Wednesday, January 31, 2007
501(c)(3)2, a consulting firm for non-profit organizations, will speak
with undergraduates students about developing effective communication
skills. This is the first of five speakers in the Communication Across
the Curriculum Program's Spring Undergraduate Speaker Series.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday, February 2, 2007
Lecture/Forum--Guilty Until Proven Innocent, Behind the Walls of
Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Student Union,
Former US Military Chaplin James Yee to speak.
Sponsored by the Muslim Student Association
Thursday, January 25, 2007
This is a reminder from the Advising Center:
1) Students who declare their major by the published deadline each term must register for the next term with the departmental advisor.
In February, I will announce pre-registration adivising appointments that will be available for 2)
2)Students who miss the deadline must register with their
a) "primary" majors--those who register through Religious Studies and have declared by the deadline this term
b) "secondary" majors--those who register through other departments
c) "prospective" majors--those who may declare RS in the future or who have declared RS as their major but missed the deadline and will still register through the Advising Center.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES?
THEN COME TO THE INFORMATION SESSION
Monday, February 5, 2007
35th Floor Cathedral of Learning
University Honors College
Can’t come? Check out the website:
From: Eric Hartman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 8:53 PM
To: Hartman, Eric
Subject: Global Service-Learning: Please Share
I hope you are all well. I'm writing to call your attention to Amizade's 2007 course opportunities. As most of you know, Amizade connects students with communities around the world for international service-learning courses. Service projects are community-driven, academic studies are integrated, and – I'm very pleased to say – Amizade offers some of the most affordable programming of this kind.
Seven courses are offered this summer, in places as diverse as
Additionally, Amizade is offering service-learning semesters beginning this fall in
Amizade is committed to ensuring international service-learning experiences are accessible and affordable. That is particularly clear in terms of semester cost comparisons. The Bolivia Service-Learning semester - which includes tuition, a home stay, two meals a day, and excursions in
Financial aid is also available. One of the ways Amizade keeps its programming affordable and continues to connect people who wish to serve with communities around the world – is by devoting only a small amount to formal marketing and advertising.
Please help spread the word about these summer and fall opportunities.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Richard Cohen, Ph.D.
Asian Studies Center
Friday, January 26, 2007
3500 Cathedral of Learning
Many Americans still think of India only in terms of an "exotic land" of many religions, non-violent resistance, reverence for the cow, the home of the Taj Mahal, persistent malnutrition and infectious disease. It is time to recognize that we must change our perception of India to focus on a fundamental new reality: India is emerging as a global economic, educational, scientific and strategic partner for the United States. Today’s speaker is the director of the Pitt-In-India Study Abroad Program and an expert in the religion, history and art of South and East Asia. Do not miss his fascinating insights into India’s ascendance on the global economic and cultural landscape.
Your words could save lives!
This week, Jan. 22-25 @ Towers Lobby and William Pitt Union
More than 400,000 people have been systematically murdered in the Darfur province of Sudan. The Sudanese government has launched a comprehensive attack against its own citizens. Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND) is hosting events to discuss how students can make a difference and work together toward stopping this genocide.
Join STAND this week each day (January 22-25), from 11am to 2pm in Towers Lobby and the William Pitt Union to write letters to your representatives asking them to increase US involvement in Sudan. Thanks to local donors, there will be raffles and free food, so come early!
To conclude the letter-writing campaign, on Thursday, Jan. 25, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle, Dr. Michael Goodhart, and Dr. Marcina Lelei will discuss the current situation in Darfur, the theory behind involvement and constituent action, and the political aspect of the conflict. Rep. Doyle will receive the letters written by you and fellow students and take them to Washington.
What: Darfur - Mobilizing Against Genocide
Where: William Pitt Union Ballroom
When: Thursday, January 25, 6pm
Why: You can make a difference; it only takes a letter!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Information Session--Study Abroad in Japan Mini-Fair
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
WPU Kurtzman Room
Audience: All are welcome to attend
Announced by: Asian Studies Center
Come to this fun and educational event to learn about opportunities for study in Japan from students who have actually been there.
For more information, contact Leslie Smedley - 412-383-7163 email@example.com
Lecture--Intellectuals and Interest Groups: The Paradoxes and Politics of Interwar Romanian Theology
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Audience: Open to the public
Sponsored by: Center for Russian and East European Studies, Pittsburgh Romanian Studies Group
Roland Clark, Department of History, will speak.
