Events in UCIS

Friday, March 5

12:00 pm Lecture
Book launch: The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Sociology, Graduate School of Public Health, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), Human Rights City Alliance, Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education and Outreach
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Water is life. Countless communities across the world, from Flint, Michigan to the Standing Rock Reservation to the Gualcarque River in Honduras, have used this phrase as a rallying cry against powerful corporations that value profits over the environment and the health of local communities. In 2002, a small group of citizens in El Salvador joined this global community of water defenders when representatives from multinational mining company Pac rim appeared in their home province of Cabañas. This ignited a people’s fight against corporate power that would last for over a decade. In this book, Broad and Cavanagh tell the harrowing, inspiring saga of El Salvador’s fight – and historical victory – to save their water, and their communities, from Big Gold. Their book generates lessons about how those concerned with environmental justice, public health, and democracy can work to transform the political structures that have impoverished and disenfranchised communities.

Registration link: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkc-GuqT8rGdE8yQ8uORo6rGfNSOe9tFCG

12:00 pm Lecture
Conflict in Transcaucasia: War over Nagorno-Karabakh
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
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REGISTER HERE: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mC41a81tQVONz4oWoRt2Ig

In September 2020, Azerbaijan’s military advanced into the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and, by November, the Armenian side lost control not only of parts of the disputed territory but also of the security zone seized during the First Karabakh War in 1992-1994. Join us for a forum to explore the history and human cost of this war, the impact of Russian and Turkish rivalry in the region, and the prospects for long-term peace.

Moderator:
Vasili Rukhadze, Lecturer, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Speakers:
Gerard Libaridian, Professor Emeritus, History, University of Michigan
Zaur Shiriyev, Analyst for the South Caucasus, Crisis Group
Thomas de Waal, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe
Fatma Müge Göçek, Professor, Sociology, University of Michigan
Joshua Kucera, Turkey/Caucasus Editor, EurasiaNet

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: Education and Anti-Blackness
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center
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Join us for the third and final 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 education and anti-blackness, particularly involving experiences in Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Scholars working at the intersections of Education, History, Latinx, Latin American, and cultural studies will explore the ways that these issues overlap and impact Afro-Latin Americans and their diasporic communities in the U.S.

Co-moderated by Dr. Gina Garcia of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy and Christian Alberto of the School of Education

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kf3DarRdSvaIU2At5EucQw

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: Un Panorama de Cultura y Turismo en Yucatán
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas
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Debido a su belleza natural e historia y cultura ricas, el turismo es uno de los sectores más importantes para la economía de Yucatán. Las políticas del turismo se centran en maximizar los beneficios económicos y mejorar el nivel de vida de la gente local. La conservación sostenible de sitios turísticos en Yucatán de riqueza cultural es de suma importancia para garantizar el cuidado del medio ambiente y el bienestar de las comunidades, y a la vez, generar oportunidades para el desarrollo de la región. Para comprender la cosmovisión maya se debe captar fielmente la visión y modo de entender de los objetos y recursos que rodeaban a esta cultura, comprendiendo cómo convergen estos de forma cíclica, estaremos comprendiendo su panorama y con ello su cosmovisión sobre el mundo y el universo que los rodeaban. La religión forma parte fundamental de la historia de Yucatán, debido a que en él se dan a conocer las distintas formas de ver la vida de las personas e incluso hoy en día, se continúan manteniendo como las características más destacadas de la civilización: tal como sucede con las ceremonias religiosas, los sacrificios y las ofrendas que se brindaban.

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/0305mx