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Title: Pitt Business G20 World Tour

The Basics: On each of the 20 days preceding the summit, the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh will feature a different G20 country with presentations on the cultural and economic aspects of that country.
The lecture for today will feature Australia. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature Indonesia and the European Union, respectively. For more information, please visit the website at

When: Today, ongoing all day

Where: Lobbies of Mervis Hall and Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh

Title: The Drue Heinz Lectures presents: Soul Searcher

The Basics: The kick-off lecture for the The Drue Heinz series opens with the award-winning writer Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love.

Gilbert, a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a New York Times bestselling author, has chronicled a year of introspective travel, from Italy to India to Indonesia.
For ticket information, call (412) 622-8866.

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Music Hall

Title: International Week Event Lecture: Today’s Interdependent World Order

The Basics: Alexander Lennon, editor-in-chief of the Washington Quarterly, will focus on global strategic trends and their public policy implications.
He is a senior fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) International Security Program, where he focuses on the grand strategy and foreign and security policies of the contemporary major powers — the United States, China, Europe, India, Japan, and Russia — as well as nuclear proliferation prevention strategy.
Current debates on the G20, United Nations Security Council membership, League of Democracies, and other similar global assemblies are important but may only be half of the conversation defining today’s interdependent world order.
Alexander Lennon proposes six principles of world order that major powers can agree upon to extend global peace and prosperity. For more information, contact Veronica Dristas at (412) 624-2918 or

When: Sept. 29, 4 p.m.

Where: University of Pittsburgh

Title: Declarations of Dependence: Labor, Personhood, and Welfare in South Africa and Beyond

The Basics: James Ferguson, professor and chair of the department of anthropology at Stanford University, will discuss the changes occurring in South Africa and how the country managed to transform from a labor-scarce society to a labor-surplus one.
In recent decades, economic restructuring has radically reduced demand for low-skilled manual labor, and mass unemployment has become a durable, structural feature of South African society.
Ferguson suggested that the South African experience reveals, in an extreme and clarifying form, a set of processes that are occurring in many other parts of the world and that better understanding of such processes may help us to find our way past some of the current impasses in progressive politics.

When: Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Gregg Hall (Porter 100)