Week of September 16, 2018 in UCIS

Monday, September 17

3:00 pm Career Counselling
Preparing Competitive Applications for Graduate School
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with UCIS International Career Toolkit Series
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This multidisciplinary panel will provide insight into crafting competitive applications for
graduate school. You will learn how to leverage your personal story,
GRE/GMAT scores, recommendation letters, and leadership experience
into successful applications. With these tips and tools, you will be one
step closer to an advanced degree. Make sure to add this important
event to your calendar!

6:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Digital Portfolio Information Sessions
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
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The portfolio is an integrated element of the certificate experience. Students should begin their portfolio soon after enrollment in the GSC program. GSC in collaboration with other UCIS centers will hold three workshop sessions to help with aligning expectations and offering specific tips on how to traverse Wordpress to create a tailored portfolio. Mark your calendar for the following dates:
9/17/18, 6 pm, 4130 WWPH
10/9/18, 6 pm, 4217 WWPH
11/7/18, 6 pm, 4217 WWPH

Tuesday, September 18

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe: 100 Years of Women's Suffrage: Women In Europe Today
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
4:30 pm Reception
English| Japanese Language Social Hour
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Wednesday, September 19

4:30 pm Panel Discussion
Human Rights in Pittsburgh and the World: Assessing Human Rights Impacts, Limitations, and Prospects at the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Sociology
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As the Trump administration flaunts international human rights standards in its treatment of immigrant families and in its recent withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, cities around the country—including Pittsburgh—have been stepping up to declare their commitments to global human rights by signing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and by joining a growing global “Human Rights Cities” movement. As we recognize the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this panel reflects on shifts in global human rights strategies that have been working to “bring human rights home” in cities around the world and to advance thinking about global human rights principles. Panelists will provide insights into global and local work for human rights and explore how community-based human rights initiatives might support work in our city and elsewhere to realize the vision of the UDHR authors. They will also identify some of the key obstacles and opportunities for achieving dignity and justice for all people.

Panel Moderated by: Michael Goodhart, Director, Global Studies Center and Professor of Political Science

Speakers:
Noble Maseru, Director, Pitt Center for Health Equity- Health as a Human Right
Carlos Torres, Director, City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
Dawn Plummer, Director, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
Leigh Patel, Associate Dean of Equity and Justice, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Thursday, September 20

12:00 pm Presentation
Communism, Youth, and Generation
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center
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“Youth” emerged as historical agents in the late 19th and early 20th century in response to the social, economic, and cultural upheaval of rapid modernization. As a new social category, young people became the objects of the state capture and surveillance and agents in political and cultural participation in youth specific organizations, institutions, and movements. Communist parties and states, in particular, played a pivotal role in shaping and mobilizing youth. This live interview with Matthias Neumann will discuss the history of “youth” as crucial players in the 20th century.

4:30 pm Reception
African Studies Program Welcome Back Reception
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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Come and join the African Studies Program to welcome in the new academic year. Meet staff, affiliated faculty and fellow students and discuss the program, events for the year and opportunities for engagement!

Friday, September 21

9:00 am Festival
Pitt Park(ing) Day
Location:
BQ Lot, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Join the University Center for International Studies' (UCIS) outreach team at Pitt's Park(ing) Day event. In addition to UCIS participation, over 20 departments, centers, and organizations will transform the BQ parking spaces through creative energy and experimentation. Activities are free and open to all!

10:00 am Workshop
From Circular Economy to Circular Society
Location:
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Center for Sustainable Landscapes; 1 Schenley Drive, Special Events Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce
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Part of the POCACITO in the US initiative, this workshop aims to create opportunities for citizen-led and community-oriented innovation for a sustainable circular economy, looking at lessons and examples from Europe and Pittsburgh, then engaging in a group design process.

POCACITO in the US is an initiative of Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC, and funded in large part by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States’s Getting to Know Europe program. This event is co-hosted by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh

3:00 pm Lecture
'What if Batman was from Chennai' and other Stories: Language, Cultural Regions, and Digital Media Platforms
Location:
407 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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This paper explores the significance of linguistic and cultural regions for the global expansion and localization of digital media platforms. Bringing enduring concerns of cultural difference to bear on digital media in South Asia, I explore the industrial and cultural logics at work when platforms like YouTube recognize and value southern India's linguistic and cultural diversity. Focusing on Tamil internet culture, I explore how one specific YouTube channel (Put Chutney) leveraged algorithmic knowledge as well as industry lore about south Indian internet users to produce a series of videos that articulated three distinct and at times competing conceptions of the region - a peninsular region of south India, a linguistic region revolving around the Tamil language, and an urban region centered in Chennai, a powerful global media capital. More broadly, I argue that platform localization is the contingent outcome of the interaction of algorithmic and representational logics that structure the operations of digital platforms.

ASWIN PUNATHAMBEKAR
Aswin Punathambekar is an associate professor of media studies and founding director of the Global Media Studies Initiative at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His books and articles explore the impact that globalization and technological change have on the workings of media industries, audience and user practices, and cultural identity and politics. He is the author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (NYU Press, 2013) and co-editor of Global Bollywood (2008, NYU Press), Television at Large in South Asia (2013, Routledge), and Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press). He is currently working on his next book, provisionally titled The Digital Popular: Media, Culture, and Politics in Networked India. He is an editor of the peer-reviewed journal Media, Culture and Society and also co-edits the Critical Cultural Communication series for NYU Press.

Saturday, September 22

12:00 pm Festival
Johnstown Slavic Festival
Location:
pin Johnstown Area Heritage Association, 201 6th Ave, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15906
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of
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From 1880 until 1920, thousands of Slavic immigrants came to Johnstown, Pennsylvania to find employment in the area’s mills and mines. By 1920, 25 percent of Johnstown’s residents were of Slavic descent. They created a rich network of churches and social clubs to support their way of life and culture.

Johnstown went through tough economic times in the 1970s and 80s, and many people were forced to leave the community. Johnstown’s ethnic organizations suffered. Today, many young people want to know about their ethnic heritage, and the culture and history of their Slavic ancestors.

Come celebrate this heritage at the fourth annual Johnstown Slavic Festival, set for September 22, 2018! The festival is planned by a volunteer committee in cooperation with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA), and is held one of JAHA’s museums, the Heritage Discovery Center.

We plan a full day of:

Authentic Slavic music
Slavic folk dance performances
Homemade Slavic food, as well as Slavic beer
Educational speakers, exhibits, and workshops
Cooking demonstrations
Ethnic vendors
The presenting sponsor for the Johnstown Slavic Festival is the Best Windows & Door Company.