Events in UCIS

Friday, October 23

10:00 am Film
RUSDOCFILMFEST - SPITAK. THIRTY YEARS OF SOLITUDE
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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This documentary is premiering in the United States thanks to the 13th Russian Documentary Film Festival in New York (https://rusdocfilmfest.org/2020-movies), co-sponsored by our Center.
FREE TICKETS available for Pitt students in limited number via https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ucYTEo30SMtGip.
Films are available for viewing from 10 am (EST) on the day of the screening to 1:00 am (EST) the next day.
Nearly 30 years ago, Spitak was devastated by a terrible earthquake, and tens of thousands of people died. The survivors seem frozen in this period forever, and today Spitak is a city of the dead. Pargev Manukyan's family lives opposite the huge Spitak cemetery – and it seems as if some unknown force does not allow them to escape the despair and poverty.
Author/Director: Svetlana Stasenko
Producer: Svetlana Stasenko, Liza Antonova, Irina Uralskaya
Studio: The Passenger
Year: 2020
Running time: 30 min
Country: Russia, Armenia
Language: Armenian, Russian, English subtitles

10:00 am Film
RUSDOCFILMFEST: Theater Behind Barbed Wire
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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This documentary is premiering in the United States thanks to the 13th Russian Documentary Film Festival in New York (https://rusdocfilmfest.org/2020-movies), co-sponsored by our Center.
FREE TICKETS available for Pitt students in limited number via https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ucYTEo30SMtGip.
Films are available for viewing from 10 am (EST) on the day of the screening to 1:00 am (EST) the next day.
In 1943, a the height of World War II, when Stalinist repression remained at full force, the Vorkuta Camp Theater was founded. Every day, talented actors, artists and musicians were led out of their barracks at gunpoint in order to perform merry musical productions, which in fact was nothing but a theater of the absurd. By the War’s end, the theater, comprised of about 150 performers, had put on more than 600 shows and concerts. This horrifying, but in some ways joyful story, demonstrates that even in the worst conditions, thanks to talent and perseverance, the human spirit can survive.
Author/Director: Inna Kokorina
Producer: Alexander Radov
Studio: Fishka-Film
Year: 2019
Running time: 90 min
Country: Russia
Language: Russian, English subtitles

10:00 am Film
RUSDOCFILMFEST - Vertinsky: The Lone Wanderer
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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This documentary is premiering in the United States thanks to the 13th Russian Documentary Film Festival in New York (https://rusdocfilmfest.org/2020-movies), co-sponsored by our Center.
FREE TICKETS available for Pitt students in limited number via https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ucYTEo30SMtGip.
Films are available for viewing from 10 am (EST) on the day of the screening to 1:00 am (EST) the next day.
Alexander Vertinsky was a famous émigré singer and actor, the very symbol of the Russian Silver Era. This film captures the story of his life in the Russian Empire, as well as in exile in China and Europe. The details of his life are meticulously pieced together by utilizing his memoirs, letters, and unique archival materials.
The film is dedicated to the 130th anniversary of Vertinsky’s birth.
Awards: Special awards at the Moscow International Film Festival, “Delightful Angel”, 2019; and the Russia Abroad International Film Festival (2019).
Author/Director: Svetlana Astretsova
Producer: Ilmir Yusupov, Svetlana Astretsova, Yury Berdnikov, Irina Yasakova
Studio: The Cherry Orchard
Year: 2019
Running time: 52 min
Country: Russia
Language: Russian, English subtitles

12:00 pm Cultural Event
East European Festival: Oplatek with Larry Kozlowski
Location:
Register online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Polish Club, Polish Nationality Room and Polish Falcons of America
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Participants can observe as Larry Kozlowski of the Polish Nationality Room prepares Oplatek and discusses its importance in Polish culture.

12:00 pm Festival
East European Festival
Location:
Register online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Join us for the first VIRTUAL East European Festival to enjoy cultural demonstrations, academic programs, and children's activities.

2:00 pm Workshop
Global Health Case Competition Workshop: How to effectively present your team's strategy
Location:
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.

2:00 pm Panel Discussion
Race in Focus: Moving Beyond Exclusionary Practices in SEEES
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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How do racial inequalities contribute to the wide-ranging disparities in our field and what efforts are needed to create an equitable and just community in SEEES? Join us for a conversation about these topics and more.

OCTOBER 23
2-3:30 pm (ET) | 1-2:30 pm (CT) | 12-1:30 pm (MT) | 11am-12:30 pm (PT)

Moderator:
Choi Chatterjee, California State University

Speakers:
Morgan Liu, Ohio State University
Colleen Lucey, University of Arizona
Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, University of Pennsylvania
Marius Taba, Corvinus University

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/race-in-focus

This event is part of the series "Race in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars and/or on communities of color to the center stage.

Sponsors:
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State University
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Russian, East European, and Eurasian
Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Polish Conversation Table
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Join us for the Polish Conversation Table on Fridays from 2 - 3 pm with Jolanta Lion.

Email Jolanta Lion for Zoom info: jola@cmu.edu

3:00 pm Cultural Event/Presentation
RICE &... Series: Rice and Curry - Charting a Global Foodway in Asia
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Global Hub and UCIS Engagement
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Join the Asian Studies Center and the Global Hub in exploring the foodways of curry. While people have been enjoying curry throughout Asia for centuries, the type of curry served in Japan is sourced from the 1850s as an import by British sailors and merchants who picked up their fondness for curry in India. Curry became a symbol of a modern, industrial nation and the preferred food at public schools, military academies, and the Japanese Navy.

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt German Club: Friday Stammtisch
Location:
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: 950 0542 1812
https://pitt.zoom.us/j/95005421812

3:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Tutoring & Language Table
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Join us for the Russian conversation table & tutoring to improve your Russian, meet other Russian students, prepare for oral exams, and learn more about Russian culture.

Email Katya Kovaleva for Zoom info at Katya.Kovaleva@gmail.com

4:00 pm Cultural Event
East European Festival: Something's Brewing: The Material Culture of Tea
Location:
Register online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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REEES staff members will discuss material items that are central to brewing and enjoying teas of the region.

5:30 pm Film
Crimes Against Humanity in Latin America Series: Octubre23 Film Screening
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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“Octubre23, una historia de estudiantes secundarios” es una búsqueda de desempolvar, de ponerle luz y nombres a esas fotos borrosas, tan lejanas como cercanas, de “los desaparecidos”. Es la necesidad de indagar en esas historias que nos acompañan a lo largo de una vida. Es revisar qué hicimos con esa llaga: la desaparición. Es el camino de identidad de un barrio, de un país. Es el patio de un colegio. Es la adolescencia y sus sueños y pesadillas. Es una película documental auto gestionada nacida de la voluntad de construir memoria y resignificar un pasado más presente que nunca.

-Directors of the film

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX4xIkGIdE8

Please fill out this Qualtrics survey to register for the film: https://tinyurl.com/y6595258

On Friday around 4:30 pm, you will receive a Zoom link to join for an introduction to the film, led by Oscar Edelstein, Professor of History at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Following this introduction, you will receive more information on how to log in and watch the film.