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 2/17/2021

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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.
    • Council on Foreign Relations Events
      • ​Each year CFR organizes more than one hundred on-the-record events, conference calls, and podcasts in which senior government officials, global leaders, business executives, and prominent thinkers discuss pressing international issues. Many of these events are recorded with transcripts. 
  • 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
    • WindowSwap: WindowSwap lets you see views from windows around the world
  • 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.
    • 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 Events​​​


  • WEDNESDAY 2/17 at 5:30PMET: The Dark Side of Superfoods: Negative Externalities in Luxury Commodity and ConsumptionThe Latin America and the Caribbean Competency Virtual Series is an opportunity for students to learn more about different topics related to this area and connect with the guest speakers outside of the classroom environment. The students will also have the chance of discussing and asking questions regarding the topic of the presentation. The first presentation will be by Caelan Hidalgo Schick, Panoramas Graduate Coordinator and Graduate student in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She will be talking about how the rising popularity of products marketed as “superfoods” is leading to questioning of how sustainable these “trendy” foods and products truly are. Consumers of superfoods from rich northern countries are unknowingly contributing to unsustainable agriculture exploitation of indigenous farmers and land, and forced labor practices.
  • WEDNESDAY 2/17 at 7PMET: Pontianak Film Seres: Sumpah Pontinanak: Third in the series of schlocky films from the 50s. The first Pontianak film appeared in 1957 Singaporean Malay horror film directed by Indian film director B.N. Rao starring Maria Menado and M. Amin. Based on the Malay folktales of a blood-sucking ghost born from a woman who dies in childbirth. The smash hit premiered on 27 April 1957 and screened for almost three months at the local Cathay cinemas. Its success spawned two other sequels, Dendam Pontianak (Revenge of the Pontianak, 1957) and Sumpah Pontianak (Curse of the Pontianak, 1958). It is also said to have launched the Pontianak genre in Singapore and Malaysia, with rival Shaw producing its own Pontianak trilogy and several movies of the same genre were also made in Malaysia.
  • THURSDAY 2/18 at 12PMET: CoE: Creating Europe Through the Built Environment: The ESC’s 2020-21 theme, Creating Europe, explores both the political, social, cultural, and geographical forces that have given shape to contemporary Europe and also individuals who create and are creative in their daily or artistic expressions of what it means to be European.
  • FRIDAY 2/19 at 11AMET: UCIS International Career Toolkit Series Presents: HealTogether CIC: HealTogether CIC is a community enterprise organization with a vision for improving access for mental health care services for the Somali community in England and Wales. Anabelle joins us from the UK to discuss starting her own organization to help fellow Somalis in her community after a lockdown and a furlough. She spent 15 years in HR and Talent Acquisition before actualizing her dream during Covid-19.
  • FRIDAY 2/19 at 2PMET: Talking About Whiteness: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia: This event is part of the series "Race in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing scholars from underrepresented minorities and/or research on communities of color to the center stage.Join us to explore how communities are often minoritized along racial lines and the challenges scholars encounter when attempting to bring race and intersectional analysis to bear upon systemic inequality in our region.
    • MODERATOR: Roman Utkin, Wesleyan University
      • Marius Turda, Oxford Brookes University
      • Lauren Woodard, Yale University
      • Sean Roberts, George Washington University
      • Monika Bobako, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • FRIDAY 2/19 at 4:15PMET:  Panoramas Round Table: Disability and Mental Illness in Latin America: Exploring Chile’s Access to ResourcesThe lack of resources for mental health and disabilities in Chile represents a pattern of slow but progressive growth in Latin America. The current health insurance system creates segmentation among high-risk individuals, which has caused an accumulation of people with psychiatric disabilities in the public sector. For those with intellectual and physical disabilities, the country is seeing a shift towards a more inclusive workforce and education system. The quality and quantity of resources is heavily influenced by a long-lasting stigma toward disability and mental illness. While attitudes toward physical or visible disabilities seem to be shifting towards acceptance, more efforts are needed to improve the perception of people with mental disorders. Bridget Hogue and Peyton Stuart will lead this week's round table. The article will be available to read on
  • FRIDAY 2/19 at 8PMET:  Nailed It Panel Discussion with BAS & ASAThe Black Action Society and Asian Student Alliance will be hosting a panel discussion in response to the screening of Adele Pham's documentary, "Nailed It," and expand on topics of Black and Asian American relationships in the U.S.
