Virtual Global Engagement Activities

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pitt Global Hub will be collating a list of free virtual activities in which students, faculty, staff and any individual interested in international or global affairs can participate! This list will be updated regularly. 

Students who are working on completing the Global Distinction can report their participation in these events via myPittGlobal and submit for approval towards their requirements. Please be sure to include a short 1-2 sentence summary or attach proof of participation in the activity (e.g. screenshot). 

All times listed are in ET unless otherwise stated.

Updated 3/29/2021

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Ongoing Activities

  • Politics/Policy/International Relations
    • United Nations Noon Briefings
      • Meetings coverage and press briefings on various topics from the United Nations. These are lengthy articles that take about 15-20 minutes to read. The UN releases them almost daily.
    • United Nations Association of the U.S.A: Global Engagement Online Series
      • The Global Engagement Online Series (“GEOS”) is a virtual alternative to our 2020 Global Engagement Summit which will keep you inspired, informed, and connected to the UN this year. We will bring you to the center of global problem solving, using technology and online meetings to ensure we are doing our part to mitigate public health risks. You can count on the GEOS series to bring you unique discussions with global issues experts — all while we practice safe social-distancing.
    • US State Department Press Page
      • Press releases, briefings transcipts, and Secretary Pompeo's speeches. Updated regularly.
    • London School of Economics COVID-19: The Policy Response Event Series
      • COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for the social sciences to help governments and non-governmental organisations respond to the economic and societal consequences of the pandemic. Part of LSE's response to this challenge is a series of online public events that will take place over the Summer Term. Please note that these events take place in London Time (+5 hours to EDT). This means if it lists the event start time as 4PM, it will be an 11AM EDT start time.
    • Council on Foreign Relations Events
      • ​Each year CFR organizes more than one hundred on-the-record events, conference calls, and podcasts in which senior government officials, global leaders, business executives, and prominent thinkers discuss pressing international issues. Many of these events are recorded with transcripts. 
  • Arts & Culture
    • Drive & Listen - Dashcam footage from around the world
      • ​Explore cities from around the world from a first-person POV while listening to their local radio stations!
    • Online Exhibition: Art at the Service of the People (DIVDEDCO)
      • DIVEDCO's production ran from 1949-1990 and included booklets, posters, and films that sought to instruct rural (mostly illiterate) Puerto Ricans about issues regarding health, family, community-building, sustainability, national history, social justice, democracy, hurricanes, migration, cultural traditions, etc. These works were produced by Puerto Rico's most renowned artists and writers. We know that students from all disciplines will be able to gain a greater appreciation for Puerto Rican and Latin American culture through these wonderful materials that come from our private collection and their explanatory texts.
    • Virtual Tour of Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo Museum)
      • Take a virtual walk through of Casa Azul, or The Blue House, which was once the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and preserves many of the artists' historic objects and : :. 
    • Read and respond to an Entry in the Asymptote Journal Summer 2020 Issue
      • Find support in dark days by working through “This Strange Stillness”: Asymptote’s Summer 2020 edition, hailing from 31 countries and 23 languages, is our most topical issue ever, including direct responses to the pandemic and #BlackLivesMatter from Gonçalo M. Tavares, Yang Lian, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, and Frédéric Beigbeder. Step into Marianna Geide’s and Mohamed Makhzangi’s surreal worlds in our “Vignettes” Special Feature
    • Nationality Rooms Virtual Tours
      • Stay engaged with Pitt's Nationality Rooms Program through virtual tours! The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments. Tours are conductyear round. The public is invited to experience their ethnic identity and ancestral roots. The rooms are also in use as University classrooms. The playlist above will be updated regularly.
    • Virtual Museum Tours
      • View some of the world's best museums from the comfort of your home!
    • Virtual Experiences at The Frick
      • ​Includes virtual tours, kids' activities, and more!
    • Barnes Takeout: Your Daily Serving of Art
      • In short videos, The Barnes Foundation curators, scholars, and educators present off-the-cuff musings about some of their favorite works in the collection. Take a break during these trying times, and refocus your mind on something calm and nourishing.
    • DC Environmental Film Festival Online (through March 31st, 2020)
      • The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993, their mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. With the cooperation and support of their filmmakers, they are excited to be able to offer you a selection of our 2020 Festival schedule — most of which are absolutely free to stream (with some exceptions). Available through March 31st.
    • New Israel Foundation Film Club
      • NIF is offering a virtual film club, bringing you poignant and relevant Israeli films during these days when we have more time to catch up on films we may have missed, ones we want to see again, or completely new ones. Watch the movie at your own convenience before the Tuesday discussion.
      • Every Tuesday at 4PM
    • Metropolitan Opera - Nightly Opera Streams
      • Each stream is available for 23 hours. The full schedule can be found here.
    • Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China
      • This 3D tour allows you to explore along the Great Wall in different seasons.
    • Nationality Rooms Program Cultural Video Series
      • Announcing the Nationality Rooms Programs Cultural Video Series! Let’s strengthen our community bonds during this time of social distancing! We are presenting a series of ethnic cultural videos featuring members from different Nationality Rooms, showcasing crafts, recipes, music and other unique things from their region or country. Make sure you’re following our page so you’ll be the first to know when we post a new video! Our goal is to post a new video each week. Feel free to send us your own videos so that we can highlight your ethnic traditions or stories!
    • Tour Croatia's National Parks
      • You may have heard about its spectacular beaches and medieval towns, but did you know that Croatia also has magnificent national parks, where you can swim under cinematic waterfalls and explore unspoiled virgin forest? Watch the above video produced by Lonely Planet.
    • Britsburgh Virtual Events
      • Local Pittsburgh not-for-profit Britsburgh is hosting a series of virtual events from British toy soldier making workshops to discussions on suffragettes in the UK. View the full list and RSVP at the link above.
    • Virtual Tour of The Colosseum in Rome
    • Virtual Street Art Tours from Around the World
      • Google Arts & Culture offers virtual walking tours of street art and graffiti from around the world
    • Virtual Tour of Machu Picchu
    • Virtual Tour of Pyramids of Giza
    • WindowSwap: WindowSwap lets you see views from windows around the world
  • Other
    • Duke University Press - Navigating the Threat of Pandemic Syllabus
      • In support and solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are providing free access to the books and journal articles in the above link to help build knowledge and understanding of how we navigate the spread of communicable diseases. Listed books are free to read online until June 1, 2020, and journal articles are free until October 1.
    • Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies - Archived Webinars
      • The Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS) has a list of archived webinars on a variety of topics connected to East Asian studies.
    • A Town Hall on Anti-Asian Racism: Race, Struggle & Solidarity In the Time of A Global Pandemic
      • Originally streamed on March 28th, 2020. We are living in unprecedented times with COVID--19 or the Coronavirus. There has been a rise in anti-Chinese and anti-Asian discrimination and many efforts to combat it during this public health crisis. Asian American organizers, and other people of color we are in community with, will facilitate a conversation on race, struggle and solidarity in the time of a global pandemic.
      • Will need to log-in on Facebook to view.
    • Watch Party Wednesdays
      • Pitt's Office of International Services will be hosting a weekly watch party of international movies. Please view our group posts or the OIS events calendar to see the specific movie each week.
      • Every Wednsday at 7PM
      • OIS events calendar above

