Week of September 12, 2021 in UCIS
Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8
Monday, September 13
The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs' student cabinet is hosting a meet and greet for GSPIA's new cohort. Undergraduates interested in GSPIA are also invited to attend!
Focusing on post-liberalization Bombay cinema's metamorphosis into "Bollywood" during the nineties and noughties, this presentation will theorize cultural globalization as a process of plastic worldmaking. I will track a series of global gestures, comprising entanglements of material and semiotic transformations, that have forged Bollywood performatively. At stake is an understanding of this formation as a plastic emergence, in the sense that it conjures globalities that are mutable, relational, artificial, and often incompossible.
Bhaskar Sarkar teaches in the Department of Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara, and works in the areas of Indian cinema, post/de-colonial media, the global South, cultures of uncertainty, and piracy. He is the author of Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition (Duke, 2009), and the co-editor of Documentary Testimonies (Routledge, 2009), Asian Video Cultures (Duke, 2017), and Routledge Companion to Media and Risk (Routledge, 2020). Sarkar is currently completing drafts of two monographs, Cosmoplastics: Bollywood's Global Gesture, and Pirate Humanities. To register: click here
Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!
Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.
Wednesday, September 15
Join the German Department for Laber Rhabarber, a weekly German conversation hour that is open to all!
A weekly conversation table for people interested in German culture and language, all proficiency levels are welcome!
Thursday, September 16
The Irish Club at Pitt meets every two weeks during the semester to share Irish culture and language.
Friday, September 17
In a growingly diverse academic and professional settings, inclusive leadership is paramount. This 3-hour virtual leadership dialogue and training aims to equip graduate students with the skills necessary to lead, communicate, and work in diverse settings, such as international development or diplomacy. In this interactive training, students will work in pairs, small groups, and teams to practice empathetic listening, respectful communication, and cultural understanding.
Facilitator: Sakun Gajurel
Sakun is a 2021 University of Pittsburgh UCIS Emerging Global Leader. Born and raised in Nepal, she holds degrees in international development policy from Duke University, and development, innovation, and change from University of Bologna. As a development sector professional, she has worked closely with many communities, and values local knowledge in development efforts. She has work for FAO, WFP, UNICEF, and numerous others.