Dear Global Studies students, faculty, staff, friends:
Happy 2016! As we begin the new year, it is my pleasure to welcome you back and to introduce this Spring 2016 Global Studies Newsletter. In it, you will find news about some of our faculty and students and announcements regarding upcoming programs and opportunities offered by the Center. Some highlights include:
- "Coevality: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change", a series of public events conceived and organized by our inaugural Global Studies Faculty Fellow, Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory;
- "International and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Prolonged Solitary Confinement," a conference organized by Professor Jules Lobel of the School of Law and supported by a Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grant from Global Studies;
- "Moving: Gendered Experiences of Migration, Gentrification, and Displacement," a conference sponsored by Global Studies Center's Kabak Endowment Fund;
- our upcoming weekend mini-course on Muslims in America (part of our ongoing Muslims in a Global Context series);
- our ongoing International Career Toolkit series;
- "Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human", an ongoing series of public lectures linked to the Center's faculty development seminar.
There is much more as well. For faculty, we are recruiting next year's Global Studies Faculty Fellow as well as accepting applications for the revamped GAP grant program, which provides up to $40,000 in support for innovative, interdisciplinary projects related to our foci of inequalities, global health, and human rights/human security. For students, we are co-sponsoring two undergraduate research symposia in collaboration with the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) and with the Global Studies Center at Penn State University. We are also accepting applications for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) fellowships for the study of less commonly taught languages (awards available for Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili, or Turkish), for travel awards, and for the Newman Award for international intergenerational projects. For more information click here.
We have many programs available for the broader community as well. The Center continues its Global Issues through Literature for K-12 teachers and its CERIS Book Discussion series for teachers and regional college faculty this spring; for K-12 students, Global Studies will again organize and host the International Marketing Competition (with the Katz School's International Business Center) and the University of Pittsburgh's Summer Institute on Global Issues. Also, for the first time this spring, the Center will sponsor a Moot International Criminal Court competition in collaboration with the Center for International Legal Education.
Introducing this newsletter is one of my final acts as Interim Director of the Global Studies Center for calendar year 2015; this semester we welcome back our returning Director, Professor Nancy Condee. It has been my honor and pleasure to work with the Center's outstanding professional staff, with colleagues in UCIS, and with so many Global Studies stakeholders - students, faculty, teachers, and members of the wider Pittsburgh, national, and global communities. I look forward to continuing these collaborations in the months and years to come.
Dr. Michael Goodhart
Interim Director, Global Studies Center (NRC Title VI, FLAS)
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Each year, the GSC selects one outstanding University of Pittsburgh faculty member whose scholarship supports the Center's research, curricular, and outreach priorities. This award is designed to advance and showcase faculty research related to GSC's themes. The fellowship will provide up to $5,000 for travel, research, and curricular development and up to an additional $15,000 in support of a major scholarly event (e.g., workshop, conference, exhibition, performance, seminar, research collaboration). For further details on the next Faculty Fellow competition, please visit
The current Fellow, Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, is using his award to support a public discussion on the theme Coevality: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change. For upcoming symposia and lectures in the Coevality series, please see this section.
Global Academic Partnership (GAP) Grant
The Global Academic Partnership (GAP), first launched in the fall of 2001, is an initiative of the Global Studies Center at the University Center for International Studies, and the Office of the Provost at the University of Pittsburgh. Since AY 2012-13, the program has included additional award funding from the Japan Iron and Steel Federation Endowment in cooperation with the Asian Studies Center.
The GAP program is designed to help Pitt scholars build and sustain meaningful global partnerships; to enrich the intellectual environment at Pitt by bringing innovative events and programming to campus; and to support and amplify the priorities of the Global Studies Center. The program supports academic events at the University of Pittsburgh that are interdisciplinary in approach, global in scope, and involve international partners.
GAP has been significantly revamped for the competition for AY 2016-17 funding. While we will make up to two "traditional" GAP awards, providing up to $20,000 to sponsor a scholarly conference or workshop, we will begin making two-year awards of up to $40,000 to support two academic years of innovative and integrated programming in a variety of formats. We have also relaxed many of the criteria regarding faculty eligibility ad international partnerships.
For additional details on the restructured GAP program and application, please click
. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Faculty Development Seminar
Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human
As part of the Provost's Year of the Humanities initiative, the GSC, in cooperation with the Humanities Center, is hosting a year-long faculty development workshop entitled "Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human." The purpose of the seminar is to bring colleagues from the humanities and the social sciences together for a series of lectures and workshops in which they will jointly explore questions that highlight the urgency of thinking globally about the humanities and humanistically about globalization. The two sessions during the fall term focused on "The Black Radical Tradition: Freedom, Emancipation and the Question of the Human," by Anthony Bogues, and "Influenza (1918) and Plague (1348): Episodes in World History," by Siddharth Chandra and Patrick Manning. The spring term lectures in the Seminar series will be publicized in our upcoming Weekly News and Events issues. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the Weekly News distribution list.
