Events

 

The following events draw interdisciplinary audiences and help forge networks relating to our center's five concentrations: Ecology and Sustainability, Politics and Economy, Cultural Dynamics, Peace, Conflict & Security and Heath & Well-being.

Wednesday, January 24

Creative Pedagogies for Global Studies Series
Koyo Kouoh
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Koyo Kouoh
Location:
4801 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Studies Center along with History of Art and Architecture Department as part of Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Carnegie Museum of Art.
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Phone:
624-3487
Contact Email:
lrb62@pitt.edu

Visiting scholar Koyo Kouoh will offer a brief presentation and lead a discussion on RAW Acádemie, an experimental program for artistic thought and curatorial inquiry that she recently launched as part of the activities of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge, and society in Dakar, Senegal.

Suggested reading: Koyo Kouoh, “Being Africa: Contextual Narratives of Artistic Environments,” in Paul O'Neill, et al, eds., The Curatorial Conundrum: What to Study? What to Research? What to Practice? (LUMA Foundation and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, distributed by MIT Press, 2016), 181–188.
Link to PDF: https://pitt.box.com/s/inue7nluqaejo7d9d8boc8uguyl925f9

Biography: Koyo Kouoh is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar, Senegal (www.rawmc.org). For Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, Kouoh is participating with Dig Where You Stand, an exhibition within the exhibition based on the Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection. Previously, she was the curator of 1:54 FORUM, the educational programme at the Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York, and served in the curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012). Kouoh was also the curator of “Still (the) Barbarians,” 37th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial in Limerick (2016); “Streamlines: Oceans, Global Trade and Migration,” Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2015); “Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the work of six African women artists,” WIELS, Lunds Konsthall, 49N6E FRAC Lorraine (2015–2016); and “Precarious Imaging: Visibility surrounding African Queerness,” RAW Material Company (2014). She edited Word!Word?Word! Issa Samb and the undecipherable form, RAW Material Company/OCA/Sternberg Press (2013), the first monograph dedicated to the work of seminal Senegalese artist Issa Samb; Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa, a collection of essays resulting from the eponymous symposium held in Dakar in January 2012; and Chronicle of a Revolt: Photographs of a Season of Protest, RAW Material Company & Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2012). Besides a sustained theoretical, exhibition, and residency program at RAW Material Company, she maintains a critical curatorial, advisory and judging activity internationally. She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.

The Saudi Arabia - Qatar Diplomatic Crisis
Global Affairs Club's First Meeting of the Semester
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Jared McCormick
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of Global Affairs Club
Contact:
Noah Coco
Contact Email:
nmc57@pitt.edu

Come join the Global Affairs Club in hosting Prof. Jared McCormick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Contemporary International Issues, for a discussion of the Saudi Arabia-Qatar Diplomatic Crisis of 2017. Following a brief presentation by Prof. McCormick, we will open our discussion to the broader context of the Saudi Arabia - Iran regional power dynamic. This will be the Global Affairs Club's first meeting of the semester. Anyone interested in joining the club can speak with an officer at this meeting.

Thursday, January 25

Muslim Internationalism and Pan-Islamic Ideas During the Cold War
Time:
12:30 pm
Presenter:
Cemil Aydin, Professor of History, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Location:
Sociology Colloquium Room, Posvar Hall 2431
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of The Islamicate Studies Working Group at the University of Pittsburgh
Contact:
Grace Tomcho
Contact Email:
gracet@pitt.edu

The Colloquium discusses the origins of contemporary Islamist narratives of world order in the global Cold War context of the 1970s and 1980s. Prof. Aydin argues that the political movement of Islamism emerged as a transnational ideological movement only in the last two decades of the cold war. Both anti-Western Islamism and Islamophobic discourses in the West carry the characteristics of the Cold War ideological battles. Islamism carries the formative influence of universalist claims and double standards of cold war ideological rivalries. Modern Pan-Islamic narratives, he argues, are modern constructs that emerged in the intertwined crisis of the cold war and decolonization processes. This attention to Cold War can also help us better understand how an imagined Muslim world began to be depicted as the new enemy of the West in Islamophobic ideologies after the Cold war.

Lunch provided
*Attendees are encouraged to read the colloquium materials ahead of the event. They may be requested by writing to Prof. Mohammed Bamyeh at mab205@pitt.edu.

