With each global health crisis, the interconnectedness of populations around the globe becomes more pronounced. Diseases not only affect the health of communities, but they have a profound impact on political, economic, and social stability within countries and regions. This course engages the interdisciplinary nature of global health by approaching the issue through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the United Nations. The SDGs range in focus from good health and well-being to gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. By engaging the ways that health has a stake in these goals, the course will bring the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and CMU as well as practitioners to understand and address the issue surrounding global health from a myriad of perspectives and avenues. With an applied focus, the course will assist students in engaging and advocating for a community on a global health issue through a policy memo. This iteration of the course will examine gender equality and SDG #5.
Week of November 3, 2019 in UCIS
Friday, November 1 until Sunday, May 3
Monday, November 4
High school Model UN clubs from Pittsburgh and tri-state areas participated in mock UN sessions.
Please join us to explore Ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock prints, in a variety of genres including Kabuki actors, beautiful women and landscapes from the Rosensteel Collection in the Archives and Special Collections at the University Library System.
The year 1989 witnessed momentous changes in global politics: the end of the Cold War, the acceleration of global neoliberal capitalism, and the start of a long decade of internationalism and interventionism -- G.H.W Bush's famous "New World Order."
In this conversation with Dr. William Brustein, Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs and Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University and former Director of Pitt's University Center for International Studies, we explore how the events of 1989 and their aftermath contributed to the creation of Global Studies as a Field and as an academic enterprise.
Come to the Hub to practice your English or Arabic skills with native speakers! There will be games and other activities to facilitate language practice.
The Global Distinction is a new Pitt credential that supports your growth in learning more about the world inside and outside the classroom. It's a great way to demonstrate your cross-cultural exposure and awareness to potential employers.
Interested in learning more about this new credential and its requirements? Come by the Hub for an informal info session presented by Dr. Belkys Torres, Executive Director of Global Engagement.
Tuesday, November 5
Global Wordsmiths, a local Social Enterprise focused on advancing language access, will be holding an informal internship info session Tuesday, November 5th from 12PM-1PM. Global Wordsmiths provides language translation and interpretation services, as well as language access consulting and training. Their goal is to create and advance a culture of language access awareness, so that translations and interpreters will become more widely available for individuals who need them in order to access services, to integrate and to thrive.
Any students fluent in a second language and/or are interested in language access and interpretation/translation work are encouraged to attend!
Information Session for graduates and undergraduates about Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Opportunities.
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.
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, November 6
Formerly Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Energy, Xiamen University, Dr. Ning Li is the co-founder and senior advisor of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, a US-based company dedicated to the development and commercialization of advanced nuclear energy based on innovations on fuel and micro modular reactor. His expertise addresses a key dimension of global environmental issues: how to alleviate the danger of global warming while meeting rising demands for reliable 24-hour energy. Questions? email us at email@example.com
The well-known quote by Michael Palin says, “Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote.” In addition to studying abroad again, there are many other international opportunities to explore including internships, fellowships and even graduate school. We’ll be happy to share our knowledge and resources on what is out there.
In this workshop, participants will gain access to resources on teaching about cultural interactions as a topic of study. Using examples from the arts, technology and trade, we will explore primary sources that illustrate how to teach about these interactions through documents, objects, and artworks that represent modes of interaction. They will explore the story of classical knowledge and its transfer to Europe, as well as material culture such as foods and fabrics that moved across the eras to become global consumer products. Finally, we will discuss frameworks for teaching about the world that put the "global" into world history.
Dinner, parking, and Act 48 credit are provided. Register at https://forms.gle/bcMEw8qbPMDTS5zi7.
Come by the Pitt Global Hub to meet members of the Women's International Club, an organization founded in 1938 comprised of members of the Nationality Rooms committees. Food and drink will be served, and a brief talk will be given by Sally Wiggin.
Improve your Polish, meet other Polish students, prepare for oral exams and learn more about Polish culture!
Thursday, November 7
Topic: The Destruction Of The Amazon: US-China Trade War Escalation Threat
The United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a decades-long nuclear race. Though the Cold War rivals achieved "Mutual assured destruction" in the 1960s, both powers made plans for their respective societies to survive nuclear holocaust. This live interview with Ed Geist will examine the American and Soviet political and cultural context that influenced their civil defense efforts to withstand the ultimate catastrophe.
Taking aim at the conventional narrative that standard, national languages transform 'peasants' into citizens, Gina Anne Tam centers the history of the Chinese nation and national identity on fangyan--languages like Shanghainese, Cantonese, and dozens of others that are categorically different from the Chinese national language, Mandarin. She traces how linguists, policy-makers, bureaucrats, and workaday educators framed fangyan as non-standard 'variants' of the Chinese language, while simultaneously highlighting, on the other hand, the 1920s folksong collectors, communist-period playwrights, contemporary hip-hop artists and popular protestors who argued that fangyan were more authentic and representative of China's national culture and its history. These intertwined visions of the Chinese nation--one spoken in one voice, one spoken in many-interacted and shaped one another, and in the process, shaped the basis for national identity itself.
Dr. Gina Anne Tam is an Assistant Professor of Chinese History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford in 2016, and has had her research funded by the Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, and Blakemore. Her book, Dialect and Nationalism in China, 1860-1960, will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2020.
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.
Friday, November 8
Join us for a roundtable conversation celebrating Black poetry followed by a recital with the special participation of the musicians John Bagnato and Mathew Tembo!