Week of October 14, 2018 in UCIS

Sunday, October 14

3:00 pm Cultural Event
Celtic Culture
Location:
FRICK FINE ARTS BUILDING
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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The Welsh, Irish, and Scottish Nationality Room committees invite you to enjoy Celtic songs, dance, storytelling, and much more!

Monday, October 15

11:30 am Award Ceremony
6th Annual Sheth International Awards
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
International Week
8:00 pm Film
Italian Instructor's Film Favorites
Location:
1502 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Department of French and Italian
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Prof. Lina Insana will introduce one of her favorite films of Italian cinema, the Academy Award-winning Nuovo Cinema Paradiso.

From Rotten Tomatoes:
Cinema Paradiso offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. The story begins in the present as a Sicilian mother pines for her estranged son, Salvatore, who left many years ago and has since become a prominent Roman film director who has taken the advice of his mentor too literally. He finally returns to his home village to attend the funeral of the town's former film projectionist, Alfredo, and, in so doing, embarks upon a journey into his boyhood just after WWII when he became the man's official son. In the dark confines of the Cinema Paradiso, the boy and the other townsfolk try to escape from the grim realities of post-war Italy.

Tuesday, October 16

12:00 pm Cultural Event
You Say Potato...
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
International Week
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The potato has been a staple of South American cuisine since the time of the Incan Empire, but the story of its migration around the world is one of not just displacement, but conquest, exploitation, famine, intrigue, defamation, delicious dishes, and semantic confusion! At this event you can follow the path of the potato through history and learn about its impact on global cuisine, language, and culture. Plus, get a taste of different potato dishes!

4:00 pm Cultural Event
International Speed Friending
Location:
WPU Kurtzman Room
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Whether you’re an international student looking to make American friends in Pittsburgh or a native speaker of English interested in meeting people from different cultures, this FREE event is perfect for you! If you’ve ever heard of “Speed Dating,” this is similar. The only difference is that the objective here is to make friends. There will be structured time for short conversations, as well as time for mingling and to enjoy snacks and refreshments. Join us for an evening of lively conversation, celebrating diversity, and the start of new friendships. Seating is limited, so please register in advance to reserve a seat: https://tinyurl.com/ISF2191. For more information, contact ecu4@pitt.edu.

5:00 pm Information Session
Language and Travel Scholarships I
Location:
Cathedral of Learning G-17
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of Honors College
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UHC will host an information session on Boren and Critical Language Scholarship Tuesday, October 16., October 16 @ 5 PM,

6:00 pm Performance
Brain Candy Podcast
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Performance: FREE and open to the public.

Brain Candy Podcast is sugar rush for your intellectual side, and host Susie Meister joins International Week for the third year to muse about her experiences on reality television, travel abroad, and everything in-between. Though perhaps best known for her reality TV show stardom, Pitt alum Susie Meister is well-versed in the global and social issues surrounding displacement. She has felt this first hand while participating on the MTV television show Road Rules and the Challenge, where she was filmed outside her comfort zone experiencing people, places, and adventures she never would have otherwise. She completed her PhD in Religious Studies at Pitt in 2014, and now works as the co-owner of WAVE Podcast Network. Her guest co-host for this live taping is Pittsburgh icon, Sally Wiggin, who was the long-time WTAE news co-anchor. They will welcome Bill Isler, President of the Fred Rogers, Co. from 1987-2016, longtime educator, and advocate for children. They will be talking about the ways we can all celebrate the differences of people around the world and in our own neighborhoods.
Join us for this interactive podcast! FREE pizza will be served along with samples of chocolates from Pittsburgh’s own Edward Marc Chocolatiers.

8:30 pm Film
Italian Instructor's Film Favorites
Location:
324 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Department of French and Italian
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Italian instructor Eliza Jermyn will present one of her favorite films and one of the best new films from acclaimed director Paolo Virzì.

From Rotten Tomatoes:
Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she's on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse - the world of sane people.

Wednesday, October 17

11:00 am Cultural Event
International Food Trucks
Location:
William Pitt Union Driveway
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Back by popular demand, the International Week Committee has invited several of the most popular food trucks in the city to share their innovative and delicious cuisines with you. Cultures from all over the world will be represented by several of the most popular food trucks in the city. Recipes and cuisine are one of the many things that migrant peoples can take with them and can serve as a reminder of that which has been left behind. Students can learn about the problems facing these communities while sampling their innovative and delicious cuisines.

1:00 pm Film
Italian Instructor's Film Favorites
Location:
204 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Department of French and Italian
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Italian instructor Cinzia Delfini will present one of her favorite films, the dramatic-comedy Perfetti sconosciuti. A seemingly normal dinner party goes awry when everyone decides to leave their phones out on the dinner table. Texts messages and secrets emerge as the evening descends into chaos.

