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?

Tuesday, November 9 until Thursday, November 11

(All day) Cultural Event
Trans Poetics of Tenderness: An Encounter with Lia García La Novia Sirena
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Language and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Lia García (Mexico City, 1991) is a Mexico City-based performance artist, activist, and educator whose work has been featured at the Annual Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Politics and Performance at NYU, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin, among other universities and cultural centers across the Americas and Europe. Her work incorporates transfeminist critical pedagogies, trans*ness, activism through her method of encuentros afectivos, affective encounters.

SEMINARS COUNT AS A ONE CREDIT COURSE FOR PITT STUDENTS

Session 1: Tuesday, November 9th; 1 pm - 4 pm
Unlearning to Touch: Vulnerability as a Radical Pedagogy

Session 2: Wednesday, November 10th; 1 pm - 4 pm
Trans Touch: Performance, Unbecoming, and RadicalTransfeminist Praxis

Session 3: Thursday, November 11th; 1 pm - 4 pm
Trans Poetics in Action: Radical Interventions, Counter Publics

WORKSHOPS: Trans Performance in the Americas
Tuesday, November 9th & Thursday, November 11th
4 pm - 5:15 pm, 121 Cathedral of Learning

Thursday, November 11

12:00 pm Information Session
Information Session: Wrongful Conviction
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office
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This four-week, accelerated summer program provides students with the opportunity to study human rights and focus on the specific area of wrongful conviction. This program is composed of two courses and includes opportunities to observe trials and visit London-based organizations working in human rights and on behalf of the wrongfully accused.

You will be taught by a law professor who has spent their career litigating wrongful conviction cases and directing the California Innocence Project. The program is designed to provide you with an overview of the issues and case law related to wrongful convictions through the use of interactive exercises, lectures, readings, videos, and case studies.
Learn more by registering for our information session at https://bit.ly/3BlCPa0 or visit globalexperiences.pitt.edu/wrongfulconviction

12:00 pm Lecture
Soviet Art House Film in the Long Seventies
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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The 1960s and 1970s were a boon for Soviet film. After decades of fits and starts film production. Moviegoers flocked to the theaters. True, Soviet filmmakers leapt over hurdles to make art in an authoritarian society. But while the Brezhnev era of Soviet filmmaking is often depicted as a period of great repression, the films out of the prestigious Lenfilm studio were far more imaginative than assumed. How did a new generation of Soviet filmmakers reconcile contradictory demands to make sophisticated and highly original movies? This live interview with Catriona Kelly will discuss the history of the Lenfilm Studio and its striking oeuvre in the 1970s.

Register via Zoom:  https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U_43USetSvewu9iugQ0B7Q

4:00 pm Workshop
What's Your Story?: Beyond the "Talk Show" Podcast - An Introduction to Audio Narrative Storytelling
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Office of International Services along with Center for Creativity
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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!

This workshop will cover basic approaches to narrative storytelling through the medium of podcasts. Attention will be given to exploring what kinds of stories attendees would like to tell. The crux of the workshop will be spent listening to examples of stories, uncovering what makes them work, and how to create an audio narrative that works for you and your specific audience.

This workshop will not cover specific instructions on recording devices, how to use audio editing software, or what platforms to use for publishing podcasts. There will be time at the end of the workshop for Q&A in which attendees may ask questions regarding this information.

Facilitator: christina ong (she/her)

christina is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh currently studying how political activism and artistic production around anti-imperialism, anti-racism, and anti-sexism influenced the development of Asian America in the 1970s-1980s through an in-depth case study of New York City’s the Basement Workshop.

When she is not working on her graduate studies, you can find her writing screenplays and producing her podcast, Seats At The Table. You can also listen to her episode "Marie Kondo and the Security of Stuff" on Asian Americana here: http://www.asianamericana.com/podcast/2020/3/26/010-what-we-inherit-mari...

