Week of November 7, 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, November 8

2:30 pm Information Session
ESC Funding Opportunities Info Session
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
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Join the European Studies Center for an information session on student funding available at ESC. There will be two opportunities to attend a session.

In-person at the Global Hub in Posvar Hall:
Tuesday, November 2nd.
Graduate Students: 11:30am-12:15pm
Undergraduate Students: 12:30pm-1:15pm

Virtually via Zoom:
Monday, November 8th.
Graduate Students: 2:30-3:15pm
Undergraduate Students: 3:30-4:15pm

4:30 pm Lecture
Becoming (and Un-Becoming) Masters of their Own Homes: From United Front to Rebellion on Tibetan Borderland of Early-Maoist China
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall or via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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When in 1949 the Chinese Communist Party “liberated” the ethnocultural frontier region known to Tibetans as Amdo, its goal was not just to construct a state, but to create a nation—not just control, but transformation. While state building might have been accomplished through coercion, Party leaders understood that nation making required narratives and policies capable of convincing Amdo’s diverse inhabitants of their communion with a wider political community. Rather than immediately implement socialist reforms, the CCP initially pursued relatively moderate “United Front” policies meant to “gradually” and “organically” persuade Tibetans and Amdo’s other non-Han inhabitants of their membership in the new multiethnic nation. At the outset of 1958’s Great Leap Forward, however, United Front gradualism was jettisoned in favor of rapid collectivization. This led to large-scale rebellion, overwhelming state repression, and widespread famine. Rather than a “voluntary” and “peaceful” transformation, Amdo was incorporated through the inordinate and often indiscriminate deployment of state violence. In this talk, Benno Weiner discusses the Communist Party’s United Front strategy in Amdo, the 1958 Amdo Rebellion, and ways in which the violence of 1958 and its aftermath continue to cloud efforts to integrate Tibetans and others into the modern Chinese nation-state.

Benno Weiner is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. He is author of the Chinese Revolution on the Tibetan Frontier (Cornell UP) and co-editor of Contested Memories: Tibetan History under Mao Retold (Brill).

To register, click here.

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, November 9 until Thursday, November 11

(All day) Cultural Event
Trans Poetics of Tenderness: An Encounter with Lia García La Novia Sirena
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Hispanic Language and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Lia García (Mexico City, 1991) is a Mexico City-based performance artist, activist, and educator whose work has been featured at the Annual Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Politics and Performance at NYU, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin, among other universities and cultural centers across the Americas and Europe. Her work incorporates transfeminist critical pedagogies, trans*ness, activism through her method of encuentros afectivos, affective encounters.

SEMINARS COUNT AS A ONE CREDIT COURSE FOR PITT STUDENTS

Session 1: Tuesday, November 9th; 1 pm - 4 pm
Unlearning to Touch: Vulnerability as a Radical Pedagogy

Session 2: Wednesday, November 10th; 1 pm - 4 pm
Trans Touch: Performance, Unbecoming, and RadicalTransfeminist Praxis

Session 3: Thursday, November 11th; 1 pm - 4 pm
Trans Poetics in Action: Radical Interventions, Counter Publics

WORKSHOPS: Trans Performance in the Americas
Tuesday, November 9th & Thursday, November 11th
4 pm - 5:15 pm, 121 Cathedral of Learning

Tuesday, November 9

7:30 am Conference/Student Club Activity
Pitt Model United Nations 2021
Location:
Teams
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, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, UCIS Engagement and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia along with PittMUN Club
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Through experiential learning, high school students engage directly with global issues by assuming the role of world leaders and negotiating responses to timely topics.

10:00 am Panel Discussion
What Next for the Western Balkans?
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with American University Transatlantic Policy Center and Jean Monnet in the USA Network
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After the end of the wars in former Yugoslavia, the European Union and the United States committed to stabilizing the Balkans and providing a pathway for accession to key institutions like the EU and NATO. Yet this process has stalled in recent years, with the Balkans also experiencing greater interference from outside powers including Russia and China. The future enlargement of NATO and the commitment of the US and the EU to the Balkans appear more uncertain than they did 20 years ago. H.E. Tone Kajzer, Slovenia’s ambassador to the United States and H.E. Bojan Vujić, Bosnia's and Herzegovina’s ambassador to the United States, will discuss these subjects and more during a virtual conversation. SIS professor Mirjana Morosini will moderate the discussion, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Registrants will receive reminder emails containing the Zoom webinar link.

