Events in UCIS

Thursday, September 9

12:00 pm Lecture
"Moscow's not Paris, or Accra," African Students in the USSR
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Beginning in the early 1960s, the Soviet Union opened its doors to Third World students to study in its universities. The Soviets even established a special university for foreign exchange students, the People’s Friendship University. Tens of thousands came over the next two decades, an ample portion of which were from Africa. What was the experience of African students, many from newly decolonized states with middle class and elite backgrounds, in the Second World? How did Soviet people regard them? What does their experience say about the Soviet encounter with the Third World during the Cold War and issues of race and racism in a self-declared antiracist society? This live interview with Constantin Katsakioris will delve into these issues are more.

Please register via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yP_lIWaOToq6P7WOgIbYWg

4:30 pm Lecture
Cities, City-Networks, and the Reception of Migrants: Focus on the European Union
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Cities are terrains of social and political contestation. It is projected that 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, and cities are major engines of both economic growth and socio-economic inequality. They are central nodes in networks of translocal and transnational migration, including immigration, gentrification, and trafficking; they are at the forefront of efforts to adapt to anthropogenic climate change and address environmental injustices; they are, increasingly, arenas in which people mobilize to demand human rights to food, water, health, housing, education, and more. In this one-credit pop-up course, students will study cities around the world as sites where contemporary struggles for social justice and human dignity unfold.

Lecture open to all.
Co-Sponsored by the Global Studies Center.