University of Pittsburgh

27 Feb 2013


Sudan and South Sudan: Opportunities and Challenges

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
3431 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Ford Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan

• North-South Issues
• Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Nuba Mountains
• U.S. Diplomatic Efforts

21 Feb 2013


New Security Concerns in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Role of the EU

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
4217 WW Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

“New Security Concerns in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Role of the EU”
Marina Skordeli, Director of the Jean Monnet Center at the University of Athens


Muslim Students' Association, University of Pittsburgh

Muslim Students' Association (MSA) is an organization dedicated to serving the Muslim students on campus and educating the campus community about Islam and Muslims. The MSA has created a series of videos cleverly using the format of the NBC comedy The Office, integrating Muslim daily rituals to inform viewers about the practices and challenges of young Muslim adults.

The Light Thief (Svet-Ake)

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh

In this colorful modern-day parable of good and evil, a humble village electrician devotes his compassion and ingenuity to destitute
neighbors in a wind-swept valley of Kyrgyzstan. Played with wry humanity by writer-director Aktan Arym Kubat, the trusting Mr. Light
strikes a suspect bargain with a rich developer running for local office, as unemployment threatens the survival of the community.
Stoking a dream to supply wind-generated electricity to the whole valley, the modest visionary comes up against an increasingly dark

CERIS Book Discussion for Educators

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
4217 WW Posvar Hall
Sponsored By: 

In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar. “This powerful novel about a 9-year-old boy and his absent father offers an unnerving portrait of life in the Libya of Muammar Qaddafi. “

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Sami Hermez, Visiting Professor of Contemporary and International Issues, University of Pittsburgh. The CERIS faculty Book discussion is open to all educators. There will be a light dinner served at 5:30 PM with book discussion to begin at 6:00 PM.

Elaine Linn,

20 Feb 2013


18 Days

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cathedral of Learning G13, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

In 10 short episodes, 10 Egyptian directors imagine different narratives of the first 18 days of the Egyptian Revolution, culminating in the ouster of Mubarak (10 directors, 2011, 125 min).

06 Feb 2013


The Night

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cathedral of Learning G13, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Arab Film Series, Focus on the Arab World
...Roads to the Spring...

The Night is an epic narrative of the history of modern Syria from an autobiographical point of view (Muhammad Malas, 1993, 116 min)


Conversations on Europe: The End of Soft Power? The EU and the Middle East

The second installment in "Conversation on Europe" -- a series of interactive videoconferences for 2012-13 -- the EUCE/ESC brings experts together via remote connection to discuss the range and level of European influence in the Middle East. Europe has, until recently, been an attractive model for countries in democratization, because of the non-threatening, non-military way Europe—and the EU in particular—attracted adherents. Almost two years after the Arab Spring, does Europe retain any influence, any ability to influence events?

A Kind of Alchemy: Medieval Persian Ceramics

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 7:00pm
Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Sponsored By: 
Frick Art and Historical Center

The exhibition provides a beautiful and fascinating look at the diversity of ceramics made in ancient Persia (what is now present-day Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan). Produced for both the luxury and middle-class markets, these vessels, bowls, pitchers, and bottles reflect numerous cultural and artistic influences and an aesthetic sensibility that seems startling modern.



Foreign Affairs "The Best Books on the Middle East 2012"

Annual listing of best reads on the Middle East for 2012 selected by L. Carl Brown, the professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, was Middle East reviewer for Foreign Affairs for the January/February through May/June issues this year. John Waterbury, the William Stewart Tod professor of Politics and International Affairs emeritus at Princeton became Middle East reviewer for Foreign Affairs.


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