Spring 2020 Newsletter
A Message from the Director
Dear Friends,

Welcome back, and welcome to the ‘20s! It’s with great anticipation that I write to give you a preview of some of the exciting programs and events that the Global Studies Center will be offering this spring, including our the ongoing Classics and the Global series organized by our Faculty Fellow, Dr. Jacques Bromberg and a new series organized by our Global Academic Partnership (GAP) awardee, Dr. Caitlin Bruce, on Global Creative Cities: Exploring Transnational Youth and Graffiti Cultures .

Our interdisciplinary Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human series on "Invisibility" continues with three lectures and seminars featuring prominent scholars, including Pitt’s own José-Alain Sahel . As part of our ongoing research initiative Anthropocene: Epoch of Loss , we’re excited to offer an innovative mapping workshop, in partnership with the World History Center (and thanks to funding from the Year of Creativity).  Mapping Loss in the Anthropocene will introduce creative map-making and counter-cartography skills through three workshops; participants will make their own maps!

I’m thrilled to announce a new initiative, made possible through funding from the H.J. Heinz Foundation. Our Heinz Visiting Fellows will bring scholars and practitioners to campus for extended stays that increase the impact of their visits by allowing greater opportunity for interaction with the Pitt community. Our inaugural Heinz Visiting Fellow will be Dr. Shareen Hertel , Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hertel’s visit is jointly hosted by the new Center for Sustainable Business in the Katz Graduate School of Business. If you have ideas for potential visiting fellows, please let me know.

With funding from our Kabak Endowment and in partnership with the NGO Liberty Shared , GSC will host a two-day expert workshop on Human Trafficking at the end of the term. We’re assembling a global group of scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to address big questions on trafficking and how it might be more effectively countered. 

Finally, I’m delighted to announce the arrival of Dr. Simten Coşar , who will join us as a Visiting Faculty Member in 2020. Her residency is made possible through generous funding from the Office of the Provost and through the cooperation of our partners at City of Asylum , as part of a new initiative to host endangered scholars at the University of Pittsburgh. A formal announcement and details of the program to follow soon.

This is just a selection of the many programs and events on offer this term; to learn more, continue reading, make sure to follow our Weekly News and Events emails each Monday, and visit our website r egularly. There’s also a convenient, printable one-page calendar with many of these events

With my best wishes for a joyous and peaceful new year,
GSC Spring 2020 Highlighted Events
Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human: Invisibility
This semester our series on "Invisibility" continues with three lectures and seminars. The lectures are open to all; seminars are open to faculty, grad students, and post-docs. More information on the series is available here; r eadings for the seminars can be found by clicking the "materials" tab at the bottom of the page.

Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence
Dr. Gregory Cajete, University of New Mexico
Thurs., January 16 I 4:30 PM I 4130 Posvar Hall (Lecture)
Fri., January 17 I 9:00 AM I 4217 Posvar Hall (Seminar)

Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines
Dr. Victoria Reyes, University of California, Riverside
Thurs., March 5 I 4:30 PM I 4130 Posvar Hall (Lecture)
Fri., March 6 I 9:00 AM I 4217 Posvar Hall (Seminar)

More Light, and the Gloom of That Light
Dr. José-Alain Sahel, University of Pittsburgh
Thurs., March 19 I 4:30 PM I 501 Cathedral of Learning (Lecture)
Fri., March 20 I 9:00 AM I Location TBA (Seminar)
Global and the Classics
Faculty Fellow Lecture Series
Dr. J acques Bromberg (Classics), our 2019-2020 GSC Faculty Fellow, will host another four visitors as part of the Classics and the Global lecture series, which highlights the ways in which the study of antiquity can inform the study of globalization, and vice versa.

For an updated schedule, please check out our website and for updates in our Weekly News!
Global Creative Cities: Exploring Transnational Youth and Graffiti Cultures
Dr. Caitlin Bruce (Communications), our 2019-2021 Global Academic Partnership (GAP) awardee, will organize a series of events over the next two years (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.

