Events in UCIS
Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8
Monday, April 4 until Thursday, April 7
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.
Thursday, April 7
The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) as part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes faculty and students to the Latin American Social and Public Policy Conference. For 25 years we have welcomed researchers from around the world to Pittsburgh, creating spaces where the scientific community can discuss the past, present, and future of Latin America, Caribbean, and its Diasporas. Though this is always important, it seems even more crucial these days.
LASPP conference participants, authors and presenters will benefit from CLAS' extensive international network and in-house scholars, to collect insightful feedback benefitting from top researchers in Latin American Studies. As a way to lower barriers for scientific exchange, papers may be presented in English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese
Social Italian event for students of Italian at Pitt
French casual conversation table. Open to all students of all levels of proficiency.
This program will feature a brief talk by Leilani, opportunities to ask questions and talk about housing rights, and space to talk about action steps in Pittsburgh and the world. Coffee and food will be provided!
Join the French Club for French language practice
Join our panel of community leaders as they share examples of how Pittsburghers are working to advance housing justice in our city and to engage with our international guest, Ms. Leilani Farha, in explorations of how we can make more use of global alliances and international legal strategies in efforts to protect and promote housing as a human right.
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.
In partnership with the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania and the Phipps Conservatory, please join us for a virtual lecture about these masterpieces in miniature. Enjoy learning about bonsai; what the art form is and how it relates to gardens. Discover its ancient origins in China, its refinement in Japan and its popularity now around the world. Explore how bonsai were introduced to the United States and its ongoing role in international diplomacy. To register: https://tinyurl.com/PittMcClellan