GSC Faculty Salon: "Wine and Guidelines":
Faculty Awards Information for 2016-2018
Thursday, February 4, 4:30 pm, 4100 Posvar Hall
Faculty are invited to the next installment of our Global Studies Faculty Salon, an informal, late-afternoon occasion for socializing with colleagues who share research interests. The February Salon will be an effort to bring colleagues together in a relaxed setting to explore upcoming faculty support opportunities including GSC's Faculty Fellowship and Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grants. You might see some familiar faces as well as meet new people from many departments and schools around the University. You might even discover potential collaborators on future GAP grants or other joint projects. If you know of colleagues who share an interest in research collaborations and cross-disciplinary work, please invite them to join us as well.
Please let us know by Monday, February 1 if you plan to attend with an email to Global Studies Center. Last minute decisions to participate are also welcome!
Muslims in a Global Context: Amer
Friday-Sunday, March 18-20, 2016, Sennott Square, Room 2400, University of Pittsburgh
Muslims in America is a one-credit mini course consisting of 14 hours of classes over a weekend, with a major paper assignment to be completed for credit. This course is created for undergraduate and graduate students. However, K-12 educators, business and community members are welcome to attend all or sections of the course for free.
For additional details including course description and learning outcomes, please visit Global Studies website. Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center, Carnegie Mellon University, and the U.S. Department of Education.
International Career Toolkit Series
"Careers in Social Impact"
Friday, January 22, 2016, 3:00 pm, 4217 Posvar Hall
Participants include Adriana Lamorte, Manager of Strategic Programs and Global Affairs of L'Hopital Albert Schweitzer (Haiti); Dawn Brubaker, Lead Service Coordinator and Trainer for the Refugee and Immigrant Department of Je
wish Family an
d Children's Services; and Kheir Mugwaneza, Director of the Refugee Resettlement Program at Northern Area Multi- Service Center.
"Career Networking in Washington, DC."
Thursday-Friday, February 25-26, 2016
Global Studies and African Studies are partnering to host a series of job talks and career networking meetings in Washington, DC. We will visit the US State Department, USAID, and more.
"Getting Ready for Graduate School"
Friday, March 18, 2016, 3:00 pm, 4217 Posvar Hall
World Business Career Town Hall and Networking Event
Friday, January 29, 2016, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm, University Club, Ballroom B
Cost: free, but registration is required.
Focus: how humanities skills provide a competitive advantage for Pitt students who want to pursue a business career.
Format: two panels followed by a networking hour with panelists and audience members.
Heidi Bartholomew, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Pitt Business;
Susan Bellville, AVP, Strategic Marketing Research and Competitive Intelligence at PNC Bank;
Sabina C. Coraluppi, Director of Operations, Chorus Call, Inc.;
David Iwiniski Jr., Managing Director, Blue Water Growth LLC;
Suzie Pegg, Vice President, Global Marketing, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development;
Ryan Will, Director EPM Transformation, The Hackett Group.
Co-sponsors: Global Studies Center, International Business Center, and Year of the Humanities initiative (Office of the Provost).
Hot Topics Over Coffee informal discussion with faculty
"Where do U.S. Presidential Candidates Stand on Global Issues?"
Friday, February 12, 2016, 3:30 pm, 4217 Posvar Hall
Faculty will lead an informal discussion on the impact of the elections. Also, learn about how to get involved in the 2016 election on campus and in Pittsburgh. Turkish coffee served!
2016 CERIS Un
aduate Research Symposium: Insight and Perspectives of Mu
slim Societies & Communities
Saturday, April 9, 201
6, Duquesne Union, Duquesne University
Abstracts due: March 2
Papers due: March 30, 201
The CERIS Undergradu
ate Research Symposium
encourages undergraduate students to advance their research experience and gives them an opportunity to develop their presentation skills. The forum also provides a networking opp
ortunity among faculty and students with interests in historical and contemporary issues related to Muslims or the Islamic world. The four themes that the URS will emphasize in 2016 are:
* Politics, Policies, and Social Change
* Cultural and Artistic Representations
* Emerging Economies and Innovative Technologies
* Theology, Doctrine, and Practice
For additional details, please visit this link. Co-sponsored by the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) and hosted by the Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue (CCMD) at Duquesne University.
2016 Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium: Global Eyes: Critical Perspectives of an Interconnected World
Monday, April 11, 2016, Pennsylvania State University
Abstracts due: February 26, 2016
Papers due: TBD
The symposium will include a keynote lecture, student presentations, and student networking. Global Studies will provide transportation.
The symposium will highlight student research on the complex array of social forces that characterize our increasingly interconnected world and will provide networking for students and faculty who are shaping how we approach these important topics and/or will provide leadership in the study of global issues in the future.