Virtual Events​​​

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  • MONDAY 3/29 at 12PMET: Freely/Speaking/GloballyJoin Mai Khoi, Artist Protection Fund fellow in residence at Pitt, and Simten Coşar, Pitt Scholar at Risk visiting faculty member, as they talk about their experiences of political expression and censorship with GSC Director Michael Goodhart.

  • MONDAY 3/29 at 4PMET: Something's Brewing: Material Cultures of Tea: Tea pets, samovars, tea boxes and tins, and more: Learn about the different material items that make drinking tea an aesthetic and cultural as well as culinary experience.

  • TUESDAY 3/30 at 9:40AMET: European Union-China Relations: Dina Moulioukova is a Lecturer of International Studies and Master of International Administration at the University of Miami where she teaches courses on security. Dina has completed her Ph.D. at the University of Miami with focus on innovative approaches to security studies. Prior to her studies at UM, Dina received her Master of Law degree law (LL.M.) at the University of Cambridge with focus on international law and J.D. from Kazan State University on Russian civil law and international law in Russia. Her current research concentrates on different aspects of Russian foreign policy and security, with special emphasis on Russia’s relations with the European Union, Russia’s energy security and geopolitical competition between the West and rising powers in Africa and Latin America. Dina has also widely published on the topics of her research and is currently working on finalizing her book. In addition to her academic interests, she has been engaged in a number of US Agency for International Development and Library of Congress’ projects on post-Soviet space and has served as an expert in roundtable discussions by Council on Foreign Relations and USSOUTHCOM.
     
