University of Pittsburgh 
University Center for International Studies 
Summer 2020 Newsletter

DirectorFrom the Director
Dear friends of the Global Studies Center,

It's been quite a semester! I hardly need to remind you of the events that have so disrupted, and continue to disrupt, our lives, our society, and our world. I hope that this finds you keeping well and finding ways to adapt to these anxious and uncertain times.
 
Our summer newsletter looks back at highlights from the previous academic year and forward to the year ahead. Looking back, we have much to be proud of: Professor Karen Park (Linguistics) organized a workshop, Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages, and a symposium, Intersections of Language and Nature: Conservation, Documentation, and Access, under the auspices of a Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grant. With our colleagues in European Studies, we organized a Global Town Hall on Climate, Gender, and Sustainability. Our faculty fellow, Jacques Bromberg, organized a fantastic series, "Classics and the Global," dedicated to highlighting the ways in which the study of antiquity can inform the study of globalization, and vice versa. We welcomed Simten Cosar, a visiting professor in our new Scholars at Risk program, and Kat Lieder, Visiting Professor of Contemporary Global Issues, to the Center, as well as our first H.J. Heinz Visiting Fellow, Professor Shareen Hertel of UConn. In partnership with the Department of Africana Studies, we hosted a series of
Conversations on 1619 to explore the legacies of slavery in the United States in a global perspective. Our Four Evenings series with Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures continues to flourish, along with our mini-courses and our Global Issues through Literature series and much more. As you'll see below, our academic credentials are thriving.

Our team did amazing work transitioning much of our end-of-the-year programming online, for which I'm very grateful. Though some events were postponed or canceled, many continued, providing much-needed intellectual engagement and continuity in the midst of so much flux. Looking back, our February 12 Coronavirus Teach-In, organized with Asian Studies, proved prescient (you can listen to a follow-up podcast from April here). Our online graduation celebration (which you can watch here) was both joyful and moving, and it provided an opportunity to reflect on the importance of a global perspective on the ongoing crisis (see my remarks here).

Looking ahead, much is uncertain, but there is nonetheless much to be excited about. Below, in addition to some accolades and highlights from the year just concluded, you'll learn more about the projects of our new faculty fellow, Michele Reid-Vazquez (Africana Studies) and our new GAP awardee, Adam Lowenstein (English and Film Studies), as well as about some of our plans for the fall.

Throughout the summer we'll be sponsoring bi-weekly webinars in our
Learning from Covid-19 series, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance (see our webpage for schedule and information; next event is Thursday May 14 @4pm). We're also working to develop new programs for fall, in whatever formats we might meet, to continue to promote global thinking and learning at Pitt. As always, we want to hear your ideas, concerns, and feedback.

The coming year will be challenging in many ways, but it is full of opportunity. We are living each new day in profound awareness of how global connections shape our lives. We look forward to exploring those connections with you. In the meantime, I hope that this summer you find or make opportunities for celebration, mourning, reflection, creativity, and rest, in whatever measure is right for you.

Keep well!
Michael
 FellowGlobal Studies Faculty Fellow
 
The Global Studies Center proudly announces 
Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez, Associate Professor of Africana Studies,
as the 2020-21 GSC Faculty Fellow.
 
Each year, the GSC selects as its Faculty Fellow one outstanding University of
Pittsburgh colleague whose scholarship advances the Center's mission. Michele Reid-Vazquez is Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and a specialist in African Diaspora in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Atlantic World, and Afro-Latinx History in the U.S. As the 2020-2021 GSC Faculty Fellow, Dr. Reid-Vazquez will convene an interdisciplinary conference entitled, "Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad" and create a new undergraduate course that will feature a student research poster exhibit. The goal of the project is to expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary research, education, and programming in the global arenas of Afro-Latin American Afro-Latinx studies. The intersections of race, ethnicity, and migration continue to shape contemporary societies through the complex confluence of blackness and identity in the Americas. These endeavors will facilitate scholarly knowledge and expand our understanding of Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx studies and the global issues at its core. 

The Faculty Fellowship is designed to showcase and support the work of faculty whose scholarship and teaching address transnational topics. More information about the award is available here ; the next deadline will be November 1, 2020.
GlobalGlobal Academic Partnership (GAP)

Dr. Adam Lowenstein, Professor of English and the Film and Media Studies Program, has been awarded a Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grant for his project, The Global Horror Studies Archival and Research Network. 

     
Over the next two years, Dr. Lowenstein will work with colleagues to diversify and globalize the Horror Studies Archive, recently created by Pitt's University Library System, by establishing a Global Horror Studies Archival and Research Network as the first of its kind. Horror is a truly global vocabulary. Each nation has its own historically and culturally specific inflections regarding horror, but nearly every country in the world has an artistic horror tradition of some kind that is recognizable through the lens of all the others, and all are shaped by transnational influences and global developments. Horror Studies has emerged in recent years as an interdisciplinary academic research field in its own right, building on previous work on horror in areas as diverse as film studies, literary studies, cultural studies, religious studies, art history, psychology, sociology, and philosophy.  Nations with globally recognized traditions in horror, such as the US, the UK, Italy, and Japan have long-standing and rich scholarly contributions to what we would now call Horror Studies.  Other nations, such as Russia, France, Israel, Korea, and Malaysia, have only recently begun to explore Horror Studies as a research framework.
 
