23 Mar 2018


European Colloquium: The European Refugee Crisis and Humanitarian Citizenship in Greece

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
4217 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
European Studies Center

Join us for the second meeting of the European Colloquium, in which graduate students and faculty from both Pitt and CMU come together to discuss current research on European topics. Our second presenter will be Heath Cabot, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Paul Eiss, Associate Professor of Anthropology and History at CMU, will act as the discussant. Organized as a monthly brown bag event, we hope that everyone will bring not only their lunch, but also their questions and comments to what will hopefully become an ongoing conversation.


29 Mar 2018


The Question of Judeo-Arabic: Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Humanities Center, Cathedral of Learning 602, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
The Islamicate Studies Working Group, Film Studies Program, Cultural Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, & the English Department

Join the Islamicate Studies Working Group at the University of Pittsburgh for a colloquium featuring Ella Shohat, Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University. The colloquium examines linguistic belonging as invented within national and colonial itineraries. Specifically, it explores the genealogy of the concept of “Judeo-Arabic language” and its definition as a cohesive (specifically Jewish) unit separate from Arabic, and classifiable under the historically novel rubric of isolatable “Jewish languages” severed from their neighboring dialects/languages.

22 Mar 2018


Countering Violent Extremism: What Do Women's Rights Have to Do with It?

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:00pm
Gates Hall 6115, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored By: 
CMU Department of History

Join us as the CMU Department of History presents the Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History, Lila Abu-Lughod, "Countering Violent Extremism: What Do Women's Rights Have to Do with It?" Professor Abu-Lughod focuses on issues of women's rights and gender in the Middle East, along with issues of power, culture, and representation. She is the author of six books, and numerous articles, including her critically acclaimed article-turned-book, "Do Muslim Women Need Saving?" (2013).

05 Apr 2018


Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Omni William Penn Hotel
Sponsored By: 
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Middle East Meltdown – Causes and Consequences – A Luncheon Discussion

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Registration and Networking – 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Speaker – 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

The Omni William Penn Hotel – Bob & Dolores Hope Room
530 William Penn Pl,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

$35 for WAC members
$50 for non-members
$20 for students or active military/veterans with ID

14 Mar 2018


Book Discussion--We Too Sing America

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 5:00pm
548 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

Deepa Iyer will be visiting Pitt for one day to discuss her book We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multracial Future. Iyer is a senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and Race Forward, a civil rights attorney, and an impactful activist for racial and immigrant justice in America.

Her 2015 book historicizes our current era of increasingly open hatred and bigotry, while offering ideas for initiating productive dialogues about race, social justice, and policy.

5-6pm: Book Discussion for students and educators

22 Mar 2018


Book Discussion: Exit West

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
Hillman Library Room 171B, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Global Studies Center

As part of the Pittsburgh A&L "Ten Evenings" series, Mohsin Hamid (author of Exit West) will be talking about his recent works and creative processes. Prior to their public lectures at the Carnegie Music Hall, the Global Studies Center is hosting a more intimate gathering with Pitt faculty, students and the community to learn about and discuss how these works of fiction help us to understand global processes and the connections, disruptions, inequalities, and opportunities they create. We will be giving out a limited number of FREE tickets to the lecture to those who attend.

Lisa Bromberg lisabromberg@pitt.edu

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.

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.

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.


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