Events in UCIS

Monday, March 8

12:00 pm Panel Discussion
The Battle over Gender Equality in European Politics
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center
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In recent years, the EU has adopted far-reaching legislation and policies to support LGBTIQ and women’s rights across a broad range of issues from the gender pay-gap through accession to the Istanbul Convention on violence against women to gender equality in culture and foreign affairs, biodiversity, and digital policy. Yet, several member states have resisted such transnational efforts and have not only removed the word “gender” from official documents and eliminated the field of gender studies in higher education but also rolled back gender rights within their boundaries, sparking sustained protests most notably in Poland and Hungary.

Join us for this interdisciplinary panel of scholars, policy-makers, activists, and politicians to explore the history and the future of gender equality in the EU.

Müge Kökt en Finkel
Assistant Professor, GSPIA
University of Pittsburgh

Laura Albu
Vice President, European Women's Lobby

Lenka Bustikova
Associate Professor, Political Science
Arizona State University

Malgorzata Fidelis
Associate Professor, History
University of Illinois, Chicago

Alice Kuhnke
MEP, European Parliament
Vice Chair, Group of Greens/European Free Alliance


3:30 pm Presentation
Crimes Against Humanity in Latin America Series: Mexico
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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As part of CLAS' Crimes Against Humanity in Latin America Series, Adriana Miramontes Olivas (Pitt PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department) will give a presentation on "Del Femi-Juvenicidio al Neoliberarchivo: Art, Archives, and the Pursuit of Human Rights - A discussion on Femicide along the US/Mexico border." The event takes place on International Women's Day to remember those women who have been killed. The event will be in English.

Registration required:

Photo credit: Jorge Uzon/AFP

4:00 pm Workshop
Refining Your Research Question Workshop
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Intended for students who have a topic they are thinking about for their undergraduate thesis project but need some help turning it into a research question, this workshop will address the scope of the project, and the knowledge gap to which the project intends to contribute. Students will work in groups to refine their research questions and can schedule a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Lieder for additional guidance. All students are welcome!

Students must submit a 300-500 word abstract of their proposed project to apply.

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6:00 pm Film
The Chambermaid
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Chambermaid

Fiction / Mexico / 2019

In her feature debut, Lila Ávilés turns the monotonous work day of Eve, a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico city hotel, into a beautifully observed film of rich detail. Set entirely in this alienating environment, with extended scenes taking place in the guest rooms, hallways, and cleaning facilities, this minimalist yet sumptuous movie brings to the fore Eve's hopes, dreams, and desires. As with Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, set in the same city, The Chambermaid salutes the invisible women caretakers who are the hard-working backbone of society.

—New Directors/New Films

Language: Spanish

Registration is required:

Please register by March 8, 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