2016 - 2017 Events!


17th Annual International Studies Film Series, Spring 2017
"Navigating National Identities In The Global Era, Part I"

Film: Camp de Thiaroye

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Time: 7 pm

Location: Grove Hall Forum (GRH 101)

Co-Sponsors: The Departments of Modern Languages and History/Philosophy, and the International Studies Program

This is the true story of African soldiers who fought for France during World War II, many of whom were held in German prisoner-of-war camps. After being sent back to the French-ruled Senegal in 1944, colonial authorities place them in a transit camp where they begin to feel like prisoners. Their shabby treatment after risking their lives for France leads to rising anger and a violent confrontation. Winner of the Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize.

Director: Ousmane Sembene, Senegal, 1987, 152 min., Wolof and French with English subtitles


Film: The Miracle of Bern (Das Wunder von Bern)

Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Time: 7 pm

Location: Grove Hall Forum (GRH 101)

Co-Sponsors: The Departments of Modern Languages and History/Philosophy, and the International Studies Program

Prisoners of war are finally allowed to return to West Germany after a decade in the Soviet Union. Among them is the father of a young soccer fan, Matthias, who has been “adopted” as mascot of the local soccer star, Helmut Rahn. Through his passion for soccer and his fighting spirit, Matthias rekindles a love of life in his dad’s heart. As the World Cup begins in Bern, Switzerland, they hope for a miracle occur—a victory for Helmut Rahn and the West German team. Winner of six awards, including best picture at the German Film Awards.

Director: Sönke Wortmann, Germany, 2003, 117 min., German with English subtitles




2017 Pittsburgh Asia Consortium Undergraduate Student Research Conference

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time: All-day

Location: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Presenter(s): Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students are invited to present their research on Asia, and this will be an invaluable opportunity for them to meet other students interested in Asia, hone their presentation skills, and get feedback on their work.