Events in UCIS

Thursday, September 24 until Friday, September 25

4:00 pm Film/Panel Discussion
Global Studies Center Screening of Border South with Q&A & Debrief
Online (Register for viewing and Zoom info)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and Global Hub along with HT94 PGH
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The HT94 Pitt team, along with the Global Studies Center and the Pitt Global Hub present a free screening of "Border South" (available in both Spanish and English) for 24 hours on September 24-25 (4PM ET-4PM ET).

Film Synopsis: To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory. Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border. Gustavo’s gunshot wounds from Mexican police, which have achieved abundant press attention, might just earn him a ticket out of Nicaragua. Meanwhile anthropologist Jason painstakingly collects the trail’s remains, which have their own stories to tell. Fragmented stories from Hondurans crossing through southern Mexico assemble a vivid portrait of the thousands of immigrants who disappear along the trail. Border South reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.

After the screening, please join us for a Q&A with the Director Raúl O. Paz Pastrana and Producer Jason De León on September 25th at 5PMET, and a debrief with the HT94 Pitt team at 7PMET.

By registering, you will receive info on how to access the screening and further instructions on joining the Q&A and debrief.

Register here:

Friday, September 25

2:00 pm Information Session
Global Health Case Competition Information Session
Virtual, see website to join!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Global Health and Graduate School of Public Health
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With the Center for Global Health and Graduate School of Public Health, GSC will host Pitt's first Global Health Case Competition. This competition simulates professional practice in developing strategies to address a hypothetical global health scenario. Interdisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate students will develop presentations that address the scenario in a holistic way. Each team will present its strategy to a panel of experts, with the top team receiving support to participate in the 2021 Emory University International Case Competition.

Students can register as individuals or as part of a team. Each team must included graduate and undergraduate students from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. Further information can be found on our website. Questions? Reach out to Elaine.

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt German Club: Friday Stammtisch
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club
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Stammtisch is the German Club's weekly conversation table for speaks of all levels from absolute beginners to fluent speakers. Here we practice our language skills while also learning about German culture through fun games and activities!

Zoom Meeting ID: 950 0542 1812

4:15 pm Lecture
Panoramas Round Table: The Impact of COVID-19 on Brazil's Indigenous Population
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas
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While all of Brazil has been hit hard by COVID-19, indigenous people have been disproportionately affected. Illegal miners and other outsiders have brought the virus to isolated indigenous communities that often lack access to healthcare and other resources needed to keep the virus at bay. The government has done little in response, leading to protests by several groups.

Abby Neiser will lead a roundtable discussion on the topic. You can read the article she wrote for Panoramas here -

Abby Neiser is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Portuguese and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. During the summer of 2019, she studied abroad in Cuba as part of the Pitt in Cuba program. She is also the President of the Luso-Brazilian Student Association at Pitt. She is one of the 2020-2021 Panoramas Interns.

Registration is required -

7:00 pm Film
Screenshot: Japan Documentary Film Award
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies Program; SCREENSHOT: ASIA
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7:00 PM: An introduction with Honorable Mention winner Nanako Hirose and a screening of her film Book-Paper-Scissors (2019)

9:00 PM A conversation with Nanako Hirose about her award winning film

All events will be screened live on vimeo:

Kanagawa Prefecture native and Musashino Art University graduate Nanako Hirose is the 2020 JDFA Honorable Mention for her film, "Book-Paper-Scissors" (Tsutsunde, hirsute): the story of a master book designer. Although she has been working in the film industry for years, her director's debut film, "His Lost Name," was released in 2018.

Hirose Nanako, whose film Book-Paper-Scissors is a meditation on craft and art, follows the life and work of book designer Nobuyoshi Kikuchi. This deliberate film matches the craft it is following, allowing its audience to think about the surfaces and depths of artistic practice.