Big Idea: Globalization 101 a.k.a. Neo-Colonialism in the 21st Century

The Big Idea Bookstore & Cafe is hosting Globalization 101 a.k.a. Neo-Colonialism in the 21st Century, this Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 7-9pm.

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The event is “Facilitated by anupama (anu) jain (Visiting Scholar with the Pitt Humanities Center & Coordinator of the Pittsburgh Coalition for Racial Justice). This workshop will focus on the ways in which globalization is both celebrated and debated. As the world becomes more interconnected and inequalities intensify, globalization can be seen as a new form for colonizing and imperialist power.

At the same time, the world wide web has enabled people to start global activist movements, to break silences, and to show solidarity. Looking at a few different geopolitical cases, we will have an interactive group discussion in which we try to better understand how these processes work and consider how they impact (or not) our own lives.”

Check out Big Idea’s Event Calendar for more information, upcoming events & happenings.

Bloomfield Makes List of America’s 10 Best Italian ’Hoods – The 412 – November 2013

Pittsburgh Magazine listed Bloomfield as one of America’s top 10 Italian neighborhoods. Pittsburgh’s “Little Italy” offers ample opportunity for learning about and engaging with the community, especially  the rich Italian heritage and history of the neighborhood.

Bloomfield is a living museum for things that are rapidly going extinct in the modern age. The neighborhood still has candy-striped barber poles and bartenders who look you in the eye — not to mention a few speakeasies that are actual speakeasies and not just a design aesthetic. And who needs a Whole Foods when you can get fresh prosciutto, pancetta and culatello by the pound?

My favorite discovery was the bocce ball court! I never realized there was a bocce ball court under the Bloomfield Bridge (or anything, for that matter).

Whether you’re 27 or 72, it’s hard to imagine a more whimsical afternoon or evening than one spent playing bocce in the park, snacking from a cooler full of sandwiches and pop, and listening to the sounds of Pittsburgh echo through the gully.

Read the full article: Bloomfield Makes List of America’s 10 Best Italian ’Hoods – The 412 – November 2013.

An Evening Stroll in Bella Bloomfield

Take an evening stroll down Liberty Ave. Enjoy the night air and empty streets.

Video by Sarah D.
Music by Suspicious for the Winter, “Empty Streets”