Week of January 12, 2020 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, January 12

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Chinese New Year Celebration
Location:
Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs along with Chinese Room Committee
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Celebration of Lunar New Year with performances, refreshments and a presentation. Event is free for all.

Monday, January 13

12:00 pm Information Session
Study Abroad Summer Info Sessions - Health Sciences
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
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Drop by the Pitt Global Hub to get more information on our summer study abroad programs before the January 20th deadline!

12PM-12:30PM: Healthcare Delivery in Basel
12:30PM-1PM: Nursing at Trinity College Dublin
1PM-1:30PM: Healthcare Delivery in Beijing
1:30PM-2PM: Healthcare in British Context
2PM-4PM: Open Q&A

12:45 pm Cultural Event
Online: Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub
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This language table has been moved online. Please contact Katya via Skype @katya.kovaleva1 during the usual meeting time of Monday's from 12:45PM-2:45PM OR email Katya directly (katya.kovaleva@gmail.com)

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Online: Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Contact Jennifer Wallace (jlw200@pitt.edu) and Bei Cheng (beicheng@pitt.edu) with specific questions.

Tuesday, January 14

12:00 pm Information Session
Study Abroad Summer Info Sessions
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
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Drop by the Pitt Global Hub to get more information on our summer study abroad programs before the January 20th deadline!

12PM-1PM: Pitt in Sydney
1PM-2PM: Travel Writing in London

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Canceled: German Club Conversation Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club
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Please note this language table has been canceled. Please contact upittgerman@gmail.com with any questions.

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Canceled: Arabic Language & Culture Club
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Please note this event has been canceled. Contact Gabrielle Hobbib (gch14@pitt.edu) with any questions.

The Arabic Language & Culture Club provides an opportunity for students of Arabic language classes to come together once a week and practice speaking the language with each other as well as touch on cultural aspects of the Arab world.

Wednesday, January 15

12:00 pm Information Session
Study Abroad Summer Info Sessions
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
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Drop by the Pitt Global Hub to get more information on our summer study abroad programs before the January 20th deadline!

12PM-1PM: Pitt in Sweden
1PM-2PM: Pitt in Ireland

1:30 pm Lecture
The Horrid Beginning: Boccaccio's Decameron as Archetype of Modern Post-Apocalyptic Narrative
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Film & Media Studies
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In my presentation, I link contemporary expressions of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narrative to Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, and I claim that the zombie-ridden landscapes of The Walking Dead lead back to Boccaccio’s masterpiece, to its structure, and to its main themes.

Dennis R. Perry defines the apocalypse as the breaking up of the predictable universe: the world as we know it starts collapsing, and so does the scale of values everyone relies on. Apocalypse is therefore but a massive change of costumes, of parameters, of language. These are the very same changes Boccaccio depicted in his collection of novellas: those of a world that was coming out of the Middle Ages much faster than many could perceive.

By using textual evidence, with a particular focus on The Walking Dead – both Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel (2003–present) and Frank Darabont’s TV series ( 2010-present) –, I show that defining the Decameron as the secular archetype of post-apocalyptic fiction is not a stretch, and that the themes of social reconstruction, natural law, and human ingegno are of primary importance in Boccaccio’s book, as much as they are crucial in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature and cinema of the past two hundred years.

3:00 pm Workshop
Online Sessions: ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
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Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Thursday, January 16

12:00 pm Lecture
Local leadership and China’s low-carbon policy experimentation
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Globally cities are on the front lines of dealing with greenhouse gas and air pollution issues, particularly Chinese cities that are growing rapidly. Steps Chinese cities take to become truly low carbon will ultimately determine China's success to address climate change emissions. Through the case studies of three cities - Shenzhen, Nanchang, Xiamen and Zhenjiang - the research seeks to bring a more nuanced understanding to how China’s pioneer low-carbon city model contributes to China’s climate governance and the bottom-up approach in the world.

12:00 pm Information Session
Study Abroad Summer Info Sessions
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Global Hub and Global Experiences Office along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Drop by the Pitt Global Hub to get more information on our summer study abroad programs before the January 20th deadline!

12PM-1PM: Architecture & the City
1PM-2PM: Monsters, Madmen and the Modern City: Prague
2PM-4PM: Summer Language Institute

3:30 pm Presentation
CLAS Director Candidate Presentation: Latin American Studies: Advancing International Leadership by Cultivating Intellectual Community
Location:
4303 Wesley W. Posvar Hall (CUE Commons Room)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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CLAS Director Candidate Presentation: Latin American Studies: Advancing International Leadership by Cultivating Intellectual Community

Jana Morgan (PhD, UNC) is a professor of political science and former chair of Latin American and Caribbean studies at the University of Tennessee. Her academic leadership and service have focused on building collaborative and interdisciplinary spaces in which scholars, students, and practitioners might work to strengthen the understanding and practice of democracy across the Americas, particularly for those from traditionally marginalized groups.

Among her many roles contributing to disciplinary and interdisciplinary excellence, Professor Morgan is currently Associate Editor for Politics and International Affairs at the Latin American Research Review, is a founder and executive council member for the Southeast Latin American Behavior Consortium (SeLAB), and has co-directed the AmericasBarometer surveys in the Dominican Republic since 2006. Her research and teaching address issues of inequality, exclusion, and political representation across the Americas. Her work calls attention to the ways democracies have frequently failed to confront entrenched patterns of marginalization along the axes of race, class, and gender and analyzes how these weaknesses in the functioning of democracy have significant costs for the lived experiences of ordinary citizens and for the stability and survival of the democratic regime itself.

