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.

Friday, March 27 until Sunday, May 31

5:00 pm Seminar
Transforming Cities: Smart Cities and Technology
Location:
Online-Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Carnegie Mellon University Office of the Provost for Education
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Due to economic development and globalization, cities continue to grow with predictions that 70 of the
world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. This course, then, will view cities as hubs
where patterns, connections, discussions, and the processes shape such issues as social justice, economic
development, technology, migration, the environment among others. By examining cities as a lens, this
sequence of weekend courses encourages students to examine cities as a system for discussing social
processes being built and rebuilt. With an interdisciplinary focus, the course invites experts from the
University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.
This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the influence of multinational corporations on
cities; the rise of privacy issues in relation to adoption of technology within cities and homes; the
replacement of human labor and access to employment; the role of technology on urban planning,
among others.
One-credit for PITT students / 3 units

Thursday, April 30 until Friday, May 1

8:30 am Workshop
Postponed: Human Trafficking Workshop
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with University Center for International Studies and Liberty Shared
See Details

The Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and Liberty Shared will convene an interdisciplinary workshop on Human Trafficking on April 30 - May1, 2020 on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus. The purpose of this workshop is to address the failure of existing approaches to curbing human trafficking and related forms of forced labor, debt bondage, and related forms of human exploitation. Human trafficking continues to thrive and grow despite the considerable resources and energy that have been dedicated to its eradication.

Friday, May 1

10:45 am Workshop
Online: How To Tai Chi
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
See Details

Reduce your stress, find more balance, join us for an online tai chi session with Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer, Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh. To register, click here.

4:00 pm Cultural Event
The Americas Trivia Game
Location:
via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
See Details

REGISTRATION is open:

https://forms.gle/8AgeE7WfQSnvMRxH7

CLAS/UCIS @ Pitt Event:

Join us for a fun afternoon and test your knowledge about the Americas (North, Central, South America and the Caribbean) by playing:

The AMERICAS Trivia Game

START GETTING YOUR TEAM READY!

After teams are registered, we will be sending further instructions for the the day of the event.

If you have any questions about the AMERICAS Trivia Game, please email us at clas@pitt.edu. Thank you.

Saturday, May 2

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Making a British Toy Soldier from Start to Finish
Location:
virtual - register at https://www.britsburgh.com/
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with Britsburgh
See Details

Virtual Britsburgh presents....
Making a British Toy Soldier from Start to Finish

Painted metal toy soldiers were once the playthings of children and British toy soldiers set the standard for the world. Toy soldier collector and Britsburgh member, Dave Frankowski, will take you through the steps of making a traditional, glossy painted British guardsman toy soldier.

Dave will cast a metal figure from a mold, show the steps to prepare the casting, and the stages of painting it. Hobbyists today still make and paint their own figures and he will share his tips for completing the figure.

Tuesday, May 5 until Wednesday, May 6

(All day) Symposium
Online: European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium
Location:
Zoom (Register online)
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center
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The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus.

After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics. The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

Please register to attend here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkdeqpqzwqGtAzEUX1o93hQMl58NmZ6HjN

Wednesday, May 6

2:00 pm Information Session
Class Info Session: HIST1691 - Latino History
Location:
https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97444980643
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of History
See Details

This course is a survey of the history of peoples of Latin American and Hispanic-Caribbean descent in the United States from the sixteenth century to the present. 

We will learn from the distinct ethnic, racial, and cultural forms that Latinos either preserved from their homelands or produced in the US mainland. We will analyze the varied experiences of Latinos and Latin American immigrants as they transition to and become part of everyday life in the United States.

All of this will be done with a wide array of audiovisual sources like graphic novels, music and film!

This course counts for general education credit and does not require previous knowledge. Please direct questions to the instructor at asj42@pitt.edu

Thursday, May 7

7:00 pm Film
#PittAPAHM: ASIAN AMERICANS Watch Party
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Hub
See Details

The Pitt Global Hub and Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh are excited to present a pre-screening of the new PBS groundbreaking series, ASIAN AMERICANS, to kick off our #PittAPAHM event series in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

We will be screening the first two episodes of the series via OVEE, a custom screening platform run by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. RSVP here to receive instructions on how to access the screening: https://forms.gle/AWYPLscHXJEfNovz6

About ASIAN AMERICANS: ASIAN AMERICANS is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse—and more divided—while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.

