University of Pittsburgh
University Center for International Studies
Global Studies Center
Dear Friends of the Global Studies Center,
Happy 2018! As we begin a new year and new term, I am pleased to send you this spring newsletter, which previews many of the exciting events, programs, and opportunities the Center has planned for the first half of 2018. You'll also find attached a one-page
calendar of events
convenient for printing and posting on office doors and bulletin boards, that highlights the major events upcoming this term.
I want to briefly mention four broader efforts that structure much of what we'll be doing in the year(s) to come. Following our recently-completed strategic planning exercise, the Center is undertaking several new endeavors to help us catalyze transdisciplinary research and build scholarly networks among faculty and students. First, the Center is launching two research initiatives in the areas of
in transformation. These initiatives seek to foster research networks among interested faculty and students by providing infrastructure for coordination, opportunities for scholarly exchange (e.g., brown bag lunches, workshops), and support for internal and external grant applications and administration. We don't seek to define these topics or spearhead specific projects but rather to pull together scholars already working in these areas to cultivate new relationships, build intellectual community, and encourage transdisciplinary research and teaching. We've already convened an initial meeting of scholars whose work touches on migration (broadly understood), and you can read a summary of that conversation and discussion of next steps
. We'll be convening a similar meeting this term on the cities initiative, in partnership with our friends in Urban Studies. I want to make clear that these initiatives were identified based on extensive discussions with dozens of faculty; they will be driven by your concerns and input. They reflect an effort to make Global Studies a research hub for topics that are inherently transdisciplinary and that reflect the strengths and interests of our faculty and students. If you'd like to be added to our distribution list for either initiative, please send an
to that effect.
A related effort is our ongoing global health working group, which was convened last term with the aim of gauging interest in and soliciting ideas for an undergraduate certificate in Global Health. There is strong and growing student interest in this area, and - alongside the proposed certificate in Medical Humanities and the existing certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine - this proposed certificate would provide valuable new opportunities for our many undergraduate students interested in careers in research (from whatever disciplinary perspective) or careers in health and medicine. It was also apparent to us that there is the potential for a transdisciplinary research initiative related to global health, and we envision using the certificate process as a framework through which to explore this potential. Again, if you'd like to be added to our distribution list for global health, please send an
Finally, Global Studies has begun to explore how the creative and artistic pedagogies of the humanities might be used to help teach global studies content. Drawing on the success of last Spring's "Taking Refuge" symposium, a week-long series of events on the Syrian refugee crisis run in collaboration with the departments of Theater Arts and Classics, we are seeking to understand how the Humanities (including visual and fine arts, art history, literature, writing, theater, and performance arts), and Humanities pedagogies in particular, can transform how we teach global and transnational studies in the Humanities classroom. We were struck, at the final event of the Taking Refuge series (a reading of Euripides' The Trojan Woman, which had figured prominently in several of the other events), by the potential of these pedagogies to add a different dimension or register to the education we provide for our students. It's one thing-a very important thing-to understand something about migration and refugees in terms of the processes that generate movement and displacement and the connections, divisions, disruptions, inequalities, and opportunities those processes create. It's another thing-another way of knowing-to engage with these issues in ways that engender empathy and human connection.
In November, we held a workshop with actor, performance artist, and social justice activist Daniel Beaty, to begin thinking collectively with colleagues and with our partners in Pittsburgh's arts communities about how we might harness the power of these pedagogies to enhance and deepen our students' learning. We believe that the insights and understanding these pedagogies can foster are not extra but essential to the experience and knowledge we want for our students. We think that Humanities classrooms are particularly generative spaces in which to situate this inquiry, which we hope can open up not just new classroom experiences but new writing and research on these pedagogies and how they contribute to Global Studies education. Once more, an
will place you on the distribution list for the pedagogies project.
