Week of September 23, 2018 in UCIS

Sunday, September 23

5:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Mori, The Artist's Habitat
Location:
Seventh Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2018 | Japan | 99 minutes | Drama
Director: Shuichi Okita

SYNOPSIS: Painter Mori and his wife Hideko live surrounded by gardens and pastures away from the hustle and bustle of city life for their 52 years of marriage. For the last 30 years, Mori has scarcely left his home, preferring to lay among the critters around his home, painting while Hideko attends to visitors. But when developers decide to build a condominium next door, the small paradise the couple have created is at risk, so Mori and Hideko decide to take action to protect the garden that they cherish. Taking place in the more affable social atmosphere of the 1970's, Mori, the Artist's Habitat humorously depicts a summer-day-in-the-life of an elderly couple you'll grow to love and root for.

5:30 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: The Return
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2018 | Denmark/South Korea | 85 Minutes | Drama/Hybrid
Director: Malene Choi

SYNOPSIS: Based on director Malene Choi's personal experience and on stories shared by adoptees Malene encountered in Seoul while shooting the film, The Return tells the story of two Danish-Korean adoptees returning for the first time to the country where they were born. Intrigued by the spirit of their motherland and confronted with the personal stories of the fellow adoptees they meet in Seoul, Karoline and Thomas are hurled into an emotionally disorienting journey that forces them both to question their own identity and destiny. Quirky, yet understated and touching, The Return asks us to consider the nature vs. nurture debate on a more personal level than ever before.

7:30 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Marlina the Murder in Four Acts
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Thailand | 93 minutes | Revenge Thriller
Director: Mouly Surya

SYNOPSIS: In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina, a young widow, is attacked and robbed of her cattle. To defend herself, she kills several men of the gang. Seeking justice, she goes on a journey of empowerment and redemption. But the road is long especially when the ghost of her headless victim begins to haunt her. This gripping revenge thriller shows Marlina in a personified feminist rage like no other that will audiences talking about it for years to come.

Monday, September 24

5:00 pm Panel Discussion
On-the-ground Perspectives of Cuba
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join us for a roundtable/panel discussion on Cuba. This event features Osborne Hart, Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez, and community members including Grace Nelson, a Pitt undergraduate student studying Political Science, and Daniel Kornosky, a Social Studies & Spanish PK-12 Teacher and participant in CLAS-Cuba for Educators 2018.

September 24
4130 Posvar Hall
5 PM

For more information: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/list

About the speakers:
Osborne Hart is a Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate and participated in May Day Brigade this past May.
Michele Reid-Vazquez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Daniel Kornosky is a Social Studies & Spanish PK-12 Teacher and participated in CLAS-Cuba for Educators during Summer 2018.
Grace Nelson is a Pitt undergraduate student studying Political Science. She participated in Dr. Reid-Vazquez's spring break trip to Cuba

Tuesday, September 25

12:00 pm Lecture
Did Prussia have an Atlantic History? The Partitions of Poland-Lithuania, French Guiana, and Climates in the Caribbean, 1760s-1790s
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall, History Department Lounge
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of History and Early Modern World Intiative
12:00 pm Lecture
Did Prussia have an Atlantic History? The Partitions of Poland-Lithuania, French Guiana, and Climates in the Caribbean, 1760s-1790s
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall (History Department Lounge)
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of
2:00 pm Lecture
Let's Talk Africa
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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A presentation by Victoria Nalongo, Founder & CEO of Bright Kids Uganda Victoria will be discussing the war in northern Uganda and the impact the war has had on children and communities. Why has the war gone on for almost 20 years without any end in sight? Victoria will talk about the causes and contributing factor to the continuation of the war as well as identification of potential opportunities for bringing peace to the region.

Wednesday, September 26

9:30 am Career Counselling
Career Booster Germany
Location:
Alumni Hall & Wyndham (University Center)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with German Department and The Goethe Institute New York
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Find out how you can use German in your career, how to find the right university or a lab internship, or how to apply for a job in Germany; learn about German engineering programs and universities of applied sciences.

Talk to students and teachers of German, as well as representatives from the Goethe Institute, participating German universities and organizations, the German American Chamber of Commerce, from Pitt's European Studies Center, the Study Abroad Office, the Swanson School of Engineering, the College of Business Administration, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, and others.

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Argentina in Turmoil
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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Join Panoramas in a discussion about current events in Argentina. This roundtable will be moderated by Ignacio Mamone, a PhD candidate in Political Science.

