Events in UCIS

Thursday, December 2

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
CULTNA: "De que lado você samba?: Raça, política e ciência na Bahia do pós-abolição"
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, serão discutidos os capitulos 5 e 6 do livro "De que lado você samba?: Raça, política e ciência na Bahia do pós-abolição", de Wlamyra Albuquerque e Gabriela dos Reis Sampaio. Evento em português. O evento será às 18:00 horas em São Paulo e às 16:00 horas em Pittsburgh.

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Four Evenings Discussion: Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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We are excited to continue our collaboration with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures "Ten Evenings" series. The Global Studies Center will be once again hosting "Four Evenings: Global Literary Encounters" pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in global perspective. The series is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Open to all, these evening discussions, conducted by Pitt experts prior to author events with Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues. You can register for the book discussions and learn more on our website - https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/transcendent-kingdom

Yaa Gyasi’s follow-up to her acclaimed, bestselling Homegoing is powerful, raw, and intimate. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a Ghanaian immigrant family ravaged by depression and addiction—a searing novel of faith, science, religion, and love.

Transcendent Kingdom introduces us to Gifty, a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at Stanford, studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Turning to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, Gifty finds herself hungering for her evangelical childhood faith, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her debut novel, Homegoing, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction, the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” honors for 2016, and the American Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn.

Discussion led by Tomas Matza, PhD, Professor of Anthropology. University of Pittsburgh

For questions and more information, contact Maja Konitzer at majab@pitt.edu.

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Na Saoirí: Ireland at the Holidays
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Join the Irish Club at Pitt on Thursday, December 2, from 6-8 pm as we celebrate Irish traditions at the Holidays through Irish language, culture, and dance. Come learn something new, speak some Irish, and witness a special performance by Rince na gCathrach Cruach, the Irish dance team at Pitt

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Persian Language Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Join the Persian Language Table every other Thursday at the Global Hub!