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Tue 2/20 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Performance: Karuppi (The Dark Woman)

February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Speaker/Participants: Ponni Arasu

Location: Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial

Karuppi (The Dark Woman) is a one-woman performance in English/Tamil/Creole performed by Ponni Arasu.

The play, originally created in Tamil, is a collection of writing by and about Tamil speaking women who traveled across oceans from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka for work or were displaced by war. The script consists of poetry, traditional folk songs, excerpts from short stories and government documents. The stories date back to the early 19th Century to the present day. While translating the play in English, the Marapachchi team found that the play works on many registers. While the play is about Tamil-speaking women, the incidents and stories may resonate with other contexts and histories.

Karuppi is a production of Marapachchi Theatre, a feminist theatre collective based in Madras, India. The play is mostly in English with some Tamil sections. Written translation of Tamil will be provided.

Ponni Arasu is a queer feminist researcher, historian, and activist from Tamilnadu, India. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto and holds a Masters in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, as well as a Bachelor degree in Law. Ponni has worked on issues related to sexuality, labour, law and caste in South Asia as an activist, researcher and legal practitioner. She has worked in multiple capacities as an activist and theatre practitioner in northern and eastern Sri Lanka for the past twelve years.  Her last major project was to initiate the creation of an archive of oral history on women in social movements in different parts of India in the 1970s. This project was commissioned by the Indian Association of Women Studies and Zubaan Books. Her PhD research addresses the history of Tamil Nadu in Southern India (1950-70) studying the formation of publics from a gender perspective.

Thu 2/22 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Justice and the Global City

Join Dr. Joe Hoover in 4130 Posvar Hall at noon on Thursday, February 22.

Dr. Hoover is a lecturer in Political Theory in the School of Politics and International Politics at Queen Mary University of London. He has worked previously at City University London, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he also received his PhD. For the past several years he has focused on the use of human rights by diverse political movements in order to take the measure of both their limitations and their promise for a more radically democratic world. His latest research project rethinks questions of global justice by focusing on the injustices experienced in contemporary urban life to develop an argument in favor of more inclusive and democratic cities. Dr. Hoover's work on the human right to housing and the right to the city have led to collaborations with housing rights groups in the USA and the UK, including the FOCUS E15 campaign in East London. He is also the co-convener and chair of the BISA Ethics and World Politics Working Group.

Thu 2/22 4:00PM - 6:30PM
Advocating for Healthy Children in Urban Communities and Schools

Join the Center for Urban Education for a panel discussion and reflection examining health issues and disparities, and how they influence educational outcomes.Moderated by Dr. A. Dex Samuels and Dr. John Jakicic

Register now!

Location and Address
CUE Commons
4310 Posvar Hall

Fri 2/23
Nepal Fertility Care Center Practicum/Internship Applications Due

Applications for a Summer 2018 Practicum/Internship experience with Nepal Fertility Care Center are now open and applications are due to by Friday, February 23. For more information, including application pieces, please visit the Center for Global Health at A310 Crabtree. 
Fri 2/23 6:00PM - 10:00PM
This is Africa
O'Hara Student Center

This captivating event sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and African Students Organization, will be a gala celebrating African culture, community, and traditions and will include performances, speakers, awards and also opportunities for networking. Our main goal is to bring together students and faculty from all across the university that are either of African descent, interested in African culture and traditions or work in areas related to Africa.  The event is free to all in attendance but will be capped at 150, so please contact us ASAP to reserve your place! Thank you once again for your time and assistance in advance and we hope to see you all there! Register here: 

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Thu 2/15/18
Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Structural Violence & International Responsibility Center for Global Health Event
Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Structural Violence & International Responsibility
Thu 2/15 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Matiangai Sirleaf, JD is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. Sirleaf will be presenting her critical research on Africa, Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Global Structural Violence and International Responses, in  4130 Posvar on Thursday, February 15 at 2 pm.

Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Global Structural Violence and International Responses- presents challenges the conventional understanding that international crises are limited to instances of direct physical violence. Instead, it argues that the disproportionate distribution of infectious diseases like Ebola are a form of structural violence that warrants international intervention. In the field of global public health, structural violence is a concept used to describe health inequities and to draw attention to the differential risks for infection in the Global South, and among those already infected, for adverse consequences including death, injury and illness. 

This Article clarifies how the concept of structural violence can be operationalized in law. In particular, it illustrates the ways in which the international actors can facilitate conditions for structural violence by analyzing the international public health and peace and security regimes. This Article has several important contributions. First, the way crises are conceptualized needs to be expanded beyond merely addressing direct physical violence internationally, but to also include remedying structural violence. Additionally, this study indicates that the complicated relationship between infectious diseases and conflict warrants more robust attention and resources. Finally, shared international responsibility norms should be developed to assist in expanding the tools available for the protection of human rights and the alleviation of large-scale human suffering caused by infectious diseases like Ebola.

Fri 2/9/18
Healthy Global Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship in Asia Center for Global Health Lecture
Healthy Global Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship in Asia
Fri 2/9 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Interested in a career with a non-profit—or in developing a new NGO that will change lives? You’re sure to gain insight and inspiration from Samir Lakhani, a 24 year old graduate of the University of Pittsburgh who created Eco-Soap Bank, a Squirrel Hill-based organization that sterilizes and repackages discarded soap. 

Samir Lakhani witnessed the spread of disease firsthand while volunteering in Cambodia. His non-profit, Eco-Soap Bank, has supplied more than 650,000 individuals with soap and hygiene education since 2014. 

Join Samir in room 630 of the William Pitt Union on Friday, February 9 from 3 - 4 pm. 

Fri 2/9/18
Student Travel Scholarships Deadline Center for Global Health Application Deadline
Student Travel Scholarships Deadline
Fri 2/9


The Global Health Travel Scholarship program partially supports international travel expenses for master’s or doctoral students enrolled in one of Pitt’s  six health science schools for conducting projects in a middle- or low-income country or resource-poor setting. Projects must address a health issue of importance to the host organization and the local populace. Application details and guidelines are found on the CGH site.
Applications are due Friday, February 9, 2018 to by 11:50 PM


Tue 2/6/18
Planning Postindustrialism in Pittsburgh and Beyond Center for Global Health Lecture
Planning Postindustrialism in Pittsburgh and Beyond
Tue 2/6 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Join Dr. Tracy Neumann in 3911 Posvar Hall on Tuesday, February 6 at 4:30 pm. Dr. Neumann specializes in transnational and global approaches to twentieth-century North American history, with an emphasis on cities and the built environment. She teaches courses on twentieth-century U.S. history, urban history, research methods, and public history. Before pursuing a PhD, she worked for several years as a consultant for a cultural resource management firm, and her professional experience as a public history practitioner led her to help develop Wayne State's MA Program in Public History, for which she serves as the coordinator. She also co-edits the Global Urban History blog and sits on the editorial boards of Urban History and Temple University Press's Pennsylvania History book series.

More information about the event TBA.

Fri 2/2/18
Keynote Address: A Woman for the 21st Century Center for Global Health Event
Keynote Address: A Woman for the 21st Century
Fri 2/2 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Time: 6:00 pm 
Presenter: Rhodessa Jones 
Location:Frick Fine Arts Auditorium 
Sponsored by: Global Studies Center along with Sponsored by PITT ARTS and co-sponsored by: The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Africana Studies, Global Studies and and The Department of Music.

Jones will discuss The Medea Project: Theater  for Incarcerated Women and the process of creating productive dialogue to examine such conditions as racism, sexism, homophobia, addictions, and fear that greatly affect our daily lives. In addition, she will play video excerpts from her work and perform excerpts from her various writings and scripts.
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