The Islamicate Studies Working Group consists of faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh who are exploring the prospects of building an academic program for the study of the Muslim World. Its members come from the Dietrich School’s departments of English; History; Linguistics; Religious Studies; and Sociology; as well as from the Law School; the School of Education; and staff members from the Library and Global Studies, and it incorporates visiting postdoctoral fellows faculty members.

Biopolitics, Mobility, and the Politics of Migrant Dispersal
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Martina Tazzioli
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center

Dr. Tazzioli is a Lecturer in the Geography Department at Swansea University and Visiting Lecturer in Forced Migration at City University of London. She is the author of Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings (2014), co-author with Glenda Garelli of Tunisia as a Revolutionized Space of Migration (2016), and co-editor of Foucault and the History of Our Present (2015). She is co-founder of the journal Materialifoucaultian. Her talk will focus on the Political aspects of Migrant Dispersal and the way biopolotics and mobility factor into migration today.

Institution Building as Curatorial Practice
Time:
6:00 pm
Presenter:
Koyo Kouoh; introduced by Carnegie International curator Ingrid Schaffner and followed by questions and discussion.
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Studies Center along with History of Art and Architecture Department as part of Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Carnegie Museum of Art.

For many countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, cultural production was historically co-opted by the state in anti-colonial struggles and post-colonial nation building, paving the way for decades of tension between private initiatives and government mechanisms. The situation has changed but hardly for the better, with many states neglecting the financial and infrastructural needs of their country’s cultural landscapes. Yet within this void, the last twenty years have born witness to the flourishing of independent, non-commercial art centers across these zones. In developing an expanded curatorial practice that embraces the institution as form, in contexts where aesthetics and knowledge production often escape Western paradigms, such spaces allow for new understandings of the potential of arts organizations as well as the relationship between art and life.

Friday, January 26

Best Practices Showcasing Globalization Across the Curriculum
Time:
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Presenter:
Various
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia
Contact:
Zsuzsanna Magdo
Contact Phone:
4126487423
Contact Email:
zsuzsannamagdo@pitt.edu

This conference will bring together Pennsylvania faculty with peers affiliated with the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia for a workshop on innovative ways to internationalize curricula at community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

To attend, please register by January 19, 2018 via https://tinyurl.com/yaf5hjod.

Friday, February 2

Undergraduate Research Toolkit Series
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Center Faculty and Staff
Location:
5400 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Global Studies will host a 4-part series with sessions on January 19th, February 2nd, February 16th, and March 16th to equip students to pursue research within the framework of the multidisciplinary field of global studies. The series is designed for students at any stage of their academic career. It's a must for students considering pursing a BPHIL, an honor's thesis, or enrolling in a graduate program in the future. Dr. Michael Goodhart, GSC Director and Professor of Political Science, along with GSC faculty will provide insight based on their experience on conceiving research ideas, formulating research questions, identifying methods to consider to collect and analyze data, ethically gathering data working within university research guidelines and lastly presenting and disseminating data using traditional methods and new forms of digital media. Each session will include ample time for discussion so bring your ideas and questions!

Keynote Address: A Woman for the 21st Century
Time:
6:00 pm
Presenter:
Rhodessa Jones
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Sponsored by PITT ARTS and co-sponsored by: The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Africana Studies, Global Studies and and The Department of Music.

Jones will discuss the Medea Project and the process of creating productive dialogue to examine such conditions as racism, sexism, homophobia, addictions, and fear that greatly affect our daily lives. In addition, she will play video excerpts from her work and perform excerpts from her various writings and scripts.

Monday, February 5

Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
Time:
1:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Grab a coffee and join the Global Studies Center 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!

Tuesday, February 6

Planning Postindustrialism in Pittsburgh and Beyond
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Tracy Neumann
Location:
3911 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Tracy Neumann specializes in transnational and global approaches to twentieth-century North American history, with an emphasis on cities and the built environment. She teaches courses on twentieth-century U.S. history, urban history, research methods, and public history. Before pursuing a PhD, she worked for several years as a consultant for a cultural resource management firm, and her professional experience as a public history practitioner led her to help develop Wayne State's MA Program in Public History, for which she serves as the coordinator. She also co-edits the Global Urban History blog and sits on the editorial boards of Urban History and Temple University Press's Pennsylvania History book series.

More information about the event TBA.

