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Friday, October 19

International Talent Show
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Presenter:
International Week Committee
Location:
Ballroom - O'Hara Student Center
Sponsored by:
International Week
Contact:
Jonathan Richards
Contact Email:
jonathan.richards@pitt.edu

For 50 years, the University of Pittsburgh has expanded it's global presence through several dynamic initiatives and partnerships. Now, you have the opportunity to celebrate those 50 years in just 1 night by displaying your worldwide talent to the entire Pitt Community during our International Talent Show on Friday, October 19th. Not only is this a celebration, but you will have the opportunity to win big prizes and eat some delicious food that represents the different cultures of our community. Please click here to register: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cuPrJ9kSBLcvVaZ

International Talent Show
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
O'Hara Student Ballroom
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Experience the cultural diversity and talent at Pitt, with a special performance by Pitches & Tones and Prizes for the first 50 attendees!
Sign up at: www.internationalweek.pitt.edu/

Saturday, October 20

Comfort Women: The Legacy of Sexual Slavery in Asia
Panel Discussions and "Her Story" Film Screening
Time:
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law School
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and International Week along with Allegheny County Bar Association
Contact Email:
asia@pitt.edu

As a collaborative partnership between the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Asian Studies Center, the Comfort Women: The Legacy of Sexual Slavery in Asia conference will focus on the historical and legal aspects of sexual enslavement of women by the military in the years before and during World War II. Reaching beyond the actual historical events, the conference will explore the reasons for the long silence and how performance practices—protests, tribunals, theater, and memorial building projects are used to demand justice for those who suffered the state-sponsored acts of sexual violence both in Asia and here in America. The conference provides the framework for understanding how actions designed to bring about redress can shift from the legal aspects to its cultural and social possibilities.

For details on Friday's activities, please see here.

On Saturday, Dr. Peipei Qiu (Vassar College) and Dr. Joshua D. Pilzer (University of Toronto) will speak on the history and legacy of comfort women, and Dr. Monica Eppinger (St. Louis University) and Dr. Mary McCarthy (Drake University) will speak on the legal challenges and the role of diplomacy in the matter of comfort women. Following a lunch, there will be a screening of Herstory (Min Kyu-dong, 2018), a film chronicling the 1991-1996 trials which led to the first case of reparations to former comfort women.

Sunday, October 21

Pitt-Stop
Asian Film and Family Film Screenings and Discussion
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Cloister & Theater
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Come attend a captivating screening of three short firms that poignantly and candidly depict modern Asian family life!
The lens through which each of use sees "family" is unique to our own personal experiences and is strongly influenced by the cultures in which we live.
After the screening, Meghan Hynson from the Department of Music will do a hands-on demonstration and talk on the indonesian angling, a small portable bamboo rattle that is pitched to the Western scale and played by shaking.

Monday, October 22

Black Women and the Struggle
Time:
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Felix Germain
Location:
Posvar Hall 4217
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Department of Africana Studies

Throughout France and the French colonies, black women have made powerful contributions to the struggle for equality and decolonization. The ESC invites students to join our panelists for a discussion surrounding black

Panelists:
Felix Germain, Department of Africana Studies
Silyane Larcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Moderator: Jeanette Jouili, Department of Religious Studies

Global Studies Undergraduate Student Meeting
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Elaine Linn
Contact Phone:
4128741016
Contact Email:
eel58@pitt.edu

A required informational meeting for all undergraduate students enrolled in GSC. Information presented will include opportunities about pop-up courses, careers and important dates, student clubs, and more. After the brief presentation, stick around for a student meet and greet and enjoy some tasty snacks. Special prizes awarded too!

