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Wednesday, February 12

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

Structurally Adjusting Socialism
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Joanna Bockman
Location:
Alcoa Room, 209 Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Socialism is often discussed as a singular, proper noun devoid of ideological, regional, political, or economic difference. Several types of socialism were operative in the twentieth century--from Soviet state socialism to Yugoslav worker self-management. What were some of the transnational movements of socialist experimentation and how, in the later decades of the twentieth century, intersect with, offer alternatives, and even shape neoliberalism? The first interview for REEES Series "Socialism: Past, Present, and Future" with Johanna Bockman will examine her work on second and third world perspectives on globalization, neoliberalism, and socialism.

This event is a part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.

Women's Migrations in the Ancient Greek Mediterranean
Faculty Fellow Lecture Series
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Rebecca Kennedy (Denison University, Classics)
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

This talk presents preliminary data from a new research project that attempts to track women's movements throughout the ancient Mediterranean between 600 BCE and 400 CE. The preliminary data presented is primarily from Greek language grave markers, but also includes some citizenship decrees in Greek cities and includes women identified by approximately 60 ethnics from all over the Mediterranean. Because tombs and grants of citizenship are typically marked by ethnics, it allows us to see women who identify as having come from another location than the one they were buried or became a new citizen in. The primary goals of the project are to 1. understand the extent to which women moved in antiquity, 2. the reasons for movements (migration, enslavement, etc), and 3. to bring women to the surface in economic, social, and political histories where they are typically ignored because the data appears outside of standard literary evidence. This data can provide a foundation for comparative studies on the history of migrations, particularly in the Mediterranean.

From Abdication to Independence
Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Love as Emancipatory Analysis
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Manon Garcia, Harvard University
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of French & Italian

Dr. Manon Garcia (Harvard) will deliver the lecture to commemorate the memory of Professor Philip Watts and the 70th anniversary of the publication of Simone de Beauvoir's "The Second Sex:"

"From Abdication to Independence: Beauvoir's Philosophy of Love as Emancipatory Analysis", Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5-6:30 pm, 602 CL

Join us for the Watts lecture in French studies. Dr. Manon Garcia (Harvard) will deliver the lecture to commemorate the memory of Prof. Phil Watts and the 70th anniversary of the publication of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex. All are welcome!

Co-sponsored by Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, the European Studies Center, and the Humanities Center.

Coronavirus Teach In
Time:
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:
120 David Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
Contact Email:
asia@pitt.edu

The Coronavirus teach-in (full details: here) will offer an interdisciplinary take on the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Students, faculty, staff, and community members will hear from coronavirus experts, epidemiologists, historians of infectious diseases, and experts who can place the outbreak of Coronavirus in its context in China. Audience members will have a chance to ask all of the questions that they have about the virus, their risks or lack thereof, how to understand the news about Coronavirus, and how they can keep themselves healthy. Pizza and snacks will be served.

Thursday, February 13

Italian Conversation Hour
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian
What is a Woman?
Beauvoir’s Understanding of Sex as Situation
Time:
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Manon Garcia, Harvard University
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the publication of Simone de Beauvoir's ground-breaking The Second Sex, Dr. Manon Garcia (Harvard) will offer a lecture for undergraduates titled 'What is a Woman?: Beauvoir’s Understanding of Sex as Situation.' All students are welcome! Talk in English!

Dr. Garcia (Harvard) recently published the well-received book On ne naît pas soumise, on le devient (“One is not born, but rather becomes, submissive”) (Flammarion, October 2018), which is part of a recent reconsideration of the legacy of Simone de Beauvoir.

Cosponsored by Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, the European Studies Center, the Honors College, and the Humanities Center.

Pause Cafe
French Conversation Club
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
German Language Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

China, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States in 2020: Conditions and Challenges of a New Triangular Relationship
Time:
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Presenter:
Professor Enrique Dussel Peters
Location:
Provost Suites, 2500 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies and Director's Office along with Graduate School for Public and International Affairs
Contact:
Dr. Joseph Alter
Contact Email:
jsalter@pitt.edu

The Asian Studies Center, in close partnership with the Center
for Latin American Studies and the Graduate School for Public
and International Affairs, is pleased to announce the
appointment of Professor Enrique Dussel Peters as Global
Professor in the University Center for International Studies.

As Professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Dr. Dussel Peters is an
internationally recognized expert on China-Latin America
relations. His work focuses on economic development, political
economy, industrial organization and trade theory, NAFTA and
CAFTA, TPP and CPTPP, and the evolution of industrial, trade
and regional patterns in Latin America and Mexico. He has
published extensively on China's overseas foreign direct
investment (OFDI) in Latin America and Mexico, and on Mexican
firms in China. In conjunction with his scholarly work, Dr.
Dussel Peters has served as the Coordinator of the Area of
Political Economy at the Graduate School of Economics at
UNAM (2004-2008), and is currently the Director of the Center
for Chinese-Mexican Studies at the National Autonomous
University of Mexico and Director of the Academic Network of
Latin American and Caribbean on China (Red ALC-China).

Dr. Dussel Peters has joined the University of Pittsburgh this
semester. With affiliation in the Graduate School of Public and
International Affairs he is teaching a graduate seminar on
China-Latin America relations. Working closely with faculty in
Latin American Studies and in Asian Studies his research
activities will support the Global Asia Initiative.

Turkish Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Friday, February 14

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Race, Gender and Representation in the Africana World
Time:
12:15 pm
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Africana Studies, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Center for Race and Social Problems and Humanities Center and the World History Center
Contact:
The Department of Africana Studies

For more information, visit: https://calendar.pitt.edu/event/featured_scholar_lecture_by_dr_vanessa_v...

fro-Latinx Portraiture: The Case of Arturo Schomburg
The Race, Gender, and Representation in the Africana World series presents: Dr. Vanessa Valdés, Director of the Black Studies Program and Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at The City College of New York-CUNY. Her research specialization focuses on comparative studies of Black cultural productions throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean, Brazil, and the U.S. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (2017), in which she analyzed Schomburg’s engagement with the vibrant, ethnically diverse, and racially charged world of early twentieth-century New York City.

Summary:
Arturo Schomburg was a central figure in early 20th-century efforts to recover evidence of global Black excellence; with a focus on Spanish-speaking Black populations, he found himself educating a predominantly English-speaking audience about the histories of Afro-Latin Americans. Yet while he was prominent in New York City, particularly in the 1920 and 1930s, there was little memory of his physical image in the years after his death. In this talk, I will discuss questions of the genealogy of photography of Black populations in the ​early 20th century, Schomburg's legibility as a Black man in his portraits, and his measured resistance to the medium.

In addition to her public talk, Dr. Valdés will also speak with students enrolled in a class on Afro-Hispanic writers in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures.

This series is sponsored by the following units: Department of Africana Studies, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Race and Social Problems, Humanities Center, World History Center.