Global Issues Through Literature: Authors Under Authoritarianism
The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Felix Germain
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Phone:
4126243487
Contact Email:
lrb62@pitt.edu

What is life like under authoritarian regimes, especially for writers, artists, and other creative thinkers whose aim is to loosen, bend, and even break the rules? Do harsh regulations constrict or condone innovative artistic practices? How can authors subvert authoritarianism through writing? What happens if they get caught? This year’s Global Issues Through Literature series, a reading group designed for K-12 educators to learn and use new texts in the classroom, will travel the world through the eyes of authors writing under authoritarianism to try to understand the role of literature as document, commentator, and critic of restrictive regimes.

For this session, we will be reading Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones and hear from Pitt Prof. Felix Germain (Africana Studies).

Thursday, February 8

1968: The Ambiguous Consequences of a Failed Revolution
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Todd Gitlin, Columbia University
Location:
WPU Assembly Room
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and open to the public
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

The multiple uprisings of 1968 challenged authorities worldwide, and led to many reforms, but the insurgents misunderstood the nature of their insurgencies, and this misunderstanding drastically limited their effects. They did not add up to a revolution. Rather, in their multiplicity, they were something far more complicated and ambiguous: the culmination of an era of incremental progressive change, a signal of the collapse of conventional liberalism, and a prologue to deep cultural changes as well as grim backlash

Friday, February 9

Healthy Global Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter:
Samir Lakhani
Location:
William Pitt Union 630
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Director's Office, Global Studies Center and Study Abroad Office along with Center for Cross Cultural Leadership and Development

Samir Lakhani witnessed the spread of disease firsthand while volunteering in Cambodia. His non-profit, Eco-Soap Bank, has supplied more than 650,000 individuals with soap and hygiene education since 2014.

Interested in a career with a non-profit—or in developing a new NGO that will change lives? You’re sure to gain insight and inspiration from Samir.

Tuesday, February 13

Creative Pedagogies for Global Studies
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Rhodessa Jones
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pitt Arts

Artist-in-residence Rhodessa Jones will offer a brief presentation and lead a discussion on using performance-based pedagogies to teach Global Studies. Jones is an actress, teacher, director, and writer, perhaps best known for the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and HIV Circle, which is a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women and women living with HIV.

Digital Portfolio Drop-In Sessions
Time:
4:30 pm
Location:
3127 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Dr. Jared McCormick, Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues, will welcome students to drop by his office to discuss and share ideas on how to effectively create a digital portfolio required for all GSC undergraduate students, that adequately reflects their academic and co-curruicular experiences. Learn more about Dr. McCormick's experience with digital interface and methodologies: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/content/visiting-professor-contemporary-...

Thursday, February 15

Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Susan Bibler Coutin
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center

The Global Studies Center's support of the Faculty Development Seminar, "Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human," now in its third year, in partnership with Pitt's Year of the Humanities initiative, will continue, with three more events scheduled through the spring. The popular and provocative lecture series which began in the fall examines the global and humanistic themes of Migration.

Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Susan Bibler Coutin, Professor of Anthropology, University of California - Irvine
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Susan Bibler Coutin holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology and is professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, where she served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Graduate Division from 2010-2017. Her research has examined social, political, and legal activism surrounding immigration issues, particularly immigration from El Salvador to the United States.Her newest book, Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence (Duke University Press, 2016) examines the experiences of 1.5 generation migrants, that is, individuals who were born in El Salvador but raised in the United States. Based on interviews with 1.5 generation Salvadorans in Southern California and in El Salvador, this book explores the power and limitations of nation-based categories of membership.

Salam Neighbor
Hello Neighbor Documentary Film Series
Time:
8:00 pm
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of The Ridgeway Center and Hello Neighbor

In an effort to better understand refugee life, [the filmmakers] spent one month living alongside displaced families in the Za’atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers ever allowed by the United Nations to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp, [they] were able to get a never before seen look into the world’s most pressing crisis. [Their] experience uncovered overwhelming trauma but also the untapped potential our uprooted neighbors posses. With the right programs we can support healing, ease the burden on host countries and even empower the disenfranchised by unleashing people’s creativity.

