University of Pittsburgh 
University Center for International Studies 

Global Studies Center
Spring 2019

January 9, 2019
In This Issue
From the Director
Dear  friends,
As we begin a new year and a new semester, I wanted to take just a moment to update you on the Center's activities and direction. It's been an exciting year as we continue to develop our three research initiatives - Migrations, Global Health, and Cities in Transformation. We're also launching a fourth initiative, in partnership with our colleagues in the World History Center, entitled  Anthropocene: Epoch of Loss . You can check out our new web page and stay tuned for more information as this timely and important initiative takes shape.

This semester will see three exciting intellectual events related to these initiatives. The first,  De-exceptionalizing Displacement? Rethinking Citizenship and Mobility is a workshop organized by our 2017-19 Global Academic Partnership Grant recipient Heath Cabot (Department of Anthropology) and will take place on March 22 & 23, 2019. The second, Defining the Neglected Tropical Diseases: Research, Development, and Global Health Equity, 1970-present is a workshop organized by our Faculty Fellow Mari Webel (Department of History) and will take place on April 1 & 2. Finally, the fourth Workshop on Migration, Health, and Well-Being, organized by our colleague Osea Giuntella (Department of Economics), will take place on May 5-7 . More information on each of these events will be available on   our web page and in our Weekly News and Events e-blasts.

I'm also thrilled to announce that GSC is coordinating a month-long exhibition,  Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame, in cooperation with numerous partners. Through this exhibit and related programming, we'll spotlight issues of structural racism in transnational perspective. You can read more about this project below; among the reasons we're so excited about it is that, like our UCIS-wide collaboration on the Global Legacies of 1968 last year, it helps us to integrate the United States within the framework of global studies. It's easy for many of us to imagine that issues like mass incarceration, police violence against racial or ethnic minorities, and the militarization of policing are American  issues, but they are deeply connected to past and present transnational processes the   illumination of which can help us understand our own society and our world more fully. I invite you to join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 1 in the Thornburgh Room at Hillman Library, to visit the exhibit throughout February in the Hillman first floor lobby, and to check out the web page and podcasts.

There's much more news below, and I invite you to read about what's happening, to visit our website regularly for updates, and - most importantly - to get involved. The Global Studies Center is  your Center; we're here to support and advance your research, studies, teaching, and professional development. We're eager for your ideas and suggestions and encourage your participation.

In closing, let me wish you all the best for a happy, healthy, and productive new year!


Michael Goodhart, Director
Professor of Political Science
Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human
This seminar provides a forum for colleagues from the humanities and the social sciences (and cognate professional schools) to engage in cross-disciplinary conversation about topics of broad interest. Our guest speakers offer public lectures and conduct small seminars with participating faculty. the public lectures are open to all; anyone interested in next year's seminar should contact the Center. This year's theme is Inequalities, and two talks remain in the series (see below)We're grateful to our partners in the Humanities Center for their continued support of this program. 

DATE CHANGE January 17, 4:30-6:00PM, 602 Cathedral of Learning, "A Bio-Social Strategy for TB Elimination", presented by Salmaan A. Keshavjee.
S almaan A. Keshavjee, Professor of Global Health and Social  Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Keshavjee's research spans four areas: (1) multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment and policy; (2) health-sector reform and access to health care and medical technology in transitional societies, with a special focus on countries of the former Soviet Union (Central Asia and the Russian Federation); (3) the role of non-governmental organizations in globalization and the formation of trans-border civil society; and (4) modernity, social institutions, civil society, and health in the Middle East and Central Asia. In addition to being an active clinician, his methodological expertise is in ethnography, participant-observation, and qualitative interview techniques.   
February 28, 4:30-6:00PM, 602 Cathedral of Learning, "New mosques, new neighbors? The domestication of Islam and the politics of proximity", presented b y Patricia Ehrkamp.
Patricia  Ehrkamp, Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky. Dr. Ehrkamp's research considers how immigration changes contemporary European and U.S. American cities and polities. She has argued that in order to understand immigrant geographies research needs to consider how immigrants and non-immigrant residents in cities of the United States and of Europe create spaces of everyday life, and how these new spaces of everyday life shape wider debates about citizenship, belonging, inclusion and exclusion. Her recent work on debates about minarets and mosque construction projects in Germany and Switzerland examines how understandings of secularism, religion, and gender shape contemporary liberal democracies in Europe.
Cities in Transformation Initiative
The Cities in Transformation Initiative (CTI)
The Cities in Transformation Initiative (CTI) seeks to catalyze and coordinate research on urban transformations, historical and contemporary. This is a university-wide initiative, and we hope to convene colleagues from various schools and disciplines to think about how their work applies to cities.