Modern Greek Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies

Saturday, February 15

Kamishibai: Create Your Own Paper Theater
Time:
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Participants, both teachers and students, will learn about the history of Kamishibai, watch videos on the subject, and learn how to make a child's mini-theater. Contact asia@pitt.edu to register and for more information.

Monday, February 17

How Cafés Created Mordern Jewish Culture
A Talk with Shachar Pinsker
Time:
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Shachar Pinsker, University of Michigan
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Jewish Studies Program, Urban Studies, Humanities Center and Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University

Please join us for coffee, pastries, and an immersive discussion of Jewish cafe culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Dr. Shachar Pinsker, professor of Judaic and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Michigan, will talk about the convergence of cafés, their urban milieu, and Jewish creativity. Pinsker’s research uncovers a network of interconnected cafés that were central to the modern Jewish experience in a time of migration and urbanization, from Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, and Berlin to New York City and Tel Aviv.

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Pause Cafe
French Conversation Club
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
Mapping Loss in the Anthropocene Workshop on Countermapping
Time:
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Center and World History Center
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with World History Center
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

Guided by the 3Cs Counter-Cartography Collective , participants will “drift” through Pitt Library collections of maps and photographs, Carnegie Natural History Museum artifacts and the edge of Schenley Park while thinking about environmental change in Pittsburgh, and will then make critical and personal maps that reflect the experience of environmental change.

*Participation in the full series in encourages, but not required*
Register at forms.gle/zZyEsmYQkPDgjxt56

Tuesday, February 18

Conversations on Europe: Monuments and Contested Memory in Europe
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall (Remote Participation Possible)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
German Club Conversation Table
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

Persian Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Persian language skills at our bi-weekly language table!

Wednesday, February 19

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Thursday, February 20 to Friday, February 21

Washington DC Career Networking Trip
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Global Studies Center, African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Location:
Washington, DC
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Together the African Studies, Global Studies, and Russian/East European Studies Centers are organizing a career networking trip to Washington D.C. on February 20-21, 2020. Students will meet with experts and alumni in various fields in order to learn about different career opportunities and gain an insider’s perspective on the different organizations in Washington, D.C. Meetings will be arranged into four different content areas:

• Global Health
• Human Rights/Human Security
• International Security and Diplomacy
• International Development

Along with scheduled meetings at consulting firms, think tanks, non-profits, and government agencies there will be a reception to meet UCIS and Pitt alumni. Pending funding, up to forty students will be selected to go with representation from all the centers.

Thursday, February 20

Women, War & Peace in Northeast India : Indigenous Women of Manipur's Extraordinary Non-Violent Resistance Efforts
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Binalakshmi Nepram, New University in Exile Consortium Scholar
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

Manipur & Northeast India is a region of immense geo-strategic importance that shares borders with five countries namely Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, Nepal and Bhutan. The region, home to 45 million indigenous people belonging to 272 beautiful ethnic groups has been facing the onslaught of violent conflict for the last 72 years. A martial law called the Armed Forces(Special Power)Act has been imposed in the region for the last 61 years which is a violation of basic fundamental rights.

More than 50,000 lives have been lost in the violence. 20,000 women widowed & many disappeared. The lecture will focus on one of the world's unreported and undocumented conflict and share the extraordinary efforts of decades of mobilisation and non-violent resitance methods of indigenous women of Manipur who form strong groups that patrol the streets at night with bamboo torches and other forms of unique way of resistance to bring peace in this entrenched conflict that remains unresolved till today.

Objects and Values of Labor in Socialist Hungary
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Martha Lampland
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Income inequality and what to do about it is a hot button political issue throughout our world. Much this disparity is the result of how the value of labor is calculated. How much is a worker's labor worth? How is it measured? Namely, how is it commodified? This live interview with Martha Lampland will discuss these questions from an unlikely place--socialist Hungary--to shed light on how economists in a society without a labor market nonetheless determined the value of labor and what this says about socialism and capitalism.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.

Pause Cafe
French Conversation Club
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
German Language Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

Turkish Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Friday, February 21

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Social Hour with Global Studies Ambassadors
Social Hours
Time:
1:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Student Ambassadors
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to Students
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

The Global Studies Center looks forward to beginning a monthly, informal social hour - hosted by Global Studies Ambassadors and fellow GSC students Mark, Sarah and Destiny - as a way to get to know other like-minded Global Studies students.

Modern Greek Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

Making Green Tea for America - and for Japan
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Robert Hellyer
Location:
4130 Wesley Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia

Join Professor Robert Hellyer of Wake Forest University for a discussion on the socio-economic history of green tea in America and Japan in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Soon after the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Japan dramatically expanded tea production—especially of high-quality sencha green tea—specifically to meet demand from the United States, then a green tea consuming nation. This presentation will outline that export trade highlighting how tea production helped to ease social tensions in the nascent Japanese nation-state by providing employment for Tokugawa retainers who had opposed the new central regime during the Boshin War (1868-1869). It will also explain the ways in which a change in American tastes—the 1920s’ embrace of black teas produced in South Asia—brought a decline in Japanese tea exports to the United States. Facing a glut, Japanese tea merchants aggressively marketed sencha at home for the first time, emphasizing its health benefits. As a result, more Japanese began to consume sencha, setting in motion a trend that made that type of green tea the definitive daily beverage it remains today.

Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh National Consortium for Teaching About Asia and the Asian Studies Center, University Center for East Asian Studies

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies

Saturday, February 22 to Sunday, February 23

Undergraduate Model European Union
Time:
(All day)
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Monday, February 24

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Pause Cafe
French Conversation Club
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
Changing the Narrative from Crisis to Art
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Joe Schipani, Director of Flint Public Art Project
Location:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Branch
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and HCUAP
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

After listening to our community one thing became clear: locals felt revitalization efforts were being over–shadowed by stories and images of the water crisis, blight, hardship, and ruin. These issues have become the hotspots for shows like Netflix’s Flint Town and other documentaries about Flint. This media attention has blurred out the nice parts of the city we all love. After several discussions our board came up with an idea: what if we used big, colorful art projects to draw attention to the parts of our city and community we are proud of? Would that make people watching those shows ask themselves, what’s behind the blur? After a few more discussions we came up with a plan to install 150 new murals a year for two years all over the city. Our hope was to shift the narrative around Flint away from the water crisis and transform our city into an international leader in the public arts.

Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Tuesday, February 25

German Club Conversation Table
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

Arabic Language & Culture Club
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

The Arabic Language & Culture Club provides an opportunity for students of Arabic language classes to come together once a week and practice speaking the language with each other as well as touch on cultural aspects of the Arab world.

