Week of October 13, 2019 in UCIS

Monday, October 14

11:30 am Award Ceremony
Sheth International Awards
Location:
William Pitt Union Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and International Week
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Join us on Monday, October 14, 2019, as the University of Pittsburgh University Center for International Studies honors the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award and Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement:
Ronald A. Brand, J.D., Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg Professor, John E. Murray Faculty Scholar, and Academic Director of the Center of International Legal Education

Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award:
Silver Francis Oonyu, M.Ed. (EDUC '12G), Founder, Silver Memorial Inclusive Learning Center, SMILE School, first inclusive school in Teso region of Uganda

The awards program and accompanying reception are free and open to the public.
The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by a reception.

A livestream of the event will be available at: https://pitt.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=6a28a075-39...

Please RSVP to Jason Kane (jek108@pitt.edu).

Learn more about this year's honorees: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/news-events/sheth-awards-recognize-law-fa...

2:30 pm Presentation
Get to Know the Global Hub
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and International Week
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University faculty and staff are invited to take a guided tour of the new Pitt Global Hub on Posvar's first floor during International Week. This is a great opportunity to learn about the space's function, design, and goals, and how to get involved!

Tours will be led by the Pitt Global Hub Manager.

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
8:00 pm Performance
Pitt Irish Dance Club Performance
Location:
WPU Dining Room B
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Pitt Irish Dance Club
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The Pitt Irish Dance Club will be performing Irish dance numbers set to both traditional and contemporary music. During the first half of the event, our dancers will put on a show. During the second half, we will invite volunteers to come onstage and learn an Irish jig!

Tuesday, October 15

11:00 am Exhibit
International Programs Fair
Location:
Sennott Square, 2nd Floor, Pitt Business
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office and International Week
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The College of Business Administration's International Programs Office will host an International Fair to promote study abroad and other international opportunities to business students. Stop by to hear from study abroad alumni, exchange students, and sample food from around the world.

12:30 pm Lecture
JMEUCE Lecture: Imagining Utopia, 1870s-1920s The Lost World of Socialists at Europe’s Margins
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
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As part of our Year of Memory and Politics and 1989 Series, the ESC, in cooperation with REEES, is pleased to welcome Maria Todorova as a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence speaker. Based on her forthcoming book on the perceived “golden age” of the socialist idea, Dr. Todorova will present the results of her research into a rich prosopographical database of circa 3500 biographies of people born in the 19th century. Based upon the diaries, letters, biographies, and autobiographies of several generations of leftists, she investigates the intersection between subjectivity and memory during the period of the Second International and reconstructs the“structures of feeling” that inspired these individuals. Lunch will be provided!

*This event counts for the UCIS1-credit pop-up course

2:00 pm Presentation
Get to Know the Global Hub
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and International Week
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University faculty and staff are invited to take a guided tour of the new Pitt Global Hub on Posvar's first floor during International Week. This is a great opportunity to learn about the space's function, design, and goals, and how to get involved!

Tours will be led by the Pitt Global Hub Manager.

4:00 pm Presentation
Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities
Location:
4303 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with and the School of Education
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Book Launch - "Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities"

Co-sponsored by University of Pittsburgh's School of Education and Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Join author and School of Education associate professor, Dr. Gina Garcia for a talk and Q & A about her book, Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities. Following her talk, there will be a brief book signing. A limited quantity of copies of the book will be available for registrants for free, and other copies will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

Free and Open to the Public!

RSVP: https://app.education.pitt.edu/respond/form?id=311

4:00 pm Lecture
Studying Indian Politics with Data
Location:
3106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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There is a long tradition of empirical studies of Indian politics that repose, somewhat surprisingly, on remarkably little publicly available data. Since the 1960s, most political scientists have not been able to rely on strong public data and have had to build their own datasets and instruments. As a result, there is a great deal of fundamental questions on India's electoral democracy that we have no answer to, such as why people vote, what are the determinants of electoral behavior, or how has the composition of India's political class evolved through time. This presentation will give an overview of recent findings on Indian electoral politics, based on the public resources built at the Trivedi Centre for POlitical Data,a nd use them to shed light on the recently conducted general election.

