Week of March 20, 2022 in UCIS
Thursday, April 8 until Friday, April 8
Saturday, February 26 until Thursday, March 31
Learn the history of mărțișor and watch the Romanian Room committee make them and talk about this old tradition.
Falling on March 1 of every year, Mărțișor is an old Romanian tradition of gifting a red and white string attached to a small piece of jewelry or a flower. This is believed to bring health and luck to the wearer.
Friday, March 18 until Sunday, March 20
As humans rely more and more on electronic devices to support their everyday activities, there are ever present warnings about the impacts such reliance has on human autonomy ranging from who owns and controls information networks, the inequitable impact of technology consumption on peoples and places, varying accessibility of technology around the globe, and the promises and limitations of technology in improving human health. By engaging in technology as a lens, this sequence of weekend micro-courses encourages students to examine technology as a system disproportionately impacting humanity by enabling and constraining human rights of groups of people around the globe. With a multi-disciplinary focus, the course invites researchers and practitioners from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.
The course will occur on Friday, March 18th, Saturday, March 19th, and Sunday, March 21st. Engagement in the course should be synchronous; accommodations for those in significant time zone differences will be provided to allow enrollment and completion of all elements of the weekend. A pre-course video review of the major course assignment will need to be completed prior to the course starting.
Students must register for this course through PeopleSoft, which can be accessed via their my.pitt account.
Sunday, March 20
Spring Mini Course: Technology, Humanity, and Social Justice - SUNDAY
● Session 8 – 8:30AM-9:30AM: Comparing Disciplines and Perspectives
● Session 9 – 9:45AM-11:45AM: Practicing Community Discussions on Inclusive Approaches: A Case Study Activity
● Session 10 – 12:00PM-1:00PM: Workshopping Your Stakeholder Profiles
Sunday, March 20 until Sunday, March 27
The Spring Festival of the Egg is a FREE virtual family oriented event welcoming the coming of Spring in many ethnic traditions as featured by members and friends of the Nationality Room Committees at the University of Pittsburgh. Videos include: Egg Decorating, Palm Weaving Demonstrations, Ethnic Cooking Demonstrations, The Festival Of Colors, Ethic Recipes, Butter Lamb Carving, Cooking Baking, Springtime Story Telling, Spring & Easter Customs, Special Children's Egg Decorating, Kid's Cookie Making, Easter & Springtime Printable Coloring Pages, Jelly Bean Guess, Egg Festival Marketplace and more.
University of Pittsburgh
Polish Nationality Room Committee
Nationality Room Committees
Nationality Rooms Programs & Intercultural Exchange Programs
University Center For Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
Polish Falcons of America
The Nationality Room Committees: Czechoslovak, Indian, Irish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Philippine, Polish, Romanian, and Ukrainian & members of the Bulgarian and Carpatho-Rusyns communities.
Monday, March 21
Stop by the Global Hub to speak with student ambassadors from the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and learn more about opportunities offered through CLAS!
Join the French Club for French language conversation practice
Portuguese conversation at all levels
Come join the German Club to practice your language skills and learn about German culture!
Tuesday, March 22
Join us in celebrating World Water Day! From celebrating water to saving water, we will use art, activities, and action to explore the topic of water. This event will be held in the Global Hub from 11:00am-5:00pm and will consist of engaging and educational hands-on activities for students and faculty alike!
The “What’s in a Name?” series aims to open a doorway to explore issues that affect us every day, and that, ultimately, reverberate through the most intimate aspects of who we are. While we will explore basic tools and name etiquette, with the kindness and respect we all deserve, we intend to reflect about what our names say about us, and how they may be used to define who we are.
As part of the natural evolution of the series, we invite audiences explore place names and how they impact and reflect upon our identities, how we are perceived, and how we navigate the frameworks they set in motion. This session will be an introduction to place names and their significance as a part of a community's identity, touching upon themes of colonialism, enslavement, migration, and more.
