Events in UCIS

Thursday, February 27

12:00 pm Information Session
UCIS Career Toolkit Series: Viveka Mandava '14
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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Join Viveka Mandava, Religious Studies with honors/Global Studies/Political Science at University of Pittsburgh, for a Q&A session to learn about what they are doing and how they go there following their time at Pitt.

While at Pitt, Mandava was a founding member of Pitt's chapter of United Studients Against Sweatshops (USAS) and a research fellow in the Honors College. Since graduating, Mandava has been a Boren scholar, worked for 270 Strategies, the 2016 Hilary for America Campaign, and 21st Century Fox. Currently, Mandava works in New York City as the Social Impact Manager for General Assembly.

3:00 pm Cultural Event
Pause Cafe
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
4:00 pm Cultural Event
Online: German Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Please note this event is now meeting online. Join via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/466509031
Contact Benjamin Brand (bmb145@pitt.edu) with any questions.

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

4:00 pm Lecture
Postcolonial Socialisms in Africa
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
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Shortly after independence, Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania, embarked on a socialist experiment: the ujamaa, the villagization initiative of 1967-1975. Ujamaa, or "familyhood" in Swahili, both invoked established socialist themes and departed from the existing global repertoire of development policy by seeking to reorganize the Tanzanian countryside into communal village to achieve national development. This live interview with Priya Lal will discuss how ujamaa was envisioned and unfolded in Tanzania and how that experience spoke to particularities of African socialisms, nation building and development in the 1960s and 1970s.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.

4:30 pm Reading Group
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center
4:30 pm Lecture
The Future of Ancient Greece: Activating the Classics today for tomorrow
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
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In this illustrated talk, Professor Peter Meineck will explore how ancient Greek literature can be newly enacted and placed powerfully into service for society today. This talk will focus on Professor Meineck's work with the American veteran community and the with immigrants and refugees in using ancient works to highlight and contextualize important issues facing marginalized communities as well as learning much more about these works from people who have experienced the same kind of events they describe. Professor Meineck will suggest that activating classical works in this way can help us to envision alternate and even better futures for our societies.

5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Canceled: Cafe Ivrit
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel
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Please note this event has been canceled. Contact Emily Fogel (ehf11@pitt.edu) with any questions.

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

5:30 pm Lecture
The Crisis of Truth
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Pundits everywhere claim that, in the age of Trump and Brexit, political life no longer depends on any shared sense of truth. This talk will consider the validity of this claim, exploring the role of truth in democracies going back to the eighteenth century, but also the changed circumstances of the present in Europe and much of the world.

Free lunch will be available to all attendees.

7:00 pm Cultural Event
Turkish Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!