Week of October 10, 2021 in UCIS

Sunday, October 10

2:00 pm Film
Asian American Shorts
Location:
Outdoor Pavilion, Allegheny Rivertrail Park, Aspinall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

This screening is a variety of shorts from the Asian diaspora. In Koreatown Ghost Story, a young woman gets more than she bargained for at the acupuncturist. Hawaiian Soul tells a fictionalized account of 1970s native activist George Helm. In Tammy, a skater learns what it's like to be upstaged by another Asian American girl. These and more in our shorts program!

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5:00 pm Film
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Location:
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Office of the Chancellor and Department of Film Studies
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The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.

Film description: An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap, and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.

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Monday, October 11

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Stop by the Global Hub to contribute to our poster on how you will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day!

1:00 pm Student Club Activity
LMSA Fundraiser Bake Sale for Casa San Jose
Location:
Scaife Lobby
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Pitt Latino Medical Student Association
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This is a fundraiser for Casa San Jose a Latine run and Latine supporting organization.

4:30 pm Lecture
The Riddle of Energy: Climate and Culture in the Japanese Anthropocene
Location:
211 David Lawrence
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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What is the relationship between everyday human culture and the global realities of anthropogenic climate change? My current book project, “Fueling Tokyo: Japan in the Age of Global Energy,” takes up this problem, knitting together histories of people, resources, technologies, and infrastructures to help us better understand the cultural connections that have fueled the Anthropocene in Japan. The country is the world’s third-largest economy; it imports 95% of its primary energy. Japan built an empire in pursuit of energy: labor and food calories, coal, hydroelectric sites, and oil. The story of Japanese modernization is one of almost unrelenting growth in energy consumption. Japan’s energy history is a history of energy accretions, each form layering over the top of what came before, reshaping the horizons of human agency in the process. The advent of hydroelectricity did not lead to a reduction in demand for coal. Coal consumption increased for the next fifty years (and is growing again), with only one exceptional decline: the final, lethal frenzy of the Japanese Empire’s collapse from 1943-1946. The rise of coal did not reduce demand for physical labor. In a well-known pattern, steam amplified demands on bodies by changing patterns of human and non-human labor. Using Japan’s peculiar case—an immense archipelagic economy utterly dependent on overseas sources of energy—I will explore the relationship between cultural history and climate history by tracing the specific movements of energy through the infrastructures that have come to define modernity in a country often held up as a technological leader.

Ian J. Miller is a cultural historian of Japan with a particular specialization in environmental history. He teaches in the Harvard Department of History and holds affiliate appointments in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and History of Science. He is the author of The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo (2013), co-editor of Japan at Nature’s Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power (2013), and co-editor of the forthcoming Oceanic Japan: The Archipelago in Global and Pacific History. He is also Faculty Dean of Cabot House at Harvard.

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5:00 pm Cultural Event
Thinking Across Migrant and Indigenous Struggles
Location:
William Pitt Union Patio
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center
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Hostile Terrain 94 Pittsburgh is hosting an event to commemorate the 3,200+ migrant lives lost at the U.S. Southern border due to hostile immigration policies. Join us to honor these lives and explore shared and cross-cutting issues of exploitation that shape both border violence and dispossession of Indigenous groups. Fill out toe-tags to help honor each individual migrant who lost their life attempting to cross the Sonoran desert from Mexico to the United States. Learn from experts Dr. Josue Lopez, Assistant Professor of Decoloniality at the University of Pittsburgh, and listen to musical guest Mike Simms, who is an Indigenous musician and part of the local drum group Thunder Nation, which performs and shared Indigenous powwow music across the United States. Takeaway snacks and beverages provided!

5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Join Brazil Nuts for their weekly Portuguese conversation hour at all levels!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join members of the French Club to and have casual conversation in French! All levels welcome.

Tuesday, October 12

11:00 am Cultural Event
Speciale Tavola per Midterm
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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A special Tavola meeting to review for the oral Midterm

6:00 pm Information Session
Research and International Reconstruction in Afghanistan
Location:
Zoom Discussion
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Research and International Reconstruction in Afghanistan
October 12th, 6pm-7pm, Virtual Format

Nikolai A. Condee-Padunov
Research Associate, Lessons Learned Program, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)

Nikolai Condee-Padunov is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.Phil and Global Studies Certificate in 2010. As Research Associate, Nikolai will share some of his experiences and insight into how his former studies, language, and research skills prepared him for his role in international reconstruction. He will also discuss his career selection, trajectory, and advice for future professionals.

