Virtual Global Engagement Activities

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pitt Global Hub will be collating a list of free virtual activities in which students, faculty, staff and any individual interested in international or global affairs can participate! This list will be updated regularly. 

Students who are working on completing the Global Distinction can report their participation in these events via myPittGlobal and submit for approval towards their requirements. Please be sure to include a short 1-2 sentence summary or attach proof of participation in the activity (e.g. screenshot). 

All times listed are in EDT unless otherwise stated.

Updated 10/26/2020

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Ongoing Activities

  • Politics/Policy/International Relations
    • United Nations Noon Briefings
      • Meetings coverage and press briefings on various topics from the United Nations. These are lengthy articles that take about 15-20 minutes to read. The UN releases them almost daily.
    • United Nations Association of the U.S.A: Global Engagement Online Series
      • The Global Engagement Online Series (“GEOS”) is a virtual alternative to our 2020 Global Engagement Summit which will keep you inspired, informed, and connected to the UN this year. We will bring you to the center of global problem solving, using technology and online meetings to ensure we are doing our part to mitigate public health risks. You can count on the GEOS series to bring you unique discussions with global issues experts — all while we practice safe social-distancing.
    • US State Department Press Page
      • Press releases, briefings transcipts, and Secretary Pompeo's speeches. Updated regularly.
    • London School of Economics COVID-19: The Policy Response Event Series
      • COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for the social sciences to help governments and non-governmental organisations respond to the economic and societal consequences of the pandemic. Part of LSE's response to this challenge is a series of online public events that will take place over the Summer Term. Please note that these events take place in London Time (+5 hours to EDT). This means if it lists the event start time as 4PM, it will be an 11AM EDT start time.
  • Arts & Culture
    • Drive & Listen - Dashcam footage from around the world
      • ​Explore cities from around the world from a first-person POV while listening to their local radio stations!
    • Online Exhibition: Art at the Service of the People (DIVDEDCO)
      • DIVEDCO's production ran from 1949-1990 and included booklets, posters, and films that sought to instruct rural (mostly illiterate) Puerto Ricans about issues regarding health, family, community-building, sustainability, national history, social justice, democracy, hurricanes, migration, cultural traditions, etc. These works were produced by Puerto Rico's most renowned artists and writers. We know that students from all disciplines will be able to gain a greater appreciation for Puerto Rican and Latin American culture through these wonderful materials that come from our private collection and their explanatory texts.
    • Virtual Tour of Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo Museum)
      • Take a virtual walk through of Casa Azul, or The Blue House, which was once the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and preserves many of the artists' historic objects and : :. 
    • Read and respond to an Entry in the Asymptote Journal Summer 2020 Issue
      • Find support in dark days by working through “This Strange Stillness”: Asymptote’s Summer 2020 edition, hailing from 31 countries and 23 languages, is our most topical issue ever, including direct responses to the pandemic and #BlackLivesMatter from Gonçalo M. Tavares, Yang Lian, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, and Frédéric Beigbeder. Step into Marianna Geide’s and Mohamed Makhzangi’s surreal worlds in our “Vignettes” Special Feature
    • Nationality Rooms Virtual Tours
      • Stay engaged with Pitt's Nationality Rooms Program through virtual tours! The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments. Tours are conductyear round. The public is invited to experience their ethnic identity and ancestral roots. The rooms are also in use as University classrooms. The playlist above will be updated regularly.
    • Virtual Museum Tours
      • View some of the world's best museums from the comfort of your home!
    • Virtual Experiences at The Frick
      • ​Includes virtual tours, kids' activities, and more!
    • Barnes Takeout: Your Daily Serving of Art
      • In short videos, The Barnes Foundation curators, scholars, and educators present off-the-cuff musings about some of their favorite works in the collection. Take a break during these trying times, and refocus your mind on something calm and nourishing.