We encourage a wide variety of research topics on diverse areas including (but not limited to) the economy, gender, health, education, politics, media, nationalism, ethnicity, spirituality, and community. We invite papers from various disciplines within humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional schools that address the theme of interconnectedness. Submissions that employ diverse theories, genres, and methodologies of research in a plurality of historical and geographical contexts are encouraged.
Once abstracts are submitted and approved, papers will be clustered according to general themes that emerge. While we are not giving out awards, notable papers from each cluster will be highlighted on the Global Studies Center's website. Check back as more information will be forthcoming. Do not hesitate to inquire if you have questions about paper topics or symposium logistics. Contact either:
Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
Center for Global Studies, Pennsylvania State University
"Pitt Trivia" is an internationally-themed competition for undergraduate s
tudent teams as part of International Week. It was hosted this past November 16 at the William Pitt Union for approximately 300 student
s by the University Center for International Studies. First place team winners received Apple watches! We look forward to making this an ongoing event, so stay tuned for the second annual competition coming this fall.
February 19 2016, 4217 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Who is All
by Bruce B. Lawrence
We begin with a light dinner at 5:00 pm, followed by a discussion, wrapping up around 8:00 pm. The February 19th meeting will take place at the University of Pittsburgh, 4217 Posvar Hall. Educators can participate via videoconference or in person.
Our Faculty Readers' Forum provides cross-disciplinary reading materials - including books, articles, and papers related to Islamic studies - and a venue for discussion and exchange of ideas. Our long term goal is to broaden current course curricula at member institutions to include Islamic Studies content in ongoing courses and/or the creation of new courses.
CERIS provides 15 free copies of the book being discussed. Those who receive a free book should attend the discussion in person or via videoconference. Registration is available
Coevality: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change
Does the Framework Convention on Climate Change, formally affirmed by 195 nations in Paris on December 12, 2015, signal a turning point in our ability to work in the common interests of all sentient beings and of the worlds in which we live? The negotiators acknowledged the inequalities evident between and within nations, the differences between cultures, individual and group diversity, and the uneven development of institutions, while at the same time presumed the equal value of all parties, places, and polities. The Convention creates a framework for a process for addressing the global problem of climate change that, if followed closely, will be pursued in the same spirit in which it was conceived--one that affirmed, rather than denied, coevalness in all relationships.
How generalizable is this spirit in our closely connected yet highly differentiated, rapidly expanding yet deeply inequitable, global (dis)order? What does coevality have to offer as a basis for a truly contemporary politics, sociality, economic exchange, or aesthetic creativity? Coevality: Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change is a research project, a graduate seminar, and a series of public lectures and symposia offered by University of Pittsburgh faculty, students, and a number of distinguished visitors. We will pursue a carefully focused reconceptualization of the concept of coevality, and of the host of ideas with which it is associated, situating them within a realistic read of the settings--social, economic, political, artistic--in which coevalness must operate today.
The events will be led by the inaugural Global Studies Faculty Fellow, Terry Smith, who is Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory. They are presented in cooperation with relevant departments, and will be offered as contributions to the Year of the Humanities in the University.
The upcoming spring term events include:
Monday, February 29, 6-8PM (Frick Fine Arts Lecture Theatre): Terry Smith, lecture "Our Present Contemporaneity: Divisive Difference and the Emergent Commons."
7:30PM Reception in Frick Fine Arts Cloister
Thursday, March 24, 4:15-6PM (Frick Fine Arts Lecture Theatre): Terry Smith and T.J. Demos, symposium "Global Climate Justice and World Art;" session one (Smith) on "World Picturing by Contemporary Artists;" session two (Demos) on "The Post-Natural Condition: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology;" and session three Panel (Smith and Demos).
6:00PM Reception in Frick Fine Arts Cloister
Friday, April 1, 1-6PM (venue TBA): Amy J. Elias and Christian Moraru, symposium "Planetarity: Reframing Global Coevalness;" session one (Elias and Moraru) on "The Planetary Turn;" session two (Elias) (topic TBD); and session three (Moraru) on "Coevalness and Critical Chronography."
The Coevality events continue in the fall term on Thursday-Friday, October 6-7: Peter Singer and Terry Smith, symposium "Ethics on a World Scale;" lecture (Singer) "Coevality: Ethical Being in Times of Total Change," followed by Global Studies Faculty Fellow conversation (Singer and Smith) (dates to be confirmed).
The Coevality series is co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center, the Office of the Provost's Year of the Humanities initiative, the Humanities Center, and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.
Working Conference: "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Violence: Crossing Boundaries and Bridging Divides"
Thursday-Friday, March 17-18, 2016, University of Pittsburgh
If interested in applying to participate in the conference, please send an email with the following information:
1. Name, University title and affiliation, contact information
3. Brief explanation of your interest in attending the conference, how you can contribute, and how you see it benefiting your scholarship
4. If you would like to present a work-in-progress, please include a title and brief abstract, description, or vision for this work. Application deadline is January 15, 2016.
