Events in UCIS

Thursday, October 29 until Tuesday, November 3

(All day) Cultural Event
Dia de los Muertos Altar at the Global Hub
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies, Global Hub, UCIS Engagement and International Week along with Mexico Lindo and La Palapa Mexican Restaurant
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Thursday, October 29 to Tuesday, November 3, 2020

“Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life.”

All Saints Day, Guatemala
Around the world, people do things to remember their loved ones in different ways. It can be through celebrations and festivities or quiet prayer and mourning. In Guatemala, the most important holiday to pay respect to the deceased is on November 1, All Saints Day, or Día de Todos Santos. On this day, the country transforms into a lively exhibition of remembrance filled with flowers, artistic decorations, and food. Locals also make and fly kites to connect with the deceased, and huge kites take over the skies of Santiago and Sumpango, (in Sacatepequez) where the largest kite festivals take place yearly. (



October 29 to November 3, 2020—GLOBAL HUB (Posvar Hall)

Pitt Students are cordially invited to visit our ALTAR, and add items in remembrance of your loved ones. Please follow COVID-19 social distancing rules while visiting and placing items on the altar.


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Virtually Remembering Together/Recordando Juntos
Live Music with TRIO NOVA at LA PALAPA,Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal Bar: and CLAS FB:
Call (412) 586-7015 to reserve a table: 1st reservation at 4:30pm and 2nd reservation at 7:00pm

OFRENDAS with Lisa DiGioia –Nutini
Share ofrendas, your artwork, your music, your poetry. Share your feelings, your joys and your sorrows in a chat room. Let’s remember them together. In solidarity, in unity, and in hope.


Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:00am

Virtual Lesson about el Día de los Muertos and the Day of the Saints with Lisa DiGioia-Nutini and Manuel Roman-Lacayo. Schools, families, students and the community are welcome!

Registration Required:

Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:00-9:00 pm

Dia de los Muertos with DJ Gringa Morena with Lisa DiGioia-Nutini
Combining traditional dia de los Muertos music with liberal political protest music. visit:
(Not suitable for children under 16)

For information about these events, email:

Sponsored by: The Center for Latin American Studies, the GLOBAL Hub, the UCIS Engagement Team & the International Week Committee at the University of Pittsburgh in association with La Palapa, Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal Bar, and Mexico Lindo (Lisa DiGioia-Nutini).

Friday, October 30

8:30 am Conference
Global Asia
via Zoom online
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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8:30 a m. Welcome and Greetings
Dr. Christopher Jespersen, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, Georgia.

8:45 a. m. Program Overview
Dr. James A Cook, Associate Director, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Rajgopal "Raj" Sashti, Director, Nine University and College International Studies
Consortium of Georgia, ABAC, Tifton, Georgia.

9:00 a. m. The Taiwanese Tiger in Asia's Development - 1895 - Present.
Dr. Michael Liu, The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh's 2020-2021
Global Professor

10:00 a. m. Question and Answer - Participants

10:15 a. m. Refreshment Break

10:30 a. m. Why Taiwan Matters? Taiwan's Public Health System and How It Fights COVID-19.
Dr. Hsien-Chang Lin, Associate Professor in Public Health, Indiana University,
Bloomington, Indiana.

11:30 a. m. Question and Answer - Participants

12:00 p. m. Lunch Break

Dr. Munseob Lee, Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Global Policy and Strategy,
University of California – San Diego.

2:00 p. m. Question and Answer Session - Participants

2:15 p. m. Refreshment Break

Dr. Kirsten Strayer, Visiting Instructor and Program Coordinator, SCREENSHOT: ASIA, Asian Studies Center,
University of Pittsburgh.

3:30 Question and Answer Session and Closing Remarks

4:00 Adjournment

1:00 pm Lecture
Lets’s Talk Africa: The Impact of COVID-19 on University Partnership across the World
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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A presentation by Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University in Nigeria.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of human interaction. One important area that the global spread of the virus has affected is collaborations and partnerships among universities in different parts of the world. The norm has always been university’s representatives embarking on trips to prospective partnering higher institutions. However, with lockdowns, travel restrictions and social distancing - the international partnerships among most universities have been brought to a halt.

In the light of the foregoing, the guest speaker will discuss the following:

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected prospective collaborations among universities across the world?
What is the new normal?
The future and way forward.

2:00 pm Presentation
Global Health Case Competition Presentations
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 Cultural Event
Polish Conversation Table
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:

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

3:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Tutoring & Language Table
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