These efforts, like everything we do, are attempts to promote critical global thinking and practical engagement with the world through the interdisciplinary study of transnational processes. Like all of our efforts, they depend on your enthusiasm and support to succeed. We welcome your participation and your feedback, and I wish you a joyful, productive, and peaceful new year.
Michael Goodhart, Director
Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human
The Global Studies Center's support of the Faculty Development Seminar, "Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human," now in its third year, in partnership with Pitt's Year of the Humanities initiative, will continue, with three more events scheduled through the spring. The popular and provocative lecture series which began in the fall examines the global and humanistic themes of
, 4:30-6:00PM, 602 Cathedral of Learning,
"Biopolitics, Mobility, and the Politics of Migrant Dispersal"
February 15, 4:30-6:00PM, 602 Cathedral of Learning, "Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence" presented by Susan Bibler Coutin.
san Bibler Coutin holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology and is professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, where she served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Graduate Division from 2010-2017. Her research has examined social, political, and legal activism surrounding immigration issues, particularly immigration from El Salvador to the United States.Her newest book, Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence (Duke University Press, 2016) examines the experiences of 1.5 generation migrants, that is, individuals who were born in El Salvador but raised in the United States. Based on interviews with 1.5 generation Salvadorans in Southern California and in El Salvador, this book explores the power and limitations of nation-based categories of membership.
March 15, 4:30-6:00PM, 602 Cathedral of Learning, "Whose Golden Door? The Global Challenge of Migration" presented by Michael White.
Michael White is the Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies at
University, where he is also Professor of Sociology and Director of the initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences. White's research covers a wide array of topics within the broad area of migration and population distribution: from urban residential segregation, to rural-urban migration in developing societies, to contemporary international migration and immigrant assimilation. White's publications reflect his combination of sociology, demography, and public policy interests.
Cities in Transformation Initiative
The Cities in Transformation Initiative (CITI)
The Cities in Transformation Initiative (CITI), which is designed to help organize and catalyze research on urban transformations, historical and contemporary. This is a university-wide initiative, as we are hoping to bring together colleagues from various schools and disciplines to think about how their work applies to cities.
February 6, 4:30- 6:00PM, 3911 Posvar Hall, "Planning Postindustrialism in Pittsburgh and Beyond" presented by Tracy Neumann.
Dr. Neumann specializes in transnational and global approaches to twentieth-century North American history, with an emphasis on cities and the built environment. She teaches courses on twentieth-century U.S. history, urban history, research methods, and public history. Before pursuing a PhD, she worked for several years as a consultant for a cultural resource management firm, and her professional experience as a public history practitioner led her to help develop Wayne State's MA Program in Public History, for which she serves as the coordinator. She also co-edits the Global Urban History blog and sits on the editorial boards of Urban History and Temple University and Pennsylvania History book series.
February 22, 12:00- 1:30pm, 4130 Posvar Hall, "Justice and the Global City " presented by Joe Hoover.
Dr. Hoover is a lecturer in Political Theory in the School of Politics and International Politics at Queen Mary University of London. He has worked previously at City University London, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he also received his PhD. For the past several years he has focused on the use of human rights by diverse political movements in order to take the measure of both their limitations and their promise for a more radically democratic world. His latest research project rethinks questions of global justice by focusing on the injustices experienced in contemporary urban life to develop an argument in favor of more inclusive and democratic cities. Dr. Hoover's work on the human right to housing and the right to the city have led to collaborations with housing rights groups in the USA and the UK, including the FOCUS E15 campaign in East London. He is also the co-convener and chair of the BISA Ethics and World Politics Working Group.
Global Pedagogies Project
We are excited to announce two upcoming brown bag pedagogy workshops with visiting artists at Pitt:
is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledg
e and society in Dakar, Senegal. She served on the curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) a
nd documenta 13 (2012), and was most recently the curator of 1:54 FORUM, the educational program at the Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York;
Still (the) Barbarians
, 37th EVA International, Ireland's Biennial in Limerick, 2016; and
Streamlines: Oceans, Global Trade and Migration
, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2015). For
Carnegie International, 57th edition
, 2018, Kouoh is participating with
Dig Where You Stand
, an exhibiti
on within the exhibition based on the Carnegie Museum of Art's collection.