To Register:
https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvfuuuqzojHdHD_9N62QTpwS6Wzob-YICB

Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, and Global Studies Center

6:00 pm Information Session
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) Info Session
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Please join us at this information session to learn more about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program in the Global Hub, 1st floor Posvar Hall. To register for Zoom virtual attendance, click here

6:00 pm Information Session
JET Information Session
Location:
Zoom and Posvar Hall Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Consulate General of Japan in NY
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A coworker and fellow JET alum held and information session about working in Japan through the JET program. We gave a PowerPoint presentation and answered a series of questions.

Wednesday, October 13

4:00 pm Cultural Event
CANCELLED: Laber Rhabarber: German Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Join the German Department for Laber Rhabarber, a weekly German conversation hour that is open to all!

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
German Club Stammtisch
Location:
Global Hub - Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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A weekly conversation table for people interested in German culture and language, all proficiency levels are welcome!

Thursday, October 14

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
A New Era: Germany After Merkel
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Center for European Studies at the University of Florida
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Germany After Merkel

Panellists: Jana Puglierin, ECFR; Rafael Loss, ECFR; Marcel Lewandowsky, UF CES and DAAD

On September 26, Germany elected a new parliament. With it a new coalition government will come to power and Angela Merkel will depart the political stage after serving for 16 years as federal chancellor. Who might succeed her? What will be the foreign policy priorities of the new government? And how do Germany’s European partners view Merkel’s legacy and Germany’s role in Europe?

Dr. Jana Puglierin and Rafael Loss of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and CES’ DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor Marcel Lewandowsky will discuss the results and implications of the German vote and the expectations of Germany’s European partners toward Berlin and its new leadership.

#JMintheUS

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
Policy and Advocacy Panel: Current LatinX Affairs in Pennsylvania
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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According to the 2020 U.S. Census, there are more than one million people of Hispanic/Latinx/Latin@ or Latine origin in Pennsylvania. What does that mean to be Hispanic or Latinx in this state? We celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting our heritage and what we contribute to this country. In the midst of the celebration, we need to reflect upon pressing issues that we face as a community, diversity, education, health, and inclusion.

How are we doing? How can we work as a community to elevate everyone, especially the people most in need? How can we be part of the change? Process, be by running for office, volunteering, or collaboration? What does it mean to run for office, volunteer or find collaborators within and beyond our community?

This panel brings together people that work directly with the community and healthcare workers, whether from academia, as community or political leaders to reflect on the diversity of our communities, aiming to spark further reflection our future in the Commonwealth.

Moderator:

Keila Grinberg, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh

Featured Panelists:

Caelan Hidalgo Schick (she/her/hers) is the Latinx Constituency Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party

Luz Colon, Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs (GACLA)

Eddie Morán, Reading’s 84th mayor and the first Latino to be elected mayor in a Pennsylvania municipality with more than 85,000 residents

Monica Ruiz-Caraballo, Executive Director at Casa San José

Diego Chaves-Gnecco, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Director/Founder of the Salud Para Niños program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

This event is hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies as part the University of Pittsburgh’s Latinx Connect: Elevating Latinx Identities and Contemporary Issues Conference within the Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

4:00 pm Workshop
The Fabric of Humanity: Discovering the Stories in Ethnic and Traditional Textiles
Location:
Center for Creativity - The Workshop
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Office of International Services along with Center for Creativity
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Join artist Deb Brandon for a unique hands-on workshop to tell your story through textile.

There are countless ways to tell a story, whether that's through writing, speaking, painting, weaving, music, and more. And all of us have a unique story to tell.

The Center for Creativity and University Center for International Studies invite students to participate in our What's Your Story? series, which consists of workshops on different storytelling methods that can help you share your unique identity, history, and ideas. Both domestic and international students are encouraged to attend!

For this workshop, join Deb Brandon, textile enthusiast and author of Threads Around the World, for a fascinating look at the stories—literal and symbolic, personal and cultural—revealed in ethnic and traditional textiles. You’ll have the opportunity to create and share your own textile story.

All materials provided. (Additional details will be provided after registering.)

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-your-story-textile-traditions-registr...

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Pitt French Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join the Pitt French Club and practice your French language skills!

