Week of May 17, 2020 in UCIS

Friday, March 27 until Sunday, May 31

5:00 pm Seminar
Transforming Cities: Smart Cities and Technology
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Carnegie Mellon University Office of the Provost for Education
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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,
among others.
One-credit for PITT students / 3 units

Thursday, May 21

6:00 pm Lecture/Performance
The Sound of (Japanese) Music: the Shakuhachi, its History, and its Music
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
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The World in a Single Sound - the Shakuhachi, its History, and its Music

Thursday, May 21

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET (5:00-6:30 CT)

Devon Osamu Tipp, PhD Candidate in Music Theory/Composition, University of Pittsburgh

Steeped in the aesthetics of Zen Buddhism, traditional shakuhachi repertoire focuses on the discovery of the world that lies within a single note, a single sound. This presentation will introduce you to the history of shakuhachi, as well as some of the fundamental aesthetic concepts that continue to capture audiences hearts and minds.

Registration Required. Please register at: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ncta/sound-japanese-music-online-mini-course-e...

Part of the Series:

The Sound of (Japanese) Music: Online Mini Course for Educators

Co-sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh NCTA

Join us for “The Sound of (Japanese) Music,” a series of presentations and demos by four Japanese music ethnomusicologists. Designed to take you to a deeper level of understanding of traditional Japanese music, these presentations expand your knowledge of Japanese history and culture, including modern music innovations. You will learn about the evolving traditions of the koto, shakuhachi, shamisen and the recent development of taiko drumming. Some presentations will be recorded for your use later with your students. All sessions will be held through Zoom.

Friday, May 22

10:45 am Workshop
Online: How To Tai Chi
Zoom (online)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Reduce your stress, find more balance, join us for an online tai chi session with Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer, Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh. To register, click here.

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Virtual Lunch with Ms. Veni Ventzislavova with a Bulgarian Flavor
Virtual- Register at https://calendar.pitt.edu/
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Veni Ventzislavova will present Bulgarian dish Yaritsa po Panaguski (Eggs done Panagurski style) while speaking about her experience immigrating to the U.S. from Bulgaria.

Born in Pernik, Bulgaria Veni represented the women’s basketball team Minor Pernik at an early age. She graduated from Sofia University with a BS in Speech Therapy. In 1997, she came to New York City and soon started working in the fashion industry on Madison Avenue with Giorgio Armani and later at Bergdorf Goodman. In 2003, Veni moved to San Francisco and opened her own business – a retail establishment called Vex. She returned to New York and graduated with a master’s degree in Sports Business from New York University. She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and teach an undergraduate class in Licensing and Merchandising. In 2015, Veni Ventzislavova was hired as the East Coast Regional Manager for Dolce & Gabbana and currently, is the Store Director for Givenchy Madison Avenue.

Register at https://calendar.pitt.edu/ Registrants will receive the Zoom link and password

2:00 pm Information Session
Class Info Session: HIST1691 - Latino History
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of History
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This course is a survey of the history of peoples of Latin American and Hispanic-Caribbean descent in the United States from the sixteenth century to the present. 

We will learn from the distinct ethnic, racial, and cultural forms that Latinos either preserved from their homelands or produced in the US mainland. We will analyze the varied experiences of Latinos and Latin American immigrants as they transition to and become part of everyday life in the United States.

All of this will be done with a wide array of audiovisual sources like graphic novels, music and film!

This course counts for general education credit and does not require previous knowledge. Please direct questions to the instructor at asj42@pitt.edu