Past Events

Unbecoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:00pm

A series of events aimed at faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates across the University, designed to explore the way in which childhood is related to the theme of "Being Human." Events will be focused on Dr. J. Allan Mitchell's 2014 book Becoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child.

Pitt-Johnstown "Being Human" Conference
Saturday, October 10, 2015 -
9:30am to 2:30pm
Blackington Hall

This event will make visible how the humanities have added significant value to Pitt graduates and to the Pittsburgh and Western/Central PA community. A symposium at Pitt-Johnstown will offer cross-disciplinary workshops, keynote speakers, and an awards dinner that address how professional schools learn from the humanities and vice versa.

Connecting to the Present Moment: How Acting Techniques Build Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
Salk Hall, Room 355

In this lecture and the subsequent workshop, we will explore how acting techniques build observational skills in order to read behavior embedded in nonverbal clues such as body language or vocal pitch changes. Actors for hundreds of years have known that deep communication is more than relaying information and that the art of listening, really listening with mind, body and emotion, is what allows an actor to be "in the moment". These simple techniques can be applied easily for use in any profession to enhance interpersonal and communication skills.

Mediterranean Metageographies: Katarzyna Pieprzak
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 3:00pm
Humanities Center (602, Cathedral of Learning)

Williams College professor Katarzyna Pieprzak will visit to present her work on the growth of shantytowns in Casablanca, Morocco. Prof. Pieprzak will offer a workshop aimed at facilitating cross-discipline dialogue among faculty in the humanities and the social sciences.

Workshop: Applying for Graduate Studies in the Modern Languages
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 10:00am
Posvar Hall 2800

Graduate studies in Modern Languages and Cultures open up rewarding careers in Higher Education, Publishing, K-12 education, and corporate public relations. However, there seems to be a lack of information about what makes a successful application in a PhD program in the Modern Languages. We have found that even quite brilliant undergraduates are often ill-prepared for the application process, often for a lack of time or guidance. The French and Italian Department, together with German, Hispanic and Slavic, is organizing a one-day workshop for undergraduate students in the region, broadly defined as a 200-mile radius from Pittsburgh.

Adoption and Narratives of the Human Panel
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 3:30pm
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

This event will feature a panel in which two visiting humanities scholars and two Pitt faculty members, an anthropologist and a journalist, discuss narratives of the human involved in conceptualizing adoption, which literary scholar Margaret Homans argues "raises the most vital questions about human identity and the value and meaning of individual human lives.”

Minding the Body: the Animate Body in Antebellum American Literature
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Humanities Center (602 Cathedral of Learning)

This event will bring to campus Matt Rebhorn, a faculty member in English at James Madison University, to discuss portions of his forthcoming book, Minding the Body: The Animate Body in Antebellum American Literature. As with our other colloquium events, attendants will have the opportunity to read a portion of Professor Rebhorn’s book in advance and then on the day of the event, Professor Rebhorn and two respondents, Nancy Glazener and Carol Bove, will each offer some brief remarks and responses, to be followed by a lively conversation.

Acknowledging Race in Addressing Disproportionality: Russ Skiba Lecture
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:30pm
University Club

This lecture, part of a three-part event examining the overarching idea of equity in education, will outline the current status of research into continuing inequities in school discipline and the need to abandon "race-neutral" policies in order to actively identify and challenge this inequality.

The Welcome Table: Water by the Spoonful
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8:00pm to Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
Heymann Theater

The Welcome Table is the Department of Theatre Arts’ new production-based program dedicated to collaborations with artists of diverse heritages, the melding of artistic and critical practice, and community-academic partnerships. The Welcome Table serves as a theatre based forum through which the academy and the community can engage issues of diversity and social justice in our region, utilizing performance to mobilize the idea that difference is an inherent resource.

Acknowledging Race in Addressing Disproportionality: Reflection Into Action
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 4:30pm
Woodland Hills High School Library 2250 Greensburg Pike

Why are student of color more harshly disciplined than others? What can you do to help change the trend? Join the Center for Urban Education for a panel and group discussion as we develop new strategies for addressing racial disparities in the administration of school discipline in Southwestern Pennsylvania.