Week of November 10, 2019 in UCIS

Friday, November 1 until Sunday, May 3

5:00 pm Seminar
Global Health and Gender Equality- SDG 5
Location:
2400 Sennott Square
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Office of the Vice Provost Carnegie Mellon University
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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.

Sunday, November 10

12:00 pm Festival
Polish Fest
Location:
Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with Polish Nationality Room/Lithuanian Nationality Room/Quo Vadis
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Celebrate Polish Fest with us by enjoying the folk dancing, music and cultural displays. Sample foods from an old world bakery, Myrna's Catering of pierogies, haluski, sauerbraten and much more. Children and adults will love the crafts and kids' activity corner.

Monday, November 11

12:00 pm Information Session
Global Distinction Info Session
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Hub
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Join us for an info session on the new Global Distinction credential, presented by Executive Director of Global Engagement, Dr. Belkys Torres.

By completing course work across disciplines and participating in global activities and experiences at home or abroad, you can earn official recognition for your work. The credential also brings milestone rewards and, upon completion, a personal Global Distinction URL for use on your résumé and networking sites.

Learn about the requirements and benefits of earning the Global Distinction on 11/11 from 12PM-1PM!

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

Tuesday, November 12

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe: Migration in the Mediterranean: A Historical Perspective
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
12:00 pm Information Session
History of Art & Architecture/Architectural Studies Spring 2020 Courses & Programs Info Session
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of History of Art & Architecture
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Advisors from the History of Art & Architecture and Architectural Studies programs will be holding an informal info session on their Spring 2020 course offerings and programs with global or international content! If you are working towards a major, minor, or certificate in either of these programs, OR are interested in these topics and earning a Global Distinction, come out to learn more!

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, November 13

10:00 am Information Session
Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Information Session
Location:
Cathedral of Learning 337
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...

12:00 pm Information Session
Pitt in/Global Business Institute Buenos Aires
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
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Interested in studying abroad and/or interning in Buenos Aires? Come out to this info session to learn more.

4:30 pm Lecture
Mapping Ancient Texts: Digital Visualizations in Classics Teaching and Research
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
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This presentation explores some applications of digital mapping technology for pedagogy and research. It discusses Mapping Ancient Texts: Visualizing Greek and Roman Travel Narratives (MAT) (http://mappingancienttexts.net), a queryable web-based geospatial interface capable of visualizing multiple ancient Mediterranean travel narratives simultaneously. It was created by a team of Kenyon College faculty, staff, and students. MAT is inspired by the many excellent research and pedagogical projects that apply GIS technology to the study of the ancient Mediterranean, especially the Ancient World Mapping Center, Pleiades, and Pelagios. Our project is distinguished by its special focus on not just visualizing geographical coordinates, but also representing movement between places. The first part of the talk presents the methods through which the project team is developing the MAT interface and looks at a case study in which MAT’s visualization of all travel narratives that mention the town of Cassiope on Corcyra is used to inform the interpretation of Propertius 1.17. The second part of the talk discusses a project undertaken in an undergraduate Classics course in which students create visualizations from geo-spatial information in Cicero’s letters.

5:00 pm Cultural Event
Film Screening: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Location:
The Global Hub, First Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Join us for a Watch Party in the Global Hub, as we share a brand-new film about Pitt Alumna and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Maathai of Kenya. Kenyan tea, snacks and free t-shirts provided for the first 20 attendees. We'll also share the Planting Ideas Action Guide, a booklet based on the documentary and the mission of The Green Belt Movement created by Wangari in Kenya. Wangari lived a life of planting both ideas and trees. Her legacy is best reflected in her own words:"It is the people who must save the environment. It is the people who must make their leaders change. And we cannot be intimidated. So we must stand up for what we believe in."

Be sure to stop by pay homage to Dr. Maathai's memorial plaque, garden and greenspace featured on the front lawn of the Cathedral of Learning, Fifth Avenue Entrance.

6:15 pm Workshop
Polish Conversation Table and Tutoring
Location:
329 Cathedral of Learning
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!

