Week of September 10, 2023 in UCIS

Monday, September 11

5:30 pm Student Club Activity
German Club at Pitt
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club and Department of German
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Join German Club at Pitt’s weekly meetings during Fall 2023 to converse in German and learn German culture!

Tuesday, September 12

12:30 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe: European Year of Skills-What's the Future of Labor in Europe?
Location:
Zoom Webinar
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence at Florida International University, EU Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Center for European Studies at the University of Florida, Center for European Studies at the University of Texas – Austin and Center for European and Transatlantic Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology
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The EU declared 2023 the Year of Skills to bring attention to the challenges the contemporary workforce faces and to the European responses. It is indeed a period of transition in labor, with no little unrest. The Yellow Vest strikes are perhaps the best known of the strikes that have taken place recently in Europe. This Conversation on Europe considers the state of labor and the security of employment. In conversation with our panelists, we will consider labor struggles, the disruption of historical industries, the insecurity caused by inflation, energy scarcity, and AI. We will consider the future in Europe of the developing culturally diverse workforce? And we will hear about EU level initiatives to develop skilled workers for the 21st century.

Moderator:
Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh

Panelists are:
Jane Gingrich, University of Oxford
Stefan Olsson, Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Jamie Woodcock, University of Essex

About the Panelist:
Dr. Jane Gingrich is a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). Dr. Gingrich research interests involve comparative political economy and comparative social policy. In particular, I am interested in contemporary restructuring of the welfare state and the politics of institutional change more broadly. Dr. Gingrich is currently working on a project examining how the introduction of market-oriented reforms in state services has altered citizen and group attitudes toward government.

Stefan Olsson is a Swedish lawyer with degrees in international and tax law. Having joined the European Commission in 1996, he dealt with fundamental rights issues as well as social dialogue. He was assistant to the Director General for Employment and Social Affairs (2000-2005) before leading units dealing with social and employment law and policy as well as administrative affairs. As from 1 November 2015, he took up the position of Director in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. He was responsible for the management of the European Social Fund in Romania, Bulgaria, Malta, and Spain, for the implementation of the Employment Strategy through tools such as the Youth Guarantee, the Long-term Unemployment Recommendation, and the network of Public Employment Services, as well as legislative and policy issues relating to working conditions including health and safety at work. From 1 September 2022, he serves as Deputy Director-General responsible for policy issues in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

Dr. Jamie Woodcock is a researcher based in London and a senior lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the author of books including Troublemaking (Verso, 2023), Employment (Routledge, 2023), The Fight Against Platform Capitalism (University of Westminster Press, 2021), The Gig Economy (Polity, 2019), Marx at the Arcade (Haymarket, 2019), and Working the Phones (Pluto, 2017). He is on the editorial board of Notes from Below and Historical Materialism.

3:00 pm Student Club Activity
French Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with French Club
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Join the French Club for a conversation hour for French speaking individuals of varying levels to practice the French language.

3:30 pm Information Session
Global Distinction Drop-In Hours
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Ethnic Studies Research, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center, Global Hub, Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, Office of International Services and Global Experiences Office
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Are you looking to gain experience that will help prepare you for a globally-connected job market? Stop by Drop-In Hours to learn more about getting the Global Distinction added to your academic transcript, receiving special recognition at graduation, and standing out to prospective employers!

Fall 2023 Global Distinction Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 pm, except on October 3 and November 21.

6:00 pm Student Club Activity
Lingovation at Pitt
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Lingovation
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Join Lingovation to discuss our plans for the year and help bilingual students find volunteer opportunities.

7:00 pm Film
Germany on Campus 2023: Mack The Knife-Brecht's Threepenny Film
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Pitt Film and Media Studies; University of Pittsburgh Department of German and Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Washington
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Join the German Department and its sponsors for a Night at the Movies on Pitt's Campus for the Oakland Premier of Mack The Knife. This critically acclaimed German film tells the story of the attempt to turn Bertolt Brecht's anti-capitalist play The Threepenny Opera into a commercially successful movie. While the Studio wants to censor the racy parts of Brecht's play and its socialist critique, the author does not bow down but takes the Studio to court. Using elements of Brecht's play with music by Kurt Weill, Lang's feature film thematizes the tension between art, politics, and commercial interests against the Nazi's rise to power.

Free Admission

Wednesday, September 13

12:00 pm Lecture
Identity and Security in the Black Sea Region
Location:
3911 Posvar Hall and Zoom
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Center for Governance and Markets and Ford Institute for Human Security
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On Wednesday, September 13 at 12pm, Professor Marian Zulean Professor of Sociology at the University of Bucharest (Romania) will discuss identity and security in the Black Sea Region. The talk will be held in 3911 Posvar Hall and will also be streamed on Zoom.

The discussion is based on his new co-edited volume, "Social Values and Identities in the Black Sea Region" (Roman & Littlefield, 2023), which explores the nexus between geopolitical challenges and cultural frameworks in the Black Sea region. His talk will also discuss how the war in Ukraine affects regional dynamics. Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili will moderate the discussion.

