Week of June 7, 2020 in UCIS

Thursday, June 11

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Local & Global Strategies for Advancing the Human Right to Housing
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with UPR Cities Project of the US Human Rights Cities Alliance; US Human Rights Network; Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance
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“Bringing Human Rights Home” Uniting People for Rights: US Human Rights Cities Webinar Series: Local & Global Strategies for Advancing the Human Right to Housing

In almost every single country, in every region, in cities and towns across the globe, we are experiencing a human rights crisis – the housing crisis. And something needs to change. It’s time to reclaim the #Right2Housing. -The Shift

The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed and deepened the long-standing housing crisis in our communities. At a time when everyone’s health demands that all residents have a safe and stable home, more and more people face housing insecurity and homelessness. How can cities and communities better protect people’s right to adequate housing? This webinar features Julieta Perucca, assistant to the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Adequate Housing and currently Deputy Director of global housing rights initiative, The Shift. Learn about the human right to housing around the world and strategies for using international law and the United Nations to advance housing and other human rights. We’ll hear from leaders in cities using innovative strategies for keeping people in their homes and expanding affordable housing. How can our emergency responses lead to permanent solutions? Confirmed City Representatives: Brandon Johnson, Director of the Office of Peace and Policy, City of Birmingham; Daniel Joseph Wiley, Housing organizer with Newark Ironbound Community; Crystal Jennings, Housing justice organizer with Pittsburgh’s Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition.

To participate in the webinar, https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99925342929

6:00 pm Lecture/Performance
The Sound of (Japanese) Music: Strings Revolution: History and Music of Shamisen and Geisha
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
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Strings Revolution: History and Music of Shamisen and Geisha

Thursday, June 11

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

Dr. Yuko Eguchi Wright, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

In the mid-1500s, the soundscapes of Japan dramatically changed because of the introduction of a three-stringed instrument—the shamisen. This presentation covers the historical background of shamisen and its music, particularly focusing on the songs practiced among geisha. It includes a demonstration and virtual hands-on session of shamisen songs.

Registration Required. Please Register Here: 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, June 12

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.

12:00 pm Panel Discussion
Let's Talk Africa Covid 19
Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/s/91412982142
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies and Global Hub
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Join a panel of individuals in Africa as they discuss how people in their country are reacting to life with COVID-19. We will learn from panelists in South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Kenya! Following the panel discussion there will be a question and answer session with the panelists.

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Virtual Lunch from Slovakia with Lydia Tobiasova, PhD
Virtual- Register at https://calendar.pitt.edu/
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Dr. Tobiasova received the 2014 Ruth Crawford Mitchell Czech/Slovak Fellowship from the Nationality Rooms Programs. She did a comparative study of law under the tutelage of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminal Law at Comenius University in Bratislava she was also a Fulbright Scholar Grantee at Fordham Law School in New York City in 2009/10 and she also served as Vice Dean for International Relations and Faculty Erasmus coordinator in 2011-2015. She will speak about the successful response of the Slovak government on COVID-19, the recent election in her country and reflections of where she is now. Dr. Tobiasova is serving as Legal Adviser for the Slovakian Ministry of Defense.

The conversation will be presented on Zoom. Participants must register at the University of Pittsburgh Events Calendar- https://calendar.pitt.edu/.

Registrants will receive the Zoom link and password.