Friday, May 8

10:45 am Workshop
Online: How To Tai Chi
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
See Details

Reduce your stress, find more balance, join us for an online tai chi session with Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer, Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh. To register, click here.

1:30 pm Cultural Event
Virtual Lunch from Lusaka, Zambia
Location:
Register Here- https://calendar.pitt.edu/
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with Pitt Honors College
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Holly Hickling of Pitt's Honors College and Mathew Tembo of the Music Department take you out for a virtual lunch date from Lusaka, Zambia. You will learn about the staple food nshima, a cornmeal dish, as well as other culinary delights such as edible leaves and caterpillars!"

Register Here: https://calendar.pitt.edu/

Wednesday, May 13

7:00 pm Film
Online: Train to Busan
Location:
Netflix Party (via Zoom online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Office of International Services
See Details

Which would win in a fight: Pittsburgh Zombies or Busan Zombies? Find out at our next Netflix Group Watch of Train to Busan. Grab some shrimp crackers or popcorn and join us as we get terrified together. To register at Eventbrite, click here.. To join on Zoom, click here.

Thursday, May 14

2:00 pm Film
CLAS Film Series Presents: Bixa Travesty Screening & Discussion
Location:
https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92875361201
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Language and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.
See Details

CLAS Film Series Presents: Bixa Travesty

A film by Cláudia Priscilla & Kiko Goifman, featuring Linn Da Quebrada. The documentary is in Portuguese with English subtitles.

Immediately following the film, Dr. David Tenorio, Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, will lead our discussion about the documentary.

There are a limited number of viewing licenses available, so prior event registration is required.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92875361201

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Defending and Advancing Equity & Rights in the COVID-19 Economy
Location:
Online-Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance
See Details

As those furthest behind economically find themselves on the front lines, we need policies that put needs of people furthest behind first to ensure health and well-being for all of us.
As public budgets shrink, ensuring health and well-being requires re-defining spending priorities, greater public participation and transparency in budget and planning processes, and reframing debates about taxation and governance. And we need to build collective power and unity to achieve this. Link to join Webinar https://pitt.zoom.us/j/96808717357

Speakers:
Jessie Ramey, Chair, City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission
Randall Taylor, Penn Plaza Support & Action Coalition & former School Board member.
Facilitator: Jam Hammond, City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations

4:30 pm Cultural Event
Global Trivia
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
See Details

Join the Pitt Global Hub for a night of Global Trivia!

The trivia event will take place over Zoom on Thursday, May 14th at from 4:30PM-5:30PM. You may register as a team or as an individual. Teams will be sorted into breakout rooms and individuals will get a chance to join a team at the start of the event if they wish.

Teams can have a maximum of 5 people and each team must select a Team Captain.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and will end on Thursday, May 14th at 12PM. Register here: https://forms.gle/r1GsFFh7bzhsJbTw5

Further instructions will be sent via email the day of the event. Please make sure to have Zoom downloaded onto your device ahead of time!

6:00 pm Lecture/Performance
The Sound of (Japanese) Music: Koto: Its Music and Musicians, Yesterday and Today
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
See Details

Koto: Its Music and Musicians, Yesterday and Today

Thursday, May 14

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET (5:00-6:30 CT)

Dr. Anne Prescott, Director, Five College Center for East Asian Studies

Music for the koto is a living, evolving tradition shaped by its past. Explore the history, present and future possibilities of the music and musicians of the koto world. This presentation will also include a brief overview and timeline of traditional Japanese music genres.

Registration Required. Please Register Here: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ncta/sound-japanese-music-online-mini-course-e...

Part of the Series:

The Sound of (Japanese) Music: Online Mini Course for Educators

Co-sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh NCTA

Join us for “The Sound of (Japanese) Music,” a series of presentations and demos by four Japanese music ethnomusicologists. Designed to take you to a deeper level of understanding of traditional Japanese music, these presentations expand your knowledge of Japanese history and culture, including modern music innovations. You will learn about the evolving traditions of the koto, shakuhachi, shamisen and the recent development of taiko drumming. Some presentations will be recorded for your use later with your students. All sessions will be held through Zoom.

