Week of November 4, 2018 in UCIS

Thursday, October 25 until Wednesday, May 1

8:30 am Exhibit
Travelers Along the Silk Roads: 10th Century to the Present
Location:
Ground and Second Floors, Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Year of PittGlobal and Hillman Library
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Free and Open to the Public during Hillman Library Hours

The term Silk Road, coined by 19th century German explorer Ferdinand von Richthofen, refers to a loose network of overland trade routes stretching from the Mediterranean to East Asia. Textiles, gems, spices, animals and even religions were all exchanged along this vast expanse, starting around 1,000 B.C. and continuing for millennia. For much of this time, most Silk Road traders coming from western Eurasia were Muslim, and they brought their beliefs and rich culture to millions of people.

A Crossroads of Ideas

While the Silk Road was a two-way route, most of its movement was eastward, carrying Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and later, Islam.

By the 8th century, Muslims stopped thinking of religion geographically and began seeking converts along the Silk Road. The benefits of conversion to such a widespread religion were many, as Muslims preferred trading with other Muslims.

Islamic scientific and medical advancements also had significant impact on Silk Road travelers. Chinese Buddhist traders adopted Islamic medical knowledge in wound healing and urinalysis. Muslims brought India their insights on astronomy, including a skepticism of the geocentric universe.

Cultural Exchange Along the Route

Influences from Buddhist China and other regions also affected radical changes in Islam. In the 12th century, abstract Islamic art suddenly started depicting human figures, long considered forbidden in Islam. Murals showing Buddhist statues and Indian narrative artwork started appearing in mosques, and Islamic art exploded with new techniques and figures. Chinese technologies, such as paper production and gunpowder, were transmitted to the West. Iran’s art in the Mongol period (13th and 14th centuries) is dramatically influenced by Chinese artistic traditions.

The Exhibit Design

The ground floor cases in Hillman Library feature a map of the Silk Road from its Eastern terminus in the Chinese city of Xian to its western terminus in Constantinople. They also display the late-14th century Catalan Atlas, the most detailed world map of its time, showing key places along and major figures who traveled the overland route of the Silk Road. The exhibit continues on the second floor of Hillman Library in five thematic display cases:

*Horses and Dynasties: Cartography and Painting in China, 10th-14th Centuries,
*Alexander the Great, Kublai Khan, and Marco Polo: Confluences of Power and Exchange in Assia,
*Musical Encounters in the Deserts and Mountains of Central Asia,
*Explorations in Turkestan: Aurel Stein and Bamiyan, and
*New World Exploitation and the China Trade with Europe.

Friday, November 2 until Sunday, November 4

5:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Global Health Mini Course
Location:
2400 Sennott Square
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Global Health: Health and Well Being:PS 1903/29734
This course will examine food insecurity and malnutrition as a part of a larger discussion on how to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all ages. Sustainable Development goals 2 and 3 will be the primary focus of the course.The course is for 1 credit and will run Friday November 2- Sunday November 4 2018

Sunday, November 4

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Slovak Heritage Festival
Location:
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Pitt Student Slovak Club and Slovak Studies Program
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The University of Pittsburgh's Pitt Student Slovak Club and Slovak Studies Program present the 28th annual Slovak Heritage Festival. This popular event features continuous musical performers, cultural displays and lectures, Slovak and other East European import vendors, and ethnic food (klobasa, halušky, holupki, pirohy, and pastries).

Monday, November 5

1:00 pm Lecture
Somebody Is Watching
Location:
Humanities Center Conference Room, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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"Koshikijima no Toshidon" is a New Year's Eve ritual performed annually on the island of Shimo-Koshikijima off the southwest coast of Kagoshima Prefecture. During the event, men masked and costumed as frightening demon-deities enter individual households to "discipline" and "educate" young children. In 2009 the ritual was inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This talk will introduce Toshidon with a focus on the way a structure of surveillance, of "seeing and being seen," informs the performance of the ritual and to a certain extent the everyday lives of the islanders. An understanding of the dynamic of this "optic imaginary" provides insight into broader questions of community, tourism, UNESCO, and the production of heritage in Japan and elsewhere.

4:30 pm Lecture
Global Migration: The Case of the Volhynian Germans
Location:
History Department Lounge 3703 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of History
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This talk centers on migration schemes of a German-speaking group that used to live in Ukraine. After the 1880s, the worsening economic and political situation in the Russian Empire forced many of these people to move to other regions in the world, such as Siberia, Canada, Brazil or Germany. Eventually, Hitler's population policies put an end to German-speaking settlements in Ukraine, with the descendants scattered all over the world but still connected today.

4:30 pm Lecture
Global Migration: The Case of the Volhynian Germans
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall (History Department Lounge)
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center on behalf of
5:00 pm Career Counselling
Careers in International Trade & Development: Asian Development Bank
Location:
115 Mervis Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and International Business Center
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Bart W. Édes, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) Representative in North America since October 2017, is coming to the University of Pittsburgh to discuss careers, fellowships and more exciting opportunities with the Asian Development Bank. In his current role, Bart mobilizes financing for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB in Canada and the United States.

