In this four-part weekend micro-course (spanning four semesters), we will examine the power of technology on humanity and its implications on social justice in four areas: governance, environment, education, and health. Please note that students do not need to complete all four parts and are welcome to participate in any and all micro-course offerings. The focus will be on the impact technology has on the future of schooling and work. This will include a discussion as to how technology can improve the efficiency and safety of the workforce through automation while also creating further divides between those who have educational access and those who do not. The effects of technology on education and the common language of the world, including how it impacts native languages and cultures, will also be discussed. This course requires a permission number that will be provided by contacting the instructor, Veronica Dristas, at email@example.com.
Week of March 19, 2023 in UCIS
Friday, March 17 until Sunday, March 19
Sunday, March 19
The Spring Festival of the Egg is a family oriented event welcoming the coming of Spring in many ethnic traditions as featured by members and friends of the Nationality and Heritage Room Committees at the University of Pittsburgh. Activities include: Egg Decorating, Palm Weaving Demonstrations, The Festival Of Colors, Spring & Easter Customs, Special Children's Egg Decorating, Easter & Springtime Coloring Pages, Jelly Bean Guess, Egg Festival Marketplace and more.
This event is eligible for Outside of the Classroom Curriculum Credit for Pitt Students. Please refer to https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/occ/how-to-complete-the-occ/.
Monday, March 20
Aesthetic Capitalism: a mode of capitalism that rested on, and was fueled by, creating and appealing to sensory and emotional experience. In analyzing aesthetics as a social process, rather than a design feature of commodities, this talk explores how aesthetic capitalism emerged and ow it altered people's aesthetic experience in the United States and Japan from the 1870s to 1940s.
Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese language conversation table during Spring semester, every Monday from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Global Hub!
Tuesday, March 21
Join CLAS ambassadors to learn more about CLAS academic offerings and related programs.
Come see undergraduate student Juliana Geyer present and defend her thesis, which examines the limits of hegemony through the context the United States’ failure to change international physical integrity norms during the War on Terror. It provides possible explanations for US failure and comments on the resistance of the international human rights regime as well as the limits of hegemonic power that this case study uncovers!
As North and Central America increasingly experience climate change and disasters (fires, hurricanes, drought, rising waters from the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean), the US has come to realize what our European colleagues have been experiencing as they have been at the forefront of the accelerating trend of global displacement related to climate change. The pre-covid years of 2015-2016 saw the highest peak of immigration into Europe. Last year President Biden signed an executive order 14013 “Rebuilding and Enhancing programs to resettle refugees and planning for the impact of climate change on migration”. With the release of the report, it was the first time the U.S. Government officially reported on the link between climate change and migration. While no nation offers asylum to climate migrants, the UN High Commission on Human Rights has published legal guidelines for offering protection to people displaced by the effects of global warming. Additionally, several of the 169 targets established by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out general goals that could be used to protect climate migrants. The panel will be an informal discuss of how Europe’s experience with climate change and migrants can inform the United States.
The organizer and moderator of the Panel is Mary Rauktis, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
The Panel members are:
Carla Malafaia, University of Porto, Portugal,
Cosmin Nada, University of Porto, Portugal,
Sheila Velez Martinez, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh
What is disrupted through the process of destruction? What space is reconstructed when the rubble of destruction is destroyed? And how do the communities conceptualize and experience the rubble of destruction and reconstruction of religious sites and sacred objects in their everyday life? This talk will establish a dialogue with these questions by exploring how destruction and government-led tourist-centric reconstruction of Buddhists' religious spaces (bihars) have affected the religious practices and social relationships of Buddhist communities in Ramu, a town of a Muslim-majority country, Bangladesh. It will reveal what relation violence against sacred sites bears to violence against the people who built, inhabited, or identified with that sacred space.
Come and practice your Hungarian and meet others interested in the language! All levels welcome.
Join the German Club for Spring 2023's weekly conversation hours, on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm!
Wednesday, March 22
Mesa-redonda: A diversidade linguístico-cultural no mundo lusófono / "Cultural Linguistic Diversity in the Lusophone World". Virtual roundtable with Kaio Carvalho Camona (Universidade Agostinho Neto - Angola), Gustavo Cerqueira Guimarães (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane - Moçambique), and Camila Oliveira Macêdo (Universidade de São José - Macau-China). Moderated by Ana Paula Carvalho (Portuguese Program Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh) and Naiara Sales Araújo Santos (Leitora do Instituto Guimarães Rosa, University of Pittsburgh). Event will be held in Portuguese.
This event has been canceled.
