Events in UCIS

Monday, February 1

7:00 pm Film
Housing is Healthcare! Let's Demand the Human Right to Housing
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Global finance is profiting handsomely from the pandemic while growing numbers are facing housing insecurity, threats of eviction, and houselessness. Join us in watching the documentary film, Push, which tells the story of how global banks and investment firms are turning our communities into sources of private profit, taking control of residential housing around the world, and pushing out low-income residents. The film tells another story too: residents and city officials are coming together to demand that housing be protected as a human right.

Registration link: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kf-Grqj8jHdXwheJWuUUdxm6qIQwZCk3i

Wednesday, February 3

11:00 am Information Session
African Studies Program Virtual Office Hours
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Hub
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Meet with African Studies Program Student Ambassador Emmanuel Ampofo to ask questions about the African Studies Certificate, upcoming events, and more.

Meet via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97841843639

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
EU Trilogues: Challenges for Democracy? (part of the EU Democracy Forum series)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with University of Washington
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EU DEMOCRACY FORUM – IMAGINE THE FUTURE
Democracy cannot be taken for granted -- not in Europe, not anywhere. With this series of talks by experts on European politics and society we want to encourage discussion about the future of democracy in the European Union, its member states, and the neighborhood. As the EU Commission launches its Conference on the Future of Europe in 2021, we invite you to imagine this future with us. Our contributors will reflect on the EU’s achievements and challenges. We will hear their reflections on how to strengthen and expand democratic processes and institutions, both in Brussels and in Europe more broadly.

12:00 pm Information Session
Student/Alumni Meet 'n Greet GSC Abroad: Views from Europe
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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This spring, the series will feature Global Studies alumni who will share career insights and offer a perspective on how their certificate work has been valuable to them professionally. Grab lunch and enjoy an informal conversation with GSC alumni living in Europe. They will share their experiences living and working in Europe during COVID, going to graduate school abroad, their views from across the pond.
Evelyn Bigini '20 (Nursing) is pursuing an MS in Global Health in the Netherlands
Sarah Sellers ’20 (French) is teaching English in France
Pat Bewick ’13 (Political Science) is working with refugees in Germany.

Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99096149639

4:00 pm Cultural Event
Something's Brewing
Location:
Register online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Join the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies for a relaxing chat while learning about comforting cold weather drinks from Eastern Europe and other world regions.

REGISTER HERE:ttps://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElcO2gpjMjGdTGJzdO727WrAnxIP7nieW-

5:00 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte: French Conversation Club
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Chat with other French students, French faculty, and PhD students and practice your French language skills. Email PhD student Pat Nikiema at PAN32@pitt.edu for the Zoom link.

7:00 pm Film
Malaysian and Singaporean Horror Series screening of Sumpah Pontianak
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Third in the series of schlocky films from the 50s. The first Pontianak film appeared in 1957 Singaporean Malay horror film directed by Indian film director B.N. Rao starring Maria Menado and M. Amin. Based on the Malay folktales of a blood-sucking ghost born from a woman who dies in childbirth. The smash-hit premiered on 27 April 1957 and screened for almost three months at the local Cathay cinemas. Its success spawned two other sequels, Dendam Pontianak (Revenge of the Pontianak, 1957) and Sumpah Pontianak (Curse of the Pontianak, 1958). It is also said to have launched the Pontianak genre in Singapore and Malaysia, with rival Shaw producing its own Pontianak trilogy and several movies of the same genre were also made in Malaysia.

Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScOZO_1T0zirlVJBtAzrFm63kwqm3dP...

Thursday, February 4

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Brexit Update with Dr. Anand Menon
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCenter for European Studies A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence
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In January, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. In this discussion, Anand Menon, an expert on the European Union, will talk about what this means for the future of the European Union, the ramifications for the United Kingdom, and what may happen next.

#JMintheUS

3:15 pm Cultural Event
Laber Rhabarber - German Conversation Hour
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Laber Rhabarber - More than a German conversation hour!

"... the most human thing we have is language, and we have it in order to talk." German author Theodor Fontane wrote in 1892. So, here's chance! Be human with us for an hour every week, albeit in German ;D

Everyone and every level of German welcome!

Zoom Meeting link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99661883076
German Dept. website: http://www.german.pitt.edu/
Follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @UPittGerman

6:00 pm Film
The Dead and the Others
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Dead and the Others (Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos)

Fiction / Brazil, Portugal / 2018

There are no spirits or snakes tonight and the forest around the village is quiet. Fifteen year old Ihjãc has nightmares since he lost his father. He is an indigenous Krahô from the north of Brazil. Ihjãc walks into darkness, his sweaty body moves with fright. A distant chant comes through the palm trees. His father's voice calls him to the waterfall: it's time to organize a funerary feast so the spirit can depart to the dead's village.

The mourning must cease. Denying his duty and in order to escape a crucial process of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc runs away to the city. Far from his people and culture, he faces the reality of being an indigenous in contemporary Brazil.

—Luxbox Films

Language: Krahô and Portuguese

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

Please register by February 4, 2021 at 3 pm. Around 5:30 pm you will receive an email with the Zoom link and instructions on how to access the film

7:00 pm Film
George Romero and Pittsburgh: The Early Years Screening and Discussion
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with University Library System's Horror Studies Webinar Series
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Join us for the premiere screening of the George Romero & Pittsburgh: The Early Years documentary and a special presentation of the George A. Romero Foundation Pioneer Award honoring the late Pitt alum and Night of the Living Dead star Duane Jones to be presented by Suz Romero. The film is the product of a group of dedicated Pitt students and mentors from the Making The Documentary course who creatively persevered during a pandemic using materials from the Romero archives and interviews.

Friday, February 5 until Sunday, February 7

(All day) Lecture
Mini-Course--Transforming Cities: Cities & Sustainability
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Carnegie Mellon University
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This course will bring together the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as practitioners to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the interconnections between health and sustainability, the role cities can have on climate change, low-emission growth, and clean energy, the importance of access to resources, the need for sustainable transportation, and the practices of sustainable consumption, among others.

