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 March 22, 2020 in UCIS
Friday, November 1 until Sunday, May 3
Sunday, March 22
Festival celebrating Spring across cultures. Free admission, with crafts, pastries, and egg decorating.
Monday, March 23
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.
DUE TO CONCERNS RELATED TO COVID-19, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS CAUSES.
Professor Anand Menon is director of The UK in a Changing Europe an award winning academic think tank on Brexit. He is also professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London.
He has held positions at Sciences Po, Columbia University and NYU. He has written on many aspects of contemporary Europe and is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the European Union. He is co-author of ‘Brexit and British Politics’ and author of ‘Europe: The State of the Union’.
He has written for the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Independent, New Statesman and Spectator. He is a frequent commentator on local, national and international media and has made several radio documentaries on contemporary politics.
He is a member of the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations and an associate fellow of Chatham House.
Tuesday, March 24 until Wednesday, March 25
DUE TO CONCERNS SURROUNDING COVID-19, NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE THIS EVENT. AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW DATES WILL BE MADE WHEN AVAILABLE.
An Initiative of the International Place-Based University Network
International Place-Based University Network: Academically Based, Globally Minded Community Engagement
Post-industrial cities are crucibles of reinvention and innovation. Those that have successfully navigated the sunsetting of industrial production have creatively reoriented to intellectual technology, advanced manufacturing, business services, and life science innovations. And yet, the challenges that followed industrial decline—loss of population, unemployment, and destructive urban redevelopment strategies—continue to reverberate.
As the founding members of the International Place-Based University Network, Newcastle University and the University of Pittsburgh are hosting this conference. The goal is to share best practices for community and civic engagement as well as to explore potential international collaborations for academically based community engagement.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
University Club | Ballroom A, First Floor | University of Pittsburgh
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Community Engagement Center of Homewood
For the agenda or to register, go to
Tuesday, March 24
This event was originally scheduled for March 17th, but has been rescheduled to March 24th.
As part of the ESC’s 2019-2020 Year of Memory and Politics, this month we explore borders and contested memory in Northern Ireland. Our panel of experts will explore the conflict over territory and identity in Northern Ireland and how that has played out at the border and in other spaces. We will discuss what has changed since the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement and what may happen as a result of Brexit and the recent elections in the Republic of Ireland. Audience participation is encouraged.
To participate remotely, [information to be provided].
- Jonathan Blake, RAND
- Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast
- Jennifer Keating, Carnegie Mellon University
- Connal Parr, Northumbria University
Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh
Join us for a reading celebrating the work of Latinx literary voices. This installment of the Latinx & Proud! Reading Series will feature Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Ana Portnoy Brimmer! Melissa Lozada-Oliva is an American poet and educator based in New York. She is the author of chapbooks Plastic Pajaros, Rude Girl is Lonely Girl! (Pizza Pi Press), and Peluda (Button Poetry 2017). Her poem, “Like Totally Whatever” won the 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship. Lozada-Oliva was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts by immigrant parents; her mother is Guatemalan and her father is Colombian. Her work “explores, interrogates and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong.” Lozada-Oliva co-hosts Say More podcast with her best friend and fellow poet Olivia Gatwood.
Ana Portnoy Brimmer is a Puerto Rican poet and performer, writer and ARTivist. She holds a BA and an MA in English (Literature) from the University of Puerto Rico, and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Rutgers University-Newark. Her chapbook manuscript, To Love An Island, is the winner of YesYes Book’s 2019 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest, forthcoming in March 2020. Ana is the recipient of The Ancinas Family Scholarship; the inaugural recipient of the Sandra Cisneros Fellowship; a 2019 Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets and Best of the Net nominee; and a #PoetsForPuertoRico organizer. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Gulf Coast, Foundry Journal, Sx Salon, Huizache, Anomaly, Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, Centro Journal, among others.
Latinx & Proud! Series Advisory Board: Adriana E. Ramírez, Eloisa Amezcua, Malcolm Friend & Karla Lamb The mission of the Latinx & Proud! reading series is to incite conversation, empower, & amplify the Latinx community in Pittsburgh, PA & beyond.