  • TUESDAY 3/30 at 11AMET: JMintheUS: Capitalist Transformations in East Central Europe since the Great Recession: What Do We Know? What Have We MissedThis presentation asks three related questions:
    • If neoliberalism has implied the retreat of the state from economic roles, does the recent return of the state in the economy herald the end of neoliberalism?
    • Is there a causal rather than incidental relationship between transforming capitalism and the turn to authoritarian politics?
    • How do we make sense of right-wing governments' double attack on liberalism as a force of eocnomic dispossession, and simultaneously, as an advocate of political emancipation of women, ethnic and sexual minorities, and migrants?
       
  • TUESDAY 3/30 at 1PMET: JMintheUS: Crisis Decision-Making: How COVID-19 Has Changed the Working Methods of the EU Institutions: The COVID-19 pandemic changed the dynamics of the EU institutions. Much attention has been paid to the functioning of the EU institutions at the highest political level, but less so at the working levels of the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament. What was the nature of EU action in this time and how well did the decision-making machinery work? This talk analyses all three main institutions by: a) describing how decisions are usually made; b) exploring how they are made in corona times; and c) assessing how well the individual institutions were equipped and able to adapt to these unusual circumstances.
     
  • TUESDAY 3/30 at 6PM: Déjà Coup: Power, Protest and the Language of Nationhood in Myanmar: Mass protests have been seen across Myanmar since the military seized power on February 1. Dr. Will Womack of University of Alabama at Birmingham will provide historical background and context on the current situation unfolding in the country. Dr. Womack's lecture will focus on how the political coup and protests have effected the peace process in Myanmar, with particular focus on the issue of religious and ethnic minorities. Please join us on Tuesday March 30 at 6:00 pm EDT for a virtual lecture on Myanmar.

    Will Womack studies the history of nationalism and social identity in Myanmar in the interaction between politics and literate practice. He teaches history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and leads Asian Studies seminars for educators for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia University of Pittsburgh National Coordinating Site.

  • WEDNESDAY 3/31 at 5:30PMET: So You Want to Work for the Federal Government?: The Latin America and the Caribbean Competency Virtual Series is an opportunity for students to learn more about different topics related to this area and connect with the guest speakers outside of the classroom environment. The students will also have the chance of discussing and asking questions regarding the topic of the presentation. The fourth presentation will be by Kat Andrews, Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She will talk about working in federal government. Getting a job in the federal government whether it be with the Department of State, Homeland Security or the Intelligence Community is hard to do. Half the battle is knowing the tips and tricks for getting hired and navigating the complicated process. In this presentation, we will discuss everything you need to know to make your way into government work and what opportunities are really out there. You can earn myPittGlobal and OCC credit and a certificate of participation by attending!
  • WEDNESDAY 3/31 at 6:30PMET: Asia Pop:Era of Videos: In the virtual presentation, Dr. Yamada discusses the Vocaloid and DTM (desktop music) phenomena through the lenses of media and fan studies, looking at online social media platforms, the new technology for composing, and fans of the Vocaloid character. He provides a sense of how interactive new media and an empowered fan base combine to engage in the creation processes and enhance the circulation of Vocaloid works. The question of how today’s DTM culture expands in scale hinges upon such lively collaborations and interconnections, not just between individuals, but also among individuals, technologies, and distribution infrastructures.
  • THURSDAY 4/1 at 4PMET: Film Screening and Discussion: Ayka: Award-winning actress Samal Yeslyamova (Tulpan) plays the role of Ayka, a Kyrgyz illegal migrant in Moscow. Ayka has no money, no home, and she just gave birth. She is never still, so we follow her through wintry Moscow streets on her reckless pursuit to find work. An aggressive soundtrack and visceral cinematography emphasize the vision of a huge megalopolis where anyone can get lost or disappear. It is Yeslyamova, however, who steals the camera; always moving forward in her unraveling as she enters her curtained den until the end, when she and the camera give us a chance to breathe. In 2010, 248 newborns were abandoned in Moscow's maternity wards, a statistic information director Sergey Dvortsevoy found in the newspapers and adapted for his film. He likes to make films from "real" life and values surprises and doubt, interested in what happens when families and relationships break down between people and their environment to the point when an individual is morally damaged. His film comes at a time of worldwide chaotic migration, and it is obvious that what happened to Ayka is happening to others. (Maryna Ajaja, SIFF)

    Moderator: Nancy Condee, Director, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures
    Speakers: Colin Johnson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Idaho State University; Heath Cabot, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

  • THURSDAY 4/1 at 6PMET: Four Evenings Discussion: Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other (Discussion): In Conjunction 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 discussions, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues.