For more information, contact Stacey Kronandor - 412-648-7407 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, January 19, 2007
Events of Interest for Spring 2007***
Friday, January 26, 4 pm at Carnegie Mellon University
Erwin Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53)
(Campus Map: http://www.cmu.edu/oldhome/visitors/map/)
Professor Larissa Taylor (Colby College)
"Who Was Joan of Arc?"
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance
Friday, February 9th, 4pm at CMU
Erwin Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53)
Will West (Northwestern University)
“Elizabethan Dinner Theater”
Sponsored by PCMRS (see www.medren.org for more details)
Associate Professor at Northwestern, West has published Theatres and
Encyclopedias in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge UP, 2002), has co-edited
two books on Shakespeare, and is currently at work on a book called
Understanding and Confusion on the Elizabethan Stages.
Saturday, Febuary 10, 2007 8:00 pm Synod Hall
Renaissance and Baroque Society performance
Seamus Heaney's verse translation made Beowulf hip again. Benjamin Bagby
takes the saga back to its roots with his dramatic performance of this
Medieval horror story in Anglo-Saxon with English supertitles. For more
information and to purchase tickets, see the Renaissance and Baroque
Friday, February 23rd at 4 pm in CL 501
Vance Smith (Princeton University)
MRST event, co-sponsored by the Department of English and the University
Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Princeton
University, where he is also Director of Graduate Studies and of
Princeton’s Program in Medieval Studies. He is completing a book entitled
Dying Medieval: The Termination of Middle English Literature and working
on projects that include a book on medieval heraldic narrative and an
edition of Piers Plowman. He has received fellowships and grants from the
Guggenheim Foundation, the U.K. Fulbright Commission, the National
Humanities Center, the NEH, and the ACLS, among others. His recent
publications include Arts of Possession: The Middle English Household
Imaginary (Minnesota, 2003) and The Book of the Incipit: Beginnings in the
Fourteenth Century (Minnesota, 2001).
Monday, February 26th
Elliott Horowitz (Bar-Ilan and Johns Hopkins)
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program
Tuesday, March 27th at 4:15 pm in CL 501
Robert Durling will lecture on Dante
Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian
Durling’s translations of Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio have been
published by Oxford University Press. His translation of the Paradiso is
Thursday, March 29th at 4 pm in FFA auditorium
Bart Ehrman (UNC Chapel Hill)
Scribes Who Altered Scripture and Readers Who May Never Know”
MRST/PCMRS event, co-sponsored by the European Studies Center, and the
Department of Religious Studies
Ehrman is James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of
Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He
has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early
Christianity, including a college-level textbook on the New Testament, two
anthologies of early Christian writings, a study of the historical Jesus
as an apocalyptic prophet, and a Greek-English Edition of the Apostolic
Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library. His most recent books are Truth
and Fiction in the DaVinci Code (2004), Misquoting Jesus: The Story of Who
Changed the New Testament and Why (2005), and Peter, Paul, and Mary
Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend (2006).
Friday, March 30th at 4 pm in CL 501
Sarah Beckwith (Duke University)
“Forgiving in Shakespeare's Plays”
MRST/PCMRS event, co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Religious
Beckwith is Marcello Lotti Professor of English at Duke University.
Beckwith works on late medieval religious writing and has published on
Margery Kempe, the literature of anchoritism, and medieval theatre. Her
publications include Christ's Body: Identity, Religion and Society in
Medieval English Writing (Routledge, 1993), and Signifying God: Social
Relation and Symbolic Act in York's Play of Corpus Christi (Chicago,
2001). She is currently working on a book on medieval and Renaissance
drama centering on Shakespeare and the transformation of sacramental
Friday, April 13th at 4 pm in CL 501
Gábor Klaniczay (CEU, Budapest)
“Dreams and Visions in Medieval Miracle Accounts”
MRST event, co-sponsored by the European Studies Center
Klaniczay is Professor and Head of the Department of Medieval Studies at
the Central European University, Budapest. His research focuses on the
historical anthropology of medieval and early modern European popular
religion (sainthood, miracle beliefs, healing, magic, witchcraft). His
major works available in English are Holy Rulers and Blessed Princesses:
Dynastic Cults in Medieval Central Europe (Cambridge, 2002) and The Uses
of Supernatural Power: The Transformations of the Popular Religion in
Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Princeton, 1990).
Please join us! For more information, please see our website
(www.pitt.edu/~medren) or contact:
Acting Director, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh
Cathedral of Learning 526
Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
Phone: (412) 624-3246
Fax: (412) 624-6639
Info Sessions are a great way to learn more about a company or program!
Walt Disney World College Program Tuesday
2/20/07 5:30 p.m. 310 WPU Any students interested in working at Disney for the summer!