Friday, February 5

12:00 pm Reading Group
Book Club: His Only Wife
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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The African Studies Book Club is back with His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Mezie, a Pitt African Studies alumna. A brilliant scholar and a fierce advocate for women's rights, Medie infuses her debut novel with intelligence and humor. This book is a fun read and a great way to fill your free time over winter break!

12:00 pm Cultural Event
RICE &... Series: Uzbek Plov
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Global Hub and UCIS Engagement
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Join the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) and the Pitt Global Hub for another RICE &... event!

REEES will be demonstrating how to make the Uzbek dish plov.

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Language Tutoring
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Russian tutoring available for students by appointment.

Book your appointment here: https://calendly.com/katya-kovaleva/russian-language-tutoring

1:00 pm Panel Discussion
Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Gender, Identity, and Health
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with Department of Africana Studies
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Join us for the second installment of the webinar series – Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad – that seeks to expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary exchange on contemporary and historical issues in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies. This webinar focuses on gender, race, identity, and health, particularly involving the experiences of Afro-Brazilians, Afro-Argentines, and U.S.-based Afro-Latinxs. Scholars working at the intersections of Africana, Latinx, Latin American and gender studies will explore the ways that these issues overlap and impact Afro-Latin Americans and their diasporic communities in the U.S.

Welcome: Manuel Roman-Lacayo, Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Kia Caldwell, Professor of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; specialist in Afro-Latin America, Brazil, Black feminism, health, sociocultural anthropology.

Nancy López, Associate Vice President for Equity & Inclusion, Professor of Sociology, University of New Mexico; specialist in Afro-Latinx, gender, race, health, sociology.

Erika Edwards, Associate Professor of Latin American History University of North Carolina at Charlotte; specialist in Afro-Latin America, Argentina, gender, race, identity, history.

Paul Joseph López Oro, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Smith College; specialist in transnational Afro-Latinx, Garifuna/Central America, Black feminisms/queer theory and identity.

Moderator: Michele Reid-Vazquez, Director, Afro-Latin American, and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Register here: https://bit.ly/3a4seFA

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
New Directions in Research: Russian Literature in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with 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 Texas at Austin, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State 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 and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
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2:00-3:30 pm (ET) | 1:00-2:30 pm (CT) | 12:00-1:30 (MT) | 11:00 am-12:30 pm (PT)

MODERATOR:
Bella Grigoryan, University of Pittsburgh

PRESENTATIONS:
"On How to Choose One’s Ancestors: James Joyce in Russian Literature"
José Vergara, Swarthmore College

"Russian Symbolism and the Racial Origins of 'Tolstoy v. Dostoevsky'"
Lindsay Ceballos, Lafayette College

This event will be recorded and streamed live on the ASEEES Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/slavic.e.european.eurasian.studies/)

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/creees/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 scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or research on communities of color to the center stage.

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Meeting
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club
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Join the Pitt German Club every Friday at 3PM to practice your German language skills and learn about different aspects of German culture!

Zoom ID: 950 0542 1812

4:15 pm Colloquium
Panoramas Round Table: Exploring Chicano Identity and Music
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas
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Chicano music today is very diverse, but what is the general criteria for Chicano music, if there really is any? Are there particular genres that are exclusively Chicano, or can Chicano music encompass other genres or hybrids like cumbia, rap, or rock? Is Chicano music exclusively made by Chicano people or can any Mexican and/or Mexican American musician contribute? Finally, does Chicano music have to talk about Chicano culture and/or issues?

About the Round Table Discussion Leader: Stephanie Jiménez is Mexican American and was raised in Pittsburgh. They are currently pursuing a BS in environmental science and a BA in music via the global and popular music track. They are also working towards certificates in geographical information systems, Latin American studies, and sustainability. They draw on their cultural background and disciplines to forge studies on the intersections between the environment and music. Through their teaching experience at the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center (Florida Recycled), Pitt’s Center for Creativity, and the Allegheny Land Trust, they have begun exploring how science and music are tools for advocacy work.

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/yy96u3d6

Saturday, February 6

8:00 pm Film
An Evening with Horror Director Gigi Saul Guerrero
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with University Library System's Horror Studies Webinar Series
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Mexican-Canadian horror director and actress Gigi Saul Guerrero will showcase some of her horror film work and discuss filmmaking with members of the Pitt community. Guerrero is co-founder of Luchagore Productions in Vancouver, Canada, and directed her feature debut Culture Shock for Blumhouse Productions Television. She has gained recognition for her numerous short films, many of which look at Mexican culture and experiences through horror.

Monday, February 8

3:00 pm Panel Discussion
Charlemos Series: China in Latin America: Economic Dependency and Public Opinion
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Latin American Political Institutions Section LASA
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The tenth Charlemos event will take place on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 3 pm. The topic of discussion will be "China in Latin America: Economic Dependency and Public Opinion. Barbara Stallings (Brown University) will discuss her paper, "A Dependency Perspective on the United States, China, and Latin America" and Scott Morgenstern (University of Pittsburgh) will discuss his forthcoming paper (co-authored with Asbel Bohigues, University of Salamanca), "Battling for the Hearts and Minds of Latin Americans: Covariance of Attitudes Towards the United States and China." Javier Corrales (Amherst College) will moderate the discussion.

To read copies of the papers, please visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/content/charlemos

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

5:30 pm Teacher Training
K-16 Mini-Course for Educators
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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This free, cross-disciplinary mini-course for K-12 educators will explore the global water crisis through attention to its geo-political, cultural, economic, and technological aspects, with particular attention to scholars and practitioners working within the environmental, political, and technological framework to address these challenges using a people-centered approach. Special attention will be given to the case of East Asia. The programs will be conducted by Zoom. You can sign up for one or all of these presentations. Benefits for K-16 educators: educators who attend all three sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion and a set of materials for their classrooms. Pennsylvania educators who want Act 48 hours must attend all three sessions.

Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQR03C0s3FKnEUmI65GqXMqWcoT4OJ...

