Events in UCIS

Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8

8:00 am Conference
Georgia Consortium: Exploring the Complexities of Vietnam
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Register here.

Monday, April 4 until Thursday, April 7

(All day) Symposium
The Human Rights to Housing: A Week with Leilani Farha
Multiple Locations
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Center for International Legal Education, Department of Sociology, Urban Studies Program, University Honors College and City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
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The Global Studies Center is honored to welcome Leilani Farha, the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing, to the University of Pittsburgh as a H.J. Heinz Foundation Visiting Fellow.

Leilani Farha is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing and Global Director of The Shift. Her work is animated by the principle that housing is a social good, not a commodity. Leilani has helped develop global human rights standards on the right to housing, including through her topical reports on homelessness, the financialization of housing, informal settlements, rights-based housing strategies, and the first UN Guidelines for the implementation of the right to housing. She is the central character in the documentary PUSH regarding the financialization of housing, screening around the world. Leilani Launched The Shift in 2017 with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and United Cities and Local Government.

During the week of April 4th to 7th, join us as Leilani takes part in a number of public lectures, student and faculty visits, and meetings with City officials and community organizers to highlight housing as a human rights issue. See a full schedule of events below.

Tuesday, April 5

6:00 pm Film/Panel Discussion
Screening and Discussion of PUSH
106 Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice, Department of Sociology, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh Law School, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, University of Pittsburgh's Urban Studies Program, Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance
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Screening will occur from 6 until approximately 7:40PM, followed by a discussion until 8:30PM

University members can view the film at any time through the University Library System here:

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Arabic Language & Culture Club
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.

8:00 pm Lecture
Climate Change as a National Security Issue
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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An emerging issue that should be included in the compact provision talks. The impact of climate change is global and our collective security is at risk. It has become increasingly clear that climate change has consequences that reach the very heart of the security agenda: economic disruption, flooding, disease, famine, resulting in migration on an unprecedented scale in areas of already high tension; drought and crop failure, leading to intensified competition for food, water, and energy in regions where resources are already stretched to the limit.


Dr. Charles Fletcher
Interim Dean
School of Earth Science and Ocean and Technology
Chair Honolulu Climate Change Commission
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Dr. J. Scott Hauger
Retired Professor Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies
Senior Advisor to the USINDOPACOM Climate Change Impacts Program