Events in UCIS

Tuesday, February 16

10:00 am Panel Discussion
What Makes a Great Mentoring Relationship?
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.

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3:00 pm Lecture
Building the post-1949 State in China and Taiwan
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.

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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.


7:00 pm Film
Nailed It Screening and Q&A with Adele Pham
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies 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.