Tuesday, February 9

4:30 pm Lecture
On Intergenerational Queer Kinship and the Frail Body of August von Platen
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of German
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August von Platen’s (1796–1835) name appears regularly in queer German print culture around 1900. Following the highly advertised publication of the famed poet’s diaries in 1896 and then in 1900, sexologists and admirers took up the culture of reading his work for traces of the queer life he led. This talk explores one such project: Xavier Mayne’s The Intersexes: A History of Similisexualism as a Problem in Social Life (1910), which includes an extensive biography of Platen. This talk will examine how the crafting of Platen’s body in this text—an embodiment through words—played a central role in imagining an ideal queerness venerated by Mayne and much of the writing about Platen around 1900.

Ervin Malakaj is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of British Columbia. His scholarship focuses on German media studies, queer studies, and critical university studies. He is the co-editor with Regine Criser of Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies (2020, Palgrave)

STUDENT CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS 4:00PM EST
Capstone Senior Seminar Research Projects: Chloe Abele, Meghan Fanning, Samantha Good, Anna Hudson, Jacob Kuzy, Ingrid Miller, Max Nowalk, Lauren Towner, Anne Marie Yurik

7:00 pm Film
It Came From the Archives! Unearthed Treasures from the George A. Romero Archival Collection
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with University Library System
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Join Horror Studies Collection Coordinator Ben Rubin and Visiting Researcher Adam Hart as they discuss their favorite and most significant discoveries from processing the George A. Romero Archival Collection. Rare and never before seen materials will shed new light on Romero’s classic films as well as reveal the films that could have been through unfinished and lost projects. Event hosted by the University Library System.

Registration link: https://calendar.pitt.edu/event/unearthed#.YB1Pki2caw6

Wednesday, February 10

(All day) Film
Queer Horror Film Club with Marian Phillips: Queer Love
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Part of an ongoing Spring 2021 discussion on queer horror film. Marian Phillips of the Horror Studies Working Group will lead an hour-long discussion on a film.

11:00 am Information Session
African Studies Program Virtual Office Hours
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Hub
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Meet with African Studies Program Student Ambassador Emmanuel Ampofo to ask questions about the African Studies Certificate, upcoming events, and more.

Meet via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97841843639

12:00 pm Lecture
Conquering Nature: Russian Expansion to the Brink
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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A live interview with Sharyl Corrado (Pepperdine University) and Paul Josephson (Colby College).

Register via Zoom here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlf-qprj8pHtx2o_g4viWfhVARGW1HW06K

The existential threat of climate change has inspired renewed intellectual engagement with the Anthropocene. Eurasian Studies are no exception to this trend. In the last decade, studies that grapple with the past, present, and potential future of the human-nature dialectic are on the uptick. These studies have forced us to reconsider intellectual and ideological paradigms, sources, mission, and role of scholar in society.

Nature’s Revenge: Ecology, Animals, and Waste in Eurasia seeks to bring some of this scholarship and activism to a wider public through a series of live-recorded interviews. The goal is to illuminate recent scholarship and complicate our understanding of the Eurasian Anthropocene and its place in our world.

5:00 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte: French Conversation Club
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Chat with other French students, French faculty, and PhD students and practice your French language skills. Email PhD student Pat Nikiema at PAN32@pitt.edu for the Zoom link.

6:30 pm Lecture
Asia Pop Series: Videation
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Please join us on 2/10 @ 6:30 pm for the keynote lecture of the 2021 Asia Pop series with Dr. Joshua Neves of Concordia University. His talk pursues a series of speculations about Asian video cultures since the 1990s along three main lines of inquiry. First, it situates recent attention to internet and mobile video practices within a longer history. Second, the presentation reflects on key insights drawn from his research into the cultural and geopolitics of video technologies. Finally he turns to contemporary video forms and practices on the internet and social media tracing a range of issues about short video aesthetics, popular politics, platformization, and global tensions. Register for this virtual event here.

Thursday, February 11

12:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
‘Inescapable Liabilities’: Locating Algeria in European Integration’s History
Location:
Zooom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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JMEUCE Lecture Series:
This talk places empire and decolonization at the heart of the history of European integration. When French officials came to the negotiating table to help found the European Economic Community (EEC), their sovereignty over Algeria was a paramount concern. As a result, they demanded that their European collaborators agree to name Algeria in the treaty establishing the EEC. This held unintended consequences before and after Algeria’s independence. Algeria’s exit from Europe proved plodding and uneven, demonstrating both the range of possibilities for what the shape of integrated Europe might have been and also the slow process of decolonization.

Megan Brown
Department of History, Swarthmore University

1:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa: The Past, Present, and Future of Women and Law in Africa
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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Come join The Honorable Ari Tobi, renowned speaker and writer. This conversation will focus on the pre-colonial to postcolonial experiences of African women in law, from a jurisprudential viewpoint.

3:15 pm Cultural Event
Laber Rhabarber - German Conversation Hour
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Laber Rhabarber - More than a German conversation hour!

"... the most human thing we have is language, and we have it in order to talk." German author Theodor Fontane wrote in 1892. So, here's chance! Be human with us for an hour every week, albeit in German ;D

Everyone and every level of German welcome!

Zoom Meeting link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99661883076
German Dept. website: http://www.german.pitt.edu/
Follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @UPittGerman

Friday, February 12 until Saturday, February 13

9:00 am Conference
GOSECA 18th Annual Conference
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Friday, February 12

10:30 am Reading Group
Emerging Latinx Communities Reading Group
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Center for Health Equity
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CLAS & the Center for Health Equity co-sponsor this reading group. We will discuss the conclusion of Matthew H. Rafalow's "Digital divisions: How schools create inequality in the tech era". The book chapter talks about technology, play, and discipline and how it plays in different environments. Pitt has access to this book.

With the support of the Center for Latin American Studies, we explore 1) the problems Latinos in small yet rapidly growing populations face, and 2) how to solve those problems. We hope to get new writing and research collaborations going! Open to all interested: students, faculty, staff, and practitioners from Pitt and beyond. If you want to get extra network time, we will be there 30 minutes before and after the meeting time.

Link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/98312512267
Meeting Passcode: Latinx

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Language Tutoring
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Russian tutoring available for students by appointment.

