Events in UCIS

Saturday, April 23

9:00 am Conference
Rural Society and Politics in China
Conference Room A, University Club
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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To view the conference agenda, please visit here.

4:00 pm Performance
On ne badine pas avec l'amour (No Trifling With Love)
Global Hub (1st Floor Posvar)
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian
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On Saturday, April 23rd, students of the course FR 1023 (French Theater Workshop) at Pitt will be performing scenes from the play “On ne badine pas avec l’amour” (No trifling with love) by Alfred de Musset. The students have worked all semester studying and interpreting the play while practicing performance and theater.

The play follows the tragic love story of Perdican and Camille as their efforts to win the other over through jealousy ultimately backfire. All the costumes, sets, and props were designed by the students of the course and the performances are all by members of the class. 

Please join us on April 23rd at the Global Hub for the performance. Your support is greatly appreciated!