Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Next Department Colloquium November 7

The Department of Religious Studies
Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium Series
University of Pittsburgh


Donald S. Sutton
Professor of History & Anthropology, Carnegie Mellon University

Contesting Sacred Space
in China's Ethnic Borderlands:
Ritual and Myth at Huanglong, Northern Sichuan

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
12:00 Noon
2628 Cathedral of Learning
Coffee and cookies provided

Donald Sutton works at the juncture between history and anthropology and focuses much of his work on ritual
and folk religion, seen in a variety of contexts. He has published widely on religious and social change in 20th
century Taiwan and on late imperial social relations explored through religion; a collection of his work is
forthcoming in a book on ritual in Chinese societies. His current project on the “ethnic frontier” of China
explores the intersection between ethnicity, religious practice, tourism and environmentalism in West Hunan
and the Tibetan borderlands, at and near the Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area World Heritage Site.
Dr. Sutton’s most recent book is Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity and Frontier in Early Modern China (coedited
with Pamela K. Crossley and Helen F. Siu), 2006. A listing of his publications is located at

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Lecture on Medieval Japanese Religion: Open to All

"Ritualizing Duality

Secret Iconographies of Empowerment
in Medieval Japan"

The Department of Religious Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Lucia Dolce

Senior Lecturer of Japanese Religion
Department of the Study of Religion
Director of the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Lucia Dolce holds a first degree in Japanese Studies from the University of Venezia, Italy, and a PhD from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Her main research interest is Japanese religiosity of the medieval period, in particular, the esotericisation of religious practice, the development of millenarian ideas, and kami-Buddhas associative practices. Dr. Dolce’s first book, Esoteric Patterns in Nichiren’s Interpretation of the Lotus Sūtra, was awarded the Nakamura Hajime Prize for the best book in religious studies by a younger scholar in 2004. She is currently working on two research projects on rituals in premodern Japanese religion.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
4:15 PM
4130 Posvar Hall

–Reception to follow–

Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center and Japan Council of the University Center for International Studies and the Program in Cultural Studies. Funding also provided by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation, Mitsubishi Endowments and the Office of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Worship of Celestial Bodies in Japan: Special Lecture for Undergraduates

The Worship of Celestial Bodies in Japan
Politics, Rituals and Icons

A special talk for undergraduates
Open to RELGST 1550 & 0505
Religious Studies majors & minors
Asian Studies Center undergraduate certificate students

The Department of Religious Studies
University of Pittsburgh


Lucia Dolce

Senior Lecturer of Japanese Religion
Department of the Study of Religion
Director, Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London

Thursday, November 15, 2007
1:00-2:15 PM
104 David Lawrence Hall

Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center and Japan Council of the University Center for International Studies and the Program in Cultural Studies. Funding also provided by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation, Mitsubishi Endowments and the Office of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

African Studies Program Open House


Reception--Open House
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4138 WWPH
Audience: Open to all Students, Faculty, Staff
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: African Studies Program

Meet & Greet: Students, Faculty, Staff and Colleagues This is an opportunity for people interested in Africa to meet and share views and ideas over coffee and some finger foods.
For more information, contact Dr. Macrina Lelei - 412-648-2058 macrina@pitt.edu

Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program Info


Information Session--JET: Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM 4130 Posvar Hall
Audience: Open to all interested students
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center

David Sheldon, Speaker

Monday, October 22, 2007

Lecture on Self-Fashioning: November 9

University of Pittsburgh

Department of Anthropology and
Department of Linguistics

Michael Silverstein

Department of Anthropology

The University of Chicago

“Travels with Ego: Deictic Stance and Denotational Style across Interactional Contexts”

Friday, November 9, 2007

3:00 p.m.

3106 WWPH

Anthropology Lounge

How do we fashion a ‘self’, the persona of an ego that remains in many respects a social constant across the various discursive contexts in which we encounter interactional others and co-construct events with them? Close study of comparably premised interactions of particular individuals with different interactional partners reveals part of our ability to transport means of self-presentation from one interactional site to another. We look here at several of the most fundamental aspects of verbally mediated interaction, among them [1] deictic stance, the way that a speaker constructs a place-from-which (s)he communicates as an implication of how particular fixed points are denoted; and [2] denotational style, how a speaker relationally implicates a self-identity by the particular choice of lexical and grammatical forms used to denote people, places, events, things, etc. being communicated about, and hence semiotically “in play,” at any given moment of interaction. We seem to observe individuals who in effect “practice” “being themselves” in one interactional context so as better to “perfect” the presentation of their selves in another.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the talk

Registration Advising Reminders

To those of you coming to see me this week about registration:

Please make sure to do two things before you come:

1) check your own degree progress report at my.pitt.edu to check whether you have outstanding general education requirements

2) check course descriptions at www.as.pitt.edu both for general education requirements and Religious Studies courses that you might be interested in. Remember that you can search this by requirement or by department.