January 24, 12PM
: Brown Bag Workshop for faculty with Koyo Kouoh, 4108 Posvar
Sponsored by the History of Art and Architecture Department as part of Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; University Center for International Studies; Global Studies Center; and Carnegie Museum of Art.
January 25, 6PM: Public lecture on her work with RAW Material
Company in Dakar, Senegal, and her reflections on the expanding possibilities of curatorial practice. Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
is an actress, teacher, director, and writer best-known for directing the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and HIV Circle, a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation for incarcerated women and women living with HIV. Jones's work throughout the world has become a model for building community partnerships and empowering disenfranchised and marginalized populations. Jones was just invited to become a Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Visiting Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2020. Having just served as Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College in early Fall 2017, she is preparing for upcoming residencies at University of Southern California (January 2018), University of Pittsburgh (February 2018), and the University of Michigan (March 2018). Please save the dates for her keynote and performances at Pitt this spring!
Sponsored by PITT ARTS and co-sponsored by: the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Africana Studies, the Global Studies Center, and the Department of Music.
February 2, 6PM: Keynote address, "A Woman for the 21st Century," Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Jones will discuss the Medea Project and the process of creating productive dialogue to examine such conditions as racism, sexism, homophobia, addictions, and fear that greatly affect our daily lives. In addition, she will play video excerpts from her work and perform excerpts from her various writings and scripts.
February 13, 12PM: Brown bag workshop for faculty, 4130 Posvar
February 22, 7PM: Black History Month Performance, "Performance Music: Theater for the 21st Century," Charity Randall Theatre
Jones will be joined by musicians Idris Ackamoor on tenor and alto sax and the bass and percussion groove of the Pyramids. The group will include excerpts of several of their significant performances, including: the spoken word musical tone poem, "THE GRANDMA COLE STORY," a stinging indictment of the slave trade as told through the eyes of a ten year old African girl held captured aboard a slave ship; "CHINA LANE," which tells the story through spoken word and music of a forbidden love affair between a Chinese laundry proprietor and a freed slave; and "MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH," which deals with the current immigration crisis in Europe and features a family of Albanian refugees escaping into Germany aboard a train in search for a better life. Additional excerpts will be performed.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
February 24, 2PM: Student Performance: "
Creative Survival, Creative Performance: Perusing the New Narrative
," Alumni Hall 7th Floor Auditorium. Reception to follow.
This is the culmination of a month of workshops Jones will be conducting with Pitt students exploring the creative process and utilizing autobiographical history as a vehicle for performance. Using movement, text, text-writing, vocalizations, theatre games, memory exercises, autobiographical musings, and storytelling, Rhodessa Jones will demonstrate her use of "art as social activism" to create social change.
: There are still openings to work with Jones and her company! If you are interested in participating, please contact Annabelle Clippinger
Global Legacies of 1968 - 50th Anniversary of the Year that Changed the World
"The Ambiguous Consequences of a Failed Revolution
Todd Gitlin, Colombia University
Thursday, February 8, 4:00-6:00PM, WPU Assembly Room
Lecture: "Tlatlelolco and Its Legacy"- Jorge Aguilar Mora, University of Maryland
February 13, 4:00 - 5:30PM, 4130 Posvar Hall
This series is in partnership with the University Center for International Studies, African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center, and University Honor's College.
