Events in UCIS

Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8

8:00 am Conference
Georgia Consortium: Exploring the Complexities of Vietnam
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
See Details

Register here.

Tuesday, February 1

9:00 am Exhibit/Film
[Un]discplining Environmental Education
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Hub along with Year of Data and Society and The Grable Foundation
See Details

Cassie Quigley (Education) and Stephen Quigley (English) will launch their Finnish Nature Studies kiosk in Global Hub. The interactive kiosk plays a short trailer to their film project, "[Un]disciplining Environmental Education" and links audiences to their more recent work incorporating code and computer science education into traditional Finnish nature studies curriculum. Both projects examine how [un]disciplining environmental education can inform environmental policy. Various parts of this research have been funded by the European Studies Center, the University Center for International Studies, Pitt’s Year of Data and Society, and the Grable Foundation.

11:00 am Panel Discussion
Filmmaker's Q&A: A Discussion with MEET EU Emerging Filmmaker, Simon Elvås (Sweden)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
See Details

Please join us for a discussion with MEET EU Emerging Filmmaker, Simon Elvås (Sweden) as part of our Pittsburgh EU Film Festival 2022.

12:00 pm Information Session
Global Ties Info Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development
See Details

Global Ties is a program aimed at fostering connections between domestic and international students through events and mentoring. Stop by the Global Hub to chat with us and learn more about our program!

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Panoramas: Plastic Waste and Waste Management in Latin America
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
See Details

Join Panoramas for their first roundtable of the semester! As a culmination of his Sustainability Series, Panoramas intern Luke Morales will discuss plastic waste and waste management in Latin America. To read Luke’s sustainability series, visit Panoramas.pitt.edu. This event is open to all and we hope to see you there. OCC credit will be offered!

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Pop-Up Gaeltacht: Saint Brigid's Day Celebration
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
See Details

Join the Irish Nationality Room and Irish Club as we celebrate Saint Brigid's Day with an evening of music, dance and spoke word in the Irish language!

8:00 pm Film
A Swedish Defence
Location:
Harris Theater
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCenter for European Studies A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence at Florida International University
See Details

An international arms deal is interrupted by teenage protestors. A Swedish engineer tries to prevent his activist daughter from embarassing him at work and ruining Sweden's relations with Turkey. A virtual Q&A with Simon Elvås will take place at 11:00 a.m. EST on February 1st. To pre-order free tickets and to watch click watch.eventive.org/pgheufilmfest/play/61e423d0a29e7b00537813b0.

COUNTRY: Sweden (2021)
DIRECTOR: Simon Elvås, MEET EU Emerging Filmmaker in Residence

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Chinese Language & Culture Club
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Join the Chinese Language & Culture Club every other Tuesday to practice the Chinese language and participate in Chinese cultural activities,

The first meeting on 1/18 will be virtual: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/94596594820

8:20 pm Film
Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało)
Location:
Harris Theater
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCenter for European Studies A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence at Florida International University
See Details

Corpus Christi is the story of 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention centre. He wants to become a priest but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter’s workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes over the local parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic preacher is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there.

Directed by Jan Komasa

Poland, France | Polish language with English subtitles | DCP

Get Tickets: https://trustarts.org/production/78067

Mask Policy
All guests must wear a mask over the nose and mouth at all times while inside the Harris theater. Masks can be temporarily removed when a guest is eating and/or drinking while remaining in their seat at the Harris Theater. For complete information on health and safety policies of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, visit TrustArts.org/Welcome.

Wednesday, February 2

9:00 am Exhibit/Film
[Un]discplining Environmental Education
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Hub along with Year of Data and Society and The Grable Foundation
See Details

Cassie Quigley (Education) and Stephen Quigley (English) will launch their Finnish Nature Studies kiosk in Global Hub. The interactive kiosk plays a short trailer to their film project, "[Un]disciplining Environmental Education" and links audiences to their more recent work incorporating code and computer science education into traditional Finnish nature studies curriculum. Both projects examine how [un]disciplining environmental education can inform environmental policy. Various parts of this research have been funded by the European Studies Center, the University Center for International Studies, Pitt’s Year of Data and Society, and the Grable Foundation.

11:00 am Cultural Event
Lunar New Year Celebration 2022
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Hub
See Details

Join the Asian Studies Center and Global Hub for a Lunar New Year celebration in honor of the Year of the Tiger! Come for some light refreshments, crafts, a photobooth, and more.

7:00 pm Reading Group
African Studies Book Club
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
See Details

The Center for African Studies will be discussing Abi Dare's book, The Girl With the Louding Voice. Daré’s novel follows the story of Adunni, a 14-year-old girl growing up in rural Nigeria who wishes to continue her education when her father decides to marry her off for money. Join us for an engaging discussion.