When searching course descriptions, WRITE DOWN THE FIVE DIGIT COURSE NUMBER!
And you should also check for recitations. If there is a recitation, check in Peoplesoft: you will need another five digit course number to register for the recitation (or lab).

The more research you do before our meeting, the better. And please remember that I am your advisor and not your secretary--look up and record information about the courses you wish to take before you meet with me.

Anthropological Research in the Himalayas

Himalayan Health Exchange
Himalayan Anthropology Field Expedition
Summer 2008
Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE) is organizing an anthropological field expedition to India in the summer of 2008. Through an independent study/fieldwork in a remote Himalayan Tibetan Borderland, HHE will offer students a practical approach to the study of India and the Himalayan culture in a socio-cultural, medical and religious context. During their journey, team members will have the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization, monastic life and local healthcare. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, they will participate in the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence. This first-hand experience will be accompanied by daily academic lectures and research assistance.
Lecture topics will include: Cultural, Medical, Economic, Biological and Visual Anthropology, Religion & Philosophy, Cross-cultural healing, Ayurveda, Public Health, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indian and Tibetan history, High Altitude Adaptation, Psychology, Art/Fine Arts, Geography, Social Work, Sociology, Yoga and Meditation
This is a high-altitude expedition in rugged Trans Himalayan regions.
Field camp elevations range between 8,000-15,000 feet, with higher pass crossings. As a participant, you must be in excellent physical shape and health and be willing to work in improvised field sites.

1) Himachal Pradesh: Spiti Valley: June 10- June 30, 2008 Once a part of the Guge Empire of Tibet, Spiti lies in the Indian Himalayan region at the edge of Western Tibetan Plateau. This anthropology expedition will take us on a fascinating journey through this beautiful and ancient Buddhist land, where travel was restricted until 1992, and where only a few adventurers have set foot. In addition to remote village exploration, the field trip will include, among many other destinations, a visit to Kibber, the highest permanent human settlement in the world; Tabo an ancient 10th century monastery, Dharamsala, home to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibetans in Exile, and the Taj Mahal.

Expedition fee: Each all-inclusive trip is US $2,740 plus international airfare Application deadline: February 1, 2008: **Please be advised that space is limited

Program Coordinators:
Professor Paul Donnelly, Ph.D in Buddhist Studies & Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University Professor Denise Cucurny, M.A.s. in Anthropology and Legal Studies.
Senior Full-time lecturer in Cultural, Biological & Medical Anthropology at California State University Long Beach and Laguna College of Art & Design.
Karlie Knudtsen, Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher, Heart Shrine meditation instructor, Founder/Director Sadhana Yoga, Flagstaff, AZ Ravi Singh, Founder of Himalayan Health Exchange

For details, please contact: Himalayan Health Exchange:
info@himalayanhealth.com, www.himalayanhealth.com 404-929-9399.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Lecture Globalization, Science, Society Oct 22

Monday, October 22nd, 2007
12:00 noon
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh
For more information please contact: Dianne Dakis: 412-648-7367, dakis@pitt.edu
V.V. Krishna is a Professor in Science Policy and the Chairperson of the Centre for Studies in Science
Policy at Jawharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology of Science from
the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. He has 20 years of research experience in
the areas of sociology of science, science and technology policy studies and social history of science.
He has published 30 research papers and four books. He is the founder-editor of Science, Technology
and Society – An International Journal devoted to the Developing World, published through Sage
Publications. Prof. Krishna was a consultant to UNESCO, Paris, for its programmes on electronic
publishing in the developing countries and the publication of the World Science Report 1998; UNESCO
Science Report 2000-2001; and 2004-2005.

Study Abroad

There is a new study abroad brochure for Religious Studies. I have 10 copies in my office. You can also get them from the Study Abroad office in WPU or ask me to send you an electronic version.

