Events in UCIS

Sunday, October 24 until Tuesday, November 30

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Celtic Culture Celebration
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Please join us for a virtual event created by the Welsh, Scottish and Irish Rooms as they showcase unique aspects of their culture. Enjoy a brief Powerpoint presentation of each room and pre-recorded videos exclusively made for this event on each culture's history, art, music, poetry, dance and more?

Friday, October 29

(All day) Film
Calvert Journal Film Festival: Experimental Film
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Calvert Journal
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The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies is proud to announce a new partnership with The Calvert Journal Film Festival (October 18th through October 31, 2021).

The Calvert Journal Film Festival provides a journey across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia through the lens of the region’s independent filmmakers. The festival will screen 35 films across seven categories: documentary feature, animation film, fiction feature, student film, experimental film, short film, and special screenings. In six of the categories, entries will compete for the prize of best film, awarded by a jury of renowned industry figures. The special screenings category, meanwhile, is an out-of-competition group featuring five more boundary-pushing films.

Festival screenings will be open to viewers worldwide, and a special audience prize will also be given to one film from across all categories. Films will be available for 56 hours on the festival platform, with tickets for individual films available alongside wider category and festival passes. A special series of articles, interviews, and online events will also run alongside the screenings, to spark new conversations on the region’s challenges, opportunities, and contemporary identity. By showcasing fiction and documentary films that are both authentic and original, the Calvert Journal Film Festival hopes to be a window on a diverse region that is still underrepresented in mainstream film festival programs — celebrating the rich culture and creative output of its 28 countries.

As part of our partnership with this film festival, the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies offers a limited number of free category passes on a first-come, first-serve basis, primarily but not exclusively to University of Pittsburgh faculty, students, and staff.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR FREE CATEGORY PASSES: Please fill out this survey by OCTOBER 1 indicating which films you are interested in seeing. Sent to your email address by OCTOBER 15, your category passes will provide you with access to all films in the categories in which you expressed interest. Due to the limited availability, please request passes only for the categories you are committed to viewing.

For more information on the films, supporting events, and other questions, please visit the official festival website:

Films include:

Microcassette (2020): In a garbage heap on a Croatian Island, Zoki uncovers a microcassette that sets him off on an unexpected journey.
Cities I haven't Been To (2019): An abstract travelogue traces the skylines of unknown cities.
State of Emergency (2020): State of Emergency takes viewers through a deserted video game. There, a virtual city mirrors time itself, a labyrinth that is both endless and uncertain.
Citizens of Nowhere (2019): A Polish filmmaker creates an autobiographical response to the Brexit referendum-- and the increased xenophobia that followed.
All the dreams We Dream (2020): A hand-drawn animation brings to life memories of the 1930 famine in Kazakhstan.

12:00 pm Lecture
Bucharest: The City and Its Stories
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon University Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University Department of English and The Society for Romanian Studies
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Presenters: Sean Cotter (University of Texas, Dallas), Emanuela Grama (Carnegie Mellon University) and Bogdan Suceava (California State, Fullerton)

Moderated by Adreea Ritivoi (Carnegie Mellon University)

2:00 pm Panel Discussion
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago; Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Center for Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas; Center for Russian, University of Michigan; Center for Russian, University of Texas at Austin; Center for Slavic, Ohio State University; Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington; Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Bloomington; Institute of Slavic, University of California, Berkeley Russian, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign
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Asli Igsiz, New York University

Hakem Al-Rustom, University of Michigan
Vladislav Beronja, University of Texas at Austin


4:30 pm Student Club Activity
Addverse+Poesia Meeting
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Addverse+Poesia is a transnational and multilingual student organization dedicated to celebrating Black/Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ writers, poets, etc. Join us for your weekly meetings on Fridays from 4:30-6PM!