2/12/07 7:00 p.m. 316 WPU Students interested in internships or full-time jobs with IBM!
Norfolk Southern Tuesday
2/06/07 7:00 p.m. 316 WPU Engineers, particularly EE, ME and the Society of Women Engineers
Student Conservation Association Thursday
1/18/07 6:00 p.m. 527 WPU All environmentally conscious students, especially environmental studies majors.
Summerbridge Pittsburgh Tuesday
1/23/07 8:30 p.m. 316 WPU Students that want to reach out to at-risk youth at a fun summer camp!
The Summit Academy Tuesday
2/13/07 7:00 p.m. 316 WPU Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, and Sports Management/Student Athletes
U.S. Secret Service Tuesday
1/30/07 9 a.m. 316 WPU Any and all majors!
Washington Internship Program Tuesday
3/27/07 8:30 p.m. 316 WPU Students interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C.
** All sessions held in the William Pitt Union (WPU) and last about an hour. Call Career Services for more information at 412-648-7129. **
This summer, you have the opportunity to do something about the devastating impact that genocide and forced migration has had on populations around the world until today. This unique history course sequence will investigate the Holocaust and the North Atlantic Slave Trade as well as what global citizenship means today.
Receive 9 undergraduate credits; Travel to 3 countries from July 2 - August 7, 2007; Complete service projects in Poland and Ghana ; Enroll by February 28th to receive a $250 tuition discount.
Scholarships and financial aid available;
For more information, visit: http://www.globalservicelearning.org/summer07/genocide.htm.
Film- Islam: Empire of Faith
Dinning Room A (1st Floor), William Pitt Union
Free and open to the Public
Evocative re-enactments and a remarkable exposition of Islamic art, artifacts, and architecture are combined with interviews with scholars from around the world to recount the rise and glory or early Islamic civilization. It is the epic story of a cultural empire that dominated a millennium, encompassed half the world and shaped history. For more information visit: http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu
Sponsored by the Saudi Student's House and the Office of Cross-Cultural and Civic Leadership
Thursday, January 18, 2007
"Who Was Joan of Arc?"
Despite an almost unparalleled wealth of original sources from the early fifteenth century, Joan of Arc as a historical figure has been lost to myth and politics. Based on work for her forthcoming biography, The Maid of Lorraine: A Life of Joan of Arc (London: Yale University Press, exp. publication early 2007), Professor Taylor will provide new insights on Joan based upon her life, rather than her astonishing afterlife in the imaginations of tens of thousands of writers, artists, and screenwriters.
Larissa Taylor is currently a Professor of History and Religious Studies at Colby College. Specializing in medieval and early modern religious history, she has written extensively on French preaching during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the practice of pilgrimage, sainthood and popular devotion, and most recently, Joan of Arc. Her books include Soldiers of Christ: Preaching In Late Medieval and Reformation France (1992), Heresy and Orthodoxy in Sixteenth-Century Paris: Francois Le Picart and The Beginning of the Catholic Reformation (1999), Preaching and People in the Reformation and Early Modern Europe (2001), and the forthcoming The Maid of Lorraine: A Life of Joan of Arc, scheduled to appear in early 2007.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2007
Download the flier: http://www.abroad.pitt.edu/pittinindia/pittinindia2007.pdf
The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to offer a seven week summer study abroad program which introduces students to the globally important country of India. The first six weeks of the program will be held at the University of Hyderabad in the culturally rich city of Hyderabad. The remaining week will be spent traveling in North India Delhi – Agra – Jaipur.
Study Abroad Office, Jeff Whitehead email@example.com
Asian Studies Center, Dr. Richard Cohen email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I will be there for most of the time at the Religious Studies table. I will have a flyer about the department but I think he best advertisements for the department are the positive experiences of our majors and minors. So: I would be pleased if any of you (majors or minors) are able to stop by and sit at the table with me for any block of time and speak to prospective majors and minors about our department. Please let me know by e-mailing me before Monday and telling me roughly when I can expect you.
GLOBAL STUDIES ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR JANUARY 15-21, 2007
January 16 – Applications for Global Studies Tuition Remission Fellowship
Global Studies has a limited amount of funds available for Tuition Remission Fellowships (TRFs), which may pay a partial or full term's tuition this spring, 2007. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, January 16, 2007. Winners will be announced by the end of January, and will be expected to begin their fellowship immediately (by February 2007). Student fellows will be required to work a maximum of ten hours per week during that term, serving as student ambassadors for the Global Studies Program by supporting the Assistant Director in student recruiting, orientation, and other activities. The scholarship amount will be credited to the student's PeopleSoft account. Applications available at www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/opportunities.html. For more information contact Elaine Linn at email@example.com.