How To Talk To Professors Oct 23 or 24

Are you intimidated by the thought of talking with your professors outside of class?
Are you afraid to go to office hours because you don’t know what to say when you get there?
Do you know the “do’s and don’t’s” for getting the most favorable results from interaction with your instructors?
Effective communication with your instructors is key to getting the most out of your coursework. The Advising Center can help with our workshop "How to Talk to Professors." Hear from advisors, faculty and other students about successful approaches to meeting with professors and TA's.

WHAT: "How to Talk to Professors"
WHERE: Arts and Sciences Advising Center in 201 Thackeray Hall
WHEN: Choose from two days and times: Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 6:00 pm
OR Wednesday, Oct. 24th at 6:00 pm

Whirling Dervishes Oct 23

Pittsburgh Dialogue Foundation (PDF), in partnership with WQED Multimedia, is bringing the world famous Whirling Dervishes of Rumi from Turkey to Pittsburgh on October 23rd, in commemoration of Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi's 800th birthday. As you may already know, 2007 is announced as the "Year of Rumi" by UNESCO to recognize this greatly known and beloved mystical poet and philosopher.

This performance of the dervishes is a mystical journey with Sufi music and dance. The Sema, as it is called, is a precise choreography, a meditation in motion in which the dervishes are accompanied by beautiful, mystical music. The music contains some of the most core elements of Eastern classical music and serves as an accompaniment for Rumi's poetry.

Ted Sohier of WQED-FM and WQED-TV will be the emcee of this wonderful event. The event will feature an introductory speech on Rumi by Dr. Paul Parker, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Theology and Religion at Elmhurst College (Chicago, IL). The program will continue with a wonderful Sufi music concert, which will be followed by a sketch about the performance of the Whirling Dervishes by actor Alex Demir. The finale of the program will be the performance of the Whirling Dervishes.

October 23, 2007, 8:00 PM
Carnegie Music Hall
Tickets: Call (412) 394-3353 or visit www.proartstickets.org Single tickets: $25 to $65 (Group discounts are available.)
Students: $14(with ID)
For more information:
Website: www.pghdialogue.org/rumi
Tel: (412) 628-6871
E-mail: ticket@pghdialogue.org

Pittsburgh Dialogue Foundation (PDF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue and to encourage cultural exchange through social, art, and educational events.
Through several programs, PDF has brought together hundreds of people from different communities, ethnic backgrounds and faiths.

Events that PDF have organized include Annual International Children's Day Celebrations, Intercultural trips to Turkey, Noah's Pudding Days, Panels and Conferences (Sharing the Faith of Abraham, Art of Living Together, Women Who Made a Difference), Women's History Month Celebrations, Food Distribution to Needy Families, Art & Essay Contest for Middle School Students, Annual Friendship & Dialogue Dinners, and Pittsburgh Dialogue Awards.

Lecture Race in Early Modern England Oct 26

The University of Pittsburgh's Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program

Woodburn Associate Professor of English
West Virginia University

"This Blue-Eyed Hag":
Race and Shakespeare's Sycorax

Friday, October 26th at 3:00 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh
Cathedral of Learning, Room 332

Jonathan Burton is Woodburn Associate Professor of English at West Virginia University, where he teaches courses on Shakespeare, early modern culture, and topics in post-colonial studies, among others. He has published several journal articles and is the author of _Traffic and
Turning: Islam and English Drama, 1579-1624_ (University of Delaware, 2005).

In this lecture, which is open to all who are interested, Professor Burton will speak to students from the English Department's undergraduate and graduate Shakespeare classes about material drawn from his new book, _Race in Early Modern England_ (Palgrave, 2007), which he co-authored with Ania Loomba of the University of Pennsylvania.

This talk is generously co-sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lecture by Holocaust Museum Curator Nov 29

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and
The C. F. Reynolds Medical History Society
Curator of Special Exhibits
The United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum
Thursday, November 29, 2006
6:00 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh
Contact: Dr. Jonathon Erlen, 648-8927; erlen@pitt.edu

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Service-Learning Options for Study Abroad

Amizade Global Service-Learning

Serve and Learn in communities around the world! Community-driven service -University Credits -Diverse course subjects and country locations -Most affordable programs of their kind; Financial Aid available.

Upcoming Opportunities: -Connect with community organizations while earning 15 credits in the beautiful and politically exciting Andean city of Cochabamba, Bolivia (Spring Semester): http://www.globalservicelearning.org/programs/bolivia_semester.htm .

