Week of December 5, 2021 in UCIS

Sunday, December 5

(All day) Cultural Event
30th Annual Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House – Virtual
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House is in its 30th year! The Virtual Holiday Open House will take place from December 5th through December 12th. Travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features or interesting facts for each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and learn and discover so much more about holiday traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world! For more information about this year’s Virtual Holiday Open House, please visit: https://pi.tt/NRIEPHolidayOpenHouse.

Monday, December 6

(All day) Cultural Event
30th Annual Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House – Virtual
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House is in its 30th year! The Virtual Holiday Open House will take place from December 5th through December 12th. Travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features or interesting facts for each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and learn and discover so much more about holiday traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world! For more information about this year’s Virtual Holiday Open House, please visit: https://pi.tt/NRIEPHolidayOpenHouse.

12:00 pm Information Session
International Internship Program Info Session
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Global Experiences Office along with College of Business Administration International Programs Office
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Internships are crucial to success in today’s competitive job market. The International Internship Program (IIP) is a guaranteed, customized, full-time professional internship opportunity abroad. Spend 8 weeks in either Berlin, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; or Prague, Czech Republic. As an intern, you will gain critical transferable skills and build global competencies as you are immersed in the culture and experience life as a local. This info session will provide you with all the details of the program, and you will even hear from a past participant. Visit https://globalexperiences.pitt.edu/iip for more information.

1:00 pm Lecture
Commemorating Chernobyl Through Music
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Join us for a conversation and Q&A with the famous musicians from Belrus and Ukraine, while they are talking about their lives after Chernobyl and their songs that they have dedicated to this nuclear tragedy.

Maryna Krut is a renowned Ukrainian singer, songwriter, and a badurist. She is the finalist of the National selection for Eurovision-2020.

Onuka is a famous Ukrainian electro-folk band, founded in 2013 by Yevhen Filatov and Nata Zhyzhchenko.

J:Mors is a popular Belarusian rock-band founded by Vladimir Pugach and Artem Ledovskiy in 1999.

4:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Charlemos! Storming Democracy: Competitive Authoritarianism in Central America
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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his Charlemos will discuss the report "Informe: Sexto Estado de la Región 2021" by Jorge Vargas Cullell et al., the paper "Latin America Erupts: Millennial Authoritarianism in El Salvador" by Manuel Meléndez-Sánchez, and the book Understanding Central America: Global Forces and Political Change, by John Booth, Christine Wade and Thomas Walker.

Panelists:
Manuel Meléndez-Sánchez | Harvard University
Christine Wade| Washington College
Jorge Vargas Cullell | Programa Estado de la Nación Consejo Nacional de Rectores (CONARE)
Hosted by: Andrés Mejía Acosta | King's College London

This Charlemos will take place in English and
Spanish

4:30 pm Lecture
Asia Now: The Unmaking of the Chinese Working Class
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall or online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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China’s ongoing economic reforms have produced new types of legal, political, economic, social, and familial subjects. The revolutionary political subject of Maoism—“the People”—has been atomized into independent economic subjects responsible for their own welfare outside of work. This has been marked by the abolition of the so-called “iron rice bowl,” or a system of cradle to grave welfare for privileged urban workers, in contrast to exploited rural citizenry who have historically subsidized China’s urban industry. With the contractualization of all labor, even urban workers no longer enjoy a guaranteed share of the benefits of economic development. An earlier politically enforced inequality between city and country is increasingly eclipsed by a society-wide gulf between the rich and the poor, without any necessary geographical correlate. Collectively, China’s rural and urban reforms have resulted in tectonic shifts in the boundaries among the state, the market, and the family. For example, the state has been turning increasingly to the family to re-assume its traditional welfare functions, even as the very reforms that motivate this turn undermine the traditional family itself.

In the technocratic parlance of the Chinese Communist Party, these profund transformations are characterized as incidents of “economic reform.” This presentation will provide an analytic as well as historical narrative that seeks to highlight their revolutionary—and even counter-revolutionary—nature.

Teemu Ruskola is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law at Emory University, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, History, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In fall 2021, he is a Visiting Professor of Law and a Visiting Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Legal Orientalism: China, the United States and Modern Law (Harvard University Press 2013, Chinese translation 2016), co-author of Schlesinger’s Comparative Law (Foundation Press 2009), and co-editor of a special double issue of the journal Social Text on “China and the Human" (2012). He is currently working on a book entitled China, For Example: China and the Making of Modern International Law, which analyzes the history of the introduction of Western international law into China, and the implications of that process for the theory and politics of international law.
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, December 7

(All day) Cultural Event
30th Annual Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House – Virtual
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House is in its 30th year! The Virtual Holiday Open House will take place from December 5th through December 12th. Travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features or interesting facts for each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and learn and discover so much more about holiday traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world! For more information about this year’s Virtual Holiday Open House, please visit: https://pi.tt/NRIEPHolidayOpenHouse.

11:00 am Cultural Event
Tavola Italiana
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
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Special Tavola to review for finals

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
COP26 and the European Green Deal: Europe's Response(s) to Climate Change
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Jean Monnet in the USA Network, Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University, Center for European Studies at University of Florida, European Union Center at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Center for Transatlantic Studies at Georgia Tech and Center for European Studies at University of Texas-Austin
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For the 2021-22 academic year, the European Studies Center has announced its annual programmatic theme: “Recovering Europe.” The December roundtable will discuss the COP26 summit and how it impacts the European Green Deal. Hosted in Glasgow, UN Climate Change Conference 2021 aims to build off of the Paris Climate Agreement. European Studies Center Director Jae-Jae Spoon will moderate this roundtable.