Book your appointment here: https://calendly.com/katya-kovaleva/russian-language-tutoring

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
New Directions in Research: Race, Gender, and Indigeneity in the American Arctic and Siberia
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with 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 Texas at Austin, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State 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 and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
See Details

2:00-3:30 pm (ET) | 1:00-2:30 pm (CT) | 12:00-1:30 (MT) | 11:00 am-12:30 pm (PT)

MODERATOR:
Manduhai Buyandelger, MIT

PRESENTATIONS:
"Big Noses, Angry Babushki, Mixed Messages: Racialized Expectations of Linguistic and Cultural Performance in Asian Russia"
Kathryn Graber, Indiana University, Bloomington

"Gender Articulations from Decolonial Indigenous Perspectives in the Russian and American Arctic"
Olga Ulturgasheva, University of Manchester

This event will be recorded and streamed live on the ASEEES Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/slavic.e.european.eurasian.studies/)

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/creees/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 scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or research on communities of color to the center stage.

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Meeting
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club
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Join the Pitt German Club every Friday at 3PM to practice your German language skills and learn about different aspects of German culture!

Zoom ID: 950 0542 1812

4:15 pm Colloquium
Panoramas Round Table: Lithium Mining in South America: A Double Edged Sword of Sustainability
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas
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With lithium-ion batteries powering electric cars, lithium mining is likely to be a high-demand industry in the coming years. Much of the world’s lithium is found in the Lithium Triangle in Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia. While at face value mining in the Lithium Triangle may be a good economic opportunity to power a more environmentally friendly means of transportation, the impact that it has on the environment and local communities raises the question of how sustainable it really is.

Abby Neiser is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Portuguese and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. During the summer of 2019, she studied abroad in Cuba as part of the Pitt in Cuba program. She is also the President of the Luso-Brazilian Student Association at Pitt. She is one of the 2020-2021 Panoramas Interns.

Article Link

Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/yxex3ghz

5:00 pm Lecture
Communism's Shadow: Historical Legacies and Political Attitudes
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
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Keynote Lecture for the GOSECA 18th Annual Conference by Dr. Joshua Tucker (Professor of Politics, New York University).
REGISTER HERE: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtc-yrpjwpG9yMujkrMrfQSnHY8O8tBjii

Saturday, February 13

(All day) Film
My Bloody Valentine 40th Anniversary Celebration
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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GARF Network talks with cast and crew of the classic slasher film to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release.

Tuesday, February 16

10:00 am Panel Discussion
What Makes a Great Mentoring Relationship?
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Hub
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Join the University Center for International Studies on Tuesday, February 16th from 10-11AMET for an informal talk with Darcy Roehling and Noelle Spencer on what makes a great mentoring relationship.

Darcy is a global executive with over 25 years of international leadership and business development experience in Asia Pacific, EMEA, and the USA with organizations such as Oglivy, Thomson Reuters, American Express, Impact, and Aperian Global. She has had several senior roles with responsibilities in strategy, P&L, partnerships, product development, as well as managing global, culturally diverse, matrixed teams. Darcy holds a Masters of Public and International Affairs with concentrations in Chinese Studies & Diplomacy, as well as a BA in Liberal Arts & Chinese Studies, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a certified 'Designing Your Life Coach' and will be launching her business, 'unstuck', in March 2021.

Noelle is a mixed-methods researcher pursuing her PhD in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She earned her MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to beginning her Doctoral work, Noelle worked as a Clinical Research Assistant conducting mixed methods research centered around such topics as substance use in pregnancy and the opioid epidemic.

This webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live event.

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A7GdEHq3Qy2G5Tl_CMQGEw

3:00 pm Lecture
Building the post-1949 State in China and Taiwan
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Dr. Julia C. Strauss, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Politics at the University of London, will discuss her recent book, "State Formation in China and Taiwan: Bureaucracy, Campaign, and Performance." Register here.

6:00 pm Information Session
Student/Alumni Meet 'n Greet
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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An informal conversation with GSC alumni. We’ll discuss issues they are concerned about, their work, graduate studies, how they balance work with advocacy, and more. Grab a snack and join the conversation.

Nick Collins ‘13 (Economics) works for a multi-year community development initiative in the Bay Area, trying to change the way we build the environment around us (Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge). Nick lived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan for two years following graduation, and has worked in both the international and national development spaces. He was the president of FeelGood during his years at Pitt

Chelsea Frimpong ’14 (Africana Studies, Political Science) MPH, Ichan School of Medicine, at Mount Sinai, is a producer at Zueus Jones and is founder of Believe in Your Cool, a collective for Black Womxn (21-35) to facilitate self-purpose, career empowerment, and community development. Chelsea was a Pathfinder, OCC Ambassador president of the African Student Association and RISE Girls Mentoring Program while at Pitt.

Jodi Lincoln’ 14 (Anthropology, Film Studies), works for the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation. In her spare time she is leading the effort to restore access to physical books to prisoners in the Allegheny County jail and leads Book’Em, the Pittsburgh Books to Prisoners program with the Thomas Merton Center.

Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99649268928

7:00 pm Reading Group
ESCape Into a Book: Gingerbread
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Join the European Studies Center at Pitt's virtual book club, exploring recent works by European authors. We will be reading "Gingerbread" by Helen Oyeyemi.

Discussion dates at February 16 and February 20. The deadline to RSVP is Thursday, January 7, 2021. A free copy of the book is available to the first 50 registrants who request one. The event is open to ALL.

RSVP at https://forms.gle/uTRwaCSdDVpd9Lir9

7:00 pm Film
Nailed It Screening and Q&A with Adele Pham
Location:
Vimeo
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Hub
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Join us for a screening of Nailed It, a documentary film about the impact that the Vietnamese nail industry has had on the United States.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with award-winning director Adele Pham. The Black Action Society and Asian Student Alliance will be holding a panel discussion in response to the documentary on Friday, February 19th at 8PMET.

This event is part of The Other Colors: African and Asian America, a project generously funded in part by the Year of Engagement.

Wednesday, February 17

11:00 am Information Session
African Studies Program Virtual Office Hours
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Hub
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Meet with African Studies Program Student Ambassador Emmanuel Ampofo to ask questions about the African Studies Certificate, upcoming events, and more.

