Week of February 14, 2021 in UCIS

Tuesday, February 16

10:00 am Panel Discussion
What Makes a Great Mentoring Relationship?
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Hub
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Join the University Center for International Studies on Tuesday, February 16th from 10-11AMET for an informal talk with Darcy Roehling and Noelle Spencer on what makes a great mentoring relationship.

Darcy is a global executive with over 25 years of international leadership and business development experience in Asia Pacific, EMEA, and the USA with organizations such as Oglivy, Thomson Reuters, American Express, Impact, and Aperian Global. She has had several senior roles with responsibilities in strategy, P&L, partnerships, product development, as well as managing global, culturally diverse, matrixed teams. Darcy holds a Masters of Public and International Affairs with concentrations in Chinese Studies & Diplomacy, as well as a BA in Liberal Arts & Chinese Studies, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a certified 'Designing Your Life Coach' and will be launching her business, 'unstuck', in March 2021.

Noelle is a mixed-methods researcher pursuing her PhD in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She earned her MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to beginning her Doctoral work, Noelle worked as a Clinical Research Assistant conducting mixed methods research centered around such topics as substance use in pregnancy and the opioid epidemic.

This webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live event.

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A7GdEHq3Qy2G5Tl_CMQGEw

3:00 pm Lecture
Building the post-1949 State in China and Taiwan
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Dr. Julia C. Strauss, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Politics at the University of London, will discuss her recent book, "State Formation in China and Taiwan: Bureaucracy, Campaign, and Performance." Register here.

6:00 pm Information Session
Student/Alumni Meet 'n Greet
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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An informal conversation with GSC alumni. We’ll discuss issues they are concerned about, their work, graduate studies, how they balance work with advocacy, and more. Grab a snack and join the conversation.

Nick Collins ‘13 (Economics) works for a multi-year community development initiative in the Bay Area, trying to change the way we build the environment around us (Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge). Nick lived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan for two years following graduation, and has worked in both the international and national development spaces. He was the president of FeelGood during his years at Pitt

Chelsea Frimpong ’14 (Africana Studies, Political Science) MPH, Ichan School of Medicine, at Mount Sinai, is a producer at Zueus Jones and is founder of Believe in Your Cool, a collective for Black Womxn (21-35) to facilitate self-purpose, career empowerment, and community development. Chelsea was a Pathfinder, OCC Ambassador president of the African Student Association and RISE Girls Mentoring Program while at Pitt.

Jodi Lincoln’ 14 (Anthropology, Film Studies), works for the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation. In her spare time she is leading the effort to restore access to physical books to prisoners in the Allegheny County jail and leads Book’Em, the Pittsburgh Books to Prisoners program with the Thomas Merton Center.

Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99649268928

7:00 pm Reading Group
ESCape Into a Book: Gingerbread
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Join the European Studies Center at Pitt's virtual book club, exploring recent works by European authors. We will be reading "Gingerbread" by Helen Oyeyemi.

Discussion dates at February 16 and February 20. The deadline to RSVP is Thursday, January 7, 2021. A free copy of the book is available to the first 50 registrants who request one. The event is open to ALL.

RSVP at https://forms.gle/uTRwaCSdDVpd9Lir9

7:00 pm Film
Nailed It Screening and Q&A with Adele Pham
Location:
Vimeo
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies and Global Hub
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Join us for a screening of Nailed It, a documentary film about the impact that the Vietnamese nail industry has had on the United States.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with award-winning director Adele Pham. The Black Action Society and Asian Student Alliance will be holding a panel discussion in response to the documentary on Friday, February 19th at 8PMET.

This event is part of The Other Colors: African and Asian America, a project generously funded in part by the Year of Engagement.

Wednesday, February 17

11:00 am Information Session
African Studies Program Virtual Office Hours
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies and Global Hub
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Meet with African Studies Program Student Ambassador Emmanuel Ampofo to ask questions about the African Studies Certificate, upcoming events, and more.

Meet via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/97841843639

5:00 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte: French Conversation Club
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Chat with other French students, French faculty, and PhD students and practice your French language skills. Email PhD student Pat Nikiema at PAN32@pitt.edu for the Zoom link.

5:30 pm Presentation
The Dark Side of Superfoods: Negative Externalities in Luxury Commodity and Consumption
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Latin America and the Caribbean Competency Virtual Series is an opportunity for students to learn more about different topics related to this area and connect with the guest speakers outside of the classroom environment. The students will also have the chance of discussing and asking questions regarding the topic of the presentation. The first presentation will be by Caelan Hidalgo Schick, Panoramas Graduate Coordinator and Graduate student in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She will be talking about how the rising popularity of products marketed as “superfoods” is leading to questioning of how sustainable these “trendy” foods and products truly are. Consumers of superfoods from rich northern countries are unknowingly contributing to unsustainable agriculture exploitation of indigenous farmers and land, and forced labor practices.

Registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/virtualseries1

You can earn myPittGlobal and OCC credit and a certificate of participation by attending!

6:00 pm Workshop
Re-Imagining the World of Art through Story and Collaboration
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
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Join author and Nationality Rooms scholarship recipient, Amy Alznauer, online as she offers ways to incorporate themes from her book about two brothers who persevere through the upheaval of China's Cultural Revolution in the 1970s by painting together.

To register for this K-5 workshop, please click here. Upon registration, you will receive the Zoom meeting link for this workshop.