8:00 pm Film
Hammamet - Wednesday
Location:
Harris Theater
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCenter for European Studies A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
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The last year in the life of Bettino Craxi, as told by Gianni Amelio. An undisputed protagonist of international politics and, until recently, revered in Italy, Bettino Craxi is now in Hammamet, far from his homeland. Overwhelmed by the populist surge that toppled the formerly governing democratic parties which rose to power during the first fifty years of the Italian Republic, and caught up in a series of judicial inquiries, President Craxi can no longer return to his homeland as a free man. A master at commanding respect in the political arena, Craxi is also surrounded by opportunists; he is down but not out; and he is left to fend for himself in a home on a hill, where he lives out his final months like a caged beast. HAMMAMET is also the touching story of a father and a daughter, Anita, who stands by his side after everyone else has fled. Craxi is ill and in dire need of life-saving treatment. Anita goes to lengths that only the greatest love can justify as she struggles to make her father relent and set aside his ideas at least at this crucial time in his life; he must agree to return to Italy to be treated, at the cost of losing a freedom he believes he deserves. The conflict between his ideas and his familial love – between political motivations and those of the man – will be fierce and, eventually, fatal.

Directed by Gianni Amelio

Italy | Italian language with English subtitles | DCP

Get Tickets: https://trustarts.org/production/78058

Mask Policy
All guests must wear a mask over the nose and mouth at all times while inside the Harris theater. Masks can be temporarily removed when a guest is eating and/or drinking while remaining in their seat at the Harris Theater. For complete information on health and safety policies of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, visit TrustArts.org/Welcome.

Thursday, February 3

9:00 am Exhibit/Film
[Un]discplining Environmental Education
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Hub along with Year of Data and Society and The Grable Foundation
See Details

Cassie Quigley (Education) and Stephen Quigley (English) will launch their Finnish Nature Studies kiosk in Global Hub. The interactive kiosk plays a short trailer to their film project, "[Un]disciplining Environmental Education" and links audiences to their more recent work incorporating code and computer science education into traditional Finnish nature studies curriculum. Both projects examine how [un]disciplining environmental education can inform environmental policy. Various parts of this research have been funded by the European Studies Center, the University Center for International Studies, Pitt’s Year of Data and Society, and the Grable Foundation.

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Ditching Communism for Liberalism in Poland
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
See Details

A live interview with Tom Junes (Institute for Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KegchgmmTVqKcHcuP9Wc4A

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Tavola Italiana
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Social Italian event for students of Italian at Pitt

12:30 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte - French Conversation Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

French casual conversation table. Open to all students of all levels of proficiency.

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Tutoring
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
5:00 pm Cultural Event
B/C/S/M Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
8:00 pm Film
Charlatan (Šarlatán) - Thursday
Location:
Harris Theater
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCenter for European Studies A Jean Monnet Center of Excellence and Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
See Details

The film is inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolasek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolasek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. Already a local institution in Czechoslovakia before World War II, the healer gains in reputation and wealth, whether during the Nazi occupation or under the Communist rule. One after the other, every regime will want to use his skills and in return gives him protection. But how high shall be the costs to maintain this status as the tide turns?

Directed by Agnieszka Holland

Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovakia, Poland | Czech language with English Subtitles | DCP

Get Tickets: https://trustarts.org/production/78054

Mask Policy
All guests must wear a mask over the nose and mouth at all times while inside the Harris theater. Masks can be temporarily removed when a guest is eating and/or drinking while remaining in their seat at the Harris Theater. For complete information on health and safety policies of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, visit TrustArts.org/Welcome.

Friday, February 4

9:00 am Exhibit/Film
[Un]discplining Environmental Education
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Hub along with Year of Data and Society and The Grable Foundation
See Details

Cassie Quigley (Education) and Stephen Quigley (English) will launch their Finnish Nature Studies kiosk in Global Hub. The interactive kiosk plays a short trailer to their film project, "[Un]disciplining Environmental Education" and links audiences to their more recent work incorporating code and computer science education into traditional Finnish nature studies curriculum. Both projects examine how [un]disciplining environmental education can inform environmental policy. Various parts of this research have been funded by the European Studies Center, the University Center for International Studies, Pitt’s Year of Data and Society, and the Grable Foundation.

2:00 pm Lecture
Transforming the Academy: Intersectionality and Change in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
See Details

Academic institutions are shaped by and reproduce the very systems of social inequality that much of the research produced at these institutions seeks to deconstruct. Join us to explore why there is a need to move beyond recruiting and hiring diverse faculty to transforming dominant ideologies and deep-rooted social structures in academic culture.

MODERATOR:
Sibelan Forrester, Swarthmore College

PRESENTERS:
Carina Karapetian Georgi, Antelope Valley College
Joseph Lenkart, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Pawel Lewicki, Europa University, Viadrina
Olga Povoroznyuk, University of Vienna

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/intersectionality-in-focus-spring-2022

This session is part of the series "Intersectionality in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice, and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." Class, ethnicity and race, dis/ability, gender and sexuality, and other identity markers interweave to produce inequality differently in Eastern Europe and Eurasia than in the Americas or Western Europe. Yet, it is these very differences that provide a rich ground for intellectual conversations in our field.

SPONSORS:
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

5:00 pm Cultural Event
Slovak Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Monday, February 7

4:00 pm Film
Film Screening & Discussion: Soil, Struggle and Justice: Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Latin American Studies Association and University of New Mexico Latin American & Iberian Institute
See Details

This film examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and low cost food for the region, and rehabilitates the earth.