January 25 – Submissions for Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Program
The 2007 scholarships are available to University of Pittsburgh full-time, internationally aware undergraduate and graduate students possessing: Career goals with international components; foreign language skills; ability to study (undergraduates must enroll in a course of study) or conduct independent research (at the graduate level); ability to stay for a minimum of five (5) weeks in one country or region next summer. Last day to obtain an application: January 19, 2007. Submission deadline: Noon, January 25, 2007. For more details, inquire at the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms Program Office, 1209 Cathedral of Learning, or visit the scholarship website: www.ucis.pitt.edu/natrooms/
January 31 – Submissions for Global Studies Student Research Symposium
This annual competition 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 www.ucis.pitt.edu/global 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.
GLOBAL STUDIES EVENTS
IN AND AROUND PITT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19
Open House for Prospective Students at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come for a full morning of activities: 8:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments; 9 a.m. Welcome and Overview of School, Application Process and Financial Aid; 10:20 a.m. GSPH Information Marketplace: Learn about GSPH's departments, research centers and student organizations; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Departmental meetings and lunch with GSPH faculty and students. For more information, visit www.publichealth.pitt.edu and look for the Open House announcement. All registration is done online.
Sponsored by the Graduate School of Public Health
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19
Charity Dance -- AGAPE (AIDS Group Activists Promoting Education.)
7:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
AIDS Charity Dance in the Duquesne Ballroom on Duquesne's Campus. The event is semi-formal, and will include speakers such as Dr. Linda Winkler (University of Pittsburgh), a representative from Sheppherd's Wellness (a Pittsburgh based HIV/AIDS charity).There will be light refreshments, a fabulous DJ, and Raffle Baskets (tickets are $1each) prizes like Pirates tickets, signed sports memorabilia, gift certificates, etc. 100% of the proceeds goes to the Orphans in Tanzania! Tickets are $8 ahead of time and $10 at the door. For more information, contact Rebecca Ehling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by AGAPE
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Instructors – Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies (PGSIS)
Deadline: January 22, 2007
This program at the University of Pittsburgh is currently seeking applications for instructors for Global Issues, International Political Economy, and International Development for the 2007 summer program (June 24 – July 28). General qualifications for faculty members include: (1) an advanced degree in a relevant field - PhD preferred but not required, (2) experience living and working in countries other than one’s own, and (3) at least three years of teaching experience. Send applications/proposals to Dr. Melissa Reed, PGSIS Director, 1229 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Applications submitted via email are acceptable. For more information contact Melissa Reed at email@example.com or 412-648-7409. In accordance with Pennsylvania school law, all faculty must successfully complete a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.
Resident Teaching Assistants (RTAs) – Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies (PGSIS)
Deadline: January 22, 2007
This program at the University of Pittsburgh is currently seeking applications for RTAs to live with and supervise students in the residence hall, organize co-and-extra curricular activities, and work as a team facilitator during the ICONS simulation (June 24 – July 28). There is an intensive, seven day, residential training program prior to PGSIS (June 17-June 23), which is required for all staff. During the actual program the commitment is 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Compensation includes room and board during training and the program plus a stipend of $2200. For more information contact Melissa Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-648-7409.
Scholarship – NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
Deadline: February 13, 2007
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). NSEP focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP Boren Scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be an integral part of each proposal. For more information visit www.iie.org/programs/nsep/undergraduate/default.htm.
Scholarship – Full Scholarships for 2007 Summer Courses in Critical Languages at the Middlebury College Language Schools
Deadline: February 15, 2007
These scholarships will cover the full cost of a summer of language study from beginner to graduate in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools during the summer of 2007. Application materials normally required for admission to the Middlebury Language Schools (available online at www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/applications/) and the cover sheet found at www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls and brief essay (2-3 pp., double spaced) explaining the relevance of language study to your area of expertise, or field of study.
Scholarship – Arab American Institute Foundation’s Al Muammar Scholarships for Journalism
Deadline: February 15, 2007 postmark
For the second year, up to four scholarship grants, valued at $5,000 each, will be awarded to eligible Arab American college students who are majoring in journalism, as well as college seniors who have been accepted to a graduate journalism school. To be eligible, applicants of Arab descent must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university in the United States. They must have a current grade point average of 3.3 or higher, and a demonstrated commitment to the field of print or broadcast journalism. An applicant's sensitivity to Arab American issues and record of social advocacy and community involvement will also be important considerations. Awardees will be announced in May 2007. For additional information visit www.aaiusa.org/for_students.htm.