Wednesday, September 26th
4217 Posvar Hall
12 PM

Panoramas provides a web-based venue for thoughtful dialogue of Latin American and Caribbean issues. By enabling a voice for scholars, students, policy makers and others to engage in constructive commentary on relevant current and historical topics, the forum also serves as an academic resource to worldwide educational audiences. Housed at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and maintained by CLAS faculty, students and alumni, Panoramas strives to be at the forefront of scholarly analysis of affairs in the Latin American region.

For more information and to join the conversation, visit:
https://www.panoramas.pitt.edu/

For other events sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/list

12:00 pm Lecture
Perspectives on basic income: automation and social justice
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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There has been a surge of interest in basic income (BI: the payment of a guaranteed income to all citizens/residents) related to fears about automation and the future of work. this contrasts with a longer tradition of thinking about BI as a matter of social justice. In this talk, Jamie Cooke, Director of RSA Scotland, argues that automation is an issue of social justice, particularly for communities like Pittsburgh and Glasgow, which have already suffered in previous eras economic/technological change.

4:30 pm Panel Discussion
Hot Topics/Global Perspectives
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Grab a coffee and join GSC for the first of our monthly series where we host an informal discussion about a pressing issue of the day. Get global insight and bring your thoughts to share or questions to have addressed. Cookies served!

Thursday, September 27

11:00 am Workshop
WAKE UP!
Location:
538 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with German Department, Year of Pitt Global and Office of the Associate Dean
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DJ Ipek – a German-Turkish music artist, and political
activist – will host a workshop on the art of DJing as
well as on issues of race, and gender in Germany and
Turkey. The workshop will be held in English and open
to all students and members of the Pitt community.
Both participants and observers are welcome.

12:00 pm Lecture
Communist Neverland: New Research on a Russian International Children's Home, 1933-1991
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies and Global Studies Center along with World History Center, Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
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From 1933 to 1991, Communist Party leaders from all over the world -- including Mao Zedong, Eugene Dennis, Josip Broz Tito, and many more from Latin America to Africa to the Middle East to the Far East -- sent their children to be educated in a single boarding school in Ivanovo, Russia. They were raised linguistically and culturally as Russians, often forgetting their native tongue. Many continue to feel enormous affection and nostalgia for the place they consider their true home, and travel across continents to attend reunions every five years. Based on archival documents, the school's own private archive, and dozens of interviews with alumni across the world, Communist Neverland is the tale of this remarkable school, which tells a new story about the people who dedicated their lives to world revolution.

1:00 pm Panel Discussion
Let's Talk Africa
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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Join us for a round table discussion with Victoria Namusisi Nalongo, Founder & CEO of Bright Kids Uganda and Justin Forzano, Founder & CEO of Cameroon Football Development Program (FDP). Both speakers are professionals in the field of international development who will be talking about internships and volunteer opportunities for students in Africa.

4:30 pm Lecture
Transnational Social Movements amid Global Crisis and Change
Location:
O'Hara Student Center Dining Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with the Year of Pitt Global, Office of Research Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, World History Center and Department of Sociology
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On September 27-29 Professors Jackie Smith and Melanie Hughes and their collaborators will host a workshop with more than a dozen researchers from seven different countries where we will analyze new datasets they have compiled on transnational social movement organizations and networks. International scholars, including many junior researchers, will examine how social movements are responding to a variety of changes in the global system, including the end of the Cold War, climate change, and growing incidence of protests in locations around the world. The workshop will generate an edited volume and support ongoing international research collaboration.

5:00 pm Reception
CLAS Welcome Back Reception
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) invites you to celebrate another year with us...
Meet the Center for Latin American Studies staff, affiliated faculty members, interns, and other students. This is a chance to learn about all that the Center offers, including opportunities available in the upcoming year.

CLAS Welcome Back Reception
September 27, 2018
5 PM
4130 Posvar Hall

For more information:
ket82@pitt.edu
https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/

Friday, September 28

1:00 pm Lecture
Transnational Social Movements amid Global Crisis and Change
Location:
William Pitt Union Room 548
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with Department of Sociology, World History Center, Office of Research-Research Diversity Initiative and the Year of Pitt Global
See Details

On September 27-29 Professors Jackie Smith and Melanie Hughes and their collaborators will host a workshop with more than a dozen researchers from seven different countries where we will analyze new datasets they have compiled on transnational social movement organizations and networks. International scholars, including many junior researchers, will examine how social movements are responding to a variety of changes in the global system, including the end of the Cold War, climate change, and growing incidence of protests in locations around the world. The workshop will generate an edited volume and support ongoing international research collaboration.

