, politics, economics, and/or literature and arts in African Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

This year, a total of 27 students will be receiving the certificate in African Studies. They will be presenting on their individual areas of academic and professional interests. We look forward to the opportunity to hear from graduating students as they present on their experiences.

3:30 pm Cultural Event
Artist in Residence Showcase
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Showcase featuring music, films, artwork, and literature created in collaboration with the Astrophysics and Cosmology Department at Pitt.
Elizabeth Brown will perform a new work by Devon Osumu Tippled for shakuhachi and fixed media

8:00 pm Cultural Event
Gamelan: Traditional and Modern Music of Indonesia
Location:
Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of Music
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University of Pittsburgh Gamelan performs Sudanese Gamelan Degung and the PA premiere of Elizabeth Brown's "Cloudrest" for gamelan and shakuhachi. Shakuhachi will be performed by Devon Osamu Tipp.