Scholarship – Pitt Alumni Association Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship
This $5,000 scholarship is a one-time, merit based award open to both continuing grad students and those just entering graduate study in any of the University’s schools or colleges. The student must have received an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh; have a minimum 3.5 GPA (undergraduate and graduate); and submit a statement of personal and professional goals, three letters of recommendation (one from the department chair or dean), a resume (not to exceed two pages) and transcript of undergraduate work and any graduate courses to date (if applicable). Applications are available in room 140 Thackeray Hall. For more information contact Laraine Hlatky at Laraine.Hlatky@ia.pitt.edu or 412-624-5589.
Study Abroad Opportunity – Spring Break Abroad
Spend Spring Break (March 3-10, 2007) in Paris to study race relations and earn 1 credit. Applications available at Residence Life, 203 Bruce Hall. For more information: Stacey Nicholson at email@example.com.
Internship – Hessen Global Studies Internship Program, Germany 2007
From June 30 to August 22, the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Rhoen will welcome students to come to Fulda, Germany to learn the language and get to know the culture. Successful applicants will combine academic outcome and practical as well as intercultural experiences in this short term program and earn credits. They will take part in a highly qualified program that bears the DAAD quality seal. They are especially looking for highly qualified students in the field of social sciences, geography, cultural geography, sustainable tourism, educational sciences, pedagogy and related studies. For more information go to www.hessen-global.de.
Religion and Science
Today, scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines are engaging in exciting new work exploring the interface of religion and science. Far from the widely-publicized polemical debates (such as evolution versus creation or intelligent design), substantial new work is being done on all fronts. Medical institutions are studying the effects of traditional religious practices as these contribute to health and healing (meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and prayer). Psychologists are studying the results – harmful and healthful – of various religious beliefs and practices. Neuro-psychologists are exploring the physical causes and effects of religious experiences. Experts from the natural and social sciences consider the role of religion in the ecological crises. Scientists and theologians both ponder the nature of “Ultimate Reality” in the light of quantum mechanics. Accelerating advances in genetics and technology present ethical issues that stretch the resources of scientific and religious communities and the society in which they dwell. There are also works like Richard Dawkins’ article, Snake Oil and Holy Water, that provide alternative methodological perspectives on such an interaction. Historical studies mine forgotten resources and call to mind dangerous paths to avoid.
This conference provides a forum to explore the interface of religion and science historically and in the present. It is open to all dimensions of the interaction of religion and science, especially encouraging students to follow their passions in new directions, not becoming entangled in unfruitful controversies of the past. We welcome inquiries from all disciplines including (but not limited to): Religious Studies, Literature, Classics, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Art, (Interdisciplinary) Area Studies, Education, Physics, Astronomy, Biology, and Medicine.
April 20-21, 2007
Deadline for Abstracts:
February 4th, 2007
Submit abstracts via email to:
Janice Dean, Chair
God, Time and
and the Power
For information, please contact conference organizers:
Julie Hempel (firstname.lastname@example.org), 903-813-2495,
Ivette Vargas (email@example.com), 903-813-2479,
and Janice Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday, January 12, 2007
Agenda: A panel from the Duquesne English Department:
"More Than Just Comma-Hunting: Research Methods in Literary Studies."
Moderator: Dr. Greg Barnhisel.
Panelists: Drs. Anne Brannen, Laura Engel, Kathy Glass, and Judy Suh.
Research methods in literary studies are diverse and range from nineteenth-century-style philology to mid-1900s close reading to the historical and theoretical approaches that dominate today. In this panel presentation, four active scholars in the field of literary studies will describe their research methods, focusing on the kinds of evidence they search for and the points at which they feel they can draw conclusions. Dr. Brannen studies the records of medieval English drama; Dr. Engel looks at the creation of celebrity, especially through the stage, in eighteen-century England; Dr. Glass focuses on nineteenth-century African-American women writers; and Dr. Suh's work takes as its topic the intersections between the British Union of Fascists and mid-20th-century British writers. The panelists will discuss archival research, paleography, the use of popular culture in the study of literature, and the application of critical theory to the examination of texts both in themselves and as cultural artifacts.
All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited. Refreshments will be served.
W.H. Auden Collegiate Professor of History and Theory of Sexuality
University of Michigan
“WHAT DO GAY MEN WANT?
