Events in UCIS

Thursday, September 12

4:00 pm Reception
African Studies Program Welcome Reception
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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Join the African Studies Program as we welcome in the new academic year with our annual welcome reception! Meet staff, affiliated faculty and fellow students and discuss the program, events for the year and opportunities for engagement!

4:00 pm Lecture
Producing Power: The History of the Soviet Nuclear Industry
Location:
229 Barco Law Building, Alcoa Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office and European Studies Center along with Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Department of Communication, Department of History, Cultural Studies Program and World History Center
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The Chernobyl disaster immediately comes to mind when we think of the Soviet nuclear industry. What about the history of Soviet nuclear power in the four decades prior? This live interview with Sonja Schmid will explore the development of the Soviet nuclear industry from the 1950s to Chernobyl to shed light on its institutional, technological, social, and political development.

This event is a part of the REEES Fall Speaker Series "Nuclear Fallout: Science and Society in Eurasia"

4:00 pm Lecture
La Reconquête, histoire et politique linguistiques du Québec
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian
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Professor Chantal Bouchard from McGill University in Montreal will offer a lecture in French on language use in Quebec today.

4:30 pm Lecture
Crossing the Line: Violence against Jewish Female Students in Interwar Poland and the New Model of Antisemitism
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, Room 501
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center along with Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, Department of History, Humanities Center and Carnegie-Mellon University Department of History
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Natalia Aleksiun is Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies, New York. She studied East European and Jewish history in Poland, where she received her first doctoral degree in history at Warsaw University, with a dissertation that resulted in her first book, “Where to? The Zionist Movement in Poland, 1944-1950.” She received her second doctoral degree in Jewish studies at New York University.

Dr. Aleksiun has been a fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich, Germany; the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania; a Senior Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Vienna; a Yad Hanadiv Postdoctoral Fellow in Israel; Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow, at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM, Washington D.C., and the Imre Kertesz Kolleg in Jena, Germany.

She has published in Yad Vashem Studies, Polish Review, Dapim, East European Jewish Affairs, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Polin, and Gal Ed, and other journals. Her second book, “Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust” is forthcoming (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2019). She co-edited two volumes of Polin, (v. 20, devoted to the memory of the Holocaust, and v. 29, on Jewish historiography in Eastern Europe). Aleksiun is currently working on a book about the cadaver affair at European universities in the 1920s and 1930s and on a project dealing with daily lives of Jews in hiding in Galicia during the Holocaust.

4:30 pm Workshop
Japanese Language Social Hour
Location:
Pitt Global Hub, First Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with English Language Social Hour
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Join us for an evening of language and cultural exchange between Pitt students and International students.

7:00 pm Cultural Event
Turkish Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center