7:30 pm Cultural Event
International Game Night
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Office of International Services
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Come by the Hub to play table and card games and make a new friend! International students will have the opportunity to teach different games from their home countries. This is a great opportunity to find a potential language partner, or meet someone from another culture.

Thursday, November 14

12:30 pm Symposium
Institute for International Studies in Education Symposium Series
Location:
4318 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with School of Education
4:00 pm Lecture
Panoramas Round: The Use of Democracy as a Justification for Anti-Democratic Actions: How the Nature of Powerful Authoritarian Governments have Changed Over Time
Location:
4219 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas
4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
The Visibility of Perception. On the Experience of Urban Environments
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Andrea Mubi Brighenti is Aggregate Professor of Social Theory and Space & Culture at the Department of Sociology, University of Trento, Italy. Research topics focus on space, power and society. He has published The Ambiguous Multiplicities: Materials, episteme and politics of some cluttered social formations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Visibility in Social Theory and Social Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Territori migranti [Migrant Territories. Space and Control of Global Mobility] (ombre corte, 2009). Has edited Urban Interstices. The Aesthetics and Politics of Spatial In-betweens(Ashgate, 2013), Uma Cidade de Imagens (Mundos Sociais, 2012 – with Ricardo Campos and Luciano Spinelli), and The Wall and the City (professionaldreamers, 2009). Urban Walls. Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Surfaces (Routledge, 2018, co-edited with Mattias Kärrholm).

4:30 pm Lecture
The Visibility of Perception. On the Experience of Urban Environments
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Andrea Mubi Brighenti is Aggregate Professor of Social Theory and Space & Culture at the Department of Sociology, University of Trento, Italy. Research topics focus on space, power and society. He has published The Ambiguous Multiplicities: Materials, episteme and politics of some cluttered social formations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Visibility in Social Theory and Social Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Territori migranti [Migrant Territories. Space and Control of Global Mobility] (ombre corte, 2009). Has edited Urban Interstices. The Aesthetics and Politics of Spatial In-betweens(Ashgate, 2013), Uma Cidade de Imagens (Mundos Sociais, 2012 – with Ricardo Campos and Luciano Spinelli), and The Wall and the City (professionaldreamers, 2009). Urban Walls. Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Surfaces (Routledge, 2018, co-edited with Mattias Kärrholm).

5:00 pm Lecture
Japan Speaker Series: Animal Stories
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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A surprising number of animals appear in the fictional representations of the March 11, 2011 disasters in Japan. Why? My hunch is that the portrayal of animal inferiorities and portrayal of disaster are linked by narrative challenges and techniques: they both are "impossible." Furukawa Hideo has been writing through animals for some time, and with added poignancy after the Tohoku disasters; this presentation focuses on his fiction of Furukawa Hideo to examine his exploration of the fictional possibilities, and limits, of portraying animal inferiorities in fiction.

5:30 pm Film
Women of the Gulag: Film Screening & Discussion with the Director
Location:
Auditorium 125, Frick Fine Arts
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon Department of History and Carnegie Mellon Department of Modern Languages
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Women of the Gulag tells the compelling and tragic stories of six women as last survivors of the Gulag. Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago largely tells of the men caught in Stalin's camps and special settlements for "crimes against the state." Women of the Gulag, features six women in their eighties and nineties as they tell their stories while going about their daily lives in remote Urals villages, in break-away Sukhumi, or in Moscow suburbs. Their only hesitancy to speak out relates to sexual violence, about which they would only hint. Sadly, three died shortly after their interviews.

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

Friday, November 15

8:30 am Award Ceremony
Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership 2019 Emerging Leader Award
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Director's Office along with Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
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The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is pleased to announce this year's Emerging Leader Award recipient, Samir Lakhani, founder of the nonprofit Eco-Soap Bank a global soap-recycling organization which operates in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

This annual celebration recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who, relatively early in their professional careers, have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and high promise of future contributions.

