This documentary is premiering in the United States thanks to the 13th Russian Documentary Film Festival in New York (https://rusdocfilmfest.org/2020-movies), co-sponsored by our Center.
FREE TICKETS available for Pitt students in limited number via https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ucYTEo30SMtGip.
Films are available for viewing from 10 am (EST) on the day of the screening to 1:00 am (EST) the next day.
“Zulmat” means “tragedy” in the Kazakh language. The famine of the 1920-30s in Soviet Kazakhstan was a genuine genocide of this nation, once the largest among Asian nations of the Soviet Union. As a result of the “Zulmat” about 4 million people died in just ten years. The film tells about this horrible tragedy, about the Soviet Union’s repressive collectivization, and the brutality of Stalin’s dictatorship.
Author/Director: Zhanbolat Mamay
Producer: Zhanbolat Mamay
Running time: 85 min
Language: Kazakh, Ukrainian, Russian, English subtitles
Week of October 25, 2020 in UCIS
Sunday, October 25
Practice your Korean at Pitt Daehwa's weekly conversation hour!
Monday, October 26
Amir Issaa is an Italian rapper, hip-hop artist, producer,
writer, and social activist who has worked in the Italian
music industry since the late 1990s. Born and raised in
the diverse working-class neighborhood of
Torpignattara in Rome, he is the son of an Egyptian
father and an Italian mother. Issaa was one of the
founders of the Rome Zoo, a collective of rappers and
musicians that helped to define the rap scene in Italy
and launched the careers of many artists. He has won
several awards for his music, in particular for his work
on the 2012 film, Scialla!, which garnered him the David
di Donatello for best song and best soundtrack.
Issaa's work as an activist began as a reaction to his
own family's struggles; his father, an Egyptian
immigrant, was incarcerated for most of Issaa's
childhood. In 2017, Issaa published an autobiographical
novel, Vivo per questo (This is What I Live For), in which
he reflects on his formative years growing up in
Torpignattara and the prejudice and racism that he
faced. Issaa has long been an activist for immigrants'
rights, particularly those of the children of immigrants
living in Italy. More recently, Issaa has been involved in
the Italian Black Lives Matter movement and published
the song "Non respiro" ("I Can't Breathe") in response to
the murder of George Floyd. Register Here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GJDIU1dFTLGApPc0uiu_RQ
Virtual Office Hours:
Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/98550944503
Speak with a representative from the Asian Studies Center to learn about their offerings, including the Asian Studies Certificate, events, and more.
Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/96441387574
Speak with a student ambassador from the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies to learn about their certificate offerings, events, scholarships and more.
Zoom Link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/91198700639
Join us on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm EST to discuss our featured article: Afro-Indigeneity in Latin America: Conversations of Diasporic Blackness, Allyship, & Advocacy written by Panoramas Intern, Ashley Brown. To read the article please visit: https://www.panoramas.pitt.edu/art-and-culture/afro-indigeneity-latin-am...
Article abstract: With the coming and passing of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we are tasked with continuing the celebration and advocacy for Indigenous communities that have been destroyed and deeply scarred by centuries of colonization. The diversity of identities in Latin America has resulted in the creation of new cultures, languages, and world perspectives. Two groups that embody this intersectionality are the Afro-Indigenous tribes known as the Garifuna and the Miskito people. Both communities are challenged with efforts to erasure their culture However, the growing recognition and representation of Indigenous people help combat this cycle of violence from continuing. How can our intentional consumption of knowledge and advocacy challenge the colonial paradigms that marginalize Afro-Indigenous communities?
Ashley Brown is a junior double majoring in English Writing and Spanish, minoring in Africana Studies and Creative Writing, and is pursuing certificates in both Latin American Studies and Sustainability. As an Afro-Honduran, her background influences much of her writing as she centralizes her work around the African diaspora within the Americas and the disparities faced by marginalized populations. In addition, she is the current President of the Latinx Student Association. She uses her position to educate the members of the organization, celebrate diversity both inside and outside of the university, and foster conversations that are vital to the growth and unity of the community. She will continue to use her platforms for advocacy and to shine a light on many of the systematic and societal obstacles faced by BIPOC.
Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/y2yzkezv
Tuesday, October 27
As part of our Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant, Dr. joaquín Roy, Jean Monnet Professor and Director University of Miami European Union Center of Excellence, will make a presentation on Europe and Latin American Relations under the impact of COVID-19.
Joaquín Roy, (Lic. Law, University of Barcelona, 1966; Ph.D, Georgetown University, 1973), is Jean Monnet Professor and Director of University of Miami European Union Center of Excellence. He has published over 200 academic articles and reviews, and he is the author or editor of 39 books. He has also published over 1,400 columns and essays. He was awarded the Encomienda of the Order of Merit by King Juan Carlos of Spain.
Moderator: Markus Thiel, Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics & International Relations, Director, Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, FIU
Virtual Office Hours:
Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/98550944503
This course provides students with an opportunity to think about the most recent wave of brutal police violence in the United States in a global perspective. Expanding on our summer series, students will focus on topics such as racial capitalism, colonialism and settler colonialism, and transnational trends in militarized policing and police violence. Students who complete the course will appreciate how policing in the USA shapes and is shaped by global processes.