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
French Club Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Join the French Club for French language conversation practice

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
See Details

Portuguese conversation at all levels

6:30 pm Student Club Activity
German Club
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
See Details

Come join the German Club to practice your language skills and learn about German culture!

Wednesday, February 9

5:00 pm Lecture
Asia Pop: The Physicality of Gaming: Bodies and Biology in Esports
Location:
online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
See Details

In an activity like gaming, which is largely perceived to take place on a virtual or online plane, how might we understand the presence and significance of the human body? How do factors relating to the body – the physical locations in which we play games, the presentation of one’s gender, the invisibility of the body in gaming and esports – impact gaming culture and esports media? Dr. Bae explores these questions through a study of gaming and esports in South Korea and the US. Register here.

6:00 pm Information Session
Hodinöhsö:ni' (Haudenosaunee) Women in International Education and Pittsburgh
Location:
Virtual Format - Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
See Details

“Lee” Lenora Dingus, employed at Pearson Education, an international education conglomerate, shares her thoughts on inclusivity, diversity, and being Haudenosaunee in Pittsburgh. She has served in federal positions within Veteran’s Affairs, the IRS, and the Social Security Administration. Her people, who have always been located around the greater Tri-State area, believe that culture stems from women, and have had many women leaders, as Clan Mothers, Faith Keepers, Medicine Women, and politicians. Lee shares with us her work as a Diversity and Inclusion Advocate and employee in international education.

To Register:
https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIoce6hqzkjHd1I2T3el8PlmtObSSJSKAV_

Thursday, February 10

12:00 pm Lecture
CLAS Talk: Climate Change in the Amazon
Location:
Hybrid
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
See Details

This is a hybrid event. Please indicate how you plan to attend (in-person or remotely.)

Join the Center for Latin American Studies for a talk by Claudio Fabian Szlafsztein, PhD on climate change in the Amazonian region. Dr. Szlafsztein is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and a full Professor at at the Center of Amazonian Advanced Studies (NAEA) of the Federal University of Pará (UFPA).

12:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa With Angel Maxine, Ghana's First Openly Transgender Musician
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies along with Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program
See Details

Angel Maxine has been called Ghana's first transgender musician; that is, she is the first to be open about it. The daughter of a reverend and a prophetess, Angel will speak about her experiences growing up in Ghana and what it's like for the LGBTQ community there. She will discuss how she uses music as a tool of activism, especially in response to the new anti-LGBTQ bill in Ghana's Parliament.

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Tavola Italiana
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Social Italian event for students of Italian at Pitt

12:30 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte - French Conversation Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

French casual conversation table. Open to all students of all levels of proficiency.

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Tutoring
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
5:00 pm Cultural Event
B/C/S/M Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
5:30 pm Student Club Activity
French Club Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub (1st Floor Posvar)
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Join the French Club for French language practice

6:30 pm Student Club Activity
ADDverse+Poesia Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
See Details

ADDverse+Poesia is a poetry collective that shares stories and works of art from underrepresented communities within our society - including but not limited to: the LGBTQIA+ community, Black and Indigenous individuals, and people living with disabilities.

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
See Details

Farsi students and those interested in the Persian language and culture can participate in language practice and cultural events

Friday, February 11

2:00 pm Lecture
Talking About Globalization: Gender, Race, Dis/ability and Politics
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
See Details

How have alternative and anti-globalization movements shaped structures of inequality in Eastern Europe and Eurasia? Join us to explore the legacies of neoliberal transformation with a particular focus on the politics of gender, race, and dis/ability.

MODERATOR:
Vitaly Chernetsky, University of Kansas

PRESENTERS:
Bolaji Balogun, University of Sheffield
Lucie Fremlova, Independent Scholar
Teodor Mladenov, University of Dundee
Tamar Shirinian, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/intersectionality-in-focus-spring-2022

This session is part of the series "Intersectionality in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice, and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." Class, ethnicity and race, dis/ability, gender and sexuality, and other identity markers interweave to produce inequality differently in Eastern Europe and Eurasia than in the Americas or Western Europe. Yet, it is these very differences that provide a rich ground for intellectual conversations in our field.

SPONSORS:

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University

Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

4:00 pm Seminar
Mastering ‘Expanded Reproduction’: Self-Managed Socialism in Yugoslavia and Its Legacy
Location:
Baker Hall 336B, CMU
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon Department of History
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The concept of “expanded reproduction” was part of the widespread system of workers’ self-management in socialist Yugoslavia. It emphasized that the growth of society’s needs was dialectically connected to the growth of production. In practice, it meant that Yugoslav workers would decide how to invest the surplus they produced and engage politically with their communities. This talk, based on ethnographic field work, focuses on the workers of ITAS, a metalworking company, and their ideas and practices.

