Week of October 6, 2019 in UCIS

Sunday, October 6

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Gandhi Day
Location:
125 Frick Fine ARts
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Sri Venkateswara Temple, AHINSA, Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, CAIR Pittsburgh, Sanjeevani Ashram, Jain Society of Pittsburgh, Rotary Club of Monroeville, Hindu Jain Temple, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University
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Please join us for an afternoon of activities celebrating the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings. Enjoy chai with Pittsburgh organizations at 2:00 pm, followed by interfaith presentations, cultural performances, and student readings about "Truth, Peace, and Action: Mahatma Gandhi's Legacy at 150" with chief Guest India Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty. India's Consul General Chakravorty will present the bronze bust of Mahatma Gandhi to AHINSA, to be installed in the Hillman Library on University of Pittsburgh's campus.

2-3 pm Activities and Chai 

3-5 pm Program


Monday, October 7

3:00 pm Workshop
Russian Tutoring & Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub
6:00 pm Information Session
Alternative Break Information Session
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Student Affairs (Office of PittServes)
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Alternative Breaks are a great opportunity to do some service during your spring break locally, nationally and internationally. Participants are able to grow by exploring social justice topics such as community development, hunger and homelessness and sustainability. Come by the Hub to learn about the types of Breaks available and how to apply!

6:00 pm Lecture
Conversation with Michelle Gil-Montero
Location:
512 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of English
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Award-winning poet Michelle Gil-Montero will discuss her work as a writer, translator, publisher, and director of the literary translation program at Saint Vincent College.

Michelle Gil-Montero is a poet and translator of contemporary Latin American poetry, hybrid-genre work, and criticism. She has been awarded fellowships from the NEA and Howard Foundation, as well as a Fulbright US Scholar’s Grant to Argentina, a PEN/Heim Translation Prize, and a SUR Translation Support grant. She is the author of Attached Houses(Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013), and her poetry has appeared in Poem-a-Day, Verse Daily, Jubilat, Colorado Review, LVNG, Seedings, and other journals. She is Associate Professor of English at Saint Vincent College, where she directs the Minor in Literary Translation. She is the publisher of Eulalia Books (eulaliabooks.com).

Tuesday, October 8

1:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
LIVESTREAM: Conversations on Europe: Germany since 1989: Do Differences Persist after Reunification
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center and Global Hub along with Department of German
1:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe: Germany since 1989: Do Differences Persist after Reunification
Location:
211 David Lawrence
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center along with Department of German
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In cooperation with the Department of German’s German Campus Weeks programming, and as a part of the University Center for International Studies Global 1989 Series, this month’s Conversation will discuss the legacies of the two Germanies that existed between 1949 and 1990.  Thirty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, do differences between east and west still persist in Germany?

To participate remotely, contact irm24@pitt.edu.

4:30 pm Film
Dragonfly Eyes: A Film By Xu Bing
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Cloister and Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Reception and screening of Xu Bing's Dragonfly Eyes, followed by a discussion with Dr. Gao Minglu and Professor Zhen Zhang.

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Conversation Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Announced by:
Global Hub on behalf of Pitt German Club
8:00 pm Presentation
Latinx Student Association Presents: Bobby Gonzalez, Bronx Taino
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Latinx Student Association
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Bobby González is a nationally known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet. Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City, he grew up in a bicultural environment. Bobby draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings and performances that celebrates his indigenous heritage.

Bobby Gonzalez will be presenting "Why Latinos are not 'Spanish': The Cultural Diversity of Hispanics" and leading a discussion.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, October 9

12:00 pm Workshop
Study Abroad Basics
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office
1:30 pm Lecture
Violette Leduc Wounded at Birth: The Bastard, the Insult, the Writer
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of
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This talk on French writer Violette Leduc examines her particular take on the insult from the perspective of sociology and gender studies, and will ask the following question: how does Violette Leduc overcome her feeling of illegitimacy as a woman writer? I investigate the so-called “tarnation” that Leduc places at the heart of a bastard’s existence. In her works, the “wound” (blessure) is inherited from the “womb” (utérus) and is linked to a female existence. The writer regards her unfortunate birth as a shameful stain that relegates her in the margins of society, excluding her from the prospects of a career, money, success, and love. In this talk, I will show that Leduc’s attitude to her condition as an illegitimate daughter informs and propels her writings. What are the stakes of claiming to be a “bastard” as a literary identity? Leduc’s style and themes redefine the boundaries of sex and gender and consider kinship across generations, as she takes her place in a lineage of powerful writing women.