    • DC Environmental Film Festival Online (through March 31st, 2020)
      • The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993, their mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. With the cooperation and support of their filmmakers, they are excited to be able to offer you a selection of our 2020 Festival schedule — most of which are absolutely free to stream (with some exceptions). Available through March 31st.
    • New Israel Foundation Film Club
      • NIF is offering a virtual film club, bringing you poignant and relevant Israeli films during these days when we have more time to catch up on films we may have missed, ones we want to see again, or completely new ones. Watch the movie at your own convenience before the Tuesday discussion.
      • Every Tuesday at 4PM
    • Metropolitan Opera - Nightly Opera Streams
      • Each stream is available for 23 hours. The full schedule can be found here.
    • Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China
      • This 3D tour allows you to explore along the Great Wall in different seasons.
    • Nationality Rooms Program Cultural Video Series
      • Announcing the Nationality Rooms Programs Cultural Video Series! Let’s strengthen our community bonds during this time of social distancing! We are presenting a series of ethnic cultural videos featuring members from different Nationality Rooms, showcasing crafts, recipes, music and other unique things from their region or country. Make sure you’re following our page so you’ll be the first to know when we post a new video! Our goal is to post a new video each week. Feel free to send us your own videos so that we can highlight your ethnic traditions or stories!
    • Tour Croatia's National Parks
      • You may have heard about its spectacular beaches and medieval towns, but did you know that Croatia also has magnificent national parks, where you can swim under cinematic waterfalls and explore unspoiled virgin forest? Watch the above video produced by Lonely Planet.
    • Britsburgh Virtual Events
      • Local Pittsburgh not-for-profit Britsburgh is hosting a series of virtual events from British toy soldier making workshops to discussions on suffragettes in the UK. View the full list and RSVP at the link above.
    • Virtual Tour of The Colosseum in Rome
    • Virtual Street Art Tours from Around the World
      • Google Arts & Culture offers virtual walking tours of street art and graffiti from around the world
    • Virtual Tour of Machu Picchu
    • Virtual Tour of Pyramids of Giza
  • Other
    • Duke University Press - Navigating the Threat of Pandemic Syllabus
      • In support and solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are providing free access to the books and journal articles in the above link to help build knowledge and understanding of how we navigate the spread of communicable diseases. Listed books are free to read online until June 1, 2020, and journal articles are free until October 1.
    • Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies - Archived Webinars
      • The Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS) has a list of archived webinars on a variety of topics connected to East Asian studies.
    • A Town Hall on Anti-Asian Racism: Race, Struggle & Solidarity In the Time of A Global Pandemic
      • Originally streamed on March 28th, 2020. We are living in unprecedented times with COVID--19 or the Coronavirus. There has been a rise in anti-Chinese and anti-Asian discrimination and many efforts to combat it during this public health crisis. Asian American organizers, and other people of color we are in community with, will facilitate a conversation on race, struggle and solidarity in the time of a global pandemic.
      • Will need to log-in on Facebook to view.
    • Fighting COVID-19 with Epidemiology: A Johns Hopkins Teach-Out
      • A free online course about COVID-19 and how it can be combatted through epidemiology. Offered on the e-learning platform Coursera, the five-hour course is open for enrollment. A beginning course leed by three epidemiologists from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
      • Starts April 6th, 2020
      • Enroll via link above
    • Watch Party Wednesdays
      • Pitt's Office of International Services will be hosting a weekly watch party of international movies. Please view our group posts or the OIS events calendar to see the specific movie each week.
      • Every Wednsday at 7PM
      • OIS events calendar above
    • Pitt's Center for Creativity: Creative Cafe
      • Every Wednesday from 2:30-3PM
      • Creative Cafe's are a good opportunity to hang out, meet people, and chat. Bring along your art, knitting, writing, craft project, or whatever creative thing you're doing! You can work on it in the company of other makers and enjoy some virtual social time.
      • Registra via Zoom link above 

