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 EDT unless otherwise stated.

Updated 1/25/2021

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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​​​

  • China-Latin America and the Caribbean Conference: The conference is sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, the Center for Latin American Studies (University of Pittsburgh), and the Red Académica de América Latina y el Caribe sobre China (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). Dr. Joseph Alter (Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh), Dr. James Cook (Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh), and Dr. Enrique Dussel Peters (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) have organized a remote conference scheduled for January 25-26, 2021, on the topic of "China-Latin America and the Caribbean: Infrastructure, Connectivity, and Everyday Life."
  • Steppe Irrigation: Water, Rivers, and Canalization in the USSR: The desiccation of the Aral Sea is one of the greatest environmental catastrophes of the late twentieth century. But efforts to harness and divert the Aral’s freshwater are rooted in efforts to use technology to terraform landscape in the modern era. Using water to irrigate a wasteland was a hallmark of modernity, progress, productivity, and prosperity. Water was also emblematic of the colonial infrastructure of Russia and the Soviet Union. This live interview with Maya Peterson (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Christopher Ward (Clayton State University) will discuss the role of water in its winder environmental history of the Soviet project.
    • Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 | 12PMET
  • REEES Information Session for Prospective Students: Are you interested in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia? Have you ever wanted to master a language from this region?Have you considered pursuing a career or degree that requires intimate knowledge of Eastern European and Eurasian politics, culture, history, or economics?There has never been a better time to specialize in this vast, diverse, and captivating region? and the Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) at the University of Pittsburgh is one of the best places in the world to do it. REEES offers interdisciplinary certificates, generous scholarships, professional development opportunities, unique courses and study abroad programs, and a variety of enriching academic and cultural events each year. If you would like to learn more about what you can achieve at REEES, join us for this information session to hear from the Center?s director, academic advisor, and a recent graduate of the REEES program.
    • Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 | 5PMET
  • Reinventing Leadership in the Transatlantic Relationship: The newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to reinvent the transatlantic relationship early in his presidency, markedly shifting the relationship established by the previous administration. What will an invigorated alliance look like? What are the specific challenges and opportunities that Russia poses to this alliance? How can the United States navigate these shoals in a manner that can reinvigorate U.S.-EU partnership? Join us for a program featuring Sam Nunn, James F. Collins, Federica Mogherini, and Alasdair Young on the future of transatlantic relations.
    • Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 10AMET
  • CoE: Creating Europe Through Crises: The ESC’s 2020-21 theme, Creating Europe, explores both the political, social, cultural, and geographical forces that have given shape to contemporary Europe and also individuals who create and are creative in their daily or artistic expressions of what it means to be European. For this first installment, the ESC and the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) will collaborate to explore how several crises – including financial, Brexit, migration, democratic backsliding, and public health – have shaped the European Union over the past decade.
    • Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 12PMET
  • From Russian Studies to Careers in Non-Profit Organizations: Russian Studies Career Toolkit Series with Heather Ficke, Care Manager at Jewish Social Service Agency and Melissa Shostak, Research Assistant at RAND Corporation
    • Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 5PMET
  • Something's Brewing: Sweater Weather With Sbiten and Other Warm Drinks: Join the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies for a relaxing chat while learning about comforting cold weather drinks from Eastern Europe and other world regions.
    • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 | 4PMET
  • Pontianak Film Seres: Sumpah Pontinanak: Third in the series of schlocky films from the 50s. The first Pontianak film appeared in 1957 Singaporean Malay horror film directed by Indian film director B.N. Rao starring Maria Menado and M. Amin. Based on the Malay folktales of a blood-sucking ghost born from a woman who dies in childbirth. The smash hit premiered on 27 April 1957 and screened for almost three months at the local Cathay cinemas. Its success spawned two other sequels, Dendam Pontianak (Revenge of the Pontianak, 1957) and Sumpah Pontianak (Curse of the Pontianak, 1958). It is also said to have launched the Pontianak genre in Singapore and Malaysia, with rival Shaw producing its own Pontianak trilogy and several movies of the same genre were also made in Malaysia.
    • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 | 7PMET
  • CLAS Film Series: The Dead and the Others: There are no spirits or snakes tonight and the forest around the village is quiet. Fifteen year old Ihjãc has nightmares since he lost his father. He is an indigenous Krahô from the north of Brazil. Ihjãc walks into darkness, his sweaty body moves with fright. A distant chant comes through the palm trees. His father's voice calls him to the waterfall: it's time to organize a funerary feast so the spirit can depart to the dead's village. The mourning must cease. Denying his duty and in order to escape a crucial process of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc runs away to the city. Far from his people and culture, he faces the reality of being an indigenous in contemporary Brazil.
    • Thursday, February 4trh, 2021 | 6PMET
  • African Studies Program Book Club: His Only Wife​The African Studies Book Club is back with His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Mezie, a Pitt African Studies alumna. A brilliant scholar and a fierce advocate for women's rights, Medie infuses her debut novel with intelligence and humor. This book is a fun read and a great way to fill your free time over winter break!
    • Friday, February 5th, 2021 | 12-1:30PMET
  • RICE &... Uzbek Plov: Join the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) and the Pitt Global Hub for another RICE &... event! REEES will be demonstrating how to make the Uzbek dish plov.
    • Friday, February 5th, 2021 | 12-1PMET
  • Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Gender, Identity, and Health: Join us for the second installment of the webinar series – Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad – that seeks to expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary exchange on contemporary and historical issues in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies. This webinar focuses on gender, race, identity, and health, particularly involving the experiences of Afro-Brazilians, Afro-Argentines, and U.S.-based Afro-Latinxs. Scholars working at the intersections of Africana, Latinx, Latin American and gender studies will explore the ways that these issues overlap and impact Afro-Latin Americans and their diasporic communities in the U.S.
    • Friday, February 5th, 2021 | 1-2:30PMET
  • New Directions in Research: Russian Literature in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: This event is part of the "Race in Focus" series. MODERATOR: Bella Grigoryan, University of Pittsburgh; PRESENTERS: José Vergara, Swarthmore College; "Russian Symbolism and the Racial Origins of 'Tolstoy v. Dostoevsky'"Lindsay Ceballos, Lafayette College
    • Friday, February 5th, 2021 | 2-3:30PMET
  • Transforming Cities: Cities & Sustainability (Mini-Course): This course will bring together the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as practitioners to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the interconnections between health and sustainability, the role cities can have on climate change, low-emission growth and clean energy, the importance of access to resources, the need for sustainable transportation, and the practices of sustainable consumption, among others.
    • Friday, February 5th - Sunday, February 7th, 2021