Learn about globalization from the perspective of a rural Jamaican community while serving with their leading nonprofit organization (Winter Break): http://www.globalservicelearning.org/winter_break_07/jamaica.html .

Work with a locally developed and sustained guide school in Chilean Patagonia while learning and teaching about outdoor education and sustainable living (Winter Break): http://www.globalservicelearning.org/winter_break_07/chile.html . For more information, visit www.globalservicelearning.org

Boren Scholarship

David L. Boren Scholarship and Fellowship- Undergraduate

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the beginning of the 2008-2009 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship and Fellowship competitions. Created in 1991, NSEP awards undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships 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). Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad. . The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is January 30. For information and the online applications for the scholarships and fellowships are available on the Institute of International Education's website: www.iie.org/nsep. For more information please contact us at 1-800-618-NSEP or nsep@iie.org.

Program for Women in Global Leadership

Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program for Women in Global Leadership

Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program Highlights: Participate in hands-on Global Leadership Training; Experience a life changing Study Abroad Experience; Participate in a Community Engagement Experience in a diverse environment; Receive a $5000 Scholarship. For more information contact: Keiha R. Peck, Vira I. Heinz Coordinator; University of Pittsburgh 802 William Pitt Union; Email: keiha@pitt.edu or visit the Vira I. Heinz Scholarship website for details and an application: http://www.abroad.pitt.edu/viraheinz.html


Peer Advisor Internship


• 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?
• Do you want to learn more about the resources and opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh so that you can make the most of your time here?
• Would you like to work next summer as a peer advisor to incoming freshmen?

If you answered yes to the above questions, consider applying for the Arts and Sciences Advising Center peer advisor internship for the Spring term (2084). You will gain a broad range of knowledge about University programs and resources, learn more about the advising process, and develop leadership and communication skills. This is a 2-credit internship which can lead to summer employment as a peer advisor.

Time Commitment: Formal training is every Wednesday (during Spring term) from 3:00-5:00. In addition, 6 flexible 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 essays 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 21 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 (what will the web address be?). Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so we urge you to apply as soon as possible.


Friday, October 12, 2007

Law School?

Law School Fair
Thursday, October 18, 2007
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
William Pitt Union, Assembly Room
The Law School Fair is open to students from all colleges and universities.

Planning to go to Law School? Take advantage of this opportunity to speak with law school representatives and gather applications and resources from more than 40 colleges and universities!

Student Registration
Students and alumni are to register at the event.

Please visit the Career Services website at www.careers.pitt.edu and click on the link for Law School Fair located under our Upcoming Events section.

Thank you,

Angela Illig

Angela M. Illig
Angela M. Illig, M.S., N.C.C.
Career Consultant - Pre-Law, Liberal Arts
University of Pittsburgh Career Services
224 William Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Mon Oct. 15 office hours

will be 2-3 instead of 2:30-4 because I would like to go the Dardery lecture. See below.

If you need to see me, e-mail for an appointment.

Also: you can sign up for an advising meeting during the senior registration times even if you aren't a senior ( I just won't register you).

Thursday, October 11, 2007

When you are in the department...

Look around at the bulletin boards outside my office and near the xerox machine. There are lots of new posters about study abroad opportunities, lectures, and writing contests.

For example:

A Medieval and Renaissance Studies lecture on October 18: "A Maiden, A Shepherdess, and a Queen: The Assumption Vespers Services at Notre Dame of Paris."

A Buddhist Studies in India Program for Fall 2008.

A Tibetan Studies program in Dharamsala, India for the spring semester.

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity announces the Elie Wisel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2008. Deadline is Dec 7, 2007.

Plus lots of posters about graduate programs.

Look around.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

October 15 Lecture: A Muslim Perspective on Islam and Violence

The Department of Religious Studies
University of Pittsburgh


Abdul Mawgoud Dardery
Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies & Critical Discourse
South Valley University, Luxor, Egypt

“Why Do they Hate Us?
A Muslim Perspective on Islam and Violence”

Monday, October 15, 2007
3:00 PM
501 Cathedral of Learning

Dr. Dardery received his PhD in Cultural Studies at Pitt (2000) and works on Occidental-Oriental dialogue. A speaker in much demand in Egypt, he is an active member of the Program for Civilization Studies & Dialogue of Cultures at Cairo University, which provides opportunities for Egyptian and visiting faculty and exchange students from a variety of disciplines to come together in meaningful dialogue. Dr. Dardery was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Seton Hill and other institutions in northern PA in AY 2006 for a project introducing and teaching about Islam in the American academic setting. While in Pittsburgh, he served as president of the Islamic Center and was a founding member of Daughters and Sons of Abraham at Carlow University. As Director of the Center for Language Teaching & Research at South Valley University, he teaches on post-colonial discourse.