Meet via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97841843639

5:00 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte: French Conversation Club
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Chat with other French students, French faculty, and PhD students and practice your French language skills. Email PhD student Pat Nikiema at PAN32@pitt.edu for the Zoom link.

5:30 pm Presentation
The Dark Side of Superfoods: Negative Externalities in Luxury Commodity and Consumption
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Latin America and the Caribbean Competency Virtual Series is an opportunity for students to learn more about different topics related to this area and connect with the guest speakers outside of the classroom environment. The students will also have the chance of discussing and asking questions regarding the topic of the presentation. The first presentation will be by Caelan Hidalgo Schick, Panoramas Graduate Coordinator and Graduate student in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She will be talking about how the rising popularity of products marketed as “superfoods” is leading to questioning of how sustainable these “trendy” foods and products truly are. Consumers of superfoods from rich northern countries are unknowingly contributing to unsustainable agriculture exploitation of indigenous farmers and land, and forced labor practices.

Registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/virtualseries1

You can earn myPittGlobal and OCC credit and a certificate of participation by attending!

6:00 pm Workshop
Re-Imagining the World of Art through Story and Collaboration
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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Join author and Nationality Rooms scholarship recipient, Amy Alznauer, online as she offers ways to incorporate themes from her book about two brothers who persevere through the upheaval of China's Cultural Revolution in the 1970s by painting together.

To register for this K-5 workshop, please click here. Upon registration, you will receive the Zoom meeting link for this workshop.

7:00 pm Information Session
CLAS Ambassadors and Panoramas Interns Information Session
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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This info session is open to all students wanting to hear more about the Ambassador and/or Panoramas Internships. Come to meet current Ambassadors and Panoramas Interns and find out about the application process and what the positions involve!

Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99657016259

7:00 pm Film
Pontianak Film Seres: Sumpah Pontinanak
Location:
Vimeo
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies Program; SCREENSHOT: ASIA
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Third in the series of schlocky films from the 50s. The first Pontianak film appeared in 1957 Singaporean Malay horror film directed by Indian film director B.N. Rao starring Maria Menado and M. Amin. Based on the Malay folktales of a blood-sucking ghost born from a woman who dies in childbirth. The smash hit premiered on 27 April 1957 and screened for almost three months at the local Cathay cinemas. Its success spawned two other sequels, Dendam Pontianak (Revenge of the Pontianak, 1957) and Sumpah Pontianak (Curse of the Pontianak, 1958). It is also said to have launched the Pontianak genre in Singapore and Malaysia, with rival Shaw producing its own Pontianak trilogy and several movies of the same genre were also made in Malaysia.

Thursday, February 18

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
CoE: Creating Europe Through the Built Environment
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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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 this second installment of our 'Creating Europe through' series, the focus will be on the built environment. Our panelists will discuss the following: How does the architecture of EU institutional buildings reflect or express European ideas or identity? Does EU funding for infrastructure projects throughout Europe promote a European identity among EU citizens? And how does the EU work to integrate buildings into the circular economy and create a greener Europe?

3:15 pm Cultural Event
Laber Rhabarber - German Conversation Hour
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Laber Rhabarber - More than a German conversation hour!

"... the most human thing we have is language, and we have it in order to talk." German author Theodor Fontane wrote in 1892. So, here's chance! Be human with us for an hour every week, albeit in German ;D

Everyone and every level of German welcome!

Zoom Meeting link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99661883076
German Dept. website: http://www.german.pitt.edu/
Follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @UPittGerman

5:00 pm Teacher Training
Global Issues Through Literature Series (GILS)
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global 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 participants 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 (EST). Books and 3 Act 48 credit hours are provided.

Registration is closed.

Friday, February 19

11:00 am Presentation
UCIS International Career Toolkit Series Presents:HealTogether CIC
Location:
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, Global Studies Center and Global Hub
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HealTogether CIC is a community enterprise organization with a vision for improving access for mental health care services for the Somali community in England and Wales. Anabelle joins us from the UK to discuss starting her own organization to help fellow Somalis in her community after a lockdown and a furlough. She spent 15 years in HR and Talent Acquisition before actualizing her dream during Covid-19.

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Language Tutoring
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Russian tutoring available for students by appointment.

Book your appointment here: https://calendly.com/katya-kovaleva/russian-language-tutoring

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Talking About Whiteness: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with 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 Texas at Austin, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State 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 and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
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Join us to explore how communities are often minoritized along racial lines and the challenges scholars encounter when attempting to bring race and intersectional analysis to bear upon systemic inequality in our region.

2:00-3:30 pm (ET) | 1:00-2:30 pm (CT) | 12:00-1:30 (MT) | 11:00 am-12:30 pm (PT)

MODERATOR:
Roman Utkin, Wesleyan University

SPEAKERS:
Marius Turda, Oxford Brookes University
Lauren Woodard, Yale University
Sean Roberts, George Washington University
Monika Bobako, Adam Mickiewicz University

This event will be recorded and streamed live on the ASEEES Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/slavic.e.european.eurasian.studies/)

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/creees/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 scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or research on communities of color to the center stage.n.studies/)

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Meeting
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club
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Join the Pitt German Club every Friday at 3PM to practice your German language skills and learn about different aspects of German culture!

Zoom ID: 950 0542 1812

4:15 pm Colloquium
Panoramas Round Table: Disability and Mental Illness in Latin America: Exploring Chile’s Access to Resources
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas
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The lack of resources for mental health and disabilities in Chile represents a pattern of slow but progressive growth in Latin America. The current health insurance system creates segmentation among high-risk individuals, which has caused an accumulation of people with psychiatric disabilities in the public sector. For those with intellectual and physical disabilities, the country is seeing a shift towards a more inclusive workforce and education system. The quality and quantity of resources is heavily influenced by a long-lasting stigma toward disability and mental illness. While attitudes toward physical or visible disabilities seem to be shifting towards acceptance, more efforts are needed to improve the perception of people with mental disorders.

Bridget Hogue and Peyton Stuart will lead this week's round table. The article will be available to read on https://panoramas.pitt.edu.