4:00 pm Cultural Event
International Speed Friending
Location:
WPU Lower Lounge
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Whether you’re an international student looking to make American friends in Pittsburgh or a native speaker of English interested in meeting people from different cultures, this FREE event is perfect for you! If you’ve ever heard of “Speed Dating,” this is similar. The only difference is that the objective here is to make friends. There will be structured time for short conversations, as well as time for mingling and to enjoy refreshments. Join us for an evening of lively conversation, celebrating diversity, and the start of new friendships! Seating is limited, so please register in advance to reserve a seat!

4:00 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...

6:00 pm Performance
Argentine Tango Demonstrations, Lessons, Practices
Location:
Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Panther Tango Club
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The Panther Tango Club at the University of Pittsburgh aims to share the love of Argentine Tango with everyone in the Pittsburgh area. We have lessons every Tuesday night at on campus at Posvar Hall, and host workshops, practices, milongas, and parties.

6:00 pm Lecture
Conversations on 1619 Series: "Why 1619?"
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Africana Studies
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In 1619, a ship carrying 20-some enslaved Africans arrived in British North America. In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of that history-shaping event, the Department of Africana Studies and the Global Studies Center will host Conversations on 1619. Too many Americans are ignorant or ill-informed about the history of slavery and enslavement, and there are too few opportunities to have frank conversations about it. Events, aimed at Pitt undergrads but open to all members of the Pitt community, provide a space for informed, moderated discussion of topics related to slavery, whiteness, racism, and the making of our country.

6:00 pm Cultural Event/Performance
Brain Candy Podcast Live
Location:
William Pitt Union Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
International Week
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A Sugar Rush for your intellectual side, the ladies from Brain Candy Podcast, Susie Meister and Sarah Rice muse about their experiences with reality television, travel abroad, and everything in-between. Their guests will be Dawn Keezer, Director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, and Bill Fuller, Corporate Chef from Big Burrito Restaurant Group.

Though perhaps best known for her reality TV show stardom, Pitt alum Susie Meister is well-versed in the global and social issues surrounding displacement. She has felt this first hand while participating on the MTV television show Road Rules, where she spent months outside of her normal life and confined to adventures with strangers a Winnebago. She completed her PhD in Religious Studies at Pitt in 2014, and now works as a diversity trainer and activist against prejudice. She brings that expertise to her podcast with fellow reality star Sarah Rice from MTV’s The Real World: Brooklyn, as they explore themes ranging from global travel to social media and everything in between.

Pitt students who attend will have the chance to win a $1,000 study abroad scholarship! Pizza will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact rom17@pitt.edu.

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Conversation Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Announced by:
Global Hub on behalf of Pitt German Club
9:00 pm Symposium
Global Citizens Lab
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Global Citizen Lab is a student organization aiming at bridging students from different cultural backgrounds, and bringing global, inclusive perspectives towards social and political issues through multifaceted observation and civic engagement.

We are also dedicated to maintaining an intellectual, inclusive platform for cultural exchange and social interactions among students of all backgrounds, connecting US students with international students via cultural exchange to create a more inclusive and open-minded campus.

Wednesday, October 16

11:00 am Cultural Event
International Food Trucks
Location:
William Pitt Union Driveway
Sponsored by:
International Week
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Back by popular demand, the International Week Committee has invited several of the most popular food trucks in the city to share their innovative and delicious cuisines with you. Cultures from all over the world will be represented by several of the most popular food trucks in the city. Recipes and cuisine are one of the many things that migrant peoples can take with them and can serve as a reminder of that which has been left behind.

12:00 pm Cultural Event/Presentation
City of Asylum Exiled Writers Residencies
Location:
O’Hara Student Center, Dining Room
Sponsored by:
International Week along with City of Asylum
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This presentation will feature exiled writers who are part of City of Asylum's Exiled Writer Residency Program, which is a long-term residency for literary writers who are in exile from their home countries and under threat of persecution because of their writing. The goal of this sanctuary program, which is operated on the Northside in Pittsburgh, is to enable each writer-in-residence to continue to write while transitioning to a stable, independent life in exile. Writers from Syria, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Sudan will read their work and talk about their stories of exile and sanctuary.

3:00 pm Cultural Event
International Games
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and International Week
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Participate in international card and board games at the Pitt Global Hub during International Week!

