Events in UCIS
Friday, February 28
Borders--whether political, cultural, linguistic, or otherwise--are artificial constructs, often fluid and rarely unanimously accepted. The spaces between and beyond the lines of demarcation--the "borderlands"--often manifest as multicultural, impermanent places of shifting identities and disparate perspectives. Many scholars have remarked on the global and cultural transformations that have taken place since 1989 and the accompanying emergence of new borderlands in Europe and Central Asia. The liminal spaces around these borders have become new points of contact and conflict for various cultures and ideologies, now brought together or divided by the turn of history. For its 17th annual conference, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites presentations that explore the concept of "borderlands," whether political, ideological, cultural, linguistic, or of another type altogether.
Drop by the Pitt Global Hub for our third installment of Global Brew! This time we will be featuring coffee beans produced in Africa. All are welcome to come by, sample different coffees, and learn about the coffee industry in Africa.
Global Brew is an ongoing series at the Pitt Global Hub that aims to educate people on the coffee and tea industry and their economic impacts on producers.
Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.
Join Aly Yingst, Biological Sciences and BPhil/IAS/Global Studies and current PhD student at the University of Iceland, in a discussion about how to prepare for graduate school and life abroad.
Since graduating, Yingst has completed a Fulbright-funded Master's degree in Iceland, traveled the world working as a lecturer on expedition cruise ships. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Studies.
One of the perilous unintended consequences of international education policy is the misunderstanding of the relationship between child sexual abuse and the schooling of girls. Development literature indicates that education is strongly associated with decreased rates of early childhood marriage, yet education may also expose girls to other forms of sexual violence associated with school. The relationship between schooling levels and these other forms is not well established. Jessica will share findings from her research which seeks to address these literature gaps by examining how the prevalence of female child sexual abuse is affected by the education of girls including the environments in which they learn. Using a mixed-methods approach, the study analyses results of a field-survey using a stratified-cluster sampling of over 700 young Liberian women and their parents to investigate whether sending girls to school has unintended consequences of higher risks of other forms of sexual abuse. This analysis further explores how this relationship relates to additional factors of household knowledge, attitudes and behaviours, demographics, and the provision of a safe learning environment. The study further incorporates an evaluability analysis of 15 stakeholder members to qualitatively understand the relationship between girls' education and child protection. The ethical and policy-relevant ramifications of this research are crucial at a time when girls are entering the classroom at higher rates each year, yet without fully understanding how to ensure her protection and uphold her potential agency.
Dr. K. Frances Lieder, the UCIS Visiting Professor of Contemporary Global Issues, will lead this Global Studies Center three-part series. Students will learn the how-to’s of research in the social sciences and humanities, formulate and apply concepts to their own research, and engage with junior faculty about their research experiences.
The series is open to all undergraduate students -- and a must for students pursuing BPHIL, honor thesis and students with plans to pursue graduate study.
Link to registration: https://forms.gle/NCVjX1GSNofDHKza7
Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!
Join a group of up to twenty students for the fall semester in North India, one of the most spectacular and diverse mountain ranges on earth. You'll go on backpacking expeditions to the source of India’s sacred rivers, to ancient Tibetan monasteries in Ladakh, learn about conservation at India’s premier Tiger reserve, Corbett National Park, and experience life in a mountain village during a village home stay.
To learn more about the program, please joint us for an information session from 4-5:30 PM on Friday, February 28th, in 3106 Posvar Hall (Anthropology Lounge).
You are invited to participate in the spring 2020 book discussion on "Jihad, Radicalism and the New Atheism" by Mohammad Hassan Khalil at the University of Pittsburgh. The discussion will be led by Associate Professor Jeanette S. Jouili of Department of Religious Studies. Dinner will be served at 5 PM.
A free book is available to the first 15 registrants, reach out to Elaine Linn at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your copy today.
Participants can register by copying and pasting the following link:
Join us for this FREE professional development mini course on the world of Whaling from New England to Europe to Japan. Speakers will address topics such the lives of sailors, what parts of a whale and what kinds of whales were harvested, the global commodity chain of whaling, and a challenge to the contemporary Japanese narrative about the importance of whaling to Japan. Class time will also include previewing portions of the American Experience film Into the Deep, experiencing some of the music of whalers, and a curriculum session with a master teacher. Free ACT 48 hours, materials, parking, and meals. Space limited so please register by Friday, February 14, 2020.
To register: https://forms.gle/7X6sHr4jsin66Gif7