4:00 pm Lecture
What is the deal with our National Intelligence Agencies?
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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The Global Affairs Club is going to present "What is the deal with our National Intelligence Agencies?" Come learn about the increasing divide between our national intelligence agencies and our Executive government. The discussion will be led by Julia M. Santucci, Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies, who has over a decade of experience in national security and foreign policy positions. Come to discuss the implications and future of our intelligence agencies in a system that does not necessarily give them presidential support. Snacks and refreshments provided.

7:00 pm Cultural Event/Performance
City of Asylum Exiled Writers Residencies
Location:
Nordy’s Place in the William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week
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City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors by providing sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. COA has hosted writers from China, Iran, Myanmar/Burma, Venezuela, and El Salvador.

On Wednesday, October 17th from 7-9pm in Nordy’s Place in the William Pitt Union, please join the International Week Committee in welcoming Tuhin Das from Bangladesh and Osama Alomar from Syria to the University of Pittsburgh's campus. Tuhin and Osama are the two current writers in residence at the City of Asylum, and both will be reading pieces of their work and then fielding your questions.

COA Pittsburgh is also the national headquarters for ICORN, the International Cities of Refuge Network based in Norway. COA works closely with ICORN in their common mission to provide shelter to writers and artists at risk, and to defend and advance freedom of expression.

7:00 pm Film
Italian Instructor's Film Favorites
Location:
1502 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Department of French and Italian
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Italian instructor Matteo Talotta will present one of the most acclaimed Italian comedies in recent years. A group of thirty-something ex-academics and professionals finds themselves out of work and down on their luck in a post-financial-crisis Italy. Together, they decide to turn their luck around by forming their own crime ring – with interesting consequences.

Thursday, October 18

2:00 pm Lecture
Critical Research On Africa Series
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of History, Africana Studies Department, Department of English and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
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Nisi Shawl will present on themes that surround her recent novel "Everfair" which is set in an alternative future of the Congo. Technology is a recurring theme in her writings and she will discuss the role of technology in Africa from a historical perspective.

Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

isi Shawl is a writer, editor, and journalist. She is best known as an author of science fiction and fantasy short stories who writes and teaches about how fantastic fiction might reflect real-world diversity of gender, sexual orientation, race, colonialism, physical ability, age, and other sociocultural factors. Please join us for a very interesting conversation with her.

4:00 pm Film
Soviet Hippies, dir. Terje Toomistu
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
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A wild flower power ride on the footprints of the Soviet hippie movement take you into the psychedelic underground of 1970s.

6:00 pm Lecture
Katherine Boo featured author in first of Four Evenings of Conversation
Location:
Hillman Library 171B (Latin American Lecture Room)
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Hillman Library, Pitt Arts and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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Book Discussion and Free Lecture Tickets!

The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center is partnering with Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ Ten Evenings lecture series, to host book discussions of the recent works of Ten Evenings authors prior to their public lectures at the Carnegie Music Hall. These discussions, led by local faculty, will focus on how authors’ works of fiction and non-fiction help us to understand global processes and the connections, disruptions, inequalities, and opportunities they create.

We will be giving out a limited number of FREE tickets to the lecture to those who attend the book discussion. Register here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPIOl_Dc-5bNPgU-u9avp2aGBVvokW...

Or to purchase ticket from Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures:
https://pittsburghlectures.org/lectures/katherine-boo/

6:00 pm Film
Italian Instructor's Film Favorites
Location:
G8 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Department of French and Italian
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Prof. James Coleman will present one of the best Italian films of the last decade, the Academy Award-winning La grande bellezza.

From Rotten Tomatoes:
Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

9:00 pm Symposium
Global Trivia Night
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Come join us for our 4th annual Global Trivia Night! Compete with groups of up to five undergraduate students, and test your knowledge in global categories like Global Current Affairs, World Culture, World History, Geography, and more. Great prizes plus free food and beverages!

Register your team by October 17th: https://goo.gl/forms/zT5kPvHa8E2pYnWX2

9:00 pm Cultural Event
Global Trivia
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Come join us for our 4th annual Global Trivia Night! Compete with groups of up to five undergraduate students, and test your knowledge in global categories like Global Current Affairs, World Culture, World History, Geography, and more. Prizes include Apple Watches, Beats headphones, and Chipotle gift cards. Free food and beverages will be provided! Registration will close on Wednesday, October 17th at 11:59 PM, or once capacity is reached.

To register your team: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqsn3oL2Hrg5eC09O7FTwY5DrSG_y8...

For more information on all things International Week: https://www.internationalweek.pitt.edu/

Friday, October 19

11:00 am Career Counselling
Global Company Tour
Location:
Room 540, WPU
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Interested in having a global career? Are you wanting to either work abroad or work for a global company in the States? Then this is the opportunity for you! There will be five, 20-minute “meet and greets” with employers in designated rooms on the 5th floor of the William Pitt Union with the opportunity to rotate in and out of different ones to get the most information and advice possible in regard to launching your global career. Additionally, we will have a ‘networking room’ with alumni and other organizations/employers to get more one-on-one time to discuss possibilities and interest. This event is open to all international and domestic students. Career Passports will be distributed to students to get ‘stamped’ and raffled off to win exciting prizes!

