Events in UCIS

Tuesday, December 1

3:00 pm Seminar
AFRCNA 0300 Racialized Policing Pop-Up Course
Location:
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!

Wednesday, December 2

11:00 am Cultural Event
Bosian-Croatian-Serbian Conversation Table
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Join us for the weekly Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS) language table with Dijana Mujkanovic on Wednesdays at 11 am.

Email Dijana for Zoom info: dim31@pitt.edu

12:00 pm Lecture
Dmytro Dontsov and Polemics on Nationalism, Gender, and Culture
Location:
Youtube
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of
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Trevor Erlacher in conversation with Olesya Khromeychuk and Oleksandr Zaitsev

Moderated by Oleh Kotsyuba

More information: https://huri.harvard.edu/event/erlacher

Thursday, December 3

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
CoE: The Scandinavian Model: Social Cohesion, Cultural Diversity, and Trust in Institutions in Northern Europe
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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As part of the Year of Creating Europe, previous sessions have focused on different attempts to create unity through diversity across Europe. In this session, the focus is on Scandinavia. Our panel of experts discuss how this region created social cohesion and costs and benefits that come with it. In its efforts to make a nation that is diverse but coalesces, how has Scandinavia been able to create trust in it's institutions?
Register Here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XYToCOtmTFS77ljMKleb7Q

2:00 pm Lecture
Utopia's Discontents
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of 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 and 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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In the last fifty years of the tsarist regime, large and boisterous settlements of Russian exiles emerged across the European continent. Called “Russian colonies” by their residents, these communities hosted the leaders of virtually every revolutionary party and produced most of the illegal literature that circulated in late imperial Russia. Safe havens for radical activity, the colonies were also revolutionary experiments in their own right, providing residents an opportunity to translate their utopian dreams of liberty, fraternity, and equality into reality through their quotidian activities. The first comprehensive account of the Russian revolutionary movement abroad, this project traces how the aspirations born of the colonies, as well as the explosive discontents they produced, reimagined radical culture and ideas. In the process, it provides a novel reassessment of the Russian revolution and of Russia’s relations with its European neighbors.

Zoom registration: https://uchicago.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qVCY_KzrTjKgn87pUe60Ig

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.

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Four Evenings Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Water Dancer
Location:
Virtual, see website to join!
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with University Library System (ULS) and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WJqjaw22TlwmRpqA62bleCd3o0-bda84vGt_v7c...

The conversation will be led by Dr. William Scott, Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature.

Friday, December 4

8:30 am Conference
High School Model European Union
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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The High School Model European Union is an annual event for high school students, with this year's simulation taking place virtually via Microsoft Teams. The goal of the Model EU is to give high school students the opportunity to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation of a meeting of the European Council. Playing the role of presidents and prime ministers, students spend a day engaged in intense negotiations over current issues impacting the EU.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Cost: $10/student
More information and Registration: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/esc/outreach/students/model-eu

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
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

Sunday, December 6

4:00 pm Reading Group
ESCape Into a Book: Go, Went, Gone
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Join the European Studies Center at Pitt for a Virtual Book Club to explore recent works by European authors. Our first book is Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck. Discussion dates are December 6 and December 10. Those who RSVP by 10/22 can receive a FREE book and the event is open to ALL.

RSVP at https://forms.gle/EqVJieX1XgVvWd1i7

6:00 pm Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House Kickoff
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Get ready for the Nationality Rooms Programs' 2020 Virtual Holiday Open House! A treasured tradition is back -this year's Holiday Open House kicks off on Sunday, December 6th with a montage of past celebrations which will get you in the holiday spirit! It will be a multi-day event posted on the Pitt Global Hub website. The format consists of user-created videos calling attention to the many Nationality Rooms' traditions and the Committees associated with them. Learn about the Giant Lantern Festival in the Philippines, Polish paper cutting, Diwali, the Norwegian lefse, see a Victorian Toy Soldier display, experience the Lithuanian Kucios, watch a variety of ethnic cooking demonstrations and so much more! We hope you enjoy our Holiday Open House presentation and we thank you for your continued support of the Nationality Rooms Programs!