Friday, February 16

Undergraduate Research Toolkit Series
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Center Faculty and Staff
Location:
5400 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Global Studies will host a 4-part series with sessions on January 19th, February 2nd, February 16th, and March 16th to equip students to pursue research within the framework of the multidisciplinary field of global studies. The series is designed for students at any stage of their academic career. It's a must for students considering pursing a BPHIL, an honor's thesis, or enrolling in a graduate program in the future. Dr. Michael Goodhart, GSC Director and Professor of Political Science, along with GSC faculty will provide insight based on their experience on conceiving research ideas, formulating research questions, identifying methods to consider to collect and analyze data, ethically gathering data working within university research guidelines and lastly presenting and disseminating data using traditional methods and new forms of digital media. Each session will include ample time for discussion so bring your ideas and questions!

Thursday, February 22

Rivers and History, Rivers of History- Symposium Keynote Lecture
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Terje Tvedt
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Confucius Institute, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center, Department of History, World History Center, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, GSPIA and Carnegie Mellon University Department of History
Contact:
Patryk Reid
Contact Email:
par85@pitt.edu

The talk will discuss some examples of the very important but changing roles of rivers in history (the small Akerselva in Oslo, Norway, the Derwent in England, the Indus, and the Huang He in China). Based on these cases it will discuss modernization theories that dominated international discourse on development after World War II, theories that disregarded the role of water in historical developments.

Black History Month Performance
Performance Music: Theater for the 21st Century
Time:
7:00 pm
Presenter:
Rhodess Jones, Idris Acakamoor and the Pyramids
Location:
Charity Randall Theater
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Sponsored by PITT ARTS and co-sponsored by: The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Africana Studies, Global Studies and and The Department of Music.

Jones will be joined by musicians Idris Ackamoor on tenor and alto sax and the bass and percussion groove of the Pyramids. The group will include excerpts of several of their significant performances, including the spoken word musical tone poem, "THE GRANDMA COLE STORY," a stinging indictment of the slave trade as told through the eyes of a ten year old African girl held captured aboard a slave ship. "CHINA LANE" tells the story through spoken word and music of a forbidden love affair between a Chinese laundry proprietor and a freed slave. "MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH" deals with the current immigration crisis in Europe and features a family of Albanian refugees escaping into Germany aboard a train in search for a better life. Additional excerpts will be performed.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Friday, February 23 to Saturday, February 24

Modern Rivers of Eurasia: Potential, Control, Change
Time:
8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Confucius Institute, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center, Department of History, World History Center, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, GSPIA and Carnegie Mellon University Department of History
Contact:
Patryk Reid
Contact Email:
par85@pitt.edu

The inland rivers of Central Eurasia intersect vast regions, sustain diverse communities, and inform social identities. This symposium will explore how efforts to control and exploit the various potentials of these waterways reflect economic, political, and cultural histories that continue to shape local relationships of aquatic and anthropoid life. The speakers are part of a growing international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who focus on water and society in Central Eurasia and engage conversations of urgent concern and global relevance. Central Eurasia has become known for the ways in which multiple countries have for decades contested the natural resources of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya although these rivers feed hydroelectric power production and agriculture at the expense of ecology—tragically shrinking the Aral Sea. Symposium participants will consider cross-cutting issues that center on cases of navigation, flood control, channel management, irrigation, and dam construction. This emphasis will promote a broad discussion with our audience about water-society relationships within globalizing contexts of the modern world.

Friday, February 23

What’s in a River? Teaching River Studies in Eurasian and Global Contexts
Time:
9:30 am
Presenter:
Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh) and Abigail Owen (Carnegie Mellon University)
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Confucius Institute, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center, Department of History, World History Center, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, GSPIA and Carnegie Mellon University Department of History
Contact:
Patryk Reid
Contact Email:
par85@pitt.edu
Living on the Margins—Burlaki Culture and Identity on the Volga River
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted (Eastern Washington University)
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Confucius Institute, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center, Department of History, World History Center, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, GSPIA and Carnegie Mellon University Department of History
Contact:
Patryk Reid
Contact Email:
par85@pitt.edu
CERIS Book Discussion Beyond Timbuktu: an Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa by Ousmane Kane
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)

Faculty are invited to participate in the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) spring 2018 faculty book discussion at the University of Pittsburgh on February 23, 2018. Dinner at 5:00 PM, Book Discussion at 6:00 PM.

Amir Syed, Visiting Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World at the University of Pittsburgh will facilitate the book discussion.
The author, Ousmane Kane is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Religion & Society at Harvard University.

