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Sunday, December 16

Paz y Armonía Concert by Coro Latinoamericano & Friends
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Presenter:
Corolatinoamericano & Friends
Location:
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Latin American Cultural Union
Cost:
Free

Pittsburgh’s Coro Latinoamericano—one of the nation’s only secular choirs performing in Spanish—is teaming up with the First Unitarian Universalist Choir & students at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music for a special holiday concert—Paz y Armonía (Peace and Harmony), Sunday December 16 at 3:00pm.

Location: First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., Pgh, PA 15213.

Admission is free although donations will be accepted.

The concert is family friendly; the venue is handicap accessible.

Thursday, December 20

Roadmap to Model African Union
Registration Deadline
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Paige Alderson
Contact Email:
pta22@pitt.edu

Please be sure to submit the registration for your school by 12/20/18 to participate in the 2019 Model African Union Conference!

Friday, December 21

Roadmap to Model African Union
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Paige Alderson
Contact Email:
pta22@pitt.edu

Students should continue researching country specific information while focusing on the agenda topics of climate change and displacement. Determine where your country stands on the issues listed in the agenda, any challenges they face, and suggestions to overcoming these obstacles.

Friday, January 11

Seijin Shiki
Japanese Coming OF Age Ceremony
Time:
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:
Ballroom A, University Club
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

As part of a collaboration between the Yasuda University students at the ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE and the ASIAN STUDIES CENTER, we will be hosting the second Seijin Shiki at the University of Pittsburgh.
We would love to have Pitt students participate. If you are turning 20 years old this year (April 2018-April 2019), we invite you to be a part of the ceremony. Visit this link to register or for more information, please email asia@pitt.edu by December 7, 2018.

Tuesday, January 15

Conversations on Europe: The Finnish Education Model: What Can We Learn?
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
Contact:
Iris Matijevic
Contact Phone:
412-648-8517
Contact Email:
irm24@pitt.edu

Finland’s education system consistently ranks high in the OECD’s annual Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, prompting U.S. educators and education reformers to ask “What can the U.S. learn from Finland?” In this installment of our monthly roundtable series, the ESC has invited education experts to discuss this question and explore issues impacting student achievement in both countries. Join us for this virtual roundtable to go beyond the op-eds and blog posts for a richer conversation on education in Europe and the U.S. Audience participation is encouraged.
To participate remotely, contact irm24@pitt.edu

Wednesday, January 16

Stealing the Bosnian Census, 2013-2016
Time:
3:30 pm
Presenter:
Robert Hayden
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Department of Anthropology
Contact:
Zsuzsanna Magdo
Contact Phone:
412 648 7423
Contact Email:
zsuzsannamagdo@pitt.edu

The 2013 Bosnian census figures reported by the central government contain an over-count of approximately 150,000, a number greater than the population of the third-largest city in the country, and probably due to mainly to illegal registrations of non-residents in strategically important parts of the country. While EUROSTAT had devised procedures to ensure a more accurate enumeration, the leaders of the three main ethno-national political communities had opposing interests in counting non-residents, illegally, as residents. This analysis of the 2013 Bosnian census will show that like an election, a census can be stolen by manipulating how data are counted, despite international efforts to prevent such a result.

Thursday, January 17

Humanizing the Global; Globalizing the Human
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Salmaan A. Keshavjee, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Salmaan A. Keshavjee, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Presenting to University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Keshavjee's research spans four areas: (1) multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment and policy; (2) health-sector reform and access to health care and medical technology in transitional societies, with a special focus on countries of the former Soviet Union (Central Asia and the Russian Federation); (3) the role of non-governmental organizations in globalization and the formation of trans-border civil society; and (4) modernity, social institutions, civil society, and health in the Middle East and Central Asia. In addition to being an active clinician, his methodological expertise is in ethnography, participant-observation, and qualitative interview techniques.

Friday, January 25

Roadmap to Model African Union
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Paige Alderson
Contact Email:
pta22@pitt.edu

Begin to expand your research from your specific country to looking at neighboring countries to determine how climate change and displacement affect the region as a whole.

