Issue Date: 
February 9, 2009

Pitt Interactive Wellness Event Set for Feb. 17

The Healthy Lifestyle Experience2, Pitt’s second annual interactive wellness event, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the William Pitt Union Ballroom. The event, which is free to Pitt faculty and staff,  will include healthy cooking demonstrations, organic fruit and other food samples, chair massages, blood pressure and body composition assessments, nutrition advice sessions, and a dining-out workshop.

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Pitt Lecture to Address Media Coverage of Race Issues

The coverage of race issues in the media can present special challenges for news reporters and photojournalists. That will be the focus of a lecture presented at the University of Pittsburgh by Mark Roth, senior staff writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Roth’s talk, “Not All Black and White: The Challenges of Covering Race in the Mass Media,” will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP), School of Social Work Conference Center, 2017 Cathedral of Learning.

As an editor for the Post-Gazette, Roth was instrumental in editing projects, one of which won a Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism and another that was a Pulitzer finalist in investigative journalism. He has managed several other award-winning series and was an editor of stories on both of this region’s devastating airline crashes—the US Air Flight 427 accident on Sept. 8, 1994, and the terror-related crash of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. The special section produced on that crash won the Penny Missouri National Award for Special Sections in 2002.

The talk, part of the Reed Smith Spring 2009 Speaker Series at CRSP, is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and lunch will be provided. For more information, call 412-624-7382.

In Sisterhood Exhibition Comes to Pitt’s Kimbo Gallery

The multimedia exhibition In Sisterhood will be on display at the University of Pittsburgh’s Kimbo Gallery in the William Pitt Union from Feb. 16 to 27.

In Sisterhood features a portrait gallery of 16 local leaders of the women’s movement during the latter half of the 20th century. The exhibition includes a 15-minute video of excerpts from oral histories about the leaders’ work to gain equal rights for women and girls in Southwest Pennsylvania. Also featured are memorabilia from the women’s private collections. Among the leaders featured are Eleanor Smeal—who rose through the ranks of the National Organization for Women while living in Pittsburgh, eventually assuming the NOW presidency in 1977, Ann Begler, Alma Speed Fox, Cynthia Vanda, and other leading feminists.

The project is being directed by Patricia Ulbrich, a visiting scholar in Pitt’s Women’s Studies Program, a progressive social scientist, and an independent scholar. For more than three decades, Ulbrich’s research has focused on women’s studies and women’s issues, including the history of the women’s movement and how individuals’ race, class, and gender shape their life chances.

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, at noon, Ulbrich will preview the exhibition with a lecture titled “The Greater Pittsburgh Area NOW: Building a Grass Roots Movement,” in 2201 Posvar Hall.

There will be an opening reception and panel titled “Archiving Women’s Activism” on Tuesday,

Feb. 17, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the William Pitt Union’s Kurtzman Room.