SEX, RISK, AND THE SUBJECTIVE LIFE OF MALE HOMOSEXUALITY”
Professor Halperin has made significant contributions to the history and theory of homosexuality; classical studies and its relation to contemporary cultural history; and the study of gay men’s social practices and cultural identifications. His publications include How to Do the History of Homosexuality (2002); The Queer Theory of Michel Foucault (forthcoming); Saint Foucault: Towards a Gay Hagiography (1995); The Lesbian and Gay Reader edited with Henry Abelone and Michele Aina Barale (1993); Before Sexuality: Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World edited with John Winkler and Froma Zeitlin (1990); One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and Other Essays on Greek Love (1990); Before Pastoral: Theocritus and the Ancient Tradition of Bucolic Poetry (1983).
Friday, January 12, 2007
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
501 Cathedral of Learning
For more information, call: 412-624-6485
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
Invites you to a lecture by
"Are Women Oppressed?"
Monday, January 29th, 2007
Ashley Tauchert is Head of Department of English at Exeter University and Associate Editor of Critical Quarterly. She did her undergraduate work at Cambridge before a PhD at University College, London. She's an eighteenth century scholar with a long-standing interest in feminism and pedagogy. She is currently working on a book entitled, Against Transgression.
Published works include:
Mary Wollstonecraft and the Accent of the Feminine, (London: Palgrave 2001)
Romancing Jane Austen: Narrative, Realism and the Possibility of a Happy Ending (London: Palgrave 2005)
Gender, Teaching and Research in Higher Education: Challenges for the 21st Century with Gillian Howie (London: Ashgate 2002)
Department of Anthropology
Dr. Rachel R. Reynolds
Dept. of Culture and Communication,
"Consecrating Ebo Landing: New Igbo Diasporas and Narratives of the Slave
Friday, January 19, 2007
There are multifarious versions of the story of Ebo Landing, an 1803
incident during which 13 or more enslaved Africans dove into the waters off
of St. Simon's Island in Georgia to drown. Regional archives delineate the
story in terms of incompetent slavers and their loss of property; oral
histories involve received tellings of the legend passed from ancestor to
antecedents on down the line; many local born people tell of contemporary
and historical ghost sightings and other mysterious happenings at the site
of Ebo landing. African-American writers and filmmakers have embraced the
Ebo landing story as an allegorical tale of great beauty.
This paper examines new tellings of Ebo landing, articulated by a growing
diaspora of Igbo speakers within the United States. Since the 1960's, as
many as 20,000 Igbo-Nigerian speakers, the majority of which are
well-educated elites, have settled semi-permanently in the United States.
As this new diaspora reaches a critical mass, new ideological work has been
done to cast and recast stories of Igbo migrations to make sense of
economic migration under conditions of structural adjustment, and to puzzle
out the challenges of settling into America's persistent black-white social
and political binaries. Igbo speakers have increasingly tried to examine
and reify their direct connections to the slave trade and hence to
African-Americans, meanwhile searching for ways to legitimate the long
history of Igbo speakers as global citizens. Such attempts at legitimating
the role of Igbo speakers in the history of globalization occurred in 2003,
when a group of Igbo speakers conducted a ceremony to consecrate the Igbo
dead of the slave trade at Ebo Landing. Evidence for this paper comes from
recently recounted stories of Ebo Landing by Igbo writers, as well as
debates and queries conducted among members of the new Igbo diaspora during
immigrant community meetings in the United States.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Eastern International Region
Call for Papers
AAR Eastern International Regional Meeting
May 4-5, 2007
University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON, Canada
The Regional Program Committee invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2007 Regional Meeting. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2007. Each proposal should consist of a one-page abstract (300 words max.) describing the nature of the paper or panel, a current CV for the participant(s), and a cover letter that includes full name, title, institution, phone number, fax number, e-mail, and mailing address. Please send this information as an e-mail attachment in MS Word format to AAR_EIR2007@sju.uwaterloo.ca.
Proposals are welcome in all areas of religious and biblical studies. The Program Committee is particularly interested in panels and thematic sessions in the following areas:
Religion and International Affairs
Religion and Public Policy (especially bioethics, education, and health care)
Religious Diversity in North America
Religion and Popular Culture
The committee is also interested in panels combining activism or performative dimensions with scholarly inquiry.
The committee wants to encourage interdisciplinary panels that maintain religion as a central theme. Scholars from any region may apply to participate.
Only those proposals received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the program. Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, with time allowed for questions. If you require technological support for your presentation (such as Internet connection, or audio and projection equipment), you must request it with your proposal.
Student Paper Competition
Undergraduate and graduate students residing in the EIR region are invited to enter the student paper competitions. Please note that to be eligible for submission, the student must attend a university in the Eastern International Region. Furthermore, the paper must be accepted for reading in the conference to be eligible for the competition and must be presented at the conference by the student. The committee will give preference to work that is new at this conference. Two $100 awards are reserved for winning papers (although in some cases the committee can decide to award up to three). The awards will be formally presented at the business meeting on Saturday, May 5, during lunch, and all attendees who entered the competition are encouraged to attend the awards luncheon. To enter the competition, please send a letter of intent along with the essay being presented, a full CV of the author, and four copies of the essay. We ask that submissions to this contest not be submitted by e-mail, but through regular mail to Scott Kline at the following address:
Department of Religious Studies
St. Jerome's University--University of Waterloo
290 Westmount RD N.
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G3
Note: All presenters at the Spring 2007 regional conference must have active membership in the AAR. All participants must preregister for the conference. Deadline for conference registration is April 1, 2007.
Xiaofei Kang (Carnegie Mellon University):
"Two Temples, Three Religions, and a Tourist Attraction: Contesting the Sacred Space in China's Ethnic Borderland"
Wednesday January 17, 12 noon, 2628 CL
Live and learn Yiddish this summer! The National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA announces an outstanding 2007 internship opportunity for college students. The Steiner Internship Program is now accepting applications for this eight-week summer internship program. Eighteen students will be accepted.
Study Yiddish language, literature and culture intensively and work every day with the Center's own collection of 1.5 million Yiddish books. The program runs from June 3 -- July 27, 2007. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required. Our interns receive a generous stipend and up to six college credits, and apartment-style housing is provided.
Visit our web-site at www.yiddishsummer.org. Application deadline: March 1, 2007.
For additional information, please contact:
Internship Program Coordinator
National Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Sunday, January 07, 2007
The XIV Annual E.P. Thompson Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Department of
History and the Working-Class History Seminar University of Pittsburgh
"Coleridge, Exoticism, and Empire"
to be presented by
Franklin D. Murphy Professor
of Italian Renaissance Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
University of Pittsburgh
Reception to follow
There will also be a special event with Carlo Ginzburg for graduate students
to be held on Friday morning, January 26; details forthcoming.
For more information about the lecture, contact Marcus Rediker at (412)
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Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2007 4:47 PM
Subject: Philosophy 0810
Professor Boxer's Philosophy 0810 is listed as a Freshman Seminar but
is open to anyone interested. The course is intended to introduce
students to moral philosophy and applied ethics by exploring some
central debates in medical ethics. The first third of the course
will familiarize students with three main competing theories
(Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics and Virtue Ethics) as well as
philosophical methodology. The rest of the course will apply what we
have learned to topics such as Abortion, euthanasia, stem cell
research and human cloning.
Pittsburgh for an Informational Open House for Prospective Students on
Friday, January 19, 2007.
The schedule for this event is as follows:
8:30 Registration and Refreshments
9:00 Welcome & Overview of School, Application Process &
10:20 GSPH Information Marketplace: Learn about GSPH's departments,
research centers & student organizations
11:30-1:00 Departmental meetings & lunch with GSPH faculty &
For more information, or to register, please visit our homepage at
www.publichealth.pitt.edu and look for the Open House announcement.
All registration is done online. If you have questions, please write to
Comments from Prospective Students on previous Open Houses:
"The overall Open House program was very helpful and informational.
"It was very helpful to have the opportunity to speak briefly with a
variety of departments and organizations [at the Information
"[The Open House] confirmed my decision to apply to Pitt. I am very
impressed with the professionalism shown today."
Administrative Assistant to
Dr. Sandra Quinn
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Education
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Call for Applications: Summer Experiential Learning
Program for Palestinian, Jewish, and Israeli Students
Program Dates: June 27 ? July 23, 2007
Application Deadline: January 15th, 2007
The Vision Program is currently considering
applications from Jewish, Palestinian, and Israeli
college students (irrespective of citizenship) for a
4-week experiential learning trip to the former
Yugoslavia . The program is partially funded but
opportunities for full funding are available.
Traveling together in Serbia , Kosovo, and
Bosnia-Herzegovina, students will engage in an
intensive comparative conflict analysis program that
educates them about the Balkan wars of the 1990s,
explores analytical connections with the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and allows students to
reflect on their own relationship to both conflicts as
well as to one another.
This program is unique in several ways:
(1) It represents a commitment to equal
participation of Jewish and Palestinian staff and
(2) It combines both academic and personal
engagement with conflict-related issues such as
nationalism, violence/nonviolence, and power dynamics.
(3) If admitted, no student will be denied
participation based on financial limitations..
