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 8/03/2020

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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
    • 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 possesions. 
    • 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
    • Experiencing America Happy Hours
      • Hosted by Pitt's Office of International Services, any international graduat students, post-doc's, and visitings scholars are invited to join us for a virtual Happy Hour to network, relax, or just talk to people for a while.
      • Every Tuesday from 5PM-6PM
      • Zoom 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
    • Virtual Tai Chi 
      • Pitt's Asian Studies Center will be hosting a weekly virtual tai chi lesson throughout May taught by Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer.
      • Every Friday at 10:45AM throughout May
      • Register via Zoom link 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​​​

  • Charlemos Series: La Reforma Constitucional Chilena en Perspectiva Comparada: Charlemos is a new initiative that creates space for political scientists and other academics to discuss the critical social and political challenges facing Latin America today--including democratic backsliding, economic inequality, racial injustice, gender inequities, and a host of other issues--via a virtual platform. This event will be presented in Spanish.
    • Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 3PM EDT
    • Register above
  • Summer Screenshots: Hot Nights/Cold Wars - Journey from the Fall
    • SCREENSHOT: ASIA and the Asian Studies Center present Hot Nights/Cold War, a primer on teaching the Cold War using film. We'll be examining films from Cambodia, North Korea, and Vietnam and discussing how to integrate film into the classroom. The event also includes a take-home PowerPoint curriculum component. Act 48 hours available for educators upon request. Our August Summer Screenshot, Journey from the Fall, will include a Q&A discussion with the director Ham Tran after the screening.
    • Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 | 5:30PM EDT 
    • Register above
  • Be Global Ready (Welcome Week 2020)
    • Join Karen Lue, Pitt Global Hub Manager, for an information session on how you can Be Global Ready. Learn about all of the international and global opportunities Pitt has to offer: on-campus co-curricular activities, study abroad programs, international studies certificates, foreign languages, overseas internships, and more! Students looking to internationalize their Pitt experience are encouraged to attend. Parents and families are welcome!
    • Session 1 - Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 1-2PM EDT
    • Session 2 - Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 10-11AM EDT
  • Study Abroad and Study Away Basics (Welcome Week 2020)
    • With more than 350 programs in 75 countries, including the United States, Pitt Study Abroad and Study Away offers you the opportunity to take courses towards your degree, develop professional experience through guaranteed internships, participate in community-driven service learning projects, and more!  This one-hour session will review the basics you need to get started.  Parents and families are welcome, too!
    • Session 1 - Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 2-3PM EDT
    • Session 2 - Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 11AM-12PM EDT
  • Virtual Lunch with Chef Usha Sethi: Usha Sethi is the owner and executive chef of the Taj Mahal restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA since its opening in 1996. Usha’s path to entrepreneurship and the cooking was a unique one, leaving a career in public policy to pursue her love of Indian cuisine and hospitality. She believes in serving her customers as though they are guests in her own home. She uses no preservatives, chemicals, or flavor enhancers and only the freshest produce, meats and spices. Usha is keenly aware of the health benefits found in the many unique spices and ingredients found in Indian cuisine and is able to accommodate a wide variety of diets and palates.Taj Mahal is one of the largest Indian catering businesses in Pennsylvania, serving gatherings of all sizes, from small dinner parties to thousand person weddings. She is a cornerstone of the Indian community in Pittsburgh and a beloved mother to many sons and daughters whose weddings she helped make magical.
    • Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 12PM EDT
    • Register above
  • Global Carnival (Welcome Week 2020)
    • Our Cultural Organization Fair, also known as “Global Carnival”, features the many diverse student organizations and local partners that add to our community! On that Friday you will see all organizations of our community, and if there is a link to their name you will be able to head into a Zoom session and speak to representatives of these organizations!
    • Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 3-5PM EDT