Cosponsored by the University Honors College, Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies of the University Center for International Studies, Program in Cultural Studies, and the departments of English, History and Political Science.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Registration Reminders

Registration for seniors begins Thursday October 25. Registration for all other students begins Monday October 29. Sign-up sheets for pre-registration advising appointments and for registration scheduling appointments are now up. They are next to my office door at 2603 CL.

Course descriptions for the spring semester are now available at http://www.courses.as.pitt.edu/ and the official Peoplesoft schedule is now available through your Pitt portal, my.pitt.edu.

The A&S Course description page is the easiest way to browse for courses by department and by requirement fulfilled. However, you should make sure to check here to see whether a recitation or lab is required. If so, you will have to go to Peoplesoft (at my.pitt.edu) to check recitation or lab times. You should also double-check everything in Peoplesoft as that is the official course schedule for the university. [And when searching Course Descriptions and Peoplesoft, do make sure you are searching for the spring 2008--2084--semester.]

Remember always to copy down the 5 digit course number (aka "CRN") which is what you will need to register for the course (and the separate CRN for any recitations or other related components). This is not the 4 digit number associated with the department name (e.g. Religious Studies 1220). The 5 digit number is unique to a particular section of a course offered in a particular semester.

Ethnomusicology Symposium October 11

Ethnomusicology Symposium
University of Pittsburgh
Music Building 132
October 11, 20072:00-5:00pm

In this public forum, six Pitt faculty and students will practice presentingtheir papers for the 52nd annual Society for Ethnomusicology conference inColumbus, Ohio (October 25-28) (www.ethnomusicology.org)

2:00-2:30 Emily Pinkerton "The Gendered Guitarrón: Women in the Masculine Musical Space ofChilean Poesía Popular"

2:30-3:00 Eun-Young Jung "Korean Wave in Japan vs. Japanese Wave in Korea: Marketing Strategy and Collaboration in Competing Popular Music Industries"

3:00-3:30 Bell Yung "Unesco and Cultural Rights: China's Qin Music in the 21st Century"

3:30-4:00 Yuko Eguchi "'Pure' India in Pittsburgh: Ritual and Musical Practices of Diasporic Indians in Pittsburgh"

4:00-4:30 Marie Agatha Ozah "'When Men Dance Like Women': The Negotiation of Genderand Performance Space in Égwú Àmàlà"

4:30-5:00 Colter Harper "The Chitlin Circuit: The Embodiment of Jazz in Physical Space and Social Action"

Department of Music
University of Pittsburgh
110 Music Building
4337 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412 624-4126
FAX: 412 624-4186
Concert office 412 624-4125

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Adoption and Culture Conference at Pitt October 11-14

2nd International Conference on Adoption and Culture
October 11-14th, 2007
University of Pittsburgh

Information is available at the website,

Many of the panels deal with issues of ethnicity (and religion) and adoption.

Job Fair October 4

Fall Job and Internship Fair: Wednesday, October 3rd, and Thursday, October 4th.
Wednesday is Technical Day and Thursday is All Other Majors Day. The event provides students with a great opportunity to meet with employers face to face who have jobs and internships to fill. Employers are looking for December and April grads, as well as interns for next summer. Students can view participating employers online at a link on the Career Services website.

Oct. 3, 2007 - Engineering, Science & Technical Day
Oct. 4, 2007 - All other Majors10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.William Pitt Union, Main Floor
The Fall Job/Internship Fair is free for University of Pittsburgh students and alumni only.
This is your greatest chance during the year to meet with employers! Companies will be looking for candidates for internships and full time positions. Bring resumes and dress to impress

Next Religious Studies Department Colloquium October 10

Edward Brett (La Roche College) will speak on "The Response of the US Catholic Church to United States Policy in Central America, 1950-1990." Wednesday October 10, 2007, noon-1 pm, in 2628 CL. Coffee and cookies provided.