Dr. Ruth Mostern, Director, World History Center
Dr. Keila Grinberg, Director, Center for Latin American Studies
Join Panoramas for their next virtual roundtable discussion! Panoramas intern Katie Lloyd will discuss accessibility in museums and the importance of recognizing every individual’s language rights through language justice. This roundtable is open to all and we hope to see you there!
The conditions on the Ukrainian border and throughout Europe are rapidly changing. Peace and security in Europe are in doubt and the reach of diplomacy seems to be limited. Often overlooked in the US media, Germany plays a key role in the decision-making process on the ground, given her status as an economic engine and primary trading partner with Ukraine and Russia. Germany's new government has to balance its policies between contradicting aims of history, politics, civil foreign policy, and the EU, as an emerging international power. Timm Beichelt from the European University Viadrina will offer insights into the interests, motivations, and decisions of the key players in German foreign policy regarding Russia and Ukraine.
Professor Timm Beichelt is Director of the Institute for European Studies at the European University Viadrina. Positioned on the borders of Germany and Poland, Viadrina is a vibrant center for the analysis of European dynamics, and the Institute has deep connections to Poland, Ukraine, and many other European countries. Professor Beichelt has published extensively on European Studies and Europeanization processes. His most recent book is forthcoming in English translation: Homo Emotionalis: On Feelings in Politics (2022). For his book Deutschland in Europa (Springer VS, 2015), he worked as an embedded researcher in the German Foreign Ministry for several months.
Register to attend here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sdO2trjkoG9ULDMqgSTPUD2pyDPGVc-p1
Dr. Abdesalam Soudi serves as Professor, Cultural Competence Consultant, and Cultural and Linguistic Competence Master’s Course Co-Director, Family Medicine Department at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh. He is a Sociolinguist recognized for several scholarly accomplishments in Conversation Analysis, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Arabic Linguistics, Electronic Health Records, Cultural Competency in medical practice. He leads a cross-disciplinary Humanities in Health initiative (HinH). With a passion for discovering new findings and sharing knowledge, he will discuss the importance of cultural competency across all disciplines, from humanities to healthcare, in global initiatives around the world.
Join the Arabic Language & Culture Club for an hour of conversing in the colloquial Arabic language while speaking on various current events.
Wednesday, March 23
The annual Model African Union was held virtually due to Covid. Students from participating high schools prepared their roles as delegates from assigned African countries and deliberated on the issues of the day, created working papers, and presented on their work.
The Summer EDGE in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program will take place from May 9-August 6. This is an undergraduate certificate program offered in the College of Business Administration and targeted toward non-business students. Through this curriculum students will be exposed to the mechanics of opportunity creation. These skills include modules on business plan preparation and feasibility analysis, presentation skills, interactive marketing, customer relationship management, and competitive analysis, project management, and leadership. Upon completion of the certificate students will have increased their ability to compete for summer and permanent positions in a wide range of industries and functions. ALL undergraduate students are welcome to enroll.
This session of the on-going Teach In on the War on Ukraine will explore Europe and NATO’s role in the war, including the prospects for Ukrainian membership in the EU or NATO. How has EU foreign policy shifted in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? How is Europe responding to the new wave of refugees fleeing the fighting? And what do we make of the nuclear posturing coming out of Moscow?
Speakers: Burcu Savun (Political Science), William Spaniel (Political Science), Gregor Thum (History). Moderated by Jae-Jae Spoon (Political Science)
The World History Center and the Center for Latin American Studies will host a roundtable panel about digital and spatial methods for depicting the history and memory of slavery at scales that range from the transregional to the local. This event will be a conversation featuring Keila Grinberg (University of Pittsburgh), Karl Grossner (WHC Affiliate), Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh), and Daryle Williams (UC Riverside). Panelists will also focus on three digital projects, Enslaved: Peoples of Historic Slave Trade, Passados Presentes, and World Historical Gazetteer.
