Week of February 23, 2020 in UCIS

Saturday, February 22 until Sunday, February 23

(All day) Performance/Student Club Activity
Undergraduate Model European Union
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Monday, February 24

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
6:00 pm Lecture
Changing the Narrative from Crisis to Art
Location:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Branch
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and HCUAP
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After listening to our community one thing became clear: locals felt revitalization efforts were being over–shadowed by stories and images of the water crisis, blight, hardship, and ruin. These issues have become the hotspots for shows like Netflix’s Flint Town and other documentaries about Flint. This media attention has blurred out the nice parts of the city we all love. After several discussions our board came up with an idea: what if we used big, colorful art projects to draw attention to the parts of our city and community we are proud of? Would that make people watching those shows ask themselves, what’s behind the blur? After a few more discussions we came up with a plan to install 150 new murals a year for two years all over the city. Our hope was to shift the narrative around Flint away from the water crisis and transform our city into an international leader in the public arts.

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, February 25

12:30 pm Panel Discussion
Panoramas - Roundtable Series: "Guyana: Ethnic Politics in an Emerging Oil Empire"
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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A discussion of the role that ethnic politics and the recent oil finding off the coast of Guyana will play in the coming Guyanese elections.

4:00 pm Student Club Activity
REEES Meet and Greet
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub
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Drop by the hub to meet other students working towards completing a certificate or related concentration in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies or learn about how you can enroll! Light refreshments will be served.

6:00 pm Film
CLAS Film Series: Heredera del Viento
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is pleased to present the Spring 2020 Latin American Film Series. This series was curated by Luciana Lemos, a Brazilian GSPIA student with experience organizing independent film festivals. The topics vary from gender issues, water rights, and ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean to Latinx identity and a reflection on the tensions between parental roles and public duty.

The films will be screened approximately twice per month, though the end of the spring semester. Doors open and pizza is served at 6 p.m., and screenings will start at 6:30. Stick around after the screening to participate in a discussion with actors, producers, directors, and faculty. Films will be screened at either 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall or the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

For more information on upcoming films, email us at clas@pitt.edu

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Conversation Table
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club
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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, February 26

3:00 pm Information Session
UCIS International Career Toolkit Series Presents: Crafting Your Brand, Nonprofit vs Federal Careers
Location:
Posvar Hall, Rm 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Join Cyndee Pelt, seasoned management and policy leadership professional, as she shares her experience of serving in nonprofits and the U.S. government overseas and in Washington, D.C. Topics will include the benefits of a nonprofit vs a government career, crafting a federal resume, managing USAJOBS.gov, and professionalism tips for each setting.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
3-4pm
4130 Posvar Hall

Please sign up for the event below:
https://signup.com/go/EdghNxu

Sponsored by: The African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, and the Global Studies Center.

3:00 pm Workshop
Online Sessions: ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, 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 Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Portuguese Language Table

Thursday, February 27

12:00 pm Information Session
UCIS Career Toolkit Series: Viveka Mandava '14
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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Join Viveka Mandava, Religious Studies with honors/Global Studies/Political Science at University of Pittsburgh, for a Q&A session to learn about what they are doing and how they go there following their time at Pitt.

While at Pitt, Mandava was a founding member of Pitt's chapter of United Studients Against Sweatshops (USAS) and a research fellow in the Honors College. Since graduating, Mandava has been a Boren scholar, worked for 270 Strategies, the 2016 Hilary for America Campaign, and 21st Century Fox. Currently, Mandava works in New York City as the Social Impact Manager for General Assembly.

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

4:00 pm Lecture
Postcolonial Socialisms in Africa
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
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Shortly after independence, Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania, embarked on a socialist experiment: the ujamaa, the villagization initiative of 1967-1975. Ujamaa, or "familyhood" in Swahili, both invoked established socialist themes and departed from the existing global repertoire of development policy by seeking to reorganize the Tanzanian countryside into communal village to achieve national development. This live interview with Priya Lal will discuss how ujamaa was envisioned and unfolded in Tanzania and how that experience spoke to particularities of African socialisms, nation building and development in the 1960s and 1970s.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.