We are accepting applications from all undergraduate
students who identify as Palestinian and/or Jewish and
are attending schools in the United States .
For questions or more information, please contact one
of the Vision Program Co-Directors Ziad Abu-Rish (
firstname.lastname@example.org) and Orli Fridman
The 2007 Vision Program application deadline is
January 15th, 2007.
Download Application Instructions and Forms by
Learn more about the program by visiting:
Read about the details of our 2006 Summer Program by visiting:
See pictures of and read reflections from our 2006
Orli Fridman, PhD
Co-Director Vision Program
Craig Zelizer, Ph.D.
Program Director, Alliance for Conflict Transformation
P.O. Box 3203
Fairfax, VA 22038
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Hallway with Faculty and TA mailboxes: Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm
Adam Shear, Undergraduate Advisor (2603 CL): Wednesdays, 1-3 pm and by appointment (email@example.com)
For other faculty and teaching assistant office hours, consult with the individuals or with Ms. Macey after the second week of the semester.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Lots of announcements below with good opportunities for the summer and for next year. Read carefully and pay attention--deadlines for a lot of summer programs and for scholarships come up in January and February.
This week, I will be in the office and available to meet with you for start-of-semester advising issues as follows:
Tuesday, January 2 11 am-1 pm
Wednesday, January 3 1 pm- 3 pm
Friday, January 5, 1:30-3:30 pm
Scholarship—Full Scholarships for 2007 Summer Courses in Critical Languages at the Middlebury College Language Schools (Deadline: February 15, 2007) These scholarships will cover the full cost of a summer of language study from beginner to graduate in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian the Middlebury College Language Schools during the summer of 2007. Application materials normally required for admission to the Middlebury Language Schools (available online at http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/applications/) and the cover sheet found at http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls and brief essay (2-3 pp., double spaced) explaining the relevance of language study to your area of expertise, or field of study.
Scholarship-- Pitt Alumni Association is planning to award a $5,000 tuition scholarship to a Pitt graduate student. This scholarship is a one-time, merit based award open to both continuing students and those just entering graduate study in any of the University’s schools or colleges. Criteria: the student must have received his/her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh; minimum 3.5 GPA (undergraduate and graduate); statement of personal and professional goals; three letters of recommendation, which should include one from the department chair or dean; resume (not to exceed two pages); transcript of undergraduate work and any graduate courses to date (if applicable). Applications are available in room 140 Thackeray Hall. For more information: Laraine Hlatky (Laraine.Hlatky@ia.pitt.edu or 412-624-5589).
Global Studies has a limited amount of funds available for Tuition Remission Fellowships (TRFs), which may pay a partial or full term's tuition this spring, 2007. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, January 16, 2007. Winners will be announced by the end of January, and will be expected to begin their fellowship immediately (by February 2007). Student fellows will be required to work a maximum of ten hours per week during that term, serving as student ambassadors for the Global Studies Program by supporting the Assistant Director in student recruiting, orientation, and other activities. The scholarship amount will be credited to the student's PeopleSoft account. Applications available at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/opportunities.html. For more information: Elaine Linn at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.ucis.pitt.edu/global 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.
Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Program.
Announces the 2007 scholarships available to University of Pittsburgh full-time, internationally aware undergraduate and graduate students possessing: Career goals with international components; foreign language skills; ability to study (undergraduates must enroll in a course of study) or conduct independent research (at the graduate level); ability to stay for a minimum of five (5) weeks in one country or region next summer. Last day to obtain an application: January 19, 2007. Submission deadline: Noon, January 25, 2007. For more details, inquire at the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms Program Office, 1209 Cathedral of Learning, or visit the scholarship website: www.ucis.pitt.edu/natrooms/
Religious Studies Programme:
A Religious Mosaic in the Holy Land
Galilee College, Israel, July 3th - August 14th
Galilee College, Israel is holding a summer programme scheduled from July 3 - August 14, 2007. The programme, of six weeks, will include approximately 150 academic hours including lectures, study tours, field trips and panel discussions.
The programme is intended for students of Religious Studies and Theology. The course is aimed at extending the participants knowledge of relationship and interactions between the three monotheistic religions in the Holy Land, and high light recent religious trends as well as religious aspects of the current political, social and cultural situation in the region.
The lectures will be given by Christian, Jewish and Moslem academics and Clergy and will offer various aspects of the religious life and importance of religion in the Holy Land.
Candidates should be fluent in English, priority is given to graduate students. A limited number of tuition scholarships are available to qualified candidates.
Students who are interested should contact: email@example.com