Registration Required: https://tinyurl.com/4jwv3g74

8:00 pm Panel Discussion
Nailed It Panel Discussion with BAS & ASA
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Hub along with Black Action Society (BAS) and Asian Student Alliance
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The Black Action Society and Asian Student Alliance will be hosting a panel discussion in response to the screening of Adele Pham's documentary, "Nailed It," and expand on topics of Black and Asian American relationships in the U.S.

Registrants for the Nailed It screening on February 16th will automatically receive the Zoom link for the panel discussion.

Register Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeamsSa5nxqSAmmsHqIAnQ-tKnaqujm...

This event is part of The Other Colors: African and Asian America, a project generously funded in part by the Year of Engagement.

Sunday, February 21

4:00 pm Reading Group
ESCape Into a Book: Gingerbread
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Join the European Studies Center at Pitt's virtual book club, exploring recent works by European authors. We will be reading "Gingerbread" by Helen Oyeyemi.

Discussion dates at February 16 and February 20. The deadline to RSVP is Thursday, January 7, 2021. A free copy of the book is available to the first 50 registrants who request one. The event is open to ALL.

RSVP at https://forms.gle/uTRwaCSdDVpd9Lir9

Monday, February 22

10:00 am Lecture
Serving the People: What It Means to Be a Representative
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with პოლიტიკის საზაფხულო ინსტიტუტი/The Summer Institute of Politics
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REGISTER HERE: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sxGBigIMRTKyLy6-gJLmQg

In this talk we will engage with the question: What does it mean to be a good representative? We will explore the different models of representation and apply these to real life situations. Next, we will explore ways to interact with your constituents and why that is so important in a representative democracy. Finally, we will conclude with a concrete discussion of ways that future leaders can use what we have learned to be better, more responsive representatives of the constituencies.

3:00 pm Panel Discussion
Charlemos Series: Movimientos Feministas y el Derecho al Aborto en el Cono Sur
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Political Institutions and Processes Section of the Latin American Studies Association
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The eleventh Charlemos event will take place on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3 pm. The topic of discussion will be Feminist Movements and Reproductive Rights in the Southern Cone. Cora Fernández Anderson (Mount Holyoke College) will talk about her new book, Fighting for Abortion Rights in Latin America: Social Movements, State Allies, and Institutions and Mariela Daby (Reed College) and Mason Moseley (West Virginia University) will discuss their new article, "Feminist Mobilization and the Abortion Debate in Latin America: Lessons from Argentina," published in Politics & Gender. The talk will be in Spanish.

To access the readings, please visit our webpage: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/content/charlemos

Registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/e0ydutgu

4:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Human Rights and Human Security
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Organization: Amnesty International USA

**THIS IS A 4pm EVENT***

Speaker: Adotei Akwei, Deputy Director for Governmental Relations will discuss his work at Amnesty, updates at Amnesty, and his career trajectory, Adotei is a political analyst, an experienced advocate, and campaigner on civil, political, economic, and social rights, US foreign and security policy as well as a rights-based approach to ending poverty with field experience in Africa and Asia.

To Register: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIlc-CtqT0rHtPhaU5SUtAnFRIlQenGCHpD

https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

7:00 pm Information Session
CLAS Ambassadors and Panoramas Interns Information Session
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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This info session is open to all students wanting to hear more about the Ambassador and/or Panoramas Internships. Come to meet current Ambassadors and Panoramas Interns and find out about the application process and what the positions involve!

Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99657016259

Tuesday, February 23

10:30 am Lecture Series / Brown Bag
JMintheUS: The EU Policy on Digitization (of Art Collections)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Center for European Studies at the University of Florida
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The EU policy on Digitization (of Art Collections) with Antoinette Maget Dominice (Ludwig Maximillian University), Ewa Manikowska (Institute of Art Polish Academy of Sciences), Arianna Traviglia (Center for Cultural Heritage Technology University ca'Foscari)
Moderator: Francesca Fiorentini, University of Trieste
This panel will illustrate the technologies available for Cultural Heritage and assess both their potential and risks within the European Union policy framework in this sector.
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12:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Diplomacy/Security and Intelligence
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Speakers: Pitt REEES alumni Dr. Elise Thorsen (Senior Open Source Analyst) and Dr. Beach Gray (Senior Open Source Analyst) of Novetta. who specialized in Slavic languages and literature at Pitt, use their regional expertise to help Novetta provide data-driven, area studies expert-honed insight into the global information environment. This vital industry is projected to grow enormously in the coming years and provides excellent opportunities to students of foreign languages and area studies.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArc-2vqzotE92Tax-fPhytqcWwMRR6XvAB

Visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

4:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Human Rights and Human Security
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Organization: Alliance for Peacebuilding https://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/

Description: Alliance for Peacebuilding is a nonpartisan network of 130+ organizations (development, academic, humanitarian, faith-based) working in 181 countries to end violent conflict and sustain peace.

AfP Speakers:
Stephanie Budaker, Manager for Memberships and Operations
Shaziya DeYoung, Sr Research Associate - Learning and Development
Megan Schleicher, Sr Associate - Policy and Advocacy
Zander Willoughby, Peace Program Manager

To Register:

https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sdumqqD0rHNCYLVHFLhp5zGsQBgG3ObRt

https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week-0

8:30 pm Lecture
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Taiwan Student Association and Screenshot: Asia
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We are excited to announce a discussion with award-winning film director and screenwriter Wei Te-Sheng. Wei’s films, including Kano, Cape #7, and Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, are often centered around Taiwan’s indigenous peoples history and explore relationships between Taiwan’s different ethnic communities during colonization and after. This event is organized by the Taiwan Student Association. Register here

Wednesday, February 24

11:00 am Information Session
African Studies Program Virtual Office Hours
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Hub
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Meet with African Studies Program Student Ambassador Emmanuel Ampofo to ask questions about the African Studies Certificate, upcoming events, and more.

Meet via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97841843639

12:00 pm Lecture
Creature Comforts: Animals, Zoos, and Exotic Trafficking in Eurasia
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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A live interview with Tracy McDonald (McMaster University) and Marianna Szczygielska (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science).

