Week of September 19, 2021 in UCIS

Monday, September 20

3:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Charlemos! The Limits of Judicialization: From Progress to Backlash in Latin American Politics
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Limits of Judicialization: From Progress to Backlash in Latin American Politics

Panelists:
Sandra Botero, Universidad de Rosario
Daniel Brinks, The University of Texas at Austin
Ezequiel González-Ocantos, University of Oxford

Moderated by:
Raúl Sánchez-Urribarri, La Trobe University

We will discuss the chapter "Working in new political spaces: the checkered history of Latin American judicialization," from the book The Limits of Judicialization: From Progress to Backlash in Latin American Politics edited by Sandra Botero, Daniel Brinks, and Ezequiel González-Ocantos.

The discussion will be in English.

4:30 pm Lecture
Secularism, Religious Freedom and Religious Reform in South Asia
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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My presentation will offer a historical perspective on secularism in South Asia through a discussion of a history of religious reform movements from the early twentieth century through the end of colonial India, as a way of historicizing the creation of a constitutional secular state in India in the mid-twentieth century. Though Indian history will comprise the base of the presentation, it will address the issue of religious freedom in contemporary South Asia, drawing on cases from India and Bangladesh primarily. I will mention a few thematic issues that inform the South Asian region as a whole, such as the role of religion in constitutions of South Asian states and the different ways minorities have been legally categorized by the state, as these developments draw on a shared history of colonialism in South Asia.

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5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.

Tuesday, September 21

11:00 am Cultural Event
Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Hub
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Join the Asian Studies Center and Global Hub in celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival! Take some refreshments to-go, make a paper lantern, and enter for a chance to win tickets to the Asian Lantern Festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo or some Screenshot:Asia swag.

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Black, Red, Green: What to Expect in the German Federal Election
Location:
Zoom and Posvar 4217
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with American Council on Germany, Jean Monnet in the USA Network, Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University, Center for European Studies at University of Florida, European Union Center at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Center for Transatlantic Studies at Georgia Tech and American University Transatlantic Policy Center
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On the eve of the German Federal Elections, our panel of experts will explore the issues concerning German voters, the legacy of outgoing Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the potential impacts of this election on transatlantic relations and the European Union. Panelists: Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh; Marcel Lewandowsky, University of Florida; Kai Arzheimer, University of Mainz; and Jana Puglierin, European Council on Foreign Relations. Moderator: Steve Sokol, American Council on Germany.

Audience participation will be encouraged.
Panelists will be joining remotely.

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Chinese Language & Culture Club
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Join the Chinese Language & Culture Club for their biweekly meetings where we will build our Chinese language skills and participate in fun cultural activities!

Wednesday, September 22

1:00 pm Information Session
Global Studies Center Drop-In Hours
Location:
Global Hub - Island
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and Global Hub
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Speak with a representative from the Global Studies Center to learn more about certificates, upcoming events, and other opportunities.

4:00 pm Reception
Center for African Studies Welcome Reception
Location:
Posvar Patio
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Join the Center for African Studies for a meet-and-greet with students, faculty, and staff to kick off an exciting new year! We will enjoy some food while we talk about the Center's plans for the year. We look forward to seeing you!

4:00 pm Cultural Event
Laber Rhabarber: German Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Join the German Department for Laber Rhabarber, a weekly German conversation hour that is open to all!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Stammtisch
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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A weekly conversation table for people interested in German culture and language, all proficiency levels are welcome!

Thursday, September 23

12:00 pm Lecture
Soy Cuba: the Soviet Union and Cuba
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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The relationship between the Soviet Union and revolutionary Cuba was a flash point in the Cold War. Soviet aid played a critical role in Cuba—but not without controversy. The Cuban Revolution was born out of a drive to rid itself of imperialist intervention and foreign control. So how did Cuba reconcile the need for Soviet support with efforts to avoid dependency? Soviet-Cuban scientific exchanges were one key area where this tension played out. These not only shuttled Cuban and Soviet experts 9,500 kilometers between Havana and Moscow, it also opened the island’s resources for Soviet pursuit. This live interview with Clare Ibarra will discuss Soviet-Cuban scientific exchanges, and how, despite unity in ideology, both nations were constantly at odds over what “good socialist development” should look like.

Register via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OFCt_tCoQJq-uPh3aQbKvg

6:00 pm Information Session
Navigating Online Global Efforts During Covid Time
Location:
Virtual Format - Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Navigating Online Global Efforts During Covid Time
September 23rd, 6pm-7pm, Virtual Format

Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik
Senior Director -Learning & Evaluation, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik will discuss execution of global efforts in a post-covid workplace and moving to the PA countryside from Washington, DC, while adjusting to online work. Jessica works in the field of peacebuilding in conflict-affected settings, specifically economic development and humanitarian efforts with the World Bank and UN. Some of her research endeavors include economic empowerment, MenEngage, family planning, gender and macroeconomic planning, maternal and infant health, and cross-sector gender involvement in the industry.

Jessica is fluent in French and holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Foreign Languages from Juniata College and an MA in Economics from the University of San Francisco.

To Register: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qduyvqD4uH9LdtI6bVecYsWVAPdKaIDhL

Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, and Global Studies Center

7:00 pm Information Session
Global Health Students Meet 'n Greet!
Location:
Global Hub, 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and Global Hub
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It's time to connect! Drop by for snacks and interesting conversation. Meet fellow students from either the global health or global studies certificates. Exchange ideas and learn about opportunities! We'll have students representing several relevant clubs, too!

Friday, September 24

1:00 pm Presentation
Opening Session & Case Reveal
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Global Health and Center for Bioethics and Health Law
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The Global Studies Center, Center for Global Health and the Center for BioEthics and Health Law will host Pitt’s 2nd annual Global Health Case Competition. Graduate and undergraduate students team up to address a global health scenario and present to a panel of experts. The opening session will include remarks by Maureen Lichtveld, Dean GSPH, William Brustein, Interim Director, Global Studies Center and the case reveal. Location TBA.

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
Addverse+Poesia Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Addverse+Poesia is a transnational and multilingual student organization dedicated to celebrating Black/Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ writers, poets, etc. Join us for your weekly meetings on Fridays from 4:30-6PM!