Week of April 25, 2021 in UCIS

Sunday, April 25

1:00 pm Reception
REEES & Slavic Graduation Ceremony
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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A celebration of our 2020-2021 Graduates!

Tuesday, April 27

4:00 pm Workshop
International Marketing Competition
Location:
Virtual
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, The Cultural Communications Alliance (CCA) and GNC
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This competition is open to all high school students who are currently studying a world language. Teams may have a maximum of five members. No limits imposed on those students participating for a second or third time. Students may participate again with as many of the same team members as they like. The five-person team maximum remains in effect. Your task is to prepare a marketing strategy for a designated target market (United Arab Emirates-UAE) and product (GNC AMP Wheybolic).

Your team will be required to give a 12-minute presentation during which you will present your marketing strategy to a panel of judges. There will be a 3-minute Q&A session by the judges immediately after the 12-minute presentation.

More details to come! Check out the CCA page for more information https://sites.google.com/site/ccapittsburgh/cca-home

5:00 pm Workshop
Déjà Coup: power, protest and the language of nationhood in Myanmar K-12 Educator Workshop
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Mass protests have been seen across Myanmar since the military seized power in February. As an extension of Dr. Will Womack's March 30th lecture about how the political coup and protests have affected the peace process in Myanmar, please join us on April 27th from 5:00-6:30 pm ET for a K-12 educator workshop which will include an interview with Myanmar-based Ei Shwe Sin, Project Manager-Alternative Solutions to Hate and Violence, Search for Common Ground | End Violent Conflict. The workshop will offer strategies for how to incorporate the current events unfolding in Myanmar into the classroom. ACT 48 hours will be available to PA educators. After you have registered for this workshop here, we will send you the Zoom meeting link via email.

Register here

Thursday, April 29

12:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
JMintheUS: Economists, Global Travel, and German Imperial Politics
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies (CEUTTSS) and Virginia Tech
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Join us on April 29, 2021 when Erik Grimmer-Solem (Wesleyan University) will speak on his most recent book Learning Empire: Globalization and the German Quest for World Status, 1875-1919 (Cambridge UP, 2019). His book examines the process of German globalization---a process that began in the 1870s, well before Germany acquired a colonial empire or extensive overseas commercial interests and comes to a dramatic end with the outbreak of World War I. Structured around the figures of five influential economists who shaped the German political landscape, Learning Empire explores how their overseas experiences shaped public perceptions of the world and Germany's place in it. Looking closely at German worldwide entanglements, Learning Empire recasts how we interpret German imperialism, the origins of the First World War, and the rise of Nazism and invites reflection on the challenges of globalization in the current century.

Erik Grimmer-Solem received his D.Phil. in economic and social history from Nuffield College, Oxford University and was a postdoctoral Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago before joining Wesleyan University’s History Department in 2002. He is the author of The Rise of Historical Economics and Social Reform in Germany (Oxford UP, 2003), Learning Empire: Globalization and the German Quest for World Status, 1875-1919 (Cambridge UP, 2019), and over thirty other publications. He has received awards from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Leverhulme Trust, as well as two distinguished teaching prizes from Wesleyan University. His research on the Wehrmacht’s involvement in the Holocaust was discussed in the newsweekly Der Spiegel and debated in German parliament in 2014. He is currently finishing a book on this topic entitled Operation Barbarossa, the Crimes of the Wehrmacht, and the Politics of Remembrance in Contemporary Germany.

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6:00 pm Lecture
IKEBANA: More Than Just Pretty Flowers
Location:
via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Screenshot: Asia and Japan America Society of Pennsylvania
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On Thursday April 29 at 6:00 pm EDT, please join us for a virtual presentation by Dr. Brenda Jordan on the relationship of ikebana to the practice of tea as well as to daily life from the 1600s to today. Following the lecture, we will be screening the short film Ikebana directed by master practitioner Hiroshi Teshigahara and an artist demonstration and Q&A with Pittsburgh Sogetsu instructor Reiko Nakajima.

Register here.

Friday, April 30

11:00 am Film
Russian Film Symposium 2021: About Kira Stealthily
Location:
Eventive/Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, The Humanities Center, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Film and Media Studies Program, Graduate Program for Cultural Studies and The Pittsburgh Foundation
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This panel will screen and discuss About Kira Stealthily (О Кире украдкой, 2019) by Irina Vasilieva, a meta-reflection on the life and work of Kira Muratova, one of the most unusual and enigmatic directors of the Soviet space seen through the eyes of those who knew her and worked with her. The director herself will provide the introductory word about her film, as a commentary on the industry, the role of actor and director, and the place of a creator in the world in general.
This screening will be available worldwide during the duration of the panel.

Curator and Host: Eve Barden, Ph.D. Student
Film and Media Studies Program
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Pittsburgh

Introducer: Irina Vasil'eva, Art Director
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Respondent: Robert Clift, Associate Professor
Film and Media Studies Program
Department of English
University of Pittsburgh

Please register for the screening here: https://watch.eventive.org/rfs/play/60749fea2bcd4e00b344d19e
Please register for the introduction and discussion here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZKDuERBYQjqFl5pAZ3qDAg

2:30 pm Award Ceremony
Asian Studies Center Graduation
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Please join us to celebrate our certificate graduates!

3:30 pm Award Ceremony
Global Studies Graduation Ceremony
Location:
Virtual
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Graduation is a major accomplishment, a cherished tradition, and a time to celebrate with the community that you've helped create! Pitt GSC remains committed to honoring our 2021 graduating certificate students who have worked hard to accomplish so much throughout their time here at the University of Pittsburgh. Join us as we virtually celebrate this important milestone with our graduates!

Saturday, May 1

11:00 am Film
Russian Film Symposium 2021: Post-Soviet Time in Contemporary Documentaries
Location:
Eventive/Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, The Humanities Center, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Film and Media Studies Program, Graduate Program for Cultural Studies and The Pittsburgh Foundation
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This panel will include a screening and discussion of Exact Time (Точное время, 2017) by Tat’iana Stefanenko and Stasya is Me (Стася—это я, 2020) by Stasia Granovskaia. In their films, both filmmakers reflect on the intricacies of post-Soviet temporalities. Stefanenko’s film is about a Moscow research institute of time measuring; its obsolete machines, designed in the Soviet period, and frustrated staff, educated in the USSR, seem to be out of synch with modern Russia. Granovskaia, in her turn, combines her cinematic biography and autobiography by being both an object and subject of the camera, which records the life cycle of one family with its births and deaths. While Stefanenko’s film makes the viewer think about an overarching relationship between Soviet and post-Soviet temporalities in a metaphysical fashion, Granovskaia’s film pieces home video footage from the 1990s and contemporary family chronicle together to demonstrate how these temporalities are inhabited and lived by one family.
This screening will be available worldwide during the duration of the panel.
Curator and Host: Dinara Garifullina, Ph.D. Student
Film and Media Studies Program
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Pittsburgh

Introducer: Bella Grigoryan, Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Pittsburgh

Respondent: Anastasia Kostina, Ph.D. Candidate
Film and Media Studies
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Yale University

Please register for the screening here: https://watch.eventive.org/rfs/play/6074a11f2bcd4e00b344d26b
Please register for the introduction and discussion here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__mMTRvcPT_-0tbXjkLjPsw