NEW- Transforming Cities: Global Cities Mini Course
Friday, March 22 - Sunday March 24, 2019
100 Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University
Cities continue to grow, with predictions that 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. Using cities as a lens, this one credit, weekend-intensive course encourages students to explore how the contemporary social environment is being built and rebuilt in urban landscapes, shaped by processes of economic development and globalization.
Global Cities addresses the distinctive characteristics of past and present urban centers, conceptualizing cities as hubs where intersecting local, national, and transnational processes create connections, divisions, disruptions, and inequalities and shape discussions about social justice, economic development, technology, migration, the environment, and other issues.
Global Cities is the first in what will be an ongoing series of spring mini-courses on Cities in Transformation. It provides an overview of contemporary global conversations centered on cities, emphasizing questions of scale and the challenges of pluralism and sustainability. It also offers a brief introduction to issues to be discussed in later iterations of the course. For more information and to register, click here.
Migrations Initiative
The Global Studies Migrations Initiative asks how different forms of movement, mobility, and displacement might be studied beyond categorical and national boundaries in ways that take account of the shifting terrains that constitute migrations. We invite all interested faculty and graduate students to get involved! For more information, faculty bios, and a full schedule of events,
visit the Migrations web page.  
Brown Bag discussion: "Global Trends in Migrant Health: Epidemiology Prospective"
Monday, January 28 from Noon to 1pm in 4130 Posvar Hall 
Featuring Faina Linkov (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences)
Ferguson Voices
Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame is a multi-platform, multimedia storytelling initiative presented by The Moral Courage Project. It is based on original interviews with residents of Ferguson, MO, who narrate the story of their city and their diverse and divergent experiences of the events of 2014 that both galvanized and polarized the country and helped to launch the Movement for Black Lives to international prominence. The Global Studies Center, in partnership with SGB, the Departments of Africana Studies, English, Political Science, and Sociology, and the University Library System, will bring the exhibit to campus during Black History Month (February 2019).

Americans often view police violence and related issues of structural racism as if they were unique to the United States, when in fact these challenges are common globally. Making these global connections can help us learn something valuable about our own society--about the shared histories that give rise to distinctive forms of race relations, about transnational processes shaping race relations, law enforcement, economic development, and other issues.
SAVE THE DATE: Opening Reception, Friday, February 1, 3-5pm in the Thornburgh Room, Hillman Library first floor.  For a full list of events and programming, visit the Ferguson Voices web page.
Global Health Initiative
NEW - Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health 
GSC is now offering an Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health. The 18-credit certificate is designed for students wanting to get equipped with the knowledge, analytical tools, and professional skills necessary to address complex and compelling health issues in our world. Students pursuing an Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health will explore the transnational processes underpinning the global burden of disease and the social determinants of health, as well as related inequalities in access to high quality medical care. Certificate requirements and more information are found  here .
Upcoming Spring Events

Hot Topics, Global Perspectives 
January 29, February 26, March 26, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, 4217 Posvar Hall  
We supply the coffee and cookies, you supply the questions, insights, and perspectives on contemporary global issues. Join GSC for these informal monthly conversations about pressing contemporary issues. We begin with current events and seek to draw deeper connections and put these issues in transnational perspective. Student-focused, open to all.  

Undergraduate Research Toolkit Workshop 
Friday, February 8, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 4217 Posvar Hall
GSC will host a workshop to equip students to pursue research within the interdisciplinary field of global studies. The series is designed for undergraduate students at any stage of their academic career. It's a must for anyone considering a BPHIL, an honor's thesis, or graduate studies in the field. Dr. Michael Goodhart, GSC Director and Professor of Political Science, will lead the workshop. Topics will include conceiving research ideas, formulating research questions, identifying appropriate methods for data collection and analysis, challenges of writing, and how to present and disseminate findings through traditional methods and new forms of digital media. The session will include ample time for discussion so bring your ideas and questions! Dinner provided.
Career Toolkit Series:
Student Career Networking Trip - Washington D.C.
Thursday, February 28 - Friday, March 1
Global Studies is partnering with the African Studies Program and the Center for Russian and East European Studies to host the fourth annual career networking trip to Washington, D.C. Students meet with experts and alumni from government, non-profit, and for profit sectors to learn about career opportunities and challenges. Meetings will be organized by three themes:
* Diplomacy and Security  
* Global Health
* Human Rights and Human Security
2019 Islamic Studies Research Symposium:
Identity, Culture and Contact Across the Islamic World  
Saturday, March 23, 2019, Slippery Rock University
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to present their research or a project (visual or literary arts) related to the broad conference theme. The day will include both student presentations and a keynote speaker.   Presentations will be clustered along themes that emerge from paper submissions.  
Student information is available at CERIS website
Sponsored by the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies and Slippery Rock University.
UCIS Graduation Celebration
Friday, April 26 3:00 PM, Ballroom, O'Hara Student Center
Global Studies students graduating in Spring and Summer 2019 are invited with their families to join this UCIS wide ceremony celebrating their completion of the certificate or BPHIL/IAS.
Community Engagement
PA Governor's School for Global and International Studies
June 23- July 19, 2019 University of Pittsburgh
Application Deadline: January 14, 2019
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  here. Applications must be postmarked by  January 14, 2019.

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. Sessions usually take place in 4130 Posvar Hall (unless otherwise noted) from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Books, Act 48 credit, dinner, and parking are provided. Click on dates below to register.
January 31: The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963  by Christopher Paul Curtis
March 21 :  Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi  by Steve Inskeep
April 18 :  GraceLand  by Chris Albani
Contact  Maja Konitzer with any questions.