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
CULTNA: "As Vozes da Raça: seleções dos jornais negros da America Latina"
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Cultura Negra no Atlantico (CULTNA) é uma iniciativa que congrega o Laboratório de História Oral e Imagem (LABHOI) da Universidade Federal Fluminense e da Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, e o Center for Latin American Studies da University of Pittsburgh. Uma vez por mês, trabalhos recentes serão debatidos com especialistas e estudantes interessados no tema. As discussões serão realizadas em português. Neste encontro, será discutido um capítulo do livro "As Vozes da Raça: seleções dos jornais negros da America Latina", com George Reid Andrews, Paulina Alberto e Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, com os próprios autores. Evento em português. O evento será às 18:00 horas em São Paulo e às 16:00 horas em Pittsburgh.

4:30 pm Presentation
LGBT+ Activism in Moscow: Metropolis of Opportunities or Increased Risks?
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Olga Baranova, Senior Director of the Moscow Community Centre for LGBT+ Initiatives, will speak on the challenges LGBT+ communities face in Russia and the North Caucasus while exploring how Moscow is a conduit for refugees seeking safety and asylum and also a place under increased state surveillance. Now based in New York, Ms. Baranova is a Russian human rights activist. Her work has been featured in the 2020 award-winning documentary Welcome to Chechnya! Inside the Russian Republic's Deadly War on Gays directed by the American filmmaker David France.

4:30 pm Lecture
Diaries of the Epoch of Loss, or Introducing Some Unanswerable Questions
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The World History Center
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This special event is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon's Environmental Humanities Research Seminar and the CMU Humanities Center’s current initiative on Climate Justice. Michael Goodhart and Ruth Mostern will discuss the Anthropocene: Epoch of Loss initiative that was sponsored by the Global Studies Center, Pitt's World History Center, and the Provost's Year of Creativity. Access a brief background text here.

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

5:30 pm Lecture
From Collectively Close to Communally Distant and Back Again: Four Models of Annotation and Interpretation in the Digital Humanities
Location:
CL 232
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies Program; SCREENSHOT: ASIA
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Dr. Burges is the principal investigator on Mediate, a platform for the digital annotation of audiovisual and time-based media with cross-disciplinary applications. His primary collaborators on Mediate are Emily Sherwood,Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab and Studio X at the University of Rochester, and Joshua Romphf, the head programmer of the Digital Scholarship Lab at theUniversity of Rochester. Burges is the author of Out of Sync & Out of Work: History and the Obsolescence of Labor in Contemporary Culture(Rutgers UP, 2018) and co-editor, with Amy J. Elias, ofTime: A Vocabulary of the Present (NYU Press, 2016).His current work includes Television and the Work ofWriting (which explores writing for television as both economic labor and aesthetic craft – as work and form –from Rod Serling, Carl Reiner, William Greaves, and Tina Fey to Michaela Coel, Mindy Kaling, Jill Soloway, and Matthew Weiner) and Late Bourgeois Unities, a more experimental investigation of affect, form, and subjectivity in a time of class morbidity and economic stagnation. His writing has appeared in New German Critique, Post45,Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Cinema Journal. To register for this lecture, click here.

6:00 pm Film
CLAS Film: Southern Sorceresses
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Brazil, 2020 | Documentary

Southern Sorceresses follows a group of LGBTQIA+ performers amidst artistic interventions in downtown São Paulo. Their actions trigger debates on social inequalities, discriminations, and marginalized lives permeated by the struggles of the black, indigenous, and urban occupation movements. With a hybrid form in continuous construction, the film focuses less on a pursuit for answers and rather in collective dialogue as a method and purpose. Going beyond the circumscription of identity flags, the film becomes infused by the uncontrollable spark of life erupting from the gesture of taking to the streets.

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Cancelled: Irish Club Meeting
Location:
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.

7:30 pm Reading Group
ESCape Into a Book: Anxious People
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Join the European Studies Center at Pitt for a Virtual Book Club to explore recent works by European authors. We will be reading "Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman and discussing the book Thursday, November 11. Those who RSVP by 9/30 can receive a free copy of the book. This event is open to all.