Graduate Student Calendar

2017-18 Calendar

 

May

5 - Sam Hamilton will be presenting his dissertation, "(Re)Presentations of Self-Culture: Sampling Digital Literacies and American Citizenship" (1:00 PM - 407 CL)

 

June

9 - Kerry Banazek will be presenting her dissertation, "Complex Descriptive Systems: An Object-Oriented Poetics for Rhetoric and Writing" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

16 - Matthew Kelly will be presenting his dissertation, "Now You're Playing With Pedagogy: Video Games, Digital Literacies, and Trans-Media Participatory Cultures" (12:00 PM - 512 CL)

 

July

14 - Julie Nakama will be presenting her dissertation, "Shopping the Look: Hollywood Costume Production and American Fashion Consumption, 1960-1969" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

17 - Tara Propper will be presenting her dissertation, "(Re)Presenting the Public in Print: Examining African American Media Activism at the Century's Turn" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

21 - Jess FitzPatrick will be presenting her dissertation, "Hacking the Future: The Space of Earth in Postcolonial Science Fiction" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

24 - Elizabeth Oliphant will be presenting her dissertation, "Inventing the Southwest: How Modernists Shaped an American Regional Experience" (1:00 PM - 501 CL) 

 

August

22 - Graduate Student Orientation - this is an opportunity to learn about services and programs offered by the University. The orientation will occur from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, with a picnic and cookout to follow from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.on the Cathedral of Learning Lawn by the Log Cabin. This event is organized by the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG), with support from Graduate Studies in the Office of the Provost. For more information, see the GPSG orientation site (http://gpsg.pitt.edu/gpsg-orientation-2017/)

31 - The Five Interdisciplinary Programs 2017-18 Welcoming Event - sponsored by Cultural Studies; Film Studies; Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies; Jewsish Studies; and Medieval Studies, this is an opportunity for new graduate students to learn about interdisciplinary programs, meet directors and faculty, meet graduate students, and to socialize over food and wine (3:00-5:30 PM - 401 CL)

 

September

21 - Speculative Fiction meeting, moderated by Jess FitzPatrick and Geoffrey Glover - for more information, please contact Jess at JLF115@pitt.edu (5:00 PM - Union Grill, Craig Steet)

29-30 - The Film and Media Studies Graduate Student Organization presents: Action!: Performance, Sports, and Moving Bodies in Film and Visual Media, the 2017 Film and Media Studies Graduate Conference. For more information, please visit the conference program.

 

October

2 - Placement Event: “Job Market Orientation, Cover Letter Writing, CV Organization” (4:00 PM – 512 CL)

11 - Felipe Pruneda Senties will be presenting his dissertation, "Another Habitat for the Muses: The Poetic Investigations of Mexican Film Criticism, 1896-1968" (11:00 AM - 5601 Sennott Square)

11 - Placement Event: “Writing Your Dissertation Abstract” (12:00 PM – 512 CL)

13 - Speakeasy: First Year Edition - Featuring Pitt first year MFAs (5:00-7:00 PM, The Glitter Box Theater)

14 - EGSO Fall Celebration Picnic (1:00-6:00 PM - Schenley Park, Westinghouse Shelter)

18 - Placement Event: “Writing Your Teaching Statement and Teaching Portfolio” (4:00 PM – 407 CL) 

20 - Gordon Sullivan will be presenting his dissertation, "No Reason to Be Seen:" Cinema, Exploitation, and the Political (10:30 AM - 512 CL)

21 - Hot Metal Bridge is going to Conversations and Connections, a one-day writer's conference. For more information, please visit the conference site. Registration, using the coupon code "PITT", is $65.00.

21 - Funny Ladies: Jennifer Bannan, Rachel Brickner, Rachel Mabe, and Shannon Reed will be reading at City Books (7:00-9:00 PM - 908 Galveston Avenue). For more information, please visit the event site.

26 - University of Pittsburgh MFA and PhD alum Stacey Waite will be giving a talk based on her just released book Teaching Queer. Sponsored by The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, the talk will be held in 501G CL from 12:30-2:00 PM.

26 - Readings and conversation with Pitt MFA alumni poets, featuring Cynthia Arrieu-King, CM Burroughs, Brandon Som, and Stacey Waite (7:00 PM - Kurtzman Room, WPU)

27-28 - Kristeva Circle Conference - View the full program with all panels here (University Club, Gold Room)

27 - Speakeasy : Spookeasy edition - featuring chillingly excellent writing from the most bewitching of Pitt MFA students (5:00 PM - 501CL)

31 - Lunchtime Colloquium: "'Pursuing Death': A Lunchtime Coversation with James R. Kincaid. An RSVP is recommended (12:00 PM - 512 CL)

 

November

7 - Informational meeting about competitive graduate fellowships (5:00-6:00 PM - 501G CL)

8 - Placement Event: “Applying for Alt-Ac and Non-Ac Positions” (4:00 PM – 407 CL) 

16 - Digital Pedagogy Roundtable: The roundtable will feature talks by Sandra Nelson (SC: Gender), Dan Libertz (Writing for the Public), and Mark Best (Intro to Film; Narrative & Technology) on approaches to digital pedagogy in various courses in our department. The Composition Program will provide a light lunch. RSVPs to net16@pitt.edu are appreciatedbut they are not necessary—last minute walk-ins and latecomers welcome!

17 - Jedd Hakimi will be presenting his dissertation, "Press Play: Video Games and the Ludic Quality of Aesthetic Experiences across Media" (11:00 AM - David Lawrence Hall 211)

20 - Placement Event: “The Job Interview” (4:00 PM – 512 CL)

 

December

8 - All bound and approved MFA manuscripts for graduating MFA students are due to the Graduate Administrator (12:00 PM - 529C CL)

8 - Reading group, led by Marlee Fuhrmann and Nick Marsellas, for graduate students and faculty members who would like to read some of Stacy Alaimo’s work and talk about the larger frames for her work in advance of her January 16 visit (3:00 PM - 527 CL)

 

January

16 - Stacy Alaimo: a lecture, “Feminist Posthumanism and Life in the Abyss,” (4:00 PM - 501 CL) and a lunchtime graduate student colloquium (11:00 AM - 501 CL)