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.

Sunday, March 20 until Sunday, March 27

9:00 am Cultural Event
2022 Virtual Spring Festival Of The Egg (A Cultural Celebration Of Spring)
Location:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs - 2022 Virtual Spring Festival Of The Egg website
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with Polish Nationality Room Committee, Nationality Room Committees, Polish Falcons of America and Carpatho-Rusyn Society of Pittsburgh
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The Spring Festival of the Egg is a FREE virtual family oriented event welcoming the coming of Spring in many ethnic traditions as featured by members and friends of the Nationality Room Committees at the University of Pittsburgh. Videos include: Egg Decorating, Palm Weaving Demonstrations, Ethnic Cooking Demonstrations, The Festival Of Colors, Ethic Recipes, Butter Lamb Carving, Cooking Baking, Springtime Story Telling, Spring &  Easter Customs, Special Children's Egg Decorating, Kid's Cookie Making, Easter & Springtime Printable Coloring Pages, Jelly Bean Guess, Egg Festival Marketplace and more.

Sponsors:
University of Pittsburgh
Polish Nationality Room Committee
Nationality Room Committees
Nationality Rooms Programs & Intercultural Exchange Programs
University Center For Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
Polish Falcons of America
Carpatho-Rusyn Society

Participants:
The Nationality Room Committees: Czechoslovak, Indian, Irish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Philippine, Polish, Romanian, and Ukrainian & members of the Bulgarian and Carpatho-Rusyns communities.

Thursday, March 24

10:00 am Information Session
CLAS Information Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Stop by the Global Hub to speak with student ambassadors from the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and learn more about opportunities offered through CLAS!

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Everything Was Forever Until...
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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A live interview with Alexey Yurchak (UC Berkeley)

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1T_4MKTcRQ2-1VZtNHLZYQ

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
3:30 pm Lecture
Disinformation and Diplomacy: EU, Russia and the Battle for Facts
Location:
Posvar 4130
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez - Prince of Asturias Distinguished Visiting Professor, Georgetown University

Disinformation in the diplomatic field can be defined as politically motivated false or forged information intended to influence its audience. It is one of the most relevant topics in diplomacy and international relations because diplomats, journalists, military, and policymakers are interested in the way the messages are created, distributed, shared, and understood.

Russia's war against Ukraine raises new questions for the discipline: how can the EU deal with Russian disinformation? What are the effects of shutting down RT or Sputnik? What responsibility do technology companies have in spreading hate and lies? What does Zelensky's social media activity teach us about political communication and leadership? These and other questions serve to reflect on the future of Europe in the era of de-globalization, where facts -not mere opinions- are contested.

This event will follow a hybrid format.

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
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Join the French Club for French language practice

6:30 pm Lecture
Exterior Landscapes, Interior Lives: On Photography and Mapping the Cultural Memory of the City
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Memory, imagination, and place are inextricably connected. This talk will present three public art, exhibition, and photo book projects that Njaimeh Njie has created to explore how the lived experiences of Black Pittsburgh residents are held within the landscape of the city. These will serve as a launching pad for thinking through the connections between shared space and shared stories, and what these mean for how we see ourselves, our present, and our futures in the places we call home.

Njaimeh Njie is a multimedia storyteller. Her photography, filmmaking, oral history, writing, and public artwork explore contemporary Black experiences, with a particular focus on how the past shapes the present. Njie’s work has been featured in outlets including CityLab and Belt Magazine, exhibited in spaces including the Carnegie Museum of Art and The Mattress Factory Museum, and she has presented at venues including TEDxPittsburghWomen, and Harvard University. Among several awards and grants, Njie was named the inaugural Edward Mitchell Bannister Artist-in-Residence at Brown University for 2021-22, and the 2019 Visual Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh City Paper. Njie earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis.

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 Film
Future Tense: Microcinema Screening
Location:
The Warhol Museum
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Screenshot: Asia
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We are living in a time of crisis. Anxieties about the future and questions concerning the sustainability of the planet and its inhabitants have never felt more urgent. Future Tense asks how artists approach these and other global uncertainties in relationship to identity, home, and environment. Selected films highlight both the fragility and resilience of human ingenuity in relationship to nature, space, and place. Collectively, the artists included in this program direct themselves towards the future. They look to the past to reclaim lost histories while simultaneously imagining new possible futures. Participating artists: Imani Dennison, Fang Tianyu, Thomas Allen Harris, Pedro Neves Marques, Joan Michel, Su Yu-Hsin, Wang Mowen, and Zheng Yuan.

Barbara London is a New York-based curator and writer who founded the video-media exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. Her current projects include the book Video/Art: The First Fifty Years (Phaidon: 2020), the podcast series Barbara London Calling, and the exhibition Seeing Sound (Independent Curators International, 2020-24). London’s writing has appeared in numerous catalogs and publications, including Artforum, Yishu, Leonardo, Art Asia Pacific, Art in America, and Modern Painter. London teaches in the Sound Art Department, Columbia University, and previously taught in the Graduate Art Department, Yale University, 2014-19.

Ellen Larson is a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing her doctoral research on contemporary video art from Asia. She has curated exhibitions and educational symposia in the United States and China.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Please note: For your safety and the safety of those around you, all those attending this event must wear a face mask that covers both the nose and mouth. We reserve the right to require that those in attendance who do not follow safety guidelines or instructions from our staff will be asked to leave the premises. Failure to comply with this policy or rude or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated. Please see our Visitor Conduct Policy, opens new tab for more information.
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Co-presented with University of Pittsburgh’s SCREENSHOT: ASIA Program

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
International Relations Club Ukraine Discussion
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Join the International Relations Club for a space for open discussion about the current situation in Ukraine among its members.

Thursday, March 24 until Sunday, March 27

6:30 pm Conference
Global Academic Partnership (GAP)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Beyond Crisis Creativity: Imagining New Futures Through Art and Youth Activism

This un-conference explores how cultural organizations made up of artists, young people, cultural workers, organizers, and neighbors take up supposedly devalued city spaces to create new vocabularies and heuristics for value beyond exchange value, and use cultural practices to tell stories of place and forge transnational connections. It also maps how how certain forms of creative identity are commodified. We seek to create a conversation across borders, cultures, institutions and generations. Participants will come from Pittsburgh; Barcelona; Cali; Portugal; and Chicago, among other places, in order to address the interconnections between the kinds of challenges that artists/youth face in using creative practice to imagine more just futures and the networks of solidarity nascent and established between cities and practitioners.

The conference is open to everyone. If you choose to attend in person, please complete registration form no later than March 3rd, 2022. There is no deadline to register for those attending virtually. There will be an option to attend virtually via Zoom. Registration information, featured speakers, and conference schedule can be found on the event website.