Events in UCIS

Wednesday, December 1

9:00 am Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Building Autocracy: History as core element of contemporary Polish politics
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center along with Department of History and DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
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Rafał Wnuk is a professor at John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin/Poland (KUL).

In the last couple of weeks, Poland is constantly in the news for not keeping the European standards of the rule of law. However, this deformation of the country’s legal system is just one of the many issues Poles face today. The current government is also trying to implement its version of national history, silencing dissenting views and encroaching on the school and university curriculum. Professor Wnuk will discuss the role of history as a tool in building an increasingly authoritarian state.

The talk is followed by a discussion moderated by Jan Musekamp (DAAD Visiting Associate Professor, Dept of History).

3:00 pm Cultural Event
Ice Skating and Language Practice
Location:
The Rink at PPG Place
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Visiting Japanese students and local Pittsburgh students gather at the Rink at PPG Place for an afternoon of ice skating and language/culture exchange, building on the previous language exchange event that had over 90 attendees.

4:00 pm Cultural Event
CANCELLED: Laber Rhabarber: German Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Join the German Department for Laber Rhabarber, a weekly German conversation hour that is open to all!

4:00 pm Lecture
Book Launch
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Political Science Department
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Join us for this virtual book launch and a discussion with the author.

MODERATOR:
Jae-Jae Spoon
Associate Professor, Political Science
University of Pittsburgh

DISCUSSANT:
Henry Hale
Professor, Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University

AUTHOR:
Vasili Rukhadze
Visiting Lecturer, Political Science
University of Pittsburgh

“This book is one of the first to compare the color revolutions in Eurasia in systematic fashion and makes a convincing case that the size and cohesion of the coalition ultimately determine the fate of the revolution in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia. The empirical contribution is strong, providing one of the new data to compare the color revolutions in systematic fashion. With the Belarussian protests currently underway and possible rumblings of discontent in Russia itself, the book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of protest and politics in electoral autocracies.”
—Richard Arnold, Muskingum University

“Vasili Rukhadze’s important new book picks up where most other studies of revolution end, demonstrating that an uprising’s organization crucially impacts its leaders’ potential to hold power long enough to effect real change if victorious. With clear and engaging prose, it will be a rewarding read for anyone interested in revolution generally or post-Soviet politics specifically.”
—Henry Hale, George Washington University

“A rigorous comparison of three multifaceted cases, this book traces the impact of the ‘color revolutions’ long beyond the days when they were grabbing headlines. Rukhadze’s analysis of their different paths illuminates crucial causes of the (in)stability of regimes emerging from popular uprisings.”
—Andrew Barnes, Kent State University

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Stammtisch
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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A weekly conversation table for people interested in German culture and language, all proficiency levels are welcome!

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
International Relations Club Internship Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Hub
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The International Relations Club will discuss the basics of searching for and applying to internships in international affairs.