Tuesday, November 6

12:00 pm Lecture
How To Read A Kimono: Reconsidering The Makioka Sisters
Location:
Humanities Center Conference Room, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Kimonos in literature and film are often ignored by scholars as nothing more than aesthetic objects/clothing that enhance historical realism. But in fact, kimonos speak of many things, including the character of the wearer, social commentary, and important symbolic meanings for the plot.
This talk uses kimonos to examine Tanizaki Jun'ichirō's Sasameyuki (The Makioka Sisters, 1943-48)a move depicting a wealthy merchant family in Osaka. Based loosely on the lives of the author's wife and her siblings, the work was considered frivolous and censored during the war; it was only completed and published in the postwar period. Examining kimonos discussed in the text, Professor Suzuki illuminates their complex meanings in light of changing laws, sartorial culture and social contexts. She will also discuss visual presentations of kimonos in two film versions of the Makioka Sisters, one produced in 1950 during the U.S. Occupation and the other in 1983 at the height of Japan's economic prosperity.

6:30 pm Film
CLAS Cinema Series: Spider Thieves
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Spanish Film Club
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The Center for Latin American Studies presents the CLAS Cinema Series Fall 2018:
September 11 ... The Future Perfect
October 2 ... On the Roof
October 23 ... Eyes of the Journey
November 6 ... Spider Thieves
November 27 ... The Candidate
December 4 ... The Queen of Spain

Tuesdays at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
6:30 P.M. - Pizza
7:00 P.M. - Movie

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/
Free & Open to the Public!
English subtitles provided.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Pitt, CLAS CINEMA Series, and Spanish Film Club by Pragda

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/

Wednesday, November 7

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Boxes & Walls
Location:
William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Robin Hood's Criminal Groups
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas (CLAS)
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Join Panoramas in a discussion on "Robin Hood's Criminal Groups: Providing for the Community When the Government Cannot."

Wednesday, November 7th
4217 Posvar Hall
4:30 p.m.

Panoramas provides a web-based venue for thoughtful dialogue of Latin American and Caribbean issues. By enabling a voice for scholars, students, policy makers and others to engage in constructive commentary on relevant current and historical topics, the forum also serves as an academic resource to worldwide educational audiences. Housed at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and maintained by CLAS faculty, students and alumni, Panoramas strives to be at the forefront of scholarly analysis of affairs in the Latin American region.

For more information and to join the conversation, visit:
https://www.panoramas.pitt.edu/

For other events sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/list

6:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Digital Portfolio Information Sessions
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
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

6:00 pm Cultural Event
Asia Pop Karaoke Night
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Thursday, November 8

10:00 am Symposium
IISE 2018 Symposium Series
Location:
4318 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with School of Social Work
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In the upcoming Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) Symposium Series, Professor Werner Schönig will discuss his latest research, “Considerations on Typologies and Classifications With a Focus on Social Work and Social Policy.” Schönig is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Studies in Education and is a professor at Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Germany. This event is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, University Center for International Studies, European Studies and Global Studies.
A light lunch will be served.

12:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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Dr. Oni is a visiting professor at Robert Morris University this fall. He specializes in Sociology of Education. His area of research focus includes; social problems in education, Social change in education, social deviances/social disorganizations in education with particular focus on students’ secret cult in Nigeria. This presentation discusses how the Issue of security has threatened the continued relevance of the scheme and challenges confronting it. Why is the unity of Nigeria being persistently threatened? Why has our diversity as a people becoming a challenge to national unity? What can Nigeria learn from the age-long diversity of America as a way of sustaining her fragile diversity? These and many more will be captured by this presentation.

Friday, November 9 until Saturday, November 10

(All day) Symposium
Comparative European Governance: A Symposium in Honor of Alberta Sbragia
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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Various locations, see full program at: ucis.pitt.edu/esc/events/sbragia-symposium.

Friday, November 9

12:30 pm Lecture
Democracy for Social Emancipation: Lessons from Around the World
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law School
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with Department of Sociology and Pitt Human Rights Working Group
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What does it mean for the people to actually rule? Gianpaolo Baiocchi discusses his new book, We, the Sovereign: Radical Futures, which draws from his work with social movements from Latin America, Southern Europe, and other parts of the world to examine how popular struggles are creating new forms of democratic participation aimed at making political parties and state institutions instruments of social emancipations.

3:00 pm Panel Discussion
Discussion of the Tree of Life Massacre
Location:
5401 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Jewish Studies Program and Department of German
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Rabbi Walter Jacob is Rabbi Emeritus and Senior Scholar at Rodef Shalom;
Eric Lidji is the Director of the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History
Center; Dr. Kathleen Blee is Bailey Dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and
Sciences and the College of General Studies, and Professor of Sociology and
History; Dr. Irina Livezeanu is Associate Professor of History and Director of the
Jewish Studies Program.
This event is a courtesy listing.

Saturday, November 10

(All day) Lecture
Housing Summit
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Building
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
(All day) Cultural Event
Decorating Day
Location:
Cathedral of Learning/Nationality Rooms
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Decorating Day is when the Nationality Room Committees come together to decorate their rooms for the Holidays. There will be a reception in the Commons Room for the decorators.

9:00 am Cultural Event
Holiday Decorating Day
Location:
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Nationality Rooms decorate their rooms in holiday fare.

7:30 pm Student Club Activity
African Gala
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with African Students Organization (ASO)
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The African Gala aims to celebrate Africa’s great achievements and its people as well as the African diaspora. The event aims to bring together students, faculty, and community members in an environment where they can learn more about the great traditions, cultures, history. It is a great opportunity for people to network and learn more about each other. This is a black tie/traditional wear event. Come prepared to celebrate and enjoy yourselves through music, performances and food!