Events in UCIS

Wednesday, April 14

10:00 am Lecture
U.S. National Security Decision-Making: The Structure and the Impact of Presidential Leadership
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with პოლიტიკის საზაფხულო ინსტიტუტი/The Summer Institute of Politics
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This presentation will explore the structure of decision-making on national security issues as established in the National Security Act of 1947 and as practiced today. While established by law, the US National Security Council is designed to advise the president; most decisions are ultimately up to him. Therefore, this presentation will also examine the varying leadership styles of modern US presidents and how those personal styles have influenced national security decision-making, with a particular focus on examples from the Bush and Obama presidencies, during which Professor Santucci was working in the US Government.

Julia Santucci, Senior Lecturer of Intelligence Studies, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

With a decade of experience in national security and foreign policy positions at the White House, CIA, and the Department of State, Senior Lecturer Julia Santucci has tackled policy challenges from an intelligence, national security, and human rights perspective. Not only has she interacted frequently with high-level government officials about decisions on critical policy decisions, she provided written assessments and oral briefings to the President.

REGISTER HERE: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iCAQh6i0Sb2cIzXFY9Ztsg

11:00 am Information Session
African Studies Program Virtual Office Hours
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Hub
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Meet with African Studies Program Student Ambassador Emmanuel Ampofo to ask questions about the African Studies Certificate, upcoming events, and more.

Meet via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97841843639

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
JMintheUS: PROMOTING EUROPE: FROM FILMS AND NEWSREELS TO STREAMING MEDIA 1945-2020
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCenter for European Studies A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence
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After Brexit and in the middle of pandemic borders being raised, this presentation offers a historic review of the moving images of the European Project. Even as the German troops were withdrawing from occupied countries, the resistance started to produce newsreels, and this postwar media generally presented Europe as a project of hope for the future. As the 50s began the European project gained momentum and the work of promoting Europe extended into short film, documentary and even feature film. With the establishment of the European Community new resources for media production emerged along with a more organized European information policy. Nevertheless national, regional and private production contributed visual material to the European project. And in the critical spirit of the 1960s and 1970s media projects started to explore the more difficult aspects of European open markets like unemployment and labor migration.

From surrealist Italian bureaucrats, to radioactive French scientists, to Churchill’s pro-Europeanism, these projects offer often surprising insights. Reviewing this work we not only see the struggles of the European project, but we follow changes in format and technology. Newsreels gave way to television style reporting give way to the satellite and streaming distribution of the European Commission’s Audiovisual Services.

This presentation will review the history of the moving images of Europe from those early postwar days to the present. It will rely on clips to provide the audience a chance to see for themselves. And it will offer a set of links to foster further viewing and exploration.

1:00 pm Presentation
BPhil Thesis Defense - The Role of Pragmatism in Achieving Social Movements Led Climate Action
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Join GSC BPhil candidate, Anna Coleman, as she defends her thesis to her defense committee. Past research on the environmental movement has demonstrated the pragmatic approach environmental groups take in their engagement with international governance organizations (IGOs). Coleman's research contributes to a discussion of what motivates this pragmatism, with a particular focus on what these types of relationships provide environmental groups and what these relationships may suggest about the future of international climate action. Drawing from updated data on the behavior of environmental social movements, she suggest that the scope of a TSMO’s focus influences their need for connections with other actors, including both other TSMOs and IGOs.

3:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
JMintheUS: The EU economy and the pandemic: short-term pain and long-term gain?
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with American University Transatlantic Policy Center, CUNY Graduate Center EU Studies Center, University of Washington, University of Colorado-Boulder Colorado European Union Center for Excellence and Virginia Tech Center for European Union
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The pandemic has hit Europe hard. Tough shutdowns and social distancing measures have caused an unprecedented drop in economic contraction, while the recovery has been slowed down by the surge in new variants. Despite a rocky start, however, vaccines are now being rolled-out and the EU is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Large fiscal transfers and supportive monetary policy have cushioned the economic blow and the EU economy is expected to come out of this new crisis with a few scratches, but hopefully not the deep scars that characterised the European Debt Crisis. This is also thanks to innovative tools developed by the EU to support its weakest Member States. Despite these efforts, there is a material risk that not all Member States would recover at the same pace. Through its Next Generation package the EU is aiming at boosting green and digital investments to address risks of economic divergence and fragmentation. At the same time it is preparing the EU economy for the challenges of decarbonisation and digital transformation. Join us for a webinar with Mr. Moreno Bertoldi, Mr. Kristian Orsini and Mr. Ben Carliner to discuss how the pandemic is reshaping EU economic governance and preparing Europe for the key challenges of the 21st century.

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5:00 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte: French Conversation Club
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Chat with other French students, French faculty, and PhD students and practice your French language skills. Email PhD student Pat Nikiema at PAN32@pitt.edu for the Zoom link.

5:30 pm Presentation
Latin American & Caribbean Competency Virtual Series: Invisible in the Time of COVID-19
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Latin America and Caribbean Competency Virtual Series is an opportunity for students to learn more about different topics related to this area and connect with the guest speakers outside of the classroom environment. The students will also have the chance of discussing and asking questions regarding the topic of the presentation. The fifth presentation will be by Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MD, MPH, FAAP), developmental and behavioral pediatrician at UPMC. He will talk about how COVID-19 has affected Latinx populations. In the presentation Dr. Chaves will also review demographic characteristics of Latinos in the US and in Southwest PA, epidemiologic characteristics of COVID-19 in Latinos, explain why Latinos are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and talk about what we can all do to support/help/provide for Latino communities. You can earn myPittGlobal and OCC credit as well as a certificate of participation by attending! Registration is required.

6:00 pm Teacher Training--Area Studies
From Our Classroom To Yours: Dynasty Smackdown
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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A series of NCTA Master Teacher workshops on integrating East Asia into your classroom.
Join us for a teacher to teacher presentations that will cover content, strategies, implementation, and resources for bringing East Asia into your classroom this year.

“Your dynasty is so weak you lost to Korea FOUR TIMES! You're like the Buffalo Bills of China.”

“Oh yea, then why are we so Suite?!”

Historical debates can be fun and educational. In this presentation we’ll look at one way to turn a dry, document-based discussion into a smack down, drag-out, no holds barred, debate. This tool is appropriate for 7-12 classrooms and with some modification can be used at the elementary level. Students learn important research skills, historical analysis and interpretation, and have a great time doing it.

6:30 pm Panel Discussion
Asia Pop:Era of Videos
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Although video culture can be traced to earlier periods, its surge in the digital age marks the arrival of a new era in which anywhere can be a performance stage, and anybody can become
a social celebrity. The blurring boundaries between public and private, between stars and fans, and between national and transnational; the paradoxical relations between freedom and
surveillance, between connection and isolation, and between actual and virtual, together challenge our perceptions about intimacy, affect, and identity. This roundtable discussion will address some of the issues reflected in the video culture in East Asia, The panelists will share their experiences and expertise in Asian pop culture, hoping to open up more directions and
perspectives to look at contemporary East Asia and beyond.

Register here.