2:30 pm Workshop
Nationality Rooms - Art Materials Workshop Series
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Michael Walter, Nationality Rooms Tour Coordinator and Quo Vadis Advisor, will show some examples of paper from different regions, discuss paper and printmaking tied into the Nationality Rooms’ famous historical figures or actual use in Rooms, and offer some examples of different types of prints.

3:00 pm Panel Discussion
Immigration, Families and Education: Realities and Approaches to mitigate Consequences
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas (CLAS)
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Panoramas Rountables Series

6:00 pm Workshop
Polish Conversation Table and Tutoring
Location:
Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Improve your Polish, meet other Polish students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Polish culture!

Thursday, October 10

12:00 pm Information Session
Comparative Justice in Ireland
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
1:00 pm Information Session
Comparative Sign Language in London
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
4:00 pm Lecture
Everyday Radioactive Life in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Department of Communication, Department of History, Cultural Studies Program and World History Center
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From 1949 to 1989, the Soviet Union conducted 456 nuclear tests at Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan. Despite decades of nuclear fallout, Kazakh rural communities inhabit the area around the site. How has living around a nuclear test site shaped those communities and their post-Soviet experience? This live interview with Magdalena Stawkowski will discuss her ethnographic work and the ways the Semipalatinsk test site still shapes economy, environment and subjectivities.

5:30 pm Lecture
Asia Pop!: Japanese Pop Music and the Curvature of Social Space-Time
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Professor Condry will explore contemporary Japanese music, with a comparison of diverse examples, such as female Japanese rappers, underground techno festivals, the virtual idol Hatsune Miku, and the pop idol group AKB48. How can music help us understand the curvature of social space-time? What does this mean for our understanding of society and culture?

6:00 pm Seminar
Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist - Four Evenings -- Global Literary Encounters
Location:
Latin American Lecture Room, Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with University Library System (ULS) and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, Global Studies Center is hosting "Four Evenings" pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in global perspective. Open to series subscribers and the Pitt Community, these evening discussions, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues. A limited number of tickets to the author's lectures will be available to those who attend the discussions.

6:00 pm Film
Las Madres de Berks
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with Department of History of Art and Architecture, Center for Health Equity, Department of Communications, Department of History, Department of Studio Arts, Film and Media Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, Humanities Center, School of Education Dean's Office Series on Equity and Justice, Casa San Jose and Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition
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Join us for a screening and talkback of "Las Madres de Berks," a short documentary created by public artist Michelle Angela Ortiz. "Las Madres de Berks" shares the testimonials of four mothers who were detained for two years with their children at Berks County Residential Center, a family prison in Pennsylvania. Reception with food and beverages to follow.

7:00 pm Exhibit
Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Showcase
Location:
Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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2019 Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Winners will share posters outlining their experiences abroad.

7:00 pm Cultural Event
Turkish Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Friday, October 11

3:00 pm Information Session
Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Information Session
Location:
Cathedral of Learning 313
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Information Session for graduates and undergraduates about Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Opportunities.

Register Here: http://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu/content/register-scholarship-inform...

4:30 pm Workshop
Korean | English Language Social Hour
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with English Language Institute
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Join us for an evening of language and cultural exchange between Pitt language learners and international students. Free pizza and drinks will be provided.

Friday, October 11 until Saturday, October 12

5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Global Getaway
Location:
Meet at William Pitt Union, travel to Laurelville Retreat
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Global Ties (CCLD)
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Each year, 100 Pitt students from domestic and international backgrounds convene for Global Getaway, an immersive overnight retreat. We pack the weekend with fun team-building activities such as speed-friending, ropes courses, and global trivia. The activities build Global citizenship.

Students pay $25 to attend. Students may purchase their tickets on the 6th floor of the William Pitt Union. Tickets will be sold from September 2 - September 30. For more information or any questions please contact Kyoungah Lee at kyoungahlee@pitt.edu or 412-383-7120.