More holiday traditions to see and learn. We are excited for you to see the Chinese New Year, experience a Lithuanian Christmas Eve dinner, and learn about the Welsh Mari Lwyd.
Week of December 13, 2020 in UCIS
Sunday, December 13
Monday, December 14
The Nationality Rooms Programs is proud to present an array of cultural dances and songs. Among our presentations are Slovak Folk Dancing, a dance journey through the Philippines, and the Swiss Helvetia Mannerchor.
This week's topic in our Charlemos series will be "Venezuela: Political Conflict and Economic Collapse." We will be discussing the Special Edition Issue of America Latina Hoy focusing on Venezuela. We will be talking with the editors: José Manuel Puente, Susanne Gratius, the director of the journal, María Ángeles Huete Garcia, and Francisco Sánchez, director of the Instituto de Iberoamérica at the University of Salamanca. Benedicte Bull (University of Oslo) will moderate the conversation.
Please follow this link to access the Special Issue of America Latina Hoy - https://revistas.usal.es/index.php/1130-2887/issue/view/alh.202085
Registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/y4g3g4lo
Tuesday, December 15
Holiday ornaments add meaning to celebrating the holidays, especially those that we remember from childhood or passed down from generation to generation. Today is a good day to learn about Czech and Slovak ornaments, the French santons, and marvel over the Victorian Christmas soldier display.
For Year 3 of our faculty development workshops for community colleges and minority-serving institutions, we are offering a series of monthly webinars focused on technology. The third of the webinars will examine Technology and Cybersecurity specifically addressing the challenges of protecting data against international threats.
Wednesday, December 16
Take the time to enjoy these breath-taking sceneries from countries where our Nationality Room Committees come from. Take a walk with an Irish farmer in Northern Ireland at the Livingston Farm, listen to a vendor selling presepi in Naples, and enjoy the drive through Austria.
Thursday, December 17
The theme for the day is Holiday Traditions. Most of us celebrate holiday traditions passed down from our parents. The traditions nurture us and become an essential aspect of how we celebrate. As part of this year's Holiday Open House, we present to you a few of the holiday traditions which the Nationality Room Committees have shared. Have you heard of the Welsh Calennig, or the German St. Nikolaus and Krampus? If not, then you should definitely check it out at the Pitt Global Hub.
This reading group for K-16 educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-8 PM. Books and Act 48 credit are provided. This reading group is co-sponsored with Pitt's European Studies Center and led by Mame-Fatou Niang, Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University.
This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 PM. Books and Act 48 credit are provided.
Friday, December 18
Come and watch the Nationality Room Committees' Cultural Performances. Each year we highlight traditional dances and songs at the Holiday Open House. Music is a big component of the festivities. Hear the Pittsburgh Taiko drums, sing with the Lithuanian Bociai group, and most definitely enjoy the Scottish bagpipes. Thank you for attending this year's Virtual Holiday Open House! Have a happy and safe holiday season!