Tuesday, October 23

Sing to Me About Love... and Other Tortures
A Monologue in Spanish by Jacqueline Briceño
Time:
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:
O'Hara Student Center Dining Room
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Pitt University Honors College and Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Contact:
David Tenorio
Contact Email:
dtenoriog@pitt.edu

Sing to Me About Love... and Other Tortures
A Monologue in Spanish by Jacqueline Briceño

October 23, 2018
Performance and Q&A
12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
O'Hara Student Center Dining Room

For more information, contact David Tenorio, Ph.D. at dtenorio@pitt.edu

The obsession of a teenager to compose an operatic aria about love and the meaning of pain throws her into unveiling the secrets of her grandmother, who is about to turn 100 years old, and of her mother, who is torn between divorce and suicide. Three generations of women whose personal stories lead them to face estrangement, despair, and other generational struggles. Nothing more complicated for Martirio, the protagonist, than to flesh out the pain of her own loneliness. This is a subtle and delicate performance that adds doses of humor and innocence, culminating with the protagonist singing her opera repertoire while rediscovering her strength and passion.

Authoritarian Governance of Uyghur Autonomous Region in China
State Territorialization through Bureaucratic Control
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Sarah Tynen
Location:
Wesley W. Posvar Hall Room 4130
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of Center for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Sarah Tynen: State Territorialization through Bureaucratic Control: Authoritarian Governance at the Neighborhood Level in China
Ph.D. Candidate • Graduate Part-time Instructor • Urbanization and Poitical Governance • MA 2014
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Areas of interest: State-society relations, development, migration and ethno-cultural nationalism in China's autonomous regions and borderlands

By building on the concept of territory as a contested social relation that challenges the state-society dichotomy, this paper explores state territorialization practices as crucial components in shaping everyday life. In particular, it asks: How do citizens experience state bureaucratic power at the neighborhood level in their everyday lives? What is the role of community participation in garnering regime legitimacy? The research draws on 24 months of ethnographic and interview data in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of northwest China. The findings show that the conflict between state control and social membership revolves around the negotiation for territorial control, especially when it comes to struggle for power over minority bodies in nationalist space.

JET Info Session
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
CLAS Cinema Series: Eyes of the Journey
Time:
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Spanish Film Club
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487391
Contact Email:
clascinema@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies presents the CLAS Cinema Series Fall 2018:
September 11 ... The Future Perfect
October 2 ... On the Roof
October 23 ... Eyes of the Journey
November 6 ... Spider Thieves
November 27 ... The Candidate
December 4 ... The Queen of Spain

Tuesdays at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
6:30 P.M. - Pizza
7:00 P.M. - Movie

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/
Free & Open to the Public!
English subtitles provided.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Pitt, CLAS CINEMA Series, and Spanish Film Club by Pragda

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/

Wednesday, October 24

The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche, and the New Capitals of Asia
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Natalie Koch, Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University
Location:
Alcoa Room, Barco Law School
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Urban Studies Program

Natalie Koch, Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University. Why do autocrats build spectacular new capital cities? Dr. Koch considers how autocratic rulers use "spectacular" projects to shape state-society relations, but rather than focus on the standard approach - on the project itself - she considers the unspectacular "others." The contrasting views of those from the poorest regions toward these new national capitals help her develop a geographic approach to spectacle. Join us for this upcoming book talk by the author, with a response from Mrinalini Rajagopala, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture

Thursday, October 25 to Sunday, October 28

19th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society
Time:
(All day)
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh Press, Confucious Institute, World History Center, Year of PittGlobal, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and Central Eurasian Studies Society
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley

CESS 2018 : October 24-28, 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs are pleased to host the 19th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Join over 300 scholars and professionals from around the globe for a conference, spanning five days of workshops, panels, forums, exhibits, and special events.

For more information about the program, see https://www.cess.pitt.edu/program.

Thursday, October 25 to Wednesday, May 1

Travelers Along the Silk Roads: 10th Century to the Present
Time:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location:
Ground and Second Floors, Hillman Library
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Year of PittGlobal and Hillman Library
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
4126487404

Free and Open to the Public during Hillman Library Hours

The term Silk Road, coined by 19th century German explorer Ferdinand von Richthofen, refers to a loose network of overland trade routes stretching from the Mediterranean to East Asia. Textiles, gems, spices, animals and even religions were all exchanged along this vast expanse, starting around 1,000 B.C. and continuing for millennia. For much of this time, most Silk Road traders coming from western Eurasia were Muslim, and they brought their beliefs and rich culture to millions of people.

