University of Pittsburgh
June 21, 2016

Pitt to Host the Ninth Annual Global Studies Consortium of Worldwide Universities Jun 23-26


Katie Fike


PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center and World History Center will host the ninth annual Global Studies Consortium from June 23 to 26 at Pitt’s Oakland campus. The academic workshop and panel discussions feature talks on global health, terrorism and human security, transnational crime, and historical perspectives on human health, as well as issues of institutional concern to global studies programs around the world, such as student mobility opportunities, linked degrees, career tracking, interdisciplinary methodologies, global health education, and publishing initiatives.

The consortium will be held in 3911 Wesley W. Posvar Hall and nearby classrooms. Sessions are free and open to the public from 9 a.m. June 24 to 10:30 a.m. June 26.

“We are delighted to welcome our colleagues from the leading global studies programs and world history centers in the world,” said Nancy Condee, director of Pitt’s Global Studies Center. “Hosting this event speaks to Pitt’s institutional strengths in global health and human security, as well as in global studies as an interdisciplinary matrix.”

The meeting has been organized by Condee; Diego Holstein, interim director of the World History Center; and Michael Goodhart, associate professor of political science. Previous Global Studies Consortium meetings have been held in Cairo, Roskilde, Moscow, Melbourne, Shanghai, Santa Barbara, Leipzig, and Tokyo.

The program will begin on June 23 with a five-hour historical tour of Pittsburgh themed “The Global and the Local, the Global in the Local,” which will look at the city’s three centuries of globalization. The keynote dinner will follow with an address by Phil Williams, director of Pitt’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies.

The meeting program will includes contributions by Pitt’s Michael Kenney (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs), Elaine Linn (Global Studies Center), Patrick Manning (Department of History), and Mari Webel (Department of History), as well as contributions by 30 global studies experts from Australia, Austria, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Russia, Shanghai, Thailand, and Vietnam. Participating U.S. universities include The New School; the University of California, Santa Barbara, the institutional home of the consortium; the University of Illinois; the University of Minnesota; the University of North Carolina; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The consortium is composed of global studies and world history units from 23 of the world’s top research universities that offer advanced degrees. The consortium serves to promote and facilitate relevant graduate teaching programs, to foster cooperation among them, to facilitate cooperative teaching, and to respond to the forces of globalization in intellectually challenging ways.

For more information, please consult the Global Studies Consortium website or David Ruvolo at and 412-624-8726.