Pitt Presents International Week 2006, Sept. 24-30

Issue Date: 
September 18, 2006


Events Exemplify Theme of Celebration: “Live Like the World Matters”

Pitt’s University Center for International Studies, Office of International Services, and Division of Student Affairs, in collaboration with a number of community organizations, will present International Week 2006, “Live Like the World Matters.”

The celebration of the diversity of the University, Oakland, and the greater Pittsburgh community will run Sept. 24-30 and include international food, dance, panel discussions, art, music, films, and lectures.

Also part of this year’s International Week festivities will be the fourth annual African Festival and the 27th annual Latin American & Caribbean Festival, which will take place Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, respectively.

Other International Week highlights will include the following:

Sept. 24 Film Screening, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, directed by
Kim Bertley and Donnacha O’Briain, 10 p.m., ISLLC Lounge, Sutherland Hall
A documentary about the April 2002 military coup attempt against Hugo Chavez.

Sept. 25 Lecture, “Israeli Music: Society Through Sound”
8-9:30 p.m., G-8 Cathedral of Learning
An audiovisual presentation exploring the evolution of Israeli music since 1948.

Film Screening, Water, directed by Deepa Mehta
9 p.m., Assembly Room, William Pitt Union
A story that raises women’s rights issues surrounding India’s “widow houses.”

Sept. 26 Global Dialog: John C. Cutler Memorial Lecture in Global Health Lecture, “Pandemic Origins: Prediction and Prevention of Global Threats”
3-4 p.m., G23 Parran Hall
Donald S. Burke, professor of international health and epidemiology and dean of Pitt’s Graduate School for Public Health. A reception will follow.

Lecture, “Affordable Wheelchair Technology for Developing Countries”
4 p.m., Assembly Room, William Pitt Union
Jonathan Pearlman and Emily Zipfel, doctoral candidates and researchers in the Human Engineering Research Laboratories.

Oakland International Restaurant Tour
6-9 p.m, participating Oakland restaurants
Sample a variety of international foods at six restaurants with the purchase of a $10 ticket. Sign up at www.ucis.pitt.edu/internationalweek.

Sept. 27 Panel Discussion, “Contemporary Russian Youth Culture”
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Assembly Room, WilliamPitt Union
Several presentations by Russian students and scholars at Pitt focusing on contemporary Russian youth culture in music, television, film, and daily life. Russian food will be served.

Lecture, “Ramadhan: A Spiritual Journey”
4-5 p.m., Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
Nusrath Ainapore, outreach director at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, discussing religious observances during Ramadhan and their spiritual benefits.

Sept. 28 International Studies Fair on the Lawn
10 a.m.-4 p.m., William Pitt Union (inside if rain)
This fair will highlight the diverse cultures represented at the University of Pittsburgh campus as well as study-abroad options at Pitt.

Book Presentation, “Transparency in Global Change”
6 p.m., Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
Burkart and Leslie Holzner will give a presentation about their book, Transparency in Global Change: The Vanguard of the Open Society (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006).

Cultural Event, “Samba Dance Lessons”
8-9 p.m., First-Floor Galleria, Posvar Hall
Members of the Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club will teach the basics of Samba dancing.

Cultural Event, “Salsa Lessons”
9:15-10:15 p.m., First-Floor Galleria, Posvar Hall
Instructor Marlon Silva will teach the basics of Salsa dancing.

Sept. 29 Asia Over Lunch Lecture: “Karaoke Learning in Japan”
Noon, 4130 Posvar Hall
Hideo Wantanabe, assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures at William Patterson University, will discuss the prominence of adult karaoke classes in Japan. A light lunch will be served; bring your own drink.

For more information and a complete calendar of events,
visit www.ucis.pitt.edu/internationalweek.