VIRTUAL VISITING DIPLOMAT PROGRAM
JOINTLY SPONSORED BY
REINHARDT UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH EUROPEAN STUDIES CENTER & THE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES CONSORTIUM OF GEORGIA (ISCOG)* - CELEBRATING 28 YEARS OF SERVICE
LET’S TALK UNITED KINGDOM (UK) & WALES
BRITISH CONSUL GENERAL IN ATLANTA, ANDREW STAUNTON & DR. ZOWIE HAY, HEAD OF NORTH AMERICA FOR THE WELSH GOVERNMENT AT THE BRITISH EMBASSY IN
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Mr. Andrew Staunton came to Atlanta as Her Majesty’s Consul General in June 2018. He is the senior UK government representative in the Southeast and leads a team which works to promote UK-US cultural relations, trade and investment, conduct public diplomacy, and builds scientific and research co-operation. Andrew was born in Glasgow, Scotland and he and wife Rebecca have two adult children living in the U. K. Since joining the UK’s diplomatic service in 1987, Andrew has served overseas in Greece, Ireland, China, France, Romania and Canada. He also sits on the Marshall Scholarship selection committee.
Dr. Zowie Hay is Head of North America for Welsh Government. Based in the British Embassy in Washington DC and oversees a team that has a presence in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Montreal. She is the senior diplomat for Wales in North America, joined the Welsh Government in 2011 and has held posts in policy research and evaluation, and as Head of Natural Resources lead on the policy development for the ground-breaking Environment Act (Wales). Before relocating to the USA, Zowie was based in Welsh Treasury, where she led on strategic planning for the Welsh Budget, and subsequently served as Head of Intergovernmental Relations for Tax Strategy and EU Exit. Zowie holds a BA in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster University, an MA in International Relations and Mandarin from the University of Durham and received a PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University.
Stop by the Global Hub to speak with student ambassadors from the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and learn about the opportunities CLAS has to offer!
This lecture by Dr. Marc Steinberg, Associate Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University, will situate Japanese mobile gaming within the longer history of mobile platforms in Japan in an effort to better understand the close relationship between mobile gaming and what we now know as the platform economy.
Join the Spanish Club for an evening of your favorite board games... in Spanish!
Thursday, March 24
Stop by the Global Hub to speak with student ambassadors from the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and learn more about opportunities offered through CLAS!
Social Italian event for students of Italian at Pitt
A live interview with Alexey Yurchak (UC Berkeley)
Register here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1T_4MKTcRQ2-1VZtNHLZYQ
French casual conversation table. Open to all students of all levels of proficiency.
Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez - Prince of Asturias Distinguished Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
Disinformation in the diplomatic field can be defined as politically motivated false or forged information intended to influence its audience. It is one of the most relevant topics in diplomacy and international relations because diplomats, journalists, military, and policymakers are interested in the way the messages are created, distributed, shared, and understood.
Russia's war against Ukraine raises new questions for the discipline: how can the EU deal with Russian disinformation? What are the effects of shutting down RT or Sputnik? What responsibility do technology companies have in spreading hate and lies? What does Zelensky's social media activity teach us about political communication and leadership? These and other questions serve to reflect on the future of Europe in the era of de-globalization, where facts -not mere opinions- are contested.
This event will follow a hybrid format.
Join the French Club for French language practice
Memory, imagination, and place are inextricably connected. This talk will present three public art, exhibition, and photo book projects that Njaimeh Njie has created to explore how the lived experiences of Black Pittsburgh residents are held within the landscape of the city. These will serve as a launching pad for thinking through the connections between shared space and shared stories, and what these mean for how we see ourselves, our present, and our futures in the places we call home.
Njaimeh Njie is a multimedia storyteller. Her photography, filmmaking, oral history, writing, and public artwork explore contemporary Black experiences, with a particular focus on how the past shapes the present. Njie’s work has been featured in outlets including CityLab and Belt Magazine, exhibited in spaces including the Carnegie Museum of Art and The Mattress Factory Museum, and she has presented at venues including TEDxPittsburghWomen, and Harvard University. Among several awards and grants, Njie was named the inaugural Edward Mitchell Bannister Artist-in-Residence at Brown University for 2021-22, and the 2019 Visual Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh City Paper. Njie earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis.