Wednesday, January 30

Hot Topics/Global Perspectives
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Friday, February 1

Roadmap to Model African Union
Registration Fee Deadline
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Paige Alderson
Contact Email:
pta22@pitt.edu

Please ensure that the $10 registration fee per student is submitted to the African Studies Program by 2/1/19!

Thursday, February 7

Terroir, Wine Culture, and Globalization: What Does Terroir Do to Wine?
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Marion Demoissier, Unviersity of Southampton
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

Tuesday, February 12

Conversations on Europe: 40 Years of Democracy in Spain (in Spanish)
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

Friday, February 15

Gallery Talk: Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Sylvaine Diouf and Ken Robbins
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Asian Studies Center
Contact:
Lynn Kawaratani
Contact Email:
asia@pitt.edu
CEIRS Spring 2019 Book Discussions for Educators
Islam after Communism
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
James Pickett
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Announced by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center on behalf of REES
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Please join us for dinner and what promises to be an informative read & book discussion on Islam After Communism by Adeeb Khalid.
James Pickett, Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Pittsburgh will facilitate the discussion.
Please register at: https://cerisnet.secure.pitt.edu/resource/faculty-readers-forum

Monday, February 18

Migrations Initiative Brown Bag Series
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Osea Giuntella
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Brown Bag is a monthly seminar for faculty to learn about the research currently going on at Pitt in the area of migrations. Each month a faculty member will give a presentation about their ongoing research projects or an introduction to their research agendas. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24

2019 International Model African Union Conference
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Stephen Juma
Contact Email:
slj43@pitt.edu

The Model African Union is a simulation of the proceedings of the African Union, amplified by pre-conference study at home institutions and Embassy briefings in Washington, D.C. at Howard University in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Washington, D.C. and Member State Embassies sponsors this annual simulation of the African Union, the regional organization of African states, in the form of a Model African Union Conference. This is an opportunity for university and college students to study the role, structure, and activities of the African Union as well as the economic, social, and political-security issues facing African countries. Through simulation, students gain a better and clearer understanding of the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of African Union member states in the arena of intra-African diplomacy on issues of mutual concern.

Friday, February 22

Roadmap to Model African Union
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Paige Alderson
Contact Email:
pta22@pitt.edu

Begin drafting a 1-2 page policy brief on behalf of your country in response to agenda items 1 and 2 that you will use when working with other Member States in drafting the final conference resolution in April.

Tuesday, February 26

Conversations on Europe: World's Fairs & International Expositions
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Wednesday, February 27

Hot Topics/Global Perspectives
Time:
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Thursday, February 28

Humanizing the Global; Globalizing the Human
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Patricia Ehrkamp, University of Kentucky Department of Geography
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Patricia Ehrkamp, University of Kentucky Department of Geography
Presenting to University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Ehrkamp's research considers how immigration changes contemporary European and U.S. American cities and polities. She has argued that in order to understand immigrant geographies research needs to consider how immigrants and non-immigrant residents in cities of the United States and of Europe create spaces of everyday life, and how these new spaces of everyday life shape wider debates about citizenship, belonging, inclusion and exclusion. Her recent work on debates about minarets and mosque construction projects in Germany and Switzerland examines how understandings of secularism, religion, and gender shape contemporary liberal democracies in Europe.

Monday, March 18

Migrations Initiative Brown Bag Series
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Yolanda Covington
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Brown Bag is a monthly seminar for faculty to learn about the research currently going on at Pitt in the area of migrations. Each month a faculty member will give a presentation about their ongoing research projects or an introduction to their research agendas. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, March 19

Conversations on Europe: Brexit: A Europe Without the UK
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

Friday, March 22 to Saturday, March 23

Migrations of Culture
An Undergraduate Conference in Modern Languages
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Dr. Katelyn Knox, Asst. Professor of French at the University of Central Arkansas
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of Modern Language Department
Contact:
Prof. Giuseppina Mecchia
Contact Email:
mecchia@pitt.edu

Share your research with other undergraduate students! Get real feedback on a paper! Gain conference experience for work or graduate school! Interested? Then send an abstract to a biannual undergraduate research conference hosted by the Modern Languages Departments at the University of Pittsburgh on March 2223, 2019. Abstracts should be sent to mecchia@pitt.edu by January 5, 2019.