3:30 pm Reception
Pitt Hosts ‘Voices of Change in Cuba’ Book Event
Location:
Alcoa Room- Barco Law Building- University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Director's Office
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On October 16, the University of Pittsburgh welcomes back renowned scholar on Cuban studies Carmelo Mesa-Lago to discuss the fascinating experiences of these workers as told in his latest book, "Voices of Change in Cuba from the Non-State Sector" (University of Pittsburgh Press 2018). The presentation is a featured event of International Week 2019 (www.internationalweek.pitt.edu) on campus.

Mesa-Lago is the former director of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Pitt. His book discusses the over one million Cuban residents who work in the country's nonstate sector and their enormous force for change in the country.

The Pitt community and public are invited to the free book event on Wednesday, October 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Alcoa Room of the Barco Law Building. The talk will be followed by a reception. No RSVP is necessary.

Learn more about the book and event at https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/…/new…/carmelo-mesa-lag-book-event.

4:30 pm Lecture
Intermarriage in Moesia Inferior: Romans, Bessi, and Lai
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
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Join us as we welcome Dr. Lakshmi Ramgopal, a Roman historian and Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University as part of our Classic and the Global Lecture Series. Dr. Ramgopal will explore how Romans and non-Romans living along the western coast of the Black Sea adapted to the changing mechanics of imperial administration and Roman citizenship in the second and third centuries CE using epigraphic evidence for intermarriage and worship of the emperor from this region. The presentation's material comes from her in-progress book, Romans Abroad: Associations of Roman Citizens, which studies the logic of interaction between Romans and non-Romans in non-Roman communities around the empire.

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Gregory Cajete is Professor of Native American Studies and Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico. He received his Ph.D. from International College – Los Angeles New Philosophy Program in Social Science Education with an emphasis in Native American Studies. Dr. Cajete is a Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of Indigenous knowledge in education. Dr. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has served as a New Mexico Humanities scholar in ethno botany of Northern New Mexico and as a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission. He worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 21 years. While at the Institute, he served as Dean of the Center for Research and Cultural Exchange, Chair of Native American Studies and Professor of ethno science. He organized and directed the First and Second Annual National Native American Very Special Arts Festival held in respectively in Santa Fe, NM in 1991and Albuquerque, NM in 1992.

5:00 pm Panel Discussion
Let's Talk Africa! Lecture Series
Location:
The Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Come join our Round Table Discussion as we kick-off the Let's Talk Africa! Lecture Series this semester. Our panel of select African Studies Program students will share their recent summer experiences. This is a great opportunity for students considering studying abroad in Africa, and also for international students from African nations looking to connect with others on campus.

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!

6:30 pm Film/Presentation
Godzilla on My Mind
Location:
WPU - Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, National Consortium on Teaching About Asia and International Week along with Pitt Program Council
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Dr. William Tsutsui, President of Hendrix College in Arkansas, will come to campus during International Week. He will be giving a public talk on “Godzilla on My Mind” and we will follow with a screening of the original Gojira. Dr. Tsutsui is THE expert on the Godzilla movies. He is a Japanese historian (a Japanese-American ethnically).

9:00 pm Workshop
Polish Language Workshop
Location:
Room 837, WPU
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Polish Culture Club
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The Polish Culture Club is offering a Polish Language Workshop during International Week!
Students with no or some prior knowledge of Polish are invited to come by to learn basic Polish and have some Polish snacks! We'll learn the alphabet and essential words and phrases, like food and greetings!

Thursday, October 17

12:00 pm Information Session
Digital Atlas Design Internship Drop-In
Location:
3900 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
International Week along with World History Center
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Please join us in the World History Center for an informal information session on the Digital Atlas Design Internship. This event is part of International Week sponsored by the University Center for International Studies.

This internship program began 2 years ago with three objectives in mind:
- Populating a gallery of atlases
- Supporting student research and expanding student skills
- Expanding a data network

Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital History Susan Grunewald will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the program and how to get involved.

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Language Partner Match
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and International Week
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Interested in practicing a foreign language one-on-one with a native speaker? Join the Pitt Global Hub's Language Partner Match! Prior to International Week, interested students will submit information about the language they want to practice, as well as the language in which they are fluent and a couple of hobbies and activities they enjoy.

The Pitt Global Hub team will work to pair students with similar interests and language exchange matches. Students will have the opportunity to meet their match(es) during International Week at the Global Hub!