Friday, November 15, 2019
8:30 a.m.
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building (2nd Floor)
The award ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
RSVP gspiaji@pitt.edu

Samir Lakhani is a social entrepreneur dedicated to restoring health and dignity to developing countries through environmental initiatives. Prior to founding Eco-Soap Bank in 2014, Lakhani was deeply involved in climate-resilient aquaculture and nutrition projects in northern Cambodian villages. To date, Eco-Soap Bank has reached over 1.3 million people with recycled soap and free hygiene education. In 2017, Samir received a CNN Heroes Award and Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Award for his work with global hygiene. Samir Lakhani graduated in 2015 from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in Environmental Studies in the Department of Geology.

12:00 pm Presentation
Conversations with Alumni: Waseem Mardini '08
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center, Global Hub and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with UCIS International Career Toolkit Series
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Waseem Mardini is a 2008 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. He then went on to obtain his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, studying subjects such as Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Sustainable Development. He has worked in New York City and Washington, DC, working for groups such as the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Equitable Origin, and the Arab American Institute. He was the Policy Advisor at Publish What You Pay, where he focused on the corruption in the oil, gas and mining sectors. He also has worked on governance of extractive industries, transparency and accountability, international human rights law, and international corporate responsibility standards. Furthermore, Mr. Mardini has experience in researching human rights violations and conflict in the Middle East. Currently, he works as a Project Manager for KnowTheChain, an organization devoted to educating companies and investors about forced labor and what it means to be transparent and accountable.

3:00 pm Lecture
Critical Research on Africa: The Role of Non-kin in Providing Elder Care: A Forgotten History in Ghana
Location:
3703 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies along with Department of Africana Studies, Department of History, African Studies Program, University Center for International Studies and University of Pittsburgh
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Cati Coe is a Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on transnational migration, care, and education in West Africa. She is the author of The New American Servitude: Political Belonging among African Immigrant Home Care Workers (2019) and The Scattered Family: African Migrants, Parenting and Global Inequality (2013). She was a co-editor of Transnational Aging and Reconfigurations of Kin Work (2017) and Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective (2011).

In contemporary Ghana, adult children are considered responsible for the care of aged parents. Within this idealized framework, two aspects of elder care are overlooked. First, such a narrative obscures the role of non-kin and extended kin in providing elder care in southern Ghana historically and in the present. Secondly, it hides the negotiations over obligations and commitments between those who manage elder care and those who help with an aging person’s daily activities. It is in this latter role in which non-kin and extended kin are significant in elder care, while closer kin maintain their kin roles through the more distant management, financial support, and recruitment of others. This talk examines recruitment to elder care and the role of kin and non-kin in elder care in three historical periods—the 1860s, the 1990s, and the 2000s—centered on Akuapem, in southern Ghana. In particular, it shows that helping an aged person relies on previous and expected entrustments, in which more vulnerable, dependent, and indebted persons are most likely to be recruited to provide care.

4:30 pm Workshop
Faculty Workshop with Andrea Mubi Brighenti
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Andrea Mubi Brighenti is Aggregate Professor of Social Theory and Space & Culture at the Department of Sociology, University of Trento, Italy. Research topics focus on space, power and society. He has published The Ambiguous Multiplicities: Materials, episteme and politics of some cluttered social formations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Visibility in Social Theory and Social Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Territori migranti [Migrant Territories. Space and Control of Global Mobility] (ombre corte, 2009). Has edited Urban Interstices. The Aesthetics and Politics of Spatial In-betweens(Ashgate, 2013), Uma Cidade de Imagens (Mundos Sociais, 2012 – with Ricardo Campos and Luciano Spinelli), and The Wall and the City (professionaldreamers, 2009). Urban Walls. Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Surfaces (Routledge, 2018, co-edited with Mattias Kärrholm).

Saturday, November 16

8:30 am Presentation
Balmoral Classic Bagpiping Competition
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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U.S. Junior Solo Bagpiping Championship

7:00 pm Performance
Korean Music Festival
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
7:00 pm Cultural Event
Korean Music Festival
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Reception to Follow
$10 Tickets for Adults | Free for Students/Children
Half price for audience who come dressed in hanbok, the Korean traditional attire.
Questions 310.909.3280