“Beyond Timbuktu is part of the resurgent interest in African intellectual history. This book is an important contribution to the field, as it ties trends in Muslim West African thought to the development and role of Islamic education in precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial Muslim West African societies.” -Jennifer Lofkrantz, St. Mary’s College

To Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHS3vhlfZxbYujrkDq4ECEtGICJQ6C...

Saturday, February 24

Creative Survival, Creative Performance: Perusing the New Narrative
Student Performance
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
Rhodessa Jones and Pitt students
Location:
Alumni Hall 7th Floor Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Sponsored by PITT ARTS and co-sponsored by: The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Africana Studies, Global Studies and and The Department of Music.

This is the culmination of a month of workshops with Pitt students exploring the creative process and utilizing autobiographical history as a vehicle for performance. Using movement, text, text-writing, vocalizations, theatre games, memory exercises, autobiographical musings, and storytelling, Rhodessa Jones will demonstrate her use of "art as social activism" to create social change.

Rivers Symposium Discussants’ Roundtable
Time:
3:45 pm
Presenter:
Nicholas Breyfogle (Ohio State University), Terje Tvedt (University of Bergen), and Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted (Eastern Washington University)
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Confucius Institute, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center, Department of History, World History Center, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, GSPIA and Carnegie Mellon University Department of History
Contact:
Patryk Reid
Contact Email:
par85@pitt.edu

Thursday, March 1

Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures; Film Studies Program
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Email:
kmw152@pitt.edu

Dusan Makavejev’s Love Affair provides us with an example of cinematic reflexivity, which can be defined as any technique that reminds the viewer that he or she is watching a film. Reflexivity foregrounds the fact that film meaning is a function of a set of codes with ideological implications rather than a transparent reflection of reality. Reflexivity can be achieved through intertextuality, exaggeration of cinematic conventions or conspicuous narration that reminds us of the author’s mark on the text. These techniques are all in evidence in Love Affair, whose textual heterogeneity calls into question the earnestness of cinematic (including socialist) realism as well as the official ideologies of state communism. As Thomas Elsaesser notes, Love Affair juxtaposes three sites of meaning: “the liberating intimacy of a sexual relationship…, the public world of abstract didacticism and cold rationality…, [and] the memory of the Russian Revolution and Tito’s national liberation war”. (Elsaesser, European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood, p. 322) Our understanding of Makavejev’s view of 1960s Yugoslavian society depends on our interpretation of the ironic and tragic relationship between these three sites of meaning. (Alex Lykidis, "Love Affair," Critical Commons)

The film will be introduced Dr. Ljiljana Duraskovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

1968: Perspectives from Eastern Europe
Time:
4:45 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures; Film Studies Program
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Email:
kmw152@pitt.edu

This round-table is a follow-up event to the screening of the Unbearable Lightness of Being (February 28, 2 p.m.) and of Early Works (March 1, 3 p.m.) and is part of the UCIS-wide anniversary series on 1968. The panel will explore (partly based on the films and the book) the question whether 1968 has a universal meaning across geographic space and time. The round-table's contribution to the UCIS-wide event will be to tease out some of the ways in which for 1968 a “kinship system” may exist (to use Wittgenstein’s analogy), but the implications are profoundly different (in the first and second worlds, or in a distribution system that is—essentially—domestic Serbian/film festival vs. US/box-office).

Moderator: Vladimir Padunov, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Discussants: Martin Votruba, Head of the Slovak Studies Program, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Ljiljana Duraskovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Randall Halle, Director, Film Studies Program

Tuesday, March 6

Global Issues Through Literature: Authors Under Authoritarianism
Authors Under Authoritarianism
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Jacques Bromberg
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center

This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists offer stimulating presentations of the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. After a successful partnership with City of Asylum and their authors-in-residence in the fall, our series continues this spring with the theme of literature and authoritarianism. At this session, Prof. Jacques Bromberg (Classics) will lead a discussion of Sophocles' Antigone.

Monday, March 12

Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
Time:
1:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Grab a coffee and join the Global Studies Center 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!

Tuesday, March 13

Digital Portfolio Drop-In Sessions
Time:
4:30 pm
Location:
3127 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Dr. Jared McCormick, Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues, will welcome students to drop by his office to discuss and share ideas on how to effectively create a digital portfolio required for all GSC undergraduate students, that adequately reflects their academic and co-curruicular experiences. Learn more about Dr. McCormick's experience with digital interface and methodologies: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/content/visiting-professor-contemporary-...

