Feb 2018

02 Feb 2018


Joel Migdal Book Talk, Shifting Sands

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
3911 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Please join us for a talk with prominent scholar Joel Migdal. In his recent book, Shifting Sands, Dr. Migdal discusses how key transformations led to a series of missteps and misconceptions in the 20th century US policy towards the Middle East. He sees an opportunity for the US to deploy a new, more workable strategy. When he joins us, he will highlight key themes in his recent work and extend its analysis to present day challenges in the region.

This event is part of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs’ Middle East Politics and Development Lecture Series.

08 Feb 2018


Summer Studies Program in Indonesia

Thursday, February 8, 2018 (All day)
Sponsored By: 
US-Indonesia Society

As the most dynamic emerging economy in Southeast Asia, the largest Muslim-majority country, third largest democratic country and one of the most diverse countries in the world, Indonesia is an important country for the U.S and in Asia. The USINDO Summer Studies program aims to provide American students with the language ability, political awareness, culture sensitivity and understanding of this increasingly significant country. For the past 23 years, USINDO has hosted an intensive ten-week language and cultural immersion program, held in Yogyakarta for U.S.

12 Feb 2018


Polymaths of Islam: Scholars and Knowledge Networks in a Eurasian Cosmopolis

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
History Department Lounge, 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh History Department

Come join the University of Pittsburgh History Department for a Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop featuring James Pickett, Assistant Professor of History at Pitt. Additional commentary will be provided by Devin DeWeese, Professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. A reception will be held at 4:00, and the workshop will begin at 4:30. The manuscript can be dowloaded at this link: https://pitt.app.box.com/folder/45307290830.

13 Feb 2018


Novel Ideas: Black History Month

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Downtown Pittsburgh YW
Sponsored By: 
Great Pittsburgh YW

Calling all book lovers and social justice changemakers! Join Novel Ideas, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s interactive, insightful book club with a focus on diverse, thought-provoking writers and subjects. Titles include non-fiction, fiction, graphic novels, and memoirs. Most are readily accessible, in various media forms, through our amazing regional libraries. Topics will range from current events and social movements to more personal glimpses of life and diverse people.

21 Feb 2018


A Dialogue with the Ambassador of Pakistan

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Sponsored By: 
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Join the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for a moderated armchair dialogue with His Excellency Mr. Aizaz Chaudhry, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States. Our discussion will explore the strength of the strategic partnership between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, as well as the challenges and opportunities that the future holds.

21 Feb 2018


Pakistan's Role in Regional Stability

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Giant Eagle Auditorium (A51), Baker Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Center for International Relations and Politics, University of Pittsburgh

Join us for a lecture by His Excellency Aiziz Chaudhry, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States. He is a career Foreign Service Officer with over 36 years of bilateral and multilateral experience in the field of diplomacy. Before his appointment as ambassador in March 2017, he served as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, spokesperson of the foreign ministry, Additional Foreign Secretary for the UN and Disarmament Affairs, and Director General for relations with South Asian countries where he has remained closely associated with the peace process with India.


22 Feb 2018


A Discussion with Former Ambassador Dennis Jett on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
Posvar 4217 University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Pitt Global Affairs Club, Global Studies Center, CERIS

Join the Global Affairs Club at the University of Pittsburgh as we welcome former Ambassador Dennis Jett to lead a discussion on the Iran Nuclear Deal. This is the second event of the semester in our overarching semester focus on regional dynamics in the Middle East.

23 Feb 2018


CERIS Book Discussion for Educators: Beyond Timbuktu

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 5:00pm
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored By: 

You are invited to participate in the spring 2018 faculty book
discussion at the University of Pittsburgh. Please join in the
discussion about Beyond Timbuktu: an Intellectual History of
Muslim West Africa by Ousmane Kane.

Amir Syed, a Visiting Assistant Professor of the History of the
Islamic World at the University of Pittsburgh will facilitate the
book discussion.
The author, Ousmane Kane is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal
Professor in Contemporary Islamic Religion & Society at Harvard

24 Feb 2018


Nationalism and Identity in the Era of Colonialism

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:15am to 4:00pm
IR110 Amado Recital Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sponsored By: 
Pennsylvania Council for International Education

The objective of this workshop is to facilitate the teaching at the high school level of complex issues such as Colonialism, Nationalism and identity. By offering lectures and hands-on interactive modules which incorporate both maps and facilitated discussions on nationalism and identity the hope is that the teachers will find useful tools that they can incorporate in their teaching. Curricula generated from this workshop will be posted on the PA Department of Education’s SAS portal and tagged as meeting global education goals and skills.