Biographies
H.E. Tone Kajzer is the ambassador of Slovenia to the United States. He embarked on his diplomatic career by joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the beginning of 1995. In 2008, he was appointed ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Republic of Finland and to the Republic of Estonia. Following his return from Finland in 2012, he was appointed State Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, engaging mostly with foreign policy and foreign economic issues. From 2013 to 2018, he served as ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Kingdom of Denmark. In 2020, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the state secretary at the Ministry.

H.E. Bojan Vujic is the ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States. Prior to his diplomatic career, he had a successful career as a professional tennis player, competing in the Davis Cup for both the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He became ambassador to the United States in September 2019.

Mirjana Morosini (moderator) is a professor at SIS and an historian of modern Europe, with particular emphases on Germany and broader Central Europe, the Balkans, Italy, and modern European imperial overseas possessions. Her work focuses on comparative and transnational history of ethnic politics, ethnic conflict and genocide, nationalism, borderland identities, and the history of science and technology.

This event is co-sponsored by the Transatlantic Policy Center.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
ANNUAL COMMEMORATION OF KRISTALLNACHT STORIES OF RESISTANCE AND SURVIVAL
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of German
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MARTHA LEIGH AND AMY COLIN RETELL THE INCREDIBLE STORIES OF THEIR PARENTS AND RELATIVES DURING WORLD WAR II.

ABOUT MARTHA LEIGH
Martha grew up in Cambridge, UK. Having first gained a degree in English Literature, she later studied medicine and trained as a physician, working as a General Practitioner in the East End of London for 30 years. Her first book, Couldn’t afford the eels. Memories of Wapping 1900 —1960 was published in 2008. Her book
Invisible Ink (published in 2021) vivifies the fascinating story of her mother who escaped the Holocaust and her uncle and aunt who fought in the French resistance. Martha lives in London with her husband.

ABOUT AMY COLIN
Amy (PhD, Yale), President of the international research organization City for the Cultures of Peace, holds a tenured professorship in German at the University of Pittsburgh since 1989. She held teaching and/or research appointments at Yale, Univ. of Washington (Seattle), Cornell, Harvard, Cambridge, Tübingen, FU-Berlin, and Paris 7- Denis Diderot. Her publications include: Paul Celan Holograms of Darkness (1991), the co-authored and co-edited volumes Paul Celan - Edith Silbermann (2010) and Edith Silbermann: Czernowitz –Stadt der Dichter (2015).

Event organized by the Department of German and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh in cooperation with the City of Cultures of Peace.

In memory of Edith Silbermann's 100th Birthday. Organized in conjuction with Prof. Dr. Amy-Diana Colin's German Studies Seminars at the University of Pittsburgh.

http://www.german.pitt.edu/event/annual-commemoration-kristallnacht-stor...

6:00 pm Information Session
Street Medicine and Health Organization
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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Street Medicine and Health Organization
November 9th, 6pm-7pm, Virtual Format

Emily Delp, M.D.
Family Medicine Resident Physician at Medstar Health/Georgetown-Washington Hospital Center, Co-Creator of Street Health DC, Inc.

Dr. Emily Delp, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss the creation of her nonprofit organization providing health resources to persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness in DC. She will also discuss her experiences of serving refugee populations, providing street medicine, and addressing health policy initiatives.

To Register:
https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcucuquqz0pHNa_VVMC5qIwqm3kUG9zF83C

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

Wednesday, November 10

12:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Creating Europe Speaker Series: Discovering Byzantium
Location:
Posvar 4130
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center along with Department of History
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The Creating Europe Speaker Series is a two-year project funded by a Jean Monnet Project grant from the European Commission and part of a larger initiative to reimagine European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The series will explore ideas of Europe from Late Antiquity to the contemporary period and consider ways in which processes of “integration” and “disintegration” have been at work in Europe for much of its history.

In this first session, Professor Klein will join Pitt Professors Shirin Fozi (History of Art and Architecture) and James Picket (History) for a discussion of his work and how it informs our understanding of Europe in the Medieval period.

Place: Posvar 4130 – masks required, University of Pittsburgh campus community members only
*For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be livestreamed.

