Events in UCIS

Tuesday, April 6

(All day) Film
Homeward Film Screening
Location:
Vimeo
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Russian Film Symposium, Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia and Media Initiative for Human Rights
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Homeward shares the story of a Crimean Tatar father and son coping with family loss as they travel to transport the body of their son and brother from Kyiv to Crimea.

10:30 am Lecture Series / Brown Bag
JMintheUS: The Human Dimension of Heritage in the EU
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Center for European Studies at the University of Florida
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Karolina Nikielska-Sekula
Andreas Wiesand
Alexandra Xanthaki
Moderator: Andrzej Jakubowski, University of Opole & Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences
This panel will consider both the human rights law dimension of cultural heritage, and the role that heritage plays in protecting and realizing all human rights, comprising cultural rights. The panel will particularly refer to the protection of cultural rights of minorities, Indigenous peoples, and migrants.
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12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
JMintheUS: Economic Inequality After the Pandemic
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with CUNY Graduate Center EU Studies Center
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A discussion of inequalities revealed and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the public policy tools available to ameliorate them, and the likely paths economies will take in recovery.

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12:00 pm Panel Discussion
Global Careers in Pittsburgh and Beyond: A Conversation with Jenna Baron and Eric Reidy
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Director's Office, Global Studies Center and Global Hub
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Join UCIS and our Emerging Global Leaders in Residence Jenna Baron ('13) and Eric Reidy ('12) for a discussion on their careers in migration and working with immigrant and refugee communities in the U.S. and abroad. This discussion is geared towards current students and recent graduates who are interested in these topics and working with these communities. If you are looking for advice on how to get started, how to decide on career paths, and how to just figure things out, please join us!

Jenna Baron is a co-founder and the Executive Director of ARYSE. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Global Studies, and African Studies in 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh. Jenna is a 2013 Fulbright Scholar, 2015 Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellow, New Leaders Council Pittsburgh Alumna, a board member for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Program, and in 2019, was recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40. Jenna’s work is largely motivated by Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and believes that education can be a tool for liberation.

Eric Reidy is a journalist and the Migration Editor-at-large for The New Humanitarian currently based in Goa, India. He has reported extensively on migration in the Mediterranean as well as on humanitarian aid work and anti-migrant vigilante groups at the US-Mexico border and the effort to document crimes and push for accountability in Syria’s civil war. Eric's work has taken him to Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Niger, Italy, France and Greece, among other countries. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BPhil in International and Area Studies and History in 2012.

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0uduqppjouGtRUtM5zJhf-oeqeL3qR9RLL

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
JMintheUS: Spotlight on the Eastern Mediterranean
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with American University Transatlantic Policy Center
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Over the past year, the Eastern Mediterranean has become a hotbed of geopolitical tensions. Long-established local rivalries have attracted new players and have become increasingly entangled with other major disputes, including those over gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean and continued instability in Libya. H.E. Alexandra Papadopoulou, Greece’s ambassador to the United States, and H.E. Marios Lysiotis, the Republic of Cyprus’ ambassador to the United States, and Matthew Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs for the US State Department, will discuss these subjects and more during a virtual conversation. SIS professor Doga Eralp will moderate the discussion, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Event registrants will receive an email containing the Zoom webinar link.
Biographies
Ambassador Marios Lysiotis has been the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the US since September 2018. His previous roles include Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Defense, Ambassador to France, Ambassador to Austria, Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and OSCE, and many others.
Ambassador Alexandra Papadopoulou is the first female Ambassador of Greece to the US. Prior to that, she was also the First Female Permanent Representative of Greece to the European Union and served in other important positions, such as Head of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Prime Minister, Director General for European Affairs/in charge of the Greek Presidency of the EU in 2014, Head of the Greek Liaison Office in Skopje and Deputy Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations. She also served as Head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo.
Matthew Palmer is a member of the Senior Foreign Service (class of Counselor) and serves currently as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibility for the Western Balkans and the Aegean. Previously, he was Director of the Office of South Central Europe. Earlier tours included Belgrade, Nicosia, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and various positions in Washington, D.C., including on the Secretary’s Policy Planning staff and at the National Security Council.
Professor Doga Eralp (moderator) is a senior professorial lecturer at American University's School of International Service. He is a scholar-practitioner of international conflict resolution with more than a decade of experience in international dialogue facilitation. His work focuses on social media and peace processes, cultures of violence, narrative mediation, collective memory, security and peace regimes, regional organizations, international mediation and democratization. Professor Eralp has also been consulting various think-tanks and international organizations such as the World Bank, NED and the UNOPS. He has a number of articles and book chapters published on the Western Balkans, Middle East, Cyprus, European Union and Turkey.
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7:00 pm Panel Discussion
Adam Lowenstein's GAP - A Conversation with Jewelle Gomez and Michelle Lane
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Join us for a conversation with acclaimed horror authors Jewelle Gomez and Michelle Lane. The conversation will explore expanding traditional horror conventions to include marginalized communities, the intersections of inspiration and mentorship, and revisiting characters through sequels.