A Crossroads of Ideas

While the Silk Road was a two-way route, most of its movement was eastward, carrying Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and later, Islam.

By the 8th century, Muslims stopped thinking of religion geographically and began seeking converts along the Silk Road. The benefits of conversion to such a widespread religion were many, as Muslims preferred trading with other Muslims.

Islamic scientific and medical advancements also had significant impact on Silk Road travelers. Chinese Buddhist traders adopted Islamic medical knowledge in wound healing and urinalysis. Muslims brought India their insights on astronomy, including a skepticism of the geocentric universe.

Cultural Exchange Along the Route

Influences from Buddhist China and other regions also affected radical changes in Islam. In the 12th century, abstract Islamic art suddenly started depicting human figures, long considered forbidden in Islam. Murals showing Buddhist statues and Indian narrative artwork started appearing in mosques, and Islamic art exploded with new techniques and figures. Chinese technologies, such as paper production and gunpowder, were transmitted to the West. Iran’s art in the Mongol period (13th and 14th centuries) is dramatically influenced by Chinese artistic traditions.

The Exhibit Design

The ground floor cases in Hillman Library feature a map of the Silk Road from its Eastern terminus in the Chinese city of Xian to its western terminus in Constantinople. They also display the late-14th century Catalan Atlas, the most detailed world map of its time, showing key places along and major figures who traveled the overland route of the Silk Road. The exhibit continues on the second floor of Hillman Library in five thematic display cases:

*Horses and Dynasties: Cartography and Painting in China, 10th-14th Centuries,
*Alexander the Great, Kublai Khan, and Marco Polo: Confluences of Power and Exchange in Assia,
*Musical Encounters in the Deserts and Mountains of Central Asia,
*Explorations in Turkestan: Aurel Stein and Bamiyan, and
*New World Exploitation and the China Trade with Europe.

Thursday, October 25

Mixing It: Multinternational, Multi-ethnic Britain in the Second World War
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Wendy Webster, University of Huddersfield
Location:
3911 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with European Union (Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grant)
Cost:
Free; pre-registration required
Contact:
Allyson Delnore
Contact Email:
adelnore@pitt.edu

Waves of refugees, exiles, troops, and war workers from overseas meant that the population of Britain reached unprecedented levels of diversity during WWII. Once the war was over, this multi-national, multi-ethnic wartime population often remained, but their history has been largely forgotten. As History Revealed commented: “Wendy Webster is on a mission to make us remember.”

Lunch will be provided; pre-registration required
Registration link: https://mixingit.eventbrite.com

Journalism: First Draft of History or Tomorrow's Fishwrapper? Can Scholars Help?
Time:
5:00 pm
Presenter:
Peter Leonard
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Confucius Institute along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), World History Center, University of Pittsburgh Press, School of Education and Central Eurasian Studies Society

A special roundtable convened by EurasiaNet, https://www.eurasianet.org/.

Eurasianet is an independent news organization that covers news from and about the South Caucasus and Central Asia, providing on-the-ground reporting and critical perspectives on the most important developments in the region. We strive to provide information useful to policymakers, scholars, and interested citizens both in and outside of Eurasia. Content is published in both English and Russian.

Conference registration required to attend this event (https://www.cess.pitt.edu/program).

Non-Alcoholic Mix off
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Presenter:
International Week Committee
Location:
Schenley Quad
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Resident Student Association
Contact:
Jonathan Richards
Contact Email:
jonathan.richards@pitt.edu

RSA's Non-Alcoholic Mix off (NAMO) is an event that occurs during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Students compete by creating non-alcoholic drinks and decorating their table and having others vote on the best one! This years theme is Fire and Ice with a focus on culture and diversity on and off Pitts campus. Come join us on October 25th from 7-9 P.M. for fun information and free drinks!