Film and Discussion: "The Nigerian Civil War and Its Impact on Nation-Building in Africa"
February 15, 4:00 - 6:00PM, 4130 Posvar Hall
Lecture: "Rebellious Youth and the Global 1960s: Politics, Punk Rock, and Propaganda in Cold War Japan" - Christopher Gerteis, SOAS University of London
February 22, 4:00 - 5:30PM, 4130 Posvar Hall
Film: "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
February 28, 2:00 - 5:30PM, 4130 Posvar Hall
Film and Discussion: "Early Works"
March 1, 3:00 - 5:30PM, 4130 Posvar Hall
Virtual Roundtable: "May 1968 and the Legacy of the Protest in France" -
Emily Ruby, Heinz History Center
March 14, 12:00 - 1:30PM, 4217 Posvar Hall
Panel discussion: "1968: Framing Radical Politics in Time and Space" - Elaine Carey, Purdue University and Felix Germain, University of Pittsburgh
March 22, 4:00 - 5:30PM, 4130 Posvar Hall
Lecture: "1968: The Year that Rocked the Pittsburgh" - Emily Ruby, Heinz History Center
April 3, 4:00 - 5:30PM, 4130 Posvar Hall
Film and Discussion: "Red Dawn"
April 10, 4:00 - 6:00PM, 4130 Posvar Hall
Panel Discusion: "1968: What Have We Learned"
Directors, University Center for International Studies
April 17, 4:00 - 6:00PM, 4130 Posvar Hall
Global Legacies of 1968 Pop Up Course
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1 credit course
The University Center for International Studies will offer a one-credit pop-up course in conjunction with its Spring 2018 program "Global Legacies of 1968." This pop-up course provides an unconventional, outside-the-classroom educational experience for students interested in learning more about "the year that changed the world" through films, lectures, panel discussions, and multi-media presentations. (This course may be counted towards certificates offered by African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian and East European Studies.")
Students will attend the keynote lecture on February 8th. In addition, they must attend five of the nine additional events offered between Feb. 13 and April 10 (all events on T/TH at 4pm), as well as the final discussion on April 17. They will meet after the opening and final events, as well as once in the middle of the term, with the course instructor for discussion. Course assignments will include reflective writing and a summary project to be determined in conversation with the instructor. To register before January 26 (add/drop) PS 1901/31994 Independent Study. To register after January 26 please contact Veronica Dristas, Associate Director.
Global Health Mini Course
Friday, February 23- Sunday February 25, CMU Porter Hall 100
1 credit mini course
With each emerging infectious disease, the interconnectedness of populations around the globe becomes more pronounced. Diseases not only affect the health of communities, but they have a profound impact on political, economic, and social stability within countries and regions. This course engages the interdisciplinary nature of global health by approaching the issue through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the United Nations. The SDGs range in focus from good health and well-being to gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. By engaging the ways that health has a stake in these goals, the course will bring the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and CMU to understand and address the issue surrounding global health from a myriad of perspectives and avenues. With a project-based focus, the course will assist students in engaging and impacting their local community though a global issue. To register before January 26 (add/drop) PS 1903-1010 (10182). To register after January 26 please contact Veronica Dristas, Associate Director.
Additional Upcoming Spring Events
Global Studies Student Orientation
January 18, 5:00PM - 6:00PM, 121 David Lawrence Hall
A required informational meeting for all undergraduate students enrolled in GSC. Information presented will include opportunities about funding, study abroad, travel, pop-up courses, careers and important dates, etc. You'll meet the GSC staff as well as other students in the program. Snacks served along with special prizes!
Undergraduate Research Toolkit Series
January 19, February 2, February 16, March 16, 3:00 PM, 5400 Posvar Hall
Global Studies will host a 4-part series to equip students to pursue research within the framework of the multidisciplinary field of global studies. The series is designed for students at any stage of their academic career. It's a must for students considering pursing a BPHIL, an honor's thesis, or enrolling in a graduate program in the future. Dr. Michael Goodhart, GSC Director and Professor of Political Science, along with GSC faculty will provide insight based on their experience on conceiving research ideas, formulating research questions, identifying methods to consider to collect and analyze data, ethically gathering data working within university research guidelines and lastly presenting and disseminating data using traditional methods and new forms of digital media. Each session will include ample time for discussion so bring your ideas and questions!