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.
We are living in a time of crisis. Anxieties about the future and questions concerning the sustainability of the planet and its inhabitants have never felt more urgent. Future Tense asks how artists approach these and other global uncertainties in relationship to identity, home, and environment. Selected films highlight both the fragility and resilience of human ingenuity in relationship to nature, space, and place. Collectively, the artists included in this program direct themselves towards the future. They look to the past to reclaim lost histories while simultaneously imagining new possible futures. Participating artists: Imani Dennison, Fang Tianyu, Thomas Allen Harris, Pedro Neves Marques, Joan Michel, Su Yu-Hsin, Wang Mowen, and Zheng Yuan.
Barbara London is a New York-based curator and writer who founded the video-media exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. Her current projects include the book Video/Art: The First Fifty Years (Phaidon: 2020), the podcast series Barbara London Calling, and the exhibition Seeing Sound (Independent Curators International, 2020-24). London’s writing has appeared in numerous catalogs and publications, including Artforum, Yishu, Leonardo, Art Asia Pacific, Art in America, and Modern Painter. London teaches in the Sound Art Department, Columbia University, and previously taught in the Graduate Art Department, Yale University, 2014-19.
Ellen Larson is a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing her doctoral research on contemporary video art from Asia. She has curated exhibitions and educational symposia in the United States and China.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Please note: For your safety and the safety of those around you, all those attending this event must wear a face mask that covers both the nose and mouth. We reserve the right to require that those in attendance who do not follow safety guidelines or instructions from our staff will be asked to leave the premises. Failure to comply with this policy or rude or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated. Please see our Visitor Conduct Policy, opens new tab for more information.
Notice for all buyers – By attending an in-person event at any of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, you and any guests agree to voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold any presenting entities, artists, and the venue; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.
Co-presented with University of Pittsburgh’s SCREENSHOT: ASIA Program
Join the International Relations Club for a space for open discussion about the current situation in Ukraine among its members.
Thursday, March 24 until Sunday, March 27
Beyond Crisis Creativity: Imagining New Futures Through Art and Youth Activism
This un-conference explores how cultural organizations made up of artists, young people, cultural workers, organizers, and neighbors take up supposedly devalued city spaces to create new vocabularies and heuristics for value beyond exchange value, and use cultural practices to tell stories of place and forge transnational connections. It also maps how how certain forms of creative identity are commodified. We seek to create a conversation across borders, cultures, institutions and generations. Participants will come from Pittsburgh; Barcelona; Cali; Portugal; and Chicago, among other places, in order to address the interconnections between the kinds of challenges that artists/youth face in using creative practice to imagine more just futures and the networks of solidarity nascent and established between cities and practitioners.
The conference is open to everyone. If you choose to attend in person, please complete registration form no later than March 3rd, 2022. There is no deadline to register for those attending virtually. There will be an option to attend virtually via Zoom. Registration information, featured speakers, and conference schedule can be found on the event website.