2:00 pm Panel Discussion
MEET EU European Expert Career Panel: Perspectives on Working with/for European Businesses
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence
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This panel is designed for students and alumni who want to work with/for European businesses.
European businesses experts will speak about their own experiences, and they will advise students about a successful career in European business and trends in the European market.

PANELISTS:
Jimmy Benaudis
Partner EY France
Global Head - French Business Network
Ernst & Young

Marcus A. Haderlein
Chief Operating Officer
Nobilia North America Inc.

Dania Maccaferri
C.E.O.
Beghelli North America

Juan Carlos Pereira
Executive Director
Spain-US Chamber of Commerce

MODERATOR:
Paul Griebel
Executive Director
World Strategic Forum
International Economic Forum of the Americas

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, November 11

12:00 pm Information Session
Information Session: Wrongful Conviction
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Experiences Office
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This four-week, accelerated summer program provides students with the opportunity to study human rights and focus on the specific area of wrongful conviction. This program is composed of two courses and includes opportunities to observe trials and visit London-based organizations working in human rights and on behalf of the wrongfully accused.

You will be taught by a law professor who has spent their career litigating wrongful conviction cases and directing the California Innocence Project. The program is designed to provide you with an overview of the issues and case law related to wrongful convictions through the use of interactive exercises, lectures, readings, videos, and case studies.
Learn more by registering for our information session at https://bit.ly/3BlCPa0 or visit globalexperiences.pitt.edu/wrongfulconviction

12:00 pm Lecture
Soviet Art House Film in the Long Seventies
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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The 1960s and 1970s were a boon for Soviet film. After decades of fits and starts film production. Moviegoers flocked to the theaters. True, Soviet filmmakers leapt over hurdles to make art in an authoritarian society. But while the Brezhnev era of Soviet filmmaking is often depicted as a period of great repression, the films out of the prestigious Lenfilm studio were far more imaginative than assumed. How did a new generation of Soviet filmmakers reconcile contradictory demands to make sophisticated and highly original movies? This live interview with Catriona Kelly will discuss the history of the Lenfilm Studio and its striking oeuvre in the 1970s.

Register via Zoom:  https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U_43USetSvewu9iugQ0B7Q

4:00 pm Workshop
What's Your Story?: Beyond the "Talk Show" Podcast - An Introduction to Audio Narrative Storytelling
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Office of International Services along with Center for Creativity
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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!

This workshop will cover basic approaches to narrative storytelling through the medium of podcasts. Attention will be given to exploring what kinds of stories attendees would like to tell. The crux of the workshop will be spent listening to examples of stories, uncovering what makes them work, and how to create an audio narrative that works for you and your specific audience.

This workshop will not cover specific instructions on recording devices, how to use audio editing software, or what platforms to use for publishing podcasts. There will be time at the end of the workshop for Q&A in which attendees may ask questions regarding this information.

Facilitator: christina ong (she/her)

christina is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh currently studying how political activism and artistic production around anti-imperialism, anti-racism, and anti-sexism influenced the development of Asian America in the 1970s-1980s through an in-depth case study of New York City’s the Basement Workshop.

When she is not working on her graduate studies, you can find her writing screenplays and producing her podcast, Seats At The Table. You can also listen to her episode "Marie Kondo and the Security of Stuff" on Asian Americana here: http://www.asianamericana.com/podcast/2020/3/26/010-what-we-inherit-mari...

4:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
CULTNA: "As Vozes da Raça: seleções dos jornais negros da America Latina"
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 um capítulo do livro "As Vozes da Raça: seleções dos jornais negros da America Latina", com George Reid Andrews, Paulina Alberto e Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, com os próprios autores. Evento em português. O evento será às 18:00 horas em São Paulo e às 16:00 horas em Pittsburgh.

4:30 pm Presentation
LGBT+ Activism in Moscow: Metropolis of Opportunities or Increased Risks?
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Olga Baranova, Senior Director of the Moscow Community Centre for LGBT+ Initiatives, will speak on the challenges LGBT+ communities face in Russia and the North Caucasus while exploring how Moscow is a conduit for refugees seeking safety and asylum and also a place under increased state surveillance. Now based in New York, Ms. Baranova is a Russian human rights activist. Her work has been featured in the 2020 award-winning documentary Welcome to Chechnya! Inside the Russian Republic's Deadly War on Gays directed by the American filmmaker David France.