Wednesday, February 26

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

Thursday, February 27

Pause Cafe
French Conversation Club
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
German Language Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

Postcolonial Socialisms in Africa
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Priya Lal
Location:
211 David Lawrence Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Shortly after independence, Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania, embarked on a socialist experiment: the ujamaa, the villagization initiative of 1967-1975. Ujamaa, or "familyhood" in Swahili, both invoked established socialist themes and departed from the existing global repertoire of development policy by seeking to reorganize the Tanzanian countryside into communal village to achieve national development. This live interview with Priya Lal will discuss how ujamaa was envisioned and unfolded in Tanzania and how that experience spoke to particularities of African socialisms, nation building and development in the 1960s and 1970s.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Global Issues Through Literature
Time:
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Center
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free & Open to the Public
Contact:
Maja Konitzer
Contact Email:
majab@pitt.edu
The Future of Ancient Greece: Activating the Classics today for tomorrow
Faculty Fellow Lecture Series
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Peter Meineck (New York University, Classics)
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

In this illustrated talk, Professor Peter Meineck will explore how ancient Greek literature can be newly enacted and placed powerfully into service for society today. This talk will focus on Professor Meineck's work with the American veteran community and the with immigrants and refugees in using ancient works to highlight and contextualize important issues facing marginalized communities as well as learning much more about these works from people who have experienced the same kind of events they describe. Professor Meineck will suggest that activating classical works in this way can help us to envision alternate and even better futures for our societies.

Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

The Crisis of Truth
Time:
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Sophia Rosenfeld, University of Pennsylvania
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence

Pundits everywhere claim that, in the age of Trump and Brexit, political life no longer depends on any shared sense of truth. This talk will consider the validity of this claim, exploring the role of truth in democracies going back to the eighteenth century, but also the changed circumstances of the present in Europe and much of the world.

Free lunch will be available to all attendees.

Turkish Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Friday, February 28

Warrior Chorus: American Odyssey (Performance)
Faculty Fellow Lecture Series
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Dr. Peter Meineck (New York University, Classics)
Location:
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu
GOSECA Annual Conference
Borderlands
Time:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Barco Law Building, Alcoa Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Borders--whether political, cultural, linguistic, or otherwise--are artificial constructs, often fluid and rarely unanimously accepted. The spaces between and beyond the lines of demarcation--the "borderlands"--often manifest as multicultural, impermanent places of shifting identities and disparate perspectives. Many scholars have remarked on the global and cultural transformations that have taken place since 1989 and the accompanying emergence of new borderlands in Europe and Central Asia. The liminal spaces around these borders have become new points of contact and conflict for various cultures and ideologies, now brought together or divided by the turn of history. For its 17th annual conference, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites presentations that explore the concept of "borderlands," whether political, ideological, cultural, linguistic, or of another type altogether.

Global Brew: Africa
Time:
9:30 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub

Drop by the Pitt Global Hub for our third installment of Global Brew! This time we will be featuring coffee beans produced in Africa. All are welcome to come by, sample different coffees, and learn about the coffee industry in Africa.

Global Brew is an ongoing series at the Pitt Global Hub that aims to educate people on the coffee and tea industry and their economic impacts on producers. 

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Let's Talk Africa
How is the prevalence of child sexual abuse among girls in Liberia affected by their level of education, the safety of their schools, and the knowledge, attitude, and behaviours of their household?
Time:
1:00 pm
Presenter:
Jessica Erin Hanson-DeFusco
Location:
4217 W. Wesley Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Contact:
Macrina Lelei
Contact Phone:
412-648-2058
Contact Email:
macrina@pitt.edu

One of the perilous unintended consequences of international education policy is the misunderstanding of the relationship between child sexual abuse and the schooling of girls. Development literature indicates that education is strongly associated with decreased rates of early childhood marriage, yet education may also expose girls to other forms of sexual violence associated with school. The relationship between schooling levels and these other forms is not well established. Jessica will share findings from her research which seeks to address these literature gaps by examining how the prevalence of female child sexual abuse is affected by the education of girls including the environments in which they learn. Using a mixed-methods approach, the study analyses results of a field-survey using a stratified-cluster sampling of over 700 young Liberian women and their parents to investigate whether sending girls to school has unintended consequences of higher risks of other forms of sexual abuse. This analysis further explores how this relationship relates to additional factors of household knowledge, attitudes and behaviours, demographics, and the provision of a safe learning environment. The study further incorporates an evaluability analysis of 15 stakeholder members to qualitatively understand the relationship between girls' education and child protection. The ethical and policy-relevant ramifications of this research are crucial at a time when girls are entering the classroom at higher rates each year, yet without fully understanding how to ensure her protection and uphold her potential agency.

Modern Greek Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

UCIS Research Toolkit, Session II
Student Report back
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. K. Lieder
Location:
4209 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to Students
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
412-648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Dr. K. Frances Lieder, the UCIS Visiting Professor of Contemporary Global Issues, will lead this Global Studies Center three-part series. Students will learn the how-to’s of research in the social sciences and humanities, formulate and apply concepts to their own research, and engage with junior faculty about their research experiences.

The series is open to all undergraduate students -- and a must for students pursuing BPHIL, honor thesis and students with plans to pursue graduate study.

Link to registration: https://forms.gle/NCVjX1GSNofDHKza7

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies
Pitt in the Himalayas - Fall 2020
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:
3106 Posvar Hall (Anthropology Lounge)
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Global Hub and Study Abroad Office
Contact:
Nazir Noori
Contact Email:
nazir.noori@pitt.edu

Join a group of up to twenty students for the fall semester in North India, one of the most spectacular and diverse mountain ranges on earth. You'll go on backpacking expeditions to the source of India’s sacred rivers, to ancient Tibetan monasteries in Ladakh, learn about conservation at India’s premier Tiger reserve, Corbett National Park, and experience life in a mountain village during a village home stay.

To learn more about the program, please joint us for an information session from 4-5:30 PM on Friday, February 28th, in 3106 Posvar Hall (Anthropology Lounge).

Spring 2020 Book Discussion for Educators
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
412.648.2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

You are invited to participate in the spring 2020 book discussion on "Jihad, Radicalism and the New Atheism" by Mohammad Hassan Khalil at the University of Pittsburgh. The discussion will be led by Associate Professor Jeanette S. Jouili of Department of Religious Studies. Dinner will be served at 5 PM.

A free book is available to the first 15 registrants, reach out to Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu to get your copy today.

Participants can register by copying and pasting the following link:
https://cerisnet.secure.pitt.edu/resource/faculty-readers-forum

Day 1: Chasing Leviathan: The Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Whaling
A Mini-Course for K-12 Educators
Time:
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Presenter:
NCTA & Global Studies Center
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Maja Konitzer
Contact Email:
majab@pitt.edu

Join us for this FREE professional development mini course on the world of Whaling from New England to Europe to Japan. Speakers will address topics such the lives of sailors, what parts of a whale and what kinds of whales were harvested, the global commodity chain of whaling, and a challenge to the contemporary Japanese narrative about the importance of whaling to Japan. Class time will also include previewing portions of the American Experience film Into the Deep, experiencing some of the music of whalers, and a curriculum session with a master teacher. Free ACT 48 hours, materials, parking, and meals. Space limited so please register by Friday, February 14, 2020.

