Week of January 19, 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.

Monday, January 20

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.

3:00 pm Cultural Event
Pause Cafe
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures

Tuesday, January 21

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe: An Update on Brexit
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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This month’s Conversation on Europe invites a panel of experts to update us on the continually changing circumstances surrounding Brexit. At the time of the printing of this flyer, the British withdrawal from the EU deadline is scheduled for January 31st, but after so many postponements and delays, it is anyone’s guess whether or not that will happen. Join us for an up-to-the-minute assessment of the current outlook for Brexit. Audience participation is encouraged

To participate remotely, contact irm24@pitt.edu.

Panelists
- Pablo Fernandez-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh
- Timothy G. McMahon, Marquette University
- Anand Menon, King’s College London

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Dean's Hour
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Division of Student Affairs
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All students are invited to Dean’s Hour! Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner hosts this informal, interactive event monthly to engage with students.  The January 2020 Dean’s Hour will spotlight Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, featuring food, fun, and music at the Pitt Global Hub in Posvar Hall.

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 Cultural Event
Canceled: Persian Language Table
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 Shayan Jalali (shj55@pitt.edu) with any questions.

Practice your Persian language skills at our bi-weekly language table!

Wednesday, January 22

1:30 pm Lecture
Soviet Signoras: Personal and Collective Transformations in East European Migration to Italy
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of French and Italian
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Across the Western world, the air is filled with talk of immigration. The changes brought by immigration have triggered a renewed fervor for isolationism able to shutter political traditions and party systems. So often absent from these conversations on migration are however the actual stories and experiences of the migrants themselves. In fact, migration does not simply transport people. It also changes them deeply. In my presentation, I will present a two-decade-long ethnographic research in the lives of women who migrated to northern Italy from several former Soviet republics.

I will detail the personal and collective changes brought about by the experience of migration for these women: from the first hours arriving in a new country with no friends, relatives, or existing support networks, to later remaking themselves for their new environment. In response to their traumatic displacement, the women—nearly all of whom found work in their new Western homes as elder caregivers—refashioned themselves in highly sexualized, materialistic, and intentionally conspicuous ways. The focus on overt sexuality and materialism is far from sensationalist, though. By zeroing in on these elements of personal identity, I reveal previously unexplored sides of the social psychology of migration, coloring our contemporary discussion with complex shades of humanity.

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.

4:00 pm Workshop
Washington DC Career Networking Trip Workshop on LinkedIn
Location:
224 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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For those attending the Washington DC Trip on February 20 and 21, please plan on joining Erin Wheeler, Career Consultant in the Career Center for a presentation on best practices for using LinkedIn to have ready to connect with experts and alumni that you will meet while in DC.

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) or Bei Cheng (beicheng@pitt.edu) for specific questions.

Thursday, January 23

2:00 pm Lecture
Engineering Nationalization: State Capacity and Social Reconfiguration in the People’s Republic of China
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Nationalization is one of the most important epochal events in the history of twentieth-century China. Through the large-scale expropriation of factories, mines, and plants first from the Nationalists in the late 1940s and then from private businesspeople in the early 1950s, the Communist regime transformed the Chinese economy into full state ownership. More importantly, by eliminating capitalists and private business, nationalization laid the ideological foundation of the Communist rule, a legacy that continues to resonate in contemporary China. This talk shifts away from the conventional top-down narrative that portrays nationalization as a transformative political and economic campaign but instead explores its multifaceted ground-level processes and long-term social and legal consequences in the local society. Drawing on newly discovered family letters, factory archives, legal papers, and local government documents, this study provides an in-depth account of how a local iron factory and their private owners passed through the events of nationalization, re-investigation, and compensation between the 1950s and the 1980s. It shows that, despite the rapid takeover of the factory’s machinery and campus, the local cadres, with limited institutional, financial, and knowledge capacities, faced enormous challenges when attempting to destruct the invisible family business networks underlying the factory’s physical property. Not only a one-time political campaign, nationalization as a social reconfiguration effort also resulted in conflicts, negotiations, and compromises involving merchant families, factory cadres, and government officials, which lasted for several decades under Mao and Deng. This study thus reconsiders nationalization from the perspective of state capacity and analyzes its significance in defining China’s family relations, legal institutions, and state-society relations.

3:00 pm Cultural Event
Pause Cafe
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
3:30 pm Lecture
CLAS Director Candidate presentation: 2020-2026: Fostering Collaborations, Strengthening Communities, and Promoting Diversity through Intersectional Research, Teaching, and Engagement
Location:
4303 Wesley W. Posvar Hall (CUE Commons Room)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Ana Forcinito is Professor of Latin American literatures and cultures and the holder of the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on gender studies and feminist theory, literary and visual practices anchored in the promotion of human rights and the reconstruction of memory in post-authoritarian regimes, with a primary focus on the Southern Cone.

She is the author of Memorias y nomadías: géneros y cuerpos en los márgenes del posfeminismo (2004), Los umbrales del testimonio: entre las narraciones de los sobrevivientes y las marcas de la posdictadura (2012), Oyeme con los ojos: Cine, mujeres, voces, visiones (2018) and Intermittences: Memory, Justice and the Poetics of the Visible (2018). She is currently working on a new book manuscript that explores Latin American/Latinx literary/visual narratives and feminist theories, with a primary focus on gender violence.
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4:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Race, Science, and Technology in the Global African World: A lecture Series presented by the Department of Africana Studies
Location:
109 Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies along with Department of Africana Studies and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The African American Program at the Senator John Heinz Center and the Pittsburgh Branch of the Afro-american Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS)
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The Speaker is Safiya Umoja Noble, Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies and African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

In her book, Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with monopoly status of a relatively small number of internet search engines, leads to biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color.

The lecture is co-organized by the Information Ecosystems Series (a Sawyer Seminar supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Co-Sponsors include the African Studies Program, The African American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center, and the Pittsburgh Branch of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS).

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 Reading Group
The Doctor's Wife by Sawako Ariyoshi.
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
6:00 pm Cultural Event
Study Abroad Alumni Reunion - Australia
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 Australia! Students who have completed a program in Australia 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 24

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.

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Lunar New Year Celebration
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Please join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year with dancing, activities, and refreshments.

2:00 pm Panel Discussion
Race in Focus
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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!

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.