4:30 pm Lecture
Diaries of the Epoch of Loss, or Introducing Some Unanswerable Questions
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The World History Center
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This special event is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon's Environmental Humanities Research Seminar and the CMU Humanities Center’s current initiative on Climate Justice. Michael Goodhart and Ruth Mostern will discuss the Anthropocene: Epoch of Loss initiative that was sponsored by the Global Studies Center, Pitt's World History Center, and the Provost's Year of Creativity. Access a brief background text here.

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!

5:30 pm Lecture
From Collectively Close to Communally Distant and Back Again: Four Models of Annotation and Interpretation in the Digital Humanities
Location:
CL 232
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies Program; SCREENSHOT: ASIA
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Dr. Burges is the principal investigator on Mediate, a platform for the digital annotation of audiovisual and time-based media with cross-disciplinary applications. His primary collaborators on Mediate are Emily Sherwood,Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab and Studio X at the University of Rochester, and Joshua Romphf, the head programmer of the Digital Scholarship Lab at theUniversity of Rochester. Burges is the author of Out of Sync & Out of Work: History and the Obsolescence of Labor in Contemporary Culture(Rutgers UP, 2018) and co-editor, with Amy J. Elias, ofTime: A Vocabulary of the Present (NYU Press, 2016).His current work includes Television and the Work ofWriting (which explores writing for television as both economic labor and aesthetic craft – as work and form –from Rod Serling, Carl Reiner, William Greaves, and Tina Fey to Michaela Coel, Mindy Kaling, Jill Soloway, and Matthew Weiner) and Late Bourgeois Unities, a more experimental investigation of affect, form, and subjectivity in a time of class morbidity and economic stagnation. His writing has appeared in New German Critique, Post45,Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Cinema Journal. To register for this lecture, click here.

6:00 pm Film
CLAS Film: Southern Sorceresses
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Brazil, 2020 | Documentary

Southern Sorceresses follows a group of LGBTQIA+ performers amidst artistic interventions in downtown São Paulo. Their actions trigger debates on social inequalities, discriminations, and marginalized lives permeated by the struggles of the black, indigenous, and urban occupation movements. With a hybrid form in continuous construction, the film focuses less on a pursuit for answers and rather in collective dialogue as a method and purpose. Going beyond the circumscription of identity flags, the film becomes infused by the uncontrollable spark of life erupting from the gesture of taking to the streets.

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.

7:30 pm Reading Group
ESCape Into a Book: Anxious People
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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Join the European Studies Center at Pitt for a Virtual Book Club to explore recent works by European authors. We will be reading "Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman and discussing the book Thursday, November 11. Those who RSVP by 9/30 can receive a free copy of the book. This event is open to all.

Friday, November 12

9:00 am Workshop
Reimagining Annotation with Mediate
Location:
CL 435
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Film and Media Studies Program; SCREENSHOT: ASIA
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Mediate is a collaborative time-based media annotation tool developed by River Campus Libraries and Joel Burges, Director of theGraduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at University of Rochester .Media literacy is one of the most pressing concerns for research and teaching due to the centrality of multi-modal content—images, sounds, and text—in our culture. From film and television to video games, music videos, social media, music, and podcasts, multimodal content is ubiquitous in our everyday lives. Yet education still focuses primarily on text-based literacies.Mediate, a web-based platform that allows users to annotate multimedia content, tackles this problem by providing a means for individual or collective inquiry into time-based media. Users can upload video or audio, generate automated markers, annotate their content on the basis of customizable schema, produce real-time notes, and export their data to generate visualizations. To register for this workshop, click to here.

9:30 am Symposium
"Image and Memory: Jews, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust in Romania"
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center on behalf of Jewish Studies Program
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A Symposium in Honor of Dr. Irina Livezeanu

This unique event brings together former students, colleagues, and associates of Irina Livezeanu’s, many of them specialists in the history, art, and culture of Romanian Jews or Romanian fascism, to discuss Jewish lives, creativity, and persecution during the Holocaust, and the memory of these earlier times. Held to celebrate Irina Livezeanu's retirement from the University of Pittsburgh, "Image and Memory: Jews, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust in Romania" deals with major themes that have occupied her writing and teaching over several decades. The event involves four roundtables that are open to the public. The first roundtable uses images and interviews to investigate Jewish lives before and after the Holocaust; the second—artwork and writings by Jewish members of Romania's twentieth century avant-garde movements; the third—propaganda photographs of Romanian fascists and the Holocaust; the fourth is a screening and discussion of director Radu Jude's 2018 feature film, "I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians," which deals with how contemporary Romanians remember the role of Romania’s Nazi-allied government in World War II.

Announced by European Studies Center.

10:30 am Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Emerging Latinx Communities Group
Location:
Room 1154, Public Health
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Dr. Jamie Booth, from Social Work, will be discussing her work with an innovative method, Visual Voices. The article is: The role of bilingualism in Latino youth experiences of acculturation stress when living in an emerging Latino community. Booth, J, Huerta C, and Thomas, B. Qualitative Social Work29(4): 1069-1077, 2021.
Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, we explore 1) the problems Latinos in small yet rapidly growing populations face, and 2) how to solve those problems. We hope to get new writing and research collaborations going! Open to all interested: students, faculty, staff, and practitioners from Pitt and beyond. If you want to get extra network time, we will be there 30 minutes before and after the meeting time.

12:00 pm Seminar
Epochs of Loss: Toward a Proposal for a Website, a Course, and a Book
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with The World History Center
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This special event is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon's Environmental Humanities Research Seminar and the CMU Humanities Center’s current initiative on Climate Justice. Michael Goodhart and Ruth Mostern will discuss the Anthropocene: Epoch of Loss initiative that was sponsored by the Global Studies Center, Pitt's World History Center, and the Provost's Year of Creativity. Access the corresponding paper here. There is also an appendix, available here.

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, November 13

3:30 pm Panel Discussion
Romanian Women in Film
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with American Romanian Cultural Society, ARCS Detroit, Arizona ARCC and Romanian Cultural Institute
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Join us for a live discussion with actress Ioana Flora (Fragile) and directors Oana Tenter (The Pastor's Women), Ioana Mischie (Fragile) and Oana Giurgiu (Occasional Spies), moderated by Alina Haliliuc.
Register HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvcuCtrzgoHN32pxpfrbkWvN-zYM1...

This event centers on Romanian women directors, actresses and scholars, and their reflections on the current state of Romanian film and its future. What kind of stories still need to be told through film, and by whom?
About Our Special Guests:
Oana Giurgiu- director:
Graduate in Journalism and Law, Oana Giurgiu has extensive experience as a producer of television programs, music videos and events as well as organizing Transilvania International Film Festival. She was cinematographer on the documentary “Doina and Nicolo”(1996) and directed TV documentaries as “The spider web” (1997), “About sand”(1998), “Refugee in Romania” (2004), “Me sem baxtalo?...”(2008). In 2004, she was location manager on Cristi Puiu\'s Cannes-award winner “The death of Mr. Lazarescu” and later, produced Tudor Giurgiu\'s feature debut “Love sick” which premiered in Berlinale 2006 and was a box-office success in Romania. Oana was the Romanian production manager on behalf of Libra Film for the Hungarian-German co-production “Delta” by Kornél Mundruczó, Fipresci award at Cannes 2008. In 2008 was the Romanian producer participating in Cannes, at “Producers on the move”- a project of European Film Promotion. She co-produced “Katalin Varga” by Peter Strickland, Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at Berlinale 2009 and Best European Discovery at European Film Academy Awards 2009. Currently as director/producer, she is developing at Archidoc – La femis workshop, the documentary “From Romania to Zion”. Her last projects as executive producer, “The kino caravan” by Titus Muntean, a co-production with Filmkombinat (Germany) was premiered in Pussan 2009 and “Somewhere at Palilula” the debut film of Silviu Purcarete is now in postproduction, while second film of Tudor Giurgiu “Of snails and men” is in pre-production.
Ioana Mischie-director:
Ioana Mischie is a Romanian-born cinematic storyteller (screenwriter/director) and transmedia futurist, awarded for filmmaking, creative writing, interactive concepts and a Fulbright Grantee Alumna of USC School of Cinematic Arts, researching transmedia storytelling as part of her doctoral study.Her cinematic projects as writer/director have traveled to more than 70 festivals worldwide and were developed in international programs. Co-founder and Head of Storyscapes, an NGO focusing transmedia storytelling and expanded narratives initiated in 2012 and since 2015 arts-based research collaborator of CINETic, a recently created Eastern European centre focussing the interaction between neuroscience and groundbreaking audio-visual paths.
Oana Țenter - director:
Oana Tenter is a documentary-maker and graduate student at UC Santa Cruz,
part of the Social Documentation MFA program. She is the recipient of a 2020-2022 Fulbright scholarship. Oana’s film “The Pastor’s Women” - about a Roma Pentecostal community set in her home country Romania - was screened at the UN-backed World Conference on Statelessness in the Hague and by Open City Docs London in 2019. Her work includes collaborations with The Roundhouse, The Young Vic Theatre, The Tab London, VIY. Her writing can be found in The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Internazionale, Scena9, Dispatch.
Ioana Flora- actress:
Ioana Flora debuted in acclaimed Romanian director Cristi Puiu's Stuff and Dough/Marfa si banii, where she starred alongside Dragos Bucur and Alexandru Papadopol. It was the first Romanian picture selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs program at Cannes in 2001 and was credited with starting the New Wave of Romanian cinema. Recently, Ioana played the female lead in The Christmas Gift/Cadoul de Craciun, a short feature that is among the 10 live action shorts shortlisted for the 2020 Academy Awards. Directed by Bogdan Muresanu, the short film also received the Best Short Movie award at the European Film Awards in 2019. She is a critical darling, with both Romanian and international film critics heaping praise and accolades on her for being "an intense and instinctive artist - who always captures nuances with amazing precision and burns on the inside while acting, insofar as she can carry a whole film by herself." Ioana's filmography counts as many as 25 national and international productions, both in cinema and TV, and she was the recipient of one of the most valued distinctions in the international film industry - the Best Actress Award that she won at the Thessaloniki Film Festival in 2008, for Adrian Sitaru's Hooked.

