Events in UCIS

Monday, June 1

12:00 pm Conference/Presentation
Online: Summer Institute for Chinese Studies
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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12:00-12:10 - Welcome, Joseph S. Alter, University of Pittsburgh

12:15-12:35 - Making Ecology Developmental: A Global Geneology of China's Green Modernization, Jesse Rodenbiker, Cornell University and Rutgers University-New Brunswick

12:35-12:55 - Rubber's Reach: How Chinese rubber investments transform landscapes, livelihoods, and state control in China and Laos, Juliet Lu, UC Berkeley

12:55-1:15 - Discussion, Corey Byrnes, Northwestern University. Open forum Q/A.

Register here.

2:00 pm Conference/Presentation
Online: Summer Institute for Chinese Studies
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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2:00-2:30 - Geopiety and the Rights of Nature--Unmaking the ChinAmeriComplex, Christopher Coggins, Bard College at Simon's Rock.

2:30-3:00 - Discussion, Jeffrey Nicolaisen, Duke University and Shiming Yang, University of Southern California. Open forum Q/A.

Register here.

Tuesday, June 2

12:00 pm Conference/Presentation
Online: Summer Institute for Chinese Studies
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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12:00-12:10 - Recap and overview, Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh

12:10-12:30 - Equality of Life: A Buddhist Teaching for an Ecological Civilization, Jeffrey Nicolaisen, Duke University

12:30-12:50 - Rethinking the Nature-Culture Nexus in the Ethnic Rural Context of Southwest China, Luo Yu, City University of Hong Kong

12:50-1:10 - Discussion, Emily Yeh, University of Colorado, Boulder. Open forum Q/A.

Register here.

2:00 pm Conference/Presentation
Online: Summer Institute for Chinese Studies
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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2:00-2:30 - Cemented River, Forced Migrants, and Rainbow Trout: A Multispecies Tale of the Xin'anjiang Hydropower Plant, Ling Zhang, Boston College.

2:30-2:50 - Discussion, Jesse Rodenbiker, Cornell University, and Weila Gong, Technical University of Munich. Open forum Q/A.

Register here.

4:30 pm Workshop
Online:Engaging Students: Interactive Grammar and Vocabulary Activities using PowerPoint and Web-based Technology
Location:
Zoom (Register Online)
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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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

Wednesday, June 3

12:00 pm Conference/Presentation
Online: Summer Institute for Chinese Studies
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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12:00 - Recap and overview, James Cook, University of Pittsburgh

12:10-12:30 - Segmenting the South: China and India in the HFC Negotiations, Shiming Yang, University of Southern California

12:30-12:50 - "Elegant-Yet-Wild": An Interaction Between Nature and Culture in the Scholar's Studio, Yunshuang Zhang, Wayne State University

12:50-1:10 - Discussion, Christopher Coggins, Bard College at Simon's Rock. Open forum Q/A.

Register here.

2:00 pm Conference/Presentation
Online: Summer Institute for Chinese Studies
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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2:00-2:30 - Imagined Islands and Coral Infrastructures, Corey Byrnes, Northwestern University.

2:30-2:50 - Discussion, Shiming Yang, University of Southern California, and Meng Zhang, Loyola Marymount University. Open forum Q/A.

Register here.

3:00 pm Presentation
Invisible in the Time of COVID-19
Location:
https://pitt.zoom.us/j/94101378190
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join us for a presentation by Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco (Salud Para Niños Program Director & Founder and Associate Professor at the School of Medicine) focused on the effect(s) Covid-19 will have on the Latino community and what we can do to help

Presentation Objectives:

1. Review demographic characteristics of Latinos in the U.S. and in Pennsylvania
2. Review epidemiologic characteristics of COVID19 in Latinos
3. Learn why Latinos are especially vulnerable to COVID19
4. Learn what academia and community members can do to support/help the Latino community
a. Advocacy
b. Community resources

Diego Chaves-Gnecco MD, MPH is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, associate faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies and Director and Founder of the program SALUD PARA NIÑOS. Dr. Diego obtained his title as a Medical Doctor from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá Colombia. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Hospital Universitario San Ignacio, Clínicas Infantiles Cafam and Colsubsidio being Chief Resident during his last year. In 1998, Dr. Diego came to Pittsburgh as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Center for Clinical Pharmacology where he worked until 2002. He obtained a Master degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), in 2000. In 2002, he started his residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and joined its Community Oriented Residency Education (CORE) program, an area of concentration in the pediatric training program that aims to train leaders in community health and child advocacy. As part of his CORE training, in the summer of 2002 Dr. Diego created the First Pediatric Bilingual-Bicultural Clinic in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Since its creation, this clinic has expanded to the program Salud Para Niños (Health for the Children). Dr. Diego completed his fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in 2008 at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Diego has been honored with several recognitions for his work and to his services to the community.

