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). 

Updated 7/3/2020

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.
  • Arts & Culture
    • 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 possesions. 
    • Read and Respond to An Entry in the Asymptote Journal Spring 2020 Issue
      • ​Winner of the 2015 London Book Fair's International Literary Translation Initiative Award, Asymptote is the premier site for world literature in translation. We take our name from the dotted line on a graph that a mathematical function may tend toward, but never reach. Similarly, a translated text may never fully replicate the effect of the original; it is its own creative act. Their Spring 2020 issue features poetry by Zuzanna Ginczanka and Phan Nhiên Hạo, drama from the great Anton Chekhov, Joshua Craze’s review of António Lobo Antunes’ latest fiction, Fiona Bell’s essay on the “diva mode” of translation, and more from 30 countries and 24 languages. 
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Fighting COVID-19 with Epidemiology: A Johns Hopkins Teach-Out
      • A free online course about COVID-19 and how it can be combatted through epidemiology. Offered on the e-learning platform Coursera, the five-hour course is open for enrollment. A beginning course leed by three epidemiologists from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
      • Starts April 6th, 2020
      • Enroll via link above
    • Experiencing America Happy Hours
      • Hosted by Pitt's Office of International Services, any international graduat students, post-doc's, and visitings scholars are invited to join us for a virtual Happy Hour to network, relax, or just talk to people for a while.
      • Every Tuesday from 5PM-6PM
      • Zoom link above
    • 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 Tai Chi 
      • Pitt's Asian Studies Center will be hosting a weekly virtual tai chi lesson throughout May taught by Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer.
      • Every Friday at 10:45AM throughout May
      • Register via Zoom link above
    • Pitt's Center for Creativity: Creative Cafe
      • Every Wednesday from 2:30-3PM
      • Creative Cafe's are a good opportunity to hang out, meet people, and chat. Bring along your art, knitting, writing, craft project, or whatever creative thing you're doing! You can work on it in the company of other makers and enjoy some virtual social time.
      • Registra via Zoom link above 

Virtual Events​​​

  • Pitt Center for Creativity Poetry Mini-Shops:
    • Writing from Art: Using examples of visual art, writers will create poems that tell stories or explore the inner life of paintings and photographs.
      • July 19th, 2020 | 2PM-2:45PM
      • July 21st, 2020 | 8:30PM-9:15PM
  • Racialized Police Violence in Global Perspective: 5 Key Concepts: This discussion series provides students with an opportunity to think about the most recent wave of brutal police violence in the United States in a global perspective. Participants will do up to an hour of reading, viewing, or listening in advance of each conversation; there will be no structured presentations. The goal is for students who complete the series to be able to explain how racialized and militarized policing in the USA shape and are shaped by historical and contemporary global connections and processes. Participants will receive links to the readings, videos, or audio clips prior to each session.
    • Race - Wednesday, July 1st, 4-5:30PM
    • Settler Colonialism - Wednesday, July 8th, 4-5:30PM
    • Racial Capitalism - Wednesday, July 15th, 4-5:30PM
    • Transnationalism - Wednesday, July 22nd, 4-5:30PM
    • Policing in the USA - Wednesday, July 29th, 4-5:30PM
  • Something's Brewing: Teas of the Silk Road: Join the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies for a demonstration and tasting of teas of the Silk Road. We will demonstrate the proper brewing techniques for three different teas (available at Dobra Tea, 1937 Murray Ave.). The first 20 local students who register will receive FREE tea to sample during the program. Everyone else can purchase the tea at Dobra (or simply enjoy your beverage of choice while we talk about the fascinating history of this region's teas).
    • Register via Zoom link above
  • Pitt's Center for Creativity: Open Mic Nights: We welcome any kind of performance - poems, music, improv, skits, dance - and all skill levels! This is a great chance to connect and share. Performers can sign up at the start of the evening and receive a 6-8 minute time slot to showcase their work. This is a great opportunity for international students to connect with others and practice their creative skills.
    • Offered June 25th, July 9th, July 14th, July 23rd, and July 28th | 9PM-10PM
    • Details registration in link above
  • Let's Talk Africa COVID-19: Impact on Education: This is an informal panel to learn and discuss what's going on with education in several African countries during the Covid 19 pandemic.
    • July 10th, 2020 | 12PM
    • Link to join Zoom meeting above
  • International Pittsburgh Trivia: Join the Pitt Global Hub and Global Ties for a fun trivia game that will test your knowledge on international aspects of Pittsburgh and Pitt! Participants will be randomly assigned into teams to compete. This is a great chance for incoming international students to get to know one another and meet domestic students as well!
  • Summer Screenshots: Hot Nights and Cold War: SCREENSHOT: ASIA and the Asian Studies Center present Hot Nights/Cold War, a primer on teaching the Cold War using film. We'll be examining films from Cambodia, North Korea, and Vietnam and discussing how to integrate film into the classroom. The event also includes a take-home PowerPoint curriculum component. Act 48 hours available for educators upon request. Our July Summer Screenshot, "Songs from the North," was created by South Korean-born director Soon-Mi Yoo. The film’s footage is the result of the three separate visits that Soon made to North Korea under the strict supervision of state-supplied guides
    • July 22nd, 2020 | 4PM
    • Register above