Week of December 2, 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, December 2

12:00 pm Festival
Holiday Open House
Location:
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
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Celebration of the Holidays in diverse cultures. Nationality Rooms Committees will have tables set up selling food, crafts, and other cultural items. Dance performances from a variety of cultural groups in Pittsburgh will perform throughout the day. Quo Vadis guides will give tours of the Nationality Rooms, which will be decorated for the holiday in traditional form.

Monday, December 3

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Migrations Initiative Brown Bag Series
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Brown Bag is a monthly seminar for faculty to learn about the research currently going on at Pitt in the area of migrations. Each month a faculty member will give a presentation about their ongoing research projects or an introduction to their research agendas. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Race, Science, and Technology in the Global African World
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center along with Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Center for Equity, Department of Africana Studies, Department of Human Genetics, Department of Sociology, Faculty Research and Scholarship Program (Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences), Urban Studies Program, World History Center, Year of Pitt Global, African American Programs, Senator John Heinz History Center; Pittsburgh Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and Dr. Edna McKenzie Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
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Dr. Mavhunga is an Associate Professor of History and Science and Technology Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His professional interests lie in the history, theory, and practice of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the international context, with a focus on Africa. He is the author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014), which received Honorable Mentions in the Turku Prize (European Society for Environmental History) and Herskovits Prize (African Studies Association) in 2015. His second book is an edited volume entitled What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? (MIT Press, 2017).

This lecture is a reflection on the 'experiential location' from which Aime Cesaire and Frantz Fanon both were writing about colonialism and self-liberation, and placing it in conversation with science and technology. The lecture critiques discourses of colonialism in STS which often do not pause to consider seriously the categories of those who are so-called colonized. The preoccupation with concepts whose origins are already 'white'-washed leaves very little breathing space for non-white categories and meanings of the scientific and the technological. It leaves the black scholar feeling like a visitor to the discipline, feeling “postcolonial technoscienced” in syllabi and “peopled out” at conferences on science and technology even in Africa. In the lecture Dr. Mavhunga reflects on this alienated existence through Cesaire and Fanon, as a starting point towards opening up white STS into a Global STS.

This lecture series is co-sponsored by a number of units:
Internal Collaborators: Year of Pitt Global, Faculty Research and Scholarship Program (Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences), African Studies Program, Urban Studies Program, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Department of Human Genetics, Center for Health Equity, Global Studies Center, Department of Sociology, World History Center

External Collaborators: African American Programs, Senator John Heinz History Center; Pittsburgh Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Dr. Edna McKenzie Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

3:00 pm Panel Discussion
Working Together: Ethnic Diversity in the European Workplace and Social Trust
Location:
Posvar 4217
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of Political Science
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The workplace has been neglected in the ever-expanding literature on the effect of ethnic diversity in social contexts on generalized social trust. Nevertheless, in the workplace individuals are continuously exposed to people of different ethnic backgrounds. In this paper the authors analyze the effect of workplace diversity on trust, using both surveys and administrative data from public registers on workplaces in Denmark. Consistent with theories positing negative effects of interethnic exposure, they find a negative effect of ethnic diversity in the workplace on social trust, an effect that is independent from the impact of diversity in residential settings.

Peter Thisted Dinesen, University of Copenhagen
Kim Mannemar Sønderskov, Aarhus University

Tuesday, December 4

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe: 25 Years of the European Single Market
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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Join us for a virtual roundtable discussion of the European Single Market – Europe’s single most ambitious project for the economic integration of goods, capital, services and labor – as it celebrates 25 years. Audience participation is encouraged.

Panelists:
Jude Hays, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Waltraud Schelkle, European Institute, London School of Economics
Catherine Barnard, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Moderator:
Jae-Jae Spoon, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

12:00 pm Film
Traces in the Snow, dir. Vladimir Kozlov
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
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The world's first documentary about Siberia's punk rock scene in the 1980s. It was a phenomenon of those times that this music existed thousands of miles away from the movement's epicenters in New York and London.