EVENT PRESENTED BY:
City Of Asylum
IN LIGHT OF DECISIONS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AND CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.
John Hume’s political vision and innate sense of diplomacy persuaded key players in U.S. Politics to merge their concerns with his own. Ted Kennedy, Tip O’Neill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Hugh Carey – together known as the ‘Four Horsemen’ - were won over to his cause, lending the campaign for equality in Northern Ireland worldwide credibility and putting considerable pressure on the British and Irish governments to strive for peace.
John Hume in America illustrates how John Hume engaged every American President from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton. Maurice Fitzpatrick’s film explores Hume’s philosophy of non-violence during the Civil Rights Movement through to his indispensable work with friends in the U.S. to create a new political framework in Northern Ireland.
Maurice Fitzpatrick was educated at Trinity College Dublin. He is a lecturer at Villa Nova University, a film-maker and author. He has worked with John Hume in the past on a book and BBC/RTE film, The Boys of St. Coumb’s, published and broadcast in 2010. In 2013, he wrote and directed a documentary film for the BBC on Brian Friel’s Translations. He also writes journalism, primarily on Irish affairs.
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, March 25
Join us via Zoom at NOON: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/789443708
Monitor of Chinese OFDI in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020 Annual Report
by Enrique Dussel Peters, Professor of Economics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Visiting Global Scholar-University of Pittsburgh
The Academic Network of Latin America and the Caribbean on China (Red ALC-China) has been annually presenting the Monitor Report since 2017 and contributing to understanding Chinese overseas or outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Monitor provides continuity to on-going research and policy proposals of a group of researchers within Red ALC-China and in different countries of LAC, China and others.
As Professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Dr. Enrique Dussel Peters is an internationally recognized expert on China-Latin America relations. His work focuses on economic development, political economy, industrial organization and trade theory, NAFTA and CAFTA, TPP and CPTPP, and the evolution of industrial, trade and regional patterns in Latin America and Mexico.
Dr. Dussel Peters is also the inaugural, visiting Global Professor at the University of Pittsburgh for the Spring semester, working within the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In addition to teaching a graduate seminar on China-Latin America relations, he works closely with faculty in Latin American Studies and in Asian Studies, while his research activities will support the Global Asia Initiative.
Links to the report:
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.
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 last panel discussion will focus on LGBTQ+ experiences, featuring panelists Dr. Julie Beaulieu, lecturer in Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies; Alana Fields, PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology; Kim Dinh, MPA student in GSPIA; Neerja Garikipati, undergraduate student member of AQUARIUS Pitt; and Molly Gonzales, undergraduate member of The Fourth Wave. Christina Ong, PhD student in the Department of Sociology will facilitate.
Thursday, March 26
Ari Tobi-Aiyemo will explore the status quo patriarchy in Africa in the context of African women and the law profession.
Over the past decade, the development agendas of many governments across the globe focus on women empowerment. These agendas venture through halls of discriminatory laws, practices, traditions, and cultures that have been unfair to women, especially African women. It is indisputable that African women have come a long way in their circle of life–from a place of biased laws, customs, and cultures– through thorns of cultural, social, and legal pressures, to glides of assertiveness. Typically, African girls grow into women of substance, power, affluence, and influence. They are not laid-back figures. They find their way to education and compete in what is often referred to as the world of men and make their way through law school. These women do not just end in getting diplomas, they pursue careers to practice law either in the private sector–as private Attorney, Founder and Executive Director of Civil Organizations or NGOs, Attorney in humanitarian practices, rendering pro bono services. Alternatively, these women also practice law in the public sector as judges, public servants, DAs, Prosecutors, Law teachers, and legal consultants. Hence, to a large extent, the journey through the circle of life of the African woman is filled with different forms of deprivation, discrimination, and disregard until today.
Ari Tobi-Aiyemo is a Ph.D. Candidate of Judicial Studies in the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a retired Magistrate-Judge from the great judiciary of Lagos State, Nigeria. She has interest in social justice, law, jurisprudence and human rights.
Hub Talks are a new programmatic series in which faculty can share their research and promote upcoming courses and receive interdisciplinary feedback in a casual setting.