4:30 pm Reading Group
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center
4:30 pm Lecture
The Future of Ancient Greece: Activating the Classics today for tomorrow
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
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In this illustrated talk, Professor Peter Meineck will explore how ancient Greek literature can be newly enacted and placed powerfully into service for society today. This talk will focus on Professor Meineck's work with the American veteran community and the with immigrants and refugees in using ancient works to highlight and contextualize important issues facing marginalized communities as well as learning much more about these works from people who have experienced the same kind of events they describe. Professor Meineck will suggest that activating classical works in this way can help us to envision alternate and even better futures for our societies.

5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Canceled: Cafe Ivrit
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel
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Please note this event has been canceled. Contact Emily Fogel (ehf11@pitt.edu) with any questions.

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

5:30 pm Lecture
The Crisis of Truth
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Pundits everywhere claim that, in the age of Trump and Brexit, political life no longer depends on any shared sense of truth. This talk will consider the validity of this claim, exploring the role of truth in democracies going back to the eighteenth century, but also the changed circumstances of the present in Europe and much of the world.

Free lunch will be available to all attendees.

7:00 pm Cultural Event
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, February 28

(All day) Performance
Warrior Chorus: American Odyssey (Performance)
Location:
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
8:00 am Conference
GOSECA Annual Conference
Location:
Barco Law Building, Alcoa Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Borders--whether political, cultural, linguistic, or otherwise--are artificial constructs, often fluid and rarely unanimously accepted. The spaces between and beyond the lines of demarcation--the "borderlands"--often manifest as multicultural, impermanent places of shifting identities and disparate perspectives. Many scholars have remarked on the global and cultural transformations that have taken place since 1989 and the accompanying emergence of new borderlands in Europe and Central Asia. The liminal spaces around these borders have become new points of contact and conflict for various cultures and ideologies, now brought together or divided by the turn of history. For its 17th annual conference, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites presentations that explore the concept of "borderlands," whether political, ideological, cultural, linguistic, or of another type altogether.

9:30 am Cultural Event
Global Brew: Africa
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Drop by the Pitt Global Hub for our third installment of Global Brew! This time we will be featuring coffee beans produced in Africa. All are welcome to come by, sample different coffees, and learn about the coffee industry in Africa.

Global Brew is an ongoing series at the Pitt Global Hub that aims to educate people on the coffee and tea industry and their economic impacts on producers. 

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 Information Session
UCIS Career Toolkit: Aly Yingst '16
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, 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
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Join Aly Yingst, Biological Sciences and BPhil/IAS/Global Studies and current PhD student at the University of Iceland, in a discussion about how to prepare for graduate school and life abroad.

Since graduating, Yingst has completed a Fulbright-funded Master's degree in Iceland, traveled the world working as a lecturer on expedition cruise ships. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Studies.

12:00 pm Information Session
CAPA Peer Advisor Workshop
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Study Abroad Office
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Learn about adjusting to cultural differences, packing do's and don'ts, apps and resources, academic differences, and keeping in touch with family and friends from CAPA Peer Advisor Shivani Pandya. Students studying abroad during spring break, summer, or fall are encouraged to attend!

1:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Let's Talk Africa: Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse Among Girls in Liberia
Location:
4217 W. Wesley Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
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There has been widespread misunderstanding of the relationship between child sexual abuse and the schooling of girls. While Development literature has shown that education reduces early marriage, it fails to account for the aspect of schooling where young girls could be sexually abused. Jessica has researched this correlation through a mixed-method approach and will be presenting her findings. The ethical and policy-relevant ramifications of this research are crucial at a time when girls are entering the classroom at higher rates each year, yet without fully understanding how to "ensure her protection and uphold her potential agency”

2:00 pm Performance
UCIS Research Toolkit, Session II
Location:
4209 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Studies Center
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Dr. K. Frances Lieder, the UCIS Visiting Professor of Contemporary Global Issues, will lead this Global Studies Center three-part series. Students will learn the how-to’s of research in the social sciences and humanities, formulate and apply concepts to their own research, and engage with junior faculty about their research experiences.

The series is open to all undergraduate students -- and a must for students pursuing BPHIL, honor thesis and students with plans to pursue graduate study.

