Events in UCIS

Thursday, January 28 until Thursday, February 4

4:00 pm Festival
MEET EU Short Film Festival
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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Inspired by the European Year of Rail, which shines a light on one of the most sustainable, innovative, and safest modes of transportation, and acknowledging the challenges we have all faced during the pandemic in traveling and forging new connections, the inaugural MEET EU Short Film Competition for U.S. Youth asks young people to create a short film (documentary or non-documentary) responding to the theme “Transatlantic Connections”. The theme is intentionally broad and entrants are encouraged to be creative in how they interpret it.

MEET EU: Making Encounters, Engaging Transatlanticists, is a grant generously funded by the European Union through the European Union Delegation to the US in Washington, DC. The goals of this grant are to shine a light on the EU and the importance of the transatlantic relationship through the eyes of young Americans. We encourage entrants to think creatively to give us your perspective on the European-American relationship, similarities and differences between countries, and why this relationship matters.

Thursday, February 4

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Brexit Update with Dr. Anand Menon
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.


3:15 pm Cultural Event
Laber Rhabarber - German Conversation Hour
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:
German Dept. website:
Follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @UPittGerman

6:00 pm Film
The Dead and the Others
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:

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.