Thursday, March 15

Whose Golden Door? The Global Challenge of Migration
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Michael White
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center
Whose Golden Door? The Global Challenge of Migration
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Michael White, Professor of Population Studies, Brown University
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Michael White is the Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies at Brown University, where he is also Professor of Sociology and Director of the initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences. White's research covers a wide array of topics within the broad area of migration and population distribution: from urban residential segregation, to rural-urban migration in developing societies, to contemporary international migration and immigrant assimilation. White's publications reflect his combination of sociology, demography, and public policy interests.

The Global Studies Center's support of the Faculty Development Seminar, "Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human," now in its third year, in partnership with Pitt's Year of the Humanities initiative, will continue, with three more events scheduled through the spring. The popular and provocative lecture series which began in the fall examines the global and humanistic themes of Migration.

8 Borders, 8 Days
Hello Neighbor Documentary Film Series
Time:
8:00 pm
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of The Ridgeway Center and Hello Neighbor

A single mother shows us the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out. 8 Borders, 8 Days is her story; the intimate details of why a fiercely-determined mother is willing to risk her children’s lives for a better future and an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.

Friday, March 16

Undergraduate Research Toolkit Series
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Center Faculty and Staff
Location:
5400 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

This is the last installment of a 4-part Global Studies Center series to equip students to pursue research within the framework of the multidisciplinary field of global studies. The series is designed for students at any stage of their academic career. It's a must for students considering pursing a BPHIL, an honor's thesis, or enrolling in a graduate program in the future. Dr. Michael Goodhart, GSC Director and Professor of Political Science, along with GSC faculty will provide insight based on their experience on conceiving research ideas, formulating research questions, identifying methods to consider to collect and analyze data, ethically gathering data working within university research guidelines and lastly presenting and disseminating data using traditional methods and new forms of digital media. Each session will include ample time for discussion so bring your ideas and questions!

Thursday, March 22

1968: Framing Radical Politics in Time and Space
Time:
4:00 pm
Presenter:
Elaine Carey, Purdue University, and Felix Germain, University of Pittsburgh
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public

Part of the UCIS series exploring the effects of the hallmark year 1968. More Information TBA.

Two Evenings at Pitt
Exploring the work of Mohsin Hamid
Time:
6:00 pm
Presenter:
Elizabeth Fielder, English doctoral students
Location:
171B Hillman
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures

As part of the Pittsburgh A&L "Ten Evenings" series, Mohsin Hamid (author of Exit West) and Viet Thanh Nguyen (author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer and, more recently, The Refugees) will be talking about their recent works and creative processes. Prior to their public lectures at the Carnegie Music Hall, the GSC is sponsoring more intimate gatherings with Pitt faculty and students to learn about and discuss how these works of fiction help us to understand global processes and the connections, disruptions, inequalities, and opportunities they create. We will be giving out a limited number of FREE tickets to the lecture to those who attend. Please save the dates and join us on campus Thursday evening before the lecture, and Monday at the music hall!

Monday, April 2

Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
Time:
1:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Grab a coffee and join the Global Studies Center 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!

Wednesday, April 4

Global Issues Through Literature: Authors Under Authoritarianism
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Jeanette Jouili
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center

What is life like under authoritarian regimes, especially for writers, artists, and other creative thinkers whose aim is to loosen, bend, and even break the rules? Do harsh regulations constrict or condone innovative artistic practices? How can authors subvert authoritarianism through writing? What happens if they get caught? This year’s Global Issues Through Literature series, a reading group designed for K-12 educators to learn and use new texts in the classroom, will travel the world through the eyes of authors writing under authoritarianism to try to understand the role of literature as document, commentator, and critic of restrictive regimes.

For this session we will read Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie and hear from Pitt Prof. Jeanette Jouili (Religious Studies).

Thursday, April 5

Two Evenings at Pitt
Exploring the work of Viet Thanh Nguyen
Time:
6:00 pm
Presenter:
Gayle Rogers and English students
Location:
171B Hillman
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures

As part of the Pittsburgh A&L "Ten Evenings" series, Mohsin Hamid (author of Exit West) and Viet Thanh Nguyen (author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer and, more recently, The Refugees) will be talking about their recent works and creative processes. Prior to their public lectures at the Carnegie Music Hall, the GSC is sponsoring more intimate gatherings with Pitt faculty and students to learn about and discuss how these works of fiction help us to understand global processes and the connections, disruptions, inequalities, and opportunities they create. We will be giving out a limited number of FREE tickets to the lecture to those who attend. Please save the dates and join us on campus Thursday evening before the lecture, and Monday at the music hall!