Katie Manukyan has taught Russian language and literature in Pitt's Slavic department since 2011 and is the Managing Director of the Summer Language Institute (SLI). She maintains an active career in music as a soprano and a diction coach and collaborates with many opera companies and other performing arts organizations including Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. She is a leading expert in Russian lyric diction and a promoter of vocal performance in the Russian language and will be performing the role of Parasha in Stravinsky's "Mavra" at the Pitt Global Hub on March 28-29.
Manukyan's talk will cover the performance history of Stravinsky's one-act opera, "Mavra," and give an insider's perspective on producing this challenging work in Pittsburgh. "Mavra" will be staged on March 28-29 in the Pitt Global Hub by the Neighborhood Project with support from the Nationality Rooms Program, the Year of Creativity, and REEES.
Sean Guillory is the Digital Scholarship Curator in the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and host of the SRB Podcast (https://srbpodcast.org), a weekly podcast on Eurasian politis, culture, and history. He is currently producing a 12-part audio documentary on African Americans, communism and the Soviet Union told through Lovett Ford-Whiteman's life tentatively titled "The Reddest of the Blacks."
In Guillory's talk, he will tell Fort-Whiteman's little-known story as one of the first African Americans to join the American Communist Party and a key player in shaping its positions on race, racism, and African American equality in the 1920s and 30s. He was arrested in the Soviet Union during the Great Terror in 1938 and sentenced to five years in Sevvostlag in Kolyma, one of the harshest forced labor camps in Stalin's Russia, where he died six month later. Fort-Whiteman is the only known African American victim of Stalin's terror.
Ever since Deng Xiaoping effectively de-radicalized China in the 1980s, debates have swirled around which path China would follow. Would it democratize? Would it embrace capitalism? Would the Communist Party's rule be able to withstand globalization and the internet? One thing few seriously considered: Mao Zedong would make a political comeback. This live interview with Jude Blanchette will discuss the return of the populist enthusiasm for the Great Helmsman's policies, and what it means for the present and future of Chinese communism.
This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.
Register to attend here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/upQlf-yqpjgqOn6gS4WXNDTFXM_H0kVbOg
Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!
Friday, March 27 until Sunday, March 29
Due to economic development and globalization, cities continue to grow with predictions that 70 of the world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. This course, then, will view cities as hubs where patterns, connections, discussions, and the processes shape such issues as social justice, economic development, technology, migration, the environment among others. By examining cities as a lens, this sequence of weekend courses encourages students to examine cities as a system for discussing social processes being built and rebuilt. With an interdisciplinary focus, the course invites experts from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.
Friday, March 27
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.
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
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!
Friday, March 27 until Sunday, May 31
Due to economic development and globalization, cities continue to grow with predictions that 70 of the
world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. This course, then, will view cities as hubs
where patterns, connections, discussions, and the processes shape such issues as social justice, economic
development, technology, migration, the environment among others. By examining cities as a lens, this
sequence of weekend courses encourages students to examine cities as a system for discussing social
processes being built and rebuilt. With an interdisciplinary focus, the course invites experts from the
University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.
This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the influence of multinational corporations on
cities; the rise of privacy issues in relation to adoption of technology within cities and homes; the
replacement of human labor and access to employment; the role of technology on urban planning,
One-credit for PITT students / 3 units
Saturday, March 28
The Olympiada of Spoken Russian is a national language competition for assessing students' knowledge of the language. You will receive recognition for your demonstrated language proficiency, improve your chances of getting international and study-abroad scholarships, and enhance your professional resume.
Please join us for an online workshop on the integration of culture in Chinese language teaching.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Donato, Professor and Chair of the Department of Instruction and Learning, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Gang Liu, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Sheree Willis, Director, K-12 Chinese Language Teaching Projects, School of Education, University of Kansas
Online workshop is free, however registration is required.
Registration Link: bit.ly/2QAARgH
Mavra by Igor Stravinsky. Conducted by John McKeever and Directed by Alyssa Weathersby. March 28th 8 PM and March 29th at 2 PM. Pay what you can.
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