Friday, March 25
8:45-9:00am: Virtual coffee
9:00-9:15am: Welcome, Ellen Larson 9:15-9:45am: Keynote, Barbara London
9:45-10:45am: Panel 1 ACTIVATED VIRTUALITIES
Jori Snels, University of Amsterdam
“The in-between-space: Reimaginations of virtual being in aaajiao’s + Lu Yang’s videogame art”
Sarah Myers, Stony Brook University
“When a Black Man’s Blue: HBO’s: Watchmen and the Draw of the Alternate History Genre”
Frederica Simmons, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota "Ephemeral Movements: Mapping Anti-Racist Protest Art"
10:45-11:15am: Alison, Langmead, Faculty Respondent + Audience Q&A
11:30am-12:30pm: Panel 2 VIRTUAL PRACTICALITIES
Luise Mörke, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
“Insubstantial Actualities: The digital and the analogue in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria (2021)”
Gene Anthony Santiago-Holt, University of Delaware “Noise, Performance, and Puerto Rican (Taino) Futurism”
Xiaofan Wu, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University "A Live Stream that May Last for Years"
12:30-1:00pm: Josh Ellenbogen, Faculty Respondent + Audience Q&A
2:00-2:40pm: Panel 3 - GEOSPATIAL BORDERS
Cindy Evans, Florida State University
“Frieder Nake and the Ethics of Cold War Computer Art”
Clara Royer Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
“Allocating the Bandwidth: Slow-Scan and the New World Information Order (1978-1990)” 2:40-3:10pm: Jennifer Josten, Faculty Respondent + Audience Q&A
3:30-4:30pm: Panel 4 - FUTURISTIC REALITIES
Isaiah Bertagnolli, University of Pittsburgh
“‘More Human than Human’: Virtual Humanisms in the Blade Runner Universe”
Sophia Salinas, Southern Methodist University
“Cyber Touch: The Body and Transgression in Cyberfeminist Art Practices”
Cory Wayman, University of Utah
“She Lies, She Cries: Currencies of Affect, Beauty & Performance in Leah Rachel’s Curious Female Casting Couch (2017)”
4:30-5:00pm: Terry Smith, Faculty Respondent + Audience Q&A
5:00-5:15pm: Closing remarks, Ellen Larson
Meeting ID: 999 5903 3357
1991 ushered in the so-called "archival revolution," allowing scholars if Russia and Central Asia to access written sources that had been inaccessible to international scholars. The end of the Cold War also allowed first-hand engagement with people living throughout Eurasia. howeve, this paradigm shift has not been matched by methodological reflection on how best to combine oral history with more traditional methods. This practical workshop will address all of the questions you had about oral history but were afraid to ask: best practices, ethical issues, and the possibilities oral history offers to the repertoire of scholars studying Eurasia.
Instructor: Krista Goff is a historian of Soviet and post-Soviet history, with a particular interest in the North and South Caucasus. In her research and teaching, she explores the historical formation of minorities and the experience of minoritization in these historical contexts, as well as interrelated themes of nationalism, citizenship, empire, ethnic conflict, genocide, and migration. In addition to being associate professor of history at the University of Miami, Goff is also co-editor of Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History and co-director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Think Tank, which is based at Howard University. Dr. Goff’s most recent book, Nested Nationalism: Making and Unmaking Nations in the Soviet Caucasus (Cornell UP, 2020) has won numerous prizes, including the Rothschild Prize from the Association for the Study of Nationalities, the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the Baker-Burton Award from the European Section of the Southern Historical Association.
Moderator: James Pickett, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Silvio Almeida is a Tinker Visiting Professor at Columbia University's Institute of Latin American Studies. He holds a PhD from the University of São Paulo School of Law and is founder and president of the Luiz Gama Institute, which provides legal advice and citizenship training to vulnerable populations in Brazil. He is the author of Structural Racism (São Paulo, 2018), Sartre: Law and Politics (São Paulo, 2016), and many other publications. Luiz Gama was a Brazilian rábula (self-taught lawyer), abolitionist, orator, journalist, writer, andconsidered a key actor in the abolition of slavery inBrazil. Dr. Almeida will discuss Luiz Gama as a thinker and interpreter of Brazilian social thought. Lunch will be provided. Registration required for both in-person and virtual attendees.
6:30 - 8:15PM
Cathedral of Learning, Room 0G24 and Zoom
Screening of Style Wars, with conversation led by Pittsburgh writers Max “Gems” Gonzales and Shane Pilster after the screening
University members can access this film through the University Libary System.
If you plan on attending any events in-person as a non-Pitt affiliate, please fill out this form no later than the day before the event. If you are not Pitt-affiliated, you will recieve an email confirmation from Pitt Guest Registration before the conference to allow you into the appropriate campus buildings. There is no deadline for Pitt affiliates. Register here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfppOUqB5q-Kr2cq3oZBJMfdr-9Tay8...
If you are attending the post-screening conversation by Zoom at 7:30PM, please register for the link here - https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYof-2hpjsiHdWuLbHqcFlrvUVlqzxuQFkn