4:00 pm Seminar
Mastering ‘Expanded Reproduction’: Self-Managed Socialism in Yugoslavia and Its Legacy
Location:
Baker Hall 336B, CMU
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon Department of History
See Details

The concept of “expanded reproduction” was part of the widespread system of workers’ self-management in socialist Yugoslavia. It emphasized that the growth of society’s needs was dialectically connected to the growth of production. In practice, it meant that Yugoslav workers would decide how to invest the surplus they produced and engage politically with their communities. This talk, based on ethnographic field work, focuses on the workers of ITAS, a metalworking company, and their ideas and practices.

4:00 pm Seminar
Mastering Expanded Reproduction: The Material Base for Self-Managed Socialism in Yugoslavia and Its Legacy
Location:
Baker Hall 336 B, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of History and Carnegie Mellon Department of History
5:00 pm Cultural Event
Slovak Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Monday, February 14

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
French Club Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Join the French Club for French language conversation practice

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
See Details

Portuguese conversation at all levels

6:30 pm Student Club Activity
German Club
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
See Details

Come join the German Club to practice your language skills and learn about German culture!

Tuesday, February 15

3:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Charlemos! What have we learned about Latin America's response to the pandemic two years in?
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
See Details

We will discuss the paper "Governing a Pandemic: Assessing the Role of Collaboration on Latin American Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis," by Jennifer Cyr et al., and the paper "A Tale of Two Pandemics: Economic Inequality and Support for Containment Measures in Peru," by Miguel Carreras et al.

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Chinese Language & Culture Club
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Join the Chinese Language & Culture Club every other Tuesday to practice the Chinese language and participate in Chinese cultural activities,

The first meeting on 1/18 will be virtual: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/94596594820

Wednesday, February 16

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Reckoning with the Past II: Decolonizing European Museums
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence at Florida International University, Center for European Studies at the University of Florida, Center for European Studies at University of Texas-Austin, Center for European and Transatlantic Studies at Georgia Tech University, EU Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne and Jean Monnet in the USA Network
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This installment of Conversations on Europe is a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Roundtable.

For the 2021-22 academic year, the European Studies Center has announced its annual programmatic theme: “Recovering Europe.” Many of this year’s virtual roundtables will speak to this theme. In the Fall semester, sessions will explore economic and public health issues related to Europe’s recovery from the pandemic. In the Spring semester, sessions will consider different, and often uneven, attempts to reckon with and recover from the enduring legacies of European colonialism. The series will be bookended by sessions devoted to important elections impacting Europe.

Audience participation is encouraged.

Event information will be updated to include panelists and moderator.

Co-sponsors:
Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence at Florida International University
EU Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
Center for European Studies at the University of Florida
Center for European Studies at the University of Texas – Austin
Center for European and Transatlantic Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Co-funded with support from the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union

Thursday, February 17

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Tavola Italiana
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Social Italian event for students of Italian at Pitt

12:30 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte - French Conversation Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

French casual conversation table. Open to all students of all levels of proficiency.

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Tutoring
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
5:00 pm Cultural Event
B/C/S/M Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Four Evenings Discussion: Ayad Akhtar's Homeland Elegies
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
See Details

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 here - https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/homeland-elegies

A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in post-Trump America. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.

Discussion led by Dr. Michael Kenney, Posvar Chair in International Security Studies; Director of the Ridgway Center at University of Pittsburgh

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

6:00 pm Film
The Last Forest
Location:
Frick 125 (Auditorium)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Brazil, 2021 | Fiction

In powerful images, alternating between documentary observation and staged sequences, and dense soundscapes, Luiz Bolognesi documents the indigenous community of the Yanomami and depicts their threatened natural environment in the Amazon rain forest.

6:30 pm Student Club Activity
ADDverse+Poesia Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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ADDverse+Poesia is a poetry collective that shares stories and works of art from underrepresented communities within our society - including but not limited to: the LGBTQIA+ community, Black and Indigenous individuals, and people living with disabilities.

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Valentine's Day, Italian Style
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join the Italian Club to eat Italian sweets while writing Valentine's Day cards in Italian and making crafts for a nursing home!

Friday, February 18 until Saturday, February 19

(All day) Conference
22nd Annual Undergraduate Model European Union
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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The Undergraduate Model European Union is an annual event for undergraduate students. The goal of the Model EU is to give students the opportunity to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation of a meeting of the European Council. Playing the role of presidents and prime ministers, students spend a weekend engaged in intense negotiations over current issues impacting the EU.

Friday, February 18

9:00 am Presentation
African Studies Visits Imani Christian Academy
Location:
Imani Christian Academy
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Joyce Mutsoli visited Imani Christian Academy to share a presentation about rural and urban schools in Kenya for Black History Month.

12:00 pm Information Session
Sciences Po Exchange Info Session
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
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The University of Pittsburgh offers a direct exchange program for GSPIA graduate
students with Sciences Po in Paris, France, one of the most prestigious universities in
France and in the world. Students have access to the majority of Sciences Po’s Master’s programs, though linguistic or academic prerequisites may exist. Courses are taught in English and/or French; proficiency in French is not required to take classes, write papers, or take exams for English language courses

For more information about available programs, visit the Sciences Po website. For a full list of programs and requirements, please click here.
Have additional questions? Be sure to contact Iris Matijevic (irm24@pitt.edu) or Kelly McDevitt (mcdevitt@pitt.edu) for more information.

