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 until Wednesday, November 3

(All day) Exhibit
Día de los Muertos y Día de los Santos Festivities
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Come and learn about the Day of the Saints and how to set up an Alter/Ofrenda. The Alter/Ofrenda will be displayed in the Global Hub through November 3.

Everyone is welcome to bring photos of the dearly departed you wish to honor, along with ofrendas, mementos and artificial flowers to embellish the alter for those who are no longer among us. 

The Alter/Ofrenda will be built by Lisa DiGioia Nutini, Owner of Mexico Lindo and Mexican Folk-Art Dealer.

Monday, November 1

1:30 pm Lecture
After State Collapse: Afghanistan Following the Taliban's Return to Power
William Pitt Union, Lower Level Room
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of Center for Governance and Markets, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies and Graduate School for Public and International Affairs
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Presented by The Matthew B. Ridgway Center and The Center for Governance and Markets. The event will also be livestreamed on Youtube – please check the Center for Governance and Market's twitter account on the day of the event to watch remotely.

After State Collapse: Afghanistan Following the Taliban’s Return to Power
William Pitt Union – Lower Level Room
November 1, 2021

Jennifer Murtazashvili – Director, Center for Governance and Markets
Michael Kenney – Director, Matthew B. Ridgway Center
Akram Umarov – Senior Research Fellow, University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan), and Fulbright Scholar with the Center for Governance and Markets
James Pickett – Associate Professor, Department of History
Ahmad Idrees Rahmani – Independent Analyst and Afghanistan Policy Expert
Moderated by: Haider Ala Hamoudi – Professor and Vice Dean, School of Law

4:30 pm Lecture
Belonging Otherwise: Chinese Undergraduate Students at South Korean Universities
211 David Lawrence Hall or via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Following the South Korean government’s drive in the 1990s for globalization and deregulation of higher education, Korean universities aggressively recruited Chinese students as both symbolic and economic resources. The number of Chinese students studying at Korean universities consequently increased 57-fold between 2000 and 2019 (from 1,200 to 68,537). This presentation will share the findings from interviews with some of these Chinese students, who chose South Korea with academic and cultural aspirations but often found that neither Korean students nor the university itself welcomed them into classes or communities. As a result, Chinese students have not adapted to Korean university in the ways imagined by the normative framework, but instead make their study-abroad experience livable by constituting material, technological, and imagined modalities of belonging. These modalities of “belonging otherwise” reveal South Korea as a node of commercialized, non-elite, inter-Asian student mobility, and illuminate Chinese students’ strategies in this new regime of study abroad.

Jiyeon Kang is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Korean Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research interests are youth culture, student mobility, and digital technologies in both South Korea and the U.S., with a focus on the communicative dynamics and cultural norms emerging in internet and campus communities. Her first monograph, Igniting the Internet: Youth and Activism in Postauthoritarian South Korea, examines the emergence of internet-born candlelight protests as a movement repertoire in South Korea and studies popular political dynamics in the postauthoritarian, highly networked nation. Her current project on Chinese international students in the U.S. and South Korea explores “belonging” online and in campus communities, referring not simply to a sense of attachment but to transforming social and ethical modes of survival and adaptation in inhospitable environments. Her research has appeared in journals in Asian studies, communication studies, and globalization.

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5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.