Hot Topics, Global Perspectives
Monday, February 5, March 12, April 2; 1:00 PM - 2:00pm, 4130 Posvar Hall
Grab a coffee and join GSC for the first of our monthly series where we host an informal discussion about a pressing issue of the day. Get global insight and bring your thoughts to share or questions to have addressed. Cookies served!
Graduate Student Happy Hour
Monday, February 5 4:00 PM - 6:00pm, University Club Library
Graduate students are invited to join Director, Michael Goodhart, and other GSC members to share their experiences, suggestions, and ideas over drinks and hors d'o
euvres as we revisit our graduate certificate.
Career Toolkit Series:
Student Career Networking Trip - Washington D.C.
Global Studies is partnering with the African Studies Program and the Center for Russian and East European Studies to host the third annual career networking trip to Washington, D.C. Students meet with experts and alumni from government, non-profit, and for profit sectors to expose students to career opportunities and challenges. Meetings will be arranged into three content areas:
* Diplomacy and Security
* International Development and Education
* Human Rights and Refugees
Open to All Students and Required for Students participating in Washington DC Career Networking Trip
- January 12, 4:00PM, 4130 Posvar Hall:
How to Create an Effective Linkedin Site and Use it Effectively
- January 17, 12:00PM, 4130 Posvar Hall: Effectively Presenting Yourself in 30 Sec Elevator Speech
Digital Portfolio Drop-In Sessions
February 13, March 13, April 10, 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM, 3127 Posvar Hall
Dr. Jared McCormick, Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues, will welcome students to drop by his office to discuss and share ideas on how to effectively create a digital portfolio required for all GSC undergraduate students, that adequately reflects their academic and co-curruicular experiences. Learn more about Dr. McCormick's experience with digital interface and methodologies
Meet the Author! Mohsin Hamid and Viet Thanh Nguyen
As part of the Pittsburgh A&L "
" series, Mohsin Hamid (auth
) and Viet Thanh Nguyen (author of the Pulitzer-prize winning nove
d, more recently,
) will be talking about their recent works and creative processes. Prior to their public lectures at the Carnegie Music Hall,
the GSC is spon
e intimate gatherings with Pitt faculty and students to learn about and discuss how these works of fiction help us to understand global processes and the connections, disruptions, inequalities, and opportunities they create. We will be giving out a limited number of FREE tickets to the lecture to those who attend.
Please save the dates and join us on campus Thursday evening before t
he lecture, and Monday at the music hall!
March 22, 6-7PM: Conversation with Prof. Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder and English doctoral students, Hillman Library 171B (Latin American Lecture Rm.)
March 26, 7:30PM
: Mohsin Hamid, Carnegie Music Hall (tickets available for free for those who
with the GSC, or for purchase
April 5, 6-7PM: Conversation with Prof. Gayle Rogers and English underg
raduate students, Hillman Library 171B (Latin American Lecture Rm.)
April 9, 7:30PM
: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Carnegie Music Hall (tickets available for free for those who
with the GSC, or for purchase
Pitt/Penn State Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium
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.
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 are encouraged. 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 our awards, notable papers from each cluster will be highlighted on the Center for Global Studies' website.
Students should contact
for more information or visit the
Islamic Studies Research Symposium:Historical & Modern Experiences of Muslims in the World
April 14, 2018, Duquesne University
CERIS is hosting a symposium to highlight faculty and student research and to celebrate 15 years since inception. The day will include both faculty and student panels along with a keynote speaker. Presentations will be organized along the following themes:
Cultural & Artist Representation
Policies and International Politics
Theology, Doctrine, and Practice
Emerging Economies and Technologies
Sponsored by the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies and the Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue at Duquesne University.