3:00 pm Lecture
Postponed: Translating Early Modern China: Illegible Cities
Location:
via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Join us as Dr. Carla Nappi, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in History at the University of Pittsburgh, discusses her book, "Translating Early Modern China: Illegible Cities." This event is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later time.

3:30 pm Workshop
Introduction to Arctic Issues
Location:
1502 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and Global Experiences Office along with Ford Institute for Human Security, Pitt Climate, Global Change Center and Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
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Learn from expert speakers about critical issues facing the Arctic region—such as climate change, Arctic security, and shifting cultural identities during the Anthropocene. Attendees will receive a resource book about future opportunities to explore Arctic topics.

Speakers include:
Brandon Boylan, GSPIA and European Studies Center Alum
Eitan Shelef, Associate Professor at Pitt and Pitt Climate Center researcher
Theresa Baughman, Artist, Pitt Studio Arts alumna
Representative from Kerecis, a biotechnology company that develops and markets regenerative grafts from fish skin

Refreshments will be provided for in-person attendees, as well as a Zoom link for remote attendees.

Register here - https://forms.gle/cpkuw8mnA45rNBor5

5:00 pm Cultural Event
Slovak Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Monday, February 21

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
French Club Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join the French Club for French language conversation practice

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Portuguese conversation at all levels

6:30 pm Student Club Activity
German Club
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Come join the German Club to practice your language skills and learn about German culture!

Tuesday, February 22

12:30 pm Lecture
Italian Fulbright Scholar Lecture: Multimodal (Mis)Representations of Southern Italy Overseas
Location:
Posvar 4217 (Mask Required)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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Multimodal (Mis)Representations of Southern Italy Overseas

Italian Fulbright Distinguished Lecture

Flavia Cavaliere
(Università di Napoli Federico II)

Posvar 4217
Masks required

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
Global Ties Tabling Event
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Student Affairs, CCLD and Global Ties
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Meet Global Ties mentors and learn about how you can get involved

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Panoramas:Addressing Afro-Latino Exclusion Within Latin America’s Labor Markets
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Panoramas intern Isabel Morales will discuss Afro-Latino exclusion in Latin American labor markets. This event is open to all and we hope to see you there. OCC credit will be offered!

Read Isabel’s article: https://www.panoramas.pitt.edu/economy-and-development/addressing-racial...

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
CERIS 2022 Book Discussion
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies and Global Studies Center along with Center for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
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What does it take to become an American? Born in Mogadishu to nomadic parents, Abdi Nor Iftin survived famine, war, and child soldiering. In an amazing stroke of luck, he won entrance to the U.S. in August 2014. Abdi shares every part of his journey and his new life in the US. As banter is heightened in congress between Reps Green, Boebert, and Omar about what it means to be an American, this timely book informs the reader of the journey of Abdi Nor Iftin from the context of growing up in the midst of a civil war, surviving life in one of the world's largest refugee settlements and moving to the US, confronting racism, and economic hardships. He provides great insight into the plight of refugees, the black, Muslim immigrant experience. In the end his story gives us hope.

Through guerrilla journalism, Abdi dispatched stories about his life to a series titled Messages From Mogadishu on American Public Media. His stories were short listed for Peabody Awards in 2016. These stories were later picked by NPR, the BBC and later This America.

20 copies of book are available to participants!

Find more information here: https://www.cerisnet.pitt.edu/event/ceris-book-discussion-call-me-american

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Arabic Language & Culture Club
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Join the Arabic Language & Culture Club for an hour of conversing in the colloquial Arabic language while speaking on various current events.

Wednesday, February 23

1:30 pm Workshop
Leadership Workshop Series: Succeeding in Intergenerational Environments
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership
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There are four primarily active generations in today's workforce: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y--with Generation Z just beginning to enter the workforce. Each generation comes with a unique set of outlooks, characteristics, values, and strengths. It is critical for employers to understand what motivates each generation to maintain a productive work environment. This workshop will highlight the value of intergenerational connections and contributions by focusing on what all generations can do to make the workplace more inclusive and innovative.

This workshop series is led by Hesselbein Forum Executive Coach Brigette Bethea and is open to all GSPIA students, faculty, staff, and alumi.

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtd-2ppz0sGtZQQxSpxksY2seMm-XoZ5NS

7:00 pm Lecture
Reuse, Revive: Making Old Things New Again
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Japan Foundation
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Contemporary Japan seems, so often, to also make us aware of earlier history and traditions. Grandma's furoshiki, once used to wrap andcarry gifts, become chic handbags. Traditional teahouses are rendered in unusual materials like synthetic skin. Pavilions foregroundancient carpentry practices. Abandoned elementary schools become community centers. In the spirit of mottainai (never letting anythinggo to waste) and monotsukuri (making and handicraft), ludic designers sometimes hold on to obsolete objects from the past, stylishlyrepurposing them. This lecture will offer a few delightful examples of how reuse results in nostalgic reminiscence and natty revival.

