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
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Register here.

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.

Wednesday, March 16

11:00 am Information Session
Summer Edge Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Info Session
Location:
Global Hub (1st Floor Posvar)
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office along with College of Business Administration International Programs Office
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Learn about the Summer Edge in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (May 9 – August 6, 2022). Students complete 5 academic courses in entrepreneurship, with experiential learning opportunities throughout the summer. The program’s focus is the African Diaspora, and includes a week-long study away trip to Washington, DC, where students will visit a number of African-based business leaders and communities.

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
“Reckoning with the Past III: Reparations to the Victims of Colonial Violence
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Jean Monnet in the USA Network, Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence at Florida International University, Center for European Studies at the University of Florida, European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Center for European Studies at University of Texas-Austin and Center for European and Transatlantic Studies at Georgia Tech University
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Colonialism in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries left legacies of violence, displacement, and economic underdevelopment with which European states and countries formerly under European control continue to reckon. How are damages calculated? Will restitution and recompense lead to reconciliation and social justice? Join us for a discussion of the transnational politics and history of reparations.

Panelists:
Joshua Kwesi Aikins, Human Rights Activist/Public Scholar
Wes Alcenat, Fordham University
Verene A. Shepherd, University of the West Indies
Claire Greenstein, University of Alabama-Birmingham

Moderated by Allyson Delnore, University of Pittsburgh

1:30 pm Film
Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories
Location:
Posvar 5108
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of
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An estimated 90,000 Africans were brought to Spain as slaves between the 16th-18th centuries. While their labor reinforced its economy, African cultures diffused throughout Spanish society, contributing to the development of musical genres such as Flamenco, which are hallmarks of Spanish society. Still, Africa's influence has been gradually disregarded, as the country has worked to reshape its national image; a trend that continues today in response to immigration of the 20th century. Miguel Àngel Rosales challenges the popular narrative be illustrating the ongoing presence of African cultures in Spanish music, dance and folklore, and thus a dialogue between Spain and the Africa that has existed for centuries.

3:00 pm Workshop
Creative-Critical Practices for the Anthropocene: Thinking through Place, Poetry, and the Visual Arts
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall & Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Honors College
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Climates of Change
Join us for a series of events related to climate change! Each event will focus on a different topic and is designed for different audience members.

Creative-Critical Practices for the Anthropocene: Thinking through Place, Poetry, and the Visual Arts
A talk by geographer and poet Eric Magrane and visual artist Allison Rowe, followed by Q&A. Open to the public with Pitt ID or prior registration. Eligible for OCC, Honors, and Pitt Global credit. Hybrid event with options to join virtually or in-person!

4:15 pm Film
A Discussion Director Elia Moutamid
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Pitt University Honors College and Department of French and Italian
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The University of Pittsburgh Italian program will host a discussion of the film Kufid (2020). We will be joined by the film's director, Elia Moutamid, and by critic and filmmaker Simone Brioni.

Discussion will be in English; the film is in Italian with English subtitles.

Everyone who registers will also receive a link that can be used to watch the film, streaming, whenever you wish.

4:30 pm Cultural Event
Austrian Cuisine
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
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Join Orin James for a look at and taste of Austrian cuisine.

5:00 pm Lecture
Asia Pop: Mapping Digital Game Culture in China: From Internet Addicts to Esports Athletes
Location:
4130 Posvar and online via Zooom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Since the early 2000s, the Chinese government has engaged in efforts to control young people’s passion for online gaming, a leisure pursuit commonly referred to as a form of spiritual opium. This past summer the government renewed its commitment to this cause, announcing a new regulation whereby gamers under the age of 18 will be restricted to 3 hours of gameplay per week. Such regulations baffle many. China is home to over 500 million online gamers and considered a leader in the professionalization of competitive gaming, or esports. Why is it that a country seemingly so invested in online games is simultaneously leading the charge against them? In this talk, Dr. Szablewicz will examine the motivations behind these decisions through the lens of Chinese history, culture, and class politics. She will also consider how the stigma surrounding online games affects the subjectivities of the youth who play them, and show how games have become an ideological battleground through which youth cope with and challenge dominant perceptions about failure and success in contemporary China.

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5:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
CLAS Virtual Competency Series
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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"Taking my professional career as a starting point, I will address some of the most important issues related to the study of slavery in contemporary Brazil"
- Keila Grinberg, CLAS Director

The Latin America and the Caribbean Competency Virtual Series is a student-led opportunity for anyone to learn more about different topics related to LAC content area and connect with the guest speakers outside the classroom. Particiaptns will have the chance to discuss and ask questions regarding the topic of the presentation, and can also earn myPittGlobal and OCC credit plus a certificate of participation by attending!