The talk is part of the Governing Deep Differences speaker series at Center for Governance and Markets and is co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasia, the Ford Center for Human Security, and Ridgway Center for Security Studies.

1:30 pm Student Club Activity
CLAS SCC September Meeting
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub
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he purpose of the Student Club Coalition is to give clubs related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and the diasporas, an opportunity to be officially related to and involved with CLAS, providing mutual support for student engagement.

2:30 pm Student Club Activity
French Conversation Hour
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with French Club
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Join the French Club for a conversation hour for French speaking individuals of varying levels to practice the French language.

3:30 pm Student Club Activity
Swahili Conversation Table
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center
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Join advanced Swahili students from Swahili 3 to practice the language outside of the classroom!

Note: Meetings will take place weekly in the Global Hub, during Fall semester, except on September 20 and October 18.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
August Wilson Around the World
Location:
Archives & Special Collections Instruction Room, 340 Hillman Library, 3rd Floor
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies along with University Library System
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While most of August Wilson’s plays were set in Pittsburgh, they reach far beyond the three rivers. Join the University of Pittsburgh Library System for a discussion on Wilson’s impact on a local, national, and international level.

A Reception with light refreshments will follow.

Register here: https://pitt.libcal.com/event/11206480

5:00 pm Student Club Activity
Bate-Papo Portuguese Conversation Table
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Brazil Nuts
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Join weekly Bate-Papo Portuguese conversation practice for all levels, from brand-new beginners to advanced or heritage speakers!

Note: Meetings will take place weekly in the Global Hub, during Fall semester, except on September 27, October 18, and November 1.

7:00 pm Student Club Activity
Spanish Club Meeting
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Spanish Club
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Join the Spanish Club as they introduce themselves and their officers! After introductions, the group will break out into Spanish conversation tables.

Thursday, September 14

12:00 pm Student Club Activity
Tavola Italiana - Speciale! (NEW LOCATION: Under the tent in Schenley Plaza)
Location:
NEW LOCATION: Under the tent in Schenley Plaza
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of Italian
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Mangia con noi! Bring your lunch and chat with us! Pitt students only, all levels welcome!

12:00 pm Reception
Community United in Compassion - Moroccan Tea
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Ethnic Studies Research, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center, Global Hub, Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, Office of International Services and Global Experiences Office
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In response to the devastating earthquake that struck the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the Pitt community, as well as our neighbors affected by this event, will gather together in the Global Hub. Together, we will share stories about and connections with this beautiful country and unite in compassion. Moroccan tea, pastries, and dates will be offered.

5:00 pm Cultural Event
Asia Trailer Watch Party
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Hub
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Join the Asian Studies Center to learn more learn about the SCREENSHOT: Asia Film Festival, enjoy snacks, watch trailers, and earn prizes!

Friday, September 15

1:00 pm Information Session
Medical Humanities Academic Learning Community
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and Global Hub
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Students in the Medical Humanities Learning Community will hear from the Global Studies Center about the Global Health certificate program.

1:00 pm Student Club Activity
Polish Conversation Table
Location:
Cathedral of Learning 126
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
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Come practice your conversational Polish at these weekly meetings!

3:00 pm Information Session
Service-Learning: Lakota Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability & Indigenous Rights
Location:
Global Hub, Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Ethnic Studies Research, Global Studies Center, Global Hub and Global Experiences Office
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Interested in experiential learning opportunities on environmental sustainability and indigenous rights? Join community organizers as well as Pitt students and faculty to hear about their work on the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Lakota Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability and Indigenous Rights (3 cr.) is the first service-learning program launched by the University Center for International Studies. Learn about what you can accomplish and how to apply for Summer 2024.

3:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa with Valerie Bowden
Location:
Posvar Hall Room 1500
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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Join Valerie Bowden as she shares her experience backpacking across Africa by herself. During her "Cape to Cairo Route", she was inspired to relocate to Ethiopia where she lived for 8+ years. She is the founder of CRDLE which now does business throughout the continent. If you have ever dreamed of traveling, living, or doing business in African countries, you will not want to miss this event!

The Center for African Studies organizes the Let's Talk Africa series to bring our learning community together to talk about Africa-related matters. It is designed to bring students and faculty together to talk about their experiences studying about or in Africa, doing internships, conducting research about Africa or Africa-related topics, or other learning activities in African Studies. Let's Talk Africa is a forum that allows students and members of the community to talk about Africa's achievements while also exploring challenges and policy solutions.

4:00 pm Lecture
Integration of Proficiency, Performed Culture Approach, and New Textbook: A Journey of Curricular Revision at Portland State University
Location:
CL208A
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
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Portland State University (PSU) adopted a new textbook NihonGO NOW! starting with the first year Japanese a few years ago and the second year in 2021. Join Dr. Watanabe as she focuses on the curriculum of the second year Japanese and share examples of adaptations such as vocabulary and grammar quizzes through Canvas, the flip-class approach, an assignment to develop fluency, and incorporation of conversational and transactional perspectives.

Dr. Watanabe will also talk about the importance of orientation at the beginning of a course in order to clearly indicate what it takes to study the Japanese language as well as to build a safe learning environment.