Join us in the Global Hub for refreshments, crafts, and games as we celebrate the Lantern Festival, or Yuan Xiao, in honor of the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar.
Events in UCIS
Thursday, February 6
For those attending the Washington DC Trip on February 20 and 21, please plan on joining Erin Wheeler, Career Consultant in the Career Center for a presentation on best practices for creating an elevator pitch to have ready to connect with experts and alumni that you will meet while in DC.
This is the first feature film to depict the notorious Pitești Experiment in early communist Romania (1949-1951). Following the establishment of the communist regime, all university students were compelled to become Party members. Those who refused were imprisoned and 're-educated.' Based on a concept borrowed from the Soviet pedagogue A.S. Makarenko, the re-education phenomenon relied on the assumption that everyone can become a 'new person,' which in this instance was achieved by means of both physical and mental torture. An independent project funded through donations, this production aims to raise awareness about the Pitești Experiment, a subject that was kept out of the public eye until recently. For more details, see gofundme.com/f/HelpVictoriaFinishTheMovie.
Victoria Baltag has previously taught at the University College London and was a guest lecturer at Pace University in New York. She holds an M.A. in Film, History, and Television from the University of Birmingham, an M.Sc. in Management and International Marketing from the Academy of Economic Studies (Bucharest), and Bachelor 's degrees in Journalism and Sociology from the University of Bucharest. Victoria began working on the first independent feature film about the Pitești Experiment in 2011 and completed the footage in 2015. This past year, she was entirely focused on her work as a film maker. Inspired by historical events, her film is in the post-production phase and is scheduled for completion in May 2020.
In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's Ten Evenings series, the Global Studies Center will host pre-lecture discussions for four of these events to place prominent world authors and their work within a global context. Led by Pitt experts and open to series subscribers and the Pitt community, these evening discussions provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues.
Tommy Orange's There There pre-lecture discussion will be moderated by the History Department's Assistant Professor Alaina E. Roberts.
Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!