- Cathedral of Learning | Commons Room & Nationality and Heritage Rooms
The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs 31st Holiday Open House will return to an in-person event on Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 12-4 pm in the Cathedral of Learning Commons and in the Nationality and Heritage Rooms.
In the spirit of an open house tradition and to foster connections among neighbors, members of the Nationality and Heritage Room Committees will welcome guests into the Cathedral of Learning for an afternoon of exploration and engagement. Guests will be invited into the Nationality and Heritage Rooms which will be decorated for the holiday season. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in traditional crafts and cultural demonstrations to learn about the rooms and the Nationality and Heritage Room Committees and their ethnic communities and traditions. In the Cathedral of Learning Commons, guests will enjoy traditional foods and baked goods as they listen to world and holiday music and shop for handcrafted and cultural wares and other items that represent the cultural diversity of the Nationality and Heritage Rooms. St. Nicholas will make an appearance for photos with children and families.
The event is free and open to the public. Food and gift items will be available for purchase. We look forward to welcoming you home to the 31st Holiday Open House to celebrate traditions and make memories!
- Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
- University Center for International Studies
- Nationality and Heritage Room Committees
- Pitt Global Hub (1st floor, Posvar Hall)
The Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program is a prestigious and competitive award that allows select Pitt undergraduate and graduate students to devote full-time attention to their chosen modern foreign language and area studies specialty. There are separate competitions for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship and the Summer FLAS Fellowship. Attend this info session with representatives from the Asian Studies Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Global Studies Center, European Studies Center, and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Center to learn more about the requirements and how to submit a strong application.
- Cathedral of Learning Commons
The Polishfest Festival is designed to give the festival guests, families, and students an opportunity to experience the living cultures of the Polish, Lithuanian and Carpatho-Rusyn Peoples that throughout history were joined, separated and independently are connected. A living legacy presented to teach, to experience, to taste, to try and to have fun. This family-oriented event is FREE to everyone and will include many activities such as Polish name writing; Lithuanian angel papercutting demonstration; pierogi / pirohy cooking demonstrations and samples; and Carpatho-Rusyn spinning and lace making; and a pierogi toss. Every display, demonstration, and activity will offer an explanation of the cultural history of the tradition. Entertainment will include Polish folk songs with a violinist; a Lithuanian choir with Bocjai folk songs; Polish Karazula folk songs and folk dancing by the “Lajkoniki” Ensemble; Polka dancing; and contemporary Polish music.
- Mira Nakashima
- Cathedral of Learning, CL 324
Mira Nakashima is the daughter of the acclaimed architect, furniture designer, and craftsman George Nakashima. She will speak about her father's legacy and how his cultural ties to Japan affected his method of design in both furniture and architecture. Mira Nakashima is President and Creative Director of George Nakashima Woodworkers, who produce one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, made-to-order furniture at their workshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Registration must occur in advance https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4GeVKVaVHRzbF4
- Cathedral of Learning Commons
We're back in person! On Sunday, November 6, 2022, from 12:00PM to 4:00PM, the Slovak Studies Program, with the help of our generous sponsors, will host the 32nd Annual Slovak Heritage Festival in the Commons Room of the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland. We are excited to be back in person again for a joyous day of Slovak culture, history, food, crafts, and education. Admission is free, and masks are optional. We hope to see you at the 32nd Annual Slovak Heritage Festival at Pitt! Stay connected with Slovak Fest: The Slovak Heritage Festival has an active community Facebook page, and you can watch the 2020 and 2021 virtual festival videos on our YouTube channel. If you would like to be added to the Slovak Heritage Festival email list so that you never miss a festival, please write to
- Alumni Hall Auditorium
During the Silent Film Era in Korea, movie screenings were accompanied by live music and narrators called "byeonsa." Korean Film Archive and director Tae-yong Kim have restored this theatrical experience with live musical accompaniment. This special screening of Crossroads of Youth invites you to experience the film just as Korean audiences did when it was premiered in 1934. For more information about this event, click here. To register for this event, click here.
- NRIEP & CLAS Staff
- Pitt Global Hub Wesley W. Posvar Hall | 230 S. Bouquet Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15260
During this information session, the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs (NRIEP) and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) will share details about funding opportunities available to UG students to study and conduct research in Latin America. Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfK4
- Global Hub, Posvar Hall
This information session is for students who are interested in studying abroad and how to receive funding from the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs. Learn about how you can make your application stand out and speak to the Nationality Room scholarship coordinators about the application process!
- Welsh, Scottish, and Irish Nationality Rooms
- University of Pittsburgh's Frick Fine Arts Building
Celtic Culture Celebration! Join us as we showcase unique aspects of the Welsh, Scottish, and Irish cultures. Enjoy a presentation of each room and videos of each culture's history, art, music, poetry, dance, and more! Out of the Classroom Curriculum Credit (OCC) is offered for student attendees who register. This event will also have a live stream option for individuals to participate virtually if they are unable to attend in-person.
- NRIEP & CLAS Staff
- Global Hub Posvar Hall | 230 S Bouquet St | Pittsburgh, PA 15213
During this information session, the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs (NRIEP) and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) will share details about funding opportunities available to undergraduates. Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfK4TnHVAI8YMaU-vZN_OBKdAIzobGZ...
- Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
- Cathedral of Learning Commons Room
Join us to celebrate the East European region through culture, cuisine, and live performances here at Pitt. We will be hosting numerous food vendors, local acts, student/academic organizations, and local diaspora organizations. Take part in the region's traditions! Experience the festive music, delicious cuisines, and traditional dances of Eastern Europe and its surrounding regions.This event is co-hosted by the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies! Come and learn about amazing traditions! Enjoy the music and dancing from 12pm-4 pm on Sunday, October 16th in The Cathedral of Learning Commons Room at the University of Pittsburgh!
- Dr. Yiorgo Topalidis
Until now, little was known about Greeks in the Ottoman Empire who migrated to America surrounding the Christian Genocide. For the first time ever, Dr. Topalidis will shone a spotlight on those who settled in Western Pennsylvania through a lecture-presentation on his groundbreaking research. This event is part of the month-long commemoration "Agape and Hope Resurrected in Hripsime's Agony, Athena's Mourning, and Rachel's Heartbreak." The Greek, Armenian, and Jewish Communities of Western Pennsylvania are coming together in September 2022 to mark 100 years since 1922, a point between 1915 and 1923 when Christians and Jews were systematically exterminated for their faith and culture. We will commemorate those who perished and use this milestone in our histories to show that in the face of despair and death, creation and inspiration can be fostered and nurtures for a better and more tolerant world.
- Pitt Global Hub and Posvar Galleria (1st Floor, Posvar Hall)
Learn more about all that is planned for the 2022-23 academic year by the Asian Studies Center, the Center for African Studies, the Center for Ethnic Studies Research, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the European Studies Center, and the Global Studies Center. Celebrate with us the recent award of 12 new federal grants and learn how that money will support faculty and students interested in the world. Find new opportunities to study, research, or teach about the world. This event is open to all faculty and students and is an opportunity to meet others who share similar interests. Representatives from Pitt's Global Experiences Office and Office of International Studies, as well as the Nationality Rooms, will also be on hand.
- Daiva Markelis
- CL 144 English Nationality Room
Author Daiva Markelis was raised during the 1960s and 1970s in a Chicago immigrant household where Lithuanian was her first language. Her book "White Field, Black Sheep" explores this collision of old world and new. Come listen to the author speak of recreating the emotional world of adolescence and the hard-won understanding of adulthood with the poignancy of Lithuanian-American life. A $10 donation is suggested.
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