Past Events

Interactive Narrative for Cultural Expression and Critique (D. Fox Harrell Lecture)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 4:30pm
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

D. Fox Harrell is a researcher exploring the relationship between imaginative cognition and computation. In this talk, Professor Harrell will focus on platforms for developing interactive multimedia narratives in his research group, the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory.

Keywords Distinguished Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to Thursday, April 21, 2016
4th and 5th Floors, Cathedral of Learning

Series of events designed to conclude an ongoing project to exploring the contemporary value and meaning of Raymond Williams’ Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. Williams book was a touchstone not only for the field of cultural studies, but also in other fields such as law, education, adn medicine.

Esma Redzepova Concert
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 8:00pm
Bellefield Hall

This concert of Romani music will feature Esma Redzepova in her last public appearance. Esma is internationally acclaimed as “the Queen of Romani Songs” and was one of NPR’s “50 greatest voices.”

Film, Criteria, and Judgment (Dan Morgan Lecture)
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 2:00pm
Cathedral of Learning, 302

Dan Morgan is associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. In 2013, he published Late Godard and the Possibilities of Cinema with the University of California Press. His awards and fellowships include a fellowship at the Humanities Center of University of Pittsburgh (Spring 2012) and the Chester Dale Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006-2007). In his talk, he will be discussing his current project, Film, Criteria, and Judgment.

Recycle, Restage, Rewind: Eighteenth Annual Russian Film Symposium
Monday, May 2, 2016 to Saturday, May 7, 2016

The eighteenth annual Russian Film Symposium will screen twelve recent Russian films (8 on subtitled DVD in David Lawrence and 4 large-screen projections at the Melwood Screening Room). Each film will be introduced by one of the invited scholars (3 from Russia, 2 from the UK, 2 from the US, and University of Pittsburgh faculty) and after the screening there will be a discussion with the members of the audience. There will also be two roundtable discussions for the participants.

Bamboo in the Urban Environment
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 to Friday, May 6, 2016

A symposium organized by Kent Harries in Civil Engineering that brings together leading experts to enable the safe use of bamboo in urban centers.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:00pm
Andy Warhol Museum

Two acclaimed Pittsburgh artists —composer/pianist Amy Williams and video artist Aaron Henderson—have teamed up to create a unique performance of live music and video. These performances at the Andy Warhol Museum are also part of Pitt's Music on the Edge series.

American Academy of Religion Meeting
Friday, May 6, 2016 to Saturday, May 7, 2016

This conference will welcome faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent scholars, and professionals from around the eastern United States to Pitt’s campus to present research around the primary theme: “Globalizing the Human(ities).”

Pitt-Greensburg Humanities Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016

A revival of an annual event that ended in 1998, Pitt-Greensburg's Humanities Day will feature judged competitions in various arts, humanities-themed games, and a guest speaker on the topic of the value of the humanities in education.

Novel in or Against World Lit Conference
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 5:00pm
Wyndham University Center, University of Pittsburgh

Are the novel and world literature mutually constitutive, at least in part, or fundamentally opposed in important ways? How have the disparate politics, economics, translation practices, cultural institutions, and more of a global modernity stretching across centuries shaped the novel?  This conference brings together over 150 scholars and three distinguished keynote speakers in order to probe these and other questions.