The pop-up course will kick off on September 15!
Practice your French with instructors and students in a casual environment! Tuesdays from 4-5PM ET on Zoom. Register to receive access: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpc-mtqTkiG9LWrvpHBRqIiStR58e6fWpH
Peace Corps Pitt Alumni Panel
Tuesday, October 27th, 6:30-7:30pm
Join us to learn about service overseas from Pitt Alumni that served in the Peace Corps. Gain valuable information from those who served, ask questions about service, and learn how the Peace Corps helped their careers.
Stammtisch is the German Club's weekly conversation table for speaks of all levels from absolute beginners to fluent speakers. Here we practice our language skills while also learning about German culture through fun games and activities!
Zoom Meeting ID: 988 3897 9763
Wednesday, October 28
The Pitt Global Hub is hosting virtual drop-in hours via Zoom every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30PM for students who wish to ask general questions regarding our international area studies and global studies certificates, study abroad, scholarships, clubs and language tables, and more.
Zoom link: http://pitt.zoom.us/j/96763408157
Join REEES-affiliated faculty Olga Kuchinskaya (Associate Professor, Department of Communications; Affiliated Faculty, Cultural Studies Program) for her talk on "TECHNOLOGIES OF PROTEST IN BELARUS."
Building on the theme of the Common Seminar, Culture, Technology, and the Critic, this presentation considers the design and continuous adjustment of platforms to support civil society in the context of the ongoing protests in Belarus. Tens and hundreds of thousands have been protesting every Sunday after the rigged presidential elections on August 9, 2020. In this talk, I consider the two key tools used to support political mobilization before and after the elections: the platform Golos meant to ensure the integrity of the elections and the messaging app Telegram, the main media of the protests.
All Pitt students and faculty members are invited to tune into the live event via https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97133762482.
To learn more about this year's Common Seminar offered by the Cultural Studies Program and Professor Kuchinskaya, click here: https://www.culturalstudies.pitt.edu/news-story/spring-2021-common-semin...
Marianne Kamp, Associate Profess of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University will present on collectivization oral histories from Uzbekistan.
Zoom registration: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdemspzIjH9KTxzaRNi3azsFBJYj0sZIb
This event is part of the Area Studies Lecture Series presented by the 2018-2021 U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies grant recipients for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.
Cécile Duquenne will discuss the many ways literature can make a tangible impact on local and global politics, with a focus on French “littératures de l’imaginaire” (fantasy, science-fiction, young adult). Students would write a 500-750 word letter in French, about how their character decided or was forced to go abroad, describing their experience of exile into another society, followed by a Q&A session with the author.
To register please email Kaliane Ung, email@example.com.
Thursday, October 29 until Tuesday, November 3
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Y DÍA DE LOS SANTOS FESTIVITIES!
Thursday, October 29 to Tuesday, November 3, 2020
“Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life.”
All Saints Day, Guatemala
Around the world, people do things to remember their loved ones in different ways. It can be through celebrations and festivities or quiet prayer and mourning. In Guatemala, the most important holiday to pay respect to the deceased is on November 1, All Saints Day, or Día de Todos Santos. On this day, the country transforms into a lively exhibition of remembrance filled with flowers, artistic decorations, and food. Locals also make and fly kites to connect with the deceased, and huge kites take over the skies of Santiago and Sumpango, (in Sacatepequez) where the largest kite festivals take place yearly. (https://www.tripsavvy.com/all-saints-day-celebrations-november-1490539)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
October 29 to November 3, 2020—GLOBAL HUB (Posvar Hall)
Pitt Students are cordially invited to visit our ALTAR, and add items in remembrance of your loved ones. Please follow COVID-19 social distancing rules while visiting and placing items on the altar.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Virtually Remembering Together/Recordando Juntos
Live Music with TRIO NOVA at LA PALAPA,Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal Bar: https://www.facebook.com/LaPalapaPgh and CLAS FB: https://www.facebook.com/clas.pitt
Call (412) 586-7015 to reserve a table: 1st reservation at 4:30pm and 2nd reservation at 7:00pm
OFRENDAS with Lisa DiGioia –Nutini
Share ofrendas, your artwork, your music, your poetry. Share your feelings, your joys and your sorrows in a chat room. Let’s remember them together. In solidarity, in unity, and in hope.
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:00am
Virtual Lesson about el Día de los Muertos and the Day of the Saints with Lisa DiGioia-Nutini and Manuel Roman-Lacayo. Schools, families, students and the community are welcome!
Registration Required: https://tinyurl.com/y3dyw4jx
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:00-9:00 pm
Dia de los Muertos with DJ Gringa Morena with Lisa DiGioia-Nutini
Combining traditional dia de los Muertos music with liberal political protest music. visit: https://www.facebook.com/djGringaMorena
(Not suitable for children under 16)
For information about these events, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by: The Center for Latin American Studies, the GLOBAL Hub, the UCIS Engagement Team & the International Week Committee at the University of Pittsburgh in association with La Palapa, Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal Bar, and Mexico Lindo (Lisa DiGioia-Nutini).