Dana Buntrock is a Professor in the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Architecture and was the Chair of the Center for Japanese Studieson campus from 2015-2020. She held the first Tomoye Takahashi endowed chair from 2017-2020 and was selected as a Distinguished Professor of the(North American) Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 2018. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations within Japanese architecture and construction practices, starting with her first book, Japanese Architecture as a Collaborative Process: Opportunities in a Flexible Construction Culture (London: Spon, 2000). Her second book, Materials and Meaning in ContemporaryJapanese Architecture: Tradition and Today (London: Routledge, 2010) looked at how contemporary architects like Kengo Kuma draw on Japanese traditions intheir work.

This program is brought to you by the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and made possible with the generous support of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

Thursday, February 24

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
I Cannot Forsake My Principles
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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A live interview with Courtney Doucette (CUNY Oswego)

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NHUQdsBpSOCFPmvW6Fallw

12:00 pm Lecture
America's Energy Gamble: People, Economy and Planet Book Launch
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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This book details how any administration intent on pursuing a pro-fossil policy, when Congress fails to act as a check, can change governance rules to permanently entrench oil and gas extraction and reliance in the United States and to cripple regulatory agencies. The Trump administration’s actions which violated traditional bipartisan values of economic prudence, environmental stewardship and respect for democratic norms, damaged Americans’ health, economy and governing institutions. Americans can take steps to reset the United States to a sustainable energy pathway and a more inclusive economy. Proposed legislation that combines incentives for the deployment of renewable energy with long-term investments into revitalizing fossil fuel communities enjoys strong support among voters in fossil fuel reliant regions. Government policies that correct economic-wide signals to capture climate risks creates a more level playing field for the growth of more sustainable livelihoods.

Author: Shanti Gamper-Rabindran (Ph.D. MIT) is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research examines how political, legal and financial institutions help or hinder the energy transition in the Appalachian region and globally. She served on workshops on the governance of shale extraction in the US and abroad and published an edited volume The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development (University Pittsburgh Press 2017). She currently serves on National Academy of Science study panel on the chemical economy.

Host: Prof. Miranda Schreurs (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is Chair of Climate and Environmental Policy at the Technical University of Munich. An expert in energy policies in the United States, Europe and East Asia, Prof. Schreurs was appointed by then Chancellor Angela Merkel as a member of the Ethics Committee for a Secure Energy Supply. She is the Vice Chair of the European Advisory Council on Environment and Sustainable Development and served on the German Council on the Environment. Prof Scheurs’ books include Energy Transformation in Times of Populism, Nuclear Waste Governance, Transatlantic Environment and Energy Politics, and Environmental Politics in Japan, Germany and the United States. She previously held professorships at the University of Maryland and the Free University of Berlin.

Book link: https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-s...

Registration is free but we do ask for pre-registration here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qg-40zZmRViFQ06seTgniA

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Tavola Italiana
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
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Social Italian event for students of Italian at Pitt

12:30 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte - French Conversation Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
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French casual conversation table. Open to all students of all levels of proficiency.

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Tutoring
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
4:00 pm Workshop
What's Your Story? With PanteraCartonera@Pitt
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies, Global Studies Center and Global Hub along with University Library System (ULS) and 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. All of us have a unique story to tell. The What's Your Story? series, which consists of workshops on different storytelling methods that can help you share your unique identity, history, and ideas. For this workshop, we will host the Center for Latin American Studies and the University Library System with their new initiative named PanteraCartonera@PITT.

The Cartonera Publishing trend began in Buenos Aires in 2003 and was organized by writers and artists producing hand-made books at low-cost using recycled cardboard, (thus the name "cartonera"). The books are produced in a collective-circular way, in which authors become – designers become – publishers become – authors. The Cartonera phenomenon has expanded across the Americas, Europe, and Africa. Many have “recycled” the model, adapting it to their local contexts, communities, and social needs.

Join us for an afternoon of creativity and story sharing, where we will discuss the history of this movement and guide you on the making/creation of your own book. Cartonera is a very personal project in which you can design and create your own book that tells your story.

Presenters:
Martha Mantilla, Librarian for Latin American Studies
Luz Amanda Hank, Assistant Director for Partnerships and Programming, CLAS
Clare Withers, Megan Massanelli – ULS Archives and Special Collections

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-your-story-cartoneras-with-panteracar...

5:00 pm Cultural Event
B/C/S/M Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
5:00 pm Reading Group
Global Issues Through Literature: Want by Cindy Pon
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Global Issues Through Literature (GILS)

Fall and Spring 2021-22: Imagining Other Worlds: Globalizing Science Fiction and Fantasy

This reading group for K-12 educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and participants brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-8 PM (EST). Books and three Act 48 credit hours are provided.