Co-sponsored by Center for Urban Education, Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Ford Institute for Human Security, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, Global Studies Center, Graduate School of Public Health, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Magee Women's Hospital, Magee Women's Research Institute, School of Law, School of Social Work, UPMC Center for Health Security, and UPMC Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine.
Conference: "Moving: Gendered Experiences of Migration, Gentrification, and Displacement"
Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 2016, University of Pittsburgh, (venue/room TBD)
This workshop sponsored by the Kabak Endowment Fund and the Global Studies Center focuses on gendered experiences of moving, especially the changes, challenges, and conflicts that women encounter and the ways that they address them. Bringing together scholars from out of town with local academics and activists, the event will go beyond the tendency to treat cross-border migration and refugee resettlement in relative isolation from gentrification and displacement and will relate developments in North America and the wider world to what's happening in and around Pittsburgh.
Conference: "International and Cross Disciplinary Perspectives on Prolonged Solitary Confinement"
Friday-Saturday, April 15-16, 2016, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Barco Law Building, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh.
This international conference will address international and cross-disciplinary perspectives on prolonged solitary confinement. It will bring together leading legal academics, UN officials, social and political scientists, prison experts, prison managers in Europe and the United States, psychologists, neuroscientists, former prisoners and activists from around the world to discuss the legality, advisability, history, and alternatives to solitary confinement. Specific themes to be explored in-depth include: the international legal norms with respect to solitary confinement of prisoners; the experiences of various countries both historically and in the current context with the use of solitary confinement; the psychological, medical and neurological effects of long term solitary confinement; new and cutting edge research showing that social isolation not only has mental effects, but physical and neurological impacts as well; and the penological alternatives to solitary confinement.
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Global Studies Center, and the UC Criminal Justice and Health Consortium.
Conference: "Ninth Meeting of the Global Studies Consortium"
Thursday-Sunday, June 16-19, 2016, University of Pittsburgh, (venue/room TBD)
Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Consortium, Global Studies Center, and the World History Center.
Spring 2016 Outreach Events
Global Educators Meeting
Thursday, January 21, 5:00 pm, 2016, Global Switchboard
We would like to invite you to take part in our second meeting of fellow K-12 educators that are interested in discussing and sharing ideas on global education. Incr
easingly, schools are trying to create opportunities for students to develop global competencies necessary to the exercise of responsible and engaged citizenship. The purpose of these meetings is to get fellow educators in the room to discuss issues of global education, best practices, and resources. We want to build this community of collaboration and cooperation together and look to include both teachers as well as globally minded businesses throughout the state. If you can't join us in person, teleconferencing will be available. To register, please click on the following link:
Global Studies Educator Meeting 1/21
In the future, we intend to rotate the location to venues that highlight a variety of globally related educational institutions, businesses, and organizations. We hope you can join the discussion!
Global Issues t
hrough Literature: Migration, Gentrification, and Displacement
ary 4, Ma
h 3, April 7, and TBA for the May date, 5:00-8:00 pm,
4217 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
How do people deal with the challenges of moving across borders; s
g others move into the places where they live; and perhaps having to move elsewh
ere as a result? What is the relationship between these different kinds of moving and the ways that people experience them? And what factors are most significant in shaping such relationships and experiences?
In our workshop, we will explore these questions and others that they generate while reading the following novels: Hopes and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Enrique's Journey, Americanah, and Them. The books will be provided for free.
Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach
Saturday, February 6, 8:30-3:30 pm, 2016, 4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Cost: $145 per person. First 15 people to register receive discounted rate of $95. Price includes two units ($78 value), lunch, 7-hour certificate of attendance, and all workshop materials. A limited number of scholarships are available for pre-service teachers (contact Mimi Stephens).
Who should attend: History, Civics, Geography, Government and other Social Studies teachers, as well as Humanities teachers, are the target audience. Materials are appropriate for grades 7-12.
During the workshop, you will:
- Be introduced to the Choices Program's award-winning resources and approach to teaching about contested international issues;
- Examine and work with the Choices units "China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response" and "The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam" (provided);
- And network with exemplary colleagues in social studies education from across the state.
This is a participatory workshop, so come ready to be engaged and inspired! More information and registration is available on the Choices Program website.
Co-sponsored by University of Pittsburgh's National Consortium for Teaching About Asia Site and the Global Studies Center.
Community College Faculty Development Seminar
Friday, February 12, 2016, Community College of Beaver County
This year our focus will be on preparing to meet the needs of international students. Faculty and staff from Pitt will share insight about admission practices, orienting international students, and working with them throughout their educational experience.
This is the second annual curriculum development workshop connected with the US Department of Education-sponsored Title VI National Resource Center project to internationalize our college campuses.
