The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House is in its 30th year! The Virtual Holiday Open House will take place from December 5th through December 12th. Travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features or interesting facts for each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and learn and discover so much more about holiday traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world! For more information about this year’s Virtual Holiday Open House, please visit: https://pi.tt/NRIEPHolidayOpenHouse.
Events in UCIS
Monday, December 6
Internships are crucial to success in today’s competitive job market. The International Internship Program (IIP) is a guaranteed, customized, full-time professional internship opportunity abroad. Spend 8 weeks in either Berlin, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; or Prague, Czech Republic. As an intern, you will gain critical transferable skills and build global competencies as you are immersed in the culture and experience life as a local. This info session will provide you with all the details of the program, and you will even hear from a past participant. Visit https://globalexperiences.pitt.edu/iip for more information.
Join us for a conversation and Q&A with the famous musicians from Belrus and Ukraine, while they are talking about their lives after Chernobyl and their songs that they have dedicated to this nuclear tragedy.
Maryna Krut is a renowned Ukrainian singer, songwriter, and a badurist. She is the finalist of the National selection for Eurovision-2020.
Onuka is a famous Ukrainian electro-folk band, founded in 2013 by Yevhen Filatov and Nata Zhyzhchenko.
J:Mors is a popular Belarusian rock-band founded by Vladimir Pugach and Artem Ledovskiy in 1999.
his Charlemos will discuss the report "Informe: Sexto Estado de la Región 2021" by Jorge Vargas Cullell et al., the paper "Latin America Erupts: Millennial Authoritarianism in El Salvador" by Manuel Meléndez-Sánchez, and the book Understanding Central America: Global Forces and Political Change, by John Booth, Christine Wade and Thomas Walker.
Manuel Meléndez-Sánchez | Harvard University
Christine Wade| Washington College
Jorge Vargas Cullell | Programa Estado de la Nación Consejo Nacional de Rectores (CONARE)
Hosted by: Andrés Mejía Acosta | King's College London
This Charlemos will take place in English and
China’s ongoing economic reforms have produced new types of legal, political, economic, social, and familial subjects. The revolutionary political subject of Maoism—“the People”—has been atomized into independent economic subjects responsible for their own welfare outside of work. This has been marked by the abolition of the so-called “iron rice bowl,” or a system of cradle to grave welfare for privileged urban workers, in contrast to exploited rural citizenry who have historically subsidized China’s urban industry. With the contractualization of all labor, even urban workers no longer enjoy a guaranteed share of the benefits of economic development. An earlier politically enforced inequality between city and country is increasingly eclipsed by a society-wide gulf between the rich and the poor, without any necessary geographical correlate. Collectively, China’s rural and urban reforms have resulted in tectonic shifts in the boundaries among the state, the market, and the family. For example, the state has been turning increasingly to the family to re-assume its traditional welfare functions, even as the very reforms that motivate this turn undermine the traditional family itself.
In the technocratic parlance of the Chinese Communist Party, these profund transformations are characterized as incidents of “economic reform.” This presentation will provide an analytic as well as historical narrative that seeks to highlight their revolutionary—and even counter-revolutionary—nature.
Teemu Ruskola is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law at Emory University, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, History, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In fall 2021, he is a Visiting Professor of Law and a Visiting Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Legal Orientalism: China, the United States and Modern Law (Harvard University Press 2013, Chinese translation 2016), co-author of Schlesinger’s Comparative Law (Foundation Press 2009), and co-editor of a special double issue of the journal Social Text on “China and the Human" (2012). He is currently working on a book entitled China, For Example: China and the Making of Modern International Law, which analyzes the history of the introduction of Western international law into China, and the implications of that process for the theory and politics of international law.
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Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!
Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.