6:30 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Missing Johnny
Location:
Seventh Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | Taiwan | 104 Minutes | Drama
Director: Huang Xi

SYNOPSIS: Following Hsu's move to Taipei by herself, she starts receiving a series of wrong-number calls for the mysterious Johnny. As her emotions stir, Hsu attempts to put Johnny's life together piece by piece. Lee, her landlord's son, becomes increasingly obsessed with Hsu and her new bird. Feng is a wandering foreman hired by Lee's mother to start a renovation site nearby their apartment, who becomes overcome with paranoia when his car breaks down on the way to Lee's. The three Taipei residents' lives merge and intertwine due to Hsu's lost bird, and the transient beauty from the exchange blooms into serendipity and awe.

8:30 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Alifu Prince/ss
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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Alifu is a Taiwanese-indigenous, twenty-something man who works at a salon in the city. He has a dream—to fully transition into a woman. However, as an only "son" he is under pressure to succeed his father as chief of the tribe. Peizhan, a lesbian and Alifu's roommate and colleague, is always on his side. However, she gradually finds out her feelings toward Alifu are not so platonic after all.

Alice the Prince/ss treats our heroes as human beings yet still captures the struggles of the LGBT community with eloquence and poise.

9:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Daha
Location:
Seventh Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | Turkey | 115 minutes | Drama

In Onur Saylak's debut feature, fourteen-year-old Gaza helps his domineering father smuggle refugees from war-torn countries to Europe, giving them temporary lodgings and scant food until they attempt the crossing. Gaza dreams of escaping this life, but can't help being drawn into a dark world of immorality, exploitation, and human suffering. Gritty and disturbing, Daha asks the question: can you avoid becoming a monster when you've been raised by one?

Saturday, September 29

2:00 pm Cultural Event
Latino Gathering
Location:
Schenley Park (1 Overlook Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213)
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Casa San Jose, Latin American Cultural Union, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Pittsburgh Stands with Puerto Rico, Latino Community Center and Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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Latino Picnic
September 29th, 2018
2 - 7 pm

SHENLEY PARK
(Shenley Oval)
1 Overlook Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bring your family and friends to enjoy food, music, games, raffles, and more. As always, bring something to share!

For more information: www.facebook.com/events/463818044133615/
www.lacunet.org

3:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Mori, The Artist's Habitat
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
See Details

2018 | Japan | 99 minutes | Drama
Director: Shuichi Okita

SYNOPSIS: Painter Mori and his wife Hideko live surrounded by gardens and pastures away from the hustle and bustle of city life for their 52 years of marriage. For the last 30 years, Mori has scarcely left his home, preferring to lay among the critters around his home, painting while Hideko attends to visitors. But when developers decide to build a condominium next door, the small paradise the couple have created is at risk, so Mori and Hideko decide to take action to protect the garden that they cherish. Taking place in the more affable social atmosphere of the 1970's, Mori, the Artist's Habitat humorously depicts a summer-day-in-the-life of an elderly couple you'll grow to love and root for.

5:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Mayurakshi
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | India | 100 Minutes | Drama
Director: Atanu Ghosh

SYNOPSIS: Mayurakshi follows Aryanil, who has traveled from Chicago to Kolkata to meet with and care for his aging father, Sushobhan, who is in poor health. With dementia phasing out his immediate past, Sushobhan tends to be silent, irritable, and fretful. The son, with his failed marriages behind him, faces life numbly and without hope. When Sushobhan starts asking for the mysterious Mayurakshi, Aryanil realizes he has more on his plate than he originally anticipated.

7:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Ava
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2017 | Canada and Iran | 103 Minutes | Drama/Thriller

SYNOPSIS: Sadaf Foroughi's semi-autobiographical film debut focuses on teenager Ava's coming of age in a strict, traditional society and an even more strict, traditional household. After committing an act of rebellion, Ava must navigate her relationship with her parents, peers and teachers as her rage grows against both the people in her life and social restrictions in Iran. Dark and riveting, Ava explores the youths' need to be heard and understood.

9:00 pm Film
Silk Screen Film Festival: Dynamite Graffiti
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Silk Screen Asian Arts & Culture Organization
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2018 | Japan | 138 Minutes | Drama
Directed by: Masanori Tomonaga

SYNOPSIS: In the 1980's, Akira Suei achieved fame as the chief editor for several pornography magazines, although his reputation as a trendsetter was under constant scrutiny due to the magazines' taboo material. The film follows Suei from a traumatic event in his youth (involving his mother, the next door neighbor, and a bundle of dynamite) to Tokyo, where he climbed the ladder from lowly graphic designer to the chief editor of his own magazine due to his aggressive, raw style which attracted a variety of talented people who helped bring about a revolution in the Japanese magazine industry.