To register: https://forms.gle/7X6sHr4jsin66Gif7

Saturday, February 29

GOSECA Annual Conference
Borderlands
Time:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Barco Law Building, Alcoa Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Borders--whether political, cultural, linguistic, or otherwise--are artificial constructs, often fluid and rarely unanimously accepted. The spaces between and beyond the lines of demarcation--the "borderlands"--often manifest as multicultural, impermanent places of shifting identities and disparate perspectives. Many scholars have remarked on the global and cultural transformations that have taken place since 1989 and the accompanying emergence of new borderlands in Europe and Central Asia. The liminal spaces around these borders have become new points of contact and conflict for various cultures and ideologies, now brought together or divided by the turn of history. For its 17th annual conference, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites presentations that explore the concept of "borderlands," whether political, ideological, cultural, linguistic, or of another type altogether.

Day 2: Chasing Leviathan: The Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Whaling
A Mini-Course for K-12 Educators
Time:
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Presenter:
NCTA & Global Studies Center
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Maja Konitzer
Contact Email:
majab@pitt.edu

Join us for this FREE professional development mini course on the world of Whaling from New England to Europe to Japan. Speakers will address topics such the lives of sailors, what parts of a whale and what kinds of whales were harvested, the global commodity chain of whaling, and a challenge to the contemporary Japanese narrative about the importance of whaling to Japan. Class time will also include previewing portions of the American Experience film Into the Deep, experiencing some of the music of whalers, and a curriculum session with a master teacher. Free ACT 48 hours, materials, parking, and meals. Space limited so please register by Friday, February 14, 2020.

To register: https://forms.gle/7X6sHr4jsin66Gif7

Martisor
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
Romanian Room Committee
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub and Nationality Rooms
Cost:
free
Contact:
Heather Rutherford
Contact Phone:
412-527-9623
Contact Email:
hrutherford7@gmail.com

Martisor is an old Romanian tradition of gifting a red and white string attached to a small piece of jewelry or a flower. This is believed to bring health and luck to the wearer.
Come and make your own or buy a premade Martisor, Romanian pastries, and more.

Sunday, March 1

Global Academic Partnership Application Due
Faculty Funding Opportunity
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Global Studies Center
Location:
Online
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
For Faculty Only!
Contact:
dristas@pitt.edu
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grants aim to amplify the Global Studies Center's transnational themes (Global Health, Migrations, and Cities in Transformation) through interdisciplinary research collaborations, curriculum development, student exchanges, and other scholarly endeavors that enhance the University of Pittsburgh's global profile. One grant in the amount of $40,000 will be awarded to support ongoing campus programming in a variety of innovative formats that enriches the intellectual environment at Pitt over the course of two years ($10,000 in the first year and $30,000 in the second).

This award is generously sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Center for International Studies to help Pitt faculty develop meaningful institutional partnerships with foreign universities, governments, international organizations, NGOs, and/or think-tanks. Faculty from all schools and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Review the grant guidelines, complete the application form, and submit your application online visit the Global Studies Center homepage.

Monday, March 2

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Pause Cafe
French Conversation Club
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
New Views on Stakeholder Engagement: Insights from Tethered Fates
Center for Sustainable Business Lecture Series
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Shareen Hertel, Heinz Foundation Visiting Fellow
Location:
Mervis Hall 117 -- 3950 Roberto Clemente Drive
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Sustainable Business
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

Global supply chains link consumers, brands, manufacturers, workers, and local community members as "stakeholders" with significantly different levels of risk and benefit. When harm occurs in the course of business activity, prevailing approaches to stakeholders consultation are typically driven by companies, without significant input from people at the grassroots level.

This talk reveals where stakeholder consultation is taking place globally; how the process unfolds at the community level; and what types of innovation might be possible but are currently missed by "top-down" approaches to consultation. Hertel's talk features analysis of quantitative data from over 7,000 companies worldwide; she finds extractive companies across all regions tend to consult more heavily than light manufacturing companies, and corporations determine the mode, scope and content of the practice regardless of sector or region.

The talk also features original interview data from paired case studies in two manufacturing towns in the Dominican Republic where collegiate apparel is produced. Hertel reveals local peoples' insight on the limits of existing approaches to stakeholder dialogue along with their ideas for how better to diagnose problems, predict future challenges, and forge solutions to ongoing violations of economic rights.

Shareen Hertel is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, jointly appointed with the university's Human Rights Institute.

Tuesday, March 3

Historical Memory and Politics in Poland: The Story of the Gdańsk Museum of the Second World War
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Paweł Machcewicz, DAAD Lecturer
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Corporate Purpose, (Social) Equity, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals Panel
Interactive Panel Discussion
Time:
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Presenter:
Moderated by Michael Goodhart, Director of the Global Studies Center
Location:
University Club Ballroom B
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Center for Sustainable Business
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

The Center for Sustainable Business and the Global Studies Center invite you to join us for an interactive panel discussion about the role of business in driving social change in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Michael Goodhart, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Studies Center.

Panel includes...
-Shareen Hertel, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut
-Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer, Sustainability Manager at the City of Pittsburgh
-Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability at the University of Pittsburgh
-CB Bhattacharya, H.J. Zoffer Chair of Sustainability & Ethics at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh

German Club Conversation Table
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

Persian Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Persian language skills at our bi-weekly language table!

Wednesday, March 4

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

Immigration and Identity in Classical Athens
Faculty Fellow Lecture Series
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Naomi Campa (Kenyon College, Classics)
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu
Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Thursday, March 5

Underground Entrepreneurs in the Soviet Union
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
James Heinzen
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Shortages, bottlenecks, and over-centralization in the Soviet economy made the distribution of goods uneven, limited, and, to some extent, non-existent. But it would be a mistake to see the Soviet economy as only a planned, top-down system. Interwoven within it were shadow economies with illegal schemes that the innovative and corrupt exploited. What do these shadow economies say about Soviet everyday life, informal networks, and corruption, and how did their proliferation reflect and shape the realities of Soviet socialism? This live interview with James Heinzen will explore these questions and more through the culture, practices and morays of underground entrepreneurs in the Soviet Union from the 1960s to the 1980s.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present and Future Pop-Up Course.

Pause Cafe
French Conversation Club
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of French & Italian Languages and Literatures
German Language Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines
Humanizing The Global, Globalizing the Human: Invisibility Lecture Series
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Victoria Reyes, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Riverside
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free & Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Dr. Victoria Reyes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her PhD from Princeton’s Department of Sociology in January 2015, and was a 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. She previously taught in Bryn Mawr College’s Growth and Structure of Cities Department. Her research focuses on boundaries; how they are created and remade as well as how they shape inequality in global settings, and she has examined these processes as they relate to leisure migration, cultural politics, sovereignty, and legally plural, foreign-controlled places she calls “global borderlands.”

Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

Turkish Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Club Cúla Búla Meeting
Time:
8:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub

Irish language and culture club

Friday, March 6

Faculty Workshop with Dr. Victoria Reyes
Humanizing The Global, Globalizing the Human: Invisibility Lecture Series
Time:
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Presenter:
Dr. Victoria Reyes, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Riverside
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free & Open To The Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Dr. Victoria Reyes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her PhD from Princeton’s Department of Sociology in January 2015, and was a 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. She previously taught in Bryn Mawr College’s Growth and Structure of Cities Department. Her research focuses on boundaries; how they are created and remade as well as how they shape inequality in global settings, and she has examined these processes as they relate to leisure migration, cultural politics, sovereignty, and legally plural, foreign-controlled places she calls “global borderlands.”

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Modern Greek Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies

Monday, March 9

Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Tuesday, March 10

2020 Euro Challenge
Regional Competition
Time:
8:00 am
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact:
Samantha Moik
Contact Phone:
412-624-3503
Contact Email:
smm302@pitt.edu

The Euro Challenge is a national competition for cash prizes where 9th and 10th grade high school students test their knowledge and understanding of the European economy and the Euro, the currency shared by many of the 28 countries of the European Union. The European Studies Center is proud to host the Western Pennsylvania regional competition for Euro Challenge at the University of Pittsburgh.

Participation can be in-person or remote. The top team(s) from the regional competition will advance to the national competition in New York City, scheduled for April 28, 2020.

To learn more about Euro Challenge and register for the 2020 competition, please visit www.euro-challenge.org.

Monday, March 16

Development of Street art as Community Experience in Latin America
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Ricardo Klein, University of Valencia, Spain
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with HCUAP and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

This talk will share experiences of communities in Latin America with respect to the role that street art plays as an artistic tool for these regions. At the same time, it will explain how, through these initiatives, such art develops strategies for recognition and legitimation of communities, generating new collective spaces for participation. Street art (and muralism in particular) seek to create a positive experience of local public space, generating other practices, including creating open air galleries/museums. One example will include the experience of the Open Air Museum in San Miguel in Chile, or the International Open Street Festival (FITECA) in the neighborhood of Comas in Lima, Peru

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Mapping Loss in the Anthropocene Workshop on Geospatial Mapping
Time:
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Center and World History Center
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with World History Center
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

Participants will use their phones to take GPS tracks at the edge of Schenley Park, which they will integrate with digitized maps and photographs from the Pitt collection and turn into interactive digital map narratives using the ArcGIS StoryMaps or HistoryPin platform.

*Participation in the full series in encourages, but not required*
Register at forms.gle/zZyEsmYQkPDgjxt56

Critical Research on Africa: Child Trafficking in the Aftermath of the 1929 Aba Women's War
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Robin Chapdelaine, Duquesne University
Location:
3703 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of African Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, African Studies Program, University Center for International Studies and University of Pittsburgh
Contact:
Elizabeth Myers, Administrative Assistant
Contact Phone:
4126481802
Contact Email:
elizabeth.myers@pitt.edu

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Robin Chapdelaine, from Duquesne University. More details to come!

Tuesday, March 17

Conversations on Europe: Borders and Contested Memory in Northern Ireland
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
German Club Conversation Table
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

Persian Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Persian language skills at our bi-weekly language table!

Wednesday, March 18

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

The Grammar of Being Human: Greek Grammar and American Slavery
Global and the Classic Lecture Series
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Emily Greenwald (Professor and Chair of Classics, Yale University)
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Classics
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu
Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Thursday, March 19

EUSA Roundtable: Discussion on the Issues Currently Impacting the EU
Time:
(All day)
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association
Of Shores and Waves, and Marine Tales: Islands, Oceans, and Fallacies of Colonial Geographies in the Indian Ocean
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Emmanuel Jean-François, Penn State
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cethedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Todd Reeser
Contact Email:
reeser@pitt.edu

Speaker, Dr. Emmanuel Jean-François, Penn State

This talk takes islands and seas as its focus, outlining an approach to geographies that can be considered globally in any context. It explores the case of the Indian Ocean but relates to broader themes such as colonialism/postcolonialism, racism, and global movements and migration.

As Dr. Jean-François puts in in his abstract: "Using the New Thalassology and Kamau Brathwaite’s notion of “tidalectics” as a relational framework for exploring multipolar connections, minor solidarities, and long-ignored forms of cosmopolitanism, this presentation discusses how the transcolonial and transoceanic imaginaries of Francophone Indian Ocean writers disrupt the colonial taxonomies that have construed islands as spaces of colonial difference, isolation, and vulnerability. While their “de-insularization” of islands and their rewriting of geographies, temporalities, and epistemologies bridge the gap between landmasses and seas, oceans and archipelagoes, it also configures fluctuating horizons and symbolic spaces of relation from which minority, racialized, and subaltern subjects across multiple sites can interact in fruitful and lateral ways."

German Language Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

More Light, and the Gloom of That Light
Humanizing The Global, Globalizing the Human: Invisibility Lecture Series
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
José-Alain Sahel, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open To The Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

José-Alain Sahel is the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, director of the UPMC Eye Center, and the Eye and Ear Foundation Chair of Ophthalmology. Dr. Sahel is known worldwide for his expertise in vision restoration techniques. He has developed several interventions— including stem cell implantation, gene therapy, innovative pharmacologic approaches, and the artificial retina—for retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, vascular eye disease, and other vision impairments that currently are untreatable. Over the past decade he has led pioneering efforts in optogenetic vision restoration, a technique in which cells in the retina are genetically modified to express light sensitive proteins. This therapeutic technique has the potential to help patients who are blind or visually impaired as a result of a genetic defect. Sahel, who was born in Algeria, studied medicine at Strasbourg University and in Lariboisière, Saint-Louis. He received his medical degree with a Medal of the Faculty of Paris and obtained his specialty certification in ophthalmology. He completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the Louis Pasteur University Hospital in Strasbourg. He also was a research fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a visiting scholar in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. Dr. Sahel is the founder and director of the Vision Institute in Paris and currently a professor at the Sorbonne’s medical school Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie.

Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

Turkish Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Thursday, March 19 to Sunday, March 22

Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop
Time:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Varies
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Nationality Rooms along with Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22

Smart Cities and Technology Mini-Course
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Veronica Dristas & Korryn Mozisek
Location:
Hall of Arts (HOA) 160, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Carnegie Mellon University
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

Due to economic development and globalization, cities continue to grow with predictions that 70 of the world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. This course, then, will view cities as hubs where patterns, connections, discussions, and the processes shape such issues as social justice, economic development, technology, migration, the environment among others. By examining cities as a lens, this sequence of weekend courses encourages students to examine cities as a system for discussing social processes being built and rebuilt. With an interdisciplinary focus, the course invites experts from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.

Friday, March 20

Faculty Workshop with Dr. José-Alain Sahel
Humanizing The Global, Globalizing the Human: Invisibility Lecture Series
Time:
9:00 am
Presenter:
José-Alain Sahel, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Social Hour with Global Studies Ambassadors
Social Hours
Time:
1:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Student Ambassadors
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to Students
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

The Global Studies Center looks forward to beginning a monthly, informal social hour - hosted by Global Studies Ambassadors and fellow GSC students Mark, Sarah and Destiny - as a way to get to know other like-minded Global Studies students.