Stay tuned for updates on the Global Studies website.
 
The GAP 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. Proposals for the next grant competition are due March 1, 2021. For more information, click here.
   
It was an extraordinarily busy year; below we feature a few highlights...

Year of Pitt Creativity: Mapping the Anthropocene. With the World History
Center and funding from the Provost's office, the Center gave students, faculty and staff the opportunity to reflect on human-driven climate change and to create maps that capture or express their relationships to - changing sea levels, favorite natural locations, species impacts, affective responses through a series of workshops on Countermapping, Geospatial Mapping, and Maps as Art.
 
GAP Update: Global Creative Cities: Exploring Transnational Youth and Graffiti Cultures. 2019-21 GAP awardee Dr. Caitlin Bruce (Communications) organized a series of events (talks, workshops, and art production events) to develop an international dialogue around the themes of creative cities, youth, and graffiti practice within a global frame. Since the 1980s, graffiti has been a global phenomenon activated by transnational circuits of youth collectives. More recently, street art as an image-driven form of urban art has been yoked to city development projects as part of global adoption and localization of creative cities discourse. Learn more here.
 
2019-20 Faculty Fellow Dr. Jacques Bromberg (Classics) convened a yearlong speaker series entitled "Classics and the Global" dedicated to highlighting the ways in which the study of antiquity can inform the study of globalization, and vice versa. Speakers in the series presented public lectures throughout the year, and selected lectures are set to be published in the inaugural issue of Global Antiquities, a new open-access e-journal. This publication unites the sources, approaches, and methodologies of Classical Studies, Ancient History, and Global Studies and aims to spark conversations and collaborations between professionals in these and related fields.
 
Inaugural H.J. Heinz Visiting Fellow, Dr. Shareen Hertel  
The new Visiting Fellows program is made possible through the generosity of a gift from the H.J. Heniz Company Foundation. It aims to increase the impact of visits by external scholars and practitioners by bringing them to campus for extended stays to interact with faculty, students, and staff.  Dr. Shareen Hertel is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, jointly appointed with the university's Human Rights Institute. Drawing on 20 years of policy work with United Nations agencies, foundations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the United States, Latin America and South Asia, her scholarship focuses on economic rights, social movements, and global supply chains. Learn more here.

Four Evenings - Global Literary Encounters. In conjunction with the
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures' "Ten Evenings" series, GSC hosted "Four Evenings," pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in global perspective. Open to everyone, this year's discussions featured Ibram X. Kendi's How to be an Antiracist, Madeline Miller's Circe, Richard Powers' Overstory, and Tommy Orange's There There. Stay tuned for registrations coming up for our next year's line-up: Laila Lalami's Conditional Citizens, Ta-
Nehisi Coates' The Water Dancer, Ocian Vuong's On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, and Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other.
 
Thank You Alums! A shout out to our alumni for donating, giving online career talks, hosting site visits, joining us here on Pitt's campus and being a part of our annual Washington, DC career networking trip this year! Special thank you to Waseem Mardini '08, Viveka Mandava '14, Aly Yingst '16, Sandhya Subramanian '16, Courtney Horvat '13, Verna
Krishnamurthy '12, Chelsea Pallatino '17, Natalie Swabb '09, and Kaitlin Norris'11. Interested in talking to students? Reach out to Elaine Linn.
 Students Happy Retirement, Cindy McNulty!
 
We would like to honor Cindy McNulty for all of her contributions to the Global Studies Center as she begins her retirement from teaching. Cindy has been an active contributor in GSC's outreach programs and as one of the core instructors for the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Global & International Studies. Through sustained work with the GSC, Cindy has created challenging AP World History, Honors English and History courses that have brought a powerful global perspective to hundreds of students at Pittsburgh's Oakland Catholic High School for 20+ years.

Cindy's involvement with the GSC began in 2008 as an active participant and presenter in the Global Issues through Literature series. In 2009, she received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship that funded study, travel, and research in Egypt for a small cohort of secondary teachers based on a GSC curriculum designed by Elaine Linn, GSC Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Academic Advisor. Through the Fulbright-Hayes program, McNulty experienced an intensive, hands-on immersion into contemporary Egyptian life and culture, and a basic introduction to Egyptian Arabic.

Cindy received both her B.S. Ed and Master of Liberal Studies degrees from Duquesne University and has completed additional graduate work at both Duquesne and here at Pitt. She has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships, three Fulbright-Hays Fellowships, two All-Star Educator awards and the World Affairs Council's George C. Oehmler Award. She has been active with the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia both as a participant, presenter and book discussion leader. Cindy served as the co-chair of the English department, a member of the Social Studies Department, and the inaugural Director of the Global Competence Initiative, which encourages students to cultivate a global perspective by broadening their knowledge of the concerns, challenges and achievements of the wider world in preparation for their futures as globally engaged citizens. Further, she was the first instructor to teach Introduction to Global Studies for the Pitt's College in High School program.

