Events in UCIS

Thursday, March 18 until Sunday, March 21

1:00 pm Conference
20th Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop, March 18-21
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center along with Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Humanities Center; Slovak Studies Program; Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security; Ph.D. Program in Critical European Culture Studies and Czechoslovak Studies Association; Slovak Studies Association; National Slovak Society
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The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held virtually at the University of Pittsburgh on March 18-21, 2021. This year’s workshop will bring together an international community of researchers, faculty members, and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas on a variety of areas ranging from literature, language, history, and the visual arts.


9:00 am (EDT) | 1:00 pm (GMT) | 2:00 pm (CET)
Transatlantic Cooperation in Pandemic Times

Surprisingly enough, the COVID-19 pandemic affected Europe and America in a dramatic manner. Health systems, economies, and social life in the most developed countries have been going through severe tests last year. This keynote lecture will focus on the comparative aspects of the COVID-19 crisis in Europe and the United States, look at its impact on transatlantic relations, and bring examples of cooperation in combating this global pandemic.

Pavol Demeš, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

REGISTER to attend:

This registration is for the academic portion of the conference, including paper presentations, the keynote address, and networking events. Participation is restricted to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and the organizers.

Sunday, March 21 until Sunday, March 28

(All day) Festival
Festival of the Egg
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with REES
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The Festival of the Egg is a family-oriented event welcoming the coming of Spring in many ethnic traditions. Celebrate ethnic traditions from India, Romania, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. Celebrate with Easter Egg Decorating, Spring Traditions, Easter basket folklore, palm weaving, Easter customs, spring festival of colors, virtual market place and much more!

Sunday, March 21

10:00 am Symposium
The 18th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium: Democracy Under Duress
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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The Symposium, DEMOCRACY UNDER DURESS, will explore the fragility of the democratic state and strategies for creating and protecting a true democracy.
The Keynote Address will start at 1:30 p.m.
The Symposium will also feature two panels:
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: “Walter Rodney, Human Rights and Decolonization”
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.: “Imperialism, State Violence and the Assassination of Walter Rodney”
Walter Rodney (1942-1980) was a historian, intellectual, scholar-activist, educator, pan-Africanist, and revolutionary. His scholarly works and political activism engendered a new political consciousness, challenged prevailing assumptions about African history, provided a new construct for development theory, and established a framework for analyzing current global socio-economic and political issues.
Rodney & Davis’ lives intersected when they met at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania; they are both grounded in historical truth, and in their commitment to human dignity, liberation, resistance, and scholar-activism.

7:30 pm Cultural Event
Giannis Davaris: A Revolutionary Hero at the Acropolis A Narrative and Virtual Exhibit of a Lesser-Known Hero of the Greek Revolution
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Saturday March 21st, 2021
7:30 PM

Giannis Davaris: A Revolutionary Hero at the Acropolis
A Narrative and Virtual Exhibit of a Lesser-Known Hero
of the Greek Revolution

A Joint Presentation with the European Art Center
Peania, Attica, Greece