Monday, December 7

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Holiday Traditions
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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The theme for the day is Holiday Traditions. Most of us celebrate holiday traditions passed down from our parents. The traditions nurture us and become an essential aspect of how we celebrate. As part of this year's Holiday Open House, we present to you a few of the holiday traditions which the Nationality Room Committees have shared. Learn about the festival of Diwali from the Indian Room Committee, take part in some Polish customs, and hear some lovely holiday poems from the English Room Committee.

7:00 pm Cultural Event
Vistas: La Purisima and el Dia de las Velitas in Latin America
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join us for our first Vistas as we get a glimpse into what it's like to celebrate the holidays of La Purisima and el Dia de las Velitas in Latin America

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/y5kqhwmu

Tuesday, December 8

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Cultural Performances
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Come and watch the Nationality Room Committees' Cultural Performances. Each year we highlight traditional dances and songs at the Holiday Open House. Music is a big component of the festivities. Take some time today to listen to the Armenian Committee's presentation of Anoush Tchakarian performing "Lullaby" from Aram Khachaturian's ballet Gayane, hear some Romanian Christmas carols from Laura Bianca, and Marco Fiorante's Italian Christmas hymn, and many more.

Wednesday, December 9

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Holiday Recipes
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Join our Nationality Room Committees share their favorite recipes for the holiday and everyday life. Tune in to see how Bosnian coffee is made, enjoy some Turkish food made by Istanbul Grille, and meet the empanada makers in Vigan, Philippines.

6:00 pm Teacher Training--Area Studies
From Our Classroom To Yours:Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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A series of NCTA Master Teacher workshops on integrating East Asia into your classroom.
Join us for a teacher to teacher presentations that will cover content, strategies, implementation, and resources for bringing East Asia into your classroom this year.

In this workshop, the presenter will discuss Dai Sijie's novel Balzac and Little Chinese Seamstress as an artifact of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and how we might read fictional text as a way to understand this period of China’s history. Ms. Beauchamp will present an analysis of the author’s treatment of various themes such as literacy, censorship, love, and friendship. The workshop will include approaches to teaching the novel, such as the role of the transformative storyteller and Sijie's use of intertextuality. In addition, we will explore ways in which teachers might use Sijie's 2005 film adaptation of his novel as a stand-alone film study or as an extension of teaching the text.

Thursday, December 10

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Holiday Crafts
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Many cultures share some similarity in their holiday crafts, but each culture put their own, unique stamp in their traditional craft. Take a peek at the Pittsburgh Lace Group as they demonstrate lace making, the Turkish art of paper marbling, Middle Eastern cross stitching by the Syria-Lebanon Committee.

2:00 pm Lecture
The Cold War from the Margins
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of 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 and 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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Presenting Bulgaria’s cultural engagements with multiple actors in the Third World, this talk by Dr. Theodora Dragostinova (Ohio State University) highlights the global reach of state socialism, demonstrates the existence of vibrant partnerships along an East-South axis during the 1970s, and challenges notions of late socialism as the prelude to communist collapse in eastern Europe.

Zoom registration: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tXaeNufPSGKoJM2a3-WIXQ

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.

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Human Rights Day 2020
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with University Human Rights Student Task Force, Center for Bioethics and Health Law and Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance
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Protests demanding an end to police discrimination and brutality have led City leaders to remove two prominent statues—of Stephen Foster, and more recently, Christopher Columbus—from public spaces in Oakland. These steps are just a small part of the work needed to address the legacies of genocide and displacement and promote racial healing. As we recognize International Human Rights Day, we invite everyone to join us for a panel and discussion on the role of such steps in advancing racial justice and human rights. Learn about the efforts of residents to have the Columbus statue removed and hear from community leaders about its impacts on human rights in our region. Consider what further steps we can take to further the historical truth-telling that can help advance racial healing and reverse the extreme political polarization we face today.

Panel participants: Prem Rajagopal, organizing fellow with the Center for Coalfield Justice; Eva Brady, Student Human Rights Task Force; Benjamin Gutschow, Casa San Jose; anupama jain, Executive Director, City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission.

8:00 pm Reading Group
ESCape Into a Book: Go, Went, Gone
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Join the European Studies Center at Pitt for a Virtual Book Club to explore recent works by European authors. Our first book is Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck. Discussion dates are December 6 and December 10. Those who RSVP by 10/22 can receive a FREE book and the event is open to ALL.

