Events in UCIS

Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8

8:00 am Conference
Georgia Consortium: Exploring the Complexities of Vietnam
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Thursday, October 14

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
A New Era: Germany After Merkel
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Center for European Studies at the University of Florida
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Germany After Merkel

Panellists: Jana Puglierin, ECFR; Rafael Loss, ECFR; Marcel Lewandowsky, UF CES and DAAD

On September 26, Germany elected a new parliament. With it a new coalition government will come to power and Angela Merkel will depart the political stage after serving for 16 years as federal chancellor. Who might succeed her? What will be the foreign policy priorities of the new government? And how do Germany’s European partners view Merkel’s legacy and Germany’s role in Europe?

Dr. Jana Puglierin and Rafael Loss of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and CES’ DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor Marcel Lewandowsky will discuss the results and implications of the German vote and the expectations of Germany’s European partners toward Berlin and its new leadership.


4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Policy and Advocacy Panel: Current LatinX Affairs in Pennsylvania
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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According to the 2020 U.S. Census, there are more than one million people of Hispanic/Latinx/Latin@ or Latine origin in Pennsylvania. What does that mean to be Hispanic or Latinx in this state? We celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting our heritage and what we contribute to this country. In the midst of the celebration, we need to reflect upon pressing issues that we face as a community, diversity, education, health, and inclusion.

How are we doing? How can we work as a community to elevate everyone, especially the people most in need? How can we be part of the change? Process, be by running for office, volunteering, or collaboration? What does it mean to run for office, volunteer or find collaborators within and beyond our community?

This panel brings together people that work directly with the community and healthcare workers, whether from academia, as community or political leaders to reflect on the diversity of our communities, aiming to spark further reflection our future in the Commonwealth.


Keila Grinberg, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh

Featured Panelists:

Caelan Hidalgo Schick (she/her/hers) is the Latinx Constituency Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party

Luz Colon, Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs (GACLA)

Eddie Morán, Reading’s 84th mayor and the first Latino to be elected mayor in a Pennsylvania municipality with more than 85,000 residents

Monica Ruiz-Caraballo, Executive Director at Casa San José

Diego Chaves-Gnecco, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Director/Founder of the Salud Para Niños program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

This event is hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies as part the University of Pittsburgh’s Latinx Connect: Elevating Latinx Identities and Contemporary Issues Conference within the Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

4:00 pm Workshop
The Fabric of Humanity: Discovering the Stories in Ethnic and Traditional Textiles
Center for Creativity - The Workshop
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Office of International Services along with Center for Creativity
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Join artist Deb Brandon for a unique hands-on workshop to tell your story through textile.

There are countless ways to tell a story, whether that's through writing, speaking, painting, weaving, music, and more. And all of us have a unique story to tell.

The Center for Creativity and University Center for International Studies invite students to participate in our What's Your Story? series, which consists of workshops on different storytelling methods that can help you share your unique identity, history, and ideas. Both domestic and international students are encouraged to attend!

For this workshop, join Deb Brandon, textile enthusiast and author of Threads Around the World, for a fascinating look at the stories—literal and symbolic, personal and cultural—revealed in ethnic and traditional textiles. You’ll have the opportunity to create and share your own textile story.

All materials provided. (Additional details will be provided after registering.)

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5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian
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Join the Pitt French Club and practice your French language skills!

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Four Evenings Discussion: Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, GSC is again hosting "Four Evenings" pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in a global perspective. The series is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Open to series subscribers and the Pitt community, these evening discussions, led by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues in a virtual setting. A limited number of tickets to the author lectures is available.

Learn more and register here -

From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here too. . . but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy–the highest aspiration he can imagine for a Chinatown denizen. Or is it? Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes–Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.

For questions and more information, contact Maja Konitzer at

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Cancelled: Irish Club Meeting
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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The Irish Club at Pitt meets every two weeks during the semester to share Irish culture and language.