Modern Greek Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

2020 Global Studies Research Toolkit for Students
Time:
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Michael Goodhart
Location:
3415 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to Students
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

A workshop on March 20, 2020 from 2-5pm in 3415 Posvar Hall for students to learn about the various elements of research in the social sciences and humanities.

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies

Saturday, March 21

The Scottish and the Jacobites
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Paul Thompson, President of the St. Andrew's Society of Pittsburgh
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Scottish Nationality Room

Refreshments will be served from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

For more information contact scottishroom@gmail.com

Sunday, March 22

Festival of the Egg
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Nationality Rooms Committees
Location:
Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms
Contact:
Larry Kozlowski
Contact Phone:
814-969-5940
Contact Email:
lgk505@aol.com

Festival celebrating Spring across cultures. Free admission, with crafts, pastries, and egg decorating.

Monday, March 23

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Tuesday, March 24

German Club Conversation Table
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

Arabic Language & Culture Club
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

The Arabic Language & Culture Club provides an opportunity for students of Arabic language classes to come together once a week and practice speaking the language with each other as well as touch on cultural aspects of the Arab world.

Wednesday, March 25

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

Thursday, March 26

Let's Talk Africa
The Past, Present, and Future of Women and Law in Africa
Time:
1:00 pm
Presenter:
Ari Tobi-Aiyemo
Location:
4130 Wesley Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Macrina Lelei
Contact Phone:
4126482058
Contact Email:
macrina@pitt.edu

Ari Tobi-Aiyemo will explore the status quo patriarchy in Africa in the context of African women and the law profession.
Over the past decade, the development agendas of many governments across the globe focus on women empowerment. These agendas venture through halls of discriminatory laws, practices, traditions, and cultures that have been unfair to women, especially African women. It is indisputable that African women have come a long way in their circle of life–from a place of biased laws, customs, and cultures– through thorns of cultural, social, and legal pressures, to glides of assertiveness. Typically, African girls grow into women of substance, power, affluence, and influence. They are not laid-back figures. They find their way to education and compete in what is often referred to as the world of men and make their way through law school. These women do not just end in getting diplomas, they pursue careers to practice law either in the private sector–as private Attorney, Founder and Executive Director of Civil Organizations or NGOs, Attorney in humanitarian practices, rendering pro bono services. Alternatively, these women also practice law in the public sector as judges, public servants, DAs, Prosecutors, Law teachers, and legal consultants. Hence, to a large extent, the journey through the circle of life of the African woman is filled with different forms of deprivation, discrimination, and disregard until today.

Ari Tobi-Aiyemo is a Ph.D. Candidate of Judicial Studies in the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a retired Magistrate-Judge from the great judiciary of Lagos State, Nigeria. She has interest in social justice, law, jurisprudence and human rights.

China's New Red Guards
Time:
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Jude Blanchette
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center

Ever since Deng Xiaoping effectively de-radicalized China in the 1980s, debates have swirled around which path China would follow. Would it democratize? Would it embrace capitalism? Would the Communist Party's rule be able to withstand globalization and the internet? One thing few seriously considered: Mao Zedong would make a political comeback. This live interview with Jude Blanchette will discuss the return of the populist enthusiasm for the Great Helmsman's policies, and what it means for the present and future of Chinese communism.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.

German Language Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

Turkish Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Thursday, March 26 to Saturday, March 28

24th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference
Time:
6:00 pm to 12:00 am
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

March 27 - 28, 2020 (ALL Day)

March 26, premier of documentary about Dr. Carmelo Mesa--Lago (Evening)

https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/content/call-papers

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes faculty and students to the 24th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference on March 27th and 28th, 2020. At the conference, researchers can present their scholarly work related to social and public policy in Latin America.

Our team is focused on assuring a high-quality and open environment for the exchange of ideas and the improvement of works in progress. Following the multidisciplinary tradition of CLAS, we are interested in facilitating dialogue, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies across disciplines. In that spirit, we encourage the organization of panels around problems, rather than disciplines, and welcome submissions from the social sciences, arts, humanities, and cultural studies. We are particularly—but not exclusively—interested in the discussion of policy design, implementation, and impact in a wide array of areas, including:

Economic development; inequality and social inclusion; democratic governance and institutional change; human rights; health; education; LGBTQ and gender studies; ethnicity; race studies; environmental studies; urban development; violence and crime; conflict resolution; social movements and political parties; technological innovation; migration; political behavior; Latinx studies; elites; public administration and corruption; sustainability; innovation; and transparency.

Relevant dates:

Abstract submission: January 18, 2020

Deadline for full paper submission: February 24, 2020

Conference: March 27 and 28, 2020

March 26: Premier of documentary about Carmelo Mesa-Lago

John Frechione Travel Award

This award is named after Dr. John Frechione (Ph.D., Anthropology and Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1981; and CLAS Associate Director [1987-2015]). Dr. Frechione retired in 2015, after 32 years as a CLAS staff member. However, he remains an active supporter of CLAS and its activities. This award bears his name in recognition of the worthwhile support that he has contributed to CLAS—and especially to students—over the years.

This award will cover lodging for the duration of the conference (starting March 26, 2020). Please state whether or not you would like to be considered for the award when submitting your abstract. For additional information, contact the organizers at laspp@pitt.edu.

Program and schedule of events forthcoming.

Friday, March 27

European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium
Time:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union, Floor 5
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@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.

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

UCIS Research Toolkit, Session III
Faculty Panel
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. K Lieder
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to Students
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
412-648-2113
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Dr. K. Frances Lieder, the UCIS Visiting Professor of Contemporary Global Issues, will lead this Global Studies Center three-part series. Students will learn the how-to’s of research in the social sciences and humanities, formulate and apply concepts to their own research, and engage with junior faculty about their research experiences.

The series is open to all undergraduate students -- and a must for students pursuing BPHIL, honor thesis and students with plans to pursue graduate study.

Link to registration: https://forms.gle/NCVjX1GSNofDHKza7

Modern Greek Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies

Monday, March 30

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Critical Research on Africa Lecture Series
Medical Legitimacy: Childbirth, Authencity, and Pluralism in Nigeria's Faith-Based Birthing Homes
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Ogechukwu Williams
Location:
3703 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of Africana Studies; Department of History
Contact:
Mari Webel
Contact Email:
mwebel@pitt.edu

In her presentation, Dr. Williams will explore the advent of faith-based maternity homes in Nigeria since the early 1930s and how they adapted to socio-political and biomedical trends in their search for legitimacy. Various scholars have examined relationships between ethnomedical practitioners, biomedicine, and the state; even fewer have extended this conversation to practices of divine healing in Africa. Notwithstanding, there has been little exploration of religious birthing institutions that increasingly play vital roles as primary maternal healthcare providers. By examining Faith Homes and their socio-political search for legitimacy in colonial and post-colonial Nigeria, Williams reflects on the enduring connections between religion and medicine in Africa.

