Week of October 24, 2021 in UCIS

Sunday, October 24 until Tuesday, November 30

12:00 pm Cultural Event
Celtic Culture Celebration
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Please join us for a virtual event created by the Welsh, Scottish and Irish Rooms as they showcase unique aspects of their culture. Enjoy a brief Powerpoint presentation of each room and pre-recorded videos exclusively made for this event on each culture's history, art, music, poetry, dance and more?

Monday, October 25

2:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Charlemos! Cuba y protesta social: ¿El fin de una excepcionalidad regional?
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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La discusión se basará en el artículo de Armando Chaguaceda "El destino de Sísifo. Régimen político y nueva Constitución en Cuba", y en el libro de Silvia Pedraza y Carlos Romero "Revolutions in Cuba and Venezuela: One Hope twoRealities" (próxima publicación).

4:00 pm Cultural Event
Something's Brewing: Decay or Not Decay
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Join REEES and ASC to learn about beverages of two different biological processes--fermentation and preservation. We'll explore these processes with pu-er tea, the milk mushroom and citron tea. How are they made and what is their cultural significance? We'll talk about how to make these drinks, their traditional place in local tea cultures as well as the trans-regional connections that these beverages share in East Europe, China, Tibet and more.

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4:30 pm Lecture
The Last Embassy: The 1795 Dutch Mission to the Qianlong Court
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall or via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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This lecture is about a little-studied embassy to the Qing court, a Dutch mission of 1794–95. Drawing on Dutch, French, Spanish, Qing, and Korean sources, it explores not just the mission itself but also the question of why it has been neglected and misunderstood. It also reflects on long-standing metanarratives about the history of Sino-Western interaction.

Tonio Andrade is professor of Chinese and Global History at Emory University. His books include The Last Embassy: The Dutch Mission of 1795 and the Forgotten History of Western Encounters with China (2021), The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History (2016), Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West (2011), and How Taiwan became Chinese: Dutch, Spanish, and Han Colonization in the Seventeenth Century (2008).

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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 26

6:00 pm Lecture
There's an App for That
Location:
Virtual
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs and Carpatho-Rusyn Society of Pittsburgh
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In a demonstration sponsored by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, engineer and linguist Petro Orynycz unveils hybrid artificial intelligence technology that empowers new speakers of Lemko to read in the language immediately. Implications for endangered, low-resource language revitalization are discussed.

Wednesday, October 27

9:00 am Panel Discussion
At the Cutting Edge of Atrocity Prevention
Location:
Online via Zoom
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center on behalf of
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This roundtable will discuss how the conflict in Myanmar has further spotlighted failures of the international law and relations systems, how technology and modern journalism
are challenging those failures, and what options exist for pursuing a path to peace in Myanmar. To register, click here.

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!

4:30 pm Lecture
Digging Cambodian Rock: Global Media Archaeologies of Popular Music
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Thinking toward a media archaeology of global popular music, this presentation will trace the contemporary circulation of “golden era” 1960s and 1970s "Cambodian Rock." The lecture seeks to contextualize and historicize revivals of pre-Khmer Rouge pop recordings through the mediated movements, dubs, and remixes of cassette tapes among North American independent labels and the activities of online archivists and heritage centers in present-day Cambodia, which helped to generate the documentary film Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten, the play Cambodian Rock Band, and the Los Angeles based group Dengue Fever. Drawing from ethnographic interviews with contemporary preservationists and reissue labels in Cambodia, California, Oregon, and Massachusetts, the lecture considers the role of music in memories of genocide and war, the importance of physical materials in the global recognition of Southeast Asian history, and the ethical politics of media access in the transition to a digital archive.

David Novak is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (2103) and co-editor of Keywords in Sound (2015). His current book project, Diggers: A Media Archaeology of Global Popular Music, theorizes musical globalization through networks of record and cassette collectors, labels, archives, and digital preservation projects.

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6:00 pm Lecture
Halloween Special: Vampires and Belief in 18th Century Central Europe
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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Join Hungarian Fulbright Visiting Professor Dr. Attila Kenyeres for a spooky evening to explore the myth and history behind famous vampires in Central Europe. Learn about state policies to contain vampirism in the Habsburg empire and ask how world press coverage of vampires influenced imaginaries of Central Europe while shaping our modern culture.

This is a hybrid event. In-person attendance is limited. Please indicate your preferred method of attendance by registering.

Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcofuihrj4jGNFl4LoJUbFbMKje8HCUcEgv

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!

7:00 pm Presentation
Virtual Showcase: 2021 Interdisciplinary Global Educators
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA )
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This past June, the Global Studies Center and the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh hosted the Interdisciplinary Global Educators Working Group, where teachers came together virtually to design an interdisciplinary global unit or lesson. They were provided time, space, and materials to gather with like-minded colleagues and collaborate on unique and inspired lesson plans across subject areas.

Join us over Zoom for virtual presentations from our working groups on their newly designed projects and the process they went through in designing their interdisciplinary lessons. If you are interested in participating in this workshop in the future, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more!

This showcase is open to all K-12 educators and administrators. No registration is required, please join at the following link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/91931181262

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Calaveritas Literarias Workshop
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
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Join the Spanish Club for an origami and poetry workshop à la Día de Los Muertos

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
International Relations Club First Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Hub
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A discussion-based introductory gathering for those interested in joining the new IR Club.