    With Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo became the first Black woman to win the Booker Prize for Fiction. The novel is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity, across generations, in a group of Black British women. Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart. The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.

  • THURSDAY 4/1 at 6PMET: CLAS Film Series Presents: Pelo Malo: "A nine year old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming of age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those curls, to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of himself as a long haired singer. As the opportunity approaches to have his photo taken for the new school year, that ache turns into a fiery longing. Junior's mother, Marta, is barely hanging on. The father of her children has died, she recently lost her job as a security guard, and she now struggles to put a few arepas on the table for Junior and his baby brother. Junior doesn't even know yet what it means to be gay, but the very notion prompts Marta to set out to 'correct' Junior's condition before it truly takes hold. This is a story of people doing what they feel they have to, partly out of fear, but also out of love."

    —Diana Vargas, Toronto International Film Festival

    Please register by April 1, 2021 at 3 pm. Around 5:30 pm you will receive an email with the Zoom link and instructions on how to access the film

  • FRIDAY 4/2 at 11AMET: Aging Under Socialism: Europe and Beyond: Within about twenty years, the United States will pass a monumental threshold: this country will have more citizens over 65 than it does under the age of 18. Part of a massive demographic transition that is taking place across the Global North, the aging of the boomer generation will present challenges for retirement financing, healthcare, and political economy. Medical research has already pivoted towards this new reality; humanities-centered scholarship has begun focusing on aging as well. This workshop hopes to bring historical thinking to bear further on this problem. While the history of old age is a growing field in the discipline, scholars have mostly examined aging in the context of Western capitalist societies. This workshop will bring together a number of early career academics and graduate students to discuss their research on old age under socialism. There has been a great deal of interest, in recent years, in how socialist societies imagined gender, healthcare, and the family. This is granting us a much fuller picture of these societies than what was possible during the Cold War, when analysis focused squarely on themes of political oppression and resistance. And yet we know next to nothing about the socialist style of aging: the imagination of age and the policy apparatus focusing on the elderly.

  • FRIDAY 4/2 at 3PMET: FLAC: Exploring Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: History, Pedagogy, and Practice: The University Center for International Studies (UCIS), with funding from Pitt's Title VI National Resource Centers, has embarked on a four year initiative to increase the number of FLAC courses offered on campus. Dr. Deborah Reisinger?s presentation will help prospective instructors and students understand what FLAC is and why it is important. After the presentation, information about current FLAC courses at Pitt and successful strategies for developing new courses (including language ?trailers?) will be shared.

  • TUESDAY 4/6 at 2PMET: Homeward Film Screening: Homeward shares the story of a Crimean Tatar father and son coping with family loss as they travel to transport the body of their son and brother from Kyiv to Crimea.

  • TUESDAY 4/6 at 10:30AMET: JMintheUS: The Human Dimension of Heritage in the EU: This panel will consider both the human rights law dimension of cultural heritage, and the role that heritage plays in protecting and realizing all human rights, comprising cultural rights. The panel will particularly refer to the protection of cultural rights of minorities, Indigenous peoples, and migrants.

  • TUESDAY 4/6 at 12PMET: JMintheUS: Economic Inequality After the PandemicA discussion of inequalities revealed and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the public policy tools available to ameliorate them, and the likely paths economies will take in recovery.

  • TUESDAY 4/6 at 12PMET: Global Careers in Pittsburgh and Beyond: A Conversation with Jenna Baron and Eric Reidy: Join UCIS and our Emerging Global Leaders in Residence Jenna Baron ('13) and Eric Reidy ('12) for a discussion on their careers in migration and working with immigrant and refugee communities in the U.S. and abroad. This discussion is geared towards current students and recent graduates who are interested in these topics and working with these communities. If you are looking for advice on how to get started, how to decide on career paths, and how to just figure things out, please join us!