About Our Moderator:
Alina Haliliuc earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy from the University of Iowa. Her scholarship examines public language under conditions of socio-political change, such as post-communist Romania. She reads a variety of cultural forms – from public debates and museums to live performances and film – with a curiosity for how the affective, ethical, and political imagination of people living in post-communism is discursively shaped. More recently, she has turned to ethics and affect as keys to discerning more enduring political imaginaries. In analyses of Romanian New Wave films “The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu” and “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days,” (in The Journal of Popular Culture and Text and Performance Quarterly) as well as in her field-based rhetorical criticism of nationalist performer Dan Puric (in Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method), Dr. Haliliuc examines how emotional and linguistic habits from the communist past are squared with ethical commitments in the present, with political consequences more difficult to map. She is currently Associate Professor at Denison University.
About the films:
Occasional Spies: Hailing from Romania, Yugoslavia, Slovakia and Austria, the subjects of Occasional Spies are young Jews who were recruited to Palestine during WWII to help the local resistance repel German invaders. Using the subjects' own voices to highlight their little-known acts of heroism, combined with both archival images and recreations from their retellings, the film amplifies these young Jewish fighters' fears and hopes as they navigated the increasingly hostile and violent Europe that they used to call home.
The Pastor's Women: The vibrant world of Pentacostal Roma in Romania is seldom seen outside that community. This short documentary explores the life of a pastor’s wife as she works tirelessly for her family and to improve her Roma community. She supports them all as a pillar of courage, love and hope. We see, too, this life from her six daughters’ perspectives.
Fragile: In Fragile, Ioana Mischie’s creative documentary, actress Ioana Flora gives voice to several Romanian women who have suffered abuse and trauma. Written by Flora in collaboration with Rucsandra Pop, the script compiles real stories under a common theme: “Women are not made to be broken.” Flora's inhabitation of each of the women's stories is performed with empathy, respect, and understanding.
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7:00 pm Film
Looking for a Lady With Fangs and a Mustache
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium 0125
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Screenshot: Asia
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The film centers around Tenzin, a modern man single-mindedly focused on creating Kathmandu’s first “European style” café. He’s being haunted by visions but, being a committed atheist, brushing off his visions and his best friend’s superstitious. However, Tenzin’s visions and the prognostications of a monk oracle lead him on a chase through Katmandu to find a dakini--the lady with fangs and a mustache who maybe able to help avoid a cursed fate. Modern and ancient worlds collide as the film explores what director Khyentse Norbu calls “some of the last genuine residues of Tibetan mysticism.
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