Friday, May 15

10:45 am Workshop
Online: How To Tai Chi
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
See Details

Reduce your stress, find more balance, join us for an online tai chi session with Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer, Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh. To register, click here.

5:00 pm Panel Discussion
#PittAPAHM: The Making of ASIAN AMERICANS and APIA Activism
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Hub
See Details

The Pitt Global Hub and Asian Studies Center present #PittAPAHM: The Making of ASIAN AMERICANS and APIA Activism, the second event in our programmatic series in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

This panel discussion will feature Donald Young, Director of Programs at the Center for Asian American Media and producer of the PBS documentary series, ASIAN AMERICANS; Nobuko Miyamoto, singer/songwriter, theater artist, and troubadour in the 1970s Asian American movement who co-created one of the first albums of Asian American songs; and Corky Lee, photographer who photographed the Asian American movement and continues to document the daily lives of APIA folx.

Christina Ong, PhD student in the Department of Sociology will moderate the discussion.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3fG3xzu

Thursday, May 21

6:00 pm Lecture/Performance
The Sound of (Japanese) Music: the Shakuhachi, its History, and its Music
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
See Details

The World in a Single Sound - the Shakuhachi, its History, and its Music

Thursday, May 21

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET (5:00-6:30 CT)

Devon Osamu Tipp, PhD Candidate in Music Theory/Composition, University of Pittsburgh

Steeped in the aesthetics of Zen Buddhism, traditional shakuhachi repertoire focuses on the discovery of the world that lies within a single note, a single sound. This presentation will introduce you to the history of shakuhachi, as well as some of the fundamental aesthetic concepts that continue to capture audiences hearts and minds.

Registration Required. Please register at: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ncta/sound-japanese-music-online-mini-course-e...

Part of the Series:

The Sound of (Japanese) Music: Online Mini Course for Educators

Co-sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh NCTA

Join us for “The Sound of (Japanese) Music,” a series of presentations and demos by four Japanese music ethnomusicologists. Designed to take you to a deeper level of understanding of traditional Japanese music, these presentations expand your knowledge of Japanese history and culture, including modern music innovations. You will learn about the evolving traditions of the koto, shakuhachi, shamisen and the recent development of taiko drumming. Some presentations will be recorded for your use later with your students. All sessions will be held through Zoom.

Friday, May 22

10:45 am Workshop
Online: How To Tai Chi
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
See Details

Reduce your stress, find more balance, join us for an online tai chi session with Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer, Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh. To register, click here.

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Virtual Lunch with Ms. Veni Ventzislavova with a Bulgarian Flavor
Location:
Virtual- Register at https://calendar.pitt.edu/
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
See Details

Veni Ventzislavova will present Bulgarian dish Yaritsa po Panaguski (Eggs done Panagurski style) while speaking about her experience immigrating to the U.S. from Bulgaria.

Born in Pernik, Bulgaria Veni represented the women’s basketball team Minor Pernik at an early age. She graduated from Sofia University with a BS in Speech Therapy. In 1997, she came to New York City and soon started working in the fashion industry on Madison Avenue with Giorgio Armani and later at Bergdorf Goodman. In 2003, Veni moved to San Francisco and opened her own business – a retail establishment called Vex. She returned to New York and graduated with a master’s degree in Sports Business from New York University. She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and teach an undergraduate class in Licensing and Merchandising. In 2015, Veni Ventzislavova was hired as the East Coast Regional Manager for Dolce & Gabbana and currently, is the Store Director for Givenchy Madison Avenue.

Register at https://calendar.pitt.edu/ Registrants will receive the Zoom link and password

2:00 pm Information Session
Class Info Session: HIST1691 - Latino History
Location:
https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99619117413
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of History
See Details

This course is a survey of the history of peoples of Latin American and Hispanic-Caribbean descent in the United States from the sixteenth century to the present. 

We will learn from the distinct ethnic, racial, and cultural forms that Latinos either preserved from their homelands or produced in the US mainland. We will analyze the varied experiences of Latinos and Latin American immigrants as they transition to and become part of everyday life in the United States.

All of this will be done with a wide array of audiovisual sources like graphic novels, music and film!

