Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 24

Lecture: Asia Pop: From Hanok to Hanbok

Dr. Saeji will explore the contradictions and effects of the use of imagined and real Korean settings and traditional iconography in recent videos from Korean hip-hop artists with a particularly close reading of the rapper Beenzino’s mid-2016 offering “January.” She investigates what symbols and icons are used to visually represent Korea in the videos, as they take a foreign genre and imbue it with Koreanness. These videos circulate and re-circulate a limited number of icons of Korea, because the images are meant not to portray pre-modern Korea in its complexity, but traditional Korea both as a symbol of national pride and as a (domestic and international) tourist destination where the palace is a backdrop and you wear a hanbok to create a visually striking Instagram post. Operating as the king of the music video’s world, the hip-hop artist maintains his artistic independence through challenging tradition with juxtaposed elements of the present day.
 

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Zoom

Wednesday, February 24

Watch Party Wednesday: Gemini Man

Gemini Man: 2019, USA, Sci-fi/Action, PG-13, 1h 57m

Henry Brogan is an elite 51-year-old assassin who's ready to call it quits after completing his 72nd job. His plans get turned upside down when he becomes the target of a mysterious operative who can seemingly predict his every move. To his horror, Brogan soon learns that the man who's trying to kill him is a younger, faster, cloned version of himself.

Click here to view the trailer.

7:00pm
Online - Register Below

Thursday, February 25

How to Start a Business as an International Student

Join us virtually next Thursday, February 25 at 5 p.m. for a Q&A session with lawyers Larry Lebowitz & David Kalson and Director of Carnegie Mellon University's Office of International Education Linda Gentile on how you can start a business without violating the terms of your visa. (Other types of visas may be discussed during the seminar as well.) Open to all University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and Duquesne University students. Deadline to register is 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 25. Registration is required to receive the link and password for the seminar.

5:00pm
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Friday, February 26

OIS Coffee Hour with Branwyn Turnage

Branwyn Turnage grew up in Northern California and has been in Pittsburgh the last 7 year. She studied archaeology and graduated from Pitt with a degree in Anthropology. She loves to visit and volunteer at the many great museums around town. When she is not soaking up history she can be found outdoors where she loves to tend to her garden, ride her bike along the Great Allegheny Passage or visiting one of the many great parks in the area.
 
The OIS Coffee Hours are an hour where you can come to socialize with members of OIS and the Pitt international community. Because OIS staff members all have different specialties, we will not be answering immigration questions in these sessions, but we can help direct you to your Immigration Specialist.

10:00am to 11:00am
Online - Register Below

Friday, February 26

Scholar Orientation

Attendance at orientation is required for all new J-1 scholars and interns. Scholars and interns will learn basic immigration regulations relevant to their status, and general information for adjustment to Pittsburgh and the surrounding community, and will also receive informational packets for future reference during their stay. Please bring passport, visa, I-94 and DS-2019 with you to the orientation.

10:30am to 12:00pm
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Wednesday, March 3

Lunch and Learn: Intro to H1B processing

This session is for Pitt faculty and staff, specifically department administrators.  
 
What is an H1B, who is eligible and what positions are eligible for an H1B? This Lunch & Learn is a beginner’s guide to the H1B Temporary Work visa, its regulations, filing requirements and fees. (Hosted by Assistant Director, Brianna Allen)

12:00pm
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Friday, March 5

OIS Coffee Hour with Susanna Deemer

Susanna Deemer grew up in the Pittsburgh area and has spent time, studied, and lived in a some other places in the U.S. and abroad. They have great interest in language learning and intercultural exchange and completed undergraduate and graduate education at Pitt studying cultural anthropology, Mandarin Chinese, and education. While they’re not working with international students, Susanna enjoys socially distant walks with friends, listening to podcasts, practicing yoga, reading, and cooking all manner of delicious foods.
 
The OIS Coffee Hours are an hour where you can come to socialize with members of OIS and the Pitt international community. Because OIS staff members all have different specialties, we will not be answering immigration questions in these sessions, but we can help direct you to your Immigration Specialist.

10:00am to 11:00am
Online - Register Below

Friday, March 5

Scholar Orientation

Attendance at orientation is required for all new J-1 scholars and interns. Scholars and interns will learn basic immigration regulations relevant to their status, and general information for adjustment to Pittsburgh and the surrounding community, and will also receive informational packets for future reference during their stay. Please bring passport, visa, I-94 and DS-2019 with you to the orientation.

10:30am to 12:00pm
Online - Register Below

Friday, March 12

OIS Coffee Hour with Katy Gongaware

Katy Gongaware has been working in OIS since 2012 and currently works with J-1 Scholars on the Employment Team. She enjoys sewing and embroidery, and watching PBS, silent movies, Monty Python, and Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
 
The OIS Coffee Hours are an hour where you can come to socialize with members of OIS and the Pitt international community. Because OIS staff members all have different specialties, we will not be answering immigration questions in these sessions, but we can help direct you to your Immigration Specialist.

10:00am to 11:00am
Online - Register Below

Wednesday, March 17

Lunch and Learn: American Young Adults & Family Structures

Come learn about how American families operate and how that operation has evolved over time. Also, come check out what makes American young adults unique and similar from other countries.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online - Register Below