7:00 pm Information Session
CLAS Ambassadors and Panoramas Interns Information Session
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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This info session is open to all students wanting to hear more about the Ambassador and/or Panoramas Internships. Come to meet current Ambassadors and Panoramas Interns and find out about the application process and what the positions involve!

Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99657016259

7:00 pm Film
Pontianak Film Seres: Sumpah Pontinanak
Location:
Vimeo
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies Program; SCREENSHOT: ASIA
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Third in the series of schlocky films from the 50s. The first Pontianak film appeared in 1957 Singaporean Malay horror film directed by Indian film director B.N. Rao starring Maria Menado and M. Amin. Based on the Malay folktales of a blood-sucking ghost born from a woman who dies in childbirth. The smash hit premiered on 27 April 1957 and screened for almost three months at the local Cathay cinemas. Its success spawned two other sequels, Dendam Pontianak (Revenge of the Pontianak, 1957) and Sumpah Pontianak (Curse of the Pontianak, 1958). It is also said to have launched the Pontianak genre in Singapore and Malaysia, with rival Shaw producing its own Pontianak trilogy and several movies of the same genre were also made in Malaysia.

Thursday, February 18

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
CoE: Creating Europe Through the Built Environment
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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The ESC’s 2020-21 theme, Creating Europe, explores both the political, social, cultural, and geographical forces that have given shape to contemporary Europe and also individuals who create and are creative in their daily or artistic expressions of what it means to be European.

In this second installment of our 'Creating Europe through' series, the focus will be on the built environment. Our panelists will discuss the following: How does the architecture of EU institutional buildings reflect or express European ideas or identity? Does EU funding for infrastructure projects throughout Europe promote a European identity among EU citizens? And how does the EU work to integrate buildings into the circular economy and create a greener Europe?

3:15 pm Cultural Event
Laber Rhabarber - German Conversation Hour
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Laber Rhabarber - More than a German conversation hour!

"... the most human thing we have is language, and we have it in order to talk." German author Theodor Fontane wrote in 1892. So, here's chance! Be human with us for an hour every week, albeit in German ;D

Everyone and every level of German welcome!

Zoom Meeting link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/99661883076
German Dept. website: http://www.german.pitt.edu/
Follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @UPittGerman

5:00 pm Teacher Training
Global Issues Through Literature Series (GILS) "To Swim Across the World" by Frances Park & Ginger Park
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and participants 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 (EST). Books and 3 Act 48 credit hours are provided.

Registration is closed.

Friday, February 19

11:00 am Presentation
UCIS International Career Toolkit Series Presents:HealTogether CIC
Location:
Zoom Discussion
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and Global Hub
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HealTogether CIC is a community enterprise organization with a vision for improving access for mental health care services for the Somali community in England and Wales. Anabelle joins us from the UK to discuss starting her own organization to help fellow Somalis in her community after a lockdown and a furlough. She spent 15 years in HR and Talent Acquisition before actualizing her dream during Covid-19.

1:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Language Tutoring
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Russian tutoring available for students by appointment.

Book your appointment here: https://calendly.com/katya-kovaleva/russian-language-tutoring

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Talking About Whiteness: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, University of Chicago, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State University, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
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Join us to explore how communities are often minoritized along racial lines and the challenges scholars encounter when attempting to bring race and intersectional analysis to bear upon systemic inequality in our region.

2:00-3:30 pm (ET) | 1:00-2:30 pm (CT) | 12:00-1:30 (MT) | 11:00 am-12:30 pm (PT)

MODERATOR:
Roman Utkin, Wesleyan University

SPEAKERS:
Marius Turda, Oxford Brookes University
Lauren Woodard, Yale University
Sean Roberts, George Washington University
Monika Bobako, Adam Mickiewicz University

This event will be recorded and streamed live on the ASEEES Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/slavic.e.european.eurasian.studies/)

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/creees/race-in-focus

This event is part of the series "Race in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or research on communities of color to the center stage.n.studies/)

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Meeting
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club
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Join the Pitt German Club every Friday at 3PM to practice your German language skills and learn about different aspects of German culture!

Zoom ID: 950 0542 1812

4:15 pm Colloquium
Panoramas Round Table: Disability and Mental Illness in Latin America: Exploring Chile’s Access to Resources
Location:
Online (Zoom)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas
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The lack of resources for mental health and disabilities in Chile represents a pattern of slow but progressive growth in Latin America. The current health insurance system creates segmentation among high-risk individuals, which has caused an accumulation of people with psychiatric disabilities in the public sector. For those with intellectual and physical disabilities, the country is seeing a shift towards a more inclusive workforce and education system. The quality and quantity of resources is heavily influenced by a long-lasting stigma toward disability and mental illness. While attitudes toward physical or visible disabilities seem to be shifting towards acceptance, more efforts are needed to improve the perception of people with mental disorders.

Bridget Hogue and Peyton Stuart will lead this week's round table. The article will be available to read on https://panoramas.pitt.edu.

Registration Required: https://tinyurl.com/4jwv3g74

8:00 pm Panel Discussion
Nailed It Panel Discussion with BAS & ASA
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Hub along with Black Action Society (BAS) and Asian Student Alliance
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The Black Action Society and Asian Student Alliance will be hosting a panel discussion in response to the screening of Adele Pham's documentary, "Nailed It," and expand on topics of Black and Asian American relationships in the U.S.

Registrants for the Nailed It screening on February 16th will automatically receive the Zoom link for the panel discussion.

Register Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeamsSa5nxqSAmmsHqIAnQ-tKnaqujm...

This event is part of The Other Colors: African and Asian America, a project generously funded in part by the Year of Engagement.