This course counts for general education credit and does not require previous knowledge. Please direct questions to the instructor at asj42@pitt.edu

Tuesday, May 26

4:30 pm Workshop
Online: The Nuts and Bolts of Online Language Teaching
Location:
Zoom (Register Online)
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
See Details

This workshop will offer college and high-school language instructors training in applying the online teaching methodologies in language education and in identifying the most effective technology- and Internet-based tools for creating communicative, proficiency-based learning activities and assessments.

All sessions will be held online via Zoom.

Please register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtf-2vrDorHtJXSlAXBvsUAa4k8FS1hCpY

Workshop 1: "The Nuts and Bolts of Online Language Teaching"
Tuesday, May 26th, 4:30-6:30pm EDT (3:30-5:30pm CDT)
Facilitator: Olga Klimova, University of Pittsburgh

Workshop 2: "To Zoom or Not to Zoom: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Activities in the Online Language Classroom"
Friday, May 29th, 4:30-6:30pm EDT (3:30-5:30pm CDT)
Facilitator: Anna Dyer, University of Iowa

Workshop 3: "Engaging Students: Interactive Grammar and Vocabulary Activities using PowerPoint and Web-based Technology"
Tuesday, June 2nd, 4:30-6:30pm EDT (3:30-5:30pm CDT)
Facilitator: Anna Dyer, University of Iowa

Workshop 4: "Project-based and Community-based Language Learning in the Online Environment"
Friday, June 5th, 4:30-6:30pm EDT (3:30-5:30pm CDT)
Facilitator: Olga Klimova, University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, May 28

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Treating Racism as a Public Health Emergency
Location:
Online-Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance
See Details

As we consider actions and strategies to limit the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic and build our community's capacity to prevent and limit damage from future crises, this forum addresses systemic racism and its impacts. Both the City and County Councils have now passed motions naming racism as a "public health emergency." We consider both why it is necessary to make such public declarations, and how these political statements can inform and shape our advocacy work. While largely symbolic, can these measures be seen as openings for advancing more transformative efforts to eliminate systemic racism? How does this pandemic help clarify the urgent need for fundamental change? Confirmed speakers: Olivia "Liv" Bennett, Allegheny County Council member & sponsor of motion declaring racism a public health emergency. Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/93085045986

Friday, May 29

10:45 am Workshop
Online: How To Tai Chi
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
See Details

Reduce your stress, find more balance, join us for an online tai chi session with Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer, Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh. To register, click here.

4:30 pm Workshop
Online: To Zoom or Not to Zoom: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Activities in the Online Language Classroom
Location:
Zoom (Register Online)
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
See Details

This workshop will offer college and high-school language instructors training in applying the online teaching methodologies in language education and in identifying the most effective technology- and Internet-based tools for creating communicative, proficiency-based learning activities and assessments.

All sessions will be held online via Zoom.

Please register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtf-2vrDorHtJXSlAXBvsUAa4k8FS1hCpY

Workshop 1: "The Nuts and Bolts of Online Language Teaching"
Tuesday, May 26th, 4:30-6:30pm EDT (3:30-5:30pm CDT)
Facilitator: Olga Klimova, University of Pittsburgh

Workshop 2: "To Zoom or Not to Zoom: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Activities in the Online Language Classroom"
Friday, May 29th, 4:30-6:30pm EDT (3:30-5:30pm CDT)
Facilitator: Anna Dyer, University of Iowa

Workshop 3: "Engaging Students: Interactive Grammar and Vocabulary Activities using PowerPoint and Web-based Technology"
Tuesday, June 2nd, 4:30-6:30pm EDT (3:30-5:30pm CDT)
Facilitator: Anna Dyer, University of Iowa

Workshop 4: "Project-based and Community-based Language Learning in the Online Environment"
Friday, June 5th, 4:30-6:30pm EDT (3:30-5:30pm CDT)
Facilitator: Olga Klimova, University of Pittsburgh

Saturday, May 30

5:00 pm Panel Discussion
#PittAPAHM: Unpacking APIA Identity as Pitt Students
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Hub
See Details

The Pitt Global Hub and Asian Studies Center are excited to announce our last event in our programmatic series in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

#PittAPAHM: Unpacking APIA Identity as Pitt Students is student-led panel discussion featuring Albert Tanjaya, Lauren Yu, and Weiyi Tu, moderated by Cynthia Truong.

Please join us on Saturday, May 30th from 5-6PM to close out the month! Register here: https://bit.ly/3bOMKY9