Events in UCIS

Thursday, April 22

11:00 am Lecture Series / Brown Bag
JMintheUS:Developing Transatlantic Digital Trade: What are the obstacles
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies (CEUTTSS) and Virginia Tech
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Thursday, April 22, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST for this event on Digital Trade and Taxation held jointly by the Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies and the European Parliament Liaison Office, Washington DC.

Andreas Schwab (Germany-EPP), Member of European Parliament, will open the event with a short keynote address. The subsequent panel, moderated by Besnik Pula (CEUTTSS), will will address the ways in which the rise of the digital economy has generated new questions over the governance of transatlantic trade. It features Benjamin Angel, European Commission, TAXUD; Francesco Duina, Bates College & Jean Monnet Network on Transatlantic Trade Politics; and Urška Petrovčič, of the Hudson Institute.

Digital services, e-commerce, and other technology-intensive trade in services have become critical drivers of international trade in recent decades, with
digital services assuming even greater importance to economies across the world in the Covid era. In addition to more familiar questions of data security
and privacy, the digital economy is also presenting challenges to other areas of international economic relations and governance. National differences over
taxation of digital services are also producing confrontation over competition for innovation and international market access by technology firms.
Nowhere have these issues emerged more strongly than in trade and economic relations between the United States and the European Union. In 2017, US
digital services exports amounted to over $400 billion, estimated to directly and indirectly support over 1.4 million American jobs. The EU is one of the top markets for US digital exports as well as the largest provider of digital services to the US economy. The great importance of transatlantic digital trade to the US and the EU has generated a number of critical policy issues in bilateral
economic relations, such as questions of data privacy and security, the regulation of business cross-border activities of digital service providers, and the taxation of digital services. Questions of data regulation and taxation have spilled over into issues of competition and innovation and market access for firms on both sides of the Atlantic.

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11:30 am Presentation
Mobility and Human Rights in European Integration: Perspectives from the Past
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of German
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Chair: John Lyon, Chair of the German Department, University of Pittsburgh

Speakers:

Schengen’ in fin de siècle Europe? Borderless Mobility in the Nineteenth Century - Jan Musekamp, DAAD Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

Salvador de Madariaga and the ‘Solidarity of Being’: Limits and potential of an imagined ‘free movement of persons’ in Europe - Cristina Blanco Sío-López, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Global Fellow, University of Pittsburgh / Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

Organized by the European Studies Center and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellow in residence at the University of Pittsburgh, Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez

A Grubhub credit will be available to the first 20 people to register (only available within the U.S.)

1:00 pm Award Ceremony
Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award
Sponsored by:
Director's Office
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Each year the University of Pittsburgh recognizes faculty members and young alumni for their contributions around the world. On April 8th and April 22nd, join us in celebrating the winners of the prestigious Sheth International Achievement Award!

We will have a Virtual Fireside Chat and Celebration event on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. EST to celebrate the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement winners, Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco and Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago.

We will have a Virtual Celebration event on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST to celebrate the Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award winner, Dr. Vyasa Sai.

For more information and to register for these events, visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/sheth-international-achievement-awards

3:15 pm Cultural Event
Laber Rhabarber - German Conversation Hour
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Laber Rhabarber - More than a German conversation hour!

"... the most human thing we have is language, and we have it in order to talk." German author Theodor Fontane wrote in 1892. So, here's chance! Be human with us for an hour every week, albeit in German ;D

Everyone and every level of German welcome!

Zoom Meeting link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99661883076
German Dept. website: http://www.german.pitt.edu/
Follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @UPittGerman

5:00 pm Reading Group
Global Issues Through Literature: “Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe” by Kapka Kassabova
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 PM. Books and Act 48 credit are provided.

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5:00 pm Teacher Training
Global Issues Through Literature (GILS) "Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe" by Kapka Kassabova
Location:
Virtual - Register Online!
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Discussion led by Jan Musekamp, DAAD Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh. Content specialists present the work and its context, and participants brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-8 PM (EST). Books and 3 Act-48 credit hours will be provided.