4:00 pm Lecture
Atoms and Aliens in Eurasian Science Fiction
Location:
5405 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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Since the mid-20th century, science fiction has shaped our view of the nuclear. The possibilities and horrors of the nuclear has had a comparable impact on utopian and dystopian science fiction. American science fiction fans are well versed in the tropes. What was the relationship between the atom and Soviet/Post-Soviet science fiction? In this live interview, Anindita Banerjee will discuss the imagination of the nuclear in Soviet and post-Soviet science fiction.

5:00 pm Workshop
Tavola - Italian Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
6:30 pm Information Session
Pitt To You Information Session
Location:
William Pitt Union, Room 630
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Asian Studies Center, Office of Residence Life and CCLD
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The Pitt to You program is seeking current undergraduate Pitt students who are willing to serve as student ambassadors to welcome incoming Chinese international students. This information session will provide valuable information regarding the application process and trip details. This event is free and open to undergraduate Pitt students.

6:30 pm Cultural Event
World Brew: Global Tea Party
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Office of Residence Life
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Enjoy teas, sweeteners and finger foods from around the world. Create your own unique blend as a take-a-way. This program is being served both hot and cold and steeped to perfection.

7:00 pm Cultural Event
Happy Hour for International Postdocs
Location:
Casa Brasil
Sponsored by:
International Week along with UPPDA
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Join us to discover bites of South America with Brazilian dishes, Cuban drinks and demonstration of Salsa!! It is also a good opportunity to network with postdocs from other departments!!

This is an event for international postdocs of the University of Pittsburgh, limited to 30 attendees for a cost of 10$.

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 18

10:00 am Career Counselling/Conference
International Student Career Conference
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development
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Through speakers, panelists, and a breakout session, international students will receive valuable career advice and leave feeling prepared to succeed in a global world.

•Learn about their options as an international student before, during, and once hired in the workplace.
•Report a greater understanding of navigating the world of work and having meaningful conversations about job opportunities.
•Engage and network with employers who are committed to hiring international talent.

Below is the tentative schedule:

10:00AM to 10:30AM: Registration @ WPU Assembly Room
10:30AM to 11:30AM: Welcome Remarks and Student/Employer Panel @ WPU Assembly Room
11:30AM to 12:15PM: LUNCH @ WPU Assembly Room
12:30PM to 1:05PM: Immigration Attorney Q and A @ WPU Assembly Room
1:15PM to 2:00PM: Breakout Session @ 5thfloor of the WPU (choice of OIS Employment Presentation OR Career Center Presentation)

2:00 pm Career Counselling
Employability (Made) in Germany
Location:
O’Hara Student Center, Dining Room
Sponsored by:
International Week along with UAS7 Alliance
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The University of Pittsburgh and UAS7 alliance of seven German Universities of Applied Sciences will bring together a range of speakers to address career and study options with German universities and businesses. The theme will be Employability (Made In) Germany (EiG). Our goal is to provide information about career options at German companies in Pennsylvania and beyond, as well as study, internship and research opportunities in Germany for US students.

The event gives students the opportunity to learn about select companies in an intimate setting and ask questions on the expectations the respective companies might have when hiring interns or fresh graduates. This will include rotating roundtable discussions followed by a networking hour. We will serve traditional German snack foods.

Join us in this unique networking opportunity made possible by the “The Year of German-American Friendship” initiative.

4:00 pm Student Club Activity
German-Spanish Cultural Mashup
Location:
Global Hub, Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
International Week along with German Club and Spanish Club
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Students of all levels of German and Spanish will co-mingle and teach each other the basics of each language in a social setting. Students can network with each other and learn about their experiences with Pitt's language programs.

Friday, October 18 until Saturday, October 19

5:30 pm Workshop/Teacher Training
The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Lessons Learned
Location:
4130 Wesley Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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Could this happen again? The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history, so deadly that some countries ran out of coffins. The symptoms were horrible, giving it the name of “black flu.” Although there is no universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, it spread worldwide during 1918-1919. It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide. Now 100 years later, we will explore in this two-day minicourse for K-12 educators the origins of the pandemic; its impact in Europe, Asia, and the Americas; and how the field of global health changed from an emphasis on tropical medicine to international health. Free materials, ACT 48, parking, and meals. This mini-course is co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, and the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

To register for the mini-course, go to: https://tinyurl.com/y6trunpp

For more information on the mini-course, go to: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/1918-flu-pandemic-0