Radical populism represents the greatest challenge to liberal democracy across Europe. The emergence of this
phenomenon has impacted both established democracies, such as the United Kingdom when we think of Brexit, and new
democracies, such as Hungary and Poland. Populist actors have also played a role in the COVID pandemic and in the
context of Russia's war on Ukraine, as they mobilize people against mainstream policies that attempt to manage these
crises. Despite the general importance of populism as a political phenomenon, including at the EU level, its history and
impact vary widely across Europe. It is important to understand the specific causes and effects of the success of populism,
because not all forms of political radicalism or authoritarianism are populist. The talk will address these questions and
show that populism is closely related to the decline in legitimacy of established institutions and traditional elites in times
of social and economic change. Drawing especially on the case of Austria, where radical populism has been long
established, the lecture and discussion will provide an overview of this phenomenon and the state of political science
The Orphanage, which screened at the "Director's Fortnight at Cannes" (2019), follows 15-year-old Qodrat (Qodratollah Qadiri), who at the beginning of the movie lives on the streets of 1989 Kabul and gets by on scalping cinema tickets and peddling key rings. After being picked up from the streets he is sent to the Soviet operated juvenile detention center known as "the orphanage," where he daydreams of action-packed Bollywood heroics as the Soviets maintain control and the Mujahideen fight to take back their land.
A Q&A with director Shahrbanoo Sadat will follow the screening.
Join the French Club for Spring 2023's weekly conversation hours, on both Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-6:30 pm!
Note: French Conversation Hour will not meet in the Global Hub on Thursday, April 13.
Join the Spanish Club for Spring 2023's weekly conversation hours, on Wednesdays from 7-8 pm!
Join the Arabic Language and Culture Club for this weekly get-together and safe space for Arabic speakers to have a conversation and work on their language skills!
Thursday, March 23
Mangia con noi! Bring your lunch and chat with us! Pitt students only, al levels welcome!
Congratulations to the Fall 2022 Concurso de Escritura Panoramas winners! Join Panoramas as we celebrate these students' work: Ronald Rohlsen - "Entendiendo a los partidarios de Pinochet", Reagan Russel - "El aceso inadecuado al agua potable y sistemas de saneamiento en Honduras", Isabel Sichlau - "Haciendo la sostenibilidad sostenible".
Description: Join the French Club for Spring 2023's weekly conversation hours, on both Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-6:30 pm!
Note: French Conversation Hour will not meet in the Global Hub on Thursday, April 13.
Free screening and open to the public. A crime-thriller about judicial cover-ups and corruption in Argentina, told through flashbacks. Pizza provided!
Join the Persian Club for bi-weekly conversations on Thursdays at 8-9 pm during Spring 2023!
Friday, March 24
Try out the Afro-Brazilian martial art with a workshop led by the Capoeira Association of Pittsburgh!
Are you looking to gain experience that will help prepare you for a globally-connected job market? Stop by Drop-In Hours to learn more about getting the Global Distinction added to your academic transcript, receiving special recognition at graduation, and standing out to prospective employers!
A conversation with renowned Brazilian Poet Salgado Maranhão.
Saturday, March 25
This annual national competition provides US high school, middle school, and college students the opportunity to demonstrate their Russian language knowledge while meeting with other students of Russian and conversing with native Russian speakers. Students will receive recognition for their demonstrated language proficiency, improve their chances of getting international and study abroad scholarships, and enhance their professional resume.
Saturday, March 25, 2023 | In-Person
All students participating in the Olympiada of Spoken Russian must have a sponsor, who will register the student in advance of the event and chaperone the student at the event.
Registration Deadline: Monday, February 20, 2023
To register your school, please complete the school registration form, and please use the student registration form to enter your students in the competition.
Olga Klimova | firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the members of the Romanian Nationality Room Committee in a celebration of World Poetry Day!
REGISTER FOR LIMITED SEATING: pi.tt/nriep-world-poetry-day
Cristana A. Bejan-- Award-winning Romanian-American historian, theatre artist, and poet
Prof. Dr. Marius Leordeanu-- Professor at Politehnica University of Bucharest, Research Scientist at Institute of Mathematics
Laura Bianca-- Romanian-American singer and songwriter
Mircea F. Lupu-- Romanian-American guitarist
LIGHTREFRESHMENTSAND RECEPTION TO FOLLOW with the Romanian Nationality Room Committee.
PARKING AVAILABLE AT Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage: 4390 BigelowBlvd., Pittsburgh, PA15213
Within the first 100 years following the fall of Constantinople, many of the teachers of the geography inside which Greek people lived, fled to the west, north, and east. Greece was largely orphaned of education opportunities. Together with the church clergy, the cadre of the few remaining teachers began the monumental task of rebuilding the education of the Greek people. By the start of the Revolution, this cadre of the Teachers of the People swelled to more than 1000 lesser-known educators-heroes whose role in the Greek peoples? struggle for Independence is just beginning to be discovered.
Join us to commemorate the lesser-known Teachers of the People:
MARCH 25, 2023 | 7 P.M. "The Lesser-Known Teachers of t he People: An Introduction and a Reflection for Modern Times"
MARCH 26, 2023 | 7 P.M. "The Awakening of Hellenic National Identity and the Education of the Greek Nation"
March 27, 2023 | 7 P.M. "Chrysostom Tsiter of Austria: Unveiling Three Great Teachers of the Greek People - Anastasios Gordios, Chrysanthos Aitolos, and Fragkiskos Kokkos"
March 28, 2023 | 7 P.M. "Epistemiologic Mythology and the "Legend" of the Hidden School: The Examples in Attica"
March 29, 2023 | 9 P.M. "A Musical Tetraodeon to the Kollyvades Fathers as Teachers of the Greek People"