The event on February 24, 2022 will focus on Want by Cindy Pon - https://www.cityofasylumbooks.org/book/9781481489232

This discussion will be led by Victoria Han, Master of Public and International Affairs Candidate, University of Pittsburgh, and Catherine Fratto, Engagement Coordinator, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center

Register for the reading groups here - https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/gils

Contact Maja Konitzer with questions at majab@pitt.edu

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
French Club Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub (1st Floor Posvar)
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join the French Club for French language practice

6:30 pm Student Club Activity
ADDverse+Poesia Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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ADDverse+Poesia is a poetry collective that shares stories and works of art from underrepresented communities within our society - including but not limited to: the LGBTQIA+ community, Black and Indigenous individuals, and people living with disabilities.

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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Farsi students and those interested in the Persian language and culture can participate in language practice and cultural events

Friday, February 25 until Saturday, February 26

(All day) Conference
GOSECA Annual Graduate Student Conference
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
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Friday, February 25th:
Keynote Speaker- 5 PM: Aneta Pavlenko, Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo, Norway

Panel 1- 6:05 PM-7:35 PM: Language, culture, and identity in the former USSR
1. Arina Dmitrenko (University of Toronto): Empire and Urban Space: A Review of the Central Asian Space in the Russian Empire
2. Sean Nonnenmacher (University of Pittsburgh) & Emma Santelmann (University of Michigan): Reckoning with the past and negotiating a new linguistic future: Purist and moderate ideologies toward loanwords in post-Soviet Armenia
3. Timur Akishev (The University of Mississippi): Derussifying And Americanizing Northern Kazakhstan
Chair: Dr. Vladimir Padunov, University of Pittsburgh

Saturday, February 26th:
Panel 2- 11:00 AM-1:30 PM: Deconstructing the Social and the Political
1. Lukas Baake (London School of Economics): Failed deconstruction. The 1998 Crisis and the Russian Quest for Economic Reform
2. Nathan Rtishchev (New York University): The Gogol Center’s Battling Historiographies: The Twentieth Century Avant Garde’s Role in the Twenty First Century
3. Kevin Brown (University of Pittsburgh): The Crusade Against God: Bolshevism as a Secular Religion
4. Yana Lysenko (New York University): Deconstructing Post-Soviet Politics and Communal Life in the Soviet Dormitory: Symbolic Spatial Ruin in Yuri Bykov’s The Fool [Durak]
5. Mariam Shakhmuradyan (University of Cambridge): Archaeology as the Science of the Future. A Case Study: Archaeology of Armenia
Chair: Dr. Sean Guillory, University of Pittsburgh

Panel 3- 1:40 PM- 3:40 PM: Impact of Highly Skilled Migration on the Formation of New Concepts of Regionality and Geopolitical Perceptions
1. Anna Khotivrishvili: The impact of highly skilled migration on the formation of new geopolitical perceptions and concepts of regionality on the example of Georgia
2. Nicoleta-Florina Moraru: Exploring the Trajectories and Lessons of the New Russian Immigration Programme for HSM
3. Bibinaz Almanova: Educational And Highly Qualified Migrations’ Nexus: Key Trends And Approaches In Kazakhstan
4. Adam Israilov: Migration processes in the Chechen Republic and the role of highly skilled migration in 1991-1994.
Chair: Dr. Leila Delovarova, Kazakh National University

Panel 4- 4:00 PM-5:30 PM: Rethinking Balkan Identity
1. Joe Patrick (University of Pittsburgh): Constructing a Montenegrin Identity Online
2. Rexhina Ndoci (The Ohio State University): Linguistic difference as proxy for ethnic difference: The case of Albanian migrant memes
3. Patrick Gehringer (Oakland University) & Lindon Dedvukaj (Oakland University): Reevaluating Albanians Place in IE through a Historically Isolated Dialect
Chair: Dr. Ljiljana Đurašković, University of Pittsburgh

Panel 5- 5:35 PM-6:35 PM: Narratives at the Periphery
1. Fernando Alejandro Remache-Vinueza (The University of Glasgow):Changes and interactions between the mainstream narrative and alternative identities: The case of Lithuania
2. Catherine Mott (University of Kentucky): Lead Letters: An Unusual Window
Chair: Jamie Horowitz, University of Pittsburgh/GOSECA

6:40 PM: Closing Remarks

Friday, February 25

9:00 am Panel Discussion
War in Ukraine: Voices from Kyiv
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Center for Governance and Markets and Kyiv School of Economics
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The panel will feature two special guests:

Tymofiy Mylovanov, President at the Kyiv School of Economics, Former Minister of Economics in Ukraine, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Governance and Markets

Nataliia Shapoval, Chair at the Kyiv School of Economics

The panel will be moderated by Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili.

Please register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jrSul3T6RN6BnSlexTsG8A

12:00 pm Workshop
Anthologies as Early Modern Archives of Social History
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Central Eurasian Studies Society and Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
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Assembling diverse materials ranging from poetry to stories, wills, personal and model letters, manuals, and other miscellanea, majmu'as or anthologies offer fresh insights for writing the history of the early modern Persianate world. Often produced outside the state and religious institutions, they provide a distinct vantage point to the social and cultural history of the communities that produced them. This workshop introduces the majmu'a and explores its capacity for driving scholarly insights through a hands-on exploration of a majmu'a collected by a family of bureaucrats living in seventeenth-century Isfahan.