Friday, October 26

Mediating Voice, Sounding Politics: Āwāj as Metaphor and Material
South Asia Initiative Speaker Series - Year 3
Time:
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Laura Kunreuther, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Bard College
Location:
3106 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Contact:
Lynn Kawaratani
Contact Email:
asia@pitt.edu

Dr. Kunreuther will discuss the South Asian term ‘āwāj’ as a vernacular alternative to global discourses of ‘voice’. While global discourses of voice (in English) rarely turn our attention to the soundings of democracy, the term ‘āwāj’, used in many South Asian languages, refers explicitly to sound and to metaphoric meanings of voice. At a metaphorical level largely developed through media, ‘āwāj’ resonates with modern, global discourses of voice used to describe interior thoughts and desires, political consciousness, agency, and modes of selfhood central to modern publics and democratic practice. Because sound affects us in ways that often exceed words, ‘āwāj’ helps us focus our attention on the connections between the rational and the affective, the articulate and the inarticulate, rather than their fundamental division, raising questions around how we think about democratic practice.

The Power of Evidence-Based Research in Policy-Making: Lessons from Afghanistan
Keynote Address for the Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Orzala Nemat
Location:
David Lawrence Hall 121
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Confucius Institute along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), School of Education, World History Center, University of Pittsburgh Press and Central Eurasian Studies Society
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
4126477407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

Conference registration required (https://www.cess.pitt.edu/registration).

Dr. Orzala Nemat is an internationally known Afghan scholar and a life time activist recognized for being an expert in political ethnography. Her research focuses on the political economy of governance interventions in conflict affected settings highlighting local governance relations in Afghanistan’s villages resulting from the policies of transnational/international institutions and central government’s development and political interventions.

CERIS Meeting & Book Discussion
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
Seton Hill University
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu
Chhandayan Concert
Time:
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location:
Frick Fin Airts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Cost:
$15 (students), $30, $50

Vocal: Manasi Majumder
Sarod: Tejendra N. Majumder
Tabla: Samir Chatterjee
Harmonium: Neelesh Nadkarni
This concert is co-sponsored by Music Department and Asian Studies Center

For more Tickets & info: 412-580-1023/ 908-892-9215/ 646-281-4062 / info@tabla.org
Ticket online: https://tabla.org/calendar/ 2018/10/26

Palenque!
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Presenter:
Besame
Location:
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Dance at Slippery Rock University, Frederick Douglass Institute at Slippery Rock University and Latin American Cultural Union
Cost:
$15 General Admission, $10 for Students

Bésame is partnering with Melissa Teodoro, professor of dance at Slippery Rock University. This is an original production featuring the music, dance, poetry, and culture of the Colombian Atlantic Coast. This is an original production featuring the music, dance, poetry, and culture of the Colombian Atlantic Coast.

October 26 at Kelly Strayhorn Theater
7 - 9 PM
5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

https://www.facebook.com/events/296907681087739/

$15 General admission
$10 Students -- cash at the door

CESS Welcome Reception
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
Posvar Hall Galleria
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Confucius Institute along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), World History Center, University of Pittsburgh Press, School of Education and Central Eurasian Studies Society

Featuring music by Dutar Odeyev

MUST BE REGISTERED FOR THE CESS CONFERENCE TO ATTEND (https://www.cess.pitt.edu/program).

Saturday, October 27

SAMHAIN-Gaelic Halloween Festival
Time:
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
Commons Room - Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms

Samhain (pronouced "Sah-win") is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from October 31 to November 1, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. It was a night when spirits could cross over, and later replaced with the Christian celebration All Sant's Day on November 1 (thus, October 31 was "All Hallows [Saints] Eve")

Samhain celebration of storytelling & turnip carving!!

Majlis Podcast: Central Asia in Current Affairs
Time:
12:45 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Confucius Institute along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), The World History Center, the University of Pittsburgh Press, and the School of Education and Central Eurasian Studies Society
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
4126477407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

The Majlis Podcast is Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's in-depth weekly current affairs talk show focusing on Central Asia.

Hosted and produced by Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL's Media Relations Manager, every week the podcast brings the most relevant experts to discuss the pressing issues of the day involving its target region.

As part of the Special Events Series of the 2018 conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, RFE/RL will record an episode on a current affairs topic with discussants and a live audience.

Conference registration is NOT required.

Presidential Panel: Meet the Past, Present and Future Presidents of CESS
Time:
4:15 pm
Presenter:
Ali Igmen (California State University, Long Beach)
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Room 125
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Confucius Institute along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), The World History Center, the University of Pittsburgh Press, and the School of Education and Central Eurasian Studies Society

Must be registered for the CESS conference to attend (https://www.cess.pitt.edu/program).

Premiere with Q&A: Ingushetia, the Speech of the Voiceless
CESS 2018 @ Pitt Special Events Series
Time:
5:30 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Confucius Institute along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), The World History Center, the University of Pittsburgh Press, and the School of Education and Central Eurasian Studies Society
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
4126477407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

The conflict in the North Caucasus has echoed throughout the Middle East, Europe, and even in the USA (Boston bombing). The Russians claim it is just another page of the war on terror.

The general consensus is that the conflict has its origins in Muslim resistance to Russian colonization in the 19th century, known as the Caucasian war. Is it actually that simple though? No one doubts that the Caucasian war took place, but was the resistance really Muslim?

For 200 years, one Caucasian nation has been denied the possibility to be heard: Ingushetia. Now, it is time to let them tell their story. Ingushetia: The Speech Of The Voiceless is a documentary produced on the basis over 10 years' worth of research. It presents the discovery of the evolution of Ingushetia from a democratic nation to the one put in a context of Russia's war on terror. The premiere of the documentary will be followed by a Q&A session with Mr. Magomet Albakov, one of the key figures behind this documentary.

While open to the broader public, this documentary will be of special interest to those studying Ingushetia and the Caucasus, the Caucasian War, the Crimean War, or Russia's war on terror.

Ingushetia: The Speech Of The Voiceless is part of the Special Events Series of the 2018 Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Registration at CESS 2018 is NOT required.

Screening and Panel Discussion: Not in Our Name
CESS 2018 @ Pitt Special Events Series
Time:
7:30 pm
Presenter:
Multiple
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Confucius Institute along with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), World History Center, University of Pittsburgh Press, School of Education and Central Eurasian Studies Society
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley
Contact Phone:
4126477407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

An initiative of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Not in Our Name is the first documentary project ever produced on counter-extremism in Central Asia. With the goal of empowering communities to stand up to violent extremist recruiters who claim to represent them, the RFE/RL team traveled to diverse regions and explored how residents can work together from the local to the national level to prevent the spread of violence. Not in Our Name features video portraits of those who lost family members in Syria and Irak and follows discussions among youth from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan as young people in these countries reflect on experiences from a nearby conflict in town hall meetings.

The challenge Central Asian communities face from extremist groups is real. According to recent estimates, countries of the former Soviet Union were the single largest source of foreign fighters in the Syria/Iraq conflict -- more than neighboring states in the Middle East. With over 4,200 Central Asians joining the conflict, communities across the region have been and will continue to be exposed to the horrors of war and extremist ideological tendencies. The documentary follows Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Tajik, and Uzbek youth as they come to a deeper understanding of the challenges they face and consider what their options for collective action so that their communities can take a stand and declare "Not in Our Name."

This event is part of the Special Events Series of the 2018 Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with contributors. Conference registration is NOT required.

Moderator: Muhammad Tahir, Media Relations Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Tuesday, October 30

Cherry Blossoms, Traditions, Symbols, and Stories
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Presenter:
Ann McClellan, Author and Scholar of Cherry Blossoms
Location:
540 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Author Ann McClellan will explore the images and tales associated with the ethereal Japanese cherry blossoms. People have celebrated the blooming of these trees for more than 1000 years, and today they serve as instruments of diplomacy, as landscape enhancements, and as eternal signs of spring and romance.