Colores institucionales en mi barrio: El desafio con arte graffiti/Institutional Colors in my Neighborhood: The Challenge of Graffiti Art
Gloria Talamantes, Creator of Brown Walls Project in Chicago Illinois (GLOE)
Mon., January 27 I 6-7 PM I Community of Christ, 1805 Tonapah Street Beechview
*Reception to follow

Changing the Narrative from Crisis to Art
Joe Schipani, Director of Flint Public Art Project
Mon., February 24 I 5-6 PM I Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Branch

Development of Street Art as Community Experience in Latin America
Dr. Ricardo Klein, University of Valencia, Spain
Mon., March 16 I 6-8 PM I 4130 Posvar Hall

Find updated information here !
Shareen Hertel: Inaugural H.J. Heinz Foundation Visiting Fellow
The new Visiting Fellows program is made possible through the generosity of a gift from the H.J. Heniz Company Foundation . The program's purpose is to increase the impact of visits by external scholars and practitioners by bringing them to campus for extended stays to allow for greater interaction with faculty, students, and staff. Dr. Hertel's visit is sponsored by the Global Studies Center , the Center for Sustainable Business in the Katz Graduate School of Business, and the Office of the Provost

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. Hertel is Editor of The Journal of Human Rights ; co-editor of the Routledge International Studies Intensives book series; and serves on the editorial boards of Human Rights Review and Human Rights and Human Welfare . Her published work includes Tethered Fates: Companies, Communities and Rights at Stake (Oxford University Press 2019); Activists Beyond Borders: Conflict & Change Among Transnational Activists (Cornell University Press, 2006); Economic Rights: Conceptual, Measurement & Policy Issues (Cambridge University Press 2007 with Lanse Minkler); Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2011 with Kathryn Libal); along with multiple articles and book chapters. Hertel holds a doctorate in Political Science (2003), Master’s degrees in Political Science (1999) and International Affairs (1992) all from Columbia University, as well as a BA in International Relations (1988) from The College of Wooster.

Dr. Hertel will give a lecture on March 2 @ 5pm, hosted by the CSB. She'll also participate on an expert panel, "Corporate Purpose, (Social) Equity, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals" on March 3 @ 12:30pm. In addition, she'll be ava ilable for meetings with faculty and graduate students and for classroom visits during her stay; contact GSC Director Michael Goodhart if you are interested in arranging a meeting with her.  More information and details about her visit will continue to be posed on our website and in our Weekly News. 
Spring Faculty Salon

Mark your Calendar! Join us on  Thursday, February 13 , from  4-5:30 PM  in the  Global Studies Center Main Office  (4100 Posvar Hall) to catch up with friends, meet new colleagues, and discuss shared interests over wine and light snacks. It's a great way for us to hear your suggestions about what we might do to enrich the Global Studies Center and the community we're building and to learn more about your work and how we might support it.
We will provide refreshments; you provide the great company and conversation. Bring a colleague!   No RSVP necessary, just drop by to say hello!
Faculty Funding Opportunity
Global Academic Partnership
Deadline: March 1, 2020

Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grants aim to amplify the Global Studies Center's transnational themes (Global Health, Migrations, Cities in Transformation, Anthropocene: Epoch of Loss) through interdisciplinary research collaborations, curriculum development, student exchanges, and other scholarly endeavors that enhance the University of Pittsburgh's global profile. One grant in the amount of $40,000 will be awarded to support ongoing campus programming in a variety of innovative formats that enriches the intellectual environment at Pitt over the course of two years ($10,000 in the first year and $30,000 in the second).

This award is generously sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Center for International Studies to help Pitt faculty develop meaningful international partnerships with universities, governments, international organizations, NGOs, and/or think-tanks. Faculty from all schools and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Review the grant guidelines, complete the application form, and submit your application online  here
Spring 2020 Professional Development & Community Education Events
Global Issues Through Literature
Global Health & Gender Equality

K-12 educators have the opportunity to explore literary texts from a global perspective in reading groups led by content specialists who will present the work and its context. Together, educators brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions take place in 4130/4217 Posvar Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m on Thursdays.

Books, Act 48 credit, dinner, and parking are provided. Register by clicking book titles below!

Sawako Ariyoshi's The Doctor's Wife
January 23, 2020

February 27, 2020

Akira Yoshimura's Shipwrecks
April 23, 2020
Four Evenings -- Global Literary Encounters

In partnership with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's " Ten Evenings " series, GSC will be hosting a final "Four Evenings" pre-lecture discussion that will put Tommy Orange's work in global perspective. Open to series subscribers and the Pitt Community, these evening discussions, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues.

Register by clicking on the book title below:

Tommy Orange's There, There
February 6, 2020
6-7PM in the Latin American Lecture Room
Hillman Library
*Conversation with Professor Alaina Roberts , History

Chasing Leviathan: The Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Whaling

Join us, along with our friends at the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), for a professional development mini-course on the world of Whaling from New England to Europe to Japan .

Friday, February 28: 5:30-8:30 PM
Saturday, February 29: 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Register here !