2:30 pm Career Counselling
Careers in International Organizations & Policymaking: World Bank
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Dr. Dina El-Naggar, World Bank Communications Lead for the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice, is coming to the University of Pittsburgh to discuss the role and effective forms of policy communication in multilateral institutions. Dr. El-Naggar illuminate career opportunities for students within the World Bank and international organizations at large.

5:30 pm Workshop
Kitsuke: The Art of Kimono
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Through this interactive workshop, learn about the intricate art of dressing in kimono with expert and Pitt alumnus Evan Mason. The workshop will begin with a lecture on the culture and history of the kimono in Japan followed by a demonstration of kitsuke and an opportunity for participants to dress in yukata and try out their new skills!

6:30 pm Film
CLAS Cinema Series: The Queen of Spain
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, December 5

5:00 pm Lecture
Balancing a Healthy Body and Healthy Mind Through the Combination of Buddhism and Medicine
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Dr. Barry Kerzin is a personal physician to the Dalai Lama and a Buddhist monk. He is a leading teacher on the relationship between Buddhism and Medicine. His MD degree is from the University of South California. He is a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and the author of No Fear, No Death: The Transformative Power of Compassion. He is the founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute, which has started to offer a resilience training program for 16,000 UPMC nurses.

Thursday, December 6

6:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Dave Eggers featured author in second of Four Evenings of Conversation
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS), University Library System (ULS) and Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures
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Book Discussion led by Will Picard, Founder and Executive Director, Yemen Peace Project

The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center is partnering with Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ Ten Evenings lecture series to host book discussions of the recent works of Ten Evenings authors prior to their public lectures at the Carnegie Music Hall. These discussions, led by local faculty, will focus on how authors’ works of fiction and non-fiction help us to understand global processes and the connections, disruptions, inequalities, and opportunities they create.

A limited number of FREE tickets to the lecture available to those who attend the book discussion. Register here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTvOo1oGoqYRWS51q0conQrp5eWP4t...

We also have a limited number of "The Monk of Mocha" to give out to participants in our discussion. Contact Maja Konitzer at majab@pitt.edu directly.

December 10 | 7:30pm | Carnegie Lecture Hall
Lecture by Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali
To purchase ticket from Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures:
https://pittsburghlectures.org/lectures/dave-eggers/

7:00 pm Performance
Performer of the Year Juli Wood
Location:
Nordy's Place
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of Music, Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Saxophonist Juli Wood, who is a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene and has appeared onstage at Finland’s Pori Jazz Festival and Storyville club in Helsinki, infuses traditional Finnish folk tunes with her unique jazzy style.
The granddaughter of Finnish immigrants, Juli tapped into her heritage for her CD Synkkä Metsä (Dark Forest), which one reviewer called, “An outstanding set with a compellingly beautiful cohesion.”
Juli studied jazz at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and has been mentored by noted jazz artists. In addition to performing on sax, she is a vocalist and composer.
Come and enjoy the jazz stylings of Juli, described by various reviewers as a “feisty saxist,” “a gutsy tenor and baritone saxophonist,” and one who “sings with great heart.”

Friday, December 7

10:00 am Lecture
The Making of God's Subject:
Location:
3106 WWPH, Anthropology Lounge
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
12:00 pm Lecture
Characters and Words in Learning and Teaching Chinese
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Writing systems, the ways that orthography maps to phonology and semantics, influence word reading. In written Chinese, the character is a basic writing unit maps onto a single syllable morpheme. The morphosyllabic nature of the Chinese writing system brings some challenges to Chinese learning and Chinese teaching. Dr. Lin Chen is a research associate at Learning Research & Development Center at University of Pittsburgh will present several empirical studies of Chinese word reading for adult Chinese learners and discuss the roles of characters and words in learning Chinese and the implications for teaching Chinese.