Teacher Forum on Internationalizing the K-12 Classroom
Saturday, April 9, 2016, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
The University Center for International Studies will host a Teacher Forum on Internationalizing the K-12 Classroom. The forum will provide educators, either as an individual participant or as a team of two, with the opportunity to present a project or lesson with a regional or global focus that they have used in the classroom. The project or lesson should focus on one or more of the following objectives: build understanding and awareness of other cultures; analyze multiple perspectives; communicate effectively across diverse groups; or take action on an international or global issue.
Educators will participate in a carousel poster presentation competition in the morning session. During this time educators will have the opportunity to learn from one another's lessons, while also engaging in a judged competition. Each team will be allowed two to three minutes to present their lesson to a set of judges. Following the morning presentations, educators will participate in a number of workshops that focus on internationalizing the K-12 classroom lead by University of Pittsburgh faculty as well as highly qualified teachers from the region.
At the end of the day, all participants will gather together for the awards ceremony. One winner will be selected from each division - elementary, middle, and high school. Each winner will be awarded $500.00.
Enter your project or lesson(s) and show us how you engage students in global awareness, inspire cross-cultural competence, and prepare students for the 21st century!
Click here to submit an application now.
rnational Criminal Court (ICC) Competition
Friday-Saturday, April 22-23, 2016, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh
The High School Moot International Criminal Court (ICC) Competition is designed to introduce high
school students to the work of the ICC and how important international human rights issues are dealt with in an international criminal justice context. The competition is a closed-research process, with sources, including case law, journal articles, and factual information being completely provided to students. This is designed to encourage students to focus on a careful consideration of the human rights issues raised by the questions presented. Students will be required to prepare a four-page memorial as well as oral arguments as if they were legal counsel before the Appeals Chamber of the ICC. It is important to note that the rules of the competition do not perfectly mirror the ICC's Rules of Procedure, as they have been adjusted to reflect the unique nature of a high school moot court competition focusing on international criminal issues.
Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the Center for International Legal Education.
tional Marketing Competition
April 26, 2016, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
The Global Studies Center and the International Business Center (IBC) work with high school langu
age and social sciences teachers to introduce international business concepts to students through an international marketing competition. It culminates in an interscholastic competition hosted by the Global Studies Center and the IBC at Pitt, where students present their marketing plans for a Bayer product in front of fellow competitors and a panel of judges from the academic and business communities, as well as answer audience questions. The teams that win first, second, and third place in the final each receive awards recognizing their hard work.
Going Global: an Exploration of Global Issues
June 13-July1 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm), 2016
University of Pittsburgh
Application deadline: April 30, 2016
The University of Pittsburgh's summer program on global issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Created for students entering their junior or senior year in high school, this innovative program is a three-week, interactive course focusing on both contemporary global issues and critical language skills. Through problem-solving activities and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them. Students will acquire greater global competence, cross-cultural understanding and language proficiency - key skills needed to succeed in a global knowledge economy.
Full and partial needs-based financial aid scholarships will be available. The program is sponsored by the Global Studies Center at the University Center for International Studies. For more information, please contact Veronica Dristas.
Funding: Application Dates and Deadlines
Listing of application dates and deadlines to remember
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)
Undergraduate FLAS Academic Year Applications Deadline: February 15, 2016
Undergraduate FLAS Summer Applications Deadline: March 4, 2016
Graduate FLAS Academic Year Applications Deadline: February 15, 2016
Graduate FLAS Summer Applications Deadline: March 4, 2016
The GSC awards FLAS Fellowships for an academic year or summer study to undergraduate and graduate students. FLAS Fellowships provide a stipend, tuition remission and medical insurance for students studying one of the following Less Commonly Taught Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Swahili and Turkish. For additional details on the application process, please visit here.
For FLAS related questions, please contact Veronica Dristas
Newman Award for International Intergenerational Project Initiatives
Deadline: March 15, 2016
The Newman Award provides up to $1,000 to defray the expense of international travel incurred by University of Pittsburgh graduate and rising undergraduate students involved in an academic project with an international intergenerational component (not conference participation). Applicants must also be enrolled in a UCIS certificate program. Intergenerational projects involve the participation of a community's older and younger persons in planned, ongoing interactions that address a social issue confronting the community. Application details are available here
. For questions, please contact Dr. Thomas Allen
Global Studies Student Ambassador (GSSA) Fellowship
Deadline: March 18, 2016
Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the GSC's certificate program are eligible to apply for a GSSA Fellowship. Contingent upon funding, the Fellowship will provide a partial tuition remission for the fall 2016 term and (upon approval of student's performance as a GSSA) the spring 2017 term in exchange for ten hours work per week. Additional details and the application process are available here
. Questions should be directed to Elaine Linn
GSC Domestic Travel Fund for Students
GSC provides grants up to $500 for domestic travel within the U.S. for students enrolled in the center's certificate or BPhil program. Supported activities include presenting at or attending conferences, workshops or symposia; or conducting research related to the student's global focus. Grant funds must be expended by June 30th. Additional information and applications are available here. Questions should be directed to Elaine Linn .
