Week of April 18, 2021 in UCIS
Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8
Tuesday, April 20
Success and Challenge for the EU External Cultural Relations with Guillaume Decot (European External Action Service), Damien Helly (Culture Solutions), Elke Selter (SOAS)
Moderator: Kristin Hausler, Center for International Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Speakers will consider the possible opportunities in the EU-US relations offered by the new US presidency and the multi-year EU budget programming, including opportunities for dialogue and combined action in the field of cultural heritage in transatlantic relations and worldwide.
Wednesday, April 21
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
Thursday, April 22
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST for this event on Digital Trade and Taxation held jointly by the Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies and the European Parliament Liaison Office, Washington DC.
Andreas Schwab (Germany-EPP), Member of European Parliament, will open the event with a short keynote address. The subsequent panel, moderated by Besnik Pula (CEUTTSS), will will address the ways in which the rise of the digital economy has generated new questions over the governance of transatlantic trade. It features Benjamin Angel, European Commission, TAXUD; Francesco Duina, Bates College & Jean Monnet Network on Transatlantic Trade Politics; and Urška Petrovčič, of the Hudson Institute.
Digital services, e-commerce, and other technology-intensive trade in services have become critical drivers of international trade in recent decades, with
digital services assuming even greater importance to economies across the world in the Covid era. In addition to more familiar questions of data security
and privacy, the digital economy is also presenting challenges to other areas of international economic relations and governance. National differences over
taxation of digital services are also producing confrontation over competition for innovation and international market access by technology firms.
Nowhere have these issues emerged more strongly than in trade and economic relations between the United States and the European Union. In 2017, US
digital services exports amounted to over $400 billion, estimated to directly and indirectly support over 1.4 million American jobs. The EU is one of the top markets for US digital exports as well as the largest provider of digital services to the US economy. The great importance of transatlantic digital trade to the US and the EU has generated a number of critical policy issues in bilateral
economic relations, such as questions of data privacy and security, the regulation of business cross-border activities of digital service providers, and the taxation of digital services. Questions of data regulation and taxation have spilled over into issues of competition and innovation and market access for firms on both sides of the Atlantic.
Chair: John Lyon, Chair of the German Department, University of Pittsburgh
Schengen’ in fin de siècle Europe? Borderless Mobility in the Nineteenth Century - Jan Musekamp, DAAD Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh
Salvador de Madariaga and the ‘Solidarity of Being’: Limits and potential of an imagined ‘free movement of persons’ in Europe - Cristina Blanco Sío-López, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Global Fellow, University of Pittsburgh / Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
Organized by the European Studies Center and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellow in residence at the University of Pittsburgh, Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez
A Grubhub credit will be available to the first 20 people to register (only available within the U.S.)
Each year the University of Pittsburgh recognizes faculty members and young alumni for their contributions around the world. On April 8th and April 22nd, join us in celebrating the winners of the prestigious Sheth International Achievement Award!
We will have a Virtual Fireside Chat and Celebration event on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. EST to celebrate the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement winners, Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco and Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago.
We will have a Virtual Celebration event on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST to celebrate the Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award winner, Dr. Vyasa Sai.
For more information and to register for these events, visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/sheth-international-achievement-awards
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!
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.
This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Discussion led by Jan Musekamp, DAAD Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh. 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 will be provided.
Friday, April 23
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
Join us in celebrating this year's African Studies Certificate graduates and hearing their journey through the program! We are so proud of their accomplishments and are excited to see their futures unfold.
As a celebration of Earth Day and some of the planet's most vehement protectors, join the Panoramas interns in a presentation of case-studies of Indigenous peoples' relationship with the lands they inhabit. Starting with Prehispanic Latin America with Indigenous agricultural practices, and the impact of early globalization, the presenters frame centuries of land abuse and impact of colonization on aboriginal including:
Industrialized agriculture and economic growth pose a serious threat to sustainable practices at The Cerrado, a vast and relatively unknown Savannah in Central Brazil being decimated at a rate roughly four-times faster than the Amazon deforestation.
The beef industry is responsible for most of the deforestation as well as the murder and displacement of thousands of Indigenous people In the Amazon, raising serious concerns about its long-term sustainability.
Climate change in Latin America impacts Indigenous peoples’ spiritual connection to land, leading to worse mental health outcomes among their communities. The Mapuche, an Indigenous group that live in Argentina and Chile, have been fighting for autonomy since the invasion of the Spanish to the Americas.
Afro-Indigenous populations, such as the Garifuna, play a pivotal role in sustainability in Latin America as their respect for the land they inhabit is integrated into their cultural practices.
By challenging western ideas and exploring past and current confrontations between people fighting for their land, we are faced with questions about our role.