Ogechukwu Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Department of Medical Humanities at Creighton University, Omaha NE. Her book project examines the intersections between biomedical maternities, traditional midwifery, and faith-based birthing institutions in Nigeria. She is co-author of Writing the Nigeria Biafra War.

Out of Time
The Politics of Fantasy in French Cinematic Romance of the 2010s
Time:
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Presenter:
Mary Harrod (Warwick, UK)
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Part of FRIT's Week of Francophonie. A talk on French Rom-Coms by Dr. Mary Harrod.

Tuesday, March 31

Scène Ouverte
Time:
9:30 am
Location:
O'Hara Ballroom
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Part of FRIT's Week of Francophonie. Come see the students from the French Theatre Workshop rehearse L’Ecole des femmes.

This event will be in French.

Body of the Beasts
The Territories of Womanhood
Time:
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Audree Wilhelmy
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Part of FRIT's Week of Francophonie.

Quebecois Author Ms. Wilhelmy discusses The Body of the Beasts, her book on animality and humanness. The event will be in English.

Please join us!

There will also a public book event on Wednesday, April 1 at The White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield. 7 pm.

Hosted by the Dept. of French and Italian, with support from the Year of Creativity, the Honors College, and the Humanities Center.

Questions? Contact Prof. Kaliane Ung

German Club Conversation Table
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

La Pirogue Fim Screening
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
501 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Part of FRIT's Week of Francophonie. A screening of the Franco-Senegalese drama film. The film is in French w/ English subtitles.

Persian Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Persian language skills at our bi-weekly language table!

Wednesday, April 1

Modern Bestiary
Time:
10:00 am
Presenter:
Audrée Wilhelmy
Location:
David Lawrence 231
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of French and Italian

Part of FRIT's Week of Francophonie. Come create a modern bestiary with Audrée Wilhelmy. This event will be in French.

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
The Body of the Beasts Book Event
Time:
7:00 pm
Presenter:
Audrée Wilhelmy
Location:
The White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Part of FRIT's Week of Francophonie.

A public book event on Wednesday, April 1 at The White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield.

Hosted by the Dept. of French and Italian, with support from the Year of Creativity, the Honors College, and the Humanities Center.

Questions? Contact Prof. Kaliane Ung

Thursday, April 2

The Silence of Others (2018) Film Screening
Time:
3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
TBA
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
French Cooking Workshop!
Time:
3:30 pm
Location:
The Food Science Lab, 4063 Forbes Tower
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Part of FRIT's Week of Francophonie.

Come and make couscous and petits-choux at this Cooking Workshop! This event will be held in French.

German Language Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

The Communist Horizon
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Presenter:
Jodi Dean
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

There has been a resurgence of the Left since the 2008 Great Recession. A class-based politics, dormant for so long, has finally returned to mainstream political discourse. But what is this Left? What are its goals, possibilities and limitations? How will it organize itself for the politics of the 21st century? This live interview with Jodi Dean will discuss her book trilogy that provokes us to rethink and even revisit the Left with a renewed vision of communism, a efficacy of the political party, and the ethics and spirit of comradeship.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up Course.

Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

Francophone Pause Cafe
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Language Media Center, G-17 Cathedral of Learning
Announced by:
European Studies Center on behalf of Department of French and Italian

Part of FRIT's Week of Francophonie.

Pause Cafe and Board Games in Language Media Center! There will also be delicious crêpes as well... And don't forget the raffle!

This event will be in French.

Turkish Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Club Cúla Búla Meeting
Time:
8:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub

Irish language and culture club

Friday, April 3

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Modern Greek Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies

Saturday, April 4

CERIS Research Symposium -- Muslims in the Global: Past and Present
For Undergraduates and Graduates
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies
Location:
Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

Papers are welcome from students - both undergraduate and graduate – from all disciplines on topics including (but not limited to) politics, culture, society, policy, religion, and their impact on the lived experience of Muslims and their multifaceted interactions. This symposium looks to shed light on various expressions of Islamic and Muslim narratives and experiences in a global, historical or contemporary context.

Monday, April 6

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Mapping Loss in the Anthropocene Workshop on Maps as Art
Time:
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Center and World History Center
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with World History Center
Cost:
Free and Open to the Public
Contact:
Veronica Dristas
Contact Email:
dristas@pitt.edu

Artists will demonstrate how to use found and recycled materials to make speculative and renderings of landscapes that are spatially aware while also being aesthetically pleasing and imaginative.

*Participation in the full series in encourages, but not required*
Register at forms.gle/zZyEsmYQkPDgjxt56

Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Tuesday, April 7

German Club Conversation Table
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

Arabic Language & Culture Club
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

The Arabic Language & Culture Club provides an opportunity for students of Arabic language classes to come together once a week and practice speaking the language with each other as well as touch on cultural aspects of the Arab world.

Wednesday, April 8

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

Thursday, April 9

German Language Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

Socialism for Realists
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Presenter:
Sam Gindin
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Forty years ago, Margaret Thatcher declared that “there is no alternative.” State socialism was dying and capitalism, restructured as neoliberalism, was ascendant. The collapse of state socialism in 1991 seemed to hammer the last nail into socialism’s coffin and vindicate Thatcher’s prophecy. Fast forward to today—socialism is back. However, the road to socialism is not easy. Today’s socialists cannot simply be dreamers. They must also be realists. This live interview with Sam Gindin will discuss the need for socialists to establish popular confidence in the feasibility of a socialist society and the pragmatic steps we can take to get there.

This event is part of the Socialism: Past, Present, and Future Pop-Up course.

Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

Japanese Culture Through Video Games
2020 Japan Lecture Series
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenter:
Rachael Hutchinson, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Delaware
Location:
232 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center along with Screenshot: Asia, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products and Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania

Japanese video games have had a significant impact on the medium worldwide. Dr. Rachael Hutchinson considers how ‘Japan’ has been packaged for domestic and overseas consumers through these games. Ultimately, she argues that Japanese artists have expressed similar ideas in the video game medium as in older narrative forms such as literature and film.
Rachael Hutchinson is Associate Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Delaware. She received her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2000, and her research addresses representations of Japanese identity in a range of narrative texts – literature, film, manga and video games.

Space is limited, so please register! Registration is free.

Turkish Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Friday, April 10

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Modern Greek Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies

Monday, April 13

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Tuesday, April 14

German Club Conversation Table
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

Persian Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Persian language skills at our bi-weekly language table!

Wednesday, April 15

ARTSC 1000 - UCIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Preparing Juniors and Seniors for Employment Beyond Undergraduate Careers
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Angela Illig
Location:
4130 W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Angela Illig
Contact Phone:
412-726-7230
Contact Email:
ami17@pitt.edu

Designed for juniors, seniors, and graduate students to establish a career direction
and formulate a strategy for securing a full-time position in today's competitive
international and global workplace. Students focus on developing specific
competencies that include career selection, jobsearch activities, resume and
cover letter development, professionalnetworking techniques, behavioral
interviewing skills, and workplace ethicsin preparation for government, business,
and nonprofit sector careers. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS.