1:00 pm Film
Italian Instructor's Film Favorites
Location:
324 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Department of French and Italian
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Italian lecturer Lorraine Denman will present one of her all-time favorite movies, Mid-August Lunch.

From Rotten Tomatoes:
A man unexpectedly finds himself talking care of four women, three of whom he barely knows, in this sunny comedy from Italy. Gianni (Gianni di Gregorio) is a man in his mid-sixties who still lives with his mother; given that Valeria (Valeria De Franciscis) is well into her nineties, these days he looks after her rather than the other way around, though she remains quite spry given her age. Gianni and Valeria share an apartment in a building owned by Luigi (Alfonso Santagata); Gianni owes money on the rent, and Luigi, who wants to take off for the midsummer festivities of Ferragosto, makes him a deal -- Luigi will forgive the debt if his elderly mother, Marina (Marina Cacciotti), can stay with Gianni and Valeria for a few days. Gianni grudgingly agrees, but is upset when he discovers Luigi has also brought his aging aunt Maria (Maria Calì). Word apparently circulates that Gianni is running an informal home for the elderly, as his friend Marcello (Marcello Ottolenghi) stops by and drops off his mother, Grazia (Grazia Cesarini Sforza), for a day or two. While Gianni scrambles to look after the various needs of four elderly women, it soon becomes clear the ladies have strongly differing views on a number of subjects, making his job all the more difficult.

1:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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Students who travelled to Africa in AY 2018 will be sharing their experiences from the respective countries of their programs. Whether it be in the Tanzania, Ghana or South Africa study abroad programs, the Uganda field-based internship program, or independent research and learning, your fellow students have some amazing stories to tell. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about options and logistics if you are contemplating studying or working abroad in Africa this coming summer! Come join the conversations and enjoy some good food.

4:00 pm Conference
Comfort Women: The Legacy of Sexual Slavery in Asia
Location:
120 David Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Allegheny County Bar Association
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As a collaborative partnership between the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Asian Studies Center, the Comfort Women: The Legacy of Sexual Slavery in Asia conference will focus on the historical and legal aspects of sexual enslavement of women by the military in the years before and during World War II. Reaching beyond the actual historical events, the conference will explore the reasons for the long silence and how performance practices—protests, tribunals, theater, and memorial building projects are used to demand justice for those who suffered the state-sponsored acts of sexual violence both in Asia and here in America. The conference provides the framework for understanding how actions designed to bring about redress can shift from the legal aspects to its cultural and social possibilities.

The conference will open with a screening of Twenty Two (Guo Ke, 2017), a film about the last 22 Chinese comfort women. Following the film, Dr. Seung-hwan Shin will lead a Q&A session, and there will be a reception in the lobby of David Lawrence Hall.

For details on Saturday's activities, please see here.

7:00 pm Cultural Event/Performance
International Talent Show
Location:
Ballroom - O'Hara Student Center
Sponsored by:
International Week
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For 50 years, the University of Pittsburgh has expanded it's global presence through several dynamic initiatives and partnerships. Now, you have the opportunity to celebrate those 50 years in just 1 night by displaying your worldwide talent to the entire Pitt Community during our International Talent Show on Friday, October 19th. Not only is this a celebration, but you will have the opportunity to win big prizes and eat some delicious food that represents the different cultures of our community. Please click here to register: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cuPrJ9kSBLcvVaZ

7:00 pm Cultural Event
International Talent Show
Location:
O'Hara Student Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Experience the cultural diversity and talent at Pitt, with a special performance by Pitches & Tones and Prizes for the first 50 attendees!
Sign up at: www.internationalweek.pitt.edu/

Saturday, October 20

8:00 am Conference
Comfort Women: The Legacy of Sexual Slavery in Asia
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law School
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Allegheny County Bar Association
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As a collaborative partnership between the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Asian Studies Center, the Comfort Women: The Legacy of Sexual Slavery in Asia conference will focus on the historical and legal aspects of sexual enslavement of women by the military in the years before and during World War II. Reaching beyond the actual historical events, the conference will explore the reasons for the long silence and how performance practices—protests, tribunals, theater, and memorial building projects are used to demand justice for those who suffered the state-sponsored acts of sexual violence both in Asia and here in America. The conference provides the framework for understanding how actions designed to bring about redress can shift from the legal aspects to its cultural and social possibilities.

For details on Friday's activities, please see here.

On Saturday, Dr. Peipei Qiu (Vassar College) and Dr. Joshua D. Pilzer (University of Toronto) will speak on the history and legacy of comfort women, and Dr. Monica Eppinger (St. Louis University) and Dr. Mary McCarthy (Drake University) will speak on the legal challenges and the role of diplomacy in the matter of comfort women. Following a lunch, there will be a screening of Herstory (Min Kyu-dong, 2018), a film chronicling the 1991-1996 trials which led to the first case of reparations to former comfort women.