6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Four Evenings Discussion: Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, GSC is again hosting "Four Evenings" pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in a global perspective. The series is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Open to series subscribers and the Pitt community, these evening discussions, led by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues in a virtual setting. A limited number of tickets to the author lectures is available.

Learn more and register here - https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/interior-china

From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here too. . . but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy–the highest aspiration he can imagine for a Chinatown denizen. Or is it? Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes–Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet.

For questions and more information, contact Maja Konitzer at majab@pitt.edu.

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Cancelled: Irish Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - Living Room
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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The Irish Club at Pitt meets every two weeks during the semester to share Irish culture and language.

Friday, October 15

2:00 pm Presentation
Emergency Medicine
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Global Health and Center for Bioethics and Health Law
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Dr. Mohamed B Hagahmed is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 2009 with a BS in Emergency Medicine, and an MD with honors from Drexel University in 2015. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and an affiliate with many hospitals including St. Clair Hospital and University of Pittsburgh Medical System.

2:00 pm Curriculum Development
PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE: Challenges and Creative Practices in the Classroom
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; 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, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas; Center for Russian, University of Michigan; Center for Russian, University of Texas at Austin; Center for Slavic, Ohio State University; Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington; Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Bloomington; Institute of Slavic, University of California, Berkeley Russian, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign
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MODERATOR:
Meredith Roman, SUNY Brockport

PRESENTERS:
Anika Keinz, Independent Scholar
Michael Kunichika, Amherst College

This event is part of the series titled "Intersectionality in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE AND FIND OUT MORE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/intersectionality-in-focus.

2:00 pm Workshop
Papel Picado Workshop
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Join the Global Hub and the Center for Latin American Studies in making papel picado in honor of Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month!

Papel picado, the colorful cut paper banners used for Mexican fiestas, is translated as “minced paper” because it is made by cutting out shapes in a see-through pattern. Come and learn its history and meaning and how to make it! Students will have a chance to display their completed papel picado at our Day of the Dead Altar later in October.

This interactive workshop will be facilitated by Lisa DiGioia Nutini, Owner of Mexico Lindo and Mexican Folk-Art Dealer, and is open to Pitt students, faculty, and staff.

Please register by 5PMET on Friday, October 8th!

Register here: https://forms.gle/4a3qb9Qy67Z8AMfG6

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
Addverse+Poesia Meeting
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Addverse+Poesia is a transnational and multilingual student organization dedicated to celebrating Black/Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ writers, poets, etc. Join us for your weekly meetings on Fridays from 4:30-6PM!

Saturday, October 16

6:30 pm Cultural Event
Andrea Stanislav's Mattress Factory Installation - Surmatans - Mars Rising
Location:
Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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The Mattress Factory presents a fun fall festival on Saturday, October 16, inspired by Factory Installed 2021 artist Andréa Stanislav and her installation Surmatants – Mars Rising.

This two-part Slavnost (Czech for celebration and/or festival) begins with a free family-friendly event included with admission from 2:00-5:00 PM. The afternoon will feature drop-in Motanka doll and Czach & Slovak mask making workshops and presentations on the historic and cultural background of Russian and Eastern European dolls and masks from members of the Czech & Slovak School of Pittsburgh and the Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee at the University of Pittsburgh.

Also workshops and performances from Pittsburgh Slavic folk dance troupe The Tamburitzans and drop-in tours of Surmatants – Mars Rising with Andréa Stanislav herself. Plus, food trucks available all throughout featuring delicious Slavic food.

The evening event, taking place from 6:30-9:00 PM and 21+ only, will commence with a performance in the Main

Building Lobby featuring original compositions and choreography from NYC-based performance art collective Dirty Churches and The Tamburitzans. Drop-in tours with Andréa Stanislav will take place throughout the night, along with intimate performances inside the installation from Surmatants musical composer Jesse Gelaznik and friends. The evening will conclude with dancing with The Tamburitzans in the Winifred Lutz Garden.

Ticket price for the evening event includes two drink tickets. Slavic food trucks will be available, along with beers from Penn Brewery and specialty cocktails from Ustianochka Vodka.

Purchase your ticket here: https://112026.blackbaudhosting.com/112026/page.aspx?pid=213&tab=2&txobj...

The Mattress Factory asks that all visitors and staff wear a mask inside our buildings. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 48 hours will be required upon entry.