GSC Tuition Remission for Graduate Students Studying Less Commonly Taught Languages
The center offers a supplemental tuition remission to cover the equivalent of one to five credits of LCTL study. Students must be studying one of the following LCTLs: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Swahili and Turkish and be enrolled in the GSC certificate program. Additional details and application are available here.
Please contact Elaine Linn
Carl Malmberg Fellowship
Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Carl Malmberg Fellowship (named after Carl Paul Malmberg, a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho) brings an accomplished professional from Lesotho to the University of Pittsburgh at an early point in her or his career for an academic term of non-degree non-credit study (fall 2016 or spring 2017) and internship related to community health care. The Fellowship provides support for international transportation, lodging, health insurance and a stipend to cover food and living expenses. Additional details are viewable here
. All questions concerning the Fellowship should be directed to Dr. Thomas Allen
H.J. Heinz Company Foundation Fellowships
Master's Program Deadline: please check the deadline for the school and academic year you intend to apply for.
Heinz Fellowships are granted to individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit or private sectors. The Fellowship is aligned with specific Master's programs of Pitt professional schools. The GSC no longer directly accepts Heinz applications. If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship, please indicate that when submitting your Master's program application. Pitt professional schools with potential Heinz support include the Graduate School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Law and the School of Nursing. Fellows will receive one to two years of support in the form of a living stipend and a program and professional activities fund. Additional information can be viewed here.
Questions may be directed to Dr. Thomas Allen
In addition to the grants above offered or administered by Global Studies, the University Center for International Studies offers the following support opportunities:
International Studies Fund (ISF)
Deadline: March 15, 2016
ISF funds support student research on international issues or in international settings up to $1,000. "International" is defined as relating to another country or culture, comparative analysis covering more than one country or culture, studies of international relations or of transnational activities, or studies which examine topics related to global issues. Full-time graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh from all schools and campuses are eligible to submit a proposal, including international degree-seeking students. ISF grants may not be used for tuition, language study, internships and other non-research related expenses; nor for conference, workshop or symposium travel. Full details can be viewed here.
For questions, please contact
Nationality Rooms Scholarships
Deadline: January 21, 2016 (graduate)
Nationality Rooms Scholarships enable Pitt students to immerse themselves in a foreign culture for a period of five weeks or more. Programs submitted must be acceptable for course credit. Further details can be viewed here
. For questions, please contact Cristina Lagnese
Study Abroad Scholarships
Deadline for SAO Scholarships (which differ from SAO program application deadlines): Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 - March 4, 2016
The Study Abroad Office offers a limited number of scholarships to help support students wishing to study abroad who need financial support. The scholarships are competitive and will not cover the entire cost of a program. Additional details are available here
. Questions should be directed to the Study Abroad Office
Faculty Grants Competition
In spring 2016, GSC is offering five types of competitive grants to eligible Pitt faculty affiliated with the center. Arts and Sciences and professional school faculty whose research and teaching are related to one or more of the following foci are eligible: Global Health, Human Rights/Human Security, and Inequalities. Additional details on the grant programs for Pitt faculty can be seen here
, and for community college and minority serving institutions (MSI) faculty here
. All questions concerning the grant programs may be directed to Dr. Thomas Allen
Deadline for spring grant competitions: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
1. Global Studies Faculty Fellow: maximum $20,000
2. Global Academic Partnership (GAP) Grants: maximum $40,000
3. Domestic Travel Grants for Community College and MSI Faculty: maximum $500
4. International Travel Grants for Community College and MSI Faculty: maximum $2,000
5. Study Abroad Scholarships for Community College and MSI Faculty: maximum $2,000
CERIS Curriculum Development Grants
A total of $2,000 will be available for small grants. To receive updates from CERIS, please contact Elaine Linn
. More information is available here
In addition to the grants above offered or administered by Global Studies, the University Center for International Studies offers the following support opportunity:
Hewlett International Grant Program
Deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2016
Hewlett awards include small grants ($500 and $1,500), large grants (up to $3,500), and major impact grants (up to $5,000). Additional details are available here
Questions may be addressed to
Bowman Faculty Grants for Research Abroad
Deadline: Monday, February 29, 2016
The Bowman Faculty Grants for Research are biennial grants awarded to University of Pittsburgh faculty members to enhance the quality of their teaching or to develop new courses through research abroad. Ten grants of $2,000 each are available to full-time faculty members who have been teaching for at least one year at the University of Pittsburgh. They are funded by an endowment in memory of Chancellor John Gabbert Bowman. To learn more about the grants, click here.
- Elena Baylis, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Semester in DC Program in the School of Law, published the article "What Internationals Know: Improving the Effectiveness of Post-Conflict Justice Initiatives," in the Washington University Global Studies Law Review available at here.
