Events in UCIS

Friday, April 2

11:00 am Workshop
Aging Under Socialism: Europe and Beyond
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Within about twenty years, the United States will pass a monumental threshold: this country will have more citizens over 65 than it does under the age of 18. Part of a massive demographic transition that is taking place across the Global North, the aging of the boomer generation will present challenges for retirement financing, healthcare, and political economy. Medical research has already pivoted towards this new reality; humanities-centered scholarship has begun focusing on aging as well.

This workshop hopes to bring historical thinking to bear further on this problem. While the history of old age is a growing field in the discipline, scholars have mostly examined aging in the context of Western capitalist societies. This workshop will bring together a number of early career academics and graduate students to discuss their research on old age under socialism. There has been a great deal of interest, in recent years, in how socialist societies imagined gender, healthcare, and the family. This is granting us a much fuller picture of these societies than what was possible during the Cold War, when analysis focused squarely on themes of political oppression and resistance. And yet we know next to nothing about the socialist style of aging: the imagination of age and the policy apparatus focusing on the elderly.

Dates and times: March 26 and April 2, 11am-2pm.

12:00 pm Information Session
Alumni Meet 'n Greet - Locked Down, Locked Out, Left Behind: The Neglect of Health Services on Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Migration
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Journalist Eric Reidy and Anthropology PhD Candidate Darius Bittle-Dockery will share insights and engage students and alumni in an informal discussion about the health, economic, and social toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and access to chronic health care on displaced people around the world. Eric Reidy is Migration Editor-at-large for the online news website The New Humanitarian, and Darius Bittle-Dockery is a Medical Anthropology PhD candidate at Pitt who has conducted extensive research on refugee health in Jordan. The discussion will be moderated by GSC's own Elaine Linn and Bethany Flage, PhD candidate in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the Graduate School of Public Health and current president of the Global Health Student Association.

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

3:00 pm Workshop
FLAC: Exploring Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: History, Pedagogy, and Practice
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center
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The University Center for International Studies (UCIS), with funding from Pitt?s Title VI National Resource Centers, has embarked on a four year initiative to increase the number of FLAC courses offered on campus. Dr. Deborah Reisinger?s presentation will help prospective instructors and students understand what FLAC is and why it is important. After the presentation, information about current FLAC courses at Pitt and successful strategies for developing new courses (including language ?trailers?) will be shared.

Dr. Deborah Reisinger
Associate Professor of the Practice in French, and Director of Language Outreach initiatives, Duke University
Deborah establishes connections between language proficiency and the disciplines. She is the author of numerous articles on language pedagogy, French for the Professions, and intercultural competence. She chairs the World Languages Advisory Committee to the College Board and is co-chair of the AP French Language and Culture Exam development committee.

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

3:00 pm Workshop
Transcultural Codicology on the Silk Road
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies and Central Eurasian Studies Society
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What was the nature of 'the book' on the Silk Road? How can we move beyond Eurocentric terminology toward an organically Eurasian codicology? This workshop introduces scholars to the study of manuscripts, posing fundamental questions about what we can learn from this field in a Eurasian context.

PLEASE NOTE that registrations are limited and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis for Ph.D. students and faculty who work on Eurasia and can meet the language prerequisites specific to each topic.

PREREQUISITE
Participants should have some facility in a relevant premodern language

INSTRUCTOR
Devin Fitzgerald
Curator of Rare Books and History of Printing
UCLA Library Special Collections

COLLABORATOR
Michelle McCoy
Assistant Professor
History of Art and Architecture
University of Pittsburgh

REGISTER HERE: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsdO-oqDsoGdac39Koc2n55PhgEyCcJTnz

4:15 pm Colloquium
Panoramas Round Table: The State of Puerto Rico: Context and Conversation on the Status of the Island
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join Panoramas interns as they explore the history and current status of Puerto Rico's status in the United States. From pre-colonial history to current legislation, Abby, Bridget, Isabel, and Katie will cover independence, statehood, and economic development.

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/pipr40221

6:00 pm Cultural Event
Global Ties x Global Hub Game Night
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Global Ties
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Join Global Ties and the Global Hub for casual dinner and game night on Friday, April 2nd from 6-7:30PM ET. This will be a chance for international and domestic students to chat and meet new friends at Pitt!

We will eat together and chat over Zoom from 6-6:30PM before moving into our games using Backyard.co. Students who are located in the U.S. will get a $15 Grubhub credit for dinner on us!

Register by 11:59PMET on Monday, March 29th.