Virtual Events​​​

  • Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Fall 2020 Series - Distant Friends and Intimate Enemies: Distant Friends and Intimate Enemies seeks to examine US-Russian relations in the context of concurrent historical developments from their beginnings in the early 19th century. This series is designed to provide a set of alternative narratives to the tendency of academics, policymakers, journalists, and the general public to only view US-Russian relations through a Cold War lens. The goal of the series is for these audiences to become more historically cognizant of the commonalities, just as much as the differences, between the two nations.
  • ​​Afro-Indigeneity in Latin America: Conversations of Diasporic Blackness, Allyship, & Advocacy: Join us on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm EST to discuss our featured article: Afro-Indigeneity in Latin America: Conversations of Diasporic Blackness, Allyship, & Advocacy written by Panoramas Intern, Ashley Brown. Article abstract: With the coming and passing of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we are tasked with continuing the celebration and advocacy for Indigenous communities that have been destroyed and deeply scarred by centuries of colonization. The diversity of identities in Latin America has resulted in the creation of new cultures, languages, and world perspectives. Two groups that embody this intersectionality are the Afro-Indigenous tribes known as the Garifuna and the Miskito people. Both communities are challenged with efforts to erasure their culture However, the growing recognition and representation of Indigenous people help combat this cycle of violence from continuing. How can our intentional consumption of knowledge and advocacy challenge the colonial paradigms that marginalize Afro-Indigenous communities?
    • Monday, October 26th | 6PMET
  • UCIS INTL TOOLKIT SERIES PRESENTS: Peace Corps Alumni Panel: Join us to learn about service overseas from Pitt Alumni that served in the Peace Corps. Gain valuable information from those who served, ask questions about service, and learn how the Peace Corps helped their careers.
    • Tuesday, October 27th | 6:30PMET
  • Dia de los Muertos Altar at the Global Hub: Pitt Students are cordially invited to visit our ALTAR located at the Global Hub, and add items in remembrance of your loved ones. Please follow COVID-19 social distancing rules while visiting and placing items on the altar.
    • Thursday, October 29th - Tuesday, November 3rd
  • Music, Sound, and Nostalgia in My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies: In this presentation, Kunio Hara explores the essential role of sound and music in how we experience two classics of Japanese animation: Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro and Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies. Kunio Hara is Associate Professor of Music History at the University of South Carolina. His main area of research is 19th-century Italian opera, particularly the works of Giacomo Puccini. Kunio’s initial interest in Puccini’s musical representation of Japanese people and culture in Madama Butterfly developed into the exploration of the careers of Japanese opera singers, such as Tamaki Miura and Yoshie Fujiwara, who actively engaged with the opera. His article on Miura’s final performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Japan under U.S. occupation appeared in the journal Music and Politics. Later this fall at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society, Kunio will present a paper on Fujiwara Opera Company’s U.S. tour in the 1950s.
    • Thursday, October 29th | 4PMET
  • Movie Night: EuroVision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga: Join the Euro Club and European Studies Center to watch the Will Ferrell Comedy, EuroVision Song Contest : The Story of Fire Saga. Students must have Netflix Subscription and Install Free TeleParty Extension (Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge).
    • Thursday, October 29th | 8PM
  • Lets’s Talk Africa: The Impact of COVID-19 on University Partnership across the World: A presentation by Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University in Nigeria. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of human interaction. One important area that the global spread of the virus has affected is collaborations and partnerships among universities in different parts of the world. The norm has always been university’s representatives embarking on trips to prospective partnering higher institutions. However, with lockdowns, travel restrictions and social distancing - the international partnerships among most universities have been brought to a halt.
    • Friday, October 30th | 1PMET
  • INTERNATIONAL WEEK 2020: Get ready for a campus-wide week of international oriented events from Sunday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 6. Connect with the Pitt, Pittsburgh, and Pitt's international communities for fun virtual social, educational, and networking events! Learn more at www.internationalweek.pitt.edu.
    • Global Trivia Night: Elections Around the World: Join the Pitt Global Hub for another (virtual) Global Trivia night as part of International Week 2020! Form teams and test your knowledge on elections around the world. Teams can have up to 8 people. Register by 5PM on October 30th.
      • Sunday, November 1st | 7-8:30PMET
    • Global Candy Shop: Take your taste buds on a trip around the world and learn more about the ingredients, design, and creation of different international sweets.! From the comfort of your own room, learn more about the ingredients, design and creation of different sweets. At the end receive a custom treat bag delivered right to you room. For each tour item you collect, you will have the opportunity to receive a Study Abroad Scholarship. This event is open to first-year students, all students in Resident Halls. Participate via your VCEs. 