Speakers will address topics including the lives of sailors, the harvesting of whale species and whale parts, the global commodity chain of whaling, and a challenge to the contemporary Japanese narrative about the cultural importance of whaling . Participants will also preview portions of the American Experience film  Into the Deep, experience the music of whalers, and join a curriculum session with a master teacher. Free ACT 48 hours, materials, parking, and meals.
Spring 2020 Programs and Opportunities for Students
Smart Cities and Technology Mini-Course Offered

This one-credit mini-course will approach smart cities and technology through a multi-disciplinary lens by inviting various researchers and practitioners who explore topics including: the influence of transnational corporations on cities, the rise of privacy issues in relation to adoption of technology within cities and homes; the replacement of human labor and access to employment; and, the role of technology on urban planning. The course will take place at Carnegie Mellon University from March 20-22, 2020.

The Pitt course number is PS 1555-1010 (36056). For more information and to register, click here .
GSC on the Road!
Washington, D.C. Career Networking Trip

Students will meet with experts and alumni in various fields to learn about diverse career opportunities and to gain an insider's perspective on different organizations in the DC area.

Meetings have been organized around four different career tracks, and each student will choose one track: Global Health, Human Rights/Security, International Security & Diplomacy, and International Development. Applications are due by 4 PM on Friday, January 17, 2020 . $50 non-refundable payment will be collected to hold your place.

For more information and to register, visit shorturl.at/lzAI2 .
GSC Social Hours with Global Studies Ambassadors

The Global Studies Center looks forward to beginning a monthly, informal social hour next semester - hosted by Global Studies Ambassadors and fellow GSC students Mark, Sarah and Destiny - as a way to get to know other like-minded Global Studies students. These events will occur on Fridays in the Global Hub.

Mark you calendars, social hours will happen on January 17 at 2 PM, February 21 at 1 PM, March 20 at 1 PM and April 17 at 1 PM.
UCIS Research Toolkit

Are you interested in developing your academic interests into research projects? Dr. K. Frances Lieder, the UCIS Visiting Professor of Contemporary Global Issues , will lead this three-part series. Students will learn the how-to’s of research in the social sciences and humanities, formulate and apply concepts to their own research, and engage with junior faculty about their research experiences. Snacks served. 

Mark your calendar for February 7, February 28, and March 27 . Check our events calendar for times and location.
Mapping Loss in the Anthropocene

Mapping Loss in the Anthropocene is a Year of Creativity event co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the World History Center . Students will have the opportunity to reflect on human-driven climate change and to create maps that capture or express their relationships to (some aspect of) it - changing sea levels, favorite natural locations, species impacts, affective responses -- it's up each participant how to engage this topic.

There will be three hands-on workshops , each covering different techniques for mapping, including critical- or counter-cartography, GIS and digital mapping, and artistic approaches. By the end of the workshops, participants will have conceived and created their own maps.

Stay tuned for workshop dates/times/locations in our Weekly News this semester!
Performance & Globalization
Play Read-Alongs For A Better Future

How can theater bring us closer to the issues at the center of Global Studies? Theater requires us to have an embodied encounter with the characters we are playing and the worlds they inhabit. It challenges the limits of our empathy and understanding while engaging us in a process of creative world-building that encourages us to imagine the world differently. In continuation of last semester, we will invite participants to pick up a script and try their hand at playing different characters in plays from around the world.

You don’t have to have any experience in theater or Global Studies, and you don’t have to prepare anything.Just bring your sense of fun and imagination. There will be a brief discussion of the issues it raised as they relate to Global Studies to follow.

Stay tuned for dates and play selections!
Summer 2020 Funding Available
University of Pittsburgh's Study Abroad Panther Program

Global Studies is pleased to offer several $3000 in tuition remission for students enrolled in one of Pitt's Study Abroad Panther Program. Student must take courses that count towards one of Global Studies certificates or a BPHIL/IAS/Global Studies. First priority will be given to students enrolled in a Global Studies academic program.

Student will be expected to provide a reflection of their study abroad experience for GSC publication. To learn more about the tuition remission scholarship and to apply, click here .
Research News
GSC Affiliated Faculty, Dr. Michaël Aklin & BPhil '17 Graduate, Meital Rosenberg Published!
We are pleased to announce that one of our GSC BPhil graduates, Meital Rosenberg , has published a paper in collaboration with Pitt's Michaël  Aklin (Political Science) and CMU's Daniel Armanios and Paulina Jaramillo (Engineering), in the journal Nature Sustainability .

The paper, " Evidence of gender inequality in energy use from a mixed-methods study in India ," discusses how women may not be benefiting as much as men from electricity access once household appliance use is broken down by who uses appliances, how, and where.

A brief research highlight is available  here. Congratulations!