Learning Goals
This initiative emphasizes developing readiness to transition to the
workplace. The focus is on the development of self-awareness, interviewing
skills, the acquisition of job-hunting knowledge as well as the formulation
of an action plan to achieve the student's job and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

1. To clarify personal interests, values, skills
and career options.
2. To research/explore various fields for
international and global careers.
3. To create a career search strategy that
can/will be used upon course completion.
4. To present self effectively in an interview or
conversation with potential employers.

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

Chinese Language & Culture Club Meeting
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Thursday, April 16

German Language Table
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Department of German

Join professors and students from the Department of German and practice your language skills!

Everday Maoism in Revolutionary China
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Presenter:
Aminda Smith
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center and World History Center
Contact:
Sera Passerini
Contact Email:
smp125@pitt.edu

Communist revolution in the 20th century was reliant on a profound change in individual consciousness. It is not surprising that communist ideology spoke forcefully and often about creating “new people.” Revolutionary China was no different. But how did Chinese communists at various levels, from Mao Zedong to village cadres, understand their work to transform individual consciousness? What did “Maoism” mean in the everyday? This live interview with Aminda Smith will explore the profound and personal changes in individual’s consciousness through multiple points of contact between individuals, the state, the Party, and its propaganda apparatuses.

This event is part of the UCIS pop-up course.

Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

Turkish Language Table
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Turkish language skills - all levels welcome!

Friday, April 17

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Language Table
Time:
10:00 am
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Practice your Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian language skills at our weekly language table.

Social Hour with Global Studies Ambassadors
Social Hours
Time:
1:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Student Ambassadors
Location:
Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and Open to Students
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

The Global Studies Center looks forward to beginning a monthly, informal social hour - hosted by Global Studies Ambassadors and fellow GSC students Mark, Sarah and Destiny - as a way to get to know other like-minded Global Studies students.

Modern Greek Language Table
Time:
2:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

Practice your Modern Greek language skills - all levels welcome!

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies

Monday, April 20

Russian Tutoring & Conversation Table
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub

Improve and practice your Russian language skills with instructor Katya Kovaleva.

Tuesday, April 21

German Club Conversation Table
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Pitt German Club

Join the Pitt German Club for an hour of German conversation practice and cultural activities.

Arabic Language & Culture Club
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center

The Arabic Language & Culture Club provides an opportunity for students of Arabic language classes to come together once a week and practice speaking the language with each other as well as touch on cultural aspects of the Arab world.

Wednesday, April 22

Brazil Nuts Bate-Popo
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub

Portuguese Language Table

Thursday, April 23

Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura
Global Issues Through Literature
Time:
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Presenter:
Global Studies Center
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Center and National Consortium on Teaching About Asia
Cost:
Free & Open to the Public
Contact:
Maja Konitzer
Contact Email:
majab@pitt.edu
Cafe Ivrit
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Global Hub along with Panthers 4 Israel

Practice your Hebrew at our weekly language table!

Friday, April 24

ADDverse Poetry Collective Meeting
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Global Hub
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies and Global Hub along with Department of Africana Studies

Thursday, April 30 to Friday, May 1

Human Trafficking Workshop
Time:
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Presenter:
Global Studies Center and Liberty Shared
Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with University Center for International Studies and Liberty Shared
Contact:
Michael Goodhart
Contact Email:
goodhart@pitt.edu

The Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and Liberty Shared will convene an interdisciplinary workshop on Human Trafficking on April 30 - May1, 2020 on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus. The purpose of this workshop is to address the failure of existing approaches to curbing human trafficking and related forms of forced labor, debt bondage, and related forms of human exploitation. Human trafficking continues to thrive and grow despite the considerable resources and energy that have been dedicated to its eradication.

Tuesday, May 12 to Wednesday, May 13

Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance
2020 Infrastructural Regionalism Workshop
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Varies
Location:
TBD
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Urban Studies Program, Center for Metropolitan Studies, the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, Regional Studies Association and United Kingdom

Urban infrastructure is a vital topic for interdisciplinary research because it is fundamental to the economic development prospects of regions. The Urban Studies Program in collaboration with the Regional Studies Association (UK), the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, and GSPIA’s Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS) as well as support from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the European Studies Center, and the Global Studies Center will hold an international, inter-disciplinary event entitled Infrastructural Regionalism: Workshop on Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance on Tuesday, May 12th and Wednesday, May 13th, 2020. This workshop will leverage the Regional Studies Association’s Network on Infrastructural Regionalisms (NOIR) to bring global experts together with locally based researchers and practitioners on pressing issues related to regional water governance.
The two-day workshop will include site visits, networking opportunities, one public keynote, and paper sessions, and will feature opportunities for engagement with local faculty, graduate students, and the public.

Sunday, June 14 to Saturday, June 20

Brussels Study Tour 2020
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Brussels, Belgium
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

Thursday, November 5 to Saturday, November 7

Food Security and the Longue Durée in Eurasia: Regional Case Studies and Global Perspectives
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Varies
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Access to sufficient, nutritious, culturally appropriate food is a concern for groups across the globe. Current approaches to food security tend to focus on technological solutions to increase production. As such, much of the related research is targeted at reacting to current or near future circumstances. However, development of sustainable foodways cannot be organized around a reactive framework. Policies need to be informed by the underlying causes of food security. The foundations of food insecurity are diverse in nature, and include environmental, cultural, and political dimensions. An interdisciplinary approach that looks at long term social and climatic trajectories is well suited for investigations of food security. Understanding these complex systems in the past and current world is crucial in developing sustainable approaches to foodways.

This interdisciplinary symposium takes a Longue Durée perspective on food security to explore the long term social, environmental, and political trends that shape foodways in Eurasia. Currently, Eurasia is facing dramatic problems of food security: droughts on the Mongolian steppe, floods in South Asia, internment of populations in Western China. Eurasia is also a focus of significant global development projects for China, Russia, and the United States, exemplified in China’s efforts along the New Silk Road. This region is also an important producer of food for populations; Russia exports more wheat than any other country in the world. How do we understand the regional and global implications of these trends? And can we draw on lessons from the past to work toward a more sustainable system of foodways as we go forward in Eurasia and across the world?

Monday, November 30

Critical Research on Africa: New Sites of Healing: African Independent Churches & the Advent of Religious Birthing Homes
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Ogechukwu Williams, Creighton University
Location:
3703 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of Africana Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Africana Studies Program, University Center for International Studies and University of Pittsburgh
Contact:
Elizabeth Myers, Administrative Assistant
Contact Phone:
4126481802
Contact Email:
elizabeth.myers@pitt.edu

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Ogechukwu Williams, from Creighton University. More details to come!