Events in UCIS

Friday, April 22

9:15 am Conference
Rural Society and Politics in China
340 A & SC Instruction Room, 3rd Floor Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with University Library System and Department of Political Science
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Amidst rapid urbanization and massive emigration from rural areas in recent decades, the countryside has suffered from increasing neglect. Yet growing urban-rural polarization around the world today tells us that the countryside remains as relevant as ever. American politics and European politics are now utterly divided between urban and rural areas. Similarly, urban-rural inequality bears profound consequences for Chinese society and politics. A substantial amount of the world’s population will remain in the countryside for decades to come, and their lives, livelihoods, and political participation will continue to affect the fates of societies as a whole.

This conference brings together scholars from various disciplines to engage in an in-depth discussion about society and politics of the Chinese countryside. A central theme of this conference is to highlight the Contemporary Chinese Village Gazetteer Dataset assembled by the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS). Participants are encouraged to present preliminary findings using this dataset, although other kinds of intellectual contributions are also welcome. To register, click here.

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12:00 pm Panel Discussion
EV: Plugging into the Future
online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and UCIS Engagement
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How have the electric vehicle markets evolved in Europe and Asia in the past decade? How do these changes impact energy choices and consumption in the 21st century? Join us as we explore these questions and more in our BETH series on Energy.

Speakers: Dr. John Helveston, George Washington University; Dr. Marianne Ryghaug, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dr. Maciej Mazur, AVERE--The European Association for Electromobility.

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4:00 pm Seminar
Bad Doctors, Bad Patients: Ethics, Law, and the Negotiation of Medical Authority in the Early Soviet Union
Baker Hall 336 B, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of History and Carnegie Mellon Department of History
5:00 pm Cultural Event
Slovak Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies