Friday, October 27, 2006

How to survive winter in Pittsburgh

This might be the most practical thing I have announced thus far:

The Global Studies Program presents:

WINTER IN PITTSBURGH! November 1, 12:00 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m., Dining Room A, First Floor, WPU. Don't get frostbite this winter! If you're from a warm climate, new to Pittsburgh, and you haven't seen snow before, come to this program to learn about how cold affects your body, tips on dressing warmly, how to save money on your heating bill and ways to enjoy winter. The presentation will be made by Janine Fisher and George Kacenga, OIS. RSVP to (

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Censorship and Civic Order in Reformation Germany

The next Religious Studies brown-bag lunch colloquium will be Wednesday, November 8, 12 noon-1 pm in the Department seminar room (2628 CL).

The speaker will be Allyson Creasman, from Carnegie-Mellon, on the subject "Censorship and Civic Order in Reformation Germany."

Free coffee and cookies too.

Nationality Rooms Summer Scholarships

Applications are now available... the deadline for submissions is January 25, 2007.

For more details:

Money is available for summer study in Africa, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Poland, Scotland and for other countries.

A complete list of opportunities is posted on the bulletin board across from 2603 CL.

Europe: East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium 2007

The Symposium is April 13, 2007.
The deadline for submissions is January 29, 2007.

for more details.

Lecture on Religion in the Andes, Castile, and the ocean in between

The History Dept presents:

Kenneth Mills
University of Toronto

“Outside In: Diego de Ocaña’s Long Journey Home, 1599-1608”

November 2, 4 pm, 3703 Posvar (History Department Lounge)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Teaching English in Japan

JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program) Informational Meeting

Date: Friday, November 3, 2006

Time: 3:30 to 5:00 pm

Place: 4130 WWPH (University of Pittsburgh campus)

Are you interested in gaining valuable teaching experience while at the same time experiencing life in a foreign country? Ever considered living and working in Japan? Promote cross cultural exchange and globalization by making a difference in the lives of Japanese children. Find out more about teaching English in Japan at this informational meeting.

Featured speakers will be: Annie Prucey, Director of Education, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Former Assistant Language Teacher, JET Program. David Sheldon, Former Assistant Language Teacher (2003-2005), JET Program, JD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh. Siobhan Ganster

Former Coordinator of International Relations, JET program, GSPIA student, University of Pittsburgh

Cosponsored by: the Consulate General of Japan, the Asian Studies Center, University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

For more information: Asian Studies Center at: (412) 648-7370 or

JET program at:

Friday, October 20, 2006


Professor Gross is offering "Women and Judaism" currently during the Fall 06 semester. In the spring, his third course is "Classical Judaism."

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Deadline for April graduation

If you wish to graduate in April, remember that the deadline to apply to graduate is Friday, November 17, 2006.

The application is free (if completed by then) and is available in the Undergraduate Dean's Office, 140 Thackeray Hall.

Meet the New Religious Studies Faculty

As you prepare for registration for the spring term or turn in papers up on the 26th floor, you may have noticed some new faces:

Clark Chilson has joined the university this year as an Assistant Professor. His PhD is from Lancaster in the UK and he lived for many years in Japan where he completed his BA and his MA. His areas of expertise are Japanese Buddhism and popular religion in Japan. He is also an expert on secret religious societies. This fall, he has been teaching Religion in Asia and Japanese Religious Traditions. In the spring, he will teach Religion and Culture in East Asia and a graduate course on the ethnographic study of religion.

You may recognize Andrew Gross from last year when he joined us on a one-year appointment, replacing David Brodsky. Dr. Gross is now our Perlow Lecturer in Classical Judaism. His PhD is from New York University, where he trained in Hebrew Bible, Second Commonwealth Judaism, and ancient Near Eastern literature and culture. His scholarly work has dealt with comparative ancient legal traditions, the history of the Aramaic language, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the spring, he will teach a new course on Myth in the Ancient Near East, Major Biblical Themes, and a course on Women in the Hebrew Bible (under the Women in Judaism rubric).

David Brumble is a familiar face on campus and many of you have taken Bible as Literature with him. Professor Brumble has recently joined the department as a secondary appointment, which is in addition to his primary appointment as Professor of English.