Daniel Pearl Music Day October 7

Daniel Pearl Music Day
Join the Hillel JUC and SGB Diversity Council as they bring to you Daniel Pearl Music Day: An international network of concerts using the power of music to celebrate our commitment to diversity and humanity. Featured acts include 28 North and MH the Verb. Peter's Pub, Sunday Oct. 7 @ 7:30

Global Problems Global Solutions Conference

Global Problems Global Solutions: Saving Our Earth and Its People Fourth Annual Conference
Saturday, October 27, 8:00 am-2:00 pm
We will provide transportation to and from the Global Problems Global Solutions: Saving Our Earth and Its People Fourth Annual Conference at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, on Saturday, October 27. The conference will include keynote speakers and workshops on: global warming; gender equality; eliminating poverty; action against genocide; global trade/fair trade; why war, how peace?
We will leave Pitt Campus at 8:15 AM and return at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 27, 2007. This is an excellent way to learn from international leaders, network, and find ways to get involved. There is no fee for the conference or for the transportation. You can bring a lunch or eat at the LaRoche cafeteria. I encourage you to visit the conference website to learn more about keynote speakers and workshop presenters
www.laroche.edu/global. To participate register at the Global Studies Office at 4100 Posvar Hall if you want to travel to the conference on the bus. LaRoche College is north of Pittsburgh and it takes 20 – 25 minutes to get there by car/bus. You must register by October 15, 2007 by signing a registration form at the Global Studies Office and paying a $10 deposit. You’ll get the $10 back on October the 27th. The bus/conference is not limited to Global Studies students so let your friends know of this opportunity.

University Senate Plenary Session October 17

The Senate's Fall Plenary Session "Embracing Fitness for Life: Taking an Active Role in Improving Your Health" will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, in the Assembly Room, William Pitt Union. UPMC Health Plan will offer free biometric screenings in the morning in the WPU Ballroom from 7a.m. - 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-553-8762. The afternoon program will begin at 2 PM and will include talks by Diane Holder (UPMC Health Plan), John Kozar, John Jakicic and Michael Pinsky, plus a question and answer session. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend; light refreshments will be served. Click on the link to see the entire program schedule, http://www.pitt.edu/univsenate/plenarysessions.html.

Job Interviews with Primesource October 23

Job Interviews
Career Services Center- William Pitt Union
All majors
PrimeSource -
http://www.primesourcebp.com/ is coming to Pitt on October 23 recruiting students from all majors. If you would like to interview with the company go to the Career Services Center on the 2nd Floor of WPU to sign up for an interview. You should also get help from Career Services in putting your Resume and Cover letter together, as well as preparing for the interview by doing the Mock Interviews they run in Career Services.

David L. Boren Scholarship

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the beginning of the 2008-2009 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship and Fellowship competitions. Created in 1991, NSEP awards undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships 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). Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad. . The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is January 30. For information and the online applications for the scholarships and fellowships are available on the Institute of International Education's website:
www.iie.org/nsep. For more information please contact us at 1-800-618-NSEP or nsep@iie.org.

Language Study Opportunities

Bridging Scholarships – Spring 2008
The Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) is accepting applications from American students participating in semester-long or year-long study abroad programs in Japan in Spring 2008. 20 scholarships will be awarded to assist students with travel and living expenses. Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic-year programs). The deadline for application is 5 Oct 07. For details and application forms, please see their web site at

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Spring 2008 Application Deadline: October 9, 2007. The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for up to one academic year. The program aims to diversify the kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program serves students who have been under-represented in study abroad which includes but is not limited to: students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students attending minority-serving institutions, and students with disabilities. The Gilman Program seeks to assist students from a diverse range and type of two-year and four-year public and private institutions from all 50 states.
A limited number of $3000 Critical Need Language Supplements are available for students studying a critical need language for a total possible award of $8000. A list of eligible languages can be found on the Gilman website at
Eligibility: Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.
The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. For more information, full eligibility criteria and the online application

Fri. 26 Oct.: JET Information Session – 4130 Posvar Hall. All students interested in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program are encouraged to attend. Mock-up interviews and a special guest lecture. Visit
http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JETProgram/homepage.html to learn more about the program. Cosponsored by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the Asian Studies Center. Time will be posted in the weekly events. For more information contact Doreen edoreen@pitt.edu.

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