The Global Studies Center congratulates Cindy on her many successful years of teaching and on her commitment to "globalizing" her student's curriculum. As she begins retirement, we know that she will continue to be an active participant and contributor to the Center!
 
 
 Students Dr. Jackie Smith - Fulbright Awardee
Professor Jackie Smith (Sociology), GSC's AY 16-17 Faculty Fellow, has received a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship award to Canada, for her project on Globalization, Human Rights & Cities in the 21st Century. Pending final administrative approvals, she will be Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario), where she will be working to complete a book on the global human rights city movement, which challenges the prevailing mode of economic globalization while advancing a people-centered human rights project. Her work draws from participatory research with Pittsburgh's Human Rights City Alliance and the US Human Rights Cities Alliance. The Fulbright fellowship will enable Smith to include additional research on human rights and housing struggles in Canadian cities.
StudentsGSC Students: On the Move!
 
Congratulations to GSC's April 2020 graduates!
 Catch our video ceremony here.

Global Studies held a virtual celebration of our class of 2020 on April 24th with students, parents and grandparents participating. Our 48 undergraduates represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and career interests with 26 majors represented from Kenneth D. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, School of Engineering, School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, and School of Nursing. 93% of the students studied abroad in over 24 different countries. 12 students graduated with a certificate in Global Health while the others pursued a certificate in Global Studies. Our students are heading off to Georgetown University to study public policy, law at University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University, public health at Emory University and the University of Pittsburgh, medical school at University of Pennsylvania, and one will venture to the Netherlands to study global health with a Fulbright Fellowship. Others are pursing work with non profit organizations through Americorps, secured a position with Ernst and Young, four were accepted into the Peace Corps with assignments in Morocco, Uganda, Philippines and Mexico, and others are exploring their employment options.

Our graduate students completed MAs from the School of Education, MPIAs from GSPIA, and a MPH from the Graduate School of Public Health. Our PhD students graduated from the Music Department from the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and two from the School of Education. We wish them well!!!
 
We are excited to welcome you to our growing Alumni network and hope that you consider finding ways to give back to future Global Studies Center certificate students!
 
 
 Global Engagement in London GSC Scholarship
 
Amanda Beinhauer ('21 Urban Studies) received a study abroad scholarship award to study abroad in London for the Spring 2020 semester, where she enrolled in courses and engaged in a service learning placement in East London. Read more about her experience.
 
 

Our 2020 National Scholarship Recipients -- Congratulations! 


Sam Ressin ('21 Economics, Statistics) received a Boren Fellowship to travel to Brazil to study Portuguese. He is a Global Studies Certificate Student with a focus on Ecology and Sustainability.




Noelle Gulick ('21 Anthropology) received a Boren Fellowship to study Bosnian through the American Councils Balkan Language Initiative program in Bosnia & Herzegovina. 



 

Evelyn Bigini ('20 Nursing) received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Maastricht University (UM) in the Netherlands where she will be completing UM's one-year Master's of Science in Global Health. 
 
   
 

2020 Nationality Rooms and Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Scholarship Recipients! -- Congratulations! 


Considering the University's difficult and necessary decision to cancel all Summer Semester travel abroad for Pitt students, the Nationality Rooms Programs is following the protocol set forth. We are however, honoring all the scholarships awarded to our scholarship winners to be used at a future date.
 
Our staff is working with each of our amazing recipients to find ways that they can use their award to travel at a future time that works with their schedule and curriculum, once it is deemed safe to do so by the U.S. Government and the University of Pittsburgh.
 
Emely Carmona (Biological Sciences) received the Indian Nationality Room Committee Scholarship to travel to Mussoorie India to learn about the challenges of emergency medicine in the Himalayas and become certified as a Wilderness First Responder

Destiny Harrison-Griffin (Political Science) received a Robert and Helen Sette Memorial Scholarship to study human rights movements in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nourhan Abdubaker (Natural Sciences) received a Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Grant to study Austria's nationalized health system.
 
Gianna Donati (Katz, GSPIA) received a Less Commonly Taught Languages scholarship to study Arabic. She hopes to use Arabic to aid in her career as a political risk analyst, helping business make wise decisions when expanding their business abroad.
 
Christine Gameos (GSPIA) received a Fred C. Bruhns Scholarship to conduct research on the rights of refuges to access education in Tripoli, Zahle, and Beirut, Lebanon. Gameos is also a recipient of Less Commonly Taught Languages scholarship.

Dijana Mujkanovic (GSPIA) received a Stanley Prostrednik Grant to travel to Bosnia & Herzegovina to conduct research on intergenerational perspectives on how the increased post-war segregation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is affecting their perception of the future of interethnic relations.
 
Lizz Piccoli (GSPH, GSPIA) received a Less Commonly Taught Languages scholarship to study Arabic. 
 
Falon Weidman (GSPIA) received a the Syria-Lebanon Room Committee Scholarship to intern with the Rene Moawad Foundation , a refugee services organization which promotes social, economic and rural development in Lebanon and the MENA region. Weidman is also a recipient of Less Commonly Taught Languages scholarship.