Her work has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays program, the Pew Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation, and has appeared in numerous journals including Latin American Research Review, American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and Latin American Politics and Society. Her book Bankrupt Representation and Party System Collapse (Pennsylvania State University Press 2011) received the Van Cott Award from the Latin American Studies Association. Professor Morgan regularly gives talks to audiences of academics and practitioners across the United States and Latin America.

She is currently writing two books, one analyzing how structures and experiences of ethnoracial exclusion shape democratic citizenship across Latin America and another identifying how inequalities in the US interest system stifle policymakers' attention to major economic and social problems.

www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas

4:00 pm Student Club Activity
Online: Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Please note this language table is now meeting via Zoom. Contact Julia O'Hare (jho3@pitt.edu) for more information.

Portuguese Language Table

4:00 pm Cultural Event
Online: German Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Please note this event is now meeting online. Join via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/466509031
Contact Benjamin Brand (bmb145@pitt.edu) with any questions.

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

4:30 pm Lecture
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.

6:00 pm Cultural Event
Study Abroad Alumni Reunion - UK and Ireland
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
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Mingle with fellow students who have a studied abroad in the UK and Ireland! Students who have completed a program in the UK or Ireland for any length of time are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

7:00 pm Cultural Event
Canceled: Turkish Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Friday, January 17

9:30 am Cultural Event
Global Brew: Asia
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Global Brew is an ongoing series hosted by the Pitt Global Hub featuring coffee and teas from around the world. Students, faculty. and staff are invited to taste our beverages while learning about how the beans and tea leaves are sourced and the influence of the global coffee and tea market on different countries.

This event will feature coffee beans produced in Asia.

10:00 am Cultural Event
Online: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub
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This language table has moved online. Contact Dijana Mujkanovic (dim31@pitt.edu) for more information.

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

10:30 am Workshop
Faculty Workshop with Dr. Gregory Cajete
Location:
4217 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.

12:00 pm Information Session
Study Abroad Scholarship Info Session
Location:
Global Hub (1st Floor of Posvar Hall)
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center, Global Hub, Global Experiences Office and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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Representative from UCIS and the Study Abroad Office will be providing information on a variety of scholarships, fellowships and tuition remission opportunities that can help you fund study abroad in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, Eurasia and Russia -- as well as tips for exploring, choosing and preparing for a study abroad program that's just right for you.

12:45 pm Symposium
The Venezuelan Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Lessons
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Schedule:

1:30—3:30 p.m. Panel
Moderator: Scott Morgenstern

Ignacio Arana holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (2002), a MA in Political Science from the University of Chile (2007), and a MA and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh (2015). His central line of research explores how the individual differences among presidents have an impact on relevant political phenomena, including institutional change and policy outcomes. His secondary line of research is the comparative study of institutions, with a focus on Latin America. He studies informal institutions, executive-legislative relations, judicial politics and elections.

Jana Morgan joined the Department of Political Science in Fall 2005 after completing her PhD (2005) and M.A. (2001) in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jana received her B.A. in Political Science and Modern Languages from Wheaton College in 1998.
Her research considers issues of inequality, exclusion, and representation. She is particularly interested in exploring how economic, social and political inequalities affect marginalized groups' influence and undermine democratic institutions and outcomes. She has conducted field research in Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina.

Scott Morgenstern is a Professor of Political Science, and has been at the University of Pittsburgh since 2005. He served as the Director of Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies from 2014-2018. His research focuses on political parties, electoral systems, and legislatures, with a regional specialization in Latin America.

John Polga-Hecimovich is an assistant professor of comparative politics in the Political Science Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, and previously taught at Wake Forest University, the College of William & Mary, and FLACSO-Ecuador. His research is broadly focused on the effects of political institutions on democratic stability, policymaking, and governance, with a particular focus on Latin America.

4:00—5:30 p.m. KEYNOTE
“Resisting Illiberal Regimes: Lessons from Venezuela”
by Anibal Pérez-Liñán

Aníbal Pérez-Liñán is Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on democratization, political institutions, executive-legislative relations, and the rule of law in new democracies. He is the author of Presidential Impeachment and the New Political Instability in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America (with Scott Mainwaring, Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Professor Pérez-Liñán is the editor in chief of the Latin American Research Review, the scholarly journal of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and co-editor with Paolo Carozza of the Kellogg Series on Democracy and Development at the University of Notre Dame Press. Pérez-Liñán was part of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of CLAS between 2001 and 2018.

For more information, email: clas@pitt.edu or visit: www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Postponed: Modern Greek Language Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Please note this meeting is postponed until further notice. Contact Areti Papanastasiou (areti.papanastasiou@pitt.edu) with any questions.

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

2:00 pm Student Club Activity
Social Hour with Global Studies Ambassadors
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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The Global Studies Center looks forward to beginning a monthly, informal social hour - hosted by Global Studies Ambassadors and fellow GSC students Mark, Sarah and Destiny - as a way to get to know other like-minded Global Studies students.

4:00 pm Cultural Event
Online: ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Location:
Zoom Meeting
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies
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Please note this meeting is now happening online. Contact Luana Reis (lreis@pitt.edu) for more information.

4:00 pm Reception
*Application Due For Washington DC Career Networking Trip
Location:
4100 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Students must participate in one of four tracks to attend: Global Health, Human Rights/Security, International Security & Diplomacy, and International Development.

Applications are due by 4 PM on Friday, January 17, 2020. $50 non-refundable payment will be collected to hold your place.

*Preference will go to Seniors and Juniors. Copy this link to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7omnJh3al46aAvfUoI8ENhpeEdIRs...