Events in UCIS

Friday, November 1 until Sunday, May 3

5:00 pm Seminar
Global Health and Gender Equality- SDG 5
Location:
2400 Sennott Square
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Office of the Vice Provost Carnegie Mellon University
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With each global health crisis, the interconnectedness of populations around the globe becomes more pronounced. Diseases not only affect the health of communities, but they have a profound impact on political, economic, and social stability within countries and regions. This course engages the interdisciplinary nature of global health by approaching the issue through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the United Nations. The SDGs range in focus from good health and well-being to gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. By engaging the ways that health has a stake in these goals, the course will bring the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and CMU as well as practitioners to understand and address the issue surrounding global health from a myriad of perspectives and avenues. With an applied focus, the course will assist students in engaging and advocating for a community on a global health issue through a policy memo. This iteration of the course will examine gender equality and SDG #5.

Thursday, November 7

4:00 pm Lecture
Panoramas Round Table: The Destruction of the Amazon: USA-China Trade War Escalation Thread
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas
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Topic: The Destruction Of The Amazon: US-China Trade War Escalation Threat

4:00 pm Lecture
Soviet and American Plans to Survive Nuclear Armageddon
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
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 United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a decades-long nuclear race. Though the Cold War rivals achieved "Mutual assured destruction" in the 1960s, both powers made plans for their respective societies to survive nuclear holocaust. This live interview with Ed Geist will examine the American and Soviet political and cultural context that influenced their civil defense efforts to withstand the ultimate catastrophe.

4:00 pm Lecture
Dialect and the Making of Modern China
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Taking aim at the conventional narrative that standard, national languages transform 'peasants' into citizens, Gina Anne Tam centers the history of the Chinese nation and national identity on fangyan--languages like Shanghainese, Cantonese, and dozens of others that are categorically different from the Chinese national language, Mandarin. She traces how linguists, policy-makers, bureaucrats, and workaday educators framed fangyan as non-standard 'variants' of the Chinese language, while simultaneously highlighting, on the other hand, the 1920s folksong collectors, communist-period playwrights, contemporary hip-hop artists and popular protestors who argued that fangyan were more authentic and representative of China's national culture and its history. These intertwined visions of the Chinese nation--one spoken in one voice, one spoken in many-interacted and shaped one another, and in the process, shaped the basis for national identity itself.

Dr. Gina Anne Tam is an Assistant Professor of Chinese History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford in 2016, and has had her research funded by the Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, and Blakemore. Her book, Dialect and Nationalism in China, 1860-1960, will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2020.

6:00 pm Seminar
Madeline Miller's Circe - Four Evenings -- Global Literary Encounters
Location:
Latin American Lecture Room, Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with University Library System (ULS) and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, Global Studies Center 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 discussions, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues. A limited number of tickets to the author's lectures will be available to those who attend the discussions.

7:00 pm Cultural Event
Turkish Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
9:00 pm Student Club Activity
Club Cúla Búla
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center