Events in UCIS

Thursday, September 19

10:00 am Workshop
Pittsburgh Youth Global Town Hall: Climate, Gender, and Sustainability
Posvar Hall, 2nd Floor (Provost Suites), University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
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On the eve of the Pittsburgh Global Town Hall hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, Global Voice, World Workable Trust, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the University Center for International Studies will host a workshop and town hall discussion specifically for area middle and high school students. The goal is to focus on the concerns of the next generation of globally-minded citizens, while exploring avenues for climate activism. How do you turn local activism into global reform? What role do the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) play in these discussions? How are gender equality and climate action related?

In activities throughout the day, students will explore models of activism and engagement. A town hall discussion at the end will direct discussions toward next steps, which will then be presented the next day at a live-streamed Global Town Hall on Pitt's campus. Join us and make your voice heard in time for the high-level climate summit in New York City on September 23rd.

Participation in the event is free and open to students and teachers grades 6-12. Pre-registration is required ( Participants are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch, as only light snacks will be provided.

Youth Town Hall and Workshop (open only to pre-registered students and teachers, grades 6-12)
9:30 am - arrival and check-in
10:00am – Welcome from hosts with introductory messages from Wanjira Mathai, global activist, and Leandra Mira, local youth activist
10:15am – Workshop on Climate Education and Advocacy
12:00pm – working lunch (brownbag) with activities
1:00 pm – Local Town Hall for students (Discussion)
2:45 pm – wrap up

Film Screening (Connelly ballroom) - open to public
3:00 - 5 pm – Screening of documentary about Wangari Mathaai: Taking Root (80 min) - followed by a discussion of the film led by Wanjira Mathai (the daughter of the film's subject).

3:00 pm Film/Panel Discussion
Taking Root Screening and Discussion
Alumni Hall Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies and European Studies Center
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Join us for a screening of "Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai" followed by a Q&A led by Maathai's daughter, Wanjira Mathai.

This event is free and open to the public.

5:00 pm Reception
CLAS Welcome back reception 2019
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Save the date!

Meet the Center for Latin American Studies staff, affiliated faculty members, Panoramas interns, CLAS Ambassadors and new certificate students!
This is a chance to learn about all that the Center offers, including funds opportunities available in the upcoming year.

see you all at the CLAS Welcome back reception on Thursday September 19 at 5:00pm.

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

Thursday, September 19 until Friday, September 20

5:30 pm Symposium
GLOBAL TOWN HALL Climate, Gender, and Sustainability: Local to Global
Alumni Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Department of Political Science, Center for International Legal Education, Office of the Provost, Heinrich-Böll Stiftung, Global Voice and Workable World Trust
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The European Studies Center, the Global Studies Center, and the University Center for International Studies, with the support of the Office of the Provost and the Year of Pitt Global Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with Global Voice and the Workable World Trust, will host the Second Annual Global Town Hall Meeting on UN and Global Governance Reform on Thursday 19 September to Friday 20 September 2019.

The theme for the discussion will be “Climate, Gender, and Sustainable Development: Local to Global”.

In this two-day event, discussions will focus on the need to think synthetically about climate change, gender equity, and sustainable development in reimagining an agenda for global governance reform and reconfiguring citizen activism for social justice.

Thursday, 19 September 2019: Opening Lecture for Global Town Hall - Humanities Center, Cathedral of Learning
5:30 pm –Paulo Magalhães, “Common Home of Humanity: Creating the Legal Environment to Meet Climate and Nature Emergencies”

Friday, 20 September 2019 – Connelly Ballroom, Alumni Hall (The Livestream will begin promptly at 9 a.m.)

8:30 am - check-in - vegan muffins and coffee

9:00am – Welcome
9:30am – Overview: The Road to 2020 – Earl James, Global Voice

10:00am – Expert Panel Plenary: Gender, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development (moderated by Ariel Armony, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Pitt) - Livestreamed

· Paulo Magalhães, Common Home of Humanity
· anupama jain, City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission
· Katharina Schulze, Green Party Member, State Parliament, Bavaria, Germany
· Raquel Lagunas, Gender Mainstreaming Advisor in the Gender Team in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Program

12:00pm – Lunch (free to the first 100 people to register)
1:00 pm - Keynote Address : Wanjira Mathai, wPower and Green Belt Movement (Livestreamed)

2:00pm – Breakout Sessions
· Economics of Sustainability with Paulo Magalhães, Aurora Sharrard (Director of Sustainability, University of Pittsburgh), moderator: Michaël Aklin
· Security with Richard Ponzio (Stimson Center), Grant Ervin (Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh), moderator: Burcu Savun
· Gender and Development with Raquel Lagunas and anupama jain; moderator: Muge Finkel
· Climate Action and Social Justice with Nora Löhle (Program Director, Energy and Environment, Heinrich Böll Foundation) and Katharina Schulze, moderator: Michael Goodhart
3:30pm – Break - coffee and vegan cookies

4:00pm – Global Town Hall and Public Discussion of Next Steps (Connelly Ballroom and via Livestream)

Heinrich-Böll Stiftung
Department of Political Science
Center for International Legal Education
African Studies Program
Department of Geology
Office of the Provost
Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Program