Monday, September 29, 2008

DUS office hours

I will not be having my usual drop-in office hours on Wednesday October 1 or Wednesday October 8. Please e-mail me for an appointment if you would like to meet this week or next week.

Soon I will post the sign-up sheets for advising/registration appointments next to my office door. Look for an announcement here when these are up.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Monday October 6: Hopkins-Nanjing Center Info Session

Are you interested in

Come learn about the
Hopkins-Nanjing Center

Monday, October 6th
4430 Posvar Hall

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is the only graduate program of its kind – a collaborative effort where degrees are jointly awarded by the Johns Hopkins University and by Nanjing University. Students have the unique opportunity to utilize and master their Chinese language skills while being taught in Chinese by Chinese professors. 1-year Certificate and 2-year Master’s programs offered.

Also check out our programs online at!

Monday, September 22, 2008

September 26: Robert Putnam

The Department of Political Science presents:

Robert Putnam speaking on “American Grace: The Changing Role of Religion in American Communities”

Friday, September 26, 1 PM, Room 4500 Posvar.

Robert Putnam (Harvard University) is the author of work on “social capital,” on democracy in Italy, and the well-known book,Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (Simon & Schuster, 2001).

Friday, September 19, 2008

CLAS Spring Class and Field Trip to Brazil

CLAS Seminar & Field Trip to Latin America
CLAS is now welcoming applications for the 2009 Latin American Seminar and Field Trip to Fortaleza, Brazil. Details and application instructions are available online at: .
We encourage students of Portuguese to review this information and encourage all eligible candidates to apply! The application deadline is October 10, 2008.

Invitation from the Office of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development

The Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development of the University of Pittsburgh will begin its year-long occurrence of Holidays Around the World. This series of events will feature the customs, meanings, and significance of major holidays through all corners of the globe. Collaborations with student organizations and community groups will help to create an appreciation and awareness of global cultures. We believe the university community will be intrigued by such events and hence, we are inviting you to attend. We will soon send you a calender of the above events.

This year, our first event is the Ramadhan Iftar (breaking the fast) Dinner to which your office and students are cordially invited to attend. It will take place on Friday, September 26, 2008 in the 6th floor of the William Pitt Union at 7:00 pm.This program is sponsored by the Office of Cross Cultural & Leadership Development, Saudi Student House, Muslim Student Association, and the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies(CERIS). This is an exciting opportunity students to enhance their cultural experience by sharing and learning about the beautiful and important holiday of Ramadhan.

We look forward to seeing you and your students at our events and hope you have a culturally enriched year.

Warm Regards,
Eliada Nwosu, International Programs Coordinator
Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development

Scholarships for Study in Germany after Graduation

DAAD Study Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to highly qualified graduating seniors or those who have received an undergraduate degree in any discipline for a year of independent study or a full Master’s degree program at a German university. Graduate study scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) with the possibility of a one-year extension and must take place during the German academic year (October 2009 to July 2010). Study proposals should explain why a particular program has been chosen and how it will further the applicant’s educational and career goals. The application deadline is November 15, 2008 for all non-arts applicants. For application guidelines and further information, please Please contact with any questions.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jacob Javits Fellowship for Upcoming and Current Graduate Students

The information for the Jacob Javits program has been announced. This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. It is for undergraduate students about to enter graduate school and for graduate students who have not completed their first year of study. Awards are made across all divisions and students must be US citizens or nationals, permanent residents, or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States. Here is the link for the eligibility requirements:

Based on the financial need of the awardees – Javits fellows receive a stipend of $30,000 for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. Students also receive a partial tuition amount that is quoted at $12,891. As in the past, if Pitt has a student in Arts & Sciences that receives a Javits fellowship, the Dean’s office will pay the difference in tuition for the fellowship recipient. The deadline for the transmittal of applications is October 3, 2008. To apply, visit:

Job: Jewish Funds for Justice

Jewish Funds for Justice seeks an education associate to support the development of a service learning curriculum and a training program for service learning program leaders.

The Jewish Funds for Justice ( is a national public foundation guided by Jewish history and tradition. JFSJ helps people in the United States achieve social and economic security and opportunity by investing in healthy neighborhoods, vibrant Jewish communities, and skillful leaders. Our holistic approach to social change includes grantmaking and loans, service learning, leadership development, organizing, education, and advocacy.

