Week of February 6, 2022 in UCIS

Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8

8:00 am Conference
Georgia Consortium: Exploring the Complexities of Vietnam
Location:
Online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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Register here.

Monday, February 7

4:00 pm Film
Film Screening & Discussion: Soil, Struggle and Justice: Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Latin American Studies Association and University of New Mexico Latin American & Iberian Institute
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This film examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and low cost food for the region, and rehabilitates the earth.

4:30 pm Student Club Activity
French Club Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join the French Club for French language conversation practice

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
Brazil Nuts Bate-Papo
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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Portuguese conversation at all levels

6:30 pm Student Club Activity
German Club
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German
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Come join the German Club to practice your language skills and learn about German culture!

Wednesday, February 9

5:00 pm Lecture
Asia Pop: The Physicality of Gaming: Bodies and Biology in Esports
Location:
online via Zoom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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In an activity like gaming, which is largely perceived to take place on a virtual or online plane, how might we understand the presence and significance of the human body? How do factors relating to the body – the physical locations in which we play games, the presentation of one’s gender, the invisibility of the body in gaming and esports – impact gaming culture and esports media? Dr. Bae explores these questions through a study of gaming and esports in South Korea and the US. Register here.

6:00 pm Information Session
Hodinöhsö:ni' (Haudenosaunee) Women in International Education and Pittsburgh
Location:
Virtual Format - Zoom
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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“Lee” Lenora Dingus, employed at Pearson Education, an international education conglomerate, shares her thoughts on inclusivity, diversity, and being Haudenosaunee in Pittsburgh. She has served in federal positions within Veteran’s Affairs, the IRS, and the Social Security Administration. Her people, who have always been located around the greater Tri-State area, believe that culture stems from women, and have had many women leaders, as Clan Mothers, Faith Keepers, Medicine Women, and politicians. Lee shares with us her work as a Diversity and Inclusion Advocate and employee in international education.

To Register:
https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIoce6hqzkjHd1I2T3el8PlmtObSSJSKAV_

Thursday, February 10

12:00 pm Lecture
CLAS Talk: Climate Change in the Amazon
Location:
Hybrid
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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This is a hybrid event. Please indicate how you plan to attend (in-person or remotely.)

Join the Center for Latin American Studies for a talk by Claudio Fabian Szlafsztein, PhD on climate change in the Amazonian region. Dr. Szlafsztein is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and a full Professor at at the Center of Amazonian Advanced Studies (NAEA) of the Federal University of Pará (UFPA).

12:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa With Angel Maxine, Ghana's First Openly Transgender Musician
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies along with Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program
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Angel Maxine has been called Ghana's first transgender musician; that is, she is the first to be open about it. The daughter of a reverend and a prophetess, Angel will speak about her experiences growing up in Ghana and what it's like for the LGBTQ community there. She will discuss how she uses music as a tool of activism, especially in response to the new anti-LGBTQ bill in Ghana's Parliament.

12:00 pm 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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Social Italian event for students of Italian at Pitt

12:30 pm Cultural Event
La Parlotte - French Conversation Table
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures
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French casual conversation table. Open to all students of all levels of proficiency.

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Russian Tutoring
Location:
Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
5:00 pm Cultural Event
B/C/S/M Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
5:30 pm Student Club Activity
French Club Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub (1st Floor Posvar)
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
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Join the French Club for French language practice

6:30 pm Student Club Activity
ADDverse+Poesia Meeting
Location:
Global Hub - 1st Floor Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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ADDverse+Poesia is a poetry collective that shares stories and works of art from underrepresented communities within our society - including but not limited to: the LGBTQIA+ community, Black and Indigenous individuals, and people living with disabilities.

8:00 pm Student Club Activity
Persian Language Table
Location:
Global Hub (1st Floor Posvar)
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Farsi students and those interested in the Persian language and culture can participate in language practice and cultural events

Friday, February 11

2:00 pm Lecture
Talking About Globalization: Gender, Race, Dis/ability and Politics
Location:
Zoom
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, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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How have alternative and anti-globalization movements shaped structures of inequality in Eastern Europe and Eurasia? Join us to explore the legacies of neoliberal transformation with a particular focus on the politics of gender, race, and dis/ability.

MODERATOR:
Vitaly Chernetsky, University of Kansas

PRESENTERS:
Bolaji Balogun, University of Sheffield
Lucie Fremlova, Independent Scholar
Teodor Mladenov, University of Dundee
Tamar Shirinian, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/intersectionality-in-focus-spring-2022

This session is part of the series "Intersectionality in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice, and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." Class, ethnicity and race, dis/ability, gender and sexuality, and other identity markers interweave to produce inequality differently in Eastern Europe and Eurasia than in the Americas or Western Europe. Yet, it is these very differences that provide a rich ground for intellectual conversations in our field.

SPONSORS:

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, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Ohio State University

Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

4:00 pm Seminar
Mastering ‘Expanded Reproduction’: Self-Managed Socialism in Yugoslavia and Its Legacy
Location:
Baker Hall 336B, CMU
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon Department of History
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The concept of “expanded reproduction” was part of the widespread system of workers’ self-management in socialist Yugoslavia. It emphasized that the growth of society’s needs was dialectically connected to the growth of production. In practice, it meant that Yugoslav workers would decide how to invest the surplus they produced and engage politically with their communities. This talk, based on ethnographic field work, focuses on the workers of ITAS, a metalworking company, and their ideas and practices.

4:00 pm Seminar
Mastering ‘Expanded Reproduction’: Self-Managed Socialism in Yugoslavia and Its Legacy
Location:
Baker Hall 336B, CMU
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Carnegie Mellon Department of History
See Details

The concept of “expanded reproduction” was part of the widespread system of workers’ self-management in socialist Yugoslavia. It emphasized that the growth of society’s needs was dialectically connected to the growth of production. In practice, it meant that Yugoslav workers would decide how to invest the surplus they produced and engage politically with their communities. This talk, based on ethnographic field work, focuses on the workers of ITAS, a metalworking company, and their ideas and practices.

4:00 pm Seminar
Mastering Expanded Reproduction: The Material Base for Self-Managed Socialism in Yugoslavia and Its Legacy
Location:
Baker Hall 336 B, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of History and Carnegie Mellon Department of History
5:00 pm Cultural Event
Slovak Tutoring and Conversation Table
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies