August 24 | Fall 2020
Summer-in-Review
Racialized Police Violence in Global Perspective
Together with the Pitt Global Hub, we held virtual discussions each Wednesday in July, focusing on the recent wave of brutal police violence in the USA through a global lens. Our 87 participants discussed how the social construction of race, settler colonialism, racialized capitalism, and trends in transnational militarized policing help to shape contemporary policing practices in the USA.
Learning from COVID-19: Shaping a Health and Human Rights Agenda for our Region
Produced in partnership with the Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance and with local and national activist networks, these forums explored how inequities and discrimination that existed prior to the pandemic have been exacerbated by the crisis. The goal was to re-envision the kinds of social arrangements we need to ensure that our city and society prioritize equity and the human right to health, so that all members of our community can live dignified lives.
Interdisciplinary Global Educators Working Group
17 K-16 educators, across multiple disciplines, participated in this virtual program that enabled interdisciplinary teams of teachers, librarians, and curriculum development specialists from regional schools to collaborate on (re) designing curriculum units and courses to "globalize" student learning. Join us for a Virtual Showcase on September 9 at 6 PM to learn more about this year's projects! More information
on how to join will be sent separately.
Summer GSC Human Rights Internship
We teamed up with the Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance to offer summer internships for Pitt students. The program for engaged student learning put interns to work on issues ranging from city policies on policing to the SDGs, community organizing, mental health awareness amid the pandemic, and activist strategies for movement-building and communication. Through regular team meetings and individualized tasks and projects, the interns got first-hand experience in what it means to connect local to global, putting their global thinking skills to work in practical contexts. Special thanks to GSC faculty member Professor Jackie Smith (Sociology) for coordinating the internship group!
Faculty Fellow: Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez
Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad
Michele Reid-Vazquez, Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies, studies the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Atlantic World and Afro-Latinx History in the USA.

As the 2020-2021 GSC Faculty Fellow, Dr. Reid-Vazquez will convene an interdisciplinary webinar series entitled, "Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad." The webinar series – Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad – seeks to expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary exchange on contemporary and historical issues in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies.  Visit our website for future Faculty Fellow events.

Friday, October 2 | 1-2:30 PM - "Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Migration, Policing and Political Movements" co-moderated by Dr. Reid-Vazquez and Dr. George Reid Andrews, Distinguished Professor of History. (Virtual.)

 This webinar focuses on migration, policing, and political movements, particularly involving the experiences of Afro-Brazilians, Afro-Mexicans, and U.S.-based Afro-Latinxs. Scholars working at the intersections of Africana, Latinx, and Latin American studies will explore the ways that these issues overlap and impact Afro-Latin Americans and their diasporic communities in the U.S. 
 
The event is sponsored by the Global Studies Center, in collaboration with Hispanic Heritage Month and the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative (Department of Africana Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh. Featured panelists include: Dr. Eddie Bonilla, UCIS Postdoctoral Fellow in Latinx Studies at the University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Jennifer Jones of the University of Illinois at Chicago; Dr. Zachary Morgan of Penn State University; and Dr. Keisha-Khan Y. Perry of Brown University.

Register for the webinar here.
Global Academic Partnership (GAP): Dr. Adam Lowenstein
The Global Horror Studies Archival and Research Network
Dr. Lowenstein, Professor of English and Film and Media Studies, will work with colleagues to diversify and globalize the Horror Studies Archive recently created by Pitt's University Library System. The Global Horror Studies Archival and Research Network will be the first of its kind.

Horror is a truly global vocabulary. Each nation has its own historically- and culturally- specific inflections regarding horror, but nearly every country in the world has an artistic horror tradition of some kind that is recognizable through the lens of the others, and all are shaped by transnational influences and global developments.

Tentative Dates of (virtual) events are as follows -- check our website for the latest information!

August 24 - Exhibit with archival materials from the George A. Romero Collection Opens, co-sponsored with Pitt's University Library System
On view in-person in the newly renovated Dept. of Archives and Special Collections Gallery at Hillman Library

October 9 | 4 PM - "Horror Genre as Social Force" Information Session for students, faculty, staff and community members interested in learning more about the scholar community, co-sponsored with Pitt's University Honors College

October 13 | Time TBD - Reading with Daniel Kraus, co-author (with George A. Romero) of the new novel The Living Dead and co-writer (with Guillermo del Toro) of the novel, The Shape of Water, co-sponsored with Pitt's University Library System

October 17 | Time TBD - Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the pioneering horror film, Tales from the Hood, with the Pittsburgh resident, film's director Rusty Cundieff, co-sponsored with Pitt's University Honors College

October 20 | 7 PM - "Women in Horror" writers panel, featuring readings & conversations with four major women authors, including the award-winning Kathe Koja, co-sponsored with Pitt's University Library System

November 9 | Time TBD - "Women in Horror" workshop, with curators of the “Final Girls Berlin” film festival, one of the most influential women in horror film festivals in the world, co-sponsored with Pitt’s Horror Studies Working Group

November 11 | Time TBD - "Women in Horror" screening of new short films and conversation with the directors, representing countries from around the world, co-sponsored with Pitt’s Horror Studies Working Group
Snapshots from Living in Exile:
Pasts, Presents and Possible Futures
Dr. Simten Coşar, the inaugural faculty visitor under Pitt's newly-established Scholar at Risk (SAR) program, is launching this innovative oral history project this fall. The project will be to record interviews with exiled artists, authors, poets, and scholars residing in the City of Asylum, Pitt's generous partner in the SAR program. These histories will document the memory of City of Asylum through the eyes of its resident artists, capturing the flows of exile memories that shape the past, connect us to the present, and provide a stepping into the future. 

The work will provide a medium for amplifying diverse global voices by re-globalizing the stories of exile(s) as told in their own voices. A combination of academic narration, creative and artistic imageries, and documentary grandeur, this multi-method, participatory research will reveal the complex ways in which the global becomes local and the local global through immediate and mediated insight into the human experience.
Global Studies Mini/Pop-Up Courses Offerings
*Web-based and open to K-16 Educators, Pitt staff, students, and faculty, and members of the Global Studies community*
AFRCNA 0300 Racialized Policing
Pop-Up Course
Tuesdays at 3 PM

This course provides students with an opportunity to think about the most recent wave of brutal police violence in the United States in a global perspective. Expanding on our summer series, students will focus on topics such as racial capitalism, colonialism and settler colonialism, and transnational trends in militarized policing and police violence. Students who complete the course will appreciate how policing in the USA shapes and is shaped by global processes.

The pop-up course will kick off on September 15!

Global Health & Climate Change Mini-Course

November 6-8, All Day

This course uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to highlight the multi-faceted field of global health. The SDGs address everything from gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. In examining how health intersects with these goals, this course draws on the expertise of Pitt and CMU as well as health and sustainability practitioners. Students who complete the course will understand how climate and sustainability contribute to good health and well-being from an truly interdisciplinary perspective.
Public Art and Dissident Mini-Course
November 9, 11, 13 at 6 PM

Throughout our history, art and artists have resisted oppression, violence, injustice, and inequality. Some of the world’s most interesting art is on the streets and easily accessible to all. In this workshop we will discuss how protest art uses public space to engage in dialogue between the artist and the public. At an unprecedented moment in geopolitics, the work of public artists amplifies activism, resistance, and solidarity. Artists give context and vision to broad social movements, supporting those who have been marginalized and who need justice. Artists around the world question what is and why that transcends national boundaries and politics . We will examine works of Ai Wei Wei, Keith Herring, murals from Northern Ireland, to the Black Lives movement.
Student Programming
Global Studies Student Meet 'n Greets

A forum for existing, new, and interested GSC students to learn about new resources and programs, exchange information about classes, internships, student clubs, and give input on what you’d like to see from the Global Studies Center in the future. We will incorporate sessions with alumni to get their insights, representatives from student clubs, and faculty who teach courses for our certificates, among others.

Virtual sessions will focus on each of the Global Studies certificate concentrations, and students are welcome to join as many as they like. Mark your calendars!

Global Health and Health and Well Being, September 3 | 7 PM
Peace, Conflict and Security, September 14 | 7 PM
Politics and Economy, September 22 | 7 PM
Ecology and Sustainability, October 6 | 7 PM
Cultural Dynamics, October 8 | 7 PM

Contact Elaine if you represent a student organization that would like to speak at one of these sessions or has any questions.
Global Career Toolkit Series
Be prepared for life after Pitt!

This Fall series offers students programming and support for submitting competitive applications to graduate programs, networking with professionals working in variety of fields, and presenting oneself professionally.

Also, use our Global Guide to identify internship opportunities locally and globally and link to our over 900 alumni working throughout the world via LinkedIn. Keep an eye on the Global Studies Canvas Course for a forthcoming calendar of important fellowship deadlines. 
Community and K-12 Educator Programming
Global Issues Through Literature (GILS)
Moving: Exploring Global Migration Narratives

This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and particants brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 PM. Books and Act 48 credit are provided. Contact Maja with any questions.

Save the following dates - registration and titles coming soon here.

October 15
November 19
December 17
February 18
April 22
May 20
Faculty News and Funding Opportunities
Global Studies Faculty Salon

Friday, September 11 | 4-6 PM

Join us for a virtual happy hour for great company and conversation! Not only are these events fun, they help us to build up the Global Studies program and our community at Pitt by giving us a chance to learn more about your work and how we might support it. It's a great way to meet people with shared or complementary interests, and for us to hear your suggestions about what we might do to enrich and encourage exciting research, teaching, and programs on campus and beyond. Feel free to invite a colleague.

Be on the lookout in our Weekly News and website for a link to join!
AY 20-21 Funding For Faculty

The Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grant provides $40,000 over two years to help Pitt scholars build and sustain meaningful global partnerships, to enrich the intellectual environment at Pitt through bringing innovative events and programming to campus, and to support and amplify the priorities of the Global Studies Center (applications due March 1).

The Global Studies Faculty Fellowship promotes transnational research by providing an outstanding affiliated faculty member with up to $15,000 to stage scholarly events or projects; a course release; and, an additional $5,000 for related research, travel, or curricular development (applications due December 1).

New this year, we will provide small groups of faculty members with up to $4,000 to support new and early collaborations oriented to applications for internal or external funding in the future. These collaborative grants are intended to facilitate interdisciplinary global scholarship. The application will be simple and straightforward, and the award will include basic administrative and logistical support of the kind that can be crucial in the early stages of new collaborations. We will also provide small grants up to $2,000 for faculty members to support innovative projects for engaged student learning. Details and deadline forthcoming.

Finally, we will continue to award small research and travel grants this year – though with the caveat that we must follow the University’s guidance on travel. A limited number of grants will be available on a rolling basis.

2020-21 Student Ambassadors
Noah Fitzpatrick | Undergraduate Student Representative
'21 Economics and Philosophy, BA

Noah focuses on recruitment, supporting resources, and programming for undergraduate students. A Pittsburgh, PA native, Noah is an undergraduate senior with majors in Economics and Philosophy and, within the Global Studies program, is pursuing a certificate focusing in Politics and Economy.
Annette Han | Assessment
'22 Social and Comparative Analysis in Education, PhD

Annette develops quantitative assessments and analyzes data to understand the Center's outcomes. Annette is a third-year PhD student in the School of Education and an M.S. graduate in Applied Statistics, with a passion for advancing educational equality and reducing poverty and economic disparity.
Eunjoo Oh| Engagement
'21 Social and Comparative Analysis in Education, MEd

Eunjoo works on engagement activities for the Center, including Governor’s School, Mini-course, and alumni network. Eunjoo is a second-year Master’s candidate in SCAE with interest in global education as well as equity in education.
Josephine Syring | Logistics & Information
'21 Master of Public and International Affairs, GSPIA

Josephine works as the GSC’s information and logistics specialist. Originally from Frankfurt, Germany, Josephine is in her second year at GSPIA and the Information Science School, focusing on her research in Cyber Policy. 
Keith Reimink | Media Production
'22 Social and Comparative Analysis in Education, MEd

Keith works on visual material for the Center, turning lectures into educational materials, interviewing students and alumni, and archiving testimonials from the university and the community. A native of West Michigan, Keith is pursuing a degree in education with a focus on digital content and curricula creation.
Ryan Peters | Communications
'21 Master of Public Administration, GSPIA

Ryan works on all things communications for the Center, from social media to writing the weekly news that pops into your inboxes every Monday morning. A Syracuse, NY native, Ryan is a second-year Master's candidate in GSPIA with a focus on social policy and mix-methods policy analytics.
Mark your Calendars for our Spring Mini-Course!
Transforming Cities: Cities and Sustainability Mini-Course
January 22-24, 2021 | All Day

 This course continues our series on cities, focusing on how cities can be transformed through an innovative focus on health, sustainability, and climate change. Cities can play a significant role in tackling climate change through promoting low-emissions growth and clean energy and adopting sustainable approaches to resource utilization, transportation, and consumption -- all of which also promote the health of their residents. Led by Pitt and CMU faculty and by practitioners working in the field, the course is a must for anyone concerned with the future of cities and of our planet!
In Memoriam: Maxine Bruhns, 1924-2020