Events in UCIS

Tuesday, September 29 until Monday, October 5

(All day) Workshop
Rescheduled: Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Urban Studies Program, Center for Metropolitan Studies, the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, Regional Studies Association and United Kingdom
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Urban infrastructure is a vital topic for interdisciplinary research because it is fundamental to the economic development prospects of regions. The Urban Studies Program in collaboration with the Regional Studies Association (UK), the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, and GSPIA’s Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS) as well as support from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the European Studies Center, and the Global Studies Center will hold an international, inter-disciplinary event entitled Infrastructural Regionalism: Workshop on Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance on Tuesday, May 12th and Wednesday, May 13th, 2020. This workshop will leverage the Regional Studies Association’s Network on Infrastructural Regionalisms (NOIR) to bring global experts together with locally based researchers and practitioners on pressing issues related to regional water governance.
The two-day workshop will include site visits, networking opportunities, one public keynote, and paper sessions, and will feature opportunities for engagement with local faculty, graduate students, and the public.

Tuesday, September 29

12:00 pm Information Session
Center for Latin American Studies - Virtual Office Hours
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Speak with a student ambassador from the Center for Latin American Studies to learn about their certificate offerings, programs, and more.

Virtual Office Hours:
Mondays 11AM-12PM
Tuesdays 12-1PM
Thursdays 11:30AM-12:30PM

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2:00 pm Lecture
Anatomy of a Successful Forgery: The Czech Manuscripts
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, the Institute of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, the Russian East European & Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University, the Center for Russian East European & Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan, the Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University, the Center for Russia East Europe and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at The University of Chicago and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University
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For over five decades from the moment of their appearance in 1817 and 1818, the Queen’s Court and Green Mountain Manuscripts were considered by the vast majority of the international scholarly community to be genuine monuments of medieval Czech literature. How were so many of the best minds of the period fooled for so long? Drawing on research for a monograph in-progress entitled “The Czech Manuscripts: Poetics, Faith, Scholarship,” this presentation will examine the qualities of the manuscripts themselves, both as physical and as literary objects, their effective use in the Czech cultural revival of the period, and the cultural and intellectual horizons of the period that made the manuscripts (seem) real.


David L. Cooper is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a specialist in both Czech and Russian literatures. His research is in the areas of nationalism in literature, forgery and mystification, translation history and translation studies, and history of criticism. His monograph Creating the Nation: Identity and Aesthetics in Early Nineteenth-century Russia and Bohemia (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010) examined the emergence of the new paradigm of “national literature” and the role of literary intellectuals in developing new conceptions of national identity. David has published translations of Slovak folktales and poetry and recently published a new translated edition of the poems of the Czech 19th-century forged manuscripts (The Queen’s Court and Green Mountain Manuscripts with Other Forgeries of the Czech Revival, Michigan Slavic Publications, 2018). His current book project, under the working title of The Czech Forged Manuscripts: Poetics, Faith, and Scholarship, examines this notorious case of literary forgery for what it can contribute to ongoing scholarly reevaluations of forgery in literature and history.

This event is part of the Area Studies Lecture Series presented by the 2018-2021 U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies grant recipients for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

3:00 pm Seminar
AFRCNA 0300 Racialized Policing Pop-Up Course
Virtual, see website to enroll!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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This course provides students with an opportunity to think about the most recent wave of brutal police violence in the United States in a global perspective. Expanding on our summer series, students will focus on topics such as racial capitalism, colonialism and settler colonialism, and transnational trends in militarized policing and police violence. Students who complete the course will appreciate how policing in the USA shapes and is shaped by global processes.

The pop-up course will kick off on September 15!

6:30 pm Panel Discussion
UCIS International Career Toolkit Series presents: Preparing Competitive Applications for Graduate School
Zoom Discussion
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Considering graduate school? Preparing your application materials?

Join us as Pitt graduate program experts and current graduate students from the School of Public Health, GSPIA, Economics, History, and Asian Studies share expertise on crafting strong applications in a Zoom discussion. Learn tips on writing effective personal statements, securing letter writers, and submitting desired credentials. Ask admissions professionals and students individual questions for successful preparation.

Dr. Kevin Broom, Director of MHA and MHA/MBA Programs, Vice Chair, Associate Professor, Pitt Public Health
Dr. Emily Rook-Koepsel, Asst. Director for Academic Affairs, UCIS Asian Studies Center
Dr.Michel Gobat , Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of History
Dr. Daniele Coen-Pirani, Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of Economics
Ms. Kelly McDevitt, Admissions and Enrollment, GSPIA
Accompanying Graduate Students

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to hear from the experts. Click the link below to secure a spot today!
Tuesday, Sept 29th, 6:30pm
Online Discussion

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7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Tuesday Stammtisch
Online (Zoom)
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: 988 3897 9763