Week of March 15, 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, March 16

9:00 am Information Session
Canceled: UCIS Pre-Registration Tabling
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
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 and Global Hub
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As students consider what they will register for in the fall, advisors and students from the University Center for International Studies will be available throughout the week to answer questions about international studies certificates, study abroad, and resources to support research and career development.

12:00 pm Lecture
Development of Street art as Community Experience in Latin America
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with HCUAP and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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This talk will share experiences of communities in Latin America with respect to the role that street art plays as an artistic tool for these regions. At the same time, it will explain how, through these initiatives, such art develops strategies for recognition and legitimation of communities, generating new collective spaces for participation. Street art (and muralism in particular) seek to create a positive experience of local public space, generating other practices, including creating open air galleries/museums. One example will include the experience of the Open Air Museum in San Miguel in Chile, or the International Open Street Festival (FITECA) in the neighborhood of Comas in Lima, Peru

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 Workshop
Mapping Loss in the Anthropocene Workshop on Geospatial Mapping
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with World History Center and Provost’s Year of Creativity
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Participants will use their phones to take GPS tracks at the edge of Schenley Park, which they will integrate with digitized maps and photographs from the Pitt collection and turn into interactive digital map narratives using the ArcGIS StoryMaps or HistoryPin platform.

*Participation in the full series in encourages, but not required*
Register at forms.gle/zZyEsmYQkPDgjxt56

3:00 pm Lecture
Canceled: “Constitutional Morality” in India: Toward an Anthropology of Legal Form
Location:
3106 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of Anthropology
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“Constitutional morality” has become a central term in Indian jurisprudence over the past decade, particularly in
cases involving LGBT rights, naming a distinctive set of constitutional values including tolerance of difference and
respect for pluralism and individual rights. The term was first used in this context by B.R. Ambedkar in 1948, in the
debates over the draft constitution, although he defined it differently: Ambedkar’s constitutional morality was
neither about tolerance nor individual freedoms, but instead about legal restraints on a “communal majority” and,
further, how law and democratic practice might transform an exclusive and dominant social grouping into a merely
political majority open to further division and recombination. There is some irony in the fact that the phrase has
been revived now, as long-standing constitutional conventions established precisely for the purpose of protecting
minority rights are being rescinded by a majoritarian party. Tacking between the past and the present meanings of
constitutional morality in India, and situating Ambedkar as an anthropological thinker as well as a political leader,
this talk identifies a set of anthropological questions which may be clarified by close study of Ambedkar’s legacy:
questions about when and how legal forms and doctrines can constitute groups and order relations between
them, and the means by which social minorities can claim participation in a democratic polity.
Leo Coleman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, City University of
New York, and the author of A Moral Technology: Electrification as Political Ritual in New Delhi (Cornell University
Press/Speaking Tiger Books, 2017). He writes broadly about technology, politics, and personhood in urban
experience, law and constitutionalism, and the history of anthropology. He is currently working on a comparative
historical anthropology of constitutional and legal form in Indian and Scottish nationalism, provisionally entitled
Liberal Devices: Groups, Persons, and Constitutional Infrastructure.

4:00 pm Cultural Event
Canceled: CLAS Seminar & Field Trip Conversation Group
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Students attending the CLAS Seminar and Field Program are invited to attend a conversation group for language practice.

4:30 pm Lecture
Critical Research on Africa: Child Trafficking in the Aftermath of the 1929 Aba Women's War
Location:
3703 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies along with Department of African Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, African Studies Program, University Center for International Studies and University of Pittsburgh
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Join us for a lecture by Dr. Robin Chapdelaine, from Duquesne University. More details to come!

6:30 pm Cultural Event
Canceled: Study Abroad Alumni Reunion - Latin America
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
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*This event is postponed until further notice.*

Students who have completed a study abroad program in Latin America for any length of time are invited for a study abroad alumni reunion get-together! Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 17

9:00 am Information Session
Canceled: UCIS Pre-Registration Tabling
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
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 and Global Hub
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As students consider what they will register for in the fall, advisors and students from the University Center for International Studies will be available throughout the week to answer questions about international studies certificates, study abroad, and resources to support research and career development.

2:00 pm Information Session
Canceled: CLAS Digital Portfolio Support Group
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Students who are working on completing their digital portfolio as part of the CLAS certificate and have questions or need assistance can drop by the Hub to speak with advisors and student ambassadors.

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, March 18

11:00 am Information Session
Canceled: UCIS Pre-Registration Tabling
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
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 and Global Hub
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As students consider what they will register for in the fall, advisors and students from the University Center for International Studies will be available throughout the week to answer questions about international studies certificates, study abroad, and resources to support research and career development.

3:00 pm Information Session
Canceled: CLAS Digital Portfolio Support Group
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Students who are working on completing their digital portfolio as part of the CLAS certificate and have questions or need assistance can drop by the Hub to speak with advisors and student ambassadors.

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.

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
The Grammar of Being Human: Greek Grammar and American Slavery
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
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.

7:00 pm Panel Discussion
Postponed: Exclusionary Feminisms: A Series on Intersectional Feminist Perspectives
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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This event is postponed until fall 2020.

In honor of International Womxn's Day (March 8th), the Hub will be hosting a series of panel conversations focused on intersectional feminism. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members are all welcome to join the conversation. Refreshments will be served!

Our second panel discussion will focus on feminisms in the university, featuring panelists Dr. Kari Kokka, faculty in the School of Education; Kristen Steffes, undergraduate board member of Pitt FEM; Sam Huynh, undergraduate board member of AQUARIUS Pitt; Natalie Nelson, undergraduate board member of The Fourth Wave; and recorded remarks from Dr. Leigh Patel, associate dean of the School of Education.