- Jerome Branche, Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, edited and published the book Black Writing, Culture, and the State in Latin America, Vanderbilt University Press. He also organized and convened the GAP-supported 8th International Cultural Studies Conference on "Post-Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic" on November 6-7.
, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and Academic Director of the Center for International Legal Education, participated as a member of the U.S. Delegation in the Working Group on Judgments of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, in The Hague, Netherlands on October 26-30. The Delegation negotiated a draft convention on the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. It is anticipated that the convention draft will be approved by the Hague Conference Council in the spring of 2016 for submission to a Special Commission for purposes of completing a final convention text.
Luke Condra and Sera Linardi, Assistant Professors in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, with Mohammad Isaqzadeh of American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, received the Best Paper in Comparative Politics award by the Midwest Political Science Association for their paper "Clerics and Scriptures: Experimentally Disentangling the Influence of Religious Authority in Afghanistan."
Michael Glass, Lecturer in the Urban Studies Program, edited a Special Issue of the International Journal of Geography in Higher Education on the "Practices and Challenges in International Geography Field Courses." The issue is available at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cigh20/39/4 and includes Dr. Glass's article "Teaching Critical Reflexivity in Short-Term International Field Courses."
Bernard Goldstein, Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, was a Visiting Professor at the University of Cologne's Department of Political Science and European Affairs during May-June and September-October. During the Visiting Professorship, Dean Goldstein published and presented on his studies comparing the EU and US approaches to shale gas production.
John Markoff, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, contributed two entries to the new edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences: "Archival Methods" and "Revolutions." In May, he also spoke on recent and permanent issues for democracy at the University of Santiago de Compostela and on the future of Spanish democracy at Seville's Pablo de Olavide University.
Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History, was awarded the John E. O'Connor Prize by the American Historical Association for the film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, a documentary that he produced, and which was directed by Tony Buba. More information is available at here.
Carrie Weaver, Instructor in the History of Art and Architecture Department, published the book The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily, University Press of Florida. She also received the inaugural Teaching Literature Book Award, an international juried prize for the best book on teaching literature at the college level, for her book From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom, Ohio State University Press.
- Mariam Abdelwahab completed a University Honors College (UHC) Community-Based Research Fellowship at Gwen's Girls researching African-American youth identity. She is studying race relations in the Dominican Republic this semester.
- Rachel Bukowitz received an UHC Research Fellowship for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She will be looking at food locality and researching the feasibility of eating locally-sourced food in an urban environment.
- Maria Barboza is doing an internship at the Innovation Institute on-campus which is creating an app called Real CrimeTime to help reduce crime in Latin America.
- Zoe Creamer will conduct research with Dr. Yolanda Covington-Ward, Africana Studies Department, through the First Experiences in Research Program. She will be assisting with the project entitled "Connecting Diaspora and Homeland: Liberian Immigrants and Online Radio."
- Jonathan Cunningham received a Fulbright Hays Fellowship to study Chinese in China for nine months beginning January 2016.
- Zach Grewe was awarded an Archival Studies Research Award through Hillman Library, and has been selected as a fellow for the Browne Leadership Fellows Program through the School of Social Work.
- Caroline Harpel is interning at Magee Women's Hospital through the First Experiences in Research program.
- Syed Kaleem received a UHC Community-Based Research Fellowship for spring 2016 and research grant at CMU on HIV prevention motivations and challenges in Africa.
- Paige Knapp is studying French in Nice, France at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis.
- Wyatt Koma was awarded a Brackenridge research scholarship for this spring. He will be conducting research with Dr. Marian Jarlenski in the Graduate School of Public Health. They are looking at the option of presumptive eligibility of Medicaid, which allows patients to receive treatment and care without having to prove their official Medicaid status.
- Aarti Kumar is studying in Sevilla, Spain on her Chancellor Scholarship.
- Teresa Lane is authoring a children's book in Quechua/Spanish/English. A panel of reviewers will be meeting this term to evaluate the book's design, text, and art. Teresa is collaborating with different people regarding publication, marketing/media, and web site/technology.
- Elizabeth Lepro is editorial intern at the San Antonio Express newspaper's metro desk.
- Reema Naik was awarded a Fall Fellowship with the Office of Undergraduate Research to continue research on the internalization of alternative legal mechanisms in East-Asia. She also attended the Global Dharma Conference in New Jersey to represent the Hindu Students Council Chapter at Pitt; completed an internship this past semester with the American Civil Liberties Union researching the proliferation of hate crimes in both Pittsburgh and nation-wide; and will travel to Cuba during spring break to analyze the legacy of the African diaspora in Cuba.
- Taylor Mulcahey returned from Tunisia after studying abroad there in fall 2015. She was awarded a Brackenridge Fellowship for this spring and will be expanding her research on women bloggers in the Maghreb.