RSVP at https://forms.gle/EqVJieX1XgVvWd1i7

Friday, December 11

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Holiday Traditions
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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The Nationality Rooms Programs is rich in diversity which is reflected in the multi-cultural observance of the Holiday Open House. Learn about the Japanese tradition of Seijinshiki, the observance of Chanukah, and the Ukrainian Christmas eve dinner.

Saturday, December 12

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Holiday Recipes
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Delicious food is part of Holiday Open House and this year is no exception. Our Committees share their favorite recipes for the holiday. Immigrants bring their foods with them from their countries so they can feel at home. It is an expression of their identity. They prepare their foods to welcome guests in their homes. Have you tasted the Swiss grittibanz, or smelled the aromatic coffee in a Syrian-Lebanese home, or sampled Norwegian lefse?

Sunday, December 13

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Holiday Traditions
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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More holiday traditions to see and learn. We are excited for you to see the Chinese New Year, experience a Lithuanian Christmas Eve dinner, and learn about the Welsh Mari Lwyd.

Monday, December 14

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Cultural Performances
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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The Nationality Rooms Programs is proud to present an array of cultural dances and songs. Among our presentations are Slovak Folk Dancing, a dance journey through the Philippines, and the Swiss Helvetia Mannerchor.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Charlemos Series: Venezuela: Political Conflict and Economic Collapse
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Latin American Political Institutions Section LASA
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This week's topic in our Charlemos series will be "Venezuela: Political Conflict and Economic Collapse." We will be discussing the Special Edition Issue of America Latina Hoy focusing on Venezuela. We will be talking with the editors: José Manuel Puente, Susanne Gratius, the director of the journal, María Ángeles Huete Garcia, and Francisco Sánchez, director of the Instituto de Iberoamérica at the University of Salamanca. Benedicte Bull (University of Oslo) will moderate the conversation.

Please follow this link to access the Special Issue of America Latina Hoy - https://revistas.usal.es/index.php/1130-2887/issue/view/alh.202085

Registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/y4g3g4lo

Tuesday, December 15

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Ornamentation
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Holiday ornaments add meaning to celebrating the holidays, especially those that we remember from childhood or passed down from generation to generation. Today is a good day to learn about Czech and Slovak ornaments, the French santons, and marvel over the Victorian Christmas soldier display.

3:00 pm Panel Discussion
Technology and Cybersecurity
Location:
Online via Zoom
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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For Year 3 of our faculty development workshops for community colleges and minority-serving institutions, we are offering a series of monthly webinars focused on technology. The third of the webinars will examine Technology and Cybersecurity specifically addressing the challenges of protecting data against international threats.

Register here

Wednesday, December 16

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Scenes from Abroad
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Take the time to enjoy these breath-taking sceneries from countries where our Nationality Room Committees come from. Take a walk with an Irish farmer in Northern Ireland at the Livingston Farm, listen to a vendor selling presepi in Naples, and enjoy the drive through Austria.

Thursday, December 17

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Holiday Traditions
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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The theme for the day is Holiday Traditions. Most of us celebrate holiday traditions passed down from our parents. The traditions nurture us and become an essential aspect of how we celebrate. As part of this year's Holiday Open House, we present to you a few of the holiday traditions which the Nationality Room Committees have shared. Have you heard of the Welsh Calennig, or the German St. Nikolaus and Krampus? If not, then you should definitely check it out at the Pitt Global Hub.

5:00 pm Reading Group
"Nowhere Boy" by Katherine Marsh
Location:
virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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This reading group for K-16 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 5-8 PM. Books and Act 48 credit are provided. This reading group is co-sponsored with Pitt's European Studies Center and led by Mame-Fatou Niang, Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University.

5:00 pm Reading Group
Global Issues Through Literature: “Nowhere Boy” by Katherine Marsh
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gb70m6FeBhO3HVF7Hx6eIWVx1lr7vVnqsxIYuCD...

Friday, December 18

(All day) Cultural Event
Virtual Holiday Open House- Cultural Performances
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Come and watch the Nationality Room Committees' Cultural Performances. Each year we highlight traditional dances and songs at the Holiday Open House. Music is a big component of the festivities. Hear the Pittsburgh Taiko drums, sing with the Lithuanian Bociai group, and most definitely enjoy the Scottish bagpipes. Thank you for attending this year's Virtual Holiday Open House! Have a happy and safe holiday season!