Ann McClellan is the author of two definitive books about the Japanese cherry blossoms including the official book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, October 31

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

Thursday, November 1

Children 404, dir. Pavel Loparev and Askold Kurov
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

In response to Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s 2013 outlawing of “gay propaganda,” activist Elena Klimova created Children 404, an online forum for Russian-speaking LGBTQ teens.

The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship and the State
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
John Torpey is Professor of Sociology and History and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, CUNY
Location:
5201 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center

John Torpey will be discussing the new edition of his book The Invention of the Passport. Dr. Torpey is Professor
of Sociology and History and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, CUNY.

South Asia Speaker Series - Congress of Kings: Notes on a Painting Showing a Mughal Ruler Having Sex
Time:
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Presenter:
Kavita Singh
Location:
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Contact:
Lynn Kawaratani
Contact Email:
asia@pitt.edu

As part of our Year 3 Speaker Series of our South Asia Initiative, Dr. Kavita Singh, Professor of Art History and Dean of the School of Arts and Aesthetics Jawaharlal Nehru University will be speaking on the Congress of Kings: Notes on a Painting Showing a Mughal Ruler Having Sex.

Muhammad Shah Rangila, lord of a dwindling Mughal empire from 1719-1748, is remembered for his political incompetence as well as his great appetite for pleasure. Bolstering this reputation is a famous painting that shows him in sexual congress with an as yet unidentified woman. Although it appears at first as the record of an intimate moment, scholars have noted the stately symmetry of the image, the presence of witnesses, the retention of symbols of power such as the halo, huqqa and sword. All of these imply that this was a ceremonial portrait, more public than private in its intention. If this is so, by whom was this portrait meant to be seen, and what was it meant to show? How does this image intersect with earlier traditions of Mughal portraiture, and with earlier, public signs of the emperors' affections? Is this frank depiction of the Mughal emperor at all related to the pervasive interest in love and sexual love seen in Indic literary and visual arts? This lecture speculates on the possible meanings of this painting by placing it in the context of the emperor’s own biography as well as traditions of portraiture, music, poetry and medical and erotological literature circulating in Muhammad Shah’s time.

Bio of Speaker:
Kavita Singh is Professor of Art History and is currently serving as the Dean of the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she teaches courses on the history of Indian painting and the history and politics of museums. She has published essays on issues of colonial history, repatriation, secularism and religiosity, fraught national identities, and the memorialisation of difficult histories as they relate to museums in India and beyond. She has also published essays on aspects of Mughal painting.

Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4

Global Health Mini Course
Health and Well Being
Time:
5:00 pm to 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Please see schedule
Location:
2400 Sennott Square
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Global Health: Health and Well Being:PS 1903/29734
This course will examine food insecurity and malnutrition as a part of a larger discussion on how to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all ages. Sustainable Development goals 2 and 3 will be the primary focus of the course.The course is for 1 credit and will run Friday November 2- Sunday November 4 2018

Monday, November 5

Global Migration: The Case of the Volhynian Germans
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Jan Musekamp, DAAD Visiting Associate Professor
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall (History Department Lounge)
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and European Studies Center on behalf of
Careers in International Trade & Development: Asian Development Bank
Time:
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
Presenter:
Bart W. Édes, Representative of the North American Office, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Location:
115 Mervis Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and International Business Center
Contact:
Jacob Garcia
Contact Email:
jag292@pitt.edu

Bart W. Édes, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) Representative in North America since October 2017, is coming to the University of Pittsburgh to discuss careers, fellowships and more exciting opportunities with the Asian Development Bank. In his current role, Bart mobilizes financing for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB in Canada and the United States.

Tuesday, November 6

Traces in the Snow, dir. Vladimir Kozlov
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

The world's first documentary about Siberia's punk rock scene in the 1980s. It was a phenomenon of those times that this music existed thousands of miles away from the movement's epicenters in New York and London.