UCIS Graduation Celebration
3:00 PM April 27, 2018, Ballroom, O'Hara Student Center
Global Studies students graduating in Spring and Summer 2018 are invited with their families to join this UCIS wide ceremony celebrating their completion of the certificate or BPHIL/IAS.
PA Governor's School for Global and International Studies
June 25- July 20, 2018
University of Pittsburgh
Application Deadline: January 16, 2018
The Pennsylvania Governor's School for Global and International Studies will help tomorrow's business, political, and intellectual leaders think critically about our world and the dynamic issues, connections, and perspectives within it.
The Global Studies Center proudly brings the program's prestigious 25-year legacy to a new generation. Through problem-solving activities and discussions with experts, they will tackle overarching global themes while building intellectual confidence, cross-cultural understanding and critical language proficiency - key skills to successfully navigate college and prepare them for the broader global knowledge economy.
We invite applications from talented and motivated sophomores and juniors from across Pennsylvania to spend four weeks in residence at the University of Pittsburgh this summer at no cost. Applications are available
. Applications must be postmarked by
January 16, 2018.
Global Issues Through Literature
This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. After a successful partnership with City of Asylum and their authors-in-residence in the fall, our series continues this spring with the theme of literature and authoritarianism. All sessions take place in Posvar 4130 from 5-8PM. Books, Act 48 credit, dinner, and parking are provided.
Co-sponsored by the European Studies Center.
Click on the dates below to register.
The Farming of Bones
by Edwidge Danticat, discussion led by Felix Germain (Africana Studies).
by Sophocles, discussion led by Jacques Bromberg (Classics).
by Kamila Shamsie, discussion led by Jeanette Jouili (Religious Studies)
Interdisciplinary Global Working Group: Call for Applications
Here is an opportunity for teachers to collaborate with their colleagues from other disciplines in the same school on a global curriculum development project! Sponsored by The University Center for International Studies outreach team, this working group will provide the time, space, and a small stipend to help you (re)design a unit, a module, or simply a lesson to have an interdisciplinary, global focus. Applications are due February 6. Contact Lisa Bromberg for more information, and to apply.
Spring Competitions for high school students
April 20-21: Moot International Criminal Court, co-sponsored by the Center for International Legal Education and the Global Studies Center.
May 1: International Marketing Competition, co-sponsored by the International Business Center and the Global Studies Center.
IS Faculty Dinner and Book Discussion
, 5:00PM Dinner, 6:00PM Discussion
4217 Posvar Hall
CERIS will host a book discussion for educators over din
ner to expand their knowledge on a breadth of topics related to Islamic studies. We are pleased to have Amir Sayed, Visiting Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World facilitate the discussion on Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of the Islamic World written by Ousmane Kane. The book is available online through the University Library System.
For more information and to register visit
2018 CERIS High School Essay Contest
11th and 12th grade students have the opportunity to present their research p
apers on topics related to Muslim American Experiences. The call for papers is to encourage ori
ginal ideas and critical thinking around topics of related to American Muslim history and contemporary experiences; to demonstrate college readiness, research skills, analysis, and presentation skills,
and to receive authentic feedback from university faculty and to present student research in a university setting.
The top submission will present their paper at 2018 CERIS Research symposium.
GSC is pleased to announce the Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grant competition, which provides $40,000 over the course of two years to support ongoing campus programming that amplifies the Global Studies Center's transnational themes and enriches the intellectual environment at Pitt. This award is generously sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Center for International Studies to help Pitt faculty develop interdisciplinary research collaborations, curriculum development, student exchanges, and other scholarly ties that enhance the University of Pittsburgh's international profile through institutional partnerships. Review the proposal guidelines and submit your application
by March 1, 2018, or contact
for further details.
Faculty News and Funding Opportunities
Global Studies Faculty Salon
Thursday, February 1, 2018 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM, 4100 Posvar Hall
Join us for a happy hour in the Global Studies main office. We'll provide drinks and light refreshments; you provide the great company and conversation. Not only are these events fun, they help us to build up the Global Studies program and 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.