Register via Zoom here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvceCgqT0sGtVWgst7n6RrFJuAqyKj89Ag

The existential threat of climate change has inspired renewed intellectual engagement with the Anthropocene. Eurasian Studies are no exception to this trend. In the last decade, studies that grapple with the past, present, and potential future of the human-nature dialectic are on the uptick. These studies have forced us to reconsider intellectual and ideological paradigms, sources, mission, and role of scholar in society.

Nature’s Revenge: Ecology, Animals, and Waste in Eurasia seeks to bring some of this scholarship and activism to a wider public through a series of live-recorded interviews. The goal is to illuminate recent scholarship and complicate our understanding of the Eurasian Anthropocene and its place in our world.

NOTE WELL: This event was originally scheduled for February 23 but has been shifted to Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

12:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Health and Well-Being
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Speaker: Liza Mitgang '13 (Urban Studies, BPHIL/IAS/Global Studies), MS, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Liza serves as the Program Coordinator for the Service Delivery Innovation team in the Health, Nutrition, and Population global practice at the World Bank. She'll discuss her current position, opportunities with the World Bank, her experience at the London School of Hygiene.

To Register: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vceutrz8sEtVIn1V6Y-GqRpIqstU68xUL

Visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

3:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Diplomacy/Security and Intelligence
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Speakers: Nina Murray (Deputy Division Chief, Cultural Programs), Holly Mayton, and Paul Fariss of the State Department. Nina Murray grew up in Lviv, Ukraine, and holds advanced degrees in linguistics and creative writing. Since becoming a Foreign Service Officer in 2011, she has served in Lithuania, Canada, Russia, and Washington, D.C.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vc-6srTouEtfT7-dV8ggqSp3g93UPnX4c

Visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

4:00 pm Career Counselling
Career in International Education
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
5:00 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte: French Conversation Club
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Chat with other French students, French faculty, and PhD students and practice your French language skills. Email PhD student Pat Nikiema at PAN32@pitt.edu for the Zoom link.

5:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Health and Well-Being
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Maddie Little '15 (Anthropology) MPH Emory University is Program Associate for the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) and is interested in project management, health communications, and process improvement in public health.

Lillie Armstrong '12 (Sociology), MPH University of North Carolina, is Senior Manager of Drug User Health at NASTAD, supporting the development and operation of harm reduction services through federal, tribal, state, local, and community-based agencies.

Cassandra Ott '14 (Microbiology) MHS Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, works as an Epidemiologist with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. She assists with data analysis for the local COVID-19 response and is the surveillance lead for a CDC grant focused on opioid surveillance and prevention.

To Register: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJclcOutqD4rHNSoM9yKXIR2ejP7Svbb3OUP

Visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

6:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Human Rights and Human Security
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Organization: Fenton Communications

Speaker: Emma Cummings-Kruger, Account Executive at Fenton, supports media and messaging strategy, content development, for clients National Park Foundation, The Climate Mobilization, Color Of Change, and Wallace Global Fund. She’ll discuss skills sought for media, communications positions to support human rights programs.

To Register https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUldumtrT4oE9RprnY874SLW4sSLCJhCJKQ

https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week-0

6:30 pm Lecture
Asia Pop: From Hanok to Hanbok
Location:
via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Dr. Saeji will explore the contradictions and effects of the use of imagined and real Korean settings and traditional iconography in recent videos from Korean hip-hop artists with a particularly close reading of the rapper Beenzino’s mid-2016 offering “January.” She investigates what symbols and icons are used to visually represent Korea in the videos, as they take a foreign genre and imbue it with Koreanness. These videos circulate and re-circulate a limited number of icons of Korea, because the images are meant not to portray pre-modern Korea in its complexity, but traditional Korea both as a symbol of national pride and as a (domestic and international) tourist destination where the palace is a backdrop and you wear a hanbok to create a visually striking Instagram post. Operating as the king of the music video’s world, the hip-hop artist maintains his artistic independence through challenging tradition with juxtaposed elements of the present day.

Register

Thursday, February 25

12:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
JMintheUS: Republican Realism and Ideology in EU Politics
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies (CEUTTSS) and Virginia Tech Center for European Union
3:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Diplomacy/Security and Intelligence
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Speakers: Pitt alumna Megan Tingley and colleagues at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability, and government.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsc--hrjgvH92il82lqIk5bZfQknGK70Mz

Visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

3:15 pm Cultural Event
Laber Rhabarber - German Conversation Hour
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Laber Rhabarber - More than a German conversation hour!

"... the most human thing we have is language, and we have it in order to talk." German author Theodor Fontane wrote in 1892. So, here's chance! Be human with us for an hour every week, albeit in German ;D

Everyone and every level of German welcome!

Zoom Meeting link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99661883076
German Dept. website: http://www.german.pitt.edu/
Follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @UPittGerman

4:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Health and Well-Being
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Speaker: Join a conversation with Joshua Karnes, global health professional and a Foreign Service Officer with the US Agency for International Development. He served in Central Asia, where he led a team to improve early grade reading and fight HIV and multi-drug resistant TB. Before Central Asia, he served at USAID/Ethiopia where he was the Family Health and Infectious Disease Team Leader, overseeing the Maternal Child Health, Family Planning, Tuberculosis, Neglected Tropical Disease, and Global Health Security portfolios. Prior to arriving in Ethiopia, he served as Deputy Health Office Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he supervised USAID’s efforts to reduce new HIV/AIDS infections and provide care and service for those living with HIV. Before that, he worked in Senegal to expand family planning in remote and rural areas. Prior to joining USAID, he was the International Affairs Coordinator within the US Food and Drug Administration's Office of Regulatory Affairs. He also served with the American Red Cross in the US, Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, and Indonesia. A fluent speaker of French and German, Mr. Karnes has a Master of Public Health in Global Health Policy from the University of Michigan.

Registration link: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIof-6uqTwjG9fYQ-fDBrfRM9-EUjZMmYxK

Visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Crimes Against Humanity in Latin America Series: Nicaragua
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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While the CLAS @ Pitt Crimes Against Humanity Series has previously focused on well-documented and covered crimes and government policies in the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile and Brazil in particular), more recent, ongoing issues involving large-scale dynamics are ever more important. One such case is Colombia and the worrying trend of targeted assassination of community activists involved in the transformational potential of the Peace Process that commenced with the 2016 Peace Accords of the Santos administration (2010-2018).

