Office of the Provost

University Forum on Current Issues

The University Forum on Current Issues series is designed to engage the Pitt community in respectful and civil discussions about today’s most vital issues. Under the leadership of the Office of the Provost, each forum aims to incorporate a broad set of perspectives that will allow for a deeper understanding of challenging current affairs.

Upcoming Events

March 13, 2017

Repeal and Replace: The Future of the ACA

Hosted by the Health Policy Institute

Details coming soon.

March 30, 2017

Backlash: The Rise of Populism in Global Perspective

Hosted by the Global Studies Center and the Department of Political Science

Details to be announced.

March 30, 2017

Repeal and Replace: The Future of the ACA

Hosted by the University Honors College

Details to be announced.

April 10, 2017

Legislatures, Courts and Voting Rights: Developments Since the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Decision

Hosted by the School of Law and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Details to be announced.

Past Events

February 11, 2017

Teach-In on New Immigration & Trade Policies

Hosted by the University Center for International Studies

The Teach-In on New Immigration & Trade Policies is an opportunity to explore and learn more about the historical context and implications of America’s new trade and immigration policies. Concurrent sessions will run each hour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Topics include immigration law, international trade policy, refugee rights, modern Islam and societies, and political movements.

Learn more about the teach-in »

February 2, 2017

Russian Hacking: What Do We Know and How is This Different?

Hosted by the School of Law

Before and after the U.S. presidential election, the subject of Russian hacking dominated the news in the United States and other Western countries. A diverse panel of experts was led by former U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton, head of the new University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, and also included Russian investigative journalist and author Andrei Soldatov.

Watch the video from the event »

January 18, 2017

The Future of DACA and Immigration Law and Policy

Hosted by the School of Law

Panelists discussed immigration law and policy in the historical context of immigration law and policy in the United States over the past century. The discussion covered subjects such as the legal and constitutional implications of sanctuary cities; the banning of potential immigrants or foreign visitors on the basis of religion; and the creation of national registries on the basis of religion, national origin, and/or country of citizenship.

Watch the video from the event »

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