Audience participation encouraged.

#CoE

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Italian Club Trivia Night
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 Italian Club for Italian Trivia with a focus on Italian culture and a chance to win candy prizes!

Wednesday, December 8

(All day) Cultural Event
30th Annual Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House – Virtual
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
See Details

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House is in its 30th year! The Virtual Holiday Open House will take place from December 5th through December 12th. Travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features or interesting facts for each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and learn and discover so much more about holiday traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world! For more information about this year’s Virtual Holiday Open House, please visit: https://pi.tt/NRIEPHolidayOpenHouse.

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 Information Session
Masters Conversation Hour, a REEESNe webinar on Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Masters programs
Location:
Zoom
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of Yale MacMillan Center
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Are you considering a Masters degree in a field related to Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies but wondering whether and when you should take this next step? Unsure what sorts of programs exist? Curious about finding and funding opportunities near your own current institution or alma mater? This webinar gives you a chance to hear from and pose your questions to both a career consultant and the representatives of various Northeast U.S. universities and colleges. Laura Schlosberg, a graduate of a Northeast liberal arts college who taught and advised students at a Northeast research university before becoming the Assistant Dean of Academic and Curricular Support in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, will discuss and field questions about deciding whether an MA in a REEES field is the right next step for you (and, if you decide that it is, the factors you should consider in choosing a program). After a Q&A with Dr. Schlosberg, program administrators at institutions ranging from large universities to small colleges and representing both public and private education systems will give lightening-round introductions to their degrees and strengths, followed by a moderated discussion in which they will answer your questions about trends in the nature and value of masters-level work on the job market and in higher ed. Stay for an extra 15 minutes at the end to join some of our program representatives in separate meetings where you can introduce yourself and ask your program-specific questions.

Institutions represented:
Columbia University, CUNY Hunter College, Harvard University, Middlebury College, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Spanish Club Finals De-Stress
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
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Join the Spanish Club for open office hours, guided meditation en español, coloring and story time

Thursday, December 9

(All day) Cultural Event
30th Annual Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House – Virtual
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
See Details

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House is in its 30th year! The Virtual Holiday Open House will take place from December 5th through December 12th. Travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features or interesting facts for each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and learn and discover so much more about holiday traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world! For more information about this year’s Virtual Holiday Open House, please visit: https://pi.tt/NRIEPHolidayOpenHouse.

12:30 pm Information Session
NRIEP Undergraduate Scholarship Info Sessions for Global Learning Experiences
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Programs (NRIEP) Scholarships support summer global learning experiences in locations around the world in for students in many academic fields of study. The Undergraduate Scholarship Session will take place on December 9. Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2022 via PittFund$Me.

2:30 pm Cultural Event
CANCELLED: Kaffee and Kuchen Study Break
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Join the German Department for a traditional German social ritual where friends gather to enjoy coffee, cake, and conversation.

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, December 10

(All day) Cultural Event
30th Annual Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House – Virtual
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
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The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House is in its 30th year! The Virtual Holiday Open House will take place from December 5th through December 12th. Travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features or interesting facts for each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and learn and discover so much more about holiday traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world! For more information about this year’s Virtual Holiday Open House, please visit: https://pi.tt/NRIEPHolidayOpenHouse.

8:00 am Conference
17th Annual High School Model European Union
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
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The High School Model European Union is an annual event for high school students, with this year's simulation taking place virtually via Microsoft Teams. The goal of the Model EU is to give high school students the opportunity to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation of a meeting of the European Council. Playing the role of presidents and prime ministers, students spend a day engaged in intense negotiations over current issues impacting the EU.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Cost: $10/student
More information and Registration: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/esc/outreach/students/model-eu

10:30 am Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Special Student Meeting: Emerging Latinx Communities Group
Location:
Public Health, 1154
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Center for Health Equity invites all students who are Latino/a/e/x and those who are interested in working with Latinx to the December 10 meeting. We will dedicate this meeting to you, our students, with the following objectives:

1. To connect with each other and foster community.

2. To talk about your aspirations and dreams.

3. To plan a visit to Latino organizations in early 2022.

With the support of Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies, this group explores:

1. the problems Latinos in small yet rapidly growing populations face

2. how to solve those problems

We are always looking for new writing and research collaborators and are open to all interested students, faculty, staff, and practitioners from Pitt and beyond.

11:00 am Information Session
NRIEP Graduate Scholarship Info Sessions for Global Learning Experiences
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
See Details

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Programs (NRIEP) Scholarships support summer global learning experiences in locations around the world in for students in many academic fields of study. The Graduate Scholarship Session will take place on December 10. Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2022 via PittFund$Me.

Questions? Email nriep@pitt.edu

3:15 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Panoramas: Mental Health Care for Immigrants: The Importance of Cultural Competency
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join Panoramas next Friday, December 10 at 3:15 PM for our final roundtable of the semester! Bridget Hogue and Kassy Rush will discuss different influences on immigrants' mental health, the lack of access to mental health resources, and the importance of culturally competent mental health care.

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, December 11

(All day) Cultural Event
30th Annual Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House – Virtual
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
See Details

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 2021 Holiday Open House is in its 30th year! The Virtual Holiday Open House will take place from December 5th through December 12th. Travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features or interesting facts for each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and learn and discover so much more about holiday traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world! For more information about this year’s Virtual Holiday Open House, please visit: https://pi.tt/NRIEPHolidayOpenHouse.