Jewish Funds for Justice's Service Learning Travel Programs engage teens, families, college students, and adults in meaningful service in a number of sites throughout the United States, related Jewish learning and study of issues, community building, and development of leadership skills.

Program leaders take part in a rigorous training curriculum that includes study, skills development, teaching practice, and ongoing learning opportunities. The education associate will play a crucial role in creating these training programs. The education associate will be responsible for:

· Coordinating logistics of program leader training
· Researching and compiling materials for service learning curriculum
· Providing general support for trainings and curriculum development
· Offering some general support to program leaders
· Working with graphic designer to develop curricular materials

Depending on the background and interest of the education associate, there may also be opportunities for additional educational and content development work. The education associate will also have the opportunity to participate in at least one service learning travel program.

Candidates should be:

· Extremely organized and self-motivated
· Adept at research, both on-line and in the library
· Interested in and knowledgeable about current events in the United States
· Knowledgeable about Jewish education and experienced in a range of Jewish educational settings
· Skilled communicators, both orally and in writing
· Comfortable working in a team

The education associate will be supervised by Jewish Funds for Justice's Rabbi-in-Residence.

This position may be based in New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore.

Salary is competitive. Jewish Funds for Justice offers a generous benefits package, as well as opportunities for professional growth and learning.

To apply, please e-mail cover letter and resume to Cover letter will be used as a writing sample. No phone calls, please.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Lectures Fall 2008

The University of Pittsburgh’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
Fall Events 2008

Thursday, October 9th at 3:30 p.m.
Frick Fine Arts Building, Room 203

(Princeton University)

“Quid is Veritas? Trying to Disentangle the Real from the Mythical Pilate”

Hourihane is Director of the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University, and the author of two recent studies of medieval art, The Processional Cross in Late Medieval England (2005) and Gothic art in Ireland,1169-1550 (Yale, 2003). He has also edited diverse essay collections, including Spanish Medieval Art (Arizona, 2007) and Objects, Images, and the Word (Princeton, 2003).

Monday, October 27th at 4:00 p.m.
Cathedral of Learning Room 501

MAURO PERANI (University of Bologna)

“What is the ‘European Genizah’? A Survey of Hebrew Manuscript Discoveries in Italy and Spain and their Importance for Jewish Studies”

University of Bologna Professor Perani is currently a Padnos Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies (University of Michigan). He has been Director of The Italian Genizah Project since 1992, and his recent publications include Talmudic and Midrashic Fragments from the ‘Italian Genizah’: Reunification of Manuscripts and Catalogue (Giuntina, 2004).

Co-Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the Department of French and Italian

November 6th and 7th
(University of California, Irvine)

Thursday, November 6th at 4:00 p.m.
Cathedral of Learning Room G24

Public Lecture
“Mrs. Polonius Goes to Italy: An Intimate Guide to Shakespeare's Europe”

Friday, November 7th, 4:00 p.m.
Cathedral of Learning Room 362

Seminar for Faculty and Graduate Students
“All's Well That Ends Well and the Futures of Consent”

Julia Reinhard Lupton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. Her publications include Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology (Chicago, 2005) and Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology, and Renaissance Literature (Stanford, 1996). She has written extensively on Shakespeare, religion, and psychoanalysis.

Co-Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian

Please contact Acting Director Hannah Johnson

See the websites for more details about upcoming events and spring scheduling
University of Pittsburgh:
Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies:

September 24 Lecture: Denova on Female Leadership in Early Christianity

Women’s Studies Brown-Bag Lecture Series:

“Who Cooked the Last Supper? Bodies, Boundaries, and New Questions of Female Leadership in Early Christianity”

Rebecca I. Denova, Ph. D.
Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies

Wednesday, September 24
12:00 noon
2201 WWPH

The recent popularity of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code, and a heightened awareness of “gnostic” gospels, has not only created controversy concerning the relationship of Mary Magdalene to Jesus, but has also motivated renewed discussion of the leadership roles of women in the early Christian movement. We will discuss the evidence available to us, modern scholarly methods of analysis of the material, and modern applications of such conclusions (if any). Were Christian women merely tolerated as “lilies of the field,” or embraced as the “corporate divas”
of their age (ala Martha Stewart)? Did Jesus’s message really proclaim “good news” for women?

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