      • Sunday, November 1st - Friday, November 6th | 8PM each day
    • Virtual Lesson on Día de los Muertos and Día de los Santos: Virtual Lesson about el Día de los Muertos and the Day of the Saints with Lisa DiGioia-Nutini and Manuel Roman-Lacayo. Schools, families, students and the community are welcome!
      • Monday, November 2nd | 11AMET
    • International Speed Friending: Join us for virtual International Speed Friending! Whether you’re an international student at Pitt looking to make American friends in Pittsburgh or a native speaker of English interested in meeting people from different cultures, this FREE event hosted by the English Language Institute is perfect for you! If you’ve ever heard of “Speed Dating,” this is similar. The only difference is that the objective here is to make friends. There will be structured time for short one-on-one conversations, as well as time for mingling. Celebrate International Week at Pitt by bringing local to global and global to local for the start of new friendships. Prizes will be raffled off and OCC credit is available, too.
      • Monday, November 2nd | 4:30PMET
    • Plus3 Reunion: This special event will be an opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pitt’s Plus3 study abroad program and connect with past Plus3 participants, faculty, and in-country partners. We’ll meet as a larger group and then move to breakout sessions to share stories (and photos!), network, and celebrate this influential program. All past Plus3 participants are encouraged to register and attend!
      • Monday, November 2nd | 6PMET
    • Brain Candy Podcast Live: Join us for a live interactive presentation of The Brain Candy Podcast, the 2019 “Society and Culture” winner of the Podcast Awards. A sugar rush for your intellectual side, the ladies from the Brain Candy Podcast, Susie Meister and Sarah Rice muse about their experiences with reality television, travel abroad, and everything in between – candy for your left brain AND your right brain. Their special guest will be Dr. Larry Brilliant, notable for his work in the 1970s with the World Health Organization to eradicate smallpox. Prizes will be raffled off and OCC credit is available for Pitt students. To be eligible for prizes, attendees must register for the event using their Pitt email address.
      • Monday, November 2nd | 6PMET
    • OIS Watch Party Wednesday: Kung Fu Hustle: When the hapless Sing and his dim-witted pal, Bone, try to scam the residents of Pig Sty Alley into thinking they're members of the dreaded Axe Gang, the real gangsters descend on this Shanghai slum to restore their fearsome reputation. What gang leader Brother Sum doesn't know is that three legendary retired kung fu masters live anonymously in this decrepit neighborhood and don't take kindly to interlopers.
      • Wednesday, November 4th | 7PMET
    • Plus3 Panel Discussion: Interested in learning more about Plus3 but don’t know where to start? This panel will informally discuss the academic, professional, cultural, and personal benefits of the program. We’ll also explore the challenges involved with traveling internationally as a large group and answer your questions about Plus3! Panel members will consist of former faculty, program assistants, and program managers for Plus3, and all first-year Business, Engineering, and Nursing students (along with anyone else interested in the program) should attend.
      • Thursday, November 5th | 12:30PMET
    • CLAS Film Series Presents: Miriam Lies: Miriam, a biracial teen in the Dominican Republic, prepares anxiously for a double quinceañera with her best friend, Jennifer. She has started talking to a new boy online, Jean-Louis, and while they've never met before, she plans to invite him to her quince. But Miriam panics when she discovers her new boyfriend is black. The film explores identity, racism, whitewashing, and teenage friendship and affection. For more information and to see the trailer please visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/cinema
      • Thursday, November 5th | 6PMET
    • Art, Identity, and Activism with Jasmine Cho: An Interactive Cookie Art Workshop: Join the Pitt Global Hub and Asian Studies Center for an interactive cookie art workshop with Jasmine Cho as she speaks on topics of identity and activism for International Week 2020. This event is free and open to the Pitt community – families are encouraged! The first 25 registrants will receive a FREE cookie kit complete with two blank sugar cookies as well as all the tools you’ll need to decorate along with Jasmine. All registrants will receive an ingredient list and recipe ahead of time. Please note that if you will have minors under 18 years old in your household attending, a parent or legal guardian must accompany them on the call at all times.
      • Thursday, November 5th | 6:30PMET
    • K-Pop/FRESA Virtual Showcase: The Asian Studies Center is partnering with Pitt student group, FRESA (Fresh Entertainment by Student Artists), for a virtual evening of music, film, and dance, centered around South Korean K-Pop.
      • Thursday, November 5th | 8PMET
    • Global Company Tour: Join the Study Abroad Office and the Career Center for a Global Company Tour. You will have the opportunity to meet with four recruiters from companies and organizations that have an international presence. There will be four 45-minute information sessions with a Q&A at the end of each. The companies are:  Bayer - https://www.bayer.us/; Covestro - https://www.covestro.us/en; SAP - https://www.sap.com/index.html; PAE - https://www.pae.com/
      • Friday, November 6th | 1PMET
    • OIS Symposium: The Symposium is open to all department administrators, faculty, and staff who work with OIS. This year’s Symposium will cover topics including: current U.S. immigration climate, students and scholars working abroad, permanent residency options, and more. This event is only for international students.
      • Friday, Novemebr 6th | 1PMET