University of Pittsburgh
October 26, 2011

University of Pittsburgh Calendar of Events, Nov. 9-16

The following events are open to the public.
Contact:  412-624-4147



11/9   Robert Fisher, a professor of community organization at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, will deliver a free lecture titled “Educating for Community Change” at noon on the 20th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. For more information, visit or call 412-624-6304. 

11/10    John R. Schmidt, a lecturer at the Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University, will be a guest speaker from 4 to 5:30 p.m., 4331 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland. Schmidt served in the U.S. State Department during a 30-year service career and is the author of the book The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). For more information, e-mail or visit

11/15   Pitt visiting professor Paul Kan, an associate professor of national security studies and the Henry L. Stimson Chair of Military Studies at the U.S. Army War College, will present the lecture “Mexico’s ‘Narco-Refugees’: The Looming Challenge for U.S. National Security,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 3911 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland. RSVP attendance to; for more information, visit

 11/16   Meng Ren, Pitt PhD student in ethnomusicology, will present “ ‘Why Are the Flowers So Beautiful?’: Changing Cultural Policies for a United Chinese Identity—A Study of the Hua’er (Flower Song) Tradition in the Northwest of China” at noon, 4130 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland. For more information, contact the Asian Studies Center at 412-648-7370 or


11/10  The Latin American Film Series at Pitt presents El Bolero de Raquel/Raquel’s Bolero from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Dr., Oakland. The event is sponsored by Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies, The Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection at The Hillman Library, and The Global Studies Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit

11/11    Pitt’s Film Studies Program and Asian Studies Center will sponsor a screening of Sthaniva Sambaad, with an introduction by filmmaker Moinak Biswas at 7 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall, 3942 Forbes Ave., Oakland.  For more information, contact the Asian Studies Center at 412-648-7370 or


11/11   Pitt’s Office of Veterans Services, Veterans Student Association, and ROTC are participating in the National Roll Call from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lower Lounge of the William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. A group of 150 volunteers will take turns reading from a list of more than 6,200 names of those who died in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. To volunteer or for more information, call 412-624-9162.


Through 11/13     Pitt Repertory Theatre and the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra present Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, Oakland. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 412-624-PLAY (7529) or visit 


11/11       The Emerging Legend Series presents a free performance by singer-songwriters Dennis McCurdy and Howard Davidson (bluegrass, mountain, and country) from noon to 1 p.m., Cup & Chaucer Café, ground floor, Hillman Library, 3960 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The free series is presented by the University of Pittsburgh Library System and Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society. For more information, visit 


11/10-11/12   Pitt’s Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures will host a conference titled “The Idea of France”—focusing on topics in such fields as anthropology, art, cultural studies, film studies, gender studies, history, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and sociology from the Middle Ages through the 21st Century—in Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., and the Holiday Inn University Center, 100 Lytton St., Oakland. For more information, visit