Four Evenings -- Global Literary Encounters 
In conjunctions with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, GSC is hosting "Four Evenings," pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in global perspective. Open to series subscribers and the Pitt Community, these evening discussion, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues. A limited number of tickets to the author's lectures are available.

To register for book discussion, click on the authors' names below:
March 7 | 6-7pm | Hillman Library 171B - Book Discussion 
March 11 | 7:30pm | Carnegie Music Hall - Lecture by Valeria Luiselli
March 28 | 6-7pm | Hilman Library 171B - Book Discussion 
April 1 | 7:30pm | Carnegie Music Hall - Lecture by Min Jin Lee
( note: due to high demand, complimentary tickets are not available for this event)
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Saturday Workshops for Educators, Choices Program

Workshop on Choices Civil Rights Unit -- Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi
Registration Deadline:
Friday, January 18
(Click on date below to register)
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Registration fee: $50
Check payable to University of Pittsburgh

Mail payment to:
Global Studies Center, Attn: Maja Konitzer
University of Pittsburgh
4100 Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Participants will be introduced to the Choices Program's Civil Rights unit, will explore historical and current debates about human rights and approach to teaching about these topics. The workshop participants will seek to respond to questions such as: What are the basic rights and freedoms that every human being deserves? How should we protect these rights and freedoms?

The workshop is open to educators teaching humanities, geography, history, government, current issues, civics, and other social studies in grades 7-12. Each participant will receive one curriculum unit, lunch, Act 48 credit, and parking.

To express interest in participating and for additional information, contact Maja Konitzer at

Workshop on Human Rights and Genocide - Confronting Genocide: Never Again?
Registration Deadline and link coming soon
Saturday, March 2, 2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Participants will be introduced to the Choices Program's Human Rights and Genocide unit and will seek to understand the causes of genocide and why it persists and how people have grappled with many questions in response to genocide throughout history and today.
The workshop is open to educators teaching humanities, geography, history, government, current issues, civics, and other social studies in grades 7-12. Each participant will receive two curriculum units, lunch, Act 48 credit, and parking. Registration fee: $50.
To express interest in participating and for additional information, contact Maja Konitzer at

Spring Competitions for high school students
April 30,2019 I nternational Marketing Competition, co-sponsored by the International Business Center and the Global Studies Center.

Registration open!  Please contact Maja Konitzer for details.

CER IS Faculty
Dinner and Book Discussion 
February 15, 5:00PM Dinner, 6:00PM Discussion 4217 Posvar Hall     
CERIS will host dinner and a book discussion for educators. We are pleased to have James Pickett, Assistant Professor of the History, University of Pittsburgh facilitate the discussion on Islam After Communism written by Adeeb Khalid.  The book is available online through the University Library System. Co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.  For more information and to register visit here .

Global Academic Partnership Grant Competition
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 here  by March 1, 2019, or contact   Veronica Dristas  for further details.
Faculty News and Funding Opportunities 
Global Studies Faculty Salon
Thursday, March 7, 2019 4:00 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.
Faculty Awards
Domestic Travel Awards
Loretta Fernandez (School of Education), presentation, "Feminine, Masculine or... Gender in Italian, a Cognitive Linguistic Approach" at the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages conference,  New Orleans.
Barcu Savun (Political Science), presentation, "The Goldilocks Principal of Civil War Peacekeeping" at the Peace Science Society meeting, Austin.

Jackie Smith (Sociology), presentation, "Research and Practice on Human Rights Cities" at the Human Right Cities Alliance, Spartanburg.
Zhaojin Zeng (History), presentation,"Grasp Revolution, Promote Production: Chinese Enterprise Management from the Great Leap Forward to the Cultural Revolution" at the American Historical Association meeting, Chicago.
International Travel Awards
Robin Brooks (Africana Studies),presentation, "Engaging in the Digital in the Classroom: Beta Tests, Trial Runs and Guinea Pigs"at the Digital V Conference, St. Augustine,Trinidad.   
Research Grants
Luke Condra ( Graduate School of Public and International Affairs),research on Police Shootings and Citizen Cooperation.  
Matiangai Sirleaf ( Law School), research on Global Health Inequities and Infectious Dieseases
Hewlett International Grant Program    
Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2019   
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
Deadline: Rolling
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.  
Bowman Faculty Grants for Research Abroad
Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2019
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.
Student Funding and Other Opportunities
Residence Life Counselors (RLCs) for the PA Governor's School for Global and International Studies
Application Deadline: March 6, 2019   
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 Veronica Dristas.

Global Studies Student Ambassador (GSSA) Fellowship
Deadline: March 18, 2019
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 2019 term and (upon approval of student's performance as a GSSA) the spring 2020 term in exchange for twenty hours work per week. Additional details and the application process are available here . Questions should be directed to Elaine Linn .
GSC Tuition Remission for Graduate Students Studying Less Commonly Taught Languages
Deadline: Rolling
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 for questions.

For a full list of graduate and undergraduate funding applications and deadlines, please click here