Thursday, October 29
Virtual Office Hours:
In this presentation, Kunio Hara explores the essential role of sound and music in how we experience two classics of Japanese animation: Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro and Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies.
Kunio Hara is Associate Professor of Music History at the University of South Carolina. His main area of research is 19th-century Italian opera, particularly the works of Giacomo Puccini. Kunio’s initial interest in Puccini’s musical representation of Japanese people and culture in Madama Butterfly developed into the exploration of the careers of Japanese opera singers, such as Tamaki Miura and Yoshie Fujiwara, who actively engaged with the opera. His article on Miura’s final performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Japan under U.S. occupation appeared in the journal Music and Politics. Later this fall at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society, Kunio will present a paper on Fujiwara Opera Company’s U.S. tour in the 1950s.
Zoom Link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/91198700639
Speak with a student ambassador from the European Studies Center to learn about their four certificate offerings, events, scholarships, symposia and more.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86171673232?pwd=aThWaHhxeDFsTEdPeGZsdzZaS01EQT09
Want to practice your German in a casual environment and get to know other students and faculty that share your love for this language? Then Laber Rhabarber is for you! All levels of German and all kinds of people are welcome!
Zoom Link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/91424897554
Are you interested in using your Russian Studies background to pursue a career journalism? Join us to learn about professional opportunities in this field.
REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvceCqqTgqHNNidHQRh9X6VCeEzDfX2f...
Dr. Olga Klimova
Director of the Russian Program
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Jennifer Wilson, Freelance Writer
Hilah Kohen, Literary and Features Editor, Meduza
Leilani Farha, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Housing, will speak about her work bringing demands for housing justice to governments and working with the global housing rights movement through her organization #Maketheshift with featured panelists. Panelists include: Carl Redwood, Pittsburgh's Hill District Consensus Group, Dr. Michael Goodhart, Director of Pitt Global Studies Center, and Rob Robinson of the US Human Rights Cities Alliance, International Alliance of Inhabitants and Partners for Dignity Rights.
It's Movie Night!
Join the Euro Club and European Studies Center to watch the Will Ferrell Comedy, EuroVision Song Contest : The Story of Fire Saga. Students must have Netflix Subscription and Install Free TeleParty Extension (Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge).
Friday, October 30
8:30 a m. Welcome and Greetings
Dr. Christopher Jespersen, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, University of North Georgia
8:45 a. m. Program Overview
Dr. James A Cook, Associate Director, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Rajgopal "Raj" Sashti, Director, Nine University and College International Studies
Consortium of Georgia, ABAC, Tifton, Georgia.
9:00 a. m. The Taiwanese Tiger in Asia's Development - 1895 - Present.
Dr. Michael Liu, The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh's 2020-2021
10:00 a. m. Question and Answer - Participants
10:15 a. m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a. m. Why Taiwan Matters? Taiwan's Public Health System and How It Fights COVID-19.
Dr. Hsien-Chang Lin, Associate Professor in Public Health, Indiana University,
11:30 a. m. Question and Answer - Participants
12:00 p. m. Lunch Break
1:00 p. m. THE COST OF PRIVACY: WELFARE EFFECTS OF THE DISCLOSURE OF COVID-19
Dr. Munseob Lee, Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Global Policy and Strategy,
University of California – San Diego.
2:00 p. m. Question and Answer Session - Participants
2:15 p. m. Refreshment Break
2:30 p. m. UNCOMMON AND MARGINALIZED PERSPECTIVES THROUGH FILM: TAIWAN AND
OTHER ASIAN TIGERS
Dr. Kirsten Strayer, Visiting Instructor and Program Coordinator, SCREENSHOT: ASIA, Asian Studies Center,
University of Pittsburgh.
3:30 Question and Answer Session and Closing Remarks
A presentation by Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University in Nigeria.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of human interaction. One important area that the global spread of the virus has affected is collaborations and partnerships among universities in different parts of the world. The norm has always been university’s representatives embarking on trips to prospective partnering higher institutions. However, with lockdowns, travel restrictions and social distancing - the international partnerships among most universities have been brought to a halt.
In the light of the foregoing, the guest speaker will discuss the following:
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected prospective collaborations among universities across the world?
What is the new normal?
The future and way forward.
With the Center for Global Health and Graduate School of Public Health, GSC will host Pitt's first Global Health Case Competition. This competition simulates professional practice in developing strategies to address a hypothetical global health scenario. Interdisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate students will develop presentations that address the scenario in a holistic way. Each team will present its strategy to a panel of experts, with the top team receiving support to participate in the 2021 Emory University International Case Competition.
Students can register as individuals or as part of a team. Each team must included graduate and undergraduate students from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. Further information can be found on our website. Questions? Reach out to Elaine.
Zoom Meeting ID: 950 0542 1812
Join us for the Russian conversation table & tutoring to improve your Russian, meet other Russian students, prepare for oral exams, and learn more about Russian culture.
Email Katya Kovaleva for Zoom info at Katya.Kovaleva@gmail.com