- Abigail Meinen has a spring 2016 editorial internship with City of Asylum.
- Laura Obregon currently holds a research internship with cardiothoracic surgery; received an OUR London Field Studies Award to conduct field research in London on medical anthropology; plans to study ecology in the Ecuadorian rainforest during spring break; and was awarded the Browne Fellowship from the School of Social Work.
- Esosa Ohonba will conduct research with CMU's POWER team researching the efficacy of PREP drugs in Kenya.
- Mason Palissery received a UHC Fellowship in Humanities, Arts, and the Sciences.
- Bhavini Patel was awarded a CitizenCity Fellowship and the Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
- Dolly Prabhu, a Global Studies Student Ambassador, is volunteering at the Abolitionist Law Center, a public interest law firm for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States. She is also a student researcher at the Pitt Public Health school in a lab researching HIV.
- Hannah Purkey received the UHC Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Research Fellowship. She interned with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh this past fall and is interning with the American Middle East Institute this spring.
- Andrea Radziminski is studying in Chiba City (Tokyo), Japan this semester.
- Meital Rosenberg is studying sustainable development and social change in Jaipur, India.
- Kaylen Sanders is interning with Pitt Magazine.
- Thomas Schieberl is conducting undergraduate research with Political Science professor Dr. Francis about the effect of age on Congressional behavior.
- Caitlin Schroering will present her paper "Rising Water Costs, Race, and Justice in Pittsburgh" at the MSS/NCSA joint conference in Chicago this coming March.
- Nicole Silva has been accepted into the New Jersey Medical School and will begin next fall.
- Sandhya Subramanian is continuing an internship at Magee Womancare International and will do research with the POWER Research Team at CMU. She is also a Global Studies Student Ambassador.
- Mallory Thomas will be studying geopolitics and the environment in Mongolia this term.
- Rebecca Toto will study at Freie Universistät, Belin, Germany in their European Studies Program.
- Chukwuemeka Ukaga is serving as an Administrative Intern with Cameroon FDP, a non-profit organization working to use soccer to promote equality and build educational skills for children in Cameroon. He is also working as the new UCIS Special Projects Intern to assist efforts to effectively globalize students' education and help establish Pitt as a global university in line with the global plan. Chukwuemeka is a semi-finalist for an AGC Master Builder's Association of Pittsburgh scholarship.
- Hamilton Weaver is enjoying his first research experience assisting Professor Burcu Savun, Department of Political Science, with her project "Welcome to the Unwelcome, Refugee Flows, Integration and Political Stability."
- Peter Zheng will intern at the Goldstein and Associates law firm
- Cory Deihl (GSPIA) has an internship with Homeland Security Today Magazine and Pittsburgh's Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (OEMHS).
- Miranda Hogsett (EDU) is a FLAS Fellow studying Levantine Arabic.
- Venera Khalikova (ANTH) received a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to conduct doctoral dissertation research in India (the grant is from May 1, 2015 and will end in summer 2016).
- Charles McAllister (GSPIA) received a full-tuition Alumni Fellowship with a paid assistantship in GSPIA and is interning with the U.S. Commercial Service here in Pittsburgh.
- Katelyn Sives was selected to present her research on Brazil at the Center for Latin America Studies' (CLAS) Public Policy Conference and is conducting research as part of the Food Security and Land Rights work group at the Ford Institute.
- Alexis Vargas was awarded support for the Harmony of the Andes project with the GSPIA Fund for Student Initiatives (FSI) year 2015 - 2016. She also held an internship as a Program Officer Assistant at Global Links and is serving on the board of Sustainable Pittsburgh.
- Candence Wills (GSPIA) is interning at Living in Liberty, an anti-human trafficking organization that does community outreach and provides shelter, resources, and counseling for trafficking victims and former sex workers.
- Hety Wong (Music) received an Empowering Network for International Thai Studies (ENITS) Scholarship 2015 last May from the Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She is now a visiting scholar at the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
Spring 2016 H.J. Heinz Fellows
Stephan Juma comes to Pitt in AY 15-16 as both a Heinz Fellow and as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant focusing on Swahili pedagogy. He is a graduate of Masinde Muliro University of Science in Kakamega, Kenya, having received a Bachelor's in Education Arts. Mr. Juma is currently a secondary school teacher in Kenya. His academic interests include African Studies, communications and journalism; while his personal interests range from computers and technology to drama and music. While at Pitt, Mr. Juma will be working with both Global Studies and the African Studies Program.
James Ochieng is a graduate of the Moi University School of Law and the Kenya School of Law in Nairobi. He is a practicing lawyer in Kenya whose work includes pro bono legal services for the poor. Mr. Ochieng has entered Pitt's LLM program to enhance his ability to excel in academia and his skills as a practicing lawyer for when he returns to Kenya. His goal is to become a law school faculty member. Mr. Ochieng's other interests include moot court competitions and football.