Week of November 11, 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.

Sunday, November 11

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Polishfest 2018
Location:
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Nationality Rooms on behalf of
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Live demonstrations of Polish cooking, pierogi making, Polish Pastries, hand painted Polish Easter eggs, straw ornaments, Polish surname origins, Polish paper cuttings, St. Andrew’s Eve fortune telling and a variety of Polish, Lithuanian and Carpatho-Rusyn folk arts will be featured for festival guests to try. Join Radek Fizik and his Polish Folk Songs and the Polkas, Obereks and Mazurkas of “Frania’s Polka Celebration" for your listening and dancing pleasure. The Polish Kitchen and Old World Bakery will offer delicious foods and baked goods at reasonable prices. The “Lajkoniki” Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, “Bociai” Lithuanian Choir, Polish Falcons of America - Poland’s 100 Years of Freedom, “Karuzela” Polish Folk Choir and “Juraj Adamik - Tatra/Carpathian Mountaineer Ax Dancing" will offer continuous live entertainment through the day. Proceeds to benefit the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Room Scholarship Fund.

Tuesday, November 13

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe: Peace in Europe: 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
12:00 pm Panel Discussion
Protests in Nicaragua: A Voice of Resistance
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas (CLAS)
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The Center for Latin American Studies and Panoramas present
Protests in Nicaragua: A Voice of Resistance

Tuesday, November 13th
12 - 2 p.m.
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Moderators:
John Soluri (Associate Professor, Director of Global Studies at Carnegie Mellon University)
Michel Gobat - Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh

Panelists:
Douglas Castro
Professor & Researcher, Universidad Centroamericana
Member of Alianza Cívica's Political Committee

Lesther Alemán
Student of Communications, Universidad Centroamericana
Member of Alianza Cívica's Political Committee

Jeancarlo López
Student of Engineering, National Autonomous University of Nicaragua
Member of Alianza Cívica's Political Committee

For more information: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/list

2:30 pm Career Counselling
Careers in Cybersecurity: National Cyber-Forensic & Training Alliance (NCFTA)
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Sean Wolfgang, senior cybersecurity intelligence analyst at the National Cyber-Forensic and Training Alliance (NCFTA), is coming to the University of Pittsburgh to discuss transatlantic issues of cybersecurity and cooperation. Additionally, Sean will provide relevant details on careers in cybersecurity and how the field of study is evolving.

Wednesday, November 14

12:00 pm Lecture
An Education in Diaspora: African Students in the USSR and the Queer Contours of Socialist Friendship in Sissako's "October" and "Rostov-Luanda
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with World History Center, Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
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In “Oktyabr (October)” (1993) and “Rostov-Luanda” (1998), the Mauritanian film director Abderrahmane Sissako shines a light on the experiences of African students in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Sissako, like many young Africans at the time, studied in the Soviet Union in the 1980s on a “Socialist Friendship” scholarship, making these two very different films, one a work of fiction, the other a pseudo-documentary, divergent experiments in documenting the displaced self. Working within the frameworks of diasporic intimacy and queer diaspora, this talk explores “Oktyabr” and “Rostov-Luanda” as meditations on the uniquely constructed intinerancy of black communities in the Soviet Union, a distinctly "queer" transience all the more intensified by the peripatetic nature of student life.

5:30 pm Panel Discussion
Pittsburgh Good Neighbors
Location:
Pitt Campus, O'Hara StudentCenter, Ballroom (2nd Floor)
Announced by:
Director's Office on behalf of
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Interested in learning more about taking entrepreneurial action to help solve local, regional, national or global challenges? Students, alumni, and the Pittsburgh community are welcome to join us for a conversation with Pittsburgh impact investors a conversation with four Pittsburgh impact investors who will talk about the various forms and motivations for investing in mission-driven organizations…all of whom have helped Thread International’s journey from inspiration to impact

7:00 pm Film
The Student screening
Location:
232 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of GOSECA
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A high school student becomes convinced that the world is lost to evil and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults surrounding him.

Thursday, November 15

12:45 pm Panel Discussion
Let's Talk Africa
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is hosting a student roundtable for those who would like to learn more about their Robert Frederick Smith Internship Program. The summer program provides well-paid full-time internships for 12 weeks with projects in DC, Pittsburgh, and other locations around the country. This information session on the Robert F. Smith program will include application instructions, internship benefits, and tips on making your application competitive.

The program seeks to build a professional pipeline for historically underrepresented individuals to grow successful careers in the cultural sector. All internship opportunities with this program will focus on work related to digital imaging, media preservation, digital preservation of personal and community objects, digital content management, collections information management, recording and preserving oral histories, or digital film-making.

4:00 pm Lecture
"Let's Become Less": Networks and Nationalisms in the Feminist Challenge to 'Mass Sterilization' in Mexico and Brazil
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Dean Twyning and Year of PittGlobal
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"Let's Become Less": Networks and Nationalisms in the Feminist Challenge to 'Mass Sterilization' in Mexico and Brazil

Thursday, November 15th
602 Cathedral of Learning
4:00 p.m.

This presentation explores the history of feminist and other societal mobilization around population policy, particularly "mass sterilization," in Mexico and Brazil. Against the transnational backdrop of Cold War geopolitics, it traces the role of social movements, national governments, and transnational networks in these histories.

This event is free and open to the public!

For more information, visit: gsws.pitt.edu

4:30 pm Lecture
Global Issues Through Literature
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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The fall 2018 Global Issues Through Literature series, a reading group designed for K-12 educators to learn about and use new texts in the classroom, will explore ways in which authors' works touch upon issues of exile, religious intolerance, and injustices to marginalized groups such as women and the LGBTQ community. Books, Act 48 credit, dinner, and parking are provided!

6:00 pm Performance
The Goddess Performance
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Friday, November 16

2:30 pm Lecture
How Green Is It?
Location:
Cathedral of Learning, 363
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany;
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Dr. Simon Richter, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania will present the cultural story of Germany's energy transition (Energiewende) and help us think through whether it can be considered a failure or a success or somehow both.

7:30 pm Performance
The Traditional Folk Music Instruments of Crete: 2500 Years of History and Inspiration
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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A dialogue of music and history by the renowned Cretan musicians Vaggelis & Nikos Kimionis and Stelios Filippakis. This event is open to the public.