Thursday, June 4

12:00 pm Conference/Presentation
Online: Summer Institute for Chinese Studies
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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12:00-12:10 - Recap and overview, Joseph S. Alter, University of Pittsburgh

12:10-12:30 - Sustaining the Market: Forestry and Timber Trade in China, 1700-1930, Meng Zhang, Loyola Marymount University

12:30-12:50 - Local Leadership in An Authoritarian State: The Boundaries of Local Authority in China's Low-carbon Energy Transition, Weila Gong, Technical University of Munich

12:50-1:10 - Discussion, Ling Zhang, Boston College. Open forum Q/A.

Register here.

2:00 pm Conference/Presentation
Online: Summer Institute for Chinese Studies
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
See Details

2:00-2:30 - Natural infrastructure in China's era of ecological civilization, Emily Yeh, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2:30-2:50 - Discussion, Juliet Lu, University of California, Berkeley, and Yu Luo, City University of Hong Kong. Open forum Q/A.

Register here.

Friday, June 5

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
CLAS Virtual Trivia-- The America's Trivia
Location:
https://forms.gle/iPBpDbixJiGTySYR7
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
See Details
4:30 pm Workshop
Online: Project-based and Community-based Language Learning in the Online Environment
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, June 6

9:00 pm Cultural Event
Asian Appetites
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Office of Student Affairs
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Join the Asian Studies Center for a fun Jeopardy game about food in Asia in the #globaltieswecare virtual hangout on Saturday, June 6th at 9 pm. To register, click here.

Thursday, June 11

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Local & Global Strategies for Advancing the Human Right to Housing
Location:
Online-Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with UPR Cities Project of the US Human Rights Cities Alliance; US Human Rights Network; Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance
See Details

“Bringing Human Rights Home” Uniting People for Rights: US Human Rights Cities Webinar Series: Local & Global Strategies for Advancing the Human Right to Housing

In almost every single country, in every region, in cities and towns across the globe, we are experiencing a human rights crisis – the housing crisis. And something needs to change. It’s time to reclaim the #Right2Housing. -The Shift

The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed and deepened the long-standing housing crisis in our communities. At a time when everyone’s health demands that all residents have a safe and stable home, more and more people face housing insecurity and homelessness. How can cities and communities better protect people’s right to adequate housing? This webinar features Julieta Perucca, assistant to the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing and currently Deputy Director of global housing rights initiative, The Shift. Learn about the human right to housing around the world and strategies for using international law and the United Nations to advance housing and other human rights. We’ll hear from leaders in cities using innovative strategies for keeping people in their homes and expanding affordable housing. How can our emergency responses lead to permanent solutions? Confirmed City Representatives: Brandon Johnson, Director of the Office of Peace and Policy, City of Birmingham; Daniel Joseph Wiley, Housing organizer with Newark Ironbound Community; Crystal Jennings, Housing justice organizer with Pittsburgh’s Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition.

To participate in the webinar, https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99925342929

6:00 pm Lecture/Performance
The Sound of (Japanese) Music: Strings Revolution: History and Music of Shamisen and Geisha
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
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Strings Revolution: History and Music of Shamisen and Geisha

Thursday, June 11

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

Dr. Yuko Eguchi Wright, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

In the mid-1500s, the soundscapes of Japan dramatically changed because of the introduction of a three-stringed instrument—the shamisen. This presentation covers the historical background of shamisen and its music, particularly focusing on the songs practiced among geisha. It includes a demonstration and virtual hands-on session of shamisen songs.

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, June 12

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.

12:00 pm Panel Discussion
Let's Talk Africa Covid 19
Location:
Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/s/91412982142
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Hub
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Join a panel of individuals in Africa as they discuss how people in their country are reacting to life with COVID-19. We will learn from panelists in South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Kenya! Following the panel discussion there will be a question and answer session with the panelists.