On February 25th, acclaimed editorial cartoonist Pedro X. Molina (in exile in the United States) and UCA’s Mario Sánchez and Social Scientist will reflect on the events that followed the student protests of April 2018 in Nicaragua, as well as the antecedents and the political and social context within which their echo has impacted daily life in the country.

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/y5t2vv4u

Photo credit for poster: Orlando Valenzuela

7:00 pm Teacher Training--Area Studies
From Our Classroom To Yours: Shibori - the Japanese Art of Shaped Resist Dyeing
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
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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.

From the science of dyeing to the mathematical precision of the patterns, shibori is a form of art that is applicable across multiple disciplines and age groups. This presentation will start with a brief history of shibori in Japan and move to the present day. Resources, practical tips, and suggestions for the use of non-traditional materials will be addressed, enabling teachers to share this art form with students in elementary grades to high school.

7:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Human Rights and Human Security
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Speakers: Elizabeth Crivaro JD, '14 (Political Science) JD Georgetown University is Law Fellow at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. https://cliniclegal.org and Reena Naik '16 (Political Science) currently pursuing a JD degree at Temple, Legal Intern with Tahirih Justice Services, former Judicial Intern with US Department of Justice, and Coro Fellow. https://www.tahirih.org/ http://www.coropittsburgh.org/ will present their work and their respective law school choices.

Visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

Friday, February 26 until Saturday, February 27

(All day) Conference
Undergraduate Model European Union
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Friday, February 26

12:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Diplomacy/Security and Intelligence
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Speaker: Roy A. Savoy (Executive Liaison Support Officer, NSEP) will discuss international career and scholarship opportunities at the Department of Defense, such as the Boren Fellowship, the Critical Language Scholarship, and the Presidential Management Fellowship.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUoceuoqzkuH93jDekJQmkdGHUgX14QaCBz

Visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

12:00 pm Panel Discussion
The Capitol Insurrection in Global Perspective
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Participants:
Errol Henderson, Penn State University
Jeanne Morefield, University of Birmingham (UK)
Stuart Schrader, Johns Hopkins University
Nikhil Singh, NYU

Moderator: Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Language Tutoring
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Russian tutoring available for students by appointment.

Book your appointment here: https://calendly.com/katya-kovaleva/russian-language-tutoring

1:00 pm Colloquium
'It's a Yiddish Theatre, You Know?' The Jewish Amateur Art Collectives of Soviet & Post-Soviet Lithuania, 1956-1995
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Center for Russian and East European Studies
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Jewish Studies Work in Progress Colloquium:
Emma Squire is a doctoral candidate in the Theatre Arts Department. She is currently working on her pioneering dissertation on the Yiddish Theatre in Soviet and Post-Soviet Lithuania. Through archival research in Vilnius, and interviews with spectators and theater artists, her project explores the repertoire, challenges, and cultural impact of the Jewish Folk Theatre in communist times.

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with 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 Texas at Austin, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State 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 and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
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While the Black Lives Matter Movement has revived global conversations about racism and systemic inequality, its reception in our region manifested not only in anti-racist solidarity protests but also in pro-nationalist activism, most notably in Russia. Join us to discuss whether the Black Lives Matter movement will have a lasting impact on the struggle against racism and for civil rights and social equality in our region.

2:00-3:30 pm (ET) | 1:00-2:30 pm (CT) | 12:00-1:30 (MT) | 11:00 am-12:30 pm (PT)

MODERATOR:
Sibelan Forrester, Swarthmore College

SPEAKERS:
Angéla Kóczé, Central European University
Diana Kudaibergenova, University of Cambridge
Maxim Matusevich, Seton Hall University
Jakobi Williams, Indiana University, Bloomington

This event will be recorded and streamed live on the ASEEES Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/slavic.e.european.eurasian.studies/)

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/creees/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 scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or research on communities of color to the center stage.

2:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Health and Well-Being
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Speaker: Alum Katie Sives, '18 GSPIA/GSPH formerly served as Policy Fellow with Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. She assumed a new position at CDC working with COVID-19 response.

To register: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd-iurjstHNUCcNNYepvQz2zsFGvh4ALp

Visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/career-week

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Meeting
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club
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Join the Pitt German Club every Friday at 3PM to practice your German language skills and learn about different aspects of German culture!

Zoom ID: 950 0542 1812

4:15 pm Colloquium
Panoramas Roundtable: Analyzing the Roots of Migration in Central America's Northern Triangle
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas
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Join us on Friday, February 26th at 4:15 pm for our next Panoramas Roundtable to discuss our featured article: "Analyzing the Roots of Migration in Central America's Northern Triangle," written by Panoramas Intern, Isabel Morales. To read the article, please visit: panoramas.pitt.edu

Every year, around 500,000 refugees and asylum-seekers flee from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. These three countries comprise a region known as the Northern Triangle of Central America, which is plagued with socio-economic instability, poverty, corruption, and chronic violence. Today, there are misconceptions and limited views regarding the causes of the humanitarian crisis in the region. These should be re-assessed by analyzing the root causes that sparked new incentives for migration, which are crucial to understanding the many interrelated factors affecting the Northern Triangle and its people.

Isabel Morales is an international student from Colombia at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Economics with a minor in French and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. Through her experiences living in Colombia, the United States, and Israel, along with the opportunities offered by the university, she has become greatly interested in Latin American affairs and its role in the study of development economics. As a Panoramas intern, Isabel hopes to promote the region and continue exploring areas of interest such as politics, development, and human rights.

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/1vc6cqvj

5:00 pm Information Session
Alumni Happy Hour
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Grab a drink and connect, with old friends and current students. While each year we typically enjoy hosting an alumni/student networking reception in Washington DC, this year we have a unique opportunity to extend this networking event beyond DC metropolitan area! After some brief introductions, we’ll break out into two sequential small break-out rooms for more personal engagement -- based on interest and location.

We hope you can drop in and say hello.

Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfp6bBpmlQ0xYHwFMHufmDrz5O5f_RS...