Friday, April 6 to Saturday, April 7

Pitt/Penn State Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium
Time:
(All day)
Location:
The Pennsylvania State University
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

The symposium will highlight student research on the complex array of social forces that characterize our increasingly interconnected world and will provide networking for students and faculty who are shaping how we approach these important topics and/or will provide leadership in the study of global issues in the future.

A wide variety of research topics on diverse areas including (but not limited to) the economy, gender, health, education, politics, media, nationalism, ethnicity, spirituality, and community are encouraged. We invite papers from various disciplines within humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional schools that address the theme of interconnectedness. Submissions that employ diverse theories, genres, and methodologies of research in a plurality of historical and geographical contexts are encouraged.
Once abstracts are submitted and approved, papers will be clustered according to general themes that emerge. While we are not giving our awards, notable papers from each cluster will be highlighted on the Center for Global Studies' website.
Students should contact Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu for more information or visit the GSC website.

Tuesday, April 10

Digital Portfolio Drop-In Sessions
Time:
4:30 pm
Location:
3127 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Dr. Jared McCormick, Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues, will welcome students to drop by his office to discuss and share ideas on how to effectively create a digital portfolio required for all GSC undergraduate students, that adequately reflects their academic and co-curruicular experiences. Learn more about Dr. McCormick's experience with digital interface and methodologies: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/content/visiting-professor-contemporary-...

Saturday, April 14

2018 Islamic Studies Research Symposium
Historical & Modern Experiences of Muslims in the World
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Duquesne University
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) and Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue (CCMD) at Duquesne University
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

CERIS is hosting a symposium to highlight faculty and student research and to celebrate 15 years since inception. The day will include both faculty and student panels along with a keynote speaker. Presentations will be organized along the following themes:
Social Change
Cultural & Artist Representation
Policies and International Politics
Theology, Doctrine, and Practice
Emerging Economies and Technologies

Tuesday, April 17

1968: What Have We Learned
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Louis Picard, James Cook, Jae-Jae Spoon, Michael Goodhart, Scott Morgenstern, Nancy Condee
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and open to the public
Contact:
Jae-Jae Spoon
Contact Email:
spoonj@pitt.edu

Friday, April 20 to Saturday, April 21

Moot ICC
Time:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Law School
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for International Legal Education

This competition introduces high school students to international law. Students read a case written by law students, write memorials, and argue before judges.

Tuesday, May 1

CCA International Marketing Competition
Time:
12:00 pm
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

The Global Studies Center and the International Business Center work with high school language and social sciences teachers to introduce international business concepts to students through an international marketing competition. It culminates in an interscholastic competition hosted by the Global Studies Center and the IBC at Pitt, where students present their marketing plans in front of fellow competitors and a panel of judges from the academic and business communities, as well as answer audience questions. The teams that win first, second and third place in the final each receive awards recognizing their hard work.

Monday, June 25 to Friday, July 20

Pennsylvania Governor's School for Global and International Studies
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
varies
Location:
varies
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29

2018 Summer Institute for Pennsylvania Teachers
Time:
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center and International Business Center
Contact:
Zsuzsanna Magdo
Contact Phone:
4176487423
Contact Email:
zsuzsannamagdo@pitt.edu

Make college more affordable for your high school students—and help them grow as global citizens and 21st century professional—while earning ACT 48 professional development credits.

The College in High School program and the University Center for International Studies will host a summer institute for secondary educators interested in teaching globally focused courses that offer transferable college credit to students at their high school. Courses in which you can obtain certification and training may include:

Intermediate French I-II
Intermediate German I-II
Intermediate Spanish I-II
Latin Intermediate Prose and Verse
Western Civilization II
World Politics
Imperial Russia

Courses will be aligned with Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards (for social studies) or ACTFL performance standards (for world languages).

The 2018 Summer Institute for Pennsylvania Teachers is funded through generous support from the Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding (https://longviewfdn.org/).

For more information and to apply, visit chs.pitt.edu/sipt.

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