  • MONDAY 2/22 THROUGH FRIDAY 2/26: International Career Networking Week: Pitt students are encouraged to explore careers in human rights, diplomacy and intelligence, health and well being and international education during conversations with professionals, many of whom are Pitt alumni! Learn about the agencies where they work, graduate schools they attended, how they landed the job and what they find interesting in their work. Afterward connect with them via LinkedIn and Pitt's Commons. Cap off the week with a Pitt student/alumni happy hour.
  • MONDAY 2/22 at 10AMETServing the People: What It Means to Be a Representative: In this talk we will engage with the question: What does it mean to be a good representative? We will explore the different models of representation and apply these to real life situations. Next, we will explore ways to interact with your constituents and why that is so important in a representative democracy. Finally, we will conclude with a concrete discussion of ways that future leaders can use what we have learned to be better, more responsive representatives of the constituencies.
  • MONDAY 2/22 at 3PMET: Charlemos Series: Movimientos Feministas y el Derecho al Aborto en el Cono SurThe eleventh Charlemos event will take place on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3 pm. The topic of discussion will be Feminist Movements and Reproductive Rights in the Southern Cone. Cora Fernández Anderson (Mount Holyoke College) will talk about her new book, Fighting for Abortion Rights in Latin America: Social Movements, State Allies, and Institutions and Mariela Daby (Reed College) and Mason Moseley (West Virginia University) will discuss their new article, "Feminist Mobilization and the Abortion Debate in Latin America: Lessons from Argentina," published in Politics & Gender. The talk will be in Spanish. To access the readings, please visit our webpage:
  • TUESDAY 2/23 at 10:30AMET: JMintheUS: The EU Policy on Digitization (of Art Collections)Digital technologies and the internet are radically transforming perceptions and uses of Cultural Heritage within societies. Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3D modelling, geomatics applied to cultural heritage create unprecedented opportunities for public access and participation in cultural heritage. At the same time, they represent a new frontier for institutions. Thanks to technology, they can now engage in new cultural and business opportunities by reaching out to new users and developing new content for leisure and education. This Workshop will illustrate the technologies available for Cultural Heritage and assess both their potential and risks within the European Union policy framework in this sector.
  • TUESDAY 2/23 at 12PMET: Creature Comforts: Animals, Zoos, and Exotic Trafficking in EurasiaThe existential threat of climate change has inspired renewed intellectual engagement with the Anthropocene. Eurasian Studies are no exception to this trend. In the last decade, studies that grapple with the past, present, and potential future of the human-nature dialectic are on the uptick. These studies have forced us to reconsider intellectual and ideological paradigms, sources, mission, and role of scholar in society.
  • WEDNESDAY 2/24 at 6:30PMET: Asia Pop: From Hanok to HanbokDr. Saeji will explore the contradictions and effects of the use of imagined and real Korean settings and traditional iconography in recent videos from Korean hip-hop artists with a particularly close reading of the rapper Beenzino’s mid-2016 offering “January.” She investigates what symbols and icons are used to visually represent Korea in the videos, as they take a foreign genre and imbue it with Koreanness. These videos circulate and re-circulate a limited number of icons of Korea, because the images are meant not to portray pre-modern Korea in its complexity, but traditional Korea both as a symbol of national pride and as a (domestic and international) tourist destination where the palace is a backdrop and you wear a hanbok to create a visually striking Instagram post. Operating as the king of the music video’s world, the hip-hop artist maintains his artistic independence through challenging tradition with juxtaposed elements of the present day.
  • FRIDAY 2/26 at 12PMET: The Capitol Insurrection in Global PerspectiveParticipants:Errol Henderson, Penn State University; Jeanne Morefield, University of Birmingham (UK); Stuart Schrader, Johns Hopkins University; Nikhil Singh, NYU;Moderator: Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh