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 January 26, 2020 in UCIS
Friday, November 1 until Sunday, May 3
Sunday, January 26
Dr. Ervin Sejdic received B.E.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. From his earliest exposure to research, he has been eager to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge through carefully executed experiments and ground-breaking published work.
In February 20216, President Obama named Dr. Sejdic as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2017, Dr. Sejdic was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2018, he was awarded the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Sejdic's passion for discovery and innovation drives his constant endeavors to connect advances in engineering to society's most challenging problems. Hence, his research interests include biomedical signal processing, gait analysis, swallowing difficulties, advanced information systems in medicine, rehabilitation engineering, assistive technologies and anticipatory medical devices.
Monday, January 27
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 (email@example.com)
Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.
It's Internship Week at Pitt! The Career Center will be at the Hub promoting the diverse range of internships students can get during their undergrad years, including internships abroad, using foreign languages etc. Come eat some snacks and get your "passport" that you can use for all of the Internship Week events taking place this week.
The brown buff paint in Chicago is a sign of trauma. Chicago's graffiti blasters program is a task force strategy to erase graffiti (voices) that rebel in part due to the conditions brought by systematic disinvestment in predominantly Black and Brown inner-city neighborhoods. For more than a decade, it has served as a model for cities worldwide. In the early 2000s, the Brown Wall Project was formed on the West Side of Chicago to bring awareness and challenge the dominant narrative of graffiti. As gentrification runs rampant across the globe, in cities like Chicago, we gray out the expectations for justice. Developments get whitewashed in gray. Graffiti artists are then scouted to paint murals to try and make the transformation less damaging. Through graffiti art intervention, we will explore, interact and challenge the systems in place that are rooted in discriminatory practices
Contact Jennifer Wallace (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bei Cheng (email@example.com) with specific questions.
Tuesday, January 28
Please note this language table has been canceled. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.
Please note this event has been canceled. Contact Gabrielle Hobbib (email@example.com) 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 29
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.
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.
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 30
As part of our Year of Memory and Politics Series, the ESC is pleased to welcome Peter J. Verovšek as a Jean MonnetCenter of Excellence speaker. Thirty years after 1989 - and15 years since the first postcommunist states joined the EU - European memory is still divided by the faultlines of the Cold War. Whereas the West’s historical imaginary is based on the traumas of Nazism associated with 1945, Central Europe’s is dominated by the legacy of communism signified by 1989. These differing understandings of the past have resulted in divergent conceptions of democracy. The future of the EU depends on its ability to create a common historical narrative that incorporates the lessons of the traumas of 1945 and 1989.
ARYSE is a local organization that facilitates after school and summer programming for immigrant youth in Pittsburgh. They are currently recruiting for directors and counselors (paid positions) for their summer program, PRYSE Academy.
Through engaging academic curricula, creative expression workshops, team-building activities, field trips, and soccer programming, PRYSE is proven to help participants develop literacy skills, build personal confidence, prepare for the school year, and deepen their sense of belonging.
Come by the Pitt Global Hub to learn more about this incredible organization and how you can apply.
Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Public Service in Latin American Studies
Starting from my administrative experience in public and private academic institutions in Brazil and my academic partnerships throughout Latin America, in this talk I will focus on my values as an administrator and on the perspective I would bring to the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. I consider CLAS a vibrant platform for expanding the university’s scholarly, pedagogical, and public service mission, and an essential space for creating interdisciplinary and collaborative work between Latin American and US scholars and institutions.
Keila Grinberg is Professor of History at the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), where she has been the Director of Graduate Studies and of the Online History Undergraduate Program, as well as Vice-Director of a national graduate program on the Teaching of History. She came to UNIRIO after a tenure at the Universidade Candido Mendes, where she was Director of the Institute of Humanities’ Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. As a specialist on slavery and race in the Atlantic World, she has authored, coauthored, and edited several books and articles in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Russian. Her new project examines nineteenth-century cases of kidnapping and illegal enslavement on the southern Brazilian border.
The hit HBO miniseries Chernobyl thrust the nuclear disaster back into public consciousness. What are its legacies in and around the "Exclusion zone"? This live interview with award-winning historian Kate Brown will discuss her book Chernobyl: A Manual for Survival and the role of international agencies in actively suppressing the magnitude of this human and ecological catastrophe.
This event is part of the REEES Fall Speaker Series, Nuclear Fallout: Science and Society in Eurasia.
Please note this language table is now meeting via Zoom. Contact Julia O'Hare (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Portuguese Language Table
Please note this event is now meeting online. Join via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/466509031
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Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!
Mingle with fellow students who have a studied abroad in Italy! Students who have completed a program in Italy for any length of time are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!
Friday, January 31
This language table has moved online. Contact Dijana Mujkanovic (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.
Please note this meeting is postponed until further notice. Contact Areti Papanastasiou (email@example.com) with any questions.
Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!
Enjoy a free espresso and cappuccino from Espresso a Mano and learn about study abroad, course offerings, scholarships, and practice your Italian with representatives from Pitt's Italian Program!
As China’s global interests expand, how do its leaders envision security abroad? How is their security vision being implemented on the ground? This talk examines the security implications of Xi Jinping’s One Belt, One Road connectivity and investment project from three angles: case studies highlighting cultivation of military and security partnerships; privatization of security; and extension of the security concept into non-traditional domains.
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Saturday, February 1
Nearly two million Vietnamese immigrants escaped to the United States in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, many of them prospering in America's $8 billion nail economy. Join us as we explore this topic with a screening of the film documentary, "Nailed It," followed by a panel discussion with members of Pittsburgh's Vietnamese community on the enduring economic entrepreneurialism of 20th & 21st century Vietnamese immigrants to the United States, and a K-14 educator workshop on how to utilize digital storymapping in the classroom.