INSTRUCTOR: Kathryn Babayan is Professor of Middle East Studies and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her expertise lies in the medieval and early-modern Persianate world and focuses on the cultural, social and political histories of Iran, Iraq, Anatolia, and parts of Central Asia, Persian-speaking regions in which Islam was diversely “translated” in the processes of conversion. Professor Babayan's scholarship on the Irano-Islamic past has been inspired and broadly informed by critical innovations over the last three decades in the field of cultural studies, and ‘materialist’ modes of analysis that offer new historical approaches to the materiality of human lives as well as the remarkable range of evidentiary materials historians now employ. Her books include Mystics, Monarchs, and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran (Harvard Middle Eastern Monographs, 2002) and City as Anthology: Eroticism and Urbanity in Early Modern Isfahan (Stanford UP, 2021).

MODERATOR: Sahar Hosseini, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture
University of Pittsburgh

Registrations limited.

12:00 pm Colloquium
Placing Okinawa: A Look at the Short Stories of Medoruma Shun
Location:
Online via Zoom
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Medoruma Shun is an Okinawan activist, writer, and second-generation survivor of The Battle of Okinawa. He garnered recognition for his writings when he received the Akutagawa Prize in 1997 for his short story Droplets. Many of his short stories include what has been dubbed ‘magic realism’ in which he introduces a hint of mysticism or a touch of the supernatural into stories that take place in the real world. As an activist, Shun speaks out against the many U.S. military bases that are scattered across the island of Okinawa and prevent the native people from utilizing their land and oceans. James Kotey is a second year IDMA student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. He received his bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language and Culture from Florida State University and served for five years in the United States Marine Corps. His research interests include translation and raising awareness for the U.S. base concerns in Okinawa.

To attend: click here

passcode: 515256

2:00 pm Lecture
(Post-)Pandemic Eurasia: Why Intersectionality Matters
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Join this panel to understand how the intersection of sexuality and gender, dis/ability, race and ethnicity, environmental politics, and urban development are shaping inequality in (post-)pandemic Eastern Europe and Russia.

MODERATOR:
Joan Neuberger, University of Texas at Austin

PRESENTERS:
Svetlana Borodina, Columbia University
Kateřina Kolářová, Charles University
Elana Resnick, University of California, Santa Barbara
Enikő Vincze, Babeș-Bolyai University

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/intersectionality-in-focus-spring-2022

3:00 pm Lecture
The Yellow River: A Natural and Unnatural History
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Join us as Dr. Ruth Mostern, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh, discusses her book, "The Yellow River: A Natural and Unnatural History" in 4217 Posvar Hall.

4:00 pm Seminar
Negotiations and Love Songs: Composers' Relationship with the State Censor
Location:
Baker Hall 336 B, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of History and Carnegie Mellon Department of History
5:00 pm Cultural Event
Slovak Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
5:00 pm Lecture
Multilingualism in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: A tour behind the scenes
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
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Anet a Pavlenko grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, and left the USSR just before it collapsed (a coincidence, not a consequence). After a short stay in a refugee settlement in Italy, she came to the United States
and, for reasons she is still trying to comprehend, decided to get a doctorate. While in graduate school, she supported herself and her son by working as an interpreter and case worker for the Refugee
Assistance Program in Ithaca, New York. She received her Ph.D. in General Linguistics at Cornell
University in 1997. Between 1998 and 2016 she was a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Temple
University, Philadelphia and in 2014-2015 she served as President of the American Association for
Applied Linguistics. From 2017 she has been a Research Professor at the Center for Multilingualism
at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on the relationship between multilingualism,
cognition, and emotions; forensic linguistics; and language management in imperial Russia, the USSR
and post-Soviet states. She has authored more than a hundred articles and ten books, has lectured
widely in North America, Europe and Asia and is the winner of the 2006 BAAL Book of the Year
award, the 2009 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research and the 2021 AAAL Research Article award.

Saturday, February 26 until Thursday, March 31

(All day) Cultural Event
Mărțișor 2022
Location:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs - Mărțișor 2022 website
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with Romanian Nationality Room Committee
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Learn the history of mărțișor and watch the Romanian Room committee make them and talk about this old tradition.

Falling on March 1 of every year, Mărțișor is an old Romanian tradition of gifting a red and white string attached to a small piece of jewelry or a flower. This is believed to bring health and luck to the wearer.

Monday, February 28 until Friday, March 4

(All day) Exhibit
Genesis: An Exhibition of Latinx, Black, and Indigenous Art
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Global Studies Center and Global Hub
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The University of Pittsburgh's Global Hub, along with the Center for Latin American Studies, Global Studies Center, and Center for African Studies, is hosting art exhibition to showcase Latinx, Indigenous, and Black art. The exhibition will be displayed in the Global Hub from February 28th to March 4th, with a special evening of performances to honor International Women's Day on March 3rd from 7-10PM.

Monday, February 28

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
French Club Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
See Details

Join the French Club for French language conversation practice

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Portuguese conversation at all levels

6:30 pm Student Club Activity
German Club
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Come join the German Club to practice your language skills and learn about German culture!