Ottoman Peripheries on Monday


Lecture--Tracing the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Peripheries: China, India, the Indian Ocean, and the New World
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
4217 Posvar Hall
Audience: open to the public
Sponsored by: Center for Russian and East European Studies, Department of History, Asian Studies Center

Pinar Emiralioglu, Department of History
For more information, contact Vera Dorosh - 412-648-7407

Honors College Friday lectures

University Honors College
Friday Afternoon Lectures
3500 Cathedral of Learning
2 PM

Oct. 27 Hospital-Physician Conflict-It's All About Money
Nathan Hershey, J.D.
Professor of Health Law (Emeritus)
Graduate School of Public Health

Nov. 3 Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design in the Courts
James Trefil, Ph.D.
Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics
George Mason University

Nov. 10 Service Programs of GAP, Inc. in South Africa
Dotti Hatcher, Senior Director
Social Responsibility
GAP, Inc.

Nov. 17 "The Other Northern Ireland Peace Process":
Loyalist Political Thought from Long Kesh to Good Friday
Tony Novosel, Ph.D.
Department of History

Dec. 1 Black History: The Other Side of History
Robert Mosley, LMSW
Assistant Clinical Professor
Wayne State University Medical School

Dec. 8 To be announced

Lectures on Religion and Relativism at Duquesne

Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR -- "seeker")*
(E-mail memo: Oct. 19, 2006)

Nov. 9 and 10: CIQR and the Department of Psychology co-sponsor a Presentation in the CIQR Invited Speaker Series, to which all interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited:

Dr. Kenneth J. Gergen, Mustin Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College.

"Religion, Relativism and the Moral Order" and "Toward Relational Being"

Some of Professor Gergen's recent books are: Social Construction in Context (Sage, 2001); The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Everyday Life (Basic Books, 2nd ed. 2000); An Invitation to Social Construction (Sage, 1999); Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction (Harvard, 1997); and Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge (Sage, 2nd.ed. 1994).

Public Lecture: "Religion, Relativism and the Moral Order"

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006
Fisher Hall 719
Duquesne University
7:00-9:00 P.M.

Symposium: "Toward Relational Being"

Friday, Nov. 10, 2006
109 Union Building
Student Union
Duquesne University
10:00-12:00 Morning

Parking is available in the Forbes Lot located on Forbes Avenue between Magee Street and Washington Place.

For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy,, 396-6507, or access the CIQR website,

*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University. It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University. It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).

Fred Evans
Department of Philosophy
Coordinator, Center for Interpretive
and Qualitative Research
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
412-396-5197 (fax)

CIQR webpage:
Personal webpage:

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Research/Study/Internship Opportunities

this comes from UCIS:

Study and Career Opportunities

Research and Study in Germany through German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

DAAD offers a wide range of scholarships, fellowships, and grants to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence handles all nominations for DAAD Study Scholarships and Research Grants for the University of Pittsburgh. Study Scholarships provide students the opportunity to study at a German university for one academic year (October 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008). Graduating seniors and graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Research Grants are available to graduate students, PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and assistant professors in all academic disciplines for research at German universities or institutes. Short-term (1-6 months) grants are available for research between July 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007. Long-term (7-10 months) grants must occur during the German academic year. The deadline for all application materials is November 15. Candidates are encouraged to begin the process well before this date. For more information, please visit or contact ESC/EUCE Associate Director Timothy Thompson at

U.S. Department of State 2006 Internship Program

The State Department seeks students with a broad range of majors for their internship program. These internships, both domestic and overseas, are excellent preparation for future careers in the Civil Service, Foreign Service, and other political careers. Full- or part-time continuing college or university juniors, seniors, and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Applications for summer internships are due November 1, 2006. For more information and application, visit and click on Student Programs.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Israeli Film "the Journey of Vaan Nguyen"

The Asian Studies Center, The Jewish Studies Program, The Film Studies
Program present

"The Journey of Vaan Nguyen"

October 31, 2006 [Tuesday]
G13 Cathedral of learning,
4:00 PM

Israeli filmmaker Duki Dror will introduce and screen his film "The
Journey of Vaan Nguyen". The film treats the experiences of a Vietnamese
family that found refuge in Israel after the fall Saigon and on their
efforts to return to Viet Nam.

What happened to the Vietnamese refugees, and the hundreds that followed
them, in the Jewish state?

One of the opening scenes of the Israeli film "The Journey of Vaan
Nguyen" features one of the original refugees, Hanmoi Nguyen, who has
been in Israel for 25 years. He works in a Tel Aviv restaurant, lives
modestly and with his wife is raising five Israeli-born, Hebrew-speaking
daughters. The oldest girl, Vaan, a writer, has served in the army and
feels Israeli - except for her looks. In the up-front style of her fellow
sabras, they keep asking her whether her eyes are slanted because she eats
so much rice and if she is related to a Chinese martial arts star. Vaan
joins her father in a return to Viet Nam in order to search out her own
roots. She is happy that people on the street look like her, but has
trouble negotiating the language and has no patience with the elaborate
circumlocutions of social intercourse. To the natives, Vaan herself has
become a foreigner, and she laments, "I am a tourist, I am an Israeli."

The agony of being suspended between two civilizations, without being fully
at home in either one, is sensitively, at times heartbreakingly, portrayed.
The film is in Hebrew and Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Have you discovered what it takes to succeed in college? Do you find yourself helping other students select classes, choose a major or utilize campus resources? Would you like to work next summer as a peer advisor to incoming freshmen? If so, consider applying for the A&S Advising Center peer advisor internship for the Spring term (2074). This is a 2-credit internship. You will gain a broad range of knowledge of University programs and resources, learn more about the advising process and develop leadership and communication skills.

Time Commitment: Formal training is every Wednesday (during Spring term) from 3:00-5:00. In addition, 6 hrs/week will be spent visiting campus resources, working on specific projects and performing various tasks related to the Advising Center’s functions.

Academic Component: Interns will read articles, write journal entries and complete an approved final project, paper, or portfolio.

Summer Employment: Students who successfully complete the internship will be eligible to apply for employment as peer advisors. Peer advisors work with incoming freshmen and their families during the summer PittStart sessions. The peer advisor position includes 19 PittStarts (8 hour workdays) from May through August. Also, there is a mandatory two-day intensive training in May.

Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 QPA, and be available to work during the summer PittStart sessions.

Application Process: Applications are available at the A&S Advising Center (201 Thackeray Hall) or on line at Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so we urge you to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2006.

For more information go to or call 412-624-6444.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Studio Arts Courses

I received this today.


Due to the increase in Studio Arts and Architectural Studies majors who
are required to take Studio Arts foundation-level courses (SA 0110,
0120, 0130 and 0140) as part of their curriculum, it has become
necessary to restrict some seats in those Studio Arts courses that some
of your students may opt to take to fulfill the General Education
Creative Expression requirement. When the 5 available seats in the
current schedule of classes have been filled, the course will be CLOSED.

PLEASE DO NOT send any students to the Studio Arts department or to the
and Sciences Advising Center for permission to get into those courses.

We will release the restricted seats that are not used by majors on
December 11th, so please tell your students to check the schedule of
classes on DECEMBER 11th for any remaining SA Foundation course seats
which they can then add at that time.

Our Studio Arts departmental policy is that we, as a department and
faculty, will not
give any permission slips to closed classes. If students have not been
able to get into the course during registration or when remaining seats
are released on December 11th, students who still want to pursue
entrance into the course should plan on attending class the first day.
It is up to each faculty member to add additional students at that point
with priority going first to SA majors, ARCH ST majors, SA minors, and
then any remaining students.

I appreciate your assistance.

Delanie Jenkins
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Studio Arts
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
118 Frick Fine Arts Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-2431 main office
412-648-2434 studio
412-624-3660 fax

Monday, October 09, 2006

"Scripture Performance"

A scripture performance
Wednesday November 1st 2006
7:30 pm
Henry Heynmann Theatre (in Stephen Foster Memorial)

Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya is the artistic director and founder of Casa de la Cruz de la Luna, a center for theater experimentation based in the historical district of San Germán, Puerto Rico. His most recent work with the company is Hagiographies, an ongoing exploration of notions of sainthood in popular iconography and daily life. In the U.S his work has been presented by Intermedia Arts, Red Eye Collaboration, the Guthrie Theater, Pregones, The Public Theater Reading Series and the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

Scripture performance is a form of theatrical poetics that explores the staging of the act of writing. (English will be the main language of this performance.)

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures*

* We thank the Department of Theater Arts for providing the Henry Heynmann Theater space.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Reminder about Registration

See below for information on registration for the spring term.

You can sign up for appointments on the sheets posted outside my office (which is now 2603 CL; the office formerly occupied by Professor Penkower and next to Professor Edwards' office).

Spread the word to those who don't check the blog.

Two announcements from Global Studies

The Global Studies Student Research Symposium is designed to provide recognition for excellent student scholarship in the field of Global Studies and a forum for students and faculty to discuss critical global issues. All students at the University of Pittsburgh, in any major and including regional campuses, are eligible to submit a research paper for consideration in the competition. Finalists are selected by a panel of judges drawn from the Global Studies Affiliated Faculty. Awards for Best Undergraduate paper and Best Graduate Paper will be made at the annual Symposium in March 2007, where students present their papers and receive cash prizes. To compete, students must submit a research paper on an eligible topic by no later than January 31, 2007. Please see for complete information and guidelines. Finalists should be available to present their paper at the Symposium (details TBA). The Symposium is open to the public and will feature an invited keynote speaker.

US State Department student internship programs for 2007. Internships are available to all students with at least Junior status (at the time of appointment) who are American citizens and able to obtain a government security clearance. This is a paid (not for credit) internship program. Postings are available in the Washington DC area as well as US embassies and government offices worldwide. Foreign language competency is desirable but not required to participate and all majors can apply. Application deadlines Summer 2007: November 1, 2006; Fall 2007: March 1, 2007; Spring 2008: July 1, 2007. For more info, http:/ or contact Vanessa Sterling, Academic Internship Coordinator, at 412 624-5428 or

Kashmir Film and Lecture


Film--Kashmir: Valley of Despair
10:00 PM
Sutherland Hall, ISLLC Lounge
Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center, International Studies Living Learning Community

A documentary on the valley of Kashmir, occupied by both India and Pakistan and the struggle of the Kashmiri people for an independent, autonomous state. If Kashmir gains sovereignty, willother ethnic minorities also demand independence? The documentary provides a history and a thorough analysis of the political, religious, and ethnic causes of the Kashmir conflict.
For more information, contact Elaine Linn - 412 648-2113


Lecture-- The Conundrum that is the Kashmir Problem
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sutherland Hall, ISLLC Lounge, University of Pittsburgh
Audience: ISLLC Students
Sponsored by: International Studies Living Learning Community, Asian Studies Center, Central Administration

An informal talk to shed light on the disputed region of Kashmir, a point of conflict between Pakistan and India, the cause of thousands of deaths over the past 50 years. The presenter, Dr. Richard Cohen, Associate Director, Asian Studies Center, specializes in the cultural, religious and literary history of South Asia. Prior to joining Pitt, he worked at Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania, Senior Fulbright scholar (India).
For more information, contact Elaine Linn - 412 648-2113

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Friday Honors College Lecture

ilm in the Age of Globalization

Randall Halle
Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German
and Film Studies

Friday, October 6, 2006
2 P.M.
3500 Cathedral of Learning

Randall Halle joined the faculty of the Department of Germanic Languages

and Literatures this Fall as the Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German and Film Studies. He had served on the faculty of the University of
Rochester since 1996. Professor Halle's research and teaching encompasses German film studies, German social thought, gender studies and globalization.
His recent projects include a book-length study of film in the age of
digital reproduction and a second study that explores problematic moments in the

development of European social philosophy through the debates around the

European constitution, the question of human rights and the status of
new migrants. Do not miss this occasion to welcome a distinguished teacher
and scholar to our community and explore with him some of the significant trends in the culture of film today.

Edward L. McCord, Ph.D., J.D.
Director of Programming
University Honors College
3600 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6886
FAX: 412-624-6885

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Asia over Lunch schedule

Posvar 4103, Thursdays at noon; lunch provided; bring a drink.

two of the sessions are of particular interest for Religious Studies:

October 12: Sarah Krier, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
"The Jamu Industry, Islam, and Women in Indonesia"

October 26: Linda Penkower, Associate Professor, Religious Studies
"Shared Sacrability: The Debate over Stone and Vegetal Buddhas"


Registration is almost here!

1) Sign-up sheets for pre-registration advising appointments and registration appointments are now next to my office door (2603 CL--note the change).

2) If you are registering with me (i.e. Religious Studies is your primary major), you should sign up for a pre-registration meeting AND for a registration appointment. If no registration time is convenient for you, or if you want to sign up for courses at 8 am Monday morning when registration begins, we can fill out an enrollment form for you at your pre-registration advising meeting and you can take it directly to the Registrar's office in Thackeray during registration. It is your responsibility to meet with advisors in other departments and secure their signed permissions to enter advanced courses or courses that tend to close out before you come to me to register. I cannot give you advice on other majors and I cannot override closed course messages or prerequisite messages on Peoplesoft to put you in courses from other departments.

3) If you are registering with another department (i.e. Religious Studies is not your primary major), you should meet with me during a pre-registration advising meeting to discuss your progress in the Religious Studies major. If we have met recently, this may not be necessary.

4) The free newspaper with course descriptions is no more: go to and click on Undergraduate Studies and then on Course Descriptions. You can use this to search for courses by department AND by general education requirement. Descriptions for Spring 2007 should be up on October 13. This contains times and days and the CRN (5 digit number needed for registration) for each course. However, you must also check everything in the Peoplesoft course schedule (via because that contains the most up-to-date information on course availability and most accurate information about days-times. (Peoplesoft is the scripture; the Course Descriptions page is commentary.) Also, when using the Course Descriptions page, you should note whether a recitation is required and check for recitations in the Peoplesoft course schedule.

5) Thackeray Hall is preparing hard copies of the course descriptions and the timetables but they are charging ($13.00 and $17.00 respectively) for them. If you want one, go to Thackeray Hall and place an order by October 12. But I recommend using the free on-line versions anyway as they will be more accurate and will be updated regularly as changes are made.


Gandhi Week

Sorry that I'm late in getting this up.

Gandhi's Birthday
A Week Long Celebration of the Mahatma's Teachings
"My Life is My Message"

Sunday October 1, 2006: 2-5pm
Fasting and Healing: The Logic of Gandhi's Political and Social Activism
An inaugural event featuring a talk by Dr. Joe Alter, prayers and
activities. University of Pittsburgh, WPU-Ballroom
Snacks will be served.
Sponsored by Association for India's Development, GANDHI (Gandhian
Alliance for NonViolence, Democracy, and Humanitarian Initiatives) in
cooperation with Asian Studies Center ? UCIS ? University of Pittsburgh

Monday October 2, 2006: 6:30pm
A Look At Gandhi's Life
Prayer and Bhajan followed by a Documentary movie-
"A Force More Powerful"
Breed Hall (Margaret Morrison 103)
Sponsored by Association for India's Development (Pittsburgh Chapter)

Tuesday October 3, 2006: 4:30-6pm
The Teachings of Gandhi: Student Essay Contest Awards
Ceremony followed by discussion and reception
Connan Room, University Center
Sponsored by Mayur

Tuesday October 3, 2006: 6:30-8pm
Unity through Celebration of Culture
Cultural performance featuring classical Indian dance and music
Refreshments will be provided.
Rangos 1, University Center
Sponsored by SPICMACAY and SASA

Saturday October 7, 2006: 2pm
March for Sustainability
The 4 mile march will start from Morewood and Ellsworth Ave and proceed to
Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park Sponsored by Association for India's
Development (Pittsburgh Chapter) and First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh

All events are FREE ADMISSION

Brought to you by your ISA BOARD
Purvy, Raj, Vanita, Randeep, and Vivek

Women's Studies Internships Info


 Have you wondered how the knowledge you are gaining in classes relates to the larger world?

 Do you care about people and social issues and want to make a difference?

 Do you want to gain skills and contacts that will help you find a job during or after college that is meaningful and important to the social issues you care about?

The Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh provides opportunities for undergraduates to gain valuable
hands-on experience and earn college credit through internships.

Learn About:

 Teaching Internships
 Research Internships
 Women’s Studies Administrative Internships
 Internships with Non-Profits

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 4:00 – 5:30
2201 Wesley W. Posvar Hall


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