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Virtual Lunch from Slovakia with Lydia Tobiasova, PhD
Location:
Virtual- Register at https://calendar.pitt.edu/
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Dr. Tobiasova received the 2014 Ruth Crawford Mitchell Czech/Slovak Fellowship from the Nationality Rooms Programs. She did a comparative study of law under the tutelage of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminal Law at Comenius University in Bratislava she was also a Fulbright Scholar Grantee at Fordham Law School in New York City in 2009/10 and she also served as Vice Dean for International Relations and Faculty Erasmus coordinator in 2011-2015. She will speak about the successful response of the Slovak government on COVID-19, the recent election in her country and reflections of where she is now. Dr. Tobiasova is serving as Legal Adviser for the Slovakian Ministry of Defense.

The conversation will be presented on Zoom. Participants must register at the University of Pittsburgh Events Calendar- https://calendar.pitt.edu/.

Registrants will receive the Zoom link and password.

Sunday, June 14 until Saturday, June 20

(All day) Teacher Training--Area Studies
Postponed: Brussels Study Tour 2020
Location:
Brussels, Belgium
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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Postponed until 2021

Thursday, June 18

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

We had so much fun the first time that we decided to hold another night of Global Trivia! Join the Pitt Global Hub and test your knowledge for the chance to win a special prize.

The trivia event will take place over Zoom on Thursday, June 18th 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 6 people and each team must select a Team Captain.

Registration REQUIRED: https://forms.gle/dik9saeuTGYPNfuN9
Registration will end on Thursday, May 18th at 12PM.

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: Taiko: Tradition as the Basis for Innovation
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
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Taiko: Tradition as a Basis for Innovation

Thursday, June 18

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

Dr. Benjamin Pachter, Executive Director, Japan-America Society of Central Ohio

Taiko can be found in a wide variety of performance venues in modern Japan, from the imperial court to regional festival processions to large concert halls. This presentation will explore the many ways in which taiko are used in Japan today, including the contemporary group performance style that has spread across the world since World War II and integrates a wide range of musical and visual influences.
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, June 19

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.

Wednesday, June 24

4:00 pm Film/Workshop
Summer Screenshots: Hot Nights and Cold War
Location:
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Screenshot: Asia
See Details

"The Missing Picture," the first film of our three-part series, is an autobiographical documentary by Rithy Panh. The film recounts Panh's childhood in Cambodia during the brutal takeover by the Khmer Rouge.

The film will be screened at 4:00 pm followed by a discussion at 6:00 pm. A curriculum module will be provided at the close of the program. To register, click here.

Friday, June 26

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 Presentation
A Chat with Amy Alznauer, author of The Boy who Dreamed of Infinity
Location:
Virtual- Register at https://calendar.pitt.edu/
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Amy Alznauer, recipient of the Indian Nationality Room Scholarship will give us insight on how she came to write The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity. Her father's discovery of The Lost Notebook of Ramanujan brought about a Ramanujan renaissance in mathematics and had profound implication for the world of number theory. The discovery also had a deep effect on Amy that radically changed her life.

www.amyalz.com

Monday, June 29

9:00 am Teacher Training
VIRTUAL Interdisciplinary Global Educators Working Group: Session I
Location:
Virtual
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
See Details

Have you wished for the opportunity to work with colleagues at your school to globalize a unit, lesson, or module?

Collaborate across disciplines with colleagues from your school to (re)design global curriculum! This program will provide educators with the time, (virtual) space, and material support to work with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lessons. We are accepting applications from teams of 2-4 educators (teachers, librarians, curriculum development specialists, and/or administrative personnel are welcome to apply). Act 48 credits and a stipend provided to each participant as well as a mini-grant offered to each team for curricular materials.

Submit your application here by June 19, 2020: https://forms.gle/JLMzDuRxRmmR267T7

3:00 pm Lecture
Charlemos Series: The Story Behind Critical Research in Latin America
Location:
https://pitt.zoom.us/j/92729064085
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Political Institutions and Processes Section of the Latin American Studies Association
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Charlemos is a new initiative that creates space for political scientists and other academics to discuss the critical social and political challenges facing Latin America today--including democratic backsliding, economic inequality, racial injustice, gender inequities, and a host of other issues – we are inaugurating a new virtual series.

The first lecture in the Charlemos Series will be hosted by Jennifer Cyr. Javier Corrales will present his paper, "Democratic backsliding through electoral irregularities: The case of Venezuela," (European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 2020) and Fabrice Lehoucq will present his paper (forthcoming in Journal of Democracy), "Bolivia's Citizen Revolt."

For more information, please visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/content/charlemos