CLAS Cinema Series: Spider Thieves
Time:
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Spanish Film Club
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487391
Contact Email:
clascinema@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies presents the CLAS Cinema Series Fall 2018:
September 11 ... The Future Perfect
October 2 ... On the Roof
October 23 ... Eyes of the Journey
November 6 ... Spider Thieves
November 27 ... The Candidate
December 4 ... The Queen of Spain

Tuesdays at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
6:30 P.M. - Pizza
7:00 P.M. - Movie

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/
Free & Open to the Public!
English subtitles provided.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Pitt, CLAS CINEMA Series, and Spanish Film Club by Pragda

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/

Wednesday, November 7

Boxes & Walls
Time:
12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Digital Portfolio Information Sessions
Time:
6:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

The portfolio is an integrated element of the certificate experience. Students should begin their portfolio soon after enrollment in the GSC program. GSC in collaboration with other UCIS centers will hold three workshop sessions to help with aligning expectations and offering specific tips on how to traverse Wordpress to create a tailored portfolio. Mark your calendar for the following dates:
9/17/18, 6 pm, 4130 WWPH
10/9/18, 6 pm, 4217 WWPH
11/7/18, 6 pm, 4217 WWPH

Asia Pop Karaoke Night
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Thursday, November 8

Let's Talk Africa
Multi-cultural Education in Africa
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Adesoji Adeolu Oni
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program

Dr. Oni is a visiting professor at Robert Morris University this fall. He specializes in Sociology of Education. His area of research focus includes; social problems in education, Social change in education, social deviances/social disorganizations in education with particular focus on students’ secret cult in Nigeria.

Friday, November 9 to Saturday, November 10

Comparative European Governance: A Symposium in Honor of Alberta Sbragia
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

Various locations, see full program at: ucis.pitt.edu/esc/events/sbragia-symposium.

Tuesday, November 13

Conversations on Europe: Peace in Europe: 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
Careers in Cybersecurity: National Cyber-Forensic & Training Alliance (NCFTA)
Time:
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Sean Wolfgang, senior cybersecurity intelligence analyst at the National Cyber-Forensic and Training Alliance (NCFTA)
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Jacob Garcia
Contact Email:
jag292@pitt.edu

Sean Wolfgang, senior cybersecurity intelligence analyst at the National Cyber-Forensic and Training Alliance (NCFTA), is coming to the University of Pittsburgh to discuss transatlantic issues of cybersecurity and cooperation. Additionally, Sean will provide relevant details on careers in cybersecurity and how the field of study is evolving.

Wednesday, November 14

An Education in Diaspora: African Students in the USSR and the Queer Contours of Socialist Friendship in Sissako's "October" and "Rostov-Luanda
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Jennifer Wilson, Ohio State University
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with World History Center, Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

In “Oktyabr (October)” (1993) and “Rostov-Luanda” (1998), the Mauritanian film director Abderrahmane Sissako shines a light on the experiences of African students in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Sissako, like many young Africans at the time, studied in the Soviet Union in the 1980s on a “Socialist Friendship” scholarship, making these two very different films, one a work of fiction, the other a pseudo-documentary, divergent experiments in documenting the displaced self. Working within the frameworks of diasporic intimacy and queer diaspora, this talk explores “Oktyabr” and “Rostov-Luanda” as meditations on the uniquely constructed intinerancy of black communities in the Soviet Union, a distinctly "queer" transience all the more intensified by the peripatetic nature of student life.

