Ngofeen Mputubwele is a journalist, lawyer, and podcast producer for the New Yorker Radio Hour based in New York City. He reports on issues of culture, language, and food, with an emphasis on international issues and the black diaspora. His work has been featured on NPR?s Code Switch, Rough Translation, as well as Gimlet Media?s The Nod, Every Little Thing, We Came to Win, and more. Most recently, he produced and narrated the New Yorker Radio Hour podcast episode "Black Italians Fight to Be Italian." He lives in Brooklyn with the 2.3 million yeast in his sourdough starter. Event Registration: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0oduyvrjkoHdEOCPA4HovLQdV0gNpv2uKu
Events in UCIS
Thursday, October 15
Speak with a student ambassador from the Center for Latin American Studies to learn about their certificate offerings, programs, and more.
Virtual Office Hours:
The ESC’s 2020-21 theme, Creating Europe, explores both the political, social, cultural, and geographical forces that have given shape to contemporary Europe and also individuals who create and are creative in their daily or artistic expressions of what it means to be European. In celebration of German Campus Week, this month’s Conversations on Europe focuses on topic of cultural diversity in Germany and how the European nation has aimed to create inclusive community building. Our virtual roundtable will discuss successes, failures, and the future of Germany’s diverse communities.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Rahsaan Maxwell, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Danny Choi, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Kai Unzicker, Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Event Registration: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pXKilhrtTwKX53Il8APJhw
This event is part of the #JMintheUS event series, an initiative of Jean Monnet Centers in the U.S.
The United Kingdom's relationship within the European Union has always been a hesitant one, late to the party of European integration. Now since that relationship is coming to an end, the once-powerful union of the United Kingdom itself looks fragile and in question.
John Edward will look at the UK's seemingly inexorable exit from the EU, and how that has mirrored a growth in national political sentiment in the constituent parts of the UK itself. How will Edinburgh, London and the other capitals of Europe respond? Will departure from one union after almost 50 years mean exit from another that has lasted 300 years?
John Edward represented Scotland in the European Union for 8 years, as Scotland's Parliament was re-established, having worked for the last surviving "founding father" of the EU. Thereafter, he ran the European Parliament's Office in Scotland - seeking to bring the Parliament's activities closer to its voters. In the 2016 EU exit referendum, John was the Chief Spokesman for the "Remain" campaign in Scotland (which won).
DR. JEFFREY WASSERSTROM will focus on recent events in Hong Kong, from the city’s response to COVID-19 to the imposition of a new National Security Law that was imposed on the metropolis by Beijing. It will expand on and update the arguments in the author’s most recent book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, which took the story of protest and repression in the city up to October 2019. The speaker will draw on both his experiences on the ground in Hong Kong, including during a December 2019 visit that gave him a chance to watch last year’s last massive march, and his past work on social movements in Shanghai and other urban centers.
DR. JEFFREY WASSERSTROM is Chancellor Professor of History at University of California, Irvine. He also served as the editor of the Journal of Asian Studies from 2008-2018 and is the author of numerous publications including his most recent book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink (Columbia, 2020). He completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. His primary research interests relate to modern China with particular interest in connecting China’s past to its present and placing both into global perspective.
Speak with a student ambassador from the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies to learn about their certificate offerings, events, scholarships and more.
Zoom Link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/91198700639
Speak with a student ambassador from the European Studies Center to learn about their four certificate offerings, events, scholarships, symposia and more.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86171673232?pwd=aThWaHhxeDFsTEdPeGZsdzZaS01EQT09
Want to practice your German in a casual environment and get to know other students and faculty that share your love for this language? Then Laber Rhabarber is for you! All levels of German and all kinds of people are welcome!
Zoom Link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/91424897554
This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 PM. Books and Act 48 credit are provided.
Learn about the history and cultural complexities of Florence, London, and Sydney. Through engaging events such as guided tours and trivia, our alumni will take you on a journey around the globe—and who knows, maybe there’s a prize waiting for some on the other end!
Having trouble navigating those tight Italian streets? join us as one of the Pitt Peer Advisors highlights her experience studying abroad in Florence, Italy through guided tours and trivia!
Register for any of the My Global City events here: bit.ly/2GInsAS