Thursday, October 28

10:00 am Cultural Event/Student Club Activity
I Stand With Immigrants Day of Action
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center, Global Hub, Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, Office of International Services, Global Experiences Office and UCIS Engagement
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The I Stand With Immigrants Initiative, powered by FWD.us, leads narrative campaigns that empower immigrants and their allies to share stories and drive action that demonstrate immigration is good for our communities, economy, and country. They do this with the goal of encouraging everyone to explore their individual heritage and celebrate both our distinct and shared experiences.

Join Pitt Global for a Day of Action and sharing how immigrants have inspired you. Stop by the Global Hub to participate in our photo booth and show your support for our immigrant community.

4:30 pm Lecture
St. Petersburg as the Queer Capital of Russia
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
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Join Irina Roldugina on a discussion as part of the Global Studies Center Mini Pop-Up Course offerings: St. Petersburg as the queer capital of Russia: from the late imperial time up to the 1990s

5:00 pm Film
A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars
Location:
Virtual
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia
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The film chronicles the rich and often tragic history of the Crimean Tatar people, the Muslim-Turkic indigenous population of the Crimean Peninsula, from ancient times to the aftermath of the 2014 Russian annexation of the peninsula. The film premiered at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in November 2015. It has won several awards, including Best International Film at the DC Independent Film Festival in March 2016, Best Documentary at the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival in April 2016, and 1st place Short Foreign Documentary at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival in August 2016. The film was produced by Mediadante & Paschyn Productions and distributed by Beliane.

An Informal Conversation with Director and Filmmaker, Christina Paschyn:

Christina M. Paschyn is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, multimedia journalist, and aspiring novelist. She lives in Doha, Qatar, and is an assistant professor of journalism at Northwestern University in Qatar.

Please register to attend via Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkdu6hqDwpG9W3J-g4xV28B_rBAT7m8u3m

5:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
CULTNA: "A razão africana"
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Cultura Negra no Atlantico (CULTNA) é uma iniciativa que congrega o Laboratório de História Oral e Imagem (LABHOI) da Universidade Federal Fluminense e da Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, e o Center for Latin American Studies da University of Pittsburgh. Uma vez por mês, trabalhos recentes serão debatidos com especialistas e estudantes interessados no tema. As discussões serão realizadas em português. Neste encontro, será discutido o texto "A razão africana", de Muryatan S. Barbosa, com o próprio autor. Evento em português. O evento será às 18:00 horas em São Paulo e às 17:00 horas em Pittsburgh.

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!

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 29 until Wednesday, November 3

(All day) Exhibit
Día de los Muertos y Día de los Santos Festivities
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Come and learn about the Day of the Saints and how to set up an Alter/Ofrenda. The Alter/Ofrenda will be displayed in the Global Hub through November 3.

Everyone is welcome to bring photos of the dearly departed you wish to honor, along with ofrendas, mementos and artificial flowers to embellish the alter for those who are no longer among us. 

The Alter/Ofrenda will be built by Lisa DiGioia Nutini, Owner of Mexico Lindo and Mexican Folk-Art Dealer.

Friday, October 29

12:00 pm Lecture
Bucharest: The City and Its Stories
Location:
Virtual
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon University Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University Department of English and The Society for Romanian Studies
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Presenters: Sean Cotter (University of Texas, Dallas), Emanuela Grama (Carnegie Mellon University) and Bogdan Suceava (California State, Fullerton)

Moderated by Adreea Ritivoi (Carnegie Mellon University)

2:00 pm Panel Discussion
NEW DIRECTIONS IN RESEARCH: Imperial Pasts in the Present: Affect, Indigeneity, and Memory
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:
Asli Igsiz, New York University

PRESENTERS:
Hakem Al-Rustom, University of Michigan
Vladislav Beronja, University of Texas at Austin

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

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Pop-Up Gaeltacht: Samhain
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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Pop in at The Global Hub for a pre-Halloween party and learn more about the ancient origins of Halloween, Samhain! Attendees can learn to speak a few key phrases to greet your friends in An Ghaeilge, the Irish language; taste imported treats from Ireland and the UK; explore an international art exhibit, "The History of Ireland in 10 Words" from the General Consulate of Ireland, and more!

Presenter: Elizabeth Myers

Elizabeth Myers is a graduate student who is dually enrolled at Pitt and the National University of Ireland - Galway. Elizabeth is earning a master's degree in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education (SCAE) and Irish Studies, with a focus the preservation of endangered Celtic languages and global competency. She works as support staff in the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and is among the first cohort of employees to earn the Global Competency Certificate through Pitt's Faculty Staff Professional Development Program (FSDP). She is pursuing fluency in Irish through Pitt's Less Commonly Taught Language Center with Marie Young, Lecturer and Instructor. She is also pursuing a professional certification with the European Studies Center.

Elizabeth is a native of the Pittsburgh area and currently lives in Castle Shannon, a former Irish settlement in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Her favorite hobbies are learning to speak Gaeilge and exploring the island of her ancestors. Her favorite travel moment so far was in 2020, where she climbed Ireland's highest peak with her son, Sean. For more information, contact: elizabeth.myers@pitt.edu

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!