Pittsburgh Good Neighbors
Social Impact Investing Panel
Time:
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:
Pitt Campus, O'Hara StudentCenter, Ballroom (2nd Floor)
Announced by:
Director's Office on behalf of

Interested in learning more about taking entrepreneurial action to help solve local, regional, national or global challenges? Students, alumni, and the Pittsburgh community are welcome to join us for a conversation with Pittsburgh impact investors a conversation with four Pittsburgh impact investors who will talk about the various forms and motivations for investing in mission-driven organizations…all of whom have helped Thread International’s journey from inspiration to impact

Thursday, November 15

The Goddess Performance
Time:
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

Tuesday, November 27

Youth's Revolt against the Non-Democratic Regimes
A Live Interview with Olena Nikolayenko, Fordham University
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Sean Guillory and Olena Nikolayenko
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Children’s Literature and Cultural Studies Program
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

At the turn of the twenty-first century, a tide of nonviolent youth movements swept across Eastern Europe demanding political change in repressive political regimes in Serbia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine that emerged since the collapse of communism. This live interview with Olena Nikolayenko will discuss these youth movements and their ability to mobilize citizens against the authoritarian governments on the eve of national elections.

CLAS Cinema Series: The Candidate
Time:
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Spanish Film Club
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487391
Contact Email:
clascinema@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies presents the CLAS Cinema Series Fall 2018:
September 11 ... The Future Perfect
October 2 ... On the Roof
October 23 ... Eyes of the Journey
November 6 ... Spider Thieves
November 27 ... The Candidate
December 4 ... The Queen of Spain

Tuesdays at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
6:30 P.M. - Pizza
7:00 P.M. - Movie

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/
Free & Open to the Public!
English subtitles provided.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Pitt, CLAS CINEMA Series, and Spanish Film Club by Pragda

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/

Thursday, November 29

Humanizing the Global; Globalizing the Human
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Laura Brueck, Chair, Asian Languages and Cultures Department; Associate Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Global Studies Center
Contact Phone:
412-648-5085
Contact Email:
global@pitt.edu

Laura Brueck, Chair, Asian Languages and Cultures Department; Associate Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture at Northwestern University

Will be presenting to the University of Pittsburgh, Global Studies Center.

Dr. Brueck specializes in modern and contemporary Hindi literature, with a particular focus on literatures of resistance, popular literatures, and translation studies.

Tuesday, December 4

Conversations on Europe: 25 Years of the European Single Market
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center
Careers in International Organizations & Policymaking: World Bank
Time:
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Dina El-Naggar, World Bank Communications Lead for the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Jacob Garcia
Contact Email:
jag292@pitt.edu

Dr. Dina El-Naggar, World Bank Communications Lead for the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice, is coming to the University of Pittsburgh to discuss the role and effective forms of policy communication in multilateral institutions. Dr. El-Naggar illuminate career opportunities for students within the World Bank and international organizations at large.

CLAS Cinema Series: The Queen of Spain
Time:
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Spanish Film Club
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487391
Contact Email:
clascinema@pitt.edu

The Center for Latin American Studies presents the CLAS Cinema Series Fall 2018:
September 11 ... The Future Perfect
October 2 ... On the Roof
October 23 ... Eyes of the Journey
November 6 ... Spider Thieves
November 27 ... The Candidate
December 4 ... The Queen of Spain

Tuesdays at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
6:30 P.M. - Pizza
7:00 P.M. - Movie

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/
Free & Open to the Public!
English subtitles provided.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Pitt, CLAS CINEMA Series, and Spanish Film Club by Pragda

For more information, visit: https://clascinema.weebly.com/

Tuesday, January 15

Conversations on Europe: The Finnish Education Model: What Can We Learn?
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center

Thursday, January 17

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

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

Presenting to University of Pittsburgh

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

Thursday, February 7

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

Tuesday, February 12

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

Friday, February 15

Gallery Talk: Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers
Time:
4:30 pm
Presenter:
Sylvaine Diouf and Ken Robbins
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
Contact:
Lynn Kawaratani
Contact Email:
asia@pitt.edu

Thursday, February 28

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 19

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

Friday, March 22 to Saturday, March 23

Symposium | Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
Varies
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Contact:
Kiersten Walmsley

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

Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6

American Hungarian Educators Association - 44th Annual Conference
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
Varies
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

Friday, April 12

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

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

Tuesday, April 16

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