Week of November 25, 2018 in UCIS

Thursday, October 25 until Wednesday, May 1

8:30 am Exhibit
Travelers Along the Silk Roads: 10th Century to the Present
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.

Tuesday, November 27

11:00 am Panel Discussion
The Transatlantic Relationship: Perspectives from Germany
270 Mervis Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and International Business Center along with KATZ International Business Assocation and Department of German
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Join for a panel discussion of U.S.-German economic relations and learn more about German economic policies and priorities.

Featured speakers will include:
Dr. Ursina Krumpholz, Head of Commercial and Economic Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Stephanie Baer, Commercial Officer, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Irene Braam, Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation
Michael McKeon, Manager, Economic and Legislative Affairs, Bertelsmann Foundation

Moderated by:
Jacqueline Saslawski, International Business Center, Katz School of Business

3:00 pm Presentation
Youth's Revolt against the Non-Democratic Regimes: A Live Interview with Olena Nikolayenko, Fordham University
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
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At the turn of the twenty-first century, a tide of nonviolent youth movements swept across Eastern Europe demanding political change in repressive political regimes in Serbia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine that emerged since the collapse of communism. This live interview with Olena Nikolayenko will discuss these youth movements and their ability to mobilize citizens against the authoritarian governments on the eve of national elections.

6:30 pm Film
CLAS Cinema Series: The Candidate
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 28

4:30 pm Workshop
Hot Topics/Global Perspectives
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Thursday, November 29

3:00 pm Career Counselling
Pitt’s Master of Teaching in Foreign Language
229 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with School of Education
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Interested in teaching a foreign language? Please come to an information session on Pitt's Master of teaching in Foreign Language Program, and speak with University of Pittsburgh faculty, admissions counselors, and alumni from the program.

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Humanizing the Global; Globalizing the Human
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Laura Brueck, Chair, Asian Languages and Cultures Department; Associate Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture at Northwestern University

Will be presenting to the University of Pittsburgh, Global Studies Center.

Dr. Brueck specializes in modern and contemporary Hindi literature, with a particular focus on literatures of resistance, popular literatures, and translation studies.

5:00 pm Reception
Harris and Matza Book Launch
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Come have a glass of wine and celebrate the appearance of two new books! We invite you to a double book launch for Jonathan Harris (Political Science) and Tomas Matza (Anthropology) on Thursday, 29 November (the Thursday after Thanksgiving) from 5.00-6.30 in Posvar 4130. REEES (with the generosity of Anthropology and Political Science) will provide hors’ d’oeuvres, wine, and beer; we hope you will provide the company, interesting conversation, and good spirits!

Friday, November 30

12:30 pm Lecture
What Happened? Religion and Democracy in Brazil's 2018 Presidential Election
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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What Happened? Religion and Democracy in Brazil's 2018 Presidential Election
Lecture by Amy Erica Smith

In October 2018, Brazil’s far-rightist Jair Bolsonaro won the presidency with a wave of support from Evangelical and Pentecostal citizens. Drawing on a recent four-wave online panel study, this presentation will examine the roles of religion and democratic attitudes in shaping Brazilians’ support for Bolsonaro.

November 30, 2018
12:30 p.m.
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Free & open to the public!

For more information: ucis.pitt.edu/clas | ket82@pitt.edu

Amy Erica Smith (Ph.D, University of Pittsburgh, 2011) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University, and author of Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God, which is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Dr. Smith’s work has been published in top political science journals and supported by funders such as the National Science Foundation and Fulbright. She is excited to come home to Pittsburgh.

3:00 pm Lecture
Cinema after 3/11
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Dr. Lippit is the T.C. Wang Family Endowed Chair in Cinematic Arts in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies from University of Southern California. His published work includes Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife (2000), Atomic Light (Shadow Optics) (2005), Ex-Cinema: From a Theory of Experimental Film and Video (2012), and Cinema without Reflection: Jacques Derrida's Echopoiesis and Narcissism Adrift (2016). At present, Lippit is completing a book on contemporary Japanese cinema, which explores the physical and metaphysical dimensions of the "world," and another on David lynch's baroque alphabetics.