Past Events

ACC Distinguished Lecturer Peter Holland
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 4:00pm
University Club, Ballroom A

On November 19-20, as part of the Year of Humanities and the ACC Distinguished Lecturer series, Pitt is honored to welcome the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies Peter Holland from the University of Notre Dame. Professor Holland will deliver a talk titled "Spinach and Tobacco: Making Shakespearian Unoriginals." The talk will address Shakespeare, Popeye, Star Wars, and The Big Lebowski (among other things).

Shakespeare and the Humanities Symposium
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
Humanities Center, room 602 Cathedral of Learning

Symposium featuring the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies Peter Holland from Notre Dame and Pitt professors Nancy Glazener and Jennifer Waldron. Each will address a way in which Shakespeare's work has influenced the history of the humanities as fields of study.

Bodies in Motion: Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 6:00pm
407 Cathedral of Learning

The first event in the "Bodies in Motion" series, this film screening will feature Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, a film that uses 17 cameras to document Zinedine Zidane's movements during the course of a single match in April, 2005. The result is more a stunning real-time study of time and motion than a sports documentary.

2015 Jonas Salk Symposium on Wisdom and Aging
Monday, December 7, 2015

The theme for this year's symposium is "Wisdom and Aging." Bringing together experts from disciplines of psychiatry, epidemiology, aging studies, decision sciences, and anthropology, participants will explore the topics of aging and wisdom. The symposium is also sponsored by the Graduate School of Public Health and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Influenza (1918) and Plague (1348): Episodes in World History
Monday, December 7, 2015 - 5:30pm
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

This joint presentation by Patrick Manning (Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, University of Pittsburgh) and Siddharth Chandra (Professor of Economics, Michigan State University) will show how plague in the fourteenth century and influenza in the early twentieth century seriously shook up global population and society, with attention to the new research methods than have enabled scholars to understand more about these pandemics themselves and their implications for human society.

What Does it Mean to Be Curious?---Can Sites Cultivate Curiosity?
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 8:00pm

This is the second part of the "What Does it Mean to Be Curious?" series, focusing on the question "Can sites cultivate curiosity?" Featured speakers include Richard Pell (CMU/Center for PostNatural History), Kirk Savage (History of Art and Architecture), Steve Tonsor (Carnegie Museum of Natural History), and Barbara Weissberger (Studio Art).

The Tucci-Cornetti Lecture: "Writ in Water": Poetry on Paper in Medieval Italy
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 6:00pm
602 Cathedral of Learning

Professor Karla Mallette (Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan) will visit Pitt’s campus in January 2016 to present her current work on cosmopolitan languages in the Medieval Mediterranean, as well as discuss her participation in a large collaborative research project headed up by David Wallace of the University of Pennsylvania.

Paint With Your Professor
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 5:00pm
William Pitt Union Assembly Room

An opportunity for faculty and students to participate jointly in a painting class offered by Paint Monkey. Beyond offering a venue for Pitt students to express their understanding of themselves and the world, this event will create an environment of thought-provoking discussion and opportunity by encouraging interactions with invited faculty and staff members.

At the Feet of Rhetorica (Talk and Workshop by Debra Hawhee)
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 3:00pm
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

From the Sophists down to Plato and Aristotle, through the Scholastics and on to Kenneth Burke, rhetoric—understood not just as stylistic flourish, but as the communal process of knowledge making--has long been how humans debate and decide what it means to be human. And whether in speech or thought, the figure of the human can’t be drawn without reference to its binary opposite: the animal. Penn State professor Debra Hawhee’s upcoming talk and graduate student workshop, “At the Feet of Rhetorica,” will trace these intertwined relationships.

Poverty, Inc (Film Screening)
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 4:30pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Poverty, Inc. forces the viewer to take a hard look at the multibillion dollar complex of international aid. The film has earned over 40 international film festival honors including "Best of Fest" for IDFA, the biggest documentary festival in the world. The screening will be followed by a Q+A with director Mark Weber.