Link to registration: https://forms.gle/NCVjX1GSNofDHKza7

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.

4:00 pm Information Session
Pitt in the Himalayas - Fall 2020
Location:
3106 Posvar Hall (Anthropology Lounge)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Global Hub and Study Abroad Office
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Join a group of up to twenty students for the fall semester in North India, one of the most spectacular and diverse mountain ranges on earth. You'll go on backpacking expeditions to the source of India’s sacred rivers, to ancient Tibetan monasteries in Ladakh, learn about conservation at India’s premier Tiger reserve, Corbett National Park, and experience life in a mountain village during a village home stay.

To learn more about the program, please joint us for an information session from 4-5:30 PM on Friday, February 28th, in 3106 Posvar Hall (Anthropology Lounge).

5:00 pm Reading Group
Spring 2020 Book Discussion for Educators
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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You are invited to participate in the spring 2020 book discussion on "Jihad, Radicalism and the New Atheism" by Mohammad Hassan Khalil at the University of Pittsburgh. The discussion will be led by Associate Professor Jeanette S. Jouili of Department of Religious Studies. Dinner will be served at 5 PM.

A free book is available to the first 15 registrants, reach out to Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu to get your copy today.

Participants can register by copying and pasting the following link:
https://cerisnet.secure.pitt.edu/resource/faculty-readers-forum

5:30 pm Seminar
Day 1: Chasing Leviathan: The Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Whaling
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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Join us for this FREE professional development mini course on the world of Whaling from New England to Europe to Japan. Speakers will address topics such the lives of sailors, what parts of a whale and what kinds of whales were harvested, the global commodity chain of whaling, and a challenge to the contemporary Japanese narrative about the importance of whaling to Japan. Class time will also include previewing portions of the American Experience film Into the Deep, experiencing some of the music of whalers, and a curriculum session with a master teacher. Free ACT 48 hours, materials, parking, and meals. Space limited so please register by Friday, February 14, 2020.

To register: https://forms.gle/7X6sHr4jsin66Gif7

Saturday, February 29

8:00 am Conference
GOSECA Annual Conference
Location:
Barco Law Building, Alcoa Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
See Details

Borders--whether political, cultural, linguistic, or otherwise--are artificial constructs, often fluid and rarely unanimously accepted. The spaces between and beyond the lines of demarcation--the "borderlands"--often manifest as multicultural, impermanent places of shifting identities and disparate perspectives. Many scholars have remarked on the global and cultural transformations that have taken place since 1989 and the accompanying emergence of new borderlands in Europe and Central Asia. The liminal spaces around these borders have become new points of contact and conflict for various cultures and ideologies, now brought together or divided by the turn of history. For its 17th annual conference, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites presentations that explore the concept of "borderlands," whether political, ideological, cultural, linguistic, or of another type altogether.

8:30 am Seminar
Day 2: Chasing Leviathan: The Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Whaling
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
See Details

Join us for this FREE professional development mini course on the world of Whaling from New England to Europe to Japan. Speakers will address topics such the lives of sailors, what parts of a whale and what kinds of whales were harvested, the global commodity chain of whaling, and a challenge to the contemporary Japanese narrative about the importance of whaling to Japan. Class time will also include previewing portions of the American Experience film Into the Deep, experiencing some of the music of whalers, and a curriculum session with a master teacher. Free ACT 48 hours, materials, parking, and meals. Space limited so please register by Friday, February 14, 2020.

To register: https://forms.gle/7X6sHr4jsin66Gif7

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Martisor
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Nationality Rooms
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Martisor is an old Romanian tradition of gifting a red and white string attached to a small piece of jewelry or a flower. This is believed to bring health and luck to the wearer.
Come and make your own or buy a premade Martisor, Romanian pastries, and more.

2:00 pm Performance
Mavra by Igor Stravinsky
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Global Hub and Nationality Rooms
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Neighborhood Project presents... with Aria 412
"MAVRA" by Igor Stravinsky.
John McKeever, Conductor
Alyssa Weathersby, Director
By arrangement with Boosey and Hawkes, Inc., publisher & copyright owner.
a Pay What You Can Event