Thursday, March 19

(All day) Panel Discussion
Canceled: EUSA Roundtable: Discussion on the Issues Currently Impacting the EU
Location:
WPU Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association
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DUE TO A NUMBER OF OUR PANELISTS BEING UNABLE TO TRAVEL, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.

Spotlight: Researching the EU at Pitt

Featuring – Dan Pennell, University Library Services on the Barbara Sloan Collection and the Archive of European Integration

European Union Studies Association Roundtable on the State of the EU Today: “Bigger Fish to Fry? The EU after Brexit”

The ESC is pleased to welcome members of the EUSA Executive Committee for a roundtable discussion of migration and citizenship, democratic deficit and backsliding, security concerns, Euroskepticism and public opinion. Moderated by the Chair of EUSA, Matthias Matthijs, Johns Hopkins University.

Panelists:

Christina Schneider, University of California-San Diego

Stephanie Hofmann, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva)

Sara Goodman, University of California-Irvine

Catherine De Vries, Bocconi University

Milada Vachudova, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Book Launch: The European Union and Beyond: Multi-Level Governance, Institutions, and Policy-Making (ECPR Press, 2020). Co-edited by Jae-Jae Spoon and Nils Ringe.

Featuring: Jae-Jae Spoon, Co-Editor and Director of the European Studies Center at Pitt

This edited volume resulted from a November 2019 Symposium at Pitt in honor of the ESC’s founding director, Prof. Alberta Sbragia (retired) and features contributions from scholars at Pitt and from other parts of the world. Together, the chapters seek to examine current debates and issues in the study of regional integration, multilevel governance, and European Union studies.

11:00 am Information Session
Canceled: UCIS Pre-Registration Tabling
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
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 and Global Hub
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As students consider what they will register for in the fall, advisors and students from the University Center for International Studies will be available throughout the week to answer questions about international studies certificates, study abroad, and resources to support research and career development.

4:00 pm Lecture
Postponed: Of Shores and Waves, and Marine Tales: Islands, Oceans, and Fallacies of Colonial Geographies in the Indian Ocean
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cethedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Speaker, Dr. Emmanuel Jean-François, Penn State

This talk takes islands and seas as its focus, outlining an approach to geographies that can be considered globally in any context. It explores the case of the Indian Ocean but relates to broader themes such as colonialism/postcolonialism, racism, and global movements and migration.

As Dr. Jean-François puts in in his abstract: "Using the New Thalassology and Kamau Brathwaite’s notion of “tidalectics” as a relational framework for exploring multipolar connections, minor solidarities, and long-ignored forms of cosmopolitanism, this presentation discusses how the transcolonial and transoceanic imaginaries of Francophone Indian Ocean writers disrupt the colonial taxonomies that have construed islands as spaces of colonial difference, isolation, and vulnerability. While their “de-insularization” of islands and their rewriting of geographies, temporalities, and epistemologies bridge the gap between landmasses and seas, oceans and archipelagoes, it also configures fluctuating horizons and symbolic spaces of relation from which minority, racialized, and subaltern subjects across multiple sites can interact in fruitful and lateral ways."

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 Series / Brown Bag
CANCELED: More Light, and the Gloom of That Light
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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José-Alain Sahel is the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, director of the UPMC Eye Center, and the Eye and Ear Foundation Chair of Ophthalmology. Dr. Sahel is known worldwide for his expertise in vision restoration techniques. He has developed several interventions— including stem cell implantation, gene therapy, innovative pharmacologic approaches, and the artificial retina—for retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, vascular eye disease, and other vision impairments that currently are untreatable. Over the past decade he has led pioneering efforts in optogenetic vision restoration, a technique in which cells in the retina are genetically modified to express light sensitive proteins. This therapeutic technique has the potential to help patients who are blind or visually impaired as a result of a genetic defect. Sahel, who was born in Algeria, studied medicine at Strasbourg University and in Lariboisière, Saint-Louis. He received his medical degree with a Medal of the Faculty of Paris and obtained his specialty certification in ophthalmology. He completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the Louis Pasteur University Hospital in Strasbourg. He also was a research fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a visiting scholar in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. Dr. Sahel is the founder and director of the Vision Institute in Paris and currently a professor at the Sorbonne’s medical school Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie.

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!

6:00 pm Film
POSTPONED--Film Series: La Negrada
Location:
203 Frick Fine Arts
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Postponed until the Fall!

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.

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!

7:30 pm Student Club Activity
EAT@Pitt Meeting
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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EAT@Pitt will be discussing international/immigrant-owned restaurants in the area and showcases.

Friday, March 20

9:00 am Workshop
CANCELED: Faculty Workshop with Dr. José-Alain Sahel
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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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.

1:00 pm Student Club Activity
CANCELED: 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.

2:00 pm Workshop
ONLINE: 2020 Global Studies Research Toolkit for Students
Location:
3415 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
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Are you interested in turning your academic interests into research projects? Dr. Michael Goodhart, Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Studies Center, will lead this session with interested students on 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.

Registration:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFh10mYs7DyyeHqDtzcvDSqX7hHRfh...

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.

6:00 pm Film
Canceled: Korean Film Festival
Location:
332 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and Film Studies

Saturday, March 21

2:00 pm Lecture
Canceled: The Scottish and the Jacobites
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Scottish Nationality Room
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Refreshments will be served from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

For more information contact scottishroom@gmail.com

2:00 pm Lecture
Canceled: The Scottish Clans and the Jacobites
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Lecture by guest speaker Paul Thompson on "The Scottish Clans and the Jacobites."