Global Legacies of 1968 Post Lecture Reception
Thursday, February 8, 2018 6:00 PM. Lower Lounge, William Pitt Union
You are cordially invited to a post-lecture reception to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the University Center for International Studies. RSVP here.
Best Practices Showcasing Globalization Across the Curriculum Workshop
Friday, January 26th,2018 8:30am-2:00pm, 548 William Pitt Union
This conference will bring together Pennsylvania faculty with peers affiliated with the Nine University and College International Consortium of Georgia for a workshop on innovative ways to internationalize curricula at community colleges and minority-serving institutions. To attend, please register by January 19, 2018
Domestic Travel Awards
Ilknur Lider ( Less Commonly Taught Languages)
, presentation, "A Case Study on Integrating Circumlocution into Turkish Language Curricula as Language Learning Strategy" at the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages conference, Washington D.C.
Michelle Granshaw (Theater Arts),
presentation, "Those 'Plucky Pedestrians': Pedestrianism, Irishness, and Mobility on the Transnational Nineteenth Century Stage" at the American Society for Theater Research conference, Atlanta.
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
), presentation, "
Killing Children, Honor Crimes, and Pinkwashing in the Making of War"
American Studies Association conference, Chicago.
Yolanda Covington Ward (Africana Studies), presentation,"Ancestral Spirits and Embodied Callings: Women, Prophetism, and the Basis of Religious Authority in the Democratic Republic of Congo" at the African Studies Association conference, Chicago.
International Travel Awards
Neil Doshi (French and Italian), presentation,"Dis-placing Françalgerie: Performance, History, and Empire on the Global Stage" at the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies conference, London.
Michael Glass(Urban Studies) presentation, "What is 'The Region' in City-Region Research? Current Themes and Debates"at the Urban Affairs Association conference, Toronto.
Hewlett International Grant Program
Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2018
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.
CERIS Curriculum Development Grants
A total of $2,000 will be available for small grants. To receive updates from CERIS, please contact
. More information is available here.
Bowman Faculty Grants for Research Abroad
Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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.
For a full list of community college and MSI faculty funding opportunities, please
Student Funding and Other Opportunities
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)
Undergraduate FLAS Academic Year Applications Deadline: February 15, 2018
Undergraduate FLAS Summer Applications Deadline: March 2, 2018
Graduate FLAS Academic Year Applications Deadline: February 15, 2018
Graduate FLAS Summer Applications Deadline: March 2, 2018
The GSC awards FLAS Fellowships for an academic year or summer study to undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate 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.
Residence Life Counselors (RLCs) for the PA Governor's School for Global and International Studies
Application Deadline: March 6, 2018
The Global Studies Center is currently seeking six Residence Life Counselors (RLCs) for a four-week period beginning June 25th and ending July 20h, 2017 for the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Global and International Studies. The Governor's School is a four-week residential program for high school students. The RLCs serve as the day-to-day contacts for the student's dormitory life. They act as a liaison between students, faculty, and administrative staff. Remuneration includes $2,500 for four weeks and free room and board. RLCs are expected to be on the job Monday - Sunday. Send Resume, Cover Letter and 1 Letter of Recommendation to: Veronica Dristas, Associate Director, Global Studies Center. For further questions, contact
Newman Award for International Intergenerational Project Initiatives
Deadline: March 17, 2018
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. For questions, please contact Veronica Dristas.
Global Studies Student Ambassador (GSSA) Fellowship
Deadline: March 20, 2018
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 2018 term and (upon approval of student's performance as a GSSA) the spring 2019 term in exchange for ten hours work per week. Additional details and the application process are available here
. Questions should be directed to
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.
For a full list of graduate and undergraduate funding applications and deadlines, please click here.
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