The papers should address the concept of cultural migrations in the broadest sense of the term, that is, immigrations and emigrations in real and virtual spaces linked to the movements of people(s), language(s) and culture(s). We are looking for multiple disciplinary, geographic, and historical perspectives on the conflicts and opportunities created by the shifting flows of populations, languages and cultural traditions throughout the ages and in the contemporary world.

The language of the conference is English but we welcome papers addressing Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian languages and cultures.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Katelyn Knox, Asst. Professor of French at the University of Central Arkansas, author of Race on Display in 20th and 21st Century France (University of Liverpool Press, 2016).

Topics could include:
▪ Multilingual societies and their conflicts ("language wars") and advantages
▪ Linguistic landscapes and their evolution
▪ Translation as a political tool ▪ Literatures of the diaspora
▪ Circulation of texts through multiple areas and in multiple languages
▪ Travel literature through the ages
▪ Exiles, migrants, and refugees
▪ Processes of acculturation
▪ The politics of cultural production
▪ Films and the problems of cultural translation

Papers should be twenty minutes long. Papers will be selected by a selection committee staffed by undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh. Students who submit abstracts will be notified about acceptance by January 20 2019. All inquiries can be directed to Prof. Giuseppina Mecchia, at mecchia@pitt.edu.

Limited travel subsidies will be available!

Friday, March 22

Maroon Queen, Mother of the Nation & 'Science Woman'
Using the Physical, Social and Metaphysical Sciences to interrogate the history of Queen Nanny of the Jamaican Maroons
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Harcourt Fuller
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of Africana Studies
Contact:
African Studies Program
Contact Email:
africast@pitt.edu

Dr. Harcourt Fuller is an Associate Professor at Georgia State University. His lecture is titled: Maroon Queen, Mother of the Nation, & “Science Woman”: Using the Physical, Social and Metaphysical Sciences to Interrogate the History of Queen Nanny of the Jamaican Maroons.

Monday, March 25

Roadmap to Model African Union
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Paige Alderson
Contact Email:
pta22@pitt.edu

Final preparation and review of your country's position, policies and aspirations leading up to the MAU Conference.

Wednesday, March 27

Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
Time:
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Friday, March 29 to Saturday, March 30

Symposium | Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Varies
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Zsuzsanna Magdo
Contact Email:
zsuzsannamagdo@pitt.edu

The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting. More information on the Soyuz Research Network can be found at http://soyuz.americananthro.org/symposium/.

Tuesday, April 2

Roadmap to Model African Union
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Paige Alderson
Contact Email:
pta22@pitt.edu

Model African Union 2019 Conference is here!

Model African Union Conference 2019
Time:
8:00 am
Location:
William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
African Studies Program
Contact Email:
africast@pitt.edu

It is with great pleasure that the African Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh is once again hosting the high school Model African Union simulation on Tuesday, April 2, 2019! Model African Union is a simulation of the African Union, bringing together high school and college students to take on the roles of African leaders working to tackle issues affecting or influencing the continent today. The Model African Union is a wonderful educational opportunity for students to gain firsthand knowledge about African issues while assuming the role of delegates responsible for debating and resolving issues of African and global significance.

Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6

American Hungarian Educators Association - 44th Annual Conference
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Zsuzsanna Magdo
Contact Email:
zsuzsannamagdo@pitt.edu

Friday, April 12

European & Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019
Time:
(All day)
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and International Business Center along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and GOSECA
Contact:
Gina Peirce
Contact Phone:
4126482290
Contact Email:
gbpeirce@pitt.edu

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. The event is open to undergraduates from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities, or business perspective focusing on the study of Eastern, Western, or Central Europe, the European Union, Russia, or Central Eurasia. The Symposium is held on the University of Pittsburgh-Oakland campus. After the initial submission of papers, selected participants are grouped into panels according to their research topics. The participants then give 10- to 15-minute presentations based on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. The presentations are open to the public.

Tuesday, April 16

Conversations on Europe: EP Elections: What's at Stake?
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center