Events in UCIS
Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8
Saturday, February 26 until Thursday, March 31
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.
Friday, March 18 until Sunday, March 20
As humans rely more and more on electronic devices to support their everyday activities, there are ever present warnings about the impacts such reliance has on human autonomy ranging from who owns and controls information networks, the inequitable impact of technology consumption on peoples and places, varying accessibility of technology around the globe, and the promises and limitations of technology in improving human health. By engaging in technology as a lens, this sequence of weekend micro-courses encourages students to examine technology as a system disproportionately impacting humanity by enabling and constraining human rights of groups of people around the globe. With a multi-disciplinary focus, the course invites researchers and practitioners from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.
The course will occur on Friday, March 18th, Saturday, March 19th, and Sunday, March 21st. Engagement in the course should be synchronous; accommodations for those in significant time zone differences will be provided to allow enrollment and completion of all elements of the weekend. A pre-course video review of the major course assignment will need to be completed prior to the course starting.
Students must register for this course through PeopleSoft, which can be accessed via their my.pitt account.
Friday, March 18
We invite you to participate in a new initiative led by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University: an annual seminar on the books published by the Afro-Latin America Series at Cambridge University Press. This annual seminar brings people together to discuss the volumes published in the series in the previous year. Due to the pandemic, we will celebrate the eight books published until 2021.
Climates of Change
Join us for a series of events related to climate change and water!
Friday March 18, 2022 | 11 am - 12:30 pm | 4217 Posvar Hall
Faculty Workshop: Applying Arts Methods to Climate and Environmental Research Across the Disciplines
A workshop led by visiting geographer and poet Eric Magrane and visual artist Allison Rowe. Please register in advance.
Register here - https://bit.ly/PittClimatesofChange
26 Years ago, Ike Nnaebue attempted to flee Nigeria for a better life in Europe. Now, as a Lagos-based film director of No U- Turn, he documents the journey of West African migrants who attempt to reach the continent today. This portrays the causes and motivations of migrants who risk their lives for opportunities abroad.
State socialism, like capitalism, relied for its functioning on certain “background conditions of possibility” (N. Fraser). These include the unpaid and frequently invisible reproductive labor of rural women, who not only raised new cohorts of workers but also fed and clothed their families with little help from the state. They also include “free gifts of nature” (J. B. Foster): the use of nature as a source of cheap inputs and as pollution sink. In this talk, I focus on rural women’s “muck work:” the back-breaking and time-consuming work of producing manure in order to maintain soil fertility under conditions of hyper-intensive agriculture.
Jacob Eyferth is a social historian of twentieth-century China interested in the lives of non-elite people. His first book, Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots, is an ethnographic history of a community of papermakers in Sichuan. He is currently working on a second book, tentatively titled Cotton, Gender, and Revolution in Twentieth-Century China.
First session of Spring Mini-Course: Technology, Humanity, and Social Justice
5:00PM-5:15PM: Welcome Remarks and Overview of Course
Session 1 – 5:15PM-6:30PM: Erin Dalton, Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Session 2 – 6:45PM-8:00PM: Roy Austin, VP of Civil Rights and Deputy General Counsel of Facebook
Join ADDverse+Poesia for a discussion on the politics and poetics of gender and racial identity with poets Ananda Lima and Elizandra Souza.
Register here if joining remotely: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_51wDiRLnQdOiZ1w31QDZHQ