Events in UCIS

Friday, March 27 until Sunday, May 31

5:00 pm Seminar
Transforming Cities: Smart Cities and Technology
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